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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002)
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xmorgan

California

5/5  rDev +39.3%

Had on tap at Señor Wongs in St Paul.

Appearance: golden clear with decent head retention and nice lacing

Smell: light and a little sweatiness comes through in the back of the nose

Taste: not overly sweet as is expected in a Mai Bock, dry Finnish with an almost cidery after taste

Overall: very nice Mai Bock, and though I am not a Mai Bock fan I could drink this again and again

03-23-2013 02:47:51 | More by xmorgan
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pep

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

06-03-2012 16:20:28 | More by pep
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +30.9%

This wonderful elixir pours a deep golden color and has a thin white head that is very sticky. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts , but a distinct spiciness comes through and with the alcohol that comes through it almost has a mellow bourbon like aroma. The flavor is malty and there is a spiciness there too. It is a pretty damn good maibock, by far the best I have ever had. Not a great session beer due to the abv and calories, but it is definitely a good spring treat from Summit.

02-28-2005 07:20:10 | More by RushLimbmalt
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +26.7%

Beer is a very nice deep blonde, typical of the style, head was minimal but I bet it was from the restaurant's pouring technique and not the beer itself, will have to pick up a case of bottles to find out for sure.

Aroma: bready and fruity, very nice.

Taste: malt domination all the way as is appropriate for the style, the malt was a bit toastier than most German Maibocks I've sampled, although this departure from style is welcome in my book. nice mild bittering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is med. viscosity and appropriate for style, drinkability is as good as it gets, the ultimate session beer.

Overall, a wonderful brew, summits second best in my opinion. A much welcomed harbinger of spring!

02-22-2010 02:50:10 | More by evanackerman
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

It is early February, and 19 degrees as I review this Maibock. So here is to the arrival of spring whenever it may be. This brew pours a clear golden-bronze color. The head is one-finger in height, creamy, solid, and long lasting. The aroma begins with grassy notes and finishes with floral tones. The taste is a lot like the aroma; grassy and floral. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and smooth. Overall, I like this beer a lot. I might even go as far as saying it is Summit's best widely available beer (if only they would bottle the oatmeal stout). It is interesting and to style. However, I have had other maibocks that let the alcohol peak through the flavor and aroma, and enjoyed them a ton. I think this beer would go from being really good to great if the alcohol peaked through a little bit.

02-09-2006 03:38:05 | More by KarlHungus
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-09-2014 14:57:37 | More by billhelm
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thebummedgardener

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-25-2013 01:22:48 | More by thebummedgardener
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lakeviewmike

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-17-2012 17:34:05 | More by lakeviewmike
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smogfood

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-17-2012 19:49:34 | More by smogfood
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p-wagz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

04-29-2014 00:17:52 | More by p-wagz
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Joe_Beer


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-10-2012 21:47:05 | More by Joe_Beer
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

Bright gold color with a sizable white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells fruity and malty, almost like bubblegum. Very sharp malt flavor, which mixes nicely with the alcohol flavor. Not much in the way of hops, but this stuff is so good, you don't really miss them. I would almost compare this to an IPA with the malt and hops levels switched. Very good stuff.

03-04-2004 05:18:31 | More by TastyTaste
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

Dense white head that sticks around. Golden color with great clarity. Smells of malt and yeast dominate. This is what I'd call a malt monster. Not many characteristics coming from hops here. They're just around to subtley balance the huge malt load. The caramel maltiness lingers long after the sip. This beer just has an incredible malt taste without being sweet. I think I'm tasting some belgian malts here too. This beer checks in around 7.5% a/v.

03-15-2002 01:21:37 | More by Bighuge
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

A- Very beautiful deep golden color, pretty clear with only the very slightest of sediment, and a nice thick head that slowly recedes leaving some nice lacing.

S- Nice signature Helles smell here. Nice hoppy edge to it but also a great balance of the caramel, bready, biscuity malt.

T- Initially, a nice thicker almost caramel or honey biscuity matliness with a nice hop balance and great dry hop finish some great residual maltiness. This is great.

M- Iniitally, I find the carbonation to be a bit much but it tames down as we get deeper into the beer. As noted, the finish of this beer is very nice.

D- 7% is greatly hidden in this summit Gem. This one is just as good, if not better, in my opinion, than dead guy. I look forward to a few more of these until I run out and have to wait until next year.

05-30-2008 02:59:01 | More by Greggy
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hoplover82

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +22%

A-Pours a clear golden color with a medium off white bubbly head that fades to a small film on beer. Leaves outstanding lace.

S-Sweet malt aroma with earhty hops. Very balanced aroma.

T-Lots of sweet biscuit malts and caramel in the back with soft bitterness for balance. Wow. Slight hops flavor in the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied and very smooth, creamy sweetness coats the mouth well.

D-Very drinkable.

02-12-2009 20:02:28 | More by hoplover82
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Parched

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

A Transparent gold

S Taffy with an undercurrent of citrus

T Slight Rio Grande Valley (Texas) orange and I swear a bit of a buttery taste. Appropriately bitter yet malty - the classic tension in beer.

M Very impressive. Thankfully adheres to the Reinheitsgebot. This is the antiCoors.

D This is real beer. I bought a case. Glad my wife drinks only wine.

01-18-2009 03:31:49 | More by Parched
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Reviewed 3-18-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Light golden colored, 1 finger of foam but lots of carbonation was present

S - Hop aroma, light malts with caramel and some hints of spices

T - Caramel malts, hop back bone, not to strong but there

M/D - A really good tasting brew from Summit, it has the right balance of hops and malts to make it a pretty easy and enjoyable brew, glad I have a six pack of this, will get this again and I recommend people trying it that like the style

04-04-2010 04:05:09 | More by FreshmanPour77
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chilidog

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Yet another great Summit to be had. Poured into a Summit pint glass via glassware trade, thanks. A good-looking clear copper/bronze appeared with a nice white head and good covering lace. The aroma was sweet & malty. The taste carried that malt theme with notes of toffee backed by a rich alcohol. The hops were faint but a nice spice lingered towards the back. The mouthfeel was great, soft and smooth, a real springtime treat. The drinkability might br alittle sweet for some, but I found it good and rich. The ABV at 7% is a nice bonus as well. A nice all-around beer after a long day or just to relax with.

02-27-2005 19:24:56 | More by chilidog
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured a gold color, initial smell was almost of yeast. Taste of strong malt and hops, the feel was almost a bit spicy, and yes, mentioned already, but hoppy on the palate. A very filling and warming brew.

Notes. Tasted at the Summit brewery, I tried 2 of these, and it's obvious, Summit beers are simply put "hoppy", but wonderful tasting, this is a great beer.

02-23-2003 20:15:41 | More by GeoffRizzo
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champ103

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

A: Pours clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with really good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Some pils malt, bread, and biscuit. Some hops in the nose. A light citrus aroma and some bitterness lingers.
T: Lots of dry biscuit malts up front. Grain and cereal flavors. A substantial hop flavor comes in next. Citrus, grassy, floral. Plenty of lingering bitterness. I love the bright hop finish.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Very clean, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I finished my pint without a problem, and could have had several more without a thought.

A great lager and Maibock. At first, this was just a standard lager, but lots of subtle nuances come out as this breaths and warms up. Excellent, and highly recommended.

05-12-2011 01:01:33 | More by champ103
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savaship

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +18.7%

Cracking open the bottle of Summit's Maibock, I did a straight pour right into a tulip glass. Tulip glasses enhance the aroma and allow ample light in to review color, they are my first choice for reviewing.

The beer was a deep gold color I estimate about 12-14 SRM with a very pleasant floral and malt mix on the aroma, it had a nice 2 finger off-white head that lasted several minutes before falling to a standard ring at the edges of the glass.

I tasted the beer, and what a wonderful balance of what I am pretty sure are Hallertau hops (some of my favorite) and pale malts with a hint of light caramel malts. The balance between the specialty grains, regular malts and hops was exquisite, and pleasantly surprising! It is quite possibly the best balanced beer I've ever tasted.

The feeling in your mouth was wonderful, light and airy with a bit of heft that let you know you were drinking a hearty beer, but it wasn't trying to kill you.

Overall I highly enjoyed this beer, it had a lot of what I love in beers, good specialty malts, great hop selection, and a superb overall job.

11-05-2013 16:07:15 | More by savaship
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Sturgeon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-04-2014 18:39:25 | More by Sturgeon
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ovaltine

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

07-04-2014 00:53:34 | More by ovaltine
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-29-2014 23:25:04 | More by Ohiovania
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tmcelvain

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-22-2014 02:16:20 | More by tmcelvain
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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.