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Berkshire Maibock Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Maibock LagerBerkshire Maibock Lager

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205 Ratings

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-17-2002

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Photo of currysage1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour from a 22 into a tumbler pint. 1 1/2 finger head, good lacing. Orange-yellow in color.

Syrupy sweet smell, with dark sweet fruits, caramel, and some vanilla.

Sweetness upfront with minimal dryness, grains in the back with some grapefruit citrus. Slight alcohol twinge.

Mouthfeel was a bit much, but this is a bock, slick coating around the mouth, decent carbonation. Drinkability was good, but not outstanding.

Photo of blackheartbilly
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Ounce bomber, poured into a pint glass.

I am not beer expert but my first impression was that this was alot fruitier tasting than I expected from a maibock lager.

Appearance: Poured nice! Medium to dark amber color, with small creamy head.

Smell: Candy-like, you can defintely smell the sweet alcohol aroma. After the initial fruity smell, I could smell the malt.

Taste: Sweet alcohol taste, like the aroma. Fruity at first with a light malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, acidic to the tongue, I thought it had a slightly heavy alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability: I thought it was decent, I love this brewery, but it was not my favorite of theirs. I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of mshallah
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a label depicting the brewers taking a beer break with a couple of barrels of BBC while hiking with a billy-goat(the universal bock symbol). Hazy orange-gold color with a sudsy head. Great swirls of large bubbles on the pour. Tiny streams of carbonation as the beer sits. Toffee-ish nose; this beer smells very malty. Kind of fruity for a lager. Big malt and alcohol taste upfront. A tang of balancing bittering hops add a minor sourness to the long finish. More complex than a German maibock lager as those tend toward clean, one-dimensional malt flavors and minimal fruitiness to none at all. Gotta love when ale breweries make a couple big lagers. The slight variance on the style is fine with me if the result is a great beer. Big lager mouthfeel that is both mildly crisp and slightly smooth.(Did I just contradict myself?). I guess it's smooth leaning towards crisp. Another winner from BBC.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a beautiful pale and Munich malt scent that is rich with sweet malts. It's solid with a nice dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finshes sweet with some Munich. This beer is true to style and full of flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good take on the Maibock style. It's rich and flavorful; a good drinker.

Photo of Nipitato
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Thin creamy white head. Copperish gold hue. visible effervescence. The beer has good clarity but it is not entirely clear. A good looking beer.

S: Malt aroma is moderately strong. Hop aroma absent. Sweet corn DMS aroma is noticeable. Overall a crisp and clean smelling beer.

T: Rich, slightly sweet malt character dominates flavor. As in the nose some sweet corn DMS is noticeable. A little flurry of hop bitterness at the end with a nice dry finish.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Smooth and relatively clean. It does have a little bit of an aftertaste so it is not entirely crisp.

D: Overall pretty crisp and clean with some interesting taste notes. I thought the sweet corn flavor added to the beer. Pretty drinkable. This is my first maibock review so take it with a grain of salt.

Photo of Damian
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits, Boston, MA

Poured a crystal clear, golden amber with a tight, velvety, three-finger, bright white head that slowly faded to a thick film of lace. Large rides of lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was malty rich and crisp. German malts were quite apparent along with a dry, powdery, yeasty quality.

The taste was flavorful and sweet yet well-balanced. Creamy, biscuity, German malts and semi-sweet caramel malts came through strong up front. Fruity notes (apple skin) were noticeable mid-palate. A moderate hop bite on the back end balanced this beer out nicely. The finish was crisp and refreshing with a beautifully sweet, resonating aftertaste (this was definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer). As the liquid warmed, both the fruitiness and the caramel sweetness became stronger. Also, by mid-bottle the hops seemed to really make their presence known.

The body was medium with a spritzy effervescence and a creamy, smooth and buttery mouthfeel.

This was a tasty and refreshing beer that reminded me of a springtime version of a marzen. Overall, nicely done.

Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blend of colors including amber, copper, golden, straw, and a bit of rust. Frothy one finger white head sits firmly on top. Retention holds pretty well and leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Toasted grains with a sweetness. Floral hop presence with hints of lemon. Honey aromas are also quite noticeable. Doesn't smell crisp, but gives off the impression it'll leave a slick trail behind.

Smooth and quaffable. Toasted grain gives off the impression it was dipped in sweet honey as the honey notes hold the brew together. Ever so slight caramel presence. Floral hop notes play a nice supporting role to the honey flavors. Not sticky on the palate, but leaves a slug like trail behind as it passes across the tongue. Toasted grains with a touch of bitterness in the finish tickle the taste buds. Excellent maibock from BBC. Definitely one to pick up if you can, especially for the price tag.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great Malty brew from my favorite brewery

A- nice dark copper with nice white lacing and small bubbles, very sticky lacing

S- sweet candy and alcohol, some tropical fruit scent in the nose as well

T- malt with a touch of sweetness, clean refreshing finish

M- a bit lighter than I expected, but balanced

D- a nice easy drinking brew with lots of malty goodness

yet another great brew from the BBC. This brewery is one of the most underated out there.

Photo of geexploitation
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Stimack
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it is spring so time to give the BBC’s Maibock a try, have been waiting to get this one as I don’t think I have been disappointed by any of the BBC offerings. Feel it is a brewery in Massachusetts that does not get enough props.

This brew was poured from the 22 oz. Bomber into an Imperial pint glass and had a clear copper color with a perfect sized light tan head that had good retention. Left some nice lacing down the side of the glass, thought it would be more chunks based on the actual head of the beer. The aroma is mostly about the malt which gives it a slightly toasted scent but does have a slight, just enough, hop presence that reminds me of fruit. The aroma of this brew is very inviting. The taste does not disappoint, with its solid malt flavor up front that gives flavors of toasted malts that actually seem to linger through out. A fruit flavor is also noticeable but does not stick out. I believe that this would be flavoring from the hops but could be mistaken, regardless it complements this beer extremely well. Also a slightly noticeable alcohol taste is present and come out more as the brew warms up only adds to the beer. This is another incredible offering from BBC, again I have not been disappointed by their offerings what so ever.

Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber; served in a pilsener glass.

Clean copper with a flaxen hue. Foamy, white head with layers of bubbles that plaster the rim of the pilsener glass. Whisps of condensed lacing with good strength.

Semi-sweet malted wheat; clean, toasted oats and grain aromas. Faint fruity esters: apple, orange.

Semi-sweet, honey flavored malted wheat. Undertones of juniper berry and raspberry. Sugar-enhanced, toasted oats and creamy grains. A smooth finish is followed by more airy biscuit and toasted oat flavors in the aftertaste.

Light, medium in body; smooth, almost creamy up front which is quite strange for the style, but it works rather well.

A pretty well balanced Maibock that is a little too sweet in taste for my palate. A bit of a disappointment as BBC's Oktoberfest lager was an unbelievable tasting Marzen.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. brown bomber. No freshness date. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off white head. Nice lacing. Sweet aroma of German malts, caramel corn and a bit of fruitiness with a quick swirl. Fluffy texture and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation tingles on the tip of the tongue. Light German malt sweetness, hints of white chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The flavors really stick to the sides of the tongue. Little bit of an alcohol bite in the finish but has a mild fruity aftertaste. Very easy drinking beer, awesome lager. I enjoyed this beer very much.


Photo of bigone4
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick orange amber hue. Thin White head although I have had these two 22 oz. for a few months. It has a nice floral smell with a nice malty robust mouthfeel. Thick and tasty. Smooth matiness with a nice hop balance. No over powering alcohol tastes. It has a reasonable malt and hop balance that captures the escence of a well crafted Maibock. Great mouth feel and drinkability. I would keep some on hand for the winter months for a great mildly aged brew. This is a great beer that pairs nice with a salmon or steak dinner. I have had both. Drinking it at room temp seems to bring out the malt and the nice rolling hop finish. Well done and enjoyable.

Had this brew again this season 2007 and it still is as good as last years. Seems to be a bit sweeter than I remember but still an easy drinking and great tasting Maibock. I will always go for this brew in the Spring!

Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw how well this beer had been rated in the past by other BA's, so i felt compelled to try it. Pours a dark orange color, with good head retention, and a white lacing that remained till the end of the glass. Smell was very malty, with some carmel smells, some honey and the slightest hint of fruit as well. Taste was like a huge punch to the face of maltyness...more then most other beers I have tried. The malt almost gives it a sort of warm senesation towards the beginning, followed by a mild hop presence at the end. Mouthfeel was big and chunky, though not necessarily full bodied...I would say more medium in body. This was an extremely drinkable brew...usually big malt presence turns me off for most beers, but this one had a personality all its own. Apparently this style is ususally high on the hops, but this one seemed to be lacking somewhat. This did not necessarily take away from it however. I really enjoyed this beer...Not only did it have a great taste, but it was also a very affordable treat. Definitely worth a purchase. Cheers to Berkshire Brewing Company once again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, oh man, is this one malty gem! Quite often the Maibock style is under-done, leaving it a bit thin with not enough malt and too much bitterness, hop flavor, or alcohol. The other side of the coin is that they're more often over-done, leaving them flabby and cloying, but still with a hit of alcohol. Not this baby! It's rich and clean, gently candyish and subtly toasty/grainy malt sweetness is evident in the nose (some Vienna malt is obvious), and more prominent in the flavor. There's a light touch of fruitiness in both the aroma and flavor, and a suggestion of alcohol as well, but overall it's remarkably well-balanced. Some mild, spicy and floral hops are present in the flavor as well, but they definitely play a supporting role. The alcohol is noticeable, but reigned in; and the bitterness is just enough to keep everything in line.

Photo of dbalsock
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes (like 95% of my reviews):

Appearance: "holy" crap" i said; the head was amazing, and although the appearance was exceptional, what really blew me away was the synergy of the brew.

Smell: I picked out apricot and a lager malt aroma that suprised me, along with a sugary cream smell that reminded me of sweet frosting.

Taste: I found this very complicated and spent a great deal of time deciphering it. The hops and malts balanced nicely, but the brew also had very differentiated tastes. I picked out a lot of fruit, specifically bananas, but more interestingly cantelope... I'd never tasted cantelope in a beer before, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter and medium/light bodied, this brew provides a perfect texture that could only be improved upon with a more happening aftertaste.

Drinkability: I found the beer a little too intense and thought consuming to be very quaffable, but it certainly held my attention. A wonderful treat.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a yellow/golden body with a white head.

Nose was a mix of husk, fresh grain, bitter, diactyl, toffee, flowers, candy and some caramel.

Medium bodied with a thick classic German yeast and German grain taste. Very fresh tasting lager. White bread, mild husks, liquid caramel candy, and butterscotch. There's a mild earth taste and even some present bitterness. It ends with a slight aspirin quality.

Very nice Maibock. Sort of the traditional German meets American super fresh micro lager. A nice hybrid that I could drink all day.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fairly clear copper and bronze color with a small white head that produced some clumps of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malts, some cotton candy and toffee and lots of citrus punch.
Flavors of sticky caramel and very lively fruity notes. /some toasted notes provide enough "cut" to the big sweetness to produce a really well rounded falvor profile.
Mouthfeel is smooth and lush with great balance. Some bittering and a hint of alcholic presence presence as the brew warms a bit.
Drinkability was very high. Simply a great tasting and exceptionally well-balanced brew. Very lush and palate coating.
Thanks for the bottle Pete.

Photo of Boto
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a cloudy, dark golden color with an orangish hue. There was some off-white head that died off quickly. It leaves almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bit thin, with notes of banana and a bit of caramel. The taste is a mildly caramel sweet brew. The body is medium, and the taste is smooth. There about zero hops in this. Nothing special, but still a very drinkable beer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing copper color with a big soapy soft off-white head. Spots of lace run down the sides of the glass and a good 1/8 inch layer of retention. The layer eventually fades completely leaving a little white ring. Aroma is malty and sweet with mellow fruit and a bit of lemon pepper spice. Fruits range from berries to peaches and apricots and the alcohol becomes increasingly evident as the glass empties. Taste is full of toasty malt, alcohol, and mixed fruit. The very relaxed carbonation goes well with the calming mix of tastes. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and overall drinkability is good.

Pretty packed with malt and quite enjoyable. Maybe the alcohol is a little too big a part of the smell and taste, but otherwise a well done lager.

Photo of wedge
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I should have this before the end of the month. Pours a golden orange color with some centralized haze and a thick head on top. Suprising sweet malts and berry fruits to the nose along with some spicy alcohol and grain...very lively. Very rich and sweet tasting malts, toasted grain, and saccharine fruits. I perceive the alcohol but it never interferes. Smooth, relaxed mouthfeel with a fairly low amount of carbonation.

Bolder than I thought it would be. A sweet, deliciously malty bock style lager.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with area on the label for dating indication notches, but no notches, alas, are present..pours typical light almond amber, tan, thick, tiny bubble head and leaving moderate scattered lacing, bold astrigent hoppy nose, notes of sharp sweet malts, clean, crisp and dry in the finish. Typical well crafted brew from BBC, seems all their many beer are solid and well worth a try.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Honey & citrus notes in a heavy caramel malt aroma, intensely sweet.

T: The taste is more of the same that you get in the smell. The only difference is that the smell makes you think the taste will be overloaded with sweetness, but although the taste is sweet, it’s not overly sweet. There’s also a slight touch of hops, but only enough so that you can say it’s there.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, high carbonation, doesn’t leave much of an after-taste but does leave a little bit of stickiness behind.

D: Goes down very easily, flavorful, not very filling and there’s no hint of the alcohol. It’s a beer that I could throw down quite a bit of.

I haven’t tried anything else from this brewer yet, but this beer seems to be a good representation of the style.

Photo of akahn
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden clover honey color with lots of streaming carbonation. A thin but lasting white head. Not much lace.

Sweet malt aroma, like their River Ale. Accented by European hops, reminding me of Otter Creek Copper Ale. I didn't like that beer, but it's much more subtle here. Now, I know lager yeasts don't produce esters, but I'm picking up a canned pineapple scent here, too. Definitely some tropical sweetness.

Deep, clear malt sweetness, honey-like, and punctuated by scrubbing noble hops. Very faint alcohol bite.

Small carbonation in a medium-full body. Drinkable, despite the sweetness, since it doesn't last. Quite a tasty beer, not the most complex, but certainly good.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent maibock. Maybe a bit lacking in body but it's a nice easy drinker for the spring. Thanks ppoitras.

Pours to a clear blonde color with very little carbonation to support a decent fluffy white head. Lacing is decent.

The smell is very malty. A roasty caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee dominate the nose. A bit fruity even. Has a distinct lager smell.

The taste is good. Sweet with a gentle roasted caramel malt flavor. Very crisp, but doesn't finish clean. Has a fruitiness that sticks around along with what feint little hop bite can be detected.

The body is fairly light. Could use a bit more carbonation as well. Not a bad beer. I've been happy with the Berkshire products I've tried so far.

Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.