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Day #172 – Summit Maibock

June 22, 2011

Oddly enough, I am back at the Ginger Man for the 2nd day in a row. As I was in here briefly yesterday I noticed a banner hanging that was advertising a glass night tonight as well! Well I am a sucker for new glassware, and it’s even better when it is for a beer I have yet to feature on this blog. I will be honest in saying that the beer for today is one of my least favorite styles. I will strive to provide a unbiased review though it may be difficult!

Summit Maibock


The Summit Brewing Company is based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ve only reviewed 1 other beer from them which is odd as they have several things available in our area. The Maibock is their spring seasonal so it is a little late in getting to us. That’s OK, I’ll drink it and dream of cooler spring temperatures! It is classified as a Heller Bock (or Maibock); the terms are fairly interchangeable. The alcohol levels are usually a little higher with this one coming in at 7.1%.


First off I should say I’m disappointed that the glass I got was one I already have back home. The picture on the banner was different than this glass man!! Oh well. It’s been awhile since I’ve held a free contest; I’ll have to think more on that.

Clear light orange color with a light white head. Pretty standard.

Aroma is grains and sweet malt. Some light candied notes but fairly straightforward.

The flavor is big malts with a big bitter finish that might have a touch of sour grains. Tart fruit as well that leaves a very bitter dry finish. As it warms I can taste more of the hop prominence. There is almost a slight touch of butter as well which is a flavor I often pick up in maibocks. I’m still not entirely certain if that is a flavor that is characteristic of the style but I’ve tasted it more than once in different beers. It is typically regarded as a flaw in beer but if it’s meant to be there then it just solidifies the reason why I dislike so many of them. Oh well, I know several people that really enjoy this style and to that I say, to each their own.



Day #118 – Rogue Dead Guy Ale

April 29, 2011

So very nice that my faith in the Mavericks last night was validated! They move on to the 2nd round and I move on to Day 118. I also thought it would be appropriate to feature YET ANOTHER beer from Oregon….just to rub some salt on it. 🙂

Rogue Dead Guy Ale


Rogue Ales are based out of Newport, OR, so not quite Portland but still within the same state. This beer is classified as a Heller Bock or a Maibock. This beer was originally created in celebration of All Souls Day, November 1st. Apparently it was so popular they decided to put it into regular rotation. Now it’s one of their top sellers!

This beer pours clear copper orange color with a foamy white head. Very carbonated.

The aroma is woody sweet with a dry bitter maltyness. There is also some sort of spice that I can’t exactly place. It’s like a mix of fruity notes and woody, earthy spices.


The flavor is spicy with hops and bitterness, with sweet flavors of fruit and sugar. The malty flavors come in afterwards that finish with a tea-like flavor. Interesting…to say the least. I would drink this again if it were offered me, but it is honestly not my favorite style.



Day #79 – Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock

March 21, 2011

Day 79 and I’m off to camp!  I’ll be gone for 3 days, but I’ve got some reviews saved up.

Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock

Today’s beer is from the lovely local brewery, Rahr & Sons.  The Bucking Bock is a Heller Bock and is their Spring seasonal.  It rings in at 7.5% so take it easy on these!

This beer pours a fairly clear bright orange color with lots of fizzy carbonation.  Bubbles continuously emanate from the bottom of the glass to form a sustaining white head.

Aroma is mainly bready malts and grains with some touches of sweetness and a gentle bite of hops.

Flavor is dry bitter hops upfront with a very grainy taste.  The bitterness continues on through the finish where some sharp flavors emerge.  Almost slightly metallic in nature.  As it warms it develops a very floral flavor that has a very soft touch.

The Bucking Bock has never been one of my favorite Rahr beers, but I will certainly raise a glass of it proudly!


EDIT:  Had it on tap tonight…..much smoother.


Day #73 – Saint Arnold Spring Bock

March 15, 2011

Glass night at the Ginger Man again and tonight’s specialty beer is

Saint Arnold Spring Bock

The Spring Bock is quite obviously their spring seasonal release and is classified as a Heller Bock. (Ooo new style!)  A Heller Bock comes from the traditional German style but has slight variations.  This version should be pale and clear while the traditional bock is normally dark, and it will also have a slightly elevated hop character to it that the traditional version is without.  I haven’t had this beer in many years so I am anxious to check it out again tonight.

I stroll in 2 hours late to the bar and the bartender informs me “I’m sorry, we’re out of glasses.” To that which I reply, “Don’t you know who I am?” And magically a glass appears in front of me. 🙂 Haha I’m just kidding, I swear I’m not that big of a jerk! All I have to do is text the bartenders when I’m going to be late and they set one aside for me. I’m a special guy!

This beer pours a very clear amber orange color with a light white head. I can coax a bit more head out of this but only a bit more.

Aroma is sweet malts, caramel notes for sure. Also a very light sense of hops, but it’s fairly distant. Not a bad aroma by any means just a little faint. Let’s see if it strengthens as it warms.

Flavor is sweet and malty with some latent sugary notes as well. There is a tiny bitterness on the end which I would attribute to the hops but they really can’t be tasted. The alcohol level of 6.4% is well hidden. This is much better than I remember, which is way cool. Granted last time I had it in a bottle and not on tap which are two very different entities. I would certainly recommend this!

And here comes the required CHEERS!