Ayinger Maibock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 34
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-24-1998

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of BethanyB
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Brilliantly clear and medium gold, with a creamy white head that leaves ring after ring of lace. A beauty of a beer, and a paradigm when it comes to the Maibock style.

Smell: Pils malt gives off a vegetal aroma, but this is typical for the style. Freshly baked biscuits and some soft caramel notes.

Taste: An excellent example of what makes the Maibock so special. A clean Pils malt taste is both sweetened and spiced to the point where one's interest is peaked, but the senses are hardly overwhelmed. The gentle touch of honey and its partnering pinch of white pepper can therefore be appreciated without a lot of pondering. Round, balanced, classic.

Mouthfeel: A soft, medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation is perfect for the style in that it's refreshing, but also substantial enough to support the additional flavor components.

Overall: A Maibock can be described as a Pilsner with a pinch (as opposed to a punch), and Ayinger is a classic example of this style for a reason. A must for Pilsner and lager lovers, but also something ale enthusiasts can get behind. A beer with a history you can taste.

Photo of Todd
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a huge frothy head that reduces to a semi-patched thin lace.

Smell: Floral aroma, with a lager like sulfur note producing a deep spiciness.

Taste: Wow! One can only wonder at the complexity of this beer. Several malts blend together, creating a velvety sweet coating over the tongue. A pronounced alcoholic feel melds with a potpourri of hop flavour. Clean finish.

Notes: This is truly one of the finest. Worth the extra money if you can find it.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a nice medium golden color, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like grass, a smidgen of honey sweetness, and some lager yeast.

This is really well put together. The flavors all mix together quite well into one drinkable package. There's some strong grassy aroma, a bit of nice doughy breadiness, and some slightly fruity and sweet lager yeast characteristics. This is nothing that'll bash you over the head with flavor, but it's super tasty anyway.

This is light bodied, with a very crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel, along with a good level of carbonation.

Ayinger is definitely one of the best German breweries I've sampled. Awesome stuff here.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a clear, yellow brew with a low head. Less than one finger.

Aroma was weak... faint hops, a little bit of malt, a little sweet. I thought it should be more... maybe I had it too cold.

Taste was of mellow light and medium malts, a hint of caramel. A faint touch of hops came in at the end.

Mouthfeel was smooth and airy... unusual, to say the least. But it went down well. I could drink several of these without a problem.

Photo of MaggieReed
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- very cloudy golden tone w. a thin head that quickly dissipated

s- nice spice notes over the top, but it was served w. a lemon in it, so that overpowered the beer- i am not a fan of this in general, but it was a nice combo

t- malty and spicy in a very complex way- orange peel? Definite hop flavor- better than expected because I am not generally a fan of this style.

m- very nice level of carbonation, not as thin as expected- very nice

d- refreshing and smooth, and I liked it w. the lemon- i will look for this beer again. cheap price too! $5 for 22oz @ comet cafe in MIL.

Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw in color. Semi-dry finish is the highlight. Clearly, a traditional version of the style but it left me feeling so uninspired.

Photo of EdwardK77
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bought a 16oz. growler pour of this and it was extremely foamy at the tap but not at all a couple of hours later at home when poured into an IPA glass. What little head there was quickly disappeared and left a crystal clear golden ale with no visible effervescence behind.

S- Definitely sweet fruit present on the nose, not an overly powerful smell but it's there.

T- Once I settled into the idea that this isn't a style that I have much (barely any) experience with, I could begin to enjoy it for what it is. It's a complex on the palate ale that is well balanced, crisp in its own way, and easy to drink.

M- I would call this smooth with just enough acidity and life to create some interest.

O- I was happy to stretch my palate from my recent run of IPA, DIPA, and imperial stout. I would like to try this in a bottle to see if my pour took some of the life out of it, although most reviewers seem to mention a rapidly disappearing head. When your mind puts it into the context of a "spring" ale, you could see it as a nice awakening from a winter filled with darker and stronger beer and a nice complement to the fresh dishes of the spring season.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My quest for a Maibock is over. This one was drinkable and great tasting.

I'm really sorry I didn't write notes, it was on tap, so from memory I'm going to tell you it was slightly hazy with a mellow yellow appearance. The head was a small 1 finger but steady and firm.

The flavors were wheat, yeast, slight grass, and some faint light fruits like asian pear and apple.

A creamy mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

I usually don't write reviews like this, but unless I go back to the bar and specifically order it again for this review alone, i'm afraid this is all I've got to go on. Good beer overall, I'd have it again.

Photo of scurvy311
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little limp and light for a maibock. Dark fruit flavors and malt is their, however, watery and unsubstantive, warmth apparent throughout the brew enjoyment, I expected more from an Ayinger beer. No head, average Brussels lace, nice clear and dark amber.

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a hint of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy foam with limited retention but a nice lace on the glass. Not bad.

Smell: pretty light aroma, although there's a bit of sweetness here that is appropriate to the style.

Taste: nicely malty with a pretty heavy sweetness and a lightly fruity character. There's also a bit of graininess here; it's definitely springy, like a Maibock should be.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a surprisingly creamy texture. I quite like it.

Overall: a decent Maibock. It ticks all the boxes of a genuine Maibock, although it may be a tad sweet for my taste.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Ayinger is the doppelbock but I love them all. What a great brewery.

Photo of stoutman
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Astonishing. Incredibly gorgeous to look at, with a wonderful solid-gold medium body and rich-looking cream-colored head. The aroma is incredible, I can't begin to describe it, full of malt and acidic fruit flavors; and the flavor is almost too much on top of that. Perhaps too quick a finish, but a world-class beer from a world-class brewery nonetheless.

Photo of zotzot
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok lager
But not too much to excited about

Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale bock is a cloudy orange-gold in color. This beer is in that tradition from one of Munich’s best-known country brewers. The aroma is fruity aroman and malty. It starts with a taste of prunes and orange cream and is oily and warming in the finish.

Photo of counselor
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer from the burnt glden color to the tight white head. Left fancy lacing as I drank. The aromas are muted caramel apple and sweet cooked brown sugar. The taste is a lovely mix of carmel and munich style malts, slight touch of noble hops and at the end, distinctly pleasant alcohol flavor. This is a classic, complex and rich beer. Mouthfeel is right on balance and as the brew slips past the tounge, a rich, creamy, full bodied feelign begs for the next sip. Slow down and enjoy this beer.

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Ayinger Maibock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.