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Berkshire Maibock Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | 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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sraimondi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber (wish this one was in sixers!). Nice full off white head which dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Very pretty light copper color.

Sweet malt dominates not letting much else get through.

Taste is right on for the style. Yes, malt sweetness is the dominant player, but does not drown out some caramel and even hop notes in the finish. Another well-balanced beer from the very capable folks at BBC.

Mouthfeel is nice and full as a malty beer should be.

The elevated ABV is well hidden and no "hot" feeling, which is sometimes the demise of other Mai and Helles bocks.

Overall a very solid offering from BBC, one of the best and least "advertised" breweries in New England. Kudos also for keeping the price of BBC beers at a level that is more than reasonable for the high quality present!

Steve

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:08:33 | More by sraimondi
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bbeerman

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the 3rd Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival, Providence, RI.

A..A nice medium copper color with above average head.

S..Nice and malty like a maibock should be. Sweetness is there but not overpowering.

T..Again with the maltiness and it was great. A very tasty maibock that is full in flavor.

Taste- Sweet malts, a little bitterness, grainy, and some slight fruity flavors. Nice small hop flavor, too.

M..Creamy body that is rich on the palette.

D..Smooth and easy to drink. I could have these all day; this is a very good maibock. I recommend it if you have not yet tried one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 06:39:08 | More by bbeerman
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Beautiful copperish orange color, pour yields a nice boisterous head with plenty of lacing and good retention.

Smell: I get alot of crystalized malt upon first whiff, a sweet, dark fruit aroma takes over. Plums, a bit of dark chocolate, and some spiciness from the malt. Very malty indeed, sweet to the nose.

Taste: Malt kicks you around alot on the begining of the sip, a slight amount of hops tries to peek through but gets smacked to the side. A bit of caramel, vanilla, and a nice dose of esters are all here. Toasty, bread like creaminess. The finish has a nice dose of alcohol in it that really pulled me in even more.

Mouthfeel: Not much in the way of carbonation, it's here but it's light. The maltiness really makes this one roll on the tongue. Smooth and robust. Holds up nice on the tongue, stays thick and doesn't get wet.

Drinkability: I really feel like BBC is one of those breweries alot of people overlook due to the fact that their beers are a hell of alot cheaper then some of the others on the shelf. Don't let price fool you. This is by no means a "cheap" beer. It's wonderfully balanced, smooth and flavorful. I'm really liking what these guys are doing lately, and this one solidified that notion. An excellent maibock that I will defintley have again this Spring!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:04:05 | More by thespaceman
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tat into a tasting glass.

The color is a gold to an amber/orange with a slight foamy white head.

The smell is sweet with the aroma of malt some slight hops.

The taste is crisp and clean with a sweet malty flavor. Some floral hop hints as well as a touch of fruit.

A nice easy drinking beer that has a nice flavor and body. Is smooth and inviting to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 20:01:54 | More by Duhast500
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy orange color that is nice and clean & clear with very good looking inch of fluffy white, foamy head on top.

Smell is very fruity/estery (a bit of apricot maybe), nice sweet malt, a bit of grassy/yeasty stuff and thats about it.

Taste is a knock out wallop of sweet, very sweet malt right away. This mellows out a bit and you get a lot of those sweet fruit esters as well as some melon notes. Very full bodied and flavorful to say the least.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and quite refreshing. Very drinkable for 6.5%, I had this on tap earlier and grabbed a bottle on the way home for comparison's sake. Both are great and I think the bottled version might taste a bit fresher actually (IMO).

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:36:13 | More by indiapaleale
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this maibock pours a pleasant amber color with a thick offwhite head. ever so slightly hazed.
the smell is sort of a toasty vanilla, caramel, and herbal minerally (not metallic) hops.
the taste is a beautiful clean caramelized malt touched with vanilla, there are some slightly ale-like fruity falvors in there too, fairly subtle though. mid palate there is a sort of slightly citrusy flavor that transitions into a noble hop backbone that keeps the sweetness from getting out of hand. there is also a real mineral character there also that reminds me of talc, but i know that this is probaly not what talc tastes like.
it's medium bodied with somewhat active carbonation.
the drinkability is quite good. it's a just a simple solid maibock that's a joy to drink. i could drink a crate of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:50:56 | More by kmo1030
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Cloudy gold color, nice white head and left some lace on the glass.

smell - Citrus, sweet smells.

taste - Very sweet but as it goes down it does tend to have a bock taste, some hops present.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, was pretty sweet though. I think i wouldnt be able to have a lot of these.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 03:22:40 | More by auxiliary
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best by: 10/08/08 (uh oh...more on this later...)

A: Pours a slightly hazy, glowing, golden-orange color with a very creamy, off-white, 1 1/2 finger head that has decent retention yet leaves virtually no lace. Carbonation is quite lively and keeps the filmy skim hanging around for the whole glass. the second pour nets an even hazier clarity and thicker, creamier head.

S: Very nice aromas of caramel, tangy fruit, crackers, vanilla, toasted sourdough bread crusts, and hop aromas that run the gamut from perfumey, to lemon, to pine. Smells very fresh-like it could've been bottled yesterday.

T: Strong flavors of toasted grains, caramel, tangy fruit, and sourdough bread crust dominate. As things progress, snatches of vanilla, perfumed/floral hops, and more toasted malt come about. The finish is very toasted and bready. So fresh and awesome! How can this be almost 5 months past the "Best By" date?

M: Very full and creamy. Oily to say the least. It managed to plaster its' toasty goodness to everything in my mouth. Great balance between sweet, toasty, and bitter. Finish is an exercise in coating, spicy, toastiness.

D: This is a great beer! I can't believe the "Best By" date printed on the bottle. Like I mentioned earlier, this tastes like it could've been bottled yesterday. Either an extremely well made beer or stored properly since the minute it was capped. More likely, a little of both.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 18:53:56 | More by GbVDave
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, best before 10/08/08 and sampled in May '08; brewed with German hops and yeast. The beer is an amber-tinged gold, relatively clear (some particulates in the second pour), with medium carbonation, and two fingers of head that leaves little lacing. Malty aroma, grassy, with a light dosage of green hops. Very subtle, but nice. Rich and malty flavor, with biscuity, grassy and doughy notes, green, mildly-bitter hops, a few esters and just a touch of ethanol. The body is fairly smooth, dry, chewy but not heavy, and has a light hop linger. A nice tasty lager that is very drinkable but with a surprising kick. Another good Berkshire beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 22:42:38 | More by mmmbeer
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duffextracold

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:08:58 | More by duffextracold
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade.

A- Depp gold, one and a half finger head.

S- Clean malty sweetness.

T- Sweet light caramel malts abound balanced only slightly by minimal noble hopping. A slight alcohol note comes in slightly before the balanced finish.

M- Rich and smooth, just enough carbonation.

D- Damnit, I'd have to trade for more of this.

A really great Maibock. Pick it up if you have access to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:04:34 | More by Pauly2X
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albern

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice Maibock beer, that is quite characteristic of the style, with some additional treats. The beer pours a copper color with a fairly creamy head that doesn't retain all that long. A touch of lacing around the glass. The aroma on the beer is not overly pronounced. I'm getting loads of sweet malts, some florals, some orange rind, some ABV, some candied licorice notes.

The taste is loaded up malts. The beer is quite a bit more carbonated than is typical for the style, a lot less syrupy and cloying. There is lots of caramel sweet malts, a touch of alcohol in the finish, some slightly off sweetness, and the florals that are typical of a bock beer. There is a little bit of orange burst and some candied sweet flavors. The sweetness of the beer gets much more pronounced as things settle. I'm not getting much hop in this beer, but that isn't the point really. The beer is a pretty full bodied bock beer, at least for the style. This is a nice beer, and has enough interesting qualities to make it worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 23:13:14 | More by albern
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OHLRangers

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber acquired in a trade with RixBeer.

Poured into standard pint glass. Yellow-orange color, with a puffy off-white two-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice bit of lacing. Smell of caramel and toffee dominate- this one is heavy on the caramel malt and I love the aroma- slight hop nose and a bit of spice. Flavor is terrific, sweet and malty with a bit of hop in the back end. This is very drinkable, and should be welcome in anyone's cellar and in their glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:46:54 | More by OHLRangers
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Publick House. It was a hazy orange color with a fairly good-sized white head that left plenty of lacing. Sweet, malty, breadlike aroma. The taste was very malty, with a bit of sweetness. A little heavy in the mouth, but a good beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 19:28:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very slight hop, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, some hoppiness, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another very tasty brew from Berkshire, thanks Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 00:23:41 | More by Wasatch
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This may possibly be my last maibock of the season :(

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a medium copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a creamy layer of goodness. A solid wall of lacing is left behind with a whole bunch of crazy bubbles racing to the top. Smell begins with a sweet candy sugar, caramel malt, and fresh ground pepper. Honeydew melon and spicy earth like hops in the nose as well. The aroma with this is spot on for the style, I love it. Taste starts off with toasted caramel malt, grains, and lemongrass. Once again, sweet, but not too sweet. Hops are hidden, but noticable towards the end with a slight grapefruit bittering effect. Medium bodied with a full creamy feel. Steady and smooth carbonation that fits in perfectly, bliss. This beer goes down much too easy but I see nothing wrong with that. I can honestly say this is my new favorite maibock. Ooh, and the $3.25 price tag ain't too shabby either ;) Definitely pick this one up if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 00:14:38 | More by BeerTruth
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scottg

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with little lacing, very effervescenst. Very malty aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla. Again, strong up front malt flavor, lemony leads to balanced hoppy flavor, finishes with a smooth caramel malty taste. Creamy mouthfeel with nice drinkability. An excellent American-made Maibock. Bonus points for having a billy goat on the label!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 19:27:27 | More by scottg
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Orange/copper color with a decent one-finger head and good carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, smooth and malty. Very inviting.

Taste: Smooth and sweet. Malt is decent. Easy drinking and not too strong or anything. Not cloying either.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body. Sweetness lingers at the back of the throat but it is not overdone in any form.

Drinkability: From the first sip, this beer is very drinkable. It's smooth and enjoyable. Definitely better than a few other helles bocks I've had, which were more overpowering. This one is not.

Verdict: Easy drinking bock that you should pick up. Perfect beer for the spring as well and might even make a good lawnmower beer in place of a macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 20:25:02 | More by Brad007
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 03:22:50 | More by fitzy84
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TeddyBG

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours an amber color with approx. 1/2" head. OK lacing from a 22oz. bomber.
S:Could not pick much up off the smell. Certainly smelled like a lager but I could not pick up the malts or hops that you can in tasting.
T: Sweet malt up front with a wonderful hop finish that is not too bitter. A little thick at the end.
M:Good carbonation.
D: Very good beer overall. One bomber is probably enough, for a sitting, since this is a little heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 21:11:57 | More by TeddyBG
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in shaker pint. Slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head. Decent aroma fo sweet hops. Little surprising as I thought this may be a malt bomb. Crisp clean first sip. Nice caramel, or sweet malt flavor, with a good finishing kick. Some hop flavor as well. A very nicely balanced beer, surprised that i enjoyed it as much as I did. Another solid offering from BBC. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2008 20:43:15 | More by DrDogbeer
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currysage1

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 14:52:43 | More by currysage1
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blackheartbilly

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 22:52:18 | More by blackheartbilly
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mshallah

New Hampshire

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 17:10:36 | More by mshallah
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 21:48:54 | More by WesWes
Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.