Want to know how far I’ve fallen behind in my beer reviews? It is almost the end of June and I am finally getting around to reviewing a maibock, the balanced pale lager style literally named for the month of May. What can you do, my life is especially crazy right now and Hoppy Boston has to take a bit of a back seat, it’s something that probably isn’t going to change any time soon. Anyways, I love maibocks, they have tons of flavor, a little more hop punch than many traditional lager styles, but they remain crisp and refreshing despite backing a little higher ABV compared to many other types of pale lager. I was excited when I saw Bluma, a maibock from Idle Hands. Idle Hands has been making tons of great beers lately, especially their lagers, which are consistently excellent. Idle Hands Bluma is available in the spring on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Idle Hands Bluma pours a clear dark gold with a solid white head. The aroma features a mixture of bready malt and floral hops. The flavor is also very well balanced, the malts add notes of biscuits, crackers and honey. The hops complement these flavors with hints of herbs, lemon and grass along with just a little bitter bite. Bluma is medium bodied ad super-easy drinking, but isn’t a light beer at 6.2% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with just a hint of lingering hops and malt. This is an excellent beer, I love maibocks and this is a tasty example. Definitely worth a shot if you can find it around! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
Previous Idle Hands Reviews:
Idle Hands Brunhilda, Idle Hands Check Raise, Idle Hands 34 and Six Seam, Idle Hands Brocktoberfest, Idle Hands Proeme, Idle Hands Thing 1, Idle Hands Heide, Idle Hands Riding Shotgun, Idle Hands Adelais, Idle Hands D’aison, Idle Hands Triplication