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Maple Bock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 19
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 innersanctum
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had all sorts of anxiety before opening this bottle; how much maple would there be, does the maple over power this lager, is the APV too high oh lord?

It looked good in my snifter, a slick black brew with minimal head which disipated fast, but, I'd just poured it after walking in from a January night dog walk. Was my nose too stuffed up to appreciate the bouquet? In fact it wasn't. There are faint hints of a roasty stout, but that's it, faint hints. There is a light lingering hop after taste, but let me emphasize 'light'. After a while this opened up to some more flavors but beyond that there was not much to taste from this Maple Bock, not even the maple! This was a let down from Hinterland, but not all was lost with a steal of a purchase at $3 for a single pint bottle from Armanetti's on Lincoln.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Semi-transparent brown with a thin tan head that leaves a little lace.

Light nutty and roasty malt scent.

Quite roasty for a bock. Earthy and nutty with just a hint of maple syrup.

Smooth and dry with a medium body.

A nice beer, but I would have liked the maple syrup to stand out more. Drinks easily and is worth a try.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz bottle poured into imperial pint.

A- Pours a deep cola brown with a decent one finger head. The head dies down quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Some nice malts and maple with a hint of black licorice. A little bit of sugary sweetness to go along with a small dose of hops.

T- The malts and black licorice are picked up right away. There is less maple than I had anticipated and a touch of tobacco.

M- Medium bodied but feels as if it is flat but that doesn't detour me much. A little watery on the finish.

D- I was excited to hear about this beer but upon tasting it, I was a little let down that the maple flavor wasn't stronger. Still a good offering but if you are looking for more maple, look elsewhere.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- pours a dark copper, 2 finger tan head. Some lacing that resides quickly.

S- toasted malts, slight smoke, maple syrup

T- sweet toasted malts, some smoke, just a hint of vanilla. Maple syrup comes through more as the beer warms.

M- medium body with a lighter carbonation feel. Easy drinking beer with nice crispness at the finish.

O- liked this beer but nothing outstanding. Not sure if I would by again, but would drink again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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!!!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle shared with my mom.

Appearance: beautiful deep amber, robust head up front slowly dissipates, fine lacing.

Smell: big medium-weight maltiness, molasses, no notable hop characteristic. No maple that I can detect.

Taste: more of the maltiness, hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: outrageously smooth, creamy carbonation. Like a silk pillow for my tongue.

Overall: nice, drinkable beer. Jeez, I just now looked at the ABV. This could be a troublesome beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of southrnlights
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep dark brown. Vague cloudiness when held up to the light. Poured an 1" very light tan head. Almost no lacing.

Smell- sweet roasted malt. I'm really trying to smell the maple but hey my nose isn't that great.

Taste- sweet malt, a slight roasted malt bitterness on the end, the maple is very subtle and so much so really don't taste it till the aftertaste on exhales.

Mouth feel- heavier than most single bocks that I have drank but very smooth and coats the tongue. Carbonation is low.

Drinkabilty- I think this is a relatively good beer. I was kinda expecting a little more upfront maple but am rather glad they were conservative with it so it didn't overpower the beer itself. I could definitely sit and drink a couple of these.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ahalloin for this one.

A: Dark crimson body, little lacing and ring of head.

S: A burnt very German barley malt character with a tinge of brown sugar on top (maple?). Some plum like smells as well as maybe a berry aroma.

T: Nice taste of a solid bock with extra choclatey malt and brown sugar. Not a definitive maple taste in there to me, but has a nice taste overall like eating a hearty chocolate cake.

M: A little thin and small carbonation.

D: Not bad overall, an interesting beer.

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Photo of beesy
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Sweetness, floral notes, toffee.

Taste: Nice sweetness, caramel and a touch of maple.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, watery. I thought it was amazing that there was as much flavor from a thin feeling beer.

Drinkability: Almost dangerous, if it's really 7% ABV and drinks like water.

Picked up a single over in Wiscoland since I'd never seen it before. Tasty, but I can't believe how thin the beer felt. It had a good head but the carbonation didn't come through in the feel. Interesting.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cola brown rimmed by a thin brown collar.

S: A big whiff yields rich chocolate and caramel malts as well as some herbal/hay-like attributes.

T: Wasn’t quite sure if the herbal scents were actually hops or something else, but the flavor confirmed my suspicions. Starts out surprisingly bitter, transitioning into coffee and chocolate flavors. Bitterness easily overshadows what little sweetness the maple might have contributed. Finish is long and heavy on the roasted malt.

M: Smooth slick body with a bone dry finish. Moderately carbonated, yet feels pretty snappy.

Maple wasn’t too apparent for me in the flavor, although its effects were noticeable in the mouthfeel. I’m wondering if this was a sweeter beer when released in the spring (early summer?). It was also hopped a bit more heavily than I’ve previously experienced in the style. Still, all things considered, a tasty option.

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Photo of mrquartetman
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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