Spaten Maibock / Premium Bock - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured a dull golden with a rather thin head with nothing left behind as it settled quickly.Cooked grain aromas mainly a touch of honey-malt but nothing strong,now the flavors to me were more assertive quite grainy and vegetale with some token sweetness and spicey hop in the finish.The alcohol is not assertive but is noticable,I like a good spring bock and this fit the bill nicely for me.

Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brickstore Pub just outside Atlanta...

In my early BA days I had a Dead Guy Ale, a maibock, and didn't like it at all. Figured I would try this one.

Came to me in a nice half liter stein sort of glass...crystal clear and light yellow in color with a touch of a golden hue. White head on top that reduced down but left a bit of lace. Not much to it.

Smell was grainy and filled with lots of bready, biscuit malts. A bit of sweet floral hops finished it up. Taste was again lots of biscuit and had some slight toasty malt flavors in there. Finished with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much else to say really. Drinkability is superb. I easily put down my half liter. The menu said 9%, but I definately didn't detect a bit of alcohol. Highly quafable with a nice clean malty finish. Glad I ordered this one.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the new Plano Gingerman.

The beer pours a gold-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt and some corn and wheat. The flavor is bready malt, grapes and floral hops. The flowers and grapes stand out quite a bit and a are a bit overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Glockenspiel Restaurant in St.Paul. Poured a clear straw-golden color with an inch or so of white foam. Aroma comes forward with bready malts, vanilla, and flowery noble hops. Unfortunately I also detect a noticeable amount of DMS (cooked cream corn) which I will ignore for now. Taste is much like the aroma but at least the DMS is not so bad here. Nice rich mouthfeel without being heavy and finishes just a touch sweet. Hop bitterness is restrained but enough to balance the sweetness nicely. Very thirst quenching. Without the DMS this beer would be really awesome so I will just assume that it was just one bad keg. I would definately order it again.

Photo of far333
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with a thin, white head that dissipated quickly. There is no noticeable aroma. The mouthfeel is too carbonated for my tastes. The flavor is watery, with light yeast and fruit. No hop presence, not much presence at all. I found this one disappointing.

Photo of BadBadger
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's maibock is a rather descent brew. It pours a nice golden color, with moderately foamy head. The smell is of the sweet malts within. The taste is pleasant, being malty but nicley balanced. This is a good brew worth giving a go if you see it on tap some place.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was poured with creamy white foaming head that pairs nicely with th vibrant golden hue of the beer. Served up in the official Spaten glass at the Sharp Edge, the aroma consists of malt sweetness laced with the European hops providing a mildly floral hop aroma. This is a great crisp lager that has fruit tones of sweetness along with balanced bitterness to form a really refreshing lager, the maibock form of Spaten comes with a decent kick of alchol in the flavor. A very drinkable classic that was great for a hot sunny day like yesterday.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap Clark's Ale House

Looks like a pilsner or kolsch with a golden straw yellow color. This is a nice standard Maibock. The aroma and flavor are of apple juice-like malts with a touck of bock-licorice and a earthy/spicy hops taste at the end. I enjoyed it and you probably would too.

Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer. Nicely hopped for aroma and bitterness which were perfectly balanced to match the nics dry crisp taste. The taste was slightly spicely and bitter leaving the mouth dry. It had a nice crisp and dry taste that which is what you expected from looking at this nice copper clear beer. A good amount of head which retained throughout. Overall a great light lager.

Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in hue, the color is dreadfully ordinary. Seriously, I don’t like looking at this beer because it makes me sad. Thankfully the head is always served at one finger in height. Head retention of the white foam is fantastic; it lasts for almost the entire consumption before fading to a soapy collar. There is widespread subsequent lacing; it is organized blotchiness. All joking aside about the lack of excitement in the liquid there is nothing wrong with this beer. I like how it looks in my dimpled mug.

The nose doesn’t say much, the potency is low and the articulation is minimal. I smell malty sweetness that manifests itself as lemon bread. Hops offer some earthy, grainy, and grassy notes. As expected for the style, the finish is fairly clean. Overall, the bouquet can barely be called inviting because it is too quite. Still, one sniff and I get the gist of what to expect, I guess that is good enough. Mmm… Maibock.

The palate matches the nose and that is all I can as for. Upfront is tasty maltiness with lemon bread and plenty of sweetness. Thankfully hops move in and supply enough bitterness to almost balance this beer. The malt is more dominate then I’d like but this beer has grown on me quite a bit. The hops deliver a lovely combination of grass, hay, and spicy earth. There is also some random fruitiness. By the finish, this Bock turns quite supple and bready, I kind of like this. There is something about the palate that is enjoyable, tasty, and relaxing. Yet there is just something amiss… I can’t really put my finger on it. I guess I wish it were less sweet. Long aftertaste. I’ve enjoyed many a half-liter with pretzels; I don’t project much food pairings beyond a brat and some muster.

Medium/medium-full in body, the mouthfeel doesn’t strike me as good or bad. I find this odd. I interpret this as such; it is not too thin or too lightly carbonated but it is not perfect either. The mouthfeel is functional and fitting if not a tad sluggish. Still, the beer feels right on the tongue.

Drinkable? Yes it is. I’ve now tried this multiple times on-tap at the Huber-Haus in Omaha. I belly up to the bar and order round after round. This is a solid Maibock. Recommended.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with some honey highlights and a small wispy white that the basically settles into nothingness. The aroma is that of the doughy munich malt, black pepper and grassy hops. The taste is similiar to the aroma, doughy munich malt, pepper, honey and mineral water. Like a heavy munich lager, which it is supposed to taste like. Smooth flavor, not grainy, with a dash of spice from the hops. Moderate body, slightly chewy with tingly carbonation, finishes very smooth. A nice drinking maibock, ABV respectable, not ridiculous. Fine brew.

Photo of oracle
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer arrived clear light amber, with low density head that left little lacing. Very little nose, very faintly hoppy.

Taste was suprinsingly good, mild without being lightweight. Good balance of hops with fruityness. Long finish

Very easy to drink. I will be ordering again.

Photo of shishidojo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a German restaurant. It was coppery-yellow in color with a nice white foam head. The aroma was clean; malty with a hint of hops.

I really enjoyed this one. It had a slightly sweet taste up-front but finished with a dry note and a hint of the hops. Carbonation was right on. Overall very refreshing. Spaten has been brewing beer for over 600 years so it figures they know what they're doing. Good stuff!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@The Front Door... I asked for a short pour ... got it in a nice goblet... Crystal clear golden... nice head and lace...

Nose is concentrated pale malts.... not much else..

flavor shows grainy/dough maltiness without any cloying sweetness... earthy/lite floral hops help balance... body is about perfect.. so is the carbonation....

I love a good Maibock and this seems pretty fresh... nice from front to back.


Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pale gold with a big foamy white head. Very mild aroma, some biscuit-like malt and lightly sulfurous lager yeast. As it warms I pick out more malty/honey sweetness. It's light and clean on the palate, but decidedly more malty than Spaten's helles lager. There's little in the way of bitterness, It finishes clean and semi-dry, a bit bland but not bad.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours from the tap a distinctly clear and golden yellow color with a hefty brilliant white and creamy head, the lace a filmy curtain to drape the glass. Nose is citrus crisp, and malt sweet, pleasingly fresh and a real treat, start is nicely malted and lightly sweet, the top is moderate in body. Finish is masterfully hopped, the carbonation brisk and the aftertaste quite dry, a fine drinking beer and one I’ve never seen around these parts.

Photo of carln26
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, clear gold with a thin white head. Hmmm.. Looks like a pilsner. The aroma is a clean malty smell mixed with a citrus hop. Very crisp smelling Hmmm. Smells like a pilsner. Very crisp tasting. Crisp pilsner taste from German hops Hallertau? Crisp hop flavor, more grapefruit. Slick mouth feel good drinakbility. Except for the addition of a good strong hop flavor, this came off to me like a pilsner. That’s not bad, just not true to style. I liked this beer, and will have another in the future.

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean and lightly sweet grain with a faint noble hop.

The taste consisted of a creamy grainy malt with some earthy hop and yeast characters. Some mild caramel sweetness as well. Biting hop finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with good carbonation.

Overall a very tasty bock with very good drinkability.

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz...
Appears a transparent golden orange with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sourdough bread, honey, flowers, juicy fruit gum, and mild spice.
Taste mimics the aromas. Ahhh, German beers, how I love thee. Malt and signature yeast really make these kind of beers unique and delicious in their on way.
Mouthfeel is full of malt, medium bodied, slightly spritzy, sweet up front leading to a mildly sour but addictive aftertaste.

Photo of JohnY
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fond this beer on tap at my favorite German Restaurant in Portland (Gustav's). They have it all year around despite the seasonal availability noted above. Poured into a traditional German bier stein. Nice thick white head that left a descent amount of lace as I finished my stein. Very sweet almost honey like on the nose. Pale yellow in color. Great alcoholic zip, smooth and well balanced. A bit of straw like hops on the finish. Nice carbonation. Overall a great brew to go with a fantastic dinner.

Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I told myself I drink too many IPA's, Double IPA's and Belgians and need to drink other stuff. When Amsterdam Ale House had this beer on tap I was happy to try one. When they brought it in this really cool glass stein, I was really psyched. Add the flavor and this is a beer I'll get every day while it's there.

Great golden color, interesting aroma, outstanding flavor. Lots of malty flavor without being too strong. i love this beer.

Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Spaten 0.5 liter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear light amber-gold color with ½" white head that recedes in about 5 min to virtually nothing. Sipping leaves no lacing on the sides but there are a few steady streams of tiny bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is faint but contains light malt, a hint of yeast, and some faint floral hop notes.

Taste: The flavor is light clean sweetness of malt with some floral/grassy hop bitterness popping out here and there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light soft and slightly creamy with the very light carbonation. The finish is medium long tapering off to a slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: The drinkability is good. This is fresh, light and easy to sip. I could easily have several or return to this. Two key words here are balance and subtlety. This is a beer to drink alone or with very mild food.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a minimally foggy dark gold with a thin film of creamy white head that left some nice lace.

Smelled of white flour, melon rind and a crisp, spicy hop. This was nice, but terribly faint.

Tasted slightly of peaches, banana and a doughy malt with a big peppery German hop kicker.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, dry and crisp. Substantial, but easy. Very nice.

Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at Green's - Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Clear gold color with a decent white head and moderate lacing.

S: The aroma is wheat, citrus, and malty sweetness. Well balanced.

T&M: Medium to heavy bodied. Thick maltiness and bready. Crisp with nice fine carbonation that is thick. Beautiful hop balance for the style that gives this a nice mild floral, citrus flavor.

Quite drinkable for a bock, refreshing and flavorful. Not my favorite style, but this is the best that I have had in this style. One not to miss when you see it on tap!

Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one gets a lot better as it warms, so keep that in mind. Beer is a standard bock look, light brown with copper highlights. A small head that dissolves fast. Nose is light spicy malt, a touch of fruit. Taste is likewise although stronger: spices, caramel malt, a touch of hops at the end. Feel is solid, good body with nice funky carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer. I haven't had too many maibocks, but I prefer the Dead Guy.

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Spaten Maibock / Premium Bock from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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