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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002

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Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 203
Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. stubby into a goblet. The color is amberish, with a slightly wispy white head. The smell is slightly honey sweet with a bit of noble hops. The taste is just ever so slightly sweet with a honey-ish maltiness with a lingering bitterness and a good touch of noble hops. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe another, but this isn't really a great maibock as far as that goes.

Thanks to the 'monk for this bottle as part of Secret Bunny. Being from Pittsburgh, possibly the home of the best maibock in the world, unfortunately this one just isn't in the same league. While it has a slight honey sweetness, it just doesn't have much oomph to it and just too much bitterness for the style. Still, I might have another one if it came across somewhere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of skybluewater
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color, with no lacing present. Smells rather spicy, like a spiced pilsner. Taste starts out spicy, with a grassy flavor and a bit of alcohol burn, then as the beer warms, it becomes a bit more sweet, with apple and pear flavors. I believe there's some marshmallow flavor there as well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and clean. This is to doppelbocks as asparagus is to roasted carrots (or something like that).

Overall, this is a pretty good Maibock (I must say, the only other one I've had is Dead Guy...). I didn't like it at first, but as I kept drinking, it started growing on me. This is a nice beer to keep you warm on those rainy spring days to come.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of charlieos
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been trying some maibocks out recently, and this one is really pretty solid. It's not too "maibocky," its got a lightness and crispness to it. It's a tasty beer that won't change your life or blow your mind, but a tasty beer is hard to argue with.

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with thin but foamy head and some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Peppery and spicy aroma with bread dough, grass, and sweet apple and citrus. Aroma fades after a few minutes, mostly leaving a dry grassy smell behind.

Taste: Strong combination of semi-sweet fruit (apple, pear, citrus) and spicy, peppery and floral hops. Nice layer of bread and grass throughout as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively full-bodied for a lager. Smooth, clean and dry (despite the somewhat sweet taste).

Drinkability: My favorite Maibock. This beer deserves greater recognition; of course, too many people simply do not understand the style.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange gold with a medium white head that fades into a film of white.

Smell: Strong scent of sweet malts followed by some citrus hops. A hint of spices and other fruits.

Taste: Malt sweetness and bread followed by citrus lemon. Some earthy hop bitterness in the background. A hint of spicyness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and carbonated. Smooth and light.

Overall: A nice version of a Maibock. Nothing outstanding but pretty good.

Photo of ADR
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, the name has changed (the Heimertingen referred to a German brewhouse that Summit imported equipment from) to just Maibock...Nice deep orange color and up-charged carbonation. Hoppy aroma. Sweet light maple malt tastes. Slight bittering and carbonation balances the malt and makes this refreshing. Spicy sweetness at the swallow. If the recipe has changed I can't tell from last year's notes. But then, they're just words. Nice beer but try Einbecker Mai Ur-Bock for contrast.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of frankiepop
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine beer that I killed in a small matter of time on a hot day, which means we have a real smooth beer. My experience with Summit brews are wonderfully mellow and smoothly textured. Summit is the beer that you bring home to meet your mother. Nice mellow slightly sweet drink.

This beer works well with the German New Age Composer Popol Vuh and his cd 'Aguirre' that is written for the movie 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God' starring the iconic Klaus Kinski and directed by his cohort Herzog. Kindofthe Scorsese Duvall team of Germany.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a creamy thin off-white head that last for a good bit and a golden tan body that is clear with a faint gentle carbonation.

S- The smell is a very faint caramel malt note with a slight sweetness.

T- The smooth lightly caramelized malt taste like pot caramelization with a slight tangy note to it. The finish is a soft bitter hops that is more pronounced on the exhale.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with a faint fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a light malty sweetness that is not overly sweet but a faint off-flavor. It is crisp and refreshing but not that interesting.

Photo of degerbah
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a macro lager with two or three fingers of head that dissapears pretty quickly. The aroma is tons and tons of sweet malt. The taste is incredibly sweet with so much malt sweetness its almost cloying. It's a fairly easy beer to drink, but I fel that a little more of some bittering agent would be better for the beer.

Photo of bif_fat_sellout
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

This beer is a deep gold color with some cloudiness, a little chill haze but more to it than that. The head is a nice, strong, fluffy pillow that takes time to drop lower than one finger and never very low, laying down strips of broken sheeting on the walls of the glass to about halfway down, where it breaks up a bit.
The malt base is strong in this beer, and it's a sweet one. The main element is a fruity sort of aroma and flavor as esters, malts and yeast work to bring more sweetness than anything with a mix of tropical fruits, citrus and honey, with maybe some biscuit behind it. Hops are very mild, offering just a hint of grass and leaf.
The body is a sturdy one, a medium that isn't too heavy for the style and offers a nice, less than overbearing thickness off a fluffy carbonation that seems to lighten it one the tongue without taking from the body. It has a very nice balance of smoothness and crispness, both of which remain strong.

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Helgy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summit- Maibock

A- Light golden brown, clear, mild carbonation, and no head.
S- Light sweet brown sugar and light toasted grains.
T- Light sweet brown sugar and molasses with a huge dose of sunflower seeds and walnuts. Finishes off with a a slight bitter molasses bite.
M- Starts off light, sweet, and grainy. Body is nutty dry and ends thick and slightly bitter.

Overall- This 1 drinks pretty good but won't impress. Worth a pint or 2.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Maibocks and will take any opportunity to try a new one. Thanks to BDLBrewster for this bottle.

Poured a fluffy, lasting head, which draped ribbons of lace around the glass. Color exhibits a nice coppery glow.

Aroma is wet hay, pale grain, butterscotch, steamed veggies, pilsner malts, light hops.

It's the flavor that counts most (I consider flavor way more than 40% of the overall experience) and this one delivers. Big tight ball of butter-rum, butterscotch, gobs of fresh-baked white bread, honey, pear and apple; grassy, pilsner-ish hops; and that distinctive lager yeast character, especially toward the finish, where some mead-like flavors reappear. Alcohol is present and simply adds to the flavor; it in no way masks the other, more desirable flavors on offer.

Feels round and slick, with a medium body that holds up well to the big flavor.

Maibocks are clean, flavorful and distinctive, and Summit's version is all that. Totally delicious.

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

Lightly chillhazed golden-amber body. Thin off-white head stays briefly, but sticks as an edging.
Plenty of German hops on the nose. Almost pilsener-esque. One of the hoppier smelling maibocks I've witnessed. Sweet, fruity malt appears as well, but much fainter.
Nice malt taste of caramel, and toffee-coated raisin. Mildly tart grape flavors. Appearance of more exotic fruit as well. Faint, but seemingly pineapple. Nice malt complexity. A bit of a woody spice towards the back. Hops are not as big a factor as the aroma would indicate, but are certainly here. Lightly grassy, and a little spicy, they tie down the finish nicely.
Medium to medium-full bodied. Low-mid cabonation. Very easy to drink. One that could potentially get a person in trouble.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A decent dark golden with a smaller head and decent lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops and a little alcohol whiff on the nose. Fairy subtle scents of malt.

Taste - Malty and grassy with a nice hop tang. For a relatively higher ABV beer, it surprisingly doesn't have a strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and very smooth. A little thin.

Drinkability: For a higher ABV beer (as most Bocks are) it's a very drinkable beer. I have had four or five of these in a row and they go down very easily...maybe too easily for a higher ABV beer, but that's another story.

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden-orange body rests beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam. It dies down shortly, but maintains a very nice creamy cap and leaves some nice lace. In the nose, a lightly toasted maltiness dances with some grassy, lightly spicy, and earthy hops. A touch of mildly fruity yeasty esters are present as well, along with a slight hint of alcohol. The body is medium, and it's lightly crisp in the mouth due to a fine carbonation. Malt hits the palate first, displaying a bready, gently toasted Munich & pilsner malt character. It's quite straightforward, but fairly rich and satisfying. Some floral hop flavor appears mid-palate; and it finishes dry with a firm hop bitterness and light swirl of peppery alcohol. Its drinkability is only hindered by its strength. Enjoyable.

Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's University, $1.39

appearance: pours from the stubby Summit bottle a glowing light golden-orange, a very slight beige bubbly layer forms and leaves no lacing...clear and bright, but a tad light

smell: strong malt structure, grassy, sweet fruity aromas, mildly spicy hop presence...light in character

taste: more developed than the nose...sweet and fruity - apple/grape, toasted malt, bready, light yeast, light caramel. lots of sweetness,good all around maibock but a little light in all aspects

mouthfeel: medium body, strong carbonation

drinkabilty: quite

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
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