February 14, 2011
In honor of our Final Gravity friend Matt who has moved on to a professional brewing carerr with Abita Beer and in honor of it being Mardi Gras season, I’m presenting tasting notes on Abita’s seasonal Maibock.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear amber/copper color. Large creamy white head fades somewhat slowly. Foam lingers on the glass leaving lacing.
Flavor: Strong pilsner malt flavor with a bit of bread crumbs. Slight hint of spicy noble hop flavors. Very clean, dry finish leaving just a faint hint of roast. Perhaps the grist had a dash of roast barley for color. Moderate bitterness that balances with the malt very well. No fuity ester flavors or diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium body sits well on the palate and drinks like a lighter beer. Carbonation is moderately high and almost effervescent when poured. No harshness from the alcohol or astringency is present.
Impression: Overall, a really good Maibock. Very easy to drink and very clean. From the color, I would have expected a bit more of the toast or bread crust aroma/flavor associated with Munich malt, but that may not be present in the malt bill. I would recommend this lager to beer geeks and the BMC crowd alike.
L’aissez les bon temps rouler!