UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012
When it comes to beer it seems like there are two types of drinkers:
everyday “Joe six-pack” drinkers who chug whatever is made in Milwaukee
or St. Louis without a second thought; and the beer snobs who
practically have a Ph.D. in brewing. I’m one of the few guys in between
because I genuinely appreciate craft beers but I know little about the
scientific principles behind them (hops ratios, brewing process,
ingredients’ effects, etc).
When it comes to beer I tend to
like anything with “pale” in the name such as pale ale and India pale
ale. However, the word “bock” is a turn-off to me because every bock
I’ve ever had I’ve found unappealing. So when these two forces of
beer-nature collide, as is the case with JW Dundee’s Pale Bock, I’m
wondering who will win.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
JW Dundee’s Pale Bock is one of the smoothest-pouring beers I’ve ever
encountered. Not that its pouring ability has much effect on my liking
it or not, but I do find it an interesting detail. It forms a small
layer of head which quickly dissipates but definitely lingers throughout
the drink. Its color is light brown or copper and crystal-clear at
that. Beers of this shade have never really impressed me and this one is
no exception. There is quite a bit of carbonation occurring throughout
the life of the drink. As for aroma, it’s certainly a strong, hoppy,
bitter scent and not very pleasant to the nose.
Sometimes it can take a while for a beer to grow on you, while other
times a beer is fantastic or dreadful upon the first taste. Pale Bock
definitely falls into the latter of the latter. This is a very dry
tasting, bitter beer. It reminds me of some German brews such as
Paulaner, but without leaving much of an impression. Ironically enough, I
find its taste to be rather weak but not in a watered-down way, just
due to the fact the beer’s harshness overwhelms its taste.
noticed the longer I let the beer sit the weaker the flavor seemed to be
and its edge dulled significantly. For a beer that starts out with so
much bite, by the end it’s just quite boring. It leaves quite a
distinctive aftertaste as well, and not in a good way. There’s just
nothing about the taste or finish that my palate agrees with.
Surprisingly, this brew seemed to be much lighter in body than I had
anticipated. Craft beers tend to be more full-bodied because they’re
higher in flavor, but then again JW Dundee’s Pale Bock doesn’t have much
flavor to begin with. It has quite a bite to it so even though it’s
light in body, it’s not exactly smooth and easy to drink.
I always thought of myself as a beer snob, but I just cannot understand
the appeal of bocks. JW Dundee’s Pale Bock is a shining example of why
because it’s simply unappealing in flavor and a little more difficult to
drink than it should be. Maybe someday I’ll come around but it’s not
likely to be anytime soon.