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Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a pint glass. pours a light caramel brown color with a single finger of off white head that is reduced to a soapy rim a minute after pouring. light lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts mainly, with a subtle hoppy base and a nutty chraracter that works well with the caramel malt. a slight fruit note is present under the malt, rounding out the profile.

taste is of light fruit and caramel malt with a nutty base and a light hoppy character upon finishing. aftertaste is of residual malt.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture and a smooth finish. a lightly slick mouthfeel upon finishing.

drinkablility is good. this si an easy going maibock with good concentration and a solid profile. cheers!

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of cookin420
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brdc for this.
Bottle poured into a pubglass

Very pale blonde color. An incredibly pretty beer. Good head with no retention.

The dry hop was quite noticable in the nose and a huge sweetness emits from this brew.

Very sweet. Cherries galore, minimally bitter with a spicy hop. Clean flavors with nothing lingering.

A bit heavy but still manages to be very refreshing.

I wish I could get this here, I would put it's drinkability to the real test.

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  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 marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear light amber bock. Good level of carbonation; forms bright white head that settles fairly quickly. No lace, but a tight collar of bubbles. Little streamers of bubbles zip up from the bottom of the glass. Smells sweet with an odd vanilla scent that's not quite vanilla; more like vanilla mixed with some vegetal hops. Solid body, creamy mouthfeel. Gets a little juicy in the middle then somewhat toasty with some light caramel flavors before finishing just shy of sweet. A very drinkable blonde bock. I could drink more of these than I should.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  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.


Photo of malcontent
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of ttu94
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of happygnome
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  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 BeerBelcher
2.22/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Photo of pacond
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -20.4%
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

Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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.

Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.