Reutberger Josefibock

reutberger josefi bock
Reutberger Josefibock

Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Reutberg
Style: Bock
Color: light amber

Head: rocky, tan

Nose: slight malt

Body: full

Palate: richly malty with pronounced bitterness

Finish: long, dry, bitter

Served: on tap at the brewery’s Klosterbräustüberl in Reutberg

Impression: This is one deceptive Bock. At 6.9%, it is surprisingly drinkable due to its fair hopping. I’d had it in bottle form before and it was a warm afternoon so wasn’t planning on having it. Their Export Dunkel was going down well and a great match for my saucy pork meal but the Bock was on tap and I couldn’t resist it. It came out a shade or two lighter than the Dunkles but I wasn’t prepared for how much hoppier it would be. It still had plenty of malt backbone but the hops made for a very long dry bitter finish. As we hiked out, we saw a huge beer tent and it was their Josefi festival. Everyone was drinking liter mugs of the Bock. I was a bit envious and hope to return next year. A beer worth the walk!

This is one of my favorite dark beers in southern Bavaria but my favorite beers hail from Franconia.

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