Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
From The Brewery:
We tapped our family’s original bock recipe to create Leinenkugel’s 1888 Bock, which features a robust head that seizes the rich aroma of toasted and caramel malts. The flavor of this full-bodied brew is heavily defined by the Munich malts and the 20 to 25 day lagering process which creates a smooth, toasted malt flavor. 1888 Bock also features caramel, pale and two-row chocolate malts while cluster hops add a touch of citrus charachter.
Appearance: I poured this Redish Orange to light brown liquid into a mug, giving plenty of room for the thick white head to expand. It is a rich colored beer, saturated but transparent.
Smell: Mild and sweet of malts and a slight nuttiness. The crisp lager yeast shone through and was quite welcoming.
Taste: It tasted very tea like, sweet, with hints of apples and an autumn characteristic. It leaves you with a dry lager yeast finish, that changes to a dough or pretzel flavor as it warms up a bit. Towards the end, I was getting a taste of an unlit light colored cigar.
Mouthfeel: It is a medium bodied beer, with a fine, sharp carbonation. Smoothed out a bit as it flattened out just a bit.
Drinkability: Medium; a little too much carbonation, but I enjoyed the smooth, drying finish. Spring Bocks like these go down smooth and easy.
Notes: Overall, a good beer. Nice spring transition beer from the heavy winter stouts, barley wines, and porters, to lighter summer beers.