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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely beautiful color. Dark gold with a good, foamy head. The smell I got was some apple, slight vanilla. Also got a sweet woodsy smell from it.

The taste is tangy, I get the apple smell in the middle, and it has a strong hop taste in the finish. Hop taste sits at the back of the tongue. A little sweet in parts. Nice and complex.

The mouthfeel is medium-body, tingles on the tongue. I can sense a small alcohol taste.

Overall, it's a great beer. Complex flavors that hit various spots on the tongue. The hop flavor stays in the mouth for a while. I wouldn't necessarily pound a few of these back in a row, but it is enjoyable.

Photo of supercolter
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this is my favorite Summit offering to date. Appearance is good with a lot of head and very good lacing. Smell is quite good as well, noticable hops, but not overpowering. Light on malt.
Taste is also quite good as well. The hops really come through here, with several different types.
Mouthfeel is a bit light.
Drinkability is very good given the high hop content.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper pour with a tiny white head that goes away quickly.
Aroma is faint, but I can detect some floral hops.
Taste is good, kind of light and refreshing, dry malts rounded out by some nice floral hops, with a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel is average, maybe even a little thin but well carbinated.
Easy to drink and at almost 7% a little dangerous. This beer is solid, but not remarkable.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clean dark golden color with one finger of head. Almost no lacing.

S - Toasted malts and some grassy hops. Heavier on the malts but a weak aroma overall.

T - Bready malts dominate the taste. A light hop bite at the end to provide some balance.

M/D - Well carbonated and very smooth. A drinkable beer with a deceptive 7.0%.

Photo of giblet
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am relatively new to maibocks. this one really pleased me. nice medium color. poured a nice head and carbonation into the glass. nice hop aroma. it tasted quite yummy with a good malt and hop combination. i bought a sixer of this and i will enjoy 2 more tonight!

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of Tucquan
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Ike's bar and resturant in the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport in Minnesota.

It was served in a 16 oz glass and has a very clear, orange-amber color with a short head.

It has a light, grassy and herbal aroma. The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is medium. The taste is grassy with light hops and it has an unusual orange candy sweet taste that I wasn't too wild about. A bit too sweet for me.

It was a drinkable but unremarkable brew.

Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my hands on some of the '08 stock.

A -- Very nice, deep gold color with a thick white head

S -- Some DMS going on to hint at Pils malt, but the Summit web page doesn't report as such. Sweet malts and spicy hops peeking through.

T -- Sweet, bready malt hit followed immediately by a dryness that could be attributed to hops or alcohol. Finishes with a sort of graininess and earthiness -- very dry. Sweet malt aftertaste.

M -- Medium bodied with a slick mouth-feel.

D -- Drinkability is very good.

* Updated for '08 -- no more toffee characters.

Photo of homebrewhawk
2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a brilliant, clear gold. Very effervescent with two fingers of fine bubbled white head. Good looking beer, unfortunately it went downhill from here. This beer seems to have some fermentation issues. There is some sulfur in the nose. It dissipates to allow a little caramel malt. Thin bodied. There is some corny, dms type of flavor there. Some maltiness, but not enough for the style. A little hop bitterness in the middle. I wondered if I had a bad bottle, but other reviews seem to reinforce my tasting.

Photo of jokelahoma
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an unfortunately far too cold mug at Old Chicago in Eden Prarie, MN.

Yeah, the iced mugs have got to go. Great for a Bud, sucks ass if you want a good beer. I waited fifteen minutes for this to warm enough to get an idea what it actually tasted like. While waiting, I did rate the appearance, which was pretty good. It's a new penny copper, absolutely crystal clear, with a pretty substantial head that lasted a good long while.

The aroma is all pilsner malt. Through and through, you get the smell of sweet, grainy pils malt, andnothing else. There's no hop aroma to be had here, which is fine, per style. Just that almost chewy aroma of grainy sweet malt. Pretty inviting, actually.

The flavor is sweet grain as well. In fact, it's perhaps even kmore sweet than one might expect. There is absolutely zero hop flavor to this, which is fine. The bitterness could be just a bit higher, in my opinion, as it barely manages to keep this from being sickly sweet. This is far grainier than many examples of maibock I've had. That's not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. The flavor here isn't the best maibock I've ever had, but it's certainly not bad at all. It's very inoffensive and clean, let's say that. And that's a good thing in a maibock, all things considered.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery, but even this works in the beer's favor, as anything more substantial in combination with this much sweetness would lead to a beer that comes across as syrupy. As it is, it's fine.

Overall, this is a clean, yet unremarkable, example of the style. I doubt seriously I'd go out of my way to find another one, yet I also wouldn't urn one down were it offered to me. All in all, a worthwhile beer.

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.

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice two-fingered white head that had good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing left on the glass. A lot of tiny bubbles rise through the beer for a long time after the pour.

The smell is not that great. The sweet malt is there along with a cooked vegetable aroma. Some grassy hops is also noted.

Taste wise this is a decent bock. It has a nice malt profile of toated and biscuit malt. It is not overly sweet and no signs of DMS that is detected in the smell. No hops noted in the taste. I say it has a medium body with a well matched carbonation. Finishes clean. The high ABV may well catch up with you since it is not detectable. I would never guess it is that high. One or two of these would satisfy me for an evening.

Photo of wspscott
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Light golden color with a white head. The head disappears quickly but leaves nice lace behind.
S: there is a hint of hops, neither citrusy nor piney, just hops
T&M: Crisp mouthfeel, but slightly "heavy" at the same time. The is obviously a lot of malts here. There is a nice hops backbone. Unfortunately, it is mostly just bitter, not very complex.
D: I have not had many maibocks so I can't say if this is true to style, but this is a nice beer, not overly complex but worth trying. I got this a a $.75 single, at that price it is well worth it, I am not sure I would want to pay full price (what ever that is). This is worth trying but not sure I will buy it again.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark golden butter color with a clean appearance to it. Head is decent, good 1/4 inch of whipped butter colored bubbles.

S: White grapes, yellow corn, pancakes and green apple.

T: Starts off with the juice of yellow apples, pears and perhaps squash. Sweet with minor hints of maple and brown sugar. Transitions to a stewed vegetable type personality which finishes it out. Aftertaste is more apple with moments of metallic flavors.

M: Medium body, fluffy

D: Nothing really special about this beer...but nothing stands out as bad either

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of a white head that quickly recedes, and leaves a little spotty lacing. Body is a clear amber.

Smell - grassy and herbal hops fill the nose, with some toasty malt trying to assert itself under the hops.

Taste - exactly as promised by the smell. Grassy and herbal hops dominate the tongue, with the toasty malt barely making itself tasted under the hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a decent but not great beer, but it is sessionable.

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber brew, quite clear, white bubbly head that looks light orange in some light. Soft head, fades fairly quickly, light lacing.

Not a lot going on in the nose, light malts and a good amount of fruity character for a bottom-fermented brew. Light earthy pils-style hop aroma.

I really enjoy the flavor of this brew, good malt presence. There's good fruitiness, light ripe fruits, floral hop, and a great peppery finish. Alcohol is evident therein, but it's not challenging, just extra complexity. Becomes more and more peppery as it warms.

Definitely my favorite of Summit's offerings. Semi-dry finish, not bad mouthfeel at all. I think it's a delightful Helles Bock. Unmasked 7% makes it hard to drink too many at once.

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

A - Darker orange color. White head fades to a film. Medium lacing.

S - Rich lager malts.

T - Bitter sweet corn taste to start off. Caramel malt aftertaste with a little alcohol detectable.

M - Medium consistency with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - A very nice tasting beer overall with a nice alcohol kick. Will have again.

Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.