Thursday, January 29, 2009
New Leinenkugel's Beer - The 1888 Bock
Okay, after one hellacious week of winter, which included 9 to 12 inches of snow, slips, slides, spins, flat tires, shoveling, sneezing, mud and snowballs, I've decided to enjoy my two days off at home with a six pack of Leinenkugel's most recent brew.
But first, let me give you a little background into this new brew. The 1888 Bock is a brew that came out of one of the worst winters the United States has ever scene. Known in many regions as the "The Great White Hurricane", there were as many as 400 deaths reported during the blizzard on the East coast. During this time, the Leinenkugel family, which had been brewing beer for 21 years, released their first seasonal brew.
Based off the original recipe, Leinenkugel has released the 1888 bock. It does have a very hearty bock taste. This beer pours a clear copper with a tan head that disappears with big bubbles and no lacing. It smells of sweet malt, a bit of caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. It tastes like roasted malts and a bit of light bitters. The body is thin and heavily carbonated. It is simple and easy drinking with only the yeast flavor lingering in the finish.
Most of all, as I look out into the snow prairie that I call my backyard, this beer will warm you up on a cold, cold day.