Friday, November 22, 2013

Southern Oregon Brewing Company - Holy Water

Best disclaimer EVER:
Contains no holy water.
"Maibock" is a traditional Bavarian brew. The name translates to "May Bock", so named because the seasonal beer is typically consumed during the spring months. According to Beer Advocate, "the Maibock style of beer tends to be lighter in color than other Bock beers and often has a significant hop character with a noticeable alcohol around the same as a traditional Bock." Hmmm, good to know.

Southern Oregon Brewing Company's Holy Water describes itself as a Maibock beer. It comes with a respectable ABV of 7.1%. It does NOT contain any holy water, according to the label. That's also good to know. I picked up a bomber at Fred Meyer for $3.99 (on sale).

The beer poured into my glass a clear, honey amber color with a bubbly white head. The head only made it up to about a half inch tall and dissipated quickly. Lots of pinpoint carbonation could be seen rising continuously from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma was huge on sweet, bready malt. Light apple and pear scents in the background.

Taste followed the nose. Big sweet malt flavor up front. Caramel and honey. Light brown sugar. Nice bitter sock followed the initial sweetness and provided appropriate balance.

Medium mouthfeel and a lot of carbonation. Creamy finish but with a fairly noticeable alcohol taste left on the palate at the end. 

There's just a bit of a harsh raspiness to this brew. Not particularly refined, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I'm giving Holy Water a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4. No Droolie. The Wonder Beagle didn't even notice I was drinking it.

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