Review: Roler Bock, Buckbean Brewing

Roler Bock
Buckbean Brewing Co. — Reno, NV

  • Style:  Maibock 
  • Bitterness:  40 IBU
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  16 oz. can  (Full disclosure: sample provided by brewery)

Description:  "This Maibock is dedicated to the men and women of the Nevada Air National Guard and all other armed services of the United States of America for their dedication and service to protecting the lives of Americans." — Buckbean Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:   I profiled Buckbean's Black Noddy Lager in February and wasn't exactly thrilled.  The folks at Buckbean contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to re-taste Black Noddy as well as some of their other brews. I happily obliged.  I decided to give Roler Bock a try before re-visiting Black Noddy.  Roler Bock is Buckbean's spring seasonal.  

The tasting:  Copper in color with a white head that dissipated very quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The aroma was mainly bready and caramel malt, with yeast, and hints of apricot.  The bready and caramel malts dominated the flavor, but light spicy hop notes where present.  In the middle, a nice malt sweetness came through.  Roler Bock is light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a creamy mouth feel. It had little bitterness throughout and finished with light caramel malt sweetness.  The 7.2% ABV was not noticeable. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   I don't have a lot of experience with Maibocks but I enjoyed Roler Bock.  If you like malt-forward beers, keep an eye out for it when it comes out next spring.  This beer is a fine tribute to the men and women in the armed services who serve our nation. 

Have you tried Roler Bock or any other Buckbean brews?

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