Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beer Review: Dundee Pale Bock

High Falls Brewing Co Dundee Pale Bock Lager

The third of the Dundee 12 mix pack of beers. As I understand it this style is a combination of the high malt content of a bock beer with the hops of a pale ale. Pours a dark golden color with a head that rises to the top of the glass. Lacing is around the entire glass and displays the great use of hops involved. Aroma is strongly of malt with no noticeable hops. Lets see how big and malty you are goat lager.

Malty indeed it appears. This is a rich malty brew that soothes the tongue with malt goodness and then comes back to hit you with some hoppy bitterness. I would call this balanced but it is almost as if the two flavors have nothing to do with each other. I taste one, then the other. I actually really enjoy this. The mouthfeel is definitely big and rich. This is one chewy brew.

If you are a fan of big winter beers but also have a liking of hops (I fall into this category) this is a great beer for you. Not as gentle and smooth as the honey brown or as hoppy as the pale ale but excellent regardless. I believe beer drinkers of all tastes will enjoy this, unless they happen to like bland light lagers. American Style Light Lager drinkers need not apply.

Final Score: 84% (Malty and Hoppy... The Goat Abides)

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