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Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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very good

119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 174
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up fresh from the brewery.

Pours a deep amber tone, capped with sticky, dimpled foam that crackles audibly. Lacing is present before the first sip.

Aroma is of musty hay. There's some earthy grain, but it's not the most pleasant. It's dry-hopped, but there's not much of the floral aroma that the label promises.

Taste is rather malty, some light hop presence, and an unfortunate metallic twinge. It has a briny quality as well that is off-putting. No sweetness at all.

Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for a bock, but without alot of gusto. Slightly watery, decent level of carbonation.

It's drinkable, but I won't be picking it up again. Capital is my go-to Maibock. (690 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe tangerine with a dusting of superfine particulates that are only visible when bright morning sunlight is permitted entry. Atop the beer sits an impressively dense, tight-bubbled cap the color of mashed bananas. Its rough-hewn surface drops at a snail's pace and leaves a good bit of fine, pocked lace on the upper reaches of the glass. One of the better looking versions that I've seen (or can remember anyway).

At last. It's about time that a brewery left the Munich malt out of their helles bock. That omission allows the buttery pale malt to shine and allows the peppery, surprisingly fruity hops to contribute a great deal as well. If the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be more than pleased.

It's a wee bit light for the style, both in terms of flavor and body, but lighter, more easy drinking helles have their place too. A little more caramel malt might have helped on the flavor front and I can't figure out why wheat malt is in there at all (lightness, I guess). Mai Bock is one of the more hoppy-bitter versions that I've tasted and is probably a better beer for it.

The grassy, lightly peppery hops come on like gangbusters on the finish and give the beer a zesty, snappy linger that keeps me looking forward to the next mouthful. Dry and crisp aren't words that I usually associated with bocks of any stripe, but they're appropriate in this case. Warming results in a greater amount of flavor and perhaps a tad more depth of flavor as well. The taste score is now an easy call.

It shouldn't be a surprise at this point that the body/mouthfeel is on the lighter end of the style spectrum. Since Specher has opted to go the light route, relatively speaking, it wouldn't have done at all to saddle Mai Bock with a full, sticky, ponderous mouthfeel. If such a thing as a sessionable helles bock exists, this beer is the poster child.

I'm usually pleasantly surprised by Sprecher and Mai Bock is no exception. In fact, I'd say that it's neck and neck with Capital Maibock for in-state honors and is probably the superior beer. Even if you aren't thrilled with the style--like me--this one is definitely worth a purchase. (2,148 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thick white head, which doesn’t fade too quickly and a thick lace.

S: Honey & caramel sweetness and a decent hops aroma are the dominant smells. There’s also a bit of malt and alcohol.

T: The honey that you smell is what prevails in the taste. Very sweet, along with a bit of a hops flavor. You can also taste a bit more alcohol than you probably should from a beer with 6.00% ABV. The sweetness stays in a faint after-taste.

M: Very smooth, due to the sweetness, which also leaves a slightly sticky feel in you mouth. Medium body and high carbonation.

D: The smoothness would make this beer very drinkable, but I found it to be a bit more filling than most. It could also turn you off if you don’t like a strong sweetness in your beer.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this beer since I had only tried one beer of this style and nothing from this company. It was a good beer, but it tasted more like the one English Pale Ale that I’ve had rather than the other Maibock/Helles Bock that I had. The only two minor complaints that I have with it, is that it’s a bit too sweet and a bit too filling. (1,215 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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?? (524 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color; big, fresh white head. Aroma:vegetal, herbal, nutty.Light texture, goood'n'malty, scant hops. None of the particular sweetness I've come to enjoy and expect from my favorite maibocks. A trifle buttery. (224 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It has a mild gainy, breadlike aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that really centers on the Munich malt. It's malty sweet, yet super dry and metallic in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best maibock around. All in all, a seasonal worth checking out. (582 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold in color with a good sized bone white froth. In the aroma, bready malts and light floral hop notes. Flavor follows suit with a nice rich malty tone, some green apple and creamy malt. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Drinkability is solid, a rather nice beer and a great example of the style. (353 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this from my beer of the month club today.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper with a thinnish off white head that has staying power. Aroma is caramel, some vanilla frosting, and some subdued dried fruit in the background. Taste is malty caramel with a hop bite in the finish. Full body sticky mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. Solid brew from Sprecher, to bad I can't get them more often. (398 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -20%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16ozer bottle from a mixed 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head which hung around for awhile, and provided good lacing. Clear, dark golden shade to the brew, with a light yeasty aroma. Flavor was a bit of a disappointment to me, with the malt nice and upfront, but the hops a bit strong that distacted my taste buds at the end of the experience. Still nothing to sneeze at, but after my last Black Bavarian, I have begun to expect greatness from Sprecher. Mouthfeel a bit of a downer due to previously mentioned bitterness, but drinkability is quite good. Could see them going down well on a nice spring day, or a day like today, cloudy and rainy. (724 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coded: 20371FL - 080961012, whatever that means?

A: Bronze with an off-white head, a little retention, good lace.

S: Pleasant spicy & floral aroma with bread, caramel and some earthy minerals.

T: The hops are a pleasant American take on the style (Tettnanger a direct descendant, Mt. Hood from Hallertau and Willamette providing some woody spice). In addition to the spicy, grassy flavours, there a hint of citrus as well. The American malts provide some pale-malt breadiness & caramel. Alcohol is very subdued.

M: Well-attenuated (unlike many new-world versions), but the malts still aren't quite right. The crystal leaves some residual sweentess, and it's lacking the creamy smoothness of its ancestors.

D: Very drinkable. (729 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in a Sprecher variety pack.

Pours a clear copper, big thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick layer dropping tons of lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet and malty, caramel covered apples, iron, bread, citrus, touch of spice, more apple, hint of alcohol, interesting. Taste is similar, caramel and apples, buttery, bread, some spice, slightly metallic and a bit medicinal in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not very bock like, flavours are kind of muddy and not clean. (536 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour with a slight head. Golden hue. Nice flowery hoppy boquet. (This is actually the only maibock that I've ever tried that has been dry hopped.) First impression of taste is hoppy. This is probably the hoppiest bock I've had. It's interesting, although maybe not "true to form." After cutting through some of the hop notes, there is some substance here. There is a definite malt base. A very unique maibock that in my opinion tasted even better on the finish. I'm a bit of a hophead. True bock enthusiasts may not look as fondly on this beer as I do. (568 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” white foam collar that quickly recedes to a thick film. S: Fresh bread aromas with slight initial sulfur. T: An initial malt sweetness and some white bread crust dries by the finish with a moderate spicy hop accent. F: Smooth and clean with medium to medium full body O: A very good Maibock. (330 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (563 characters)

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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.