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Sudwerk Mai Bock - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rkhaze on 04-17-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

harpus, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice lacy head and light amber color. Aroma is clean, sweet malt and a whiff of noble hops. Flavor is a blend of light, slightly toasty malts and balancing noble hops with a bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is sugary and warming. Overall a very good maibock.

EagleTalon, May 01, 2014
Photo of ToriBug13
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sudwerk Maibock Lager

A- Light amber, beautiful thick head with lots of lace! Great carbonation, tiny bubbles. Looks great!

S- Hints of citrus over the malt, very nice.

T- GREAT balance! Light for a maibock, but wonderfully crisp and nice citrus hops for a German style. Good blend of West Coast hop and German Nobles…. it also hides it's alcohol well. I definitely like this one!

ToriBug13, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

t0rin0, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

dmorgan310, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite attractive golden amber in the tall Aventinus weissebier glass. A nice foam with champagne bubbles. An interesting aroma of dried apples.

Seems to have a touch of tartness that is not particularly welcome. Rather bitter, and I'm not sure it should be that way either. Light body, only faintly sweet with a fruity taste. It has the bitterness of a Belgian style without the pleasant yeastiness, so perhaps there is a little bacteria doing its work on the residual sugar.

Sudwerk is conservative enough to say "best within 90 days" but alas, there is no bottling date. Spritzy enough, but not very drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle.

mactrail, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/14/12.

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some caramel-like aromas. Taste is of malt, slight caramel, and some herbal and grassy hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop edge that doesn't show itself in the aroma at all.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Piason
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of grubefresh
2/5  rDev -43.5%

grubefresh, May 10, 2012
Photo of rah1734bones
1/5  rDev -71.8%

rah1734bones, May 01, 2012
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this beer German? Asian? Oh it's from Davis... figures.

A - Poured from an ethnically curious bottle with a thin, quickly gone head and light tangerine color.

S- Mild lemon-cleaner aroma with veggie hints and a that typical classic pilsner note that keeps it above "skunk" but with a little funk.

T - Flavors hit the palate with surprising strength. Rosy floral notes smothered with hints of buttery thickness. Playful give-and-take between malted sweet and bitter bite than interchange as the beer opens and warms. Orange rind on the backend caps off.

M - Thicker than the average "lightish" beer, with butter-cream notes that make this an interesting brew.

O - Deceptive, but overall with a try. I was pleasantly surprised that what looked like a cheap beer was anything but.

ManuelHerrera, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of wages
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first Mai Bock I can recall tasting, but bock rarely disappoints, so I was looking forward to this brew. I didn't realize it was award winning or 7.5% when I bought it in a "build your own".

Appearance - 5/5 - Nice clear golden color.

Smell - 4.5/5 - Sweet alcohol aroma.

Taste - 5/5 - A wonderful balance of clean moderate sweetness that quickly moves to a lightly fruity (maybe pear) then mildly tart bitter aftertaste. I can barely detect the alcohol as the flavors change, and the little I do detect doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - Seems just a tad "syrupy" as it passes the tongue, and then the good flavors linger for a bit in a faint effervescence.

Overall - 5/5 - I'm really impressed with this beer! At 7.5%, it's the perfect ABV to catch a mild buzz on a single beer while enjoying the complex but accessible flavors of this wonderful bock.

wages, Jan 15, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange, cloudy

S- not much of a smell, even in SF

T - biscuit, bread, hop presence with faint malt. Slightly weird bitter finish.

M- mouthfeel is good , a tad on the flat side, but not in a bad way. Creamy.

O- slightly off finish, but worth a go. Decent beverage.

Apellonious, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very very thin head and left a very thin ring of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was of various grains and honey upfront with a good sweet malty presence but had faint bready notes. The taste also had honey character that meshed quite well with the sweetness from the malts but had mild citrus and muted hop notes. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had sweet, citrusy, malty, and sticky finish. It drank good and was digging the sweetness but just wasn't my cup of tea.

Gobzilla, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz. bottle served into a wine glass. Pours a hazy lemon orange color with a thin nearly white cap. A steady carbonation emanates from the bottom of the glass keeping a light cap and yielding some moderate lacing.

Nose is pleasant though light. Bit of hops and some bready malts. Very subtle yet with an increasing complexity with exposure.

Taste is slightly sweet with citrus and honey, bit of a grainy texture. Sweetness is only moderate yet hides the 7.5% well, a number that surprised me after tasting this beer. A light bitterness on the finish lingers nicely and offers a bit of a lemon bread feel. Easy drinking with a light and easy feel. This sample is a couple months beyond its brief 90 day recommended best by date but has held up quite well. Likely better fresh nonetheless.

HalfFull, May 13, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, crystal clear with decent poofy white head.

Aroma is sweet malt and slightly bready.

flavor is a well balanced rich malt character, flows over the mouth well with a little bit of carbonic tingle, leaves the mouth nice and coated with malt, light biscuity tones in there as well.

Probably my favorite of the sudwerk beers, pretty drinkable.

SShelly, May 06, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is, so far, my favorite beer from Sudwerk. Good in the bottle, and really good on tap.

A golden brew with small white bubbly head that dissipates leaving a bit of sticky lacing on the glass. Lightly toasted malts, some grain, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Medium body with decent residuals, with the flavors bringing out basic malts and good grassy hop flavors to balance out. This maibock is easy to drink, but it's the most flavorful of the Sudwerk bunch. I'd recommend having it on tap at the brewery over buying it in bottles!

washburnkid, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of this today because I need some quick bottles for homebrew and I hadn't tried this Sudwerk brew before. Opened up the first one, took a few sips, and then, curious, I looked at the ABV....7.5%!! What?! Damn, I wanted an easy-drinker so I could make those bottles available fast. Hehe, oh well, I guess that makes it more fun.

Anyway, review....Pours a good amber brown with perfect clarity and a short, well-retained white head. Quick lacing. Smells malty, with a hint of apples and fruit-tinged ethanol. Flavor is a robust sweet malt with apples and pears mingled in along with a spicy hop and lingering alcohol. High ABV is evident but not overly distracting. Medium bodied. Drinks well, maybe a little high alcohol for what I intended it to be (a late-spring afternoon beer), but well done style-wise and quite tasty.

aforbes10, May 25, 2009
Photo of JoshuaCain
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale golden/honey with 1 finger of foam. head is creamy but dissipates quickly. aroma is very appealing malt and citrus. flavor is light and balanced, malt and black tea. surprisingly little alcohol presence despite the 7.5%abv. slightly oily mouthfeel. all in all a nice drinkable beer.

JoshuaCain, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice maibock. It's gold with a dense, medium, off-white head that steadily shrinks to a thin head.

The aroma is a very good maibock aroma with fruity grain, raisins, grapes, honey, bread dough, and hay.

The tasee is nice and definitely a maibock, sweet with honey, fruity, zesty, with an alcoholic creaminess and warm bite, along with a grassy-herbal bitterness in the finish along with a bit of honey and green apple peel. It's a very nice example.

Offa, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a pre-mixed variety pack, on to the beer:

There's some chill haze to that golden straw color, looks like a field of wheat in the wind. The aroma is subtle, but sweet. It tastes like a helles lager, but with a kick of alcohol added. Not very complex in flavor with solid drinkability. Finishes is mildly bitter with a tart lemony edge to it. There's no need for malt liquor when this is around.

DoubleJ, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold amber pour with lasting white head. Lagery, yeast malt smell and taste. Not particularly crazy about the nose. Smooth nice lager beer with a yeast flavor that I'm not crazy about either. Decent for the style, I guess, but nothing special. @ City Beer Store in SF thanks to Craig.

JDV, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of stephendr
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of dark gold, with a minimal off white head - nose of vegetation, crackers(wheat), and sweet – taste of bright red fruit, sweat, sour cherries, and mild hops - body is light, and with medium to light carbonation – aftertaste of sour cherries, and ruby red grapefruit

stephendr, Jan 04, 2008
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Sudwerk Mai Bock from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
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