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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant tangerine-amber with a sparse dusting of yeast. Atop the beer is a bone white head that features a hint of pastel orange. The texture of the foam leaves quite a bit to be desired. It's too soft and doesn't look all that good after the pour or as it fades away. A minimal amount of lace makes it to the glass.

The nose lacks personality. It's straightforwardly pale malty and is hop deficient (not that I expect an abundance of hops in a beer of this style). I do pick up a little fruitiness from the ale yeast... oops, I just remembered that maibocks are lagers, so there goes that theory. The hop bill consists of Saaz and Mt. Hood, but they're nowhere to be found by my nose.

Summit Maibock has slightly more presence on the palate. It's a decently malted version, although the malt is felt rather than tasted. There's still a mildly tangy fruitiness that reminds me, to some extent, of a tripel. Perhaps what's bringing that particular style to mind is the alcohol, which could stand to be masked more completely.

There's a modest sweetness early, then the beer dries out significantly as the second half of the mouthful fades into the finish. The mouthfeel is a notch more full than medium and is firm rather than lush and inviting. It's probably my empty stomach, but I feel every bit of the 7.0% ABV.

I've struggled a little with this review of Summit Maibock. It isn't an easy beer to pigeonhole or to analyze, at least for me. I don't have a lot of experience with this style, but I do know that I've had better and that this one could be improved with a little effort. Improved how? Don't ask me. I don't brew the stuff, I just drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 23:31:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a modest head that doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Vegetal, cooked corn aroma overwhelms the underlying sweet malt base

Taste: Starts with the anticipated sweet malty flavors with just a hint of maple; after the swallow, the vegetal flavors overwhelm along with some unexpected grainy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet on the way down

Drinkability: Possible DMS problem with this batch provide some real off flavors and the warmth from the alcohol is a bit too pronounced for the style; this tastes like one of those high octane lagers from Eastern Europe

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 12:30:23 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon second sampling, the beer, though typical of Maibocks, are subtle and strong flavored, the graininess is difficult to overlook. A stressed-grain flavor persists in the flavor and mouthfeel, leaving the brew a little astingent.

A typical Spring Bock. Light and airy to the sight. High carbonation brings this beer to life. Smell is dainty sweet. Mild sweetness and fruityness with little bittering aromas. Taste is light and pleasant. Flavors of oranges, mangos, and honey. Carbonation and mild alcohol gives a slight bite toward the body. Tingly and fruity. Aftertaste is subtle and momentary. A good safe beer for spring or summer sippin'. You've got to enjoy the subtleties of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 20:13:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a near non-existent white head.

Smell: Mild, malty aroma with a weak hint of citrus.

Taste: Slightly bready pale malt taste. Medium sweetness. Tart, stale fruitiness. Hint of citrus. Dash of booze on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Okay, but comes across as a bit bland. It's just not what I'm looking for in a maibock.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:44:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

I was a bit surprised to see this out already, but not enough to turn it down. It pours a clear pale-ish straw topped by a large finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, and very light honey. The taste holds notes of lemongrass, greens, flowers, light orange peel, and wheat. The first two elements contribute a decently strong bitterness, especially for the style. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a sub-par maibock, one I don't really ever want to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:24:32 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 14:27:53 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the history of my drinking life, I began as a beer-avoiding wine snob who somehow transformed into an English ale/ Irish stout snob. It was my introduction to the Summit Brewing company, our local standard, that brought that crumbling down, and I soon became aware of all that American brewers, as well as the rest of the world, had to offer. The Summit Maibock was my introduction to the style, and a certain sentimental attachment persists.

But, the beer! Color is a clear, pale caramel, and the smallish head is a perfect bone white. Aroma is sweet at first, buttery, even honeyish, but crisp, clean, and still a little dry, with whiffs of straw. On the palate, very mild, mellow and smooth. Hops are fairly minimal,and the firm malt has a delicous caramel character. Very easy to drink, light in body, but with enough flavor to make it fun. Sweetness starts to teeter into cloying, though. Hops reemerge throughout the finish to make things interesting.
All in all, a tasty, satisfying springtime tradition, although I, too, regret the change in name that came with these new labels.
I so enjoyed hearing people say "Haimertingen".

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 22:25:48 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Grizzly Grill in Grand Forks ND went well with my Jamaican Jerk wings

Poured honey colored & effervescent with a a 1" white head. Poor head retention & lacing

Smell: Alcohol & a hard to pin down sweetness

Taste: Maltiness, followed by alcohol with frutinesss on the sides of the tounge. A slight honey taste gives way to sone alcohol & corny tastes, not a stong finisher

MF: chewy & undercarbonated

Okay drinkability, but lacks depth & or character to session, had potential

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2006 04:22:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of zeff80


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, foamy head. The tan foam left very little lacing.

S - It smelled fairly malty with sweet caramel notes. It had a slightly floral aroma, too.

T - Sweet with caramel and toffee. Tasted of bread crust with a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a nice maibock. Another solid seasonal offering from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 11:31:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours a brilliantly clear, orange-copper color, that is actually quite visually appealing. It is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is spicy and herbal, with malt notes of biscuits, though the aroma is fairly subtle. The beer is lightly sweet up front, with a nice finish that is haunted by notes of spicy hops and a hint of alcohol. There is almost a note of orange here, though this may just be suggested by the pretty orange color. This beer is actually quite light on the palate, and not overwhelming in the taste and flavors either. It is quite tasty, but it is missing a certain solid maltiness that a Bock should have.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 17:01:07 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a golden color with a pretty decent looking head on top. The lacing was thin and kind of scattered about. The smell of the beer had a good amount of grain on the nose and some hops. The taste brought those two elements along onto the tongue and ended up being pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel was light and had a decent amount of carbonation to it. Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I would totally give this one another try one day.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 21:01:19 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a thin fizzy head the becomes a small bubbly patch.

The smell is grainy, lemony, slightly reminiscent of "Euro-skunk", and a bit yeasty/moldy bread.

The taste is sweet, grainy, a bit fruity/lemony with a touch of alcohol. An herbal bitterness peeks through, though not quite enough to round out the sweetness. It has a slightly yeasty character to it.

As can be seen by the abundant amount of bubbles quickly rising to the top, this is aggressively carbonated, borders harsh carbonation, thinnning the body. As it progresses, it does come down, but still it only approaches medium-bodied.

Not bad, but didn't impress me much. A bit too carbonated and yeasty/moldy. Alcohol is not incorporated so well, either. Okay to sip on one, but wouldn't seek out or buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:22:20 | More by jwc215
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a two finger head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is all that is detectable here.

Taste: slightly grainy and bready malt profile with caramel, sweet green grapes, pears, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this was an overall easy drinking maibock and hits the spot when looking for a malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 12:23:41 | More by Gavage
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber body with a short white head. I thought it smelled and tasted a little strong and the 7% explains it. The aroma is off unfortunately and smells like cheap beer. Taste makes up for the poor aroma, which I think may just be the product of an old bottle. Rich caramel flavors with a mild hop backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable beyond the smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:11:05 | More by tempest
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2006 00:26:52 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Faint apple cider nose. Starts sweet apple/caramel flavor, cidery finish is not bitter like it was on-tap, maybe the aging helped. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 23:25:32 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ppoitras


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the light amber brew. Lacing average. Aroma is sweetly of pale/caramel malts. Taste follows the nose, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel and a slight warming during and after the swallow. It's got substance, some abv punch, yet remains imminently drinkable, just like a Maibock should be. Nice one...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 01:54:36 | More by ppoitras
Photo of woodychandler


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle at The Fridge a couple of weeks ago, but I did not realize that we could still do reviews and so I had it held in abeyance. Dummy me!

My running mate drank one last night and it looked really good, so I became inspired to break mine out. It is after Noon, after all, plus I have the day off.

My aggro pour created two-plus fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. The beer itself was a deep golden-yellow that would make Midas and Croesus envious and cause Greg Koch to call me a wussy. I LIKE beers that look like beer! I also like to bury my nose in my beer and this had a big malty sweetness to it which will make a nice change of pace from my recent spate of big hoppy beers. Next, I like to fill my mouth with beer until my cheeks bulge out like a chipmunk's and let the beer just roll around on my tongue. This method is NOT recommended with Sixpoint's Resin as the beer acted like a hydrofluoric acid burn and wormed its way into my tongue through all of my weak link tastebuds. Here, it warmed with a soothing softness and although it was a Bock, it was not cloying or overly malty. They struck a nice balance between too sweet and too dry. I do not mind dry beers, but style is style, after all. Finish was semi-dry and very pleasant to just sit and sip on a lazy afternoon. The price point was VERY nice and would easily warrant a re-visit.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 17:30:00 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2002 01:21:37 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a bright clairity and a mostly diminishing light beige head that was frothy and initially 1 finger high. A thin spongey ring lacing is left behind while the visible carbonation was light and random.

S: The nose had a soft fragrance of semi-dry oranges and fresh spring time flowers. A fresh whole graininess that was overall light in strength rounds things out. Not much fruitiness was detected.

T: The flavor was slightly tart with semi-dry tangerines with a light fresh fruitiness of red grapes, apple juice and apricots. There is a light fresh breadiness and semi-sweet caramel malting adding hints of sweetness to the fresh sugary fruitiness. There is a spicy hoppiness that compliments the fresh fruitiness while the finish finds a soft dryness of tart citrus (tangerines) with a light bready caramel bread and honey sweetness. Overall the flavor was well suited per style.

M: light, very smooth with a light oily feel. Tart and dry oranges and citrus peels are detected on the swallow around the tongues edges.

D: Per style drinkability was pretty decent with an acceptable level of enjoyment. The flavor was good, but the beer overall just lacked in other departments which hurt the overall rating. Fans of this style will most likely enjoy this, while the extreme beer hunter might just find it so so. The abv of 7.0%abv is well hidden behind the fruity and sweet nature though I would still probably not consider more then one at any sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 21:58:00 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As it spills from the bottle, a translucent amber color and the head formed is predictable in size, frothy and a light tan in color, as the head desiccates, the resultant a lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt dominated, fresh and clean with the start sweet and nicely malted with a middling top. Finish purposeful in its acidity with the hops spicy and pleasing to the palate, a nice representative to the style, a nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 16:11:39 | More by Gusler
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice off white head that laces slightly. The color was light golden.

Smells like a typical bock, nothing to appealing to me. Bready and carmel aromas. Taste is kind of malty, kind of skunky. Not something I enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was a little crisp. leaves a dry flavor in your mouth.

Overall, this is one of the only summits I haven't liked. I don't prefer bocks to much, but I really didn't like this at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:28:44 | More by mothman
Photo of dirtylou


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 00:12:44 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hop, hint of honey, hint of citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, earthy malt, slight hop, slight honey, yeast, grain, and a hint of metallic. Overall, a good body, blend, and aroma, but the metallic hurts.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 00:09:31 | More by Tone
Photo of tavernjef


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is clear gold, small white thin head of fluff that faded quick, leaves light and tiny spotty lace. Smells of musty grass and sweet malt, citrusy note in there and smells a tad skunky. Taste is mild and soft of malt and has a clean hop bitterness thats a bit oily, has a breadish quality to its flavor and drying with hints of floral character lingering. Feel is sharp at first with a twinge of hoppyness with strange piney drying qualities, is pretty full-medium bodied and has a long lasting coating of creamy butter somewhat waxy. OK brew but is passable to others of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 17:35:58 | More by tavernjef
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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.