Holsten
Festbock

500 mL can, from the LCBO in Guelph, ON, Canada.

Great color – a ruby reddish, orange Doppelbock/Märzen pour – but the head is poorly retained and offers little lace. It looks really good in terms of color, but the head is a bit disappointing to be honest. A shame given the hue. Is this a straight up Bock or a Festbier? Not sure, so hedging my bets.

Requisite light caramel on the nose, some toffee.

Tastes kick in as one would expect, with the caramel sweetness tempered by the light hop presence. All well container within the style parameters.

Drinks easily if not especially richly or smoothly, the beer gives the impression of being a simple bock without retention. On the whole that’s good, but there’s also not a lot of depth here. That’s find of OK, I wasn’t really expecting too much. There’s some dry baker’s chocolate in there somewhere too, but it’s all a bit light, a bit uncomplicated and a bit powdery. Mouthfeel has similar limitations. It’s not ‘bad’ per se, but it once again lacks real depth. As it warms there is more caramel.

I mean, would I drink this again? Perhaps, depending on the alternatives and the circumstances. Am I likely to seek it again? Maybe ONCE more just to confirm what I have noted here, but I suspect that would be close to the end of my active pursuit.

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08/06/2023
Format:
can
ABV: 7.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.0
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
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