Friday, May 17, 2013

Feature Beer Friday! - Covington Bayou Bock

And it's time for part four of four consecutive Louisiana beers that we featured on Jay Ducote's Bite And Booze radio show.  We started with the Abita Lemon Wheat, went to the NOLA Brown, then the Tin Roof Voodoo Bengal, and now the Covington Bayou Bock. Covington Brewhouse is probably the most forgotten (to me at least) Louisiana brewery just because I never really see them putting out new things.  That said, I know they have plans for an IPA soon that comes from a recipe that a fellow Brasseurs A La Maison member created to win their Bombastic Brewer contest.  It's pretty cool for them to work with local homebrewers and I'm also excited to see another local IPA in the works.   

The Bayou Bock is one of their Covington Brewhouse labels, as opposed to the Heiner Brau labels.  Here's what they say about it, "This full-bodied lager is our interpretation of a classic Bavarian Heller Maiboch, a style known for its well balanced, easy-drinking character. Distinguished by its rich medium-to-dark golden color, sweet, malty aroma, and delicate, flowery hop finish, Bayou Bock makes for a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of cuisine."  Unfortunately, I didn't see anywhere on the label where this was a Maibock, so we judged it more as a traditional bock, and that shows up in the scores.   

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (, Charles Pierce (Me And My Big Mouth podcast), Brenton Day (The Ale, and Ross Marcotte.

Serving: 12 oz. can.

Appearance: Very light, clear golden color.

Aroma: Grassy, earthy, with a little noble hop character. Jay and Brenton both picked up a breadiness, and a yeasty aroma more associated with bread than with beer.

Taste: Malty, more like a beer, but still not what we were expecting from a bock. Still bready and pretty boring. 

Mouthfeel: Thin with a lingering funk to it.  Not impressed.

Overall: Regretably we didn't judge this as a maibock, but it's also labeled as simply a bock.  For better or worse, when someone thinks "bock" then expect darker, maltier, and richer as opposed to light and grassy.  Despite that, I don't think there was too much to like about this beer, it had an unpleasant funk to it and offered little redemption. 

Overall Rating: 28.8
My Rating: 25

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