Climax Brewing Company Hoffmann Doppel Bock Lager
The last of the Climax seasonals. Hoffmann and co. really make a great lager. I was extremely excited about this release. How can you go wrong with a microbrewed malty seasonal release? Pours a light brown coppery color with a moderate head. Aroma is pure caramelized goodness. Not much in the way of hops but the malty goodness is really inviting.
The caramel flavor really jumps out. This is about as malty and rich tasting as a bock beer can get. There are some definite hop flavors going on, it just isn't the dominate flavor in the beer. The hops are really only used for bitterness. This is one of the best tasting malts around. There is even a little bit of roasted flavor that shows up in the aftertaste.
This will not disappoint anyone who is a fan of bock beers. A malt lover's dream. One of the most impressive things about this is that it still manages to be balanced. Even with the generous quantity of dark malt used. If you are looking for a hoppy beer you should look elsewhere. If you are in the cold and need something hearty, this will hit the spot. A great beer done in the traditional style.
Final Score: 91% (Very Complex and Drinkable. Masterfully Done.)