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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 390
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

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Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002

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Ratings: 390 | Reviews: 203
Photo of AmberMan22
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear, bright orange color, with a creme colored frothy head. Good retention, good lacing.

Smell is a bit underwhelming, though some nice grain comes through, hearty amount of malt, a good hoppy bite at the end.

Certainly a tasty beer. Almost tastes like an entry level Maibock. Not as gritty and thick, not quite as heavily malted or hopped as some other examples of the style. Everything is there, and it's good, but I found Schell's Maibock to be much better in this category.

Mouthfeel was nice, solid medium body, perfect carbonation. It also has that slight grittiness that I appreciate in a good Maibock.

I personally like this beer, though the flavor could afford to be amped up a bit. This one seemed a little on the weaker side compared to some better Maibocks I've had.

Photo of happilysurly
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Pours a clear amber with one finger of head which dissipates quickly.

Not a huge fan of the aroma. Smells a bit metallic but with a nice malt balance.

Tastes a bit metallic too initially, and bitter. But there is a decent malty backbone to keep it balanced. I can taste the alcohol, but don't mind it in this beer. Its quite good.

The metallic taste lingers too but gets more and more tolerable, tough the bitterness carries through to the finish line.

This was the first maibock I had in my collegiate years and for that reason I am partial to it, but I think it is a very drinkable maibock.

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

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: First whiff was skunky, then settles into some mild grass.

Taste: Moderately sweet caramel, breadiness, some booziness, some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Feels somewhat heavy.

Drinkability: Not my favorite mix of flavors.

Finally wrote up a review for this beer, I've had it plenty of times but just never reviewed it. Probably because this and the Octoberfest are my least favorite Summit beers. For some reason, those two beers just seem too boozy, i.e. the alcohol is not hidden very well. Maybe I just need a little more hop presence to hide the alcohol, as there are many other high ABV beers that I enjoy.

Photo of Buebie
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby brown twist off bottle into a snifter. A rigorous pour produces almost an inch of qhite fizzy head. Settling very quick, leaving a small collar of retention. Very thin spotty lace streaks.
Color on this is not attractive. It looks like a pale marmalade see through jam. Not orange, not copper, but odd overall.

Aroma is spicy, a pepper forward earthy hop with some alcahol warmth coming through too. Following the alcohol forward aromas of the style well, although no real hop presence in aroma, mostly spice.
Distant bready caramel too.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation throughout with a slick texture.

Taste is also spicy, more pronounced hop flavors, not super bitter but coming through in taste.
A bready mild sweet flavor, bittering into the finish. A small amount of warming here as well along with a small amount of grain flavor.

This used to be my go to Spring beer. I haven't had it in a few years. Its definatly not the greatest beer in the world like it used to seem to me. Its a decent contender for a bock, but nothing terrific. The spicy flavors are nagging on the pallet and on the nose.

Photo of ebraun
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, honey, decent pillowy head that dissipated to a thin layer that left some lacing on the way down.

S: Big on the nose. Banana, honey, some nice hop action as well.

T: Banana and biscuit with more rich, sweet honey. Slightly astringent on the finish. It seemed a little off-balance

M: Thin with some carbonation and zip.

D: Not bad, but I don't think I could put back a lot of these in a sitting.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body, topped with a one and a half finger head of white foam. The head exhibits good retention and leaves behind nice, thick lace as it settles.

S - A surprisingly hop oriented aroma with lots of musty, spicy continental hop character. Lots of toasty malt sweetness as well with notes of bread and toffee.

T - Sweet, toasty malt up front. Lots of bready flavor with light, spicy hops. The hop character becomes more bold in the middle with spicy notes and some musty, almost British character. Finishes with a great deal of dry toasted grain and significant balancing bitterness. Lingering earthy hops and perhaps even a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A very well balanced and drinkable Maibock with a pleasant emphasis on its striking noble hop character. There is also lots of malt character present in this beer to balance out the hops, and while it doesn't finish sweet it is well balanced and manages to avoid the cloying, burnt toast character that some other dry amber beers can leave on the palate. This is not a beer that stands out on the shelf, but it is a very nice, drinkable example of its style and is well worth a try.

Photo of evanackerman
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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 herman77
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light bronze color with a thick head that has pretty good retention. Some sticky lacing. Can't pick up much on the smell other than light hops and a little sweetness. The taste has a hoppy sweetness, and something else I can't figure out that I don't enjoy too much. Tart? Pretty average mouthfeel.

I don't have much experience with Maibocks, so maybe this is why I don't like this too much. Its okay at best, but I wouldn't buy it again. I just bought the Summit Spring Sampler Pack, so I only have two left to drink... or give up. This is my least favorite offering by Summit.

Photo of bob3701
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. I must say I had never heard of Summit but I do like bocks so I picked it up. looked a little pale even for a maibock and it did not smell too good either. It had no bock taste and an underlying taste of skunky (just faintly). Not sure if I picked up a bad 6-pack but Summit I'll be avoiding.

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 mwa423
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very light and clear golden color with only a very small amount of head with lacing that stuck to the glass all the way down.

S - All the malty smell expected and pretty normal for the style. Nothing particularly interesting, but a good example of what I expect from the style.

T - Sweet malt flavor, a great example of the style but by no means outstanding.

M/D - An easy enough drinker which is not at all surprising.

All in all this is a solid example of the style, just in no way interesting. If you're a huge fan of maibock's you will enjoy this, but you will find a lot better ones.

Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice looking amber orange color with a 1/2 inch head and nice lacing i smell malts and hops present and a murky earthy smell ..the taste was a little thin it was drinkable/enjoyable but just not a memorable helles for me i like dead guy better than this one..i would like to try on tap...

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

One of Summit's seasonal offerings.
Pours an amber brew with an orange undertone. Head is off-white and fluffy.
Aroma has a definite citrus note. This carries through to the taste. Hops play in the background rather than coming to the fore in both aroma and taste.
Mouthfeel is ok, but a little thin.
Quite drinkable, but I prefer some of Summit's other brews.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured at first an almost mango orange mix of foam and beer, then upon separating, the beer was a golden hued orange, the head an orange hued white. The head is big, but fluffy and really quite attractive. There's no active carbonation, but this is an older beer, and I will try and keep that in mind. Actually, no, there is active carbonation, a nice stream of VERY small bubbles.

S: Sweet malt and spicy, perhaps some noble hops? A sort of fruity spiciness, like cinnamon and apples. And a good strength to it as well. As the head slowly disipates, the malt becomes more noticeable.

T: Hmm, it seems age has taken something away from the taste here. Still good, but weak. The spicy hops are pretty much absent, much more on the light german malts. Flavor, but light.

M: Very smooth and clean. Nothing to complain about here, though it doesn't really wow.

D: Great. I wish there were more at work.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of ThickestHead
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Looks a clean golden amber with a fat, fluffy head that drapes its lace around the glass.
Smells of caramel malt and a hint of alcohol.
Well carbonated and doesn't let the hops and malts stick around too long so you are ready for another taste.
Tastes of toasted malts that take over the hops present, but both are there in ample quantities.
This is one of my favorite brews from Summit. I love it when it is that time of the year for it to come around and I stock up on it.

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 maximum12
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, the unknown 7% ABV explains why I felt a bit touched after three glasses last night. Who knew?

Amber, golden, with all the stereotypes therein. Smell had a touch of hop bitterness, with a side of wheat field breeze thrown in.

For a beer found in a relatively divey place, Summit Maibock was a pleasant surprise. I find most of Summit's beers to be ordinary, aimed at the average Joe Beer drinker, but this had some nice flavor to it. I especially enjoyed the bit of wicked bite at the end, which I wasn't expecting to be there.

Alcohol was completely absent, unfortunately, in the oral cavity, & it went down very easy. I can see where this could turn into a post-softball disaster at an unsuspecting ABV like this.

Good beer. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on this one again at a lowbrow place!

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

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a crystal-clear light gold color with a small head. The nose is moderately malt, but has a grainy edge to it. To taste, it's a little better, with malt being the main flavor... again, it's a tad grainy, which detracts. Very light noble hop presence with mostly low bitterness. Clean finish.

An all-around average beer.

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 jwc215
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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

I had recently had this on tap and decided to do the bottled version as well as I thought I remembered liking it better. That wasn't the case.

Dark gold or honey colored. Wispy head and large bubbles of abundant prickle when poured into the glass. The "on tap" was much more still. Grainy nose. Grain dominates the attack. Heavy grain notes in the flavor. Tiny bits of bitterness as you approach the finish. The aftertaste is mildly sour. While I will order this beer in a bar over most of the selections available it is one of my least favorite offerings from Summit.

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.

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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.