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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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204 Reviews
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 411
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002

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Reviews: 204 | Hads: 411
Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at the Xcel Energy Center for Jets vs Wild. Poured into a tall plastic glass.

Clear golden body with a nice white head that leaves stellar
lacing. Light fruity esters and a grainy nose with floral notes. The body is more floral with a grainy background and a light spicy bitterness. The beer finishes clean with a malty sweetness. A very enjoyable beer that seems like a great regular drinking beer... (420 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Brix in Omaha, NE.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

A heavy pour creates a generous 2+cm head of off-white, medium-sized bubbles. This fades in a minute or two to a 0.5cm cap on top of the body. High amounts of excellent lacing, too. Body is a light, transparent, copper-gold color, and plenty of active carbonation is visible.

Aroma is of cooked grain hot cereal, heavily yeast-ed breads, some grassy and light floral hops. Quite nice, really.

Taste is fairly bland upfront: opens with light malty and caramel sweetness. This then breaks into a more pronounced malt sweetness with some spicy and floral hop components. Bitterness arises shortly thereafter as well. Kind of funky in the middle, with an off-putting sweetness with a slight twang. Close is of malt sweetness and a bit of ethanol is apparent, especially as this warms. Aftertaste of light malt sweetness with a bit of excessively bitter hops. Better than average, but not good.

Fairly medium to medium-heavy-bodied, somewhat chewy, but carbonation is generous enough to blend well with this. This is a little too heavy and sticky sweet in the mouthfeel, especially the after tasting. Finish is semi-dry with that sweet stickiness mentioned.

Overall, this is a fairly satisfying helles. All the right targets get hit closely, but there are some flavors I could do without (some of the malt profile, the ethanol). Still, this is a decent version of the style. (1,453 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a persistent one-inch diameter pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright and grassy hops are featured, with enough crisp, crackery grain to provide balance. Smells are fairly clean overall, with just a whiff of stale tobacco smoke intruding.

T: Begins sweet, with balanced toasty pale malt and understated hop aromatics that show dried grass and trace amounts of citrus. Acidity is very mild, balanced, easing into the middle where all flavors diminish. The finish is mildly bitter with a crisp spiciness that enjoys a late resurgence of malt.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet but also slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is an easy-drinking strong lager that represents its style reasonably well. It is sometimes difficult to find an American-brewed maibock that does not cross the line of restraint so integral to the German style--but this beer makes the cut. It is the balance of restraint and memorable qualities that makes this more enjoyable than the sum of its parts. (1,157 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A- Smaller ~1/2" head that doesn't stay around for too long and also gives very little retention. The body is a golder stray yellow with many tiny bubbles.

S- Big lighter malt notes with some grassy and subtle hop scents

T- Somewhats light and sweet with a nice sharp hop presence. Malt and yeast are definately there and become more noticable in the middle and as it warms. The finish is very nice and crisp with a subtle hop presence that lingers just a bit.

M- Light feel with a medium to higher amount of carbonation makes the very refresing.

O- Not a bad beer at all. Refreshing and light for almost 7% alcohol, very well hidden (678 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A trade courtesy of Jon. 12 oz bottle served in an SA glass.

This is a pretty dark gold brew with a decent head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is faint and doesn't really have any distinct elements to it. The taste is quite nice. Hints of orange and floral with a mellow malt back. The hop element is low key and pleasant. It goes down with a bit of a tingle and lets that sweetness linger. It's a nice easy-going beer that would appeal to many. (453 characters)

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. ENjoyed due to the generosity of my good brother Greg. Reviewed from notes.

A: Soft amber-brown hue with a 1-finger, tightly bubbled off-white head with good retention and a few dots and dashes of lace.

S: Definitely a malt-forward beer here with pleasant woody, caramelly maltiness accented nicely with herbal hops.

T: The flavor is bursting with caramel, bready maltiness. THe alcohol is barely noticeable but provides warming. Hops are noble-herbal in nature and provide a balanced counterpoint to the slightly sweet, subtle malty character.

M: Lush without feeling heavy with a lively carbonation to improve the drinkability of this medium-bodied brew.

O: I really enjoyed this brew and wish I could my hands on it more easily in the maibock season -- a delcious sweet and bready maltiness that represents ths tyle wvery well. (891 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 6/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow with a touch of golden shine to it; starts with a short 1 finger, slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven, yet full, cap; body is just a little hazy and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up;

Smell: Not a bad smell, and actually a little better than I thought it was going to be -- slight lemony citric scent and a dry, toasty graininess beneath it with just a bit of sweet malt; nothing overly complex, definitely a lager style beer.

Taste: I kind of just want to type "see smell" here, but I'll give a little bit more, even though the description pretty much matches. Slight citric presence with a touch of lemon to it and the dry, toasty graininess with the slight bit of sweet malt to it (deja vu).

Mouthfeel: Body is light in terms of weight, and the carbonation is strong and spritzy, and just avoids being sharp; slightly sticky coating left on the tongue, but overall, it's a fairly clean finish; gums are left quite tingly from all that carbonation.

Overall: Easy enough to drink -- it would definitely be a summer beer, preferably outside on the lawnmower; light flavors with a bit of bitterness to keep it refreshing; ABV is just under 7% is virtually undetectable (I'm actually surprised it's listed as that high because it doesn't really seem like it would be). (1,483 characters)

Photo of PokerGod
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Orange/Gold color, transparent, nice frothy head that held for quite a long time. leaves very nice lacing along the glass.

Smell- malty and bready. grain smell. smells nice.

Taste- crisp and clean up front with a hoppy finish at the very late end.

Mouthfeel- fine.

Overall- A decent beer. Hoppier than a normal Maibock, quite tasty. (391 characters)

Photo of beerman207
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed case of summit a few weeks back.

A: light orange. Good white fluffy head sticks around a while.

S: nose is spicy hops, malt

T: spicy taste with hops that linger.

M: carbonation is a bit high

O: overall, this beer is solid. Looking forward to having another. (277 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a crystal-clear light amber with a dense, creamy white head that recedes slowly, leaving a bit of lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp aromas of toasted malt, dried apricot, orange peel, and earthy hops.
T - Sweet toasted malt flavors give way to a bit of the fruit from the nose and finishes with a bit of floral hops. Sweet is the key word here, this thing got a bit intense towards the finish.
M - Smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and medium carbonation.
O - Not bad, makes for a good Springtime adult beverage. Nothing to write home about, but no Maibock has ever really blown my socks off. (668 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Table 3:16 in Okoboji, IA.

Poured golden-straw with two fingers of loose white foam that left some ringing.

Smells slightly fruity, malty with a hint of hop bitterness giving a crispness to the nose.

Taste is mildly crisp with a malty and slightly fruity sweet base. Bitterness shows a bit more toward the finish.

This is a fairly non-descript beer overall with muted flavor, but is a reliable choice if you are looking for a pleasant, decently balanced and easy to drink beverage. (497 characters)

Photo of dali27
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: A clear, bright and glowing orange-gold color. Thin white head that turns foamy soap looking really quick. Love the color, hate the head.

S: Scent is of mild toasted malts, grains, yeast and citrus. Also smell a little hop aroma. Trace alcohol in smell. Overall it's a decent combination.

T: Sweet start from the strong malt character fades away into slight bitterness from hops. Alcohol present but not overwheming. It does begin to become more prevalent as beer begins to warm. Better to drink cold.

M: Medium body. Leaves unpleasant sticky feeling in mouth afterwards.

O: This is another solid beer from Summit. They never let me down. That being said it's somewhere in the middle for me as far us their offerings go. Nothing about this beer makes me want to drink it on regular basis, but it's not a bad choice once or twice in the spring. (896 characters)

Photo of Shinerbock1975
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Beautiful amber. Ver clear with a nice 2 finger head that really holds on. Very bubbly.

S- malt. A little fruity but nothing really stands out.

T- A little more flavor than I would expect for the aroma. Getting some bread and a little citrus.

M- very carbonated. Clean and dry. A little on the heavy side.

O- drinkable and refreshing. Nothing special and not may favorite helles. Enjoying it on a Fire Sale so I may have another. (440 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (788 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight lipped pint glass, nice straw, very effervescent with thick creamy off white head, which laced/clinged the glass well. Nice looking.

Smell is muted pils malt, light sweetness hint of hop bitterness.

Taste is subdue pilsner malt sweetness, kinda crisp, light bitterness on the tongue first followed by prolonged bitter flavor. I was looking for a bigger pils flavor and a crisp zing.

Mouthfeel is on heavy on the tongue, more bitterness than pils malt but almost not enough.

Overall, a little dissapointing, it looked impressive coming out of the bottle, but the flavors were a bit subdued. still tasty enough for second try. (649 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy, tangy orange, dusty hops, adjunct stink
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A: Muted nearly clear marigold body with a two finger white head that settles to a film in a few minutes.

S: Pale malt and just a bit of very dusty and just slightly spicy hops. There's a slight adjuncty stink and a hint of orange sweetness. Each time the glass comes to my nose I try not to inhale.

T: Thankfully, hops are coming through a bit better on the palate... wait.... maybe it's just the sting of the carbonation. What we do get for sure is a light, creamy, almost honeyed malt body, and a slightly tangy orange fruitiness. Hops are light but present, mostly on the finish, which is medium short, and their taste is earthy.

M: High carbonation, a bit of graininess, and a fairly appropriate weight for the ABV.

O: Not a bad effort, but I could definitely ask for more hop personality and a better nose. (871 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is a light gold that has a light amber tint. One finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly and spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: The aroma is very weak; it is almost undetectable. There is something there — a floral, toasted, and light citrus scent — but it is very faint.

Taste: Flavor — what a concept. Somewhat disappointed by the lack of aroma, the taste jumped right out: toasted and floral malts, a light lemon citrus, and, at the end, a hop bite that lingers on the cheeks and tongue.

Drinkability: Crisp and clean, it has a nice zip to it. I am not too familiar with maibock, but this version pales in comparison with its German ancestor. (754 characters)

Photo of homersimpson67
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice spring beer. not real complex but pretty satisfying. will go back again.
decent appearance light straw colored brew, decent 1 finger of head, nice lacing on my summit brewing excellence glass bought after touring the brewery a few weeks ago.
not much of a smell, kind of a malty, sugar smell, nothing special.
Taste is good, nice up front with malt and spice not much for hops but i guess that goes with this style of beer.
Good in the mouth, does go down real easy, not to filling and at almost 7.0%abv this one does sneak up on you. i wouldn't have guessed it to be this strong.
Overall decent beer, not one of my favorites but have a special interest since touring the brewery. (687 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of smm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a half inch foamy white head over a clear deep straw yellow

S- Sweet floral aroma, tinges of alcohol and hops waft through a very malty base.

T- Malty and boozy, citrus sweetness clips the tip of the tongue at the finish.

M- Quite smooth, carbonation isn't overpowering. Finishes dry, theres a bit of heat in the back of the throat.

O- Nice malty spring-time beer with floral notes and citrusy hops. Only real drawback is the strength of the alcohol, which comes through quite strong in both taste and smell. (521 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, dark gold color with an average sized, bubbly, foamy, light, fizzy, white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving no real lace.

S - Very malt driven with a grainy and slightly bready aroma. Touches of citrus and lemon, but only a slight fruitiness. Nothing really jumping out right here.

T - Similar to the nose. A lot of graininess with some bready malt flavors. Some citrus lemony flavor mid sip. A little touch of herbal and grassy hop flavor, but it isn't very strong. A faint yeasty fruit background. Musty grain is just too strong.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. A little light feel.

D - It was easy to drink, but it didn't really make me want to drink more. Musty grain flavor was just too much. Alcohol peeked out a little bit, but not much.

Notes: Average beer that didn't really pop. It was decent but there was just too much musty grain flavor. Overall just nothing exciting that would make me want to get it again. (959 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear and yellow with a good amount of carbonation. Head of white foam falls slowly leaving some lace. Smells clean to slightly sweet. Clean malt flavor dominates with perhaps a touch of toasted malt character towards the finish. Very balanced finish (not too sweet) for a Maibock. Bit of minerals in the finish and a little hop bite as it warms up. Very smooth mouthfeel, decent body for the style. Not bad, but not necessarily worth seeking out. (453 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a little more than one finger of fluffy white head.

The scent is pretty light; toasted malts, some citrus and a little spice.

The taste is of citrus, mild hop bitterness, toasted malt, some spice.

Light bodied, fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, nothing that makes it really memorable, but a pretty easy to drink beer. (373 characters)

Photo of exonthebottle
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

head white retains well nice amber body
smell slightly foral hoppy honey bit boring
taste honey malt spice some fruity hops some bitterness but then the taste becomes more metallic.
this beer feels okay medium a bit dry
I say this beer is okay not perfect but pretty drinkable alcohol only become notable near the end. not a bad beer (335 characters)

Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.