Blonde Bock

California
United States
Blonde Bock gordon biersch beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

In accordance with the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law of 1516), bock beers must have a pre-fermentation malt sugar concentration of 16%, which converts over to at least 7% alcohol after fermentation. These strong beers were made popular in the early 1600's by monks in order to minimize their hunger during fasting periods. While most bocks are dark, Blonde Bock is golden-colored and malty with a rich, creamy head. The rich flavor is counterbalanced with just the right level of bitterness from the Hallertau aroma hops and create a very smooth profile.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
23
Served at: 
44° F
Hops: 
Hallertau Aroma
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A seductively malty brew, this is one that should be approached with due respect for its well-camouflaged strength. Pours a rich, honeyed gold with a small yet creamy white head. The low head and substantial legs clinging to the glass portend substantial alcoholic strength in this beer. From the moment it’s poured, this beer’s aroma pervades the room, laden with notes of sweet toffee, faint hints of fig and alfalfa honey. Rick was taken by the sweet, almost Stollen-like sweetness in the nose, with faint notes of pastry icing, cinnamon spice and rum-soaked dried fruits. Lee, however, was notably impressed by the rich honeycomb aroma that was backed by the faintest hint of maple. In keeping with the style, this beer is bursting with intense maltiness, complemented by subtle hints of pear, white grape and creamy toffee. Pete enjoyed the progressive layering of malt flavors, from raw cereal grain to fresh-baked bread to rich Graham Cracker sweetness. The judges all commented on the pronounced yet integrated alcohol presence in this beer. Tom complimented the profusion of flavors, aromas and textures in this strong and complex yet supremely drinkable bock. Though highly drinkable and incredibly refreshing, this Maibock is deceptively strong and should be enjoyed in moderation.

Popular Reviews

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My Score: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
the only brewery ive tried in america that made me email the craft beer club begging for delivery but alas only available in the bay area-its brewpub restaurant on the embarcadero is a must visit in sf. Now for this special edition i was lucky enough to find at a trader joes on the left coast: multitude of flavors explode into the palate upon first sip-toffee-cinammonmaybe chocolate. A true german boch if ive ever tasted it yet so far from europe.Hops must be german or austrian to taste this good fermented. Its an excellant tasting and looking beer-much stronger than its appearance suggests.Perhaps the finest creation of the gordonbiersh brewery to date but due to my living on the east coast im sure there is more to come