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Maple Bock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: cokes on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 164
Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3”light tan rocky head that dissipates to 1” while producing thick art nouveaux lacing. Some subtle maple and rich malt in the nose and flavor. Light chocolate and caramel notes show up on the palate. Bready notes are medium low. The maple is subtle and not prominent, accenting the malt rather than dominating it. The brewer uses a light hand on the hops to allow the maple to show through. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. (474 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Maple, molasses, sweet dsrk fruits, raisins and dates on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with maple syrup like sweetness. (181 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

always love maple beers, buy every one i see, but i always wish for more maple, and this one certainly didnt take me to the promised land, although i liked the beer a lot. its a dopplebock type base beer, its german origins evident in both the malt and the yeast, which i think makes maple a real interesting choice, as these flavors are not often paired together, especially in a beer. nice and dark and rich looking, lathery off white head with fine retention and a thick dark mahogany color. nose is sweet, but bock comes before maple, i suspect the base beer is rather authentic and i like that. the maple is an accent flavor and aroma, but its there, and its real. i think it was probably used to spike the abv, and there is less residual maple than i would look for personally, but the beer is well balanced and the maple goes nicely with the german malts, which have some sweetness of their own to contribute. i like this a lot, its filling for sure, not something i need a whole lot of, but as always with maple beers, give me more maple!!! (1,048 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

chocolaty and toasty. Somewhat porterlike in feel and body. Nice yeast taste and more maple is noted in the nose than the taste, though present in both. The hops are not too powerful, but give a nice balance to the breadiness. This was good. Light/medium body. (260 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a white head and some lace. Aroma of toasty malts, dark fruit, nuts and coffee,

In the taste, dark fruit and a bit of maple syrup, especially growing syrupy in the aftertaste like Log Cabin maple syrup which I enjoy thoroughly.

Medium bodied feel and well carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty good bock, I like the maple influence and hints of toffee. (385 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed brown with a slightly red tint and a foamy tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of earthy notes, bread, nuts, caramel and a hint of maple. Soft nose.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, nuts, dark bread. Maple is just enough to give it a unique sweetness and more complexity without being too sweet or masking. Earthy notes and some grass keep the sweetness balanced. A touch of warmth comes through in the finish.

Malty lager smoothness and appropriate carbonation level fit wonderfully.

A nice darker bock with a touch of maple. A well-made lager! Pairs well with smoked ham! (595 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hinterland Maple Bock. Beer brewed with maple syrup. One pint. Brewed and bottled by Green Bay Brewing Company, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Dark auburn hue, slim tan head.

Aroma: sweet and malty, earthy, nutty….maple-y.

Taste: all that from the nose climbs on board the palate. Mild and subtle, smoothy and easily consumable. Medium-bodied. Sweet, maple-y finish. Hops are muted, malt is king. Absolutely approachable and fairly pleasing to the tongue.

I don't mind this one, but it's clearly outside my bag. Not in my wheelhouse, as some are fond of saying (I'm not.). No ABV given, but I'd put it around 5.5%, maybe. This has to have it's fans out there, but as for me, I think one is good enough. (699 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours a dark red with brown hues, two finger off white head that lingers for a short time and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Not a strong smell, some maple syrup and caramel, some sour fruits in the nose.

Taste- Chalky maple syrup, a hint of bittersweet chocolate and some tartness with a bit of cherry in the background. Not a lot of malt flavor. No hops, little bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is a little low, mouthfeel is alright. A bit of tartness leaves some tingling after swallowing.

Overall- An ok beer, can taste the maple but it doesn't mix very well with the rest of the beer. Sweet maple are tart fruit. (635 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maple Bock pours a black color with a small white creamy head. There is a smokey sweet like aroma. The taste has a nice burnt malty taste, with just hints of a sweet maple. Good full flavor, nice dry bitterness at the end. Overall a very nice bock, full flavors, nice blend of syrup. (283 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Señor Wong in St Paul

Appearance dark and a little reddish (poor lighting) with a dirty white head and great lacing

Smell: malty with no sweetness in the nose

Taste: Malty and a slight maple comes through

Overall not to sweat with balance malty and Maple tones (279 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice enough beer, but it strikes me as more of an interesting novelty type of production than anything overtly noteworthy. The maple syrup provides a sweet and pleasant tone that defines things, but also limits everything as a whole to the maple syrup and what it provides. (283 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with some reddish tints. There's also about a half inch light tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like maple, caramel, molasses and some sweet malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also a slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is the second Hinterland beer I've tried, and I've liked them both. I'll definitely try more of their other beers! $9.99 a 4-pack. (580 characters)

Photo of mrquartetman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Web description promises that "hints of chocolate and caramel malts and a touch of maple syrup fill your nose. Maple Bock enters your mouth dense, and full. With the nice taste of a solid bock, maple syrup flavor doesn't overpower the rest of the beer." Try as I might, I couldn't find maple in either the nose or the flavor. It pours with a very nice, dark color and firm head. It is a chocolatey, dense beer that comes off more like a stout than a bock. A good to very good beer, but not a great one.

The web site lists it at 6.8% abv, by the way.

Comes in a 16 oz bottle. (577 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick dark brown in color, this beer shows deep red highlights. It develops a sexy rocky, thick light brown crown of head just over two fingers tall. It shows good retention, fading to thick foam only after a good amount of time sitting, and leaves thick lacing in webs.
It's almost standard bock here but for a strength both in ingredients and alcohol, seeming to straddle the line between bock and doppelbock but giving me no qualms about believing bock. The malts backbone is solid, laying down a good foundation to work with. Alcohol steers clear of being too fusel or ethanolic but adds warmth. There's just the slightest hint of coffee and a touch of something like vanilla in a very light sweetness. Maple adds some slight character to it, but for the most part is boiled out, I can assume. just a touch of smoke/roast character makes this on a well-rounded brew.
The body is strong without being too heavy for the style. It leans that way, but it stops just short. It's pretty smooth with a bit of creaminess in the texture after just a very slight crispness up in front. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. A very dark pour, layer of cream head that retained a while.

Aroma, malty caramel, toffee. Maple I suppose.

Taste, Malty caramel again. Some burnt malt and fig. I don't get the overly harsh that others found. Tad of molasses, cocoa.

Light side of mid, maybe a little thin but not badly. Abv is a little high for a bock but only slightly warming.
I found this to be quite pleasant. (390 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Beer Stein

Appearance - Dark brown that is about as close to black as you can get. Pours a soapy 3 finger head that is surprisingly brown in color. Decent head retention but no lacing to speak of

Smell - Sweet Maple Syrup, Caramel, Yeasts, Roasted Malts and Barley. It smells like freshly harvested syrup from a maple tree.

Taste - Burnt malts & yeasts, barley with just a dash of maple. I was expecting more of a sweeter taste but instead I got a burnt malty ale that is rather unpleasant

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied with only a small amount of carbonation, so it's at least easy to drink

Overall - I was very disappointed by this beer. The flavor was more burnt than anything else, which is a let down for me because I was really looking forward to having this as it was sitting in my fridge. (817 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer wa chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Ap- The body of the beer is a clear mahogany coloration. The head is a light tan shortly lived with no lacing.

S- The aroma of the beer is moderately roasted and toasted. Nice caramal maltyness noted with a hint of molassis and a subdued maple aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is toasted, and lightly roasted bready malt. The sweetness of caramel, subdued maple and molassis are all shortly lived and swallowed up in the roasted flavors. A brief steelyness to the flavor prevents this beer from being really good. Go back to the drawing board and remove the metalic notes.

M- The body of the beer is a bit of a let down. The body of the beer is slightly thin and carbonation isnt really enough. Not terrible but not really good.

O- A bit of a mixed bag. I wont be buying another four pack of this particular beer but will try some of the other offerings from this brewery. (938 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown-red with a thick, tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is sweet malt with maple, brown sugar, and honey.

Taste is very roasted, with almost-charred malt, mild hops, and Coke syrup. The maple is mild, but present.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is nice bock with a dash of maple. (331 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the Hinterlands with my nonic pint.

Appearance- The finger and a half width of ecru-colored foam leaves behind tendrils of lace as it dies. The body is an almost opaque amber with some ruby-copper highlights.

Smell- The nose has just the slightest bit of maple, with a little bready malt. I also catch some molasses and vanilla.

Taste- Syrupy to start, it certainly implies maple, but there is an acidity here as well. The malt is a little biscuity and has a touch of roast. I would say there is a little chocolate in the bock as well. It is not a cloying sweet, but a little bitter and robust, like a dark chocolate. Pretty decent flavors, but of course, more maple would have helped.

Mouth feel- A medium to light body, it is a little thin. However, it is very slick and easy to drink. I am all right with the feel.

Overall- This maple bock is one of the more robust bocks I have had with out being very sweet. Maple is in the beer, but you have to really search it out. It could be so much bigger in this beer. The malt is fine, but I think a sweeter palate would have helped immensely. (1,108 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Black color. About two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Super smoky with a deep supple roastiness. There is some maple syrup, but I was expecting more. Grainy malts. Not much else going on here.

3.5 T: Grainy malts with a dry roastiness. A touch of smoke, toastiness, and a light chocolate. Maple syrup is very hard to detect and without "maple" in the name of this beer, there would be no way of knowing it is there. This should be labeled a schwarzbier since that's what it tastes like.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation, which is quite biting. Lacking creaminess.

3.0 D: Not bad, but I'm not impressed and I'm a bit disappointed given the very low maple contribution. (772 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle (overpaid) for $3.99 at Vintage Estates.

A - Looks more like a porter than a bock. Deep black with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - Initial smell is sweet with workings of bock tones. Biscuit malts, mild hops, and some sweet malts which I assume is maple but very faint.

T - Wow despite of all the reviews I can't believe how medical hopped this is! Borderline acidic I get very little bock tones maybe some roast or biscuit. Maple flavors do prove some sweetness but it is again faint.

M - Medium bodied and again acidic. Kind of hard to drink.

Overall I wouldn't consider this a maple beer or even a bock since I got mostly roast I consider it mainly a porter. Wouldn't buy again. (712 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strikingly dark hazy mahogany with a half finger of tan foam that sticks to the side of the glass leaving fits of lace and rings. Smells distinctly and deliciously of maple with a complimentary underpinning of biscuit malt. Very nice. The maple element isn't nearly as apparent in the taste. There is a slight maple vein in waht is mostly a biscuit, bready, slightly caramel malt base. Slightly sweet but finishes mostly clean but somewhat acidic. Medium body, low carbonation. Good drinking beer, wish it had more maple. (529 characters)

Photo of beesy
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

A - one of the most beautiful beers I've seen in a long time. A gorgeous deep mahagony with a 2.5 finger medium kahki head.

S - chocolate with lots of yeast fruitiness. Almost stouty in the nose

T - one of the biggest letdowns is the lack of maple flavor, but it's not the first time advertised maple has been a letdown - I think the only place it's ever beer apparent is with the Founders maple bourbon barrel aged beers, which imparts just the smallest notes. Very malty side with some victory or biscuit coming through in the mid to late palate. I'm not a big bock drinker, but lots of the same malt and yeast notes found in Fat Tire. +1 to their marketing dept to get me to buy this. No hops to speak of.

M - more body here than I was expecting. Not a lot of sweetness from it, but more than likely the result of the yeast uses and the maltiness.

D - low for me. A little on the thick side without the flavor notes I was looking forward to.

Overall, not a bad beer. I'd call it borderline better than average/good. With this style, there is such a range of interpretations, it's hard to know what you're getting into. I think an extra hop flavor charge and maybe some low degree crystal malts may help balance this a little bit, paired with a lower ferment temp, or maybe changing yeast up. (1,346 characters)

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark caramel brown with ruby highlights. Agressive, creamy, off white head leaves ample lacing down the glass.

S - Burnt sugar, maple syrup, and toasted marshmallow aromas are strong from the start, giving way to more roasty scents at the end.

T - Nice and roasty, almost a cola flavor. maple syrup balances the subtle bitterness from the roast. Not too complex, very rounded. The alcohol sneaks in, but is well hidden.

M - Not too vigorous, not too creamy. The carbonation breaks up the flavors to keep any one from getting too intense.

O - Very nice beer. The maple can be hit and miss. I'd like more maple in a Maple Bock, but beggars can't be choosers. (670 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16 oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-dark ruby with about 2 finger head that faded to a small cap

S-not much in the way of a maple smell but some roasted malt and a little dark fruit

T-again not the maple taste I was hoping for but definitely drinkable

M-nice medium bodied for a little creminess

O-probably not something I would ever turn down if offered but just not enough maple flavor for me to warrant buying again (439 characters)

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Maple Bock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.