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Berkshire Maibock Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Maibock LagerBerkshire Maibock Lager

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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-17-2002)
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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

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, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brownish/orange with a bit of haze, white head starts at a few fingers and ends as a splotchy cap+ring, not much lace.

Scent is kinda faint and not all that exciting, mostly a bready lager scent, with some herbal and maybe piny hops.

Straight up big bock lager profile, lots of toasted bread/butter/toffee malt with a generous amount of herbal and earthy hops considering the style, some lemony/light fruit notes there as well. Flavors don't meld quite right, and unfortunately lots of alcohol presence mars this one for me.

Big slick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, lots of sweetness and hop oils, deterring booze.

I've had this a few times now and it always just feels off and way too boozy...I'm usually a fan of Berkshire, this one doesn't do it for me.

Chico1985, Jun 05, 2012
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2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - this brew pours a dark amber color with a full finger of frothy head

S - it has a definite fruity aroma, a sugary fruity aroma like Fruity Cereal, or a combination of a fruity/herbal tea

T - it has an oversweet dark fruit flavor like dates. too sweet for my taste, was hard to swallow at the end

M - coating and smooth, decent mouthfeel, but can't get past the over-sweetness

D - too sweet (can you tell) for my taste, was hard to drink, did i mention that it was too sweet. good flavor, but wouldnt buy again

sinstaineddemon, Mar 24, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Rekrule, Oct 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Didier, Mar 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

JAHMUR, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jbeaulieu59, May 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Rgalvin, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of duffextracold
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. nice thick 2 finger head. Cloudy appearance with lots of floaties in it. golden honey color.

As usual, my poorly trained nose doesnt pick up much of anything in the smell department, but thats probably just me.

tastes like sweet malt,kind of fruity. very slight hop bitterness. warming alcohol flavor. maybe a hint of cocoa?

Overall not bad. a little on the sweet side, it should probably have a bit more hops.

It also would be nice to have a freshness date on the bottle, since looking at other reviews, I'm wondering if maybe i got an old bottle? Ill definitely give it another shot.

duffextracold, Dec 30, 2008
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3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very handsome beer off the pour -- very clear, light amber with plenty of bubbles floating upwards. Dense white head that sticks to the glass and the liquid. Aroma is overly sweet to my taste, and contains a bit of a cooked vegetable aroma -- perhaps this is a bad bottle? That note does dissipate a bit as the beer warms, leaving more stuff in the vein of overripe fruits, raw grains, and light brown sugar. On the palate, cooked vegetables first off. That lasts through the mid-palate, until the sweet-malt bockish tastes finally come through toward the end. Some sharper, more defined bitter edges enter the proceedings just before the finish, which nonetheless stays pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and of the perfect weight for the style. Brisk but refined carbonation. Overall, this beer has some nice points to it, but the cooked vegetable notes just mar a lot of that. I'm looking forward to trying this again and seeing if this is just a bad bottle. If it's bad, this beer has a lot of nice parts and shows great potential. If it's not, consider me disappointed.

geexploitation, Apr 12, 2007
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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in the 22 ounce bottle. Somewhat murky, dull amber appearance with thick lacing. Aroma-wise, some neat smells such as spices, maple, honey, slight florals and caramel. Has a really woody, dry overtone to it, really living up to those maple smells. However, it lacks the sweetness I thought it could have had. Mouthfeel is pretty medium-low. Overall, had some really great potential but was somewhat average.

fitzy84, May 10, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local restaurant, 23 oz pour into a tall pilsner glass for a reasonable $6.

A - Dark amber body. Small white head forms but disappears all together after a bit. Swirling doesn't yield much action.

S - Bready caramel malts, light spices, honey, and a touch of herbal grassiness. Alcohol is surprisingly present.

T - Very similar to the nose. Bready malts, caramel, toffee, floral hops and a lingering honey sweetness. The alcohol makes it self present in the finish. Medium and lightly creamy mouth feel.

O - Not BBC's best effort. It has some decent flavors and I really enjoy the honey sweetness, but I found the alcohol to be a bit overwhelming for a spring seasonal.

davey101, Mar 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep, honey amber color with a nice, fluffy white head that sticks around as a nice wisp. Good clarity, even with the yeast in the bottle.

Aroma is surprisingly strong. A ton of concentrated malt, this smells like it should have "imperial" on the label. Toasty/bready malt, sweet caramel, and a touch of fruity yeast character.

The flavor follows with a big, malty sweetness, bordering on cloying. A lot of caramel all the way through, with a slight herbal, hoppy finish.

Medium body with a smooth, malty feeling on the palate. The finish continues with the thick maltiness with low to moderate carbonation. I wish this had a little lighter body with a more refreshing character to it. The drinkability is a little lower than I expect for the style. I'm not sure I'll get this again this season, but maybe I'll get it again next year.

jeffthecheff, Apr 30, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

vfgccp, Jun 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Burt, Apr 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

jofat, Apr 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

davewlfpckfan29, May 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange color with fluffy white head. strong smell of alcohol, cheap adjunct laden lager smell with also hints of cherries/oranges. taste follows through with aundance of alcohol, slightly unblanced but not horrible. for some reason i taste dark cherries, but this kind of surprises me, it must be something else but my head is telling me it is cherries.light bodied and dirnkable on a hot summer day.

MediocreatBest, Aug 06, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Fattsmagee, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

tneenan1, May 09, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiration date of 08-30-11. Sampled on June 19, 2011. The pour is a cloudy orange color with a quick burst of head that fizzles to a thin ring. Scattered sweet malts, overripe fruits, and grains make up the aroma. The body was creamy and in the medium range. This thing ends with an extraordinary sour-tart grainy bite that most definitely leaves an aftertaste. It was a little difficult to drink after awhile but I think it is because it is not a favorite style of mine.

puboflyons, Jun 19, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours the color of dark honey, but very clear. Very light, sand-colored head. Clean looking beer. Very nice!

SMELL: Rich malty fruits and toffee. There's a hint of pepper, too. Smells as clean as it looks.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin-bodied smooth smooth. A little too sticky for my taste. It would have a better mouthfeel if it had more carbonation and bite.

TASTE: Big toasted malts hit the palate first. This is a very bready beer with a hint of spice on the opening taste. The middle and end notes toss in a lot fruitiness and perhaps a bit of caramel. It's a good beer, but a bit run-of-the-mill.

DRINKABILITY: This is a nondescript, agreeable beer. I wouldn't seek this out, but I'd be quite alright if this was the only thing available to drink.

VERDICT: Good, but not anything to get excited about.

John Harvey

DirtybeerguyRI, Apr 24, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. More amber than brown, with a thin head that collapsed immediately and didn't lace. Really couldn't distinguish much from the nose, other than malty biscuit, brown sugar, and very subtle woodiness. The taste was a little more intense, but the body was surprisingly thin, and I didn't get that alcohol essence as I've gotten accustomed to feeling from the better maibocks. The thin body helps the drinkability, but the flavor didn't exactly wow me.

donniecuffs, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The head grows pretty quickly as it's poured. Sort of a burnt yellow color, a little darker than straw.

S - Smells of moist bread dough, musty hops and freshly fermented beer. More yeast character than I'm used to in a lager. Some lemon character, too.

T - Has a lot of the same malt and yeast flavors from other Berkshire ales I've had. Again, surprising since this is a lager. Very chewy, sugary sweet, cereal-like malt flavor.

M - Medium to med-full body with a chewy, sticky texture.

O - I really do like this beer and I may need to brush up on my lager beer knowledge, but I think a Helles should be a little cleaner and be a little less on the malty side.

SirSketch, Apr 22, 2011
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Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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