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Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | 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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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.


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 22:32:12 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of malcontent


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Replicating the German penchant for "hard" pours into a mug, the Sprecher Maibock yields a strong two fingers of head that recede to a very respectable one finger. The pillow-y head leaves behind generous lacing to accentuate a pristine shade of amber. Looks damn good.

Caramel malt and hints of clove surround a core of mildly fruity/somewhat buttery grain chaff.

Clean is the overwhelming sensation here. A fair degree of hop bitterness is pronounced on the otherwise dry finish although this brew only sports a moderate level of malt sweetness. Check that, a bit of warming ratchets the caramel sweetness up a few degrees.

At first I felt the beer was so clean that is was actually thin. As it turns out, the body is plenty substantial and the carbonation is totally under control. This drinks like a dream and measures up to the vast majority of German macrobraus. Sprecher = solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 17:47:04 | More by malcontent
Photo of Gehrig


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

his is the first time I've tried a Sprecher beverage, and it's tasty and solid. It pours a decent, one-finger head of white froth atop a blond-red body. The smell is good, giving me a whiff of fruit, light malt and modest spices. The taste is of course similar, with lots of fruit--orange, apricot, berries--a bit of chocolate, a good bread taste, and some ginger and peppery taste. I like.

The mouthfeel is splendid, nicely carbonated, smooth in texture. This was a good pickup, and one I'll quickly grab again. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 22:52:30 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Pauly2X


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber color supported a full finger head which slowly dissapated.

S- Sweet caramel malt notes with a very slight alcohol smell

T- Much like I hoped from the smell the caramel malts came through beautifully tended to by subtle spicy hops. Thankfully the alcohol notes which were present in the smell did not show up for the taste.

M- Smooth and rich without being heavy.

D- Very drinkable, I'd session it.

Annother great beer from Sprecher! This beer has helped to ease the pain of the oktoberfest season drawing to an end.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 21:23:44 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 02:30:27 | More by Viggo
Photo of Tballz420


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep gold color, clear in complexion. Medium sized off-white head tops it off. Sweet malt, grain undertones on the nose. Sweet malts round off the taste, touch of warming alcohol in the belly. Medium bodied brew. Pretty typical maibock, could use a bit more oomph.

We will never forget.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 03:38:10 | More by Tballz420
Photo of morimech


3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber colored with a small head that disapates quickly and leaves slight lacing. Constant release of bubbles long after the pour which I find appealing.

S- Sweet and malty with just a hint of yeast. No alcohol smell to speak of.

T- Malt with a hint of hoppiness on finish. A sweet tasting beer.

M- A bit heavier than I expected. A dry aftertaste.

An enjoyable brew but not my favorite Sprecher beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 19:54:35 | More by morimech
Photo of ttu94


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know this beer is out of season but I had to try it since my sainted mother brought it back form Packer land for me. Looks very nice coming out of the bottle. A clear gold color with a big white head. The smell is also very appealing with malt and citrus hop tones. Tastes very malty and SWEET. I also notice some fruity characteristics. The mouth feel is slightly too sweet and I would like to have some more hop notes but I’m a hop head so whatever.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 04:15:31 | More by ttu94
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into pint glass no freshness date.

A: Overflowing head after a pretty hard pour, very active carbonation with a nice cascading effect that came as a result of the hard pour. The off white head calms down and rests an half inch above the clear amber beer. Nice looking.

S: Apple and caramel malt with an underlying bread crust aroma. Though I'm not sure it's as flowery and citrusy as the label claims it to be, still that doesn't bug me too much as it still smells good.

T/MF: Aggressive carbonation bubbles all over the place. Sipping the beer along with a bit of the head imparts a nice fruit and estery flavor that is not as pronouced as the head fades away. When is does there is still a nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. Begins pretty buttery with apples and sweet bread nuttyness. Finishes with a nice touch of hop oil on the tongue, not too much but still you can feel it there.

D: A nice and subtle balanced beer, I'm very impressed with this brewery from what I've had from them very solid and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 21:17:43 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of happygnome


4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: a light amber color with about an inch (maybe more) of head that doesnt dissapear fast, leaves a lot of lacing
s: honey and carmel, also bready nice hop bitter aroma isalso detectable, the 6.0% abv does not come out in the aroma
t: honey, this is a sweet beer, although there is just enough hops to balance this, very enjoyable
m: medium to full bodied with a lot of carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this brew

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 16:11:23 | More by happygnome
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 02:15:01 | More by tempest
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.2/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think Sprecher's Bavarian Black is exceptional, but I'm frequently disappointed by other beers of theirs that I try, and unfortunately this is one of those disappointments. This beer has a great appearance, but a metallic aroma and flavor that mars an otherwise pleasing sweat caramel maltiness.

Appearance of this beer is quite good; it is a sparkling and clear copper color with good head formation and retention. Aroma is distinctly coppery, more metallic than it is malty. And flavor is the same - I get maltiness up front, but I get a distingly disturbing copper taste at the finish that lingers in my mouth a long, long while. Not so good. Mouthfeel is OK, but I can't say I recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 01:02:24 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of pacond


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

16 oz bottle

Pours a nice light caramel/ brown, almost amber. A good healthy head.

Smell is malty, light amount of floral. Ther eis a sweetness to the smell but is balanced by a earthiness

Taste is malty. Not as hoppy as other in the style. Floral and malty upfront, you can taste the alcohol a little at the end of it. It is watery and a nice amount of carbonation

This is smooth for a bock, and drinkable. Definitely not something I would drink all the time though. Not a bad brew, Sprecher does it up by serving a full pint, which is not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 03:56:26 | More by pacond
Photo of emerge077


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 23:22:25 | More by emerge077
Photo of joe1510


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. Bottle
$6.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland

Sprecher's Mai Bock poured a beautiful crystal clear caramel brown. Large carbonation bubbles rise slowly toward the 1 finger creamy craggy off white head. The head slowly fades. This beer looks great. Left thick patchy lacing.

Smells of toasted grains and a big smac of doughy breadiness. There's a slight hop spiciness coming through toward the end. The hops add a nice floral aroma. There's also a mild caramel maltiness and a faint brown sugar sweetness.

Tastes of doughy malt and very lightly toasted grains. The floral hoppiness comes across mid to late palate along with a mild wave of alcohol spiciness that you can feel everywhere in the mouth. Mild caramel sweetness shows itself more and more as the beer warms.

Meduim bodied and a little sticky. Even though this beer is sticky the body seems a little light for the style. There is no shortage of hops as is shown by the tingling of the tongue after half a glass. Slow carbonation lets the beer glide through my mouth.

Easy drinker and a nice treat in this early spring type of weather.

This is a surprisingly good beer from Sprecher. I've enjoyed all their offerings I've sampled in the past. I don't believe they get the credit they deserve. Solid, enjoyable brews from a quality brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:16:54 | More by joe1510
Photo of shadow1961


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

Sprecher's Maibock pours out a big fluffy head over a slightly cloudy tawny
brew. Carbonation is moderate, and the nose is malt and barley. The flavor
is of barley, a bit sweet up front with a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is round,
with a mild grassy aftertaste. Nicely boozy at 6% alcohol by volume. Good
lacing all the way down the glass. Is it a great beer? No. It's actually pretty
average. But they are selling 4 packs of various Sprecher brands for about
$4.50- and the bottles are pub pints. A buck and change for a big bottle of
beer is a hell of a value- the beer is not super, but it's decent, and that puts
it head and shoulders over most longnecks you'll see in your favorite dive

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 02:27:00 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Chaz


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled, in a nonic. Medium pour produces a two-fingered, pale tan head of good duration and moderate lacing. Golden-copper in color, and brilliant. The nose is very expressive, with plenty of piney hops, light spice (clove?) and honeydew melon. Bright, crisp, and mildly sweet on the first sip. The dry hopping does seem to be evident, with the hops full of spicy, perfumey lupulin charm. Malt profile is easy-going yet equally as chatty as the hops, with a round feel, biscuity notes, light caramel, and overall not-quite sweet. Fairly mild bitterness, although the character of the hop really stays with you more than the bitterness itself. Notes of fruit are light but pleasant, with citrus (grapefruit), golden apple, and melon. Fairly dry in the finish, and yeah, I can even taste the hops when I burp! Medium bodied but rather light on the palate altogether. Readily sessionable. This is a fresh batch, and it really comes across this way by way of its taste and crisp, expressive hop qualities. I'm happy to see Sprecher beers back in the Twin Cities area.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 18:29:46 | More by Chaz
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 15:23:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of shivtim


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep clear gold brew. Smells like delicious green apple slices and freshly sickled grains. Nicely layered smells. Taste is malts and sour apple, with a mildly sweet aftertaste dotted with cherries. While it has a lot of sweet flavors, none of them are overwhelming and the little bits of sourness and malts help to balance things. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Very drinkable, especially for a mai bock.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 03:31:16 | More by shivtim
Photo of expatsteve


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

Appearance: Orange amber, with a 1/4 inch head that leaves heavy suds cover and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Medium visibility and low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Toffee, and a little banana yeast. A little buttery, but a pleasant mix.

Taste: Raisins, oranges, and hints of apricot across a bready, yeasty finish. Metallic hops bristle is a nice complement to the malts, though the aftertaste has a floral hops finish that I wasn't expecting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low carbonation and a little bitterness makes for a refreshing and balanced finish.

Drinkability: Good rendition of the style, with nice bock malts - though the hops are a little out of place and might seem distracting to some. Nonetheless, I didn't mind them too much, and would definitely drink this again if I found it on tap or available in singles.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 16:03:39 | More by expatsteve
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 16:57:41 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of jimbotrost


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in a 16 oz bottle. The pour is of a deep copper almost amber with tone reminiscent of honey. This is capped off by a nice tight although small head. Nose is small for style, what I was expecting was not there but there was a tracer of that sweet malty honey. Flavor was definitely malty, and nice and full bodied. The finish was surprisingly crisp for the style and left very little aftertaste. This beer definitely is a warmer but quite drinkable. See you next year.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 22:10:04 | More by jimbotrost
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

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 01:10:57 | More by dirtylou
Photo of evanackerman


4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer pours a pretty clear copper color with a thin head that subsides rather quickly yet leaves ample lacing. (This seems to be common with maibocks).

aroma is very pleasant - caramel malt and floral hops, just a touch of lemon zest.

taste is a wonderful balance of bready malt with nice bittering hops that impart a floral character. taste matches nicely with the aroma.

mouthfeel is very appropriate for the style, medium viscosity with mild carbonation, drinkabilty is as high as it gets for me, this is a perfect spring session beer.

overall, a well crafted and immensely enjoyable brew from a great brewery, perhaps a tad bit hoppier than most maibocks, but it is just right in my opinion, this goes so well with burgers and brats it is hard to even eat them without it! definitely give this a try if you have access to some that is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 18:23:04 | More by evanackerman
Photo of aschbren


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

Maibock is a type of bock beer that's brewed in celebration of spring. Bock beers fall into the lager category, and are typically characterized by moderate bitterness and full malted flavor. You probably have seen beers with goats on the label. That's a bock.

The style has an interesting history, as is recounted in an amusing story in Garrett Oliver's The Brewmaster's Table. Apparently the German city of Einbeck became famous for its bocks in the middle of the fourteenth century. The Bavarians didn't like being outdone by the north Germans, so they sought to regain respect as brewers. Beer, you have to remember, was a staple of life, and was therefore a key trading commodity. Duke Ludwig X of Bavaria hired a brewmaster from northern Germany to set up shop in Munich. It was there that the first Bavarian bock beers were brewed. Over time, the Bavarians became known for producing bock beer to rival that in the north. This victory was hastened by Duke Maximilian I who invited Einbeck's head brewmaster to Bavaria only to detain him there. By 1614, the Hofbräuhaus was selling bock beer to the public.

Maibocks are often confused with hellesbocks. Although both styles have much in common, Maibocks are usually lighter in color and body than hellesbocks.

Prior to Prohibition, nearly every brewery in the US served a credible bock beer. So what better place to begin on my search for good Maibock than in America's great brewing city of Milwaukee?

The Sprecher Brewing Company has been churning out this fine brew as a spring seasonal since 1986, just one year after starting out. Since then, the beer won a bronze at the 2004 American Beer Festival. As a result of the brew's longevity and awards, I had high expectations for this pint of beer. Like all of Sprecher's beer, this beer came in a 16 ounce bottle.

A variety of aromas burst from the bottle as soon as it was cracked open. A strong malt and yeast profile was most prominent, reminding me almost of hefeweizen. There's a strong bread aroma in there, too, followed by a much fainter smell of grannysmith apples. This only makes sense since the brewers put some wheat into the malt.

The color appeared copper in the ambient light of my room, but I quickly saw that it's a very pale yellow when held against the scrutiny of direct light. Really, the color is very appealing. Ample carbonation raises a moderate head upon the pour. The head persisted for a few minutes and then receded to form a beautiful ring around the glass. No lacing was visible as the beer was consumed.

Unsurprisingly, this beer reminded me of a helles ("light lager") as it has a distinct liquid bread character to it. All of the flavors seem to be in that same family. There is yeast dancing on a stage of solid malt. There's also a very slight earthy taste to the beer that becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. The taste experience is very lengthy, and the flavors become more profound but fainter the longer you wait. At 6% abv, this beer is of authentic strength and is surprisingly easy to drink. A moderate dose of hopping comes through to provide a hit of bitterness. Although I'm horrible at hop analysis, the most prominent hop seems to be Mount Hood. In all, this beer is very well balanced and holds true to the Maibock style. My only criticism is that the hopping is a tad too severe for the style, as are many American craft brews.

Because of the extent of the hopping, it's not obvious what would partner well with the beer. Although hamburgers with onions, or meatballs would make for a tasty combination. The bitterness of the hops would hook onto the meat, while the bready character would mirror the taste of the bun. I think Mexican dishes that involve beans would be worth a try. The earthiness would correspond to that of epazote, while the hops would be a good partner for brighter flavors that many Mexican dishes have.

Sprecher's Maibock is an excellent interpretation of the Maibock style. Assertive and true to form.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 22:51:02 | More by aschbren
Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.