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Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2002

2004 and 1988 Bronze Medal Winner in the Bock category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 119
Photo of DoubleJ
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a pint bottle, on to the beer:

An inch of white head tops this copper colored beer. Visible bubbles in the body run from bottom to top. The head retention is excellent, resting above the beer all the way until the end. The aroma is okay. Very sweet, with cider and honey dominant, however at the risk of becoming unbalanced.

It's taste is more mellow that expected. I get the taste of red apples, a wee note of husk, neutral grain that doesn't get very sweet. The beer has a dry character, is medium bodied, and is highlighted by lively and pleasing carbonation bubbles.

A change of pace from the hopped up beer that have become common in my beer consumption. This is okay.

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Robust, fine-beaded cream-colored head surmounts a hazy golden-orange body. Intricate hieroglyphs in a forgotten language adorn the glass walls. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Noble hops, caramel malt, butter (diacetyl), light fruit, and a slight peppery spiciness comprise the substantial aroma.

Taste: Opens with lots of caramel and dark toffee, soon followed by a spicy Noble-like hop note. Grassy hops are present as well, from start to finish. Late in the taste, there is a mild earthy, somewhat herbal quality, which lingers on.

Mouth feel: Soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of this traditional style, very pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells nice, but there is a slightly odd bitterness in the flavors that diminish the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing 2+ fingers of eggshell, finely bubbled foamy & somewhat lasting head that leaves a beautiful coating of lacing. Aroma is malty, white bread, toast, caramel, honey, slight floral & grass hops. Taste is similar but more robust. Bread, butter & something similar to a candied fruit are in the lead through mid-sip with the hops manifesting nicely in the finish & aftertaste. Nicely bitter in the finish that follows through & increases in the aftertaste. Like Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock Beer this brew is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, especially the buttery character. And also as with Mendocino Bock Beer, there is a metallic note, from mid-sip through finish that intensifies in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, oily, slick & coating on the tongue.

Photo of ordybill
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- has a yeasty type aroma that is not all that inviting.
Appearance- A dark yellow colored beer with a white head.
Taste- Very disappointing, has a malt flavor that I do not particularly care for. I am a fan of Maibock style beer but this taste is off the mark for me.
Palate - A medium bodied beer with a dry finish with a not-so pleasant aftertaste.
Overall - A big disappointment for me. I was hoping for 16Oz of pure enjoyment, instead it was drudgery finishing this beer off.

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mixed six from Plantation Total Wine

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher pokal glass.
6% ABV, 14030 Julian date.

A - Below the shroud of thick egg shell-colored lacing lies a well-maintained skim of foam and crystal clear, gorgeously raw honey colored deep golden beer, filled with steady, slow streaming, tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - Sprecher's Mai Bock wafts soft, warm white bread to the nostrils with slightly browned crusts and caramel pralines adding delicate and welcome sweetness to the mix for a malty and beautifully simplistic aroma.

T - A near mirror image of the aroma, this mai bock follows through on it's aromatic promise of sweet caramel notes underscoring a warm, fresh bread-flavored maltiness that doesn't dabble in complexity but stays straight-forward.

M - That touch of caramel sweetness in the flavor doesn't last long on the tongue as the airy and lively carbonation scrubs the tongue through the medium body to it's dry, almost slightly metallic finish.

O - Sprecher's Mai Bock is perfectly suited for a Wisconsin spring that occasionally spikes with warmth but still drops to chilling temperatures. It's smooth body balances between light and refreshing and fuller and sustaining as the malt touches on caramel sweetness and freshly baked bread with a dry finish and clean drinkability.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft/mild caramelized bread. Not robust in aroma but pleasant in a subtle way.

The taste is of bread with some caramel. Not too sweet - some drying noble hops give a floral finish to it. Slight hint of warming alcohol is fitting for the style.

It is crisp. Overall, it's pretty smooth, though it is slightly astringent.

Overall, it's a well-balanced maibock and an enjoyable brew.

Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've bought this every year since it's been available -- surprised to find I've never reviewed it. Maibock is probably my favorite style next to Oktoberfest, and Sprecher beers have been a favorite since 1985.

A -- Clear, deep amber-gold with a long-lasting, firm, cream-colored head.

S -- Mildly fruity and spicy nose with bready maltiness making up the backbone.

T -- Bready maltiness up front with some spicy hops following through and the yeasty breadiness in the finish. There's a definite spicy-bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft, finishing dry, with a medium to light-heavy body.

O -- This isn't as smooth as some Maibocks to be had, being dry in the finish with a mild astringency from the dryness. But the malty goodness of the beer makes this a great drinker for anyone craving a Maibock this season.

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/26/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, pepper, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, pepper, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; good amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock! Very nice balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering; and great example of the style.

Photo of guityler83
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Sraw yellow to pale sunset orange color. crystal clear with no haze or sediment. A constant half finger of soft pillowy white. Chunky lacing down the side of the pilsner glass.

S: Clean fruit like esters. Spicy hop character. Sweet with a hint of bread.

T: A clean sweet and grainyness with bread crust and lingering toast astringincy.

M: light clean body with a high level of carbonation

O: Very easy drinking Maibock with no alcohol hotness like I usually get with the higher end of this style. The graininess was a bit astringent, but I can deal with it because of the crispness and cooler temperatures.

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

This bottle was over a year old, so I expected it to have lost some flavor. But it seems to have endured pretty well and I adjusted my ratings upward to account for the knowledge that it was over a year old. It poured up a deep golden color with no head, and no lacing. The nose was pears and floral. Mouthfeel was a bit average. Taste was a surprise to me. The front end was very sweet with a honey like flavor and the finish had a respectable hoppy bite which was well balanced. I'd love to get a newer bottle of this, because even being old, it was a winner.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta love the Sprecher fat boy bottles. Pours out a dark gold color, a nice sizeable 1" head on it, average lace and retention. Cereal grain lightness and lager yeast aroma.

Grassy, hay type taste with actual recognizable hop character, a little weird for a German influenced brewery in Wisconsin, but nonetheless, a way of making it appeal to the more hop headed minded palate that can't stray from hops. Prickly at times.

I found it good enough, wouldn't hesitate to pick another 4 pack up for a warm spring or June day. Good stuff if you're down at Lake Michigan or playing volleyball at Summerfest.

Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: 4-pack from Whole Foods, Nashville

Appearance is a clear and bright copper color, capped by a huge, frothy head 5+ fingers high. Retention is very good, with a nice, sticky lace.

Aromas are malty - bready and caramel, plus some grapes and then earthy, floral hops.

Taste is malty and sweet, with a light fruity character, but balanced by hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated, on a medium body. The finish is balanced between sweet and bitter; moderately dry.

Overall, a very well constructed spring lager. Recommended.

Photo of tencents
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy orange amber. Nice white bubbly head.

Smell - Smells like a brewery. Not sure if it sat in a cask for a bit but definite subtle pleasant wood aroma. And at same time a bit like a brewery floor, but not in a bad way.

Taste - Has an interesting dry metallic taste at end that is reminiscent of beers I have had in Europe, Germany but also elsewhere. Nice but not as strong as German Maibocks that I have had. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Like every other beer I have had from this brewery its full, creamy, but this also has a little touch of soapiness.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Somewhat hazy amber color with a minutes' worth of single finger foamy head, no real lacing is left behind in the glass unfortunately.

S. It very strongly resembles cinnabon pastries in aroma, only with the amount of caramelized brown sugar super MEGA amplified. There are also medium strength aromas of buttered golden treacle syrup and vanilla beans.

T. Thankfully, the flavor is much drier than the aroma had indicated. The primary flavor is biscuit dough with just a pinch of butter, honey, and brown sugared sweetness on top. Secondary flavors include nutty and floral hopping elements that provide a good framework of support for all the robust doughiness that is present.

M. Heavier side of medium thickness, somewhat lighter in carbonation than I would have preferred.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16 oz. bottle. Has a pretty rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of biscuts and malts. Taste is somewhat milder, malts, biscuts, light hops, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of matjack85
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 16oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. No freshness date, but I do appreciate the extra 4 ounces.

The beer poured a hazy golden/orange color and made a 2-finger white head that never completely receded, leaving a white rim on top throughout the drink. Lacing was decent.

Sweet caramel and dark bread aroma, along with some fruit and flowerty hop smells. I liked the way this smelled.

Definite bready malt flavor along with caramel sweetness. Some green apple gives it a bit of a funky tart and sour flavor. Not much flavor from the hops so bitterness is low. The hops here were mostly used for the aroma I guess. A different, but tasty offering.

Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Alcohol is undetectable.

Another solid effort from Sprecher.

Photo of GPHarris
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - poured a two-fingers thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring and sheet that was gone halfway through. the lacing was very good until the head disappeared. the body was a bright and light amber color.
s - bready with some toffee, honey, and caramel sweetness.
t - caramel and grain with a light floral hop.
m - thick and slick.
d - good beer though i wish i had had it fresher. i no doubt would have scored it higher if so.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz bottle into pint glass

A-pours a fairly light amber/bronze color with less than a finger of head

S-Much like everyone else is saying I get sweet carmel malt smell

T-The carmel is still there follwed by a little bit of smokiness and earthy spice in the good way.

M-Good carbonation almost a little creaminess to go with the carmel

O-good beer that is very well made

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Southland Beverage. Aged over the winter by the brewer, time to try it n'est pas. Pours a deep golden colour, with a generous retained head. Somewhat of a funky and malty aroma. Big carbonation, hops, funkiness, and spice. A palate number. Not what I expected based n my limited exposure to this style, but good drinkability. Perceived IBU is not high here.

Photo of samie85
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear orange color with two fingers of thick white head.

S-Smells of sweet caramel with a some grain and light herbal notes.

T-Slightly bitter and herbal upfront with a generous caramelly malt backbone and a dry graininess on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a very chewy character and low carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking and a pretty nice take on the style. A very approachable beer, yet deep in its flavor profile.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear dark golden color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly with only a spot or two of lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a bit of light bready malt plus a touch of floral hops. The flavor is slightly sweet with a lot of bread and mild grain. Slight floral hops, leading to a moderate bitterness in the finish. A bit of a nutty character in the flavor as well. Medium body with moderate carbonation; fairly smooth. Good beer.

Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in Spring 2011.

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a thick foamy head. Has the scent of wheats and sweet carmel malts. Taste is that of mostly malts with slight hints of citrus. Taste is rather mild in comparison to other Mai Bocks I've had. Slight bit of a dry after taste but still rather well made.

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

Thanks to O'Malley for stopping by with a couple of Sprecher seasonal offerings.

Pours a clear copper color with a thick, off-white head that settles into a thin rimming of foam. Prodigious lacing throughout session.

Aromas of caramel malt, buttered biscuit, green apple and pear.

Opens relatively hoppy before digging into a sweet malt foundation. Suggestions of caramel covered apples and biscuit dominate, followed by a touch of spice. Green apple and pear flavors surface. A hint of citrus. Butterscotch and buttered toast round out the taste profile. Light bodied with a prickly effervescence. Finishes dry. Refreshing, flavorful and extremely drinkable.

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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.