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Review of Celebrator from Ayinger Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 2/28/2012, 6 ratings
When reviewing beers, several descriptive terms are always kept at my fingertips due to their widely understood meaning. Words like ''session'' and ''gateway'' and ''bridge'' are the first to come to mind because they apply to many of the craft brew...  more »

Review of Winter Bock from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 1/13/2012, 7 ratings
This time of the beer year is unquestionably my favorite. While a few of the lighter, more crisp beers still occupy the occasional spots on the shelves and taps, the winter months are when the rich and bold darker beers are given their time to shine...  more »

Review of S'Muttonator from Smuttynose Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/30/2013, 12 ratings
In some ways, being a craft beer enthusiast is a lot like being a scientist. Based on research and data, you formulate conclusions about your topic of study. You compare notes with peers and then apply that knowledge until better knowledge presents i...  more »

Review of Voodoo Vator from Atwater Block Brewery  (Bad)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 3/27/2012, 4 ratings
I like to think of myself as a rather fair and unbiased person when it comes to reviewing beers. If anything, I sometimes give the benefit of the doubt in favor of a beer or brewery when I am on the fence about something. Maybe it is the part of me...  more »

Review of Bockscar from Big Boss Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/7/2012, 6 ratings
Anyone familiar with this website should know by now that I'm a bockhead. I love my bock beers. Those toasted malty lagers just make me happier than a witch in a broom factory (thank you Geico). The only downside to loving bocks as an American is tha...  more »

Review of Winter Bock from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/25/2012, 6 ratings
When beer fans begin their journeys into the lands of better beer, there are a few key milestones to anticipate. One of the most important is the discovery of a trusted brewery; a majestic nectar factory that perfectly resonates with your taste buds....  more »

Review of Regulator Doppelbock from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/23/2013, 8 ratings
Germans. The undisputed kings of great beer. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: even the most mediocre of German beers are better products than most of what the American craft scene has to offer. Disagree? Stop reading this review r...  more »

Review of Malbourne Maibock from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/6/2012, 6 ratings
For the avid craft beer fan, there are few sweeter moments in life than enjoying one of your favorite styles of beer at one your favorite breweries. I am doubly fortunate to have one of my favorite breweries also be one of my local breweries. BrewChi...  more »

Review of Celebrator from Ayinger Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/8/2011, 2 ratings
As you get to know me through this website, one thing will become abundantly clear: I'm a bock man. I love my bocks, especially the big bold doppelbocks. Unfortunately that means I pay a premium for my favorite style of beer. For quite some time now...  more »

Review of Doppelbock from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/7/2015, 8 ratings
Have you ever been in a situation where you really want to like something before you experience it, but that little devil on your shoulder whispers doubt into your ear? This is exactly how I felt about Flying Dog's Doppelbock when I first saw it. I'm...  more »

Review of The Gift from Starr Hill Brewing Co.  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/18/2012, 6 ratings
On a recent trip to Virginia, I had the pleasure of sampling many regional offerings. Virginia may not be a hot destination on the craft brew map, but they are certainly home to an array of interesting breweries. One of these is Star Hill based in Cr...  more »

Review of Consecrator from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/2/2011, 3 ratings
My quest for a great American bock has come to an unexpected brick wall: Bell's couldn't do it. And if Bell's can't do it, that raises an even bigger question: who can? But please don't get me wrong, Bell's Consecrator is one hell of a good beer, but...  more »

Review of Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Andechs Klosterbrauerei  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/23/2012, 7 ratings
Beer fanatics will eventually reach a point in their better beer adventure where they settle on a few preferred specialty styles. Once there, chances are that they will be compelled to learn more about those styles. I eventually discovered that bocks...  more »

Review of Samichlaus Bier from Schloss Eggenberg Brauerei  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/1/2011, 4 ratings
Son... of a bitch. I was woefully unprepared for this beer. Allow me to paint you a picture. My friend and I are enjoying some tasty beverages over at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC. It's one of my favorite watering holes because they have one hell of...  more »

Review of Battlefield Bock from Red Oak Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/8/2011, 4 ratings
My never ending quest for quality American bocks continues with Red Oak Brewery's Battlefield Bock. This brewery is a mere 40 miles down the road from me, so I was anxious to give it a try. I was fortunate enough to find this little beauty on draught...  more »

Review of Kulmbacher Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/7/2012, 5 ratings
Imagine you're a brew master's apprentice in the early 1900s. Now imagine that one day your brew master instructs you to transport a few barrels of beer down to the cellar. But instead of doing what you were told, you get distracted by shiny things....  more »

Review of Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Schneider Weisse  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/4/2011, 3 ratings
Sometimes in order to understand where you are going, you have to appreciate where you came from. I'm sure someone, somewhere has said something like this much more eloquently than I just did, but the point remains the same. Educating ones self oft...  more »

Review of St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/27/2011, 4 ratings
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a very important announcement to make. Today and 8pm EST, my long personal quest has officially come to an end. For I have officially found a great American bock! I would like to thank my loving wife for all the support,...  more »

Review of Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/15/2011, 3 ratings
Rogue's Dead Guy Ale has a very special place in my heart. This beer, along with Mac and Jack's African Amber, was what turned me onto quality brews. Perhaps more importantly, Dead Guy Ale is what introduced me to bocks, something I can't thank Rogue...  more »

Review of Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Weltenburg Klosterbrauerei  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/3/2012, 8 ratings
When beer enthusiasts start to accumulate their bottles of nectar, chances are that they are going to stash away some hidden gems without even knowing it. Trips to the beer store will often result in peripheral purchases just because an interesting b...  more »

Review of Sixtus from Forst Brewery  (Fair)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/30/2011, 3 ratings
The doppelbock. Originally created by monks as a food substitute during times of fasting, the doppelbock is traditionally characterized by a large malt backbone, an overall sweet feel, and high alcohol content. When done right, this can be one of t...  more »

Review of Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Schneider Weisse  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/14/2011, 4 ratings
Allow me to introduce you to what is quite possibly the most delectable beer style to ever grace this mudball called Earth: the Eisbock. As you probably know by now, I'm a bock man. I love my bocks. I love my doppelbocks even more. And sitting upon t...  more »

Review of Gruffmeister Maibock from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/19/2012, 7 ratings
Even though I prefer the cooler months of fall and winter, the springtime heat still excites me for one big reason: the maibock. When spring rolls around, craft breweries around the globe start releasing this highly prized lighter version of the bock...  more »

Review of Carolina Spring Bock from Carolina Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/23/2013, 6 ratings
Yes, my beer loving compatriots, spring is upon us. For many beer fans, that means an exodus of those beastly winter brews and a resurgence of light, crisp, and refreshing brews. For this beer fan, spring time means one thing: maibocks. As a big fan...  more »

Review of Goat Bullock Bock from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/4/2011, 5 ratings
As a big fan of the bock style, I get really excited when I get a chance to try a new one. Germans are the bock champions, which means I pay an import premium for my favorite beers. Therefore, I get doubly excited when I get to sample a new bock from...  more »

Review of Fort Collins Hellesbock from Fort Collins Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/28/2012, 7 ratings
As the summer months draw to a close, beer fans are scrounging around for remnants of the season's offerings. Oktoberfest is right around the corner, but you don't want to get ahead of yourself. Resist the temptation and enjoy the time you have. My s...  more »

Review of Fort Collins Maibock from Fort Collins Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/26/2011, 3 ratings
It's rare that you see a beer actually marketed as a Maibock, so when I saw this one from Fort Collins I had to grab it. If you aren't aware, a Maibock is a seasonal type of bock that is usually enjoyed in...wait for it...the month of May. Actually...  more »

Review of Samuel Adams Double Bock from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 12/27/2011, 6 ratings
As a member of the better beer movement, sometimes when you are out and about you are faced with a difficult decision. While craft beers are starting to find their way onto more and more menus across the nation, there are still occasions where you f...  more »

Review of Doppel-Hirsch from Privatbrauerei Höss Der Hirschbräu  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/17/2012, 7 ratings
Thanks to my co-founder, I am one of the very few people on the planet who has a doppelbock expert at their disposal at a moments notice. Trust me when I say that he has put countless hours of hard ''work'' into finding the best of the best when it...  more »

Review of Leviathan Über-Bock from Harpoon Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/14/2011, 6 ratings
Ever since getting my hands on Harpoon Brewery's Leviathan Quad, I've been eager to try the rest of the Leviathan Series. As Harpoon puts it, ''the series is an exploration in brewing big beers for adventurous palates.'' They weren't kidding. I was t...  more »

Review of Leviathan Über-Bock from Harpoon Brewery  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/9/2011, 3 ratings
I've been working my way through Harpoon's Leviathan series this summer, and it could be one of the better decisions I've made in recent memory. I would have to put it right up there with knowing when all the grocery stores have their ice cream sele...  more »

Review of Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/10/2013, 12 ratings
I would like to take a few moments to reflect on the ''craft'' aspect of craft beer. Beer is a savory art form and today we are experiencing a Renaissance of brewing. Artisans of all kinds have made water, malt, hops and yeast their canvases. And lik...  more »

Review of Samuel Adams Double Bock from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/11/2011, 1 rating
As a disclaimer, it's probably unfair for me to review the Samuel Adams Double Bock. I'm a passionate bock fan. It's my favorite beer style. I know ahead of time that if the brewery on the label isn't located somewhere in Germany, then chances are hi...  more »

Review of Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by JuicesFlowing (liked) on 11/2/2012, 8 ratings
Ah, I believe as I write this, it is in fact Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead as most famously recognized in Mexico at least. Rouge brought us Dead Guy Ale in honor of the Mayan Day of the Dead, stated as being November 1. Same thing, essential...  more »

Review of Glissade from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/19/2011, 3 ratings
Going into American-made bocks, I have to prepare myself for disappointment. Just like with any other beer style, once you sample examples from the motherland, everything else pales in comparison. It's a sad reality that I have to deal with as a bock...  more »

Review of Grande Cuvée Doppelbock from Les Trois Mousquetaires  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/25/2012, 5 ratings
Fans of better beer will often find themselves collecting various brews. It’s not uncommon for trips to the beer store to yield much more than initially expected. I for one will purchase any doppelbock that catches my attention, no questions asked. T...  more »

Review of Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/18/2014, 6 ratings
Every successful company needs a niche, a hook, something unique that distinguishes them from the pack. In the craft beer world, this can take many forms. Some breweries focus on image. Others focus on quality or innovation. Gordon Biersch has manage...  more »

Review of Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/8/2013, 13 ratings
Every successful business enjoys milestones. They are the moments of validation that make all the hard work worthwhile. The Brooklyn Brewery recently celebrated one of their big milestones: 25 years in business, which is a hell of a long time in Amer...  more »

Review of Doppel-Hirsch from Privatbrauerei Höss Der Hirschbräu  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/18/2011, 5 ratings
Privatbrauerei Höss Der Hirschbräu's Doppel-Hirsch (boy that's a mouthful) is a very special beer to me. This was the beer that taught me about bock purpose. I had sampled many different bocks before this beer and I definitely enjoyed them, but I nev...  more »

Review of Dundee Pale Bock Lager from Dundee Brewing Co.  (Fair)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/21/2012, 6 ratings
Let me start off this review by being perfectly clear. Todays subject beer was bought for one reason, and one reason alone. As soon as I saw the name of the beer, my head damn near exploded. Now as amazing as that sounds, it's not the reason the purc...  more »

Review of Deep Water Dopplebock from Thomas Creek Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/24/2012, 9 ratings
The Thomas Creek Brewery out of Greenville, SC first caught our attention at the 2011 World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. We were quite impressed by their delicious arsenal of brews and even crowned their Banana Split Chocolate Stout as the 3rd best b...  more »

Review of Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Weihenstephan  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/13/2012, 6 ratings
One of the most exciting aspects of better beer is that you never know when and where you are going to stumble upon some glorious nectar. Opening yourself up to the vast array of possibilities will uncover some amazing finds. I recently stumbled upon...  more »

Review of Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/17/2011, 2 ratings
My wife and I recently stumbled upon a delightful German restaurant. And as all beer fans know, even the most mediocre of German restaurants will at least serve great beer. The atmosphere was cozy, the food was delicious, and the bar boasted a great...  more »
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