Golden Valley Geist BockJuly 1, 2003 McMinnville, OR
Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
This lager is brewed in the style of the German Heiliges Geist Bock, or Holy Ghost Bock. The name refers to the lighter nature of the beer, as opposed to the darker and heavier dopplebock and maibock also brewed during the spring in Germany. Located in McMinnville’s historic downtown district, Golden Valley Brewery and Pub is housed in a renovated 1920s warehouse. Brewmaster Mark Vickery worked previously at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR.
Alcohol by weight: 4.85
This is a good beer, but I am turned off by the ambiguous claim “true lager” on the label. In the Vienna style, it is a pleasant amber color with a quickly dissipating head. The nose is floral with complex flavors on the palate and a clean dry finish. There is little of the fruitiness usually associated with bock, making it a good beer for dining. We served it with a coconut shrimp appetizer, followed by a rare rack of lamb to great acclaim from our guests.
- Charles Finkel
Terrific. Light amber hue. What impresses the most is a wonderful, luscious and sensual full malt aroma followed by a flavor that does not disappoint. Fantastically true to the flavor of German style heller (pale) bocks and brewed in Oregon! The northwest is known for hoppy beers—but this will fool a Bavarian. One of the best I’ve ever had. Smooooooooth.
- Charlie Papazian
A superb lager beer brewed with great devotion to style: Munich, Vienna and Carastan malts, and Hallertauer and Tettnanger noble hops. It’s lagered for up to two months and emerges with good head and carbonation, a rich golden/bronze color, a massive aroma of malt loaf and figs, and enormous depth and complexity in the mouth, with a big blast of peppery, spicy hops balancing the rich malt. The finish has tart fruit, bitter hops and creamy grain. Perfect companion for Bavarian fare or pizza.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.