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Checking in from the better late than never department here at BeerRantsAndBooks headquarters, I enjoyed this next beer at the annual Idle Hands Maifest event two weekends ago.  It was an outdoor, all ages (at least until 6:00) happening that featured polka bands, food trucks, games, and, of course some great beer! Fortunately the rain held off that that day and the family was able to spend some much needed time outdoors for a couple of hours.

Beer Name: Bluma

Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)

Style: Maibock

ABV: 7.1%

Description: Listed here as a sweet, bready lager with some spicy herbal notes and citrusy hop finish.

Appearance: Poured to a cloudy light orange body with a thin, slightly off-white head.

Smell: Light blend of sweet and bready malts.

Taste: Some sweetness to start, followed by bready malts and very subtle notes of lager yeast.  The finish brought on mild hints spicy and floral hops that mingled nicely into the aforementioned malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Hype: I figured this was would at least be something pretty solid to make it the star of the event.  It’s not really a style that people line up for, but this is also the kind of beer that Idle Hands typically nails.

Overall: I enjoyed this and found it to be a great beer for drinking outside in a festival atmosphere.  Nice clean malt profile and perhaps a little sneaky at 7%!