I had to visit not one, but two bottle shops to find something suitable for this round of Into the Pint Glass. Who would’ve thought that bocks would be so hard to find? And I still couldn’t find a true, regular bock, but I figured Mariah and Katie wouldn’t be too picky with this one.
The first one I tried is actually an old college favorite. I’ve talked about Spike’s here before — Aventinus was one of the beers my friends and I all drank in order to earn our t-shirts, and I remember enjoying it (at one point, my husband proclaimed it to be his favorite beer). Spoiler alert: it was even better than I remember.
Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus (8.2% ABV)
Color/appearance: This was caramel/brown with a half-inch tan head that dissipated gradually, leaving some lacing on top.
Smell: Wheaty, malty, bready. Maybe a little fruity?
Taste: It’s lighter than it looks, similar to a wheat beer with some more malt undertones. Just a hint of spices on the after taste.
Overall: Effing delicious. It’s dangerous because it doesn’t taste like an 8.2% ABV, but it’s not a “fast” drinker either (at least for me, my husband would probably down it much quicker).
Ayinger Weizenbock (7.1% ABV)
Color/appearance: This was more of a deep straw/gold c0lor, thick off-white head — it poured like a hefe or wheat beer
Smell: Caught me off guard by smelling SUPER fruity! I got a hint of apples in there and made my husband smell it to confirm.
Taste: If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve called this a wheat beer. There was just enough sweetness to let me know it was stronger than your typical hefe or wit, though.
Overall: Quite good. Again, could be dangerous if you (I) drink more than one or two of these.
Man, I wish bocks were easier to find around here. This is definitely a style I’d like to sample more.