If you listen to the Twins on the radio, the only way to enjoy a ball game outside of actually going in person, you’ve heard the relentless ads for Gluek’s Honey Bock – several times a night. And yet, I managed to go all of last season without having one (ah, the power of advertising). So I was kinda excited to see this on the list so I could see if it’s worth sitting on the porch this summer with a few in the cooler while the game’s on (pitchers and catchers report Feb 14!) The answer…not really.
While I will say this beer isn’t terrible, once you get past the first swig (bleh), it’s not one I want to have over and over for 9 innings. I don’t know how many Bock beers Dan Gladden’s had, but somehow I don’t think he cares (think quantity, not quality). Too much honey, not enough Bock if you ask me. Had this been a Shiner Honey Bock, I might have been more forgiving, but Gluek’s doesn’t carry a lot of weight with me as a brewery (or an establishment). Still, better than the Snow Storm from last week.
I was surprised that this was so cheap ($6.99/12 pack) until I tasted it. It smelled and tasted like a cheap beer. Once I poured it into a glass the smell got a little better, but I still didn’t like the taste. I think the honey is in there just to try to cover up the harsh taste. For the record, the other honey beer I’ve tried is Leinie’s Honey Weiss.
My first impression of the Honey Bock was a stale diet coke mixed with pie. The only thing weaker than the taste is the finish. It’s like puddle water. It just did not taste or feel like a beer at all. It also gave me a whopper of a headache, which is weird because beer never gives me a headache.
The only positives I can give it are the cost, the 5.80% abv and the pretty can.
I still drank three of them.
To be honest- I had to pour the beer out of the can into a nice frosty glass to tease my tastebuds into thinking it wasn’t just another canned beer. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad. It was like Miller lite with a twist (but not a bad twist like Miller Chill). If there was a night that I knew I was going to do a lot of heavy drinking (possibly building my own beer can pyramid) Gluek’s Honey Bock might be my beer o’ choice.
Am I too picky? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, Gluek’s Honey Bock is not delicious. At first I thought it tasted like Busch Lite, and so I wondered, “Jason. Is this beer cheaper than Busch Lite? If so, maybe that’s something.”
Of course, there is no circumstance under which I would buy Busch Lite, so it turns out, it’s nothing.
My wife’s review, of course, is polar opposite of mine. She took one taste and said, “Not bad.” I said, “Try another taste.” She said, “Still not bad.”
If Brew52.com causes my marriage to fall apart, so help me God, I will hunt you down and kill you, Rett.
In conclusion, this beer is better than horrible.
This morning I found myself doing something out of the ordinary because of a WordPress technical limitation. The week 2 beer page will only show up if there is a post associated with it. So what’s a not-too-techy guy like me going to do? Certainly not hack the code in WordPress, but rather hack the code to my morning routine by adding a line that says “if it’s Monday morning, insert Gluek Honey Bock into mouth and write a review.” Continue reading the perfect morning beer