Maisacher Dunkler Winterbock
Brewery: Brauerei Maisach
Color: lightly filtered amber
Head: dense, off-white
Nose: rich malt, hint of chocolate
Palate: rich malt, biscuit, slight chocolate, dried fruit
Served: on tap at the brewpub
Impression: Maisacher is one of my favorite Munich area breweries and their Räuber Kneißl is probably my favorite Southern Bavarian Dunkles-style beer. They make a very good Maibock but I had always hoped for them to brew a dark Bock since their signature beer is, after all, dark. So, when I saw they were brewing a special dark Winter Bock, I was quite excited. I got over there as soon as I knew it was on tap, fearing I’d never see it again and it was quite impressive when served. My initial taste was disappointing, not because it wasn’t good but it just wasn’t in the mold of their every day Dunkles. I was hoping for an amped version of it. I also found the finish a bit cloying but once I got my meal, that seemed to no longer be the case. It was a fine Dopplebock and at 7% very smooth. It was better than many brewed by the big breweries in Munich with some fair complexity but it wasn’t nearly as dry as I had expected, as Maisacher beers are generally very much so in that direction. All that said, I hope they brew it again next winter. I’ll be heading back out to give it another shot.
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