Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 10
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:
2004 and 1988 Bronze Medal Winner in the Bock category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2002)
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Reviews by tvv375ia:
Photo of tvv375ia
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to the Buffalo area I see, Sprecher was one of the first micro beer companies I delved into back in the day.On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,came to the table in a standard pint glass a clear dull golden with a slight but well retained white head,standard spring bock aromas that of toasted grain and caramel mainly with some hidden peppery hop.A quaffable beer for the style a little "smaller" than most I have tried but still flavorful,starting out with some honey and caramel sweetness with a bit of alcohol warmth wich I was suprised to taste at such a small beer finishing with a very noticeable earthy-peppery hop note wich was nice.A solid spring bock one that you can have more than one and not have a problem.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Transparent yellowed amber with sporadic white head and tiny carbonation. Mouthfeel and drinkability stand out as highlights. MF is exceptionally creamy and smooth. Body is light to medium. Carbonation is just a back presence. This beer flows over the tongue and into the belly with the greatest of ease. Aroma is citric hops and wild flowers. Flavor is pale malt base with butter and biscuits followed by marmalade jam and edible flowers. Light caramelized finish. Well hopped.

I’ve grown tired of the big boozey, heavily carbonated Mai Bocks that get thrown around this time of year. This one is a nice change of pace. It’s infinitely more drinkable with better hopping than most of the competition.

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of blackearth
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Sprecher Brewery giftshop in Glendale, WI. Pours a bright golden body with a thick white head that leaves a nice cap. Aroma of fruity hops and sweet toasted malts. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and not overly sweet. This beer had a nice lingering hop finish and a subtle dryness. Great drinkability, I'd get this again.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case at the Beer Yard. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. The carbonation continues to bubble in my pint glass. Light malty smell. Tastes sweet with a little bit of malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this very drinkable. I am really digging maibocks now & this is a good one. Recommended.

Cheers.

Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TCJosh
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 ADR
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight amber color, large-bubbled head of almost 1/4 inch to start but one that fades to a trace in half a minute. Whew, a hoppy and spicy cinnamon aroma (really?). Hops immediately balance the good malt early and dominate the finish and aftertaste as well. The predominant sweet counterpoint is a sense of buttered toast with confectioner's sugar, quite nice. Now this is "one spicy meatball" of a Maibock, a refreshing breakout from the malty Bocks and Doppelbocks of Winter/early Spring...sassy, but with enough good malt back-up to balance the brew. Bring on the summer...

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial strange)

A- This beer pours a pecan colored body with a strong carbonation supporting a lumpy buttermilk colored head that last for much of the beer.

S- The soft smell of raw grain has a note of sawdust to it with some soft sulfur notes and a faint butter hint at the finish.

T- The soft caramel malt flavor is dry with a hint of sweet nougat and a soft green spice hop hint at the finish. As the beer warmed there was a note of sweet corn in the finish.

M- This beer had a medium-full mouthfeel due to the thick head and a tight fizz in the finish that cleaned up the soft taste and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has soft but bland flavors with no real fresh or clean malt qualities and no much hop note at all. This beer was not offensive or bad tasting just very muted.

Photo of cdm1313
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hopped up version of a Mai Bock. It was a little strange at first, but once I adjusted, I liked it quite a bit.
Throws an average golden-orange. Thin wispy head. Fair retention.
Heavy floral hops on the nose. Very nice, but about all I am getting on the nose with this.
Taste begins enormously hopped up (Pale Ale style). A nice citric bite. As the beer warms somewhat, some sweet carmel, butterscotch, and fruit flavors materalize. A little alcohol spice to boot. Very nice return to form....with some pizzazz up front.
A beer that could be consumed en masse. Crisp, tasty and refreshing, but somewhat dangerous at the same time...especially in the 16oz bottles.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with an initially blossoming head that reduces to a haze relatively quickly for how large it once was. A good amount of foamy lace is left on the glass.

S - Thick malts hit the nose immediately. Caramel and pumpkin pie. Peanut brittle and toffee too.

T - Pumpkin pie filling and toffee dominate the palate. This is a malt bomb for sure, but some nice hops add a little peppery spice.

M - This is a meaty helles bock. It's almost full bodied with lush carbonation and a tasty heavy malt finish.

D - Well done Sprecher. This is a damn fine beer that can hang with the Krauts.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz stubby, Woodman's, $1.39

appearance: pours a bright amber-copper with a 1/2" beige fluffy head, great retention and a thick lace, medium body, very nice appearance

smell: light grain, sweet apple, lightly toasted malt, smooth caramel, lightly floral hops, lightly spicy

taste: sweet malt, a touch metallic, light alcohol, red apple, a light dose of floral hops, well spiced - peppery, faint cinnamon, touch of ginger (or is that the dressing from the salad?), grassy...pretty good maibock

mouthfeel: medium body, creamy lace

drinkabilty: good

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice mai bock. The flavors aren't quite the same as the Spaten or some of the other traditional mai bocks, but it's still within the style. It starts with pale malts in the aroma and flavor and then expands into fruit flavors like apple and sweet cherry, with a slight licorice tang. The appearance is nice and its quite drinkable. I can see why this is an award winner.

Photo of tassell1
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Maibock pours a clear copper with a fizzy, off-white head. Few trails of a lace remain on the glass. Aroma is of an upfront sweetness provided by loads of malts in addition to a mildly earthy and herbal hoppiness. Smells inviting and the taste confirms. A big, fruity sweetness becomes evident. Honey, tropical fruit, caramel and an herbal hop finish are most notable in the taste department. Mouthfeel is fairly full and not overly fizzy. This is satisfying and quite drinkable. An authentic maibock and a job well done by Sprecher.

Photo of bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden color with a frothy white head that retains well. The aroma has some fresh baked bread notes upfront, along with hay, green apple, toffee, herbal hops and alcohol. The flavor is similar with fresh bread and hay upfront, along with green apple, toffee, turbinado sugar, herbal hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is OK. A decent maibock from Sprecher, this one is a bit out of season and I'm sure it's better when fresh.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebletije, Mad props to Seb!

Pours a chill hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Pears & breadyness, fades a bit as this warms

T: Breadyness, pears, & leafy hops up front. More of the same with a bit of figgyness & dryness thrown in as this warms. Finishes with a touch of honey malt, more leafy hops, plus some apricot

MF: Medium boded, medium carbonation & very good balance

Drinks easy enough, not super exciting as maibocks go, probably better fresh??

Photo of jackndan
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher Maibock: Absolutely clear amber colored brew from our friends up in Milwaukee. Very thick off white head, that lasts. Very rich aroma, noticeable from a few feet away after opening up the bottle. Clean aroma, with a trace of the malts enlivening it, but with a definite whiff of the hops as well.. Very nice taste, very light bodied. The predominate tastes are the malts, but this mai-bock has a nice (but unusual) hop kick toward the end. Actually quite nice and refreshing, well made beer. Look for it.

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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.