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Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

Mai BockMai Bock

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85
very good

155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%


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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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice blondish amber colored malt with an offwhite head that foams up quite nicely. Complex aromas sets this beer apart from others of its style. Every time I took a whiff, I could pick up different aromas like oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar, and flowery / earthy hops (no doubt a result of dryhopping). Nice and sweet upfront with caramel flavors, cleansing middle, and a very prolonged bitterness at the end. Alcohol flavors were noticeable, but mixed well with the malt flavors and hop bitterness. Easily drinkable and pairs well with a nutty cigar. The best damn US Maibock I've had yet. This brewery is growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 16:27:47 | More by Longstaff
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lampkins

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to this beer every spring and is one of the best bock beers I have samplet to date.

The pour bears a golden yellow with a decent foam. The first thing I noticed about the beer is the wonderful malty smell. The taste of this beer is excellant at first it tastes smooth and quickly turns to spicy hoppy aftertaste. This beer is highly drinkable and I feel that the moutfeel of the beer is one of Sprecher's best.

As an asided, my late Grandfather told me that Sprecher's Mai Bock reminded him of how Pabst tasted back in the 1940's and 50's. Though that was interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 15:00:03 | More by lampkins
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Jon

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 03:26:03 | More by Jon
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Talk about bitter tasting. Wow! This beer poured a medium sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. The hue of this beer was amber with a spicy nose. There was a bitter taste that lingered.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 00:58:40 | More by hotstuff
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TheDM

Indiana

2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles and a transparent light amber body. It has a spicy aroma with a bitter initial taste of spiced hops and a lingering bitter after taste. It has a fair lacing. It tastes like it has more than a 6% ABV. It leaves a lingering tingly mouth feel. I didn’t care much for the bitterness in this Maibock. It seems more like an ESB than a bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 14:04:31 | More by TheDM
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jackndan

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 19:42:58 | More by jackndan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 08:30:54 | More by ADR
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Winter

Wisconsin

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

This one pleasantly surprised me. After consuming primarily winter warmers, stouts, barley wines and strong ales all Winter, I could almost taste the upcoming Spring in Sprecher's refreshing Mai Bock. Pours a deep golden, almost light amber in color with a white head. Aroma consists of malt and citrus hops. Thin, crisp mouthfeel. Flavor has a light lemony citrus essence to it. The hops play heavily into the overall enjoyment, just enough without being too bitter. Finish tends to be dry with a nice malty remnant to it. Very easy drinking. Another great offering from Sprecher.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 08:26:58 | More by Winter
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 21:50:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

Hazy, deep golden colored beer. The head on this one is shallow and quickly fades. Aroma is very hoppy, but there’s a subtle maltiness underneath that identifies the beer as a bock. Fortaste is sweet and malty, and overall it’s well balanced with the hops. The brew is a bit more hoppy than I expected, but it doesn’t overwhelm the experience. All in all, it’s good, certainly better than average, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 15:06:23 | More by Suds
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 21:33:02 | More by cokes
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ZAP

Minnesota

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

Very good across the board...dark gold in color...bubbly head that fades fast...heavy hops on the nose...smells like an IPA on the first pour but fades to a more subtle hop aroma deeper into the beer. VERY balanced...good malt base with flowery hop tones...very solid maibock..

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2002 01:06:45 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 17:15:38 | More by Bighuge
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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.