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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 389
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: 389 | Reviews: 203
Photo of steveh
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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
2.17/5  rDev -39.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
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
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of patrick16o
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist off bottle with the Summit logo molded into the glass, nice new touch I have not seen before.

Nice smooth pour of a golden blond hue with a thick white, fluffy crown. Crystal clear with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. The aroma starts with hops, citrus - grapefruit, mixed with some sweet malt smells. The taste has a nice blend of sweet malts, with citrus and some bitterness towards the back. Alcohol is not really detectable. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is moderate, and the beer is pretty lively on the tongue. Drinkability is also pretty good, though the alcohol will probably catch up to you pretty quick.

Photo of joedon
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold color with a one inch fluffy white head. Absolutely crystal clear.

Aroma of noble hops, and hay with a bit of malt.

Taste starts with a nice hop flavor and finishes with some malty sweetness. Could use a bit more crystal malt.

Very pleasing body and mouthfeel. Doesn't really show the 7% ABV. I would prefer just a bit more sweetness in a Maibock.

Very drinkable! I could easily see a one liter German mug of this brew!

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.39/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this at an Old Chicago in Denver. Pours a dark, yet pale yellow. Kind of a light amber. No head.
Smells of sweet malt, yet stale at the same time. Nothing else
Taste starts out a bit crisp then slams on the staleness pretty quickly. Not refreshing at all. Perhaps the line was dirty, but it was their newest addition. Drain pour.

Photo of malty
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a loose 1" rocky light cream-colored head. Visible moderate carbonation.

Smells like buttered biscuits, sweet cream, vanilla and almonds.

The above scents I mentioned that transfer into flavors are a bit sharper and less malty/creamy than I would have expected. There's definitely a sweetness that caresses the tongue at first sip, then a half-second later bone dry wicked saltiness wipes all that creamy, malty goodness away - quite a head jerker for sure. I don't know if it’s the alcohol that's throwing a monkey wrench or what, but it's very abrupt and distracting.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is not good for me. I'm taking the remaining bottles back to the store from where I purchased them.

I feel bad giving this brew a sub-par score from all of the other Summit's I tried so far. I sure hope it's last years batch, but seeing it just today from a reputable distributor, I doubt it. The salty/dry component is really turning me off. Better luck next time.

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

a: golden color with about a half inch worth of head that dissapears fast leaving a good amount of lace very nice
s: deffinatly floral hop aroma, sweet malts and a little trace of alcohol in aroma
t: very nice sweet flavor followed by hop bitterness and then alcohol and leaves a dry taste
m: light to medium bodied not overly carbonated

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

On tap at Old Chicago, Colorado Blvd store, Denver.

Pale gold, fluffy white head diminishing but not disappearing, nice lace, crystal clear beer. First impression good hop bitterness magnified by prickly carbonation (perhaps also magnified by serving temp, Old Chicago's standard < 38 degrees). Then bready malts, even while frosty cold, becoming more evident as it warmed to a more drinkable temp. Noble hop flavor, floral and peppery--some combination of Hallertau or Mt Hood, and Saaz? But the balance is definitely towards the malts. A little apples-and-pears ester from the yeast which also imparts a little sulfur, sort of like what I get at home with Wyeast's Danish Lager yeast....if I were cloning this, this is what I'd use.

I did NOT have any inkling this was a 7% ABV beer til I read the brewers info above. So this one may sneak up on you...

Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad Maibock!! Leaves crazy lacing down the glass and has a sweet, malty nose. The only drawback to this beer is, it can use a little more hop flavoring. Other than that, it is very chewy and bready on the front, and goes down smoothly, very nice. Is deceptively strong. A nice beer for the end of winter and very nicely priced. I enjoyed this one and will be going back for more.

Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, Summit logo embossed on the bottle. Bright blue cap, indecipherable date code printed on the label.

Appearance: Clear yellow with just a hint of orange, nice fluffy white head.

Smell: Bready malt and just a bit of sweetness, some noble hops in the finish.

Taste: Interesting - tons of malt flavor, with almost no sweetness. Just a bit of grassy hops in the end.

Overall impression: Interesting beer - lots of good malt flavor. Pretty drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-copper. Three finger head is creamy and dense showing good retention and streaks of sticky lacing. Toasted Munich malt aromas with a floral Hallertau scent. Vienna and Munich upfront, followed by a rich Crystal malt sweetness and a soft noble hop flavor that keeps the malt in check. Hop bitterness is light in the aftertaste and provides a balanced profile without totally drying. The medium body and mild, fine carbonation allow a robust and malty mouthfeel without being too heavy and keeping the beer on the drinkable side. Finishes with mild alcohol notes, a touch of apple ester and a fair amount of residual sugar. Nice representation of the style.

Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a clear light straw amber, with a white head shrinking to a nice film, with lots o lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma is a buttery caramel, sweet malt with grassy hop. Taste is pretty decent too, crisp and clean, surprisingly not as much hops, but a good earthy, caramel malt profile. A fresh body, carbonation is good and a nice medium body. A good ole' local standard for me, get a couple 6ers each spring and summer.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. Bottle at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. I had high expectations for this somewhat mass produced bock and was let WAY down. I thought it tasted like a run of the mill cold-filtered lager. The flavors were dominated by a boring hop sugar and was way too sweet in the end. Blah.

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

07/21/06- Received as a gift from BA member Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info given. Poured into my Kettlehouse Montana Blonde pint glass.

Appearance- Crystal clear amber in color. About a 1/2 inch head upon the pour. Settles at a like frothy rim. Good sheets of lace left behind.

Smell- Pils like hops, a light grainy scent with some kind of fruit in the nose as well.

Taste- Sweetend malt, maybe a tropical fruit like taste in the aftertaste. Pretty strong and forthcoming hop barrage. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel- Mildly bitter, but lasting aftertaste. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- One of the few Maibocks I have had...this one is really flavorful and quite refreshing. Recommended for sure.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber pilsner color. A mix of light rust and golden hay. Very faint and sporadick bubbling. Smell is a light yet somewhat sweet malt offering. The flavor is a lawnmower light sweetness with more of an alcoholic kick. Like a pilsber with more toasty notes and less hop presence. But there is some skunkiness.

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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.