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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002)
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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.

allengarvin, May 24, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

ChopperSmith, May 19, 2009
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.

jwc215, May 11, 2009
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.

Ragingbull, May 04, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

Metalmonk, May 03, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden yellow with two finger head that quickly shrinks. Minimal lacing down the glass.

S- Strong sweet sourdough bread. Yeasty. Faint hop smell present.

T- Lightly roasted malt. Sweet yeasty, bready flavor with some burnt toffee. A bit of hops help to balance out. Much like the smell.

M- Light to medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Beer goes down nicely. Smooth.

D- These could be pounded all night, it's crazy. Nonfilling, good flavor, but not overwhelming.

Picked this up at $4.99 for a sixer. Awesome deal on a beer of this quality.

jera1350, May 01, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Extremely clear with many slow streams of bubbles. HEAD: Small and unimpressive, but at least a ring of carbonation hangs around the edges... for awhile COLOR: Very beautiful dark golden blonde color.

S- A bit like stale bread, but there are some good lager-like aromas along with crisp hops and grain.

T- A bit disappointing for a bock, but at least there are no stale or off flavors. The hops are fine and dandy, bold and bitter, Czech and spicy. The malt, on the other hand, is lacking and insignificant for a bock, even a maibock.

M- Nummies. Gentle carbonation and hearty body. No complaints here.

D- Well, I can get drunk off these quicker than most any beer, but that is true of most bocks. This one happens to be exceptionally quaff-able and light-hearted.

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma smells like cooked corn and rotten eggs with citrus and honey. The appearance is deep gold with a nice head. The flavor has none of the rotten eggs but does have some corn and honey to go along with a generous amount of malt and hops. The palate is thin but right for the style. Overall I have to say it's one stinky beer that tastes alright.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Rich golden body shows excellent clarity and small carbonation streams that feed a modest head and lasting halo that leaves ribbons of lace down the glass.

S) Bready sweet malt blended with spicy earthy noble hop leaves.

T) A rich full flavor, deep malt backbone gives a hearty feel while the bittering hops cut the finish and refresh the palate for the next pull.

M) Full body, medium low carbonation, lasting lip smacking finish.

D) This is a well made beer in an under appreciated style. With all the extreme brews out there, it's nice to come back to a somewhat simple taste at full volume. I'd like another.

HardTarget, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle poured into a Pilsner glass

A - Tantalizing golden/ light amber color with almost no carbonation bubbles coming up and a weak head that amounted to almost nothing at all.

S - Sweet, light malty nose accentuated by a delicate hop balance

T - Medium bodied malt character with subdued fruity hints. Pear and white grape. All flavors harmonized with a fantastic balance of hops.

M - Crisp and refreshing for sure. Almost no carbonation on the tongue but the beer is still carbonated though I wouldn't say its "smooth per se".

D - Fantastic drinkability - good balance, great color. Perfect session beer with a good flavor!

BeerFMAndy, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous BA at the Brick Store.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a big white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is mostly just toasted grains on top of a light bready malt base.

The taste isn't any more exciting than the aroma as the toasted character of both the grains and malts dominate throughout.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp with a dry, bready finish.

This is a decent maibock but nothing that really stands vs. others I've had. Drinkable but fairly forgettable.

gford217, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine dark gold beer, beautiful. Pale white head rises to 1.5 cm off the pour then slowly recedes, retaining a thin layer.

S-Spicy and floral hop aromas, clean with a hint of breadiness.

T-Semi-sweet bready malts balanced by a nice, assertive bitterness. A floral spicy hop flavor emerges hand-in-hand with the bitterness. Aftertaste is of hops with a slight malty sweetness.

M-Medium-high carbonation, moderate mouthfeel, finishes lager-clean.

D-Great drinkability. One of my Minnesota seasonal favorites. It displays some enjoyable hops and seems relatively well balanced, displaying some of the enjoyable characters of the style.

CHSLBrew, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm starting to think that I'm not a fan of summit beer.

Smell is slightly vegetable like. Pilsner malt dominates throughout. Sort of a cattiness underneath.

Taste is sort of catty and has some vegetable flavors. Some grassy/lemony flavors arise as well. Some dry tannins lead to a little bit of off flavors. DMS throughout.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp.

This beer just doesn't do it for me. There are some DMS problems. I think I'm not a fan of summit. I don't like any of the beers from them that I've had, and I think I've had 4 even though I haven't reviewed all of them.

jasonjlewis, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A= pours with a two finger head that falls quickly leaving some spotty bubbles and a ring around my glass. An amber or orange color that's completely clear.
S= I get a lot of grains used. Not really a malty chocolate or coffee but more of a whole grain smell
T= very grainy in taste just like the smell. The difference is a lot of sweetness in the taste.
M= smooth and creamy with a dry finish
D= average. Pretty good beer but nothing too great.

jjanega08, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My friend handed one of these to me the other night. "This is going to blow your mind" he said. On the contrary, my dear Watson.

Pours a clear copper tinted gold color. A white bubbly head is produced. Little to no lacing.

The smell is pretty generic, unfortunately. I was expecting more. The taste didn't "blow my mind" as much as I'd like. Typical bitterness associated with Maibock's here. Nothing to outlandish or adventurous. This is a simple, but good, beer.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, leaving a dry finish. I would consider this above average.

Yet another good (but not great) beer from Summit. I almost feel as if there is a common taste in all Summit beers, one that I can't put my finger on, but it is definitely present here. During a blind taste testing, it wouldn't be hard to pick out a Summit beer. Not necessarily a bad quality, because at least they are consistent.

Mistofminn, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean, clear pale golden color. For some reason, I blame Smuttynose, I was expecting more body and color with this one. The head retention is pretty weak, fading quickly to a thin wisp of white. Nice bubble action though!

Smell is macro-esque, pale sour malt at first followed by a nice sweetness that seems to justify things.

Taste is a bit of apple cider, sour and sour malt and just a bit of a hop finish. This one also has a bit dryness as well in the finish.

Very drinkable beer, that is the highlight I feel. Thanks goes out to a colleague who hauled a few of these on a flight from MN just to let me try something from Summit.

By the way, I just realized that this clocks in at 7%. That is a surprise, I was thinking below 5!

indiapaleale, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of matty
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is light fruits.Taste is grapefruit and pine with a buttery finish.I am a person who thinks that pine is a scent not a flavor and should not be included in drinks.Overall though not terrible.I would not buy again nor recommend.

matty, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hoplover82, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle into a beer mug.

Summit Maibock pours a semi-attractive, semi-pale golden hue into the mug and quickly builds a sturdy cap of off-white foam. Above-average head retention, thanks to a healthy carbonation level, but unfortunately no lacing. The aroma is heavy on the side of semi-sweet, pale malts with starched notes of wheat crackers and cereal. A gentle, floral hop presence lends a nice balance to it all.

The flavor is much more heavy-handed on the hop front, and to me that's a good thing even if it's not exactly per the style. The hoppiness is resinous, piny, and much more bitter than I'd anticipated, but a sweet pale/caramel malt presence balances it nicely. Mouthfeel is superb, with a crisp, light-medium, bubbly body that finishes clean after a bitter dose of hops and slight booze warmth. I must admit, I wasn't exactly expecting much out of this Maibock, but was pleasantly surprised by Summit's brewing ability and look forward to their other brews.

wagenvolks, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a two finger head into my pint glass. Medium straw color. Very clear.
Smell, sweet bready, noble hoppy.
Taste: crisp, dried fruit, slight bitterness. Biscuity.
M/D: Very nice drinkability. The 7% abv is a surprise.
Nice mid level ground between a doppelbock and a Helles.
A nice addition to the Texas beer selection.

JonathanL7890, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of tconboy
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw amber gold with a lot of bubbles and a decent head that fades to a light film at the top of the glass. Moderate lacing, much more impressive than I expected. Tastes of fresh malts and a little bitterness. Pretty refreshing. Definitely feeling the bitterness in the aftertaste. (Burp) Yep, definitely malty. The mouthfeel is pretty light, you can definitely feel the carbonation, but I guess it's not overbearing. A pretty drinkable beer.

tconboy, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Parched
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Parched, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Greggy, May 30, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear deep yellow, 3/4 finger head.

S- Sweet and toasted malts.

T- Toasted malt dominates throughout interlaced with sweet caramel malts and noble hops.

M- Decent body slightly fizzy.

D- Nothing special here.

Although a well crafted beer, I really didn't enjoy this that much. The toasted malt flavor dominated too much in my opinion.

Pauly2X, May 20, 2008
Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.