So my plans for a beer style of the month for May, which was going to be maibock/helles bock, ended up being a pretty big fail. There were a number of reasons for this including lack of readily available examples of the style, getting distracted by other reviews and articles and not having the time to really plan out the month. The last one was a biggie, I am in the process of buying a home (closing this week!) then tackling a few home improvement projects and eventually moving, so my time to peruse the selections of a local bottle shop and carefully plan out my blog posts has been cut short. I am not going to do a recap of maibock month, but I do encourage you to check out the style, a summary of the maibocks that I’ve reviewed can be found here. I am going to take a couple months off from the style-of-the-month and try to tackle it again in August. One final review to wrap up the month is Slue’s Maibock from Berkshire Brewing Company. This beer is either new or just a new packaging of the maibock that BBC has produced for a while, I can’t tell because it appears that their website is down. Slue’s Maibock is available on draft and in 750 mL bombers.
Berkshire Brewing Slue’s Maibock pours a deep copper with a small off-white head. The scent is a mixture of malted grain along with some noble hops. The malts lead the flavor, notes of crusty bread, biscuits and honey. This is balanced by the hops, touches of grass, earth and herbs. The beer is medium bodied and easy to drink. The finish is what you’d expect from a lager, crisp and clean with minimal aftertaste. Slue’s Maibock is a very solid version of the style, worth a try to celebrate the end of winter! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
Previous BBC Reviews:
BBC Steel Rail, BBC Brewer’s Choice Blonde IPA, BBC Coffeehouse Porter