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Bibock (307 of 1001)

Rating: 3.1

Only my third Italian beer from the 1001 beers list now and one that follows on from the recently reviewed Tipopils, a beer that is also brewed by Birrificio making this one my second from the brewery. The beer is one that I managed to find on-tap in Venice in August of this year when I was on holiday in the city and I stumbled across it in one of the cities few craft beer bars, a place called Il Santo Bevitore. One of the first beers the brewery produced, this one was first brewed back in 1997 and has apparently changed some since then but like all Birrificio beers it still uses Weihenstephan yeast from Bavaria which I was surprised to learn recently. Sadly this is the last Italian offering from the 1001 beers list that I am likely to review any time soon since so few of the country’s good beers seem to make it to the UK but hopefully that is something that will change in future and give me a chance to make more progress with my list.


Appearance (4/5): Cooper amber with quite a small foamy white head on top that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (5/10): This one starts with some herbal notes and a touch of spice before some grain and pale malts start to make an appearance. The nose wasn’t the most pronounced but at the same time it wasn’t quite weak either, there was some touches of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through along with a faint hint of citrus; not exactly the best of starts from this one.
Taste (6/10): The taste kicked off with some pale malts and nutmeg alongside plenty of spice and a few herbal flavours before some background orange and citrus made themselves known. There was some caramel and burnt sugars in there too with the taste a definite step up from the nose but still not exactly great.
Palate (3/5): This one had quite a full-bodied feel to it with a lot of spice but it was still fairly smooth on the palate with a slight tang from the citrus, touches of sweetness from the sugars and soft carbonation with an okay balance.

Overall (12/20): This is a beer that I wasn’t all that sure about when I was drinking it, on the one hand it was easy enough to drink and didn’t really have any off-flavours but on the other it was quite one-dimensional and unexciting with the nose a little lighter than I’d have liked as well. The beer is quite an average offering and not one that I’d be quick to recommend unless you’re trying to work your way through the 1001 beers list as well.

Brewed In: Lurago Marinone, Lombardy, Italy
Brewery: Birrificio Italiano
First Brewed: 1997
Type: Heller Bock
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Draught (500ml)
Purchased: Il Santo Bevitore, Venice, Italy
Price: €7.00 (approx. £5.13)

  1. Paul
    October 9, 2015 at 08:54

    There are 2 italian beers from the list available via Amazon, Nora and Bastarda Doppia. Neither are particularly cheap especially when you get the delivery added on but for those who are running out of easy at home options from the list they are an option. I have previously managed to try both Bibock and Tipopils from Beerhawk but they no longer seem to stock it.

    • October 9, 2015 at 09:35

      Cheers. I managed to try both these in Italy but I was disappointed at how hard it was to find any others – I guess Venice just isn’t a beer town.

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