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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002)
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Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

GClarkage, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

scruffwhor, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of hylton44
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Slightly pungent, almost acrid (not sure if I'm describing it correctly, here) smoky aroma. Nice, golden color. My first beer of this style-definitely lighter in hue and hoppier than I was expecting. Like a mild pilsener, almost. Good taste, nice body. Nothing mind-blowing, however.

hylton44, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer is a clear brownish amber color, small head that dissapates quickly to a ring. The smell is a lot like a standard pilsner, except a bit more of a toasted malt with a bit spicier hops. The taste is initially a lot like the smell, but after a moment much more fruity flavors are revealed. Toasted caramel malt, fruity almost like an apple cider, with tasty, spicy hops. This is a dangerously drinkable beer, you could swear it had average alcohol in it until you have had two or three.

dfried, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of mcallister
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%

A bright shiny clear orange. Rich fluffy two inch head rests atop this brew. Great head retention with sticky lacing.

Nose is weak and uncomplex. Hints of barley malt, and alcohol.

Very one dimensional, lacking complexity. Overly carbonated mouthfeel, caramel malt, and a little too watery for my liking. Not a beer I would try again yet glad I tried it.

mcallister, May 31, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Nice amber body with a short white head. I thought it smelled and tasted a little strong and the 7% explains it. The aroma is off unfortunately and smells like cheap beer. Taste makes up for the poor aroma, which I think may just be the product of an old bottle. Rich caramel flavors with a mild hop backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable beyond the smell.

tempest, May 25, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Had this on tap at the Grizzly Grill in Grand Forks ND went well with my Jamaican Jerk wings

Poured honey colored & effervescent with a a 1" white head. Poor head retention & lacing

Smell: Alcohol & a hard to pin down sweetness

Taste: Maltiness, followed by alcohol with frutinesss on the sides of the tounge. A slight honey taste gives way to sone alcohol & corny tastes, not a stong finisher

MF: chewy & undercarbonated

Okay drinkability, but lacks depth & or character to session, had potential

russpowell, May 23, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz single, Steve's University, $1.39

appearance: pours from the stubby Summit bottle a glowing light golden-orange, a very slight beige bubbly layer forms and leaves no lacing...clear and bright, but a tad light

smell: strong malt structure, grassy, sweet fruity aromas, mildly spicy hop presence...light in character

taste: more developed than the nose...sweet and fruity - apple/grape, toasted malt, bready, light yeast, light caramel. lots of sweetness,good all around maibock but a little light in all aspects

mouthfeel: medium body, strong carbonation

drinkabilty: quite

dirtylou, May 03, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a creamy thin off-white head that last for a good bit and a golden tan body that is clear with a faint gentle carbonation.

S- The smell is a very faint caramel malt note with a slight sweetness.

T- The smooth lightly caramelized malt taste like pot caramelization with a slight tangy note to it. The finish is a soft bitter hops that is more pronounced on the exhale.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with a faint fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a light malty sweetness that is not overly sweet but a faint off-flavor. It is crisp and refreshing but not that interesting.

rhoadsrage, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of slyke
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Summit Maibock pours a yellow-orange color with an off-white head that falls to a thin cap within a couple of minutes.

Aroma has some citrus-like notes and a bit of grain.

Taste is just what I've come to expect from the style a hoppy note throughout the taste getting malty in the middle of each drink, then fading toward the end of the taste leaving the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is nice and full, but not a filling quality that goes beyond the style.

Drinkability is good. A couple of these are great at the end of a late winter/early spring day. Unfortunately, this may be my last Summit Maibock of the season. This review was made on my last one and the next seasonal (Summit Hefe Weizen) is already in the stores.

slyke, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

A-Gold and translucent. Carbonated but not foamy
S-Oddly, the aroma reminda me of peanuts. Can that be real?
T-Upon my initial taste, I found this to be harshly metallic. As my palate adjusted, subsequent tastes found it less metallic, just slightly sweet, and yes, I'm still getting peanuts. Maybe even a slight spiciness.

I like this beer, but I haven't made up my mind just how much I like it. This peanut taste/smell is unique in my experience. I'll need to try it again to find out if maybe I'm the one that is nuts.

pweis909, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a clear, dark golden color with a foamy off-white head that fades to a ring. Lace is fine and slides back down to the ring of small bubbles.

The smell is sweet caramel malt, a bit of spice with a hint of sweet citrus and yeast.

Taste is a bit subdued. Hops are not as blatant as expected for the style. Alcohol is concealed well.

It is drinkable, but not the best example of the style.

EvilKeith, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

I’ve had this several times before, but not since joining BA. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours copper/amber w ½ inch tan fizzy head, goes away rather quickly, leaving just a thin sheet, moderate lacing remains as I drink

S—super floral notes, sweet, some citrus as well

T—mildly bitter, tangy, citrus is there, peppery, orange, lemon, lots of flavors are balanced well in this one.

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a good maibock. Welcome, Spring, and thanks for bringing this beer with you. Easy to drink…would be a good session brew, but watch out for the 7%...it could sneak up on you after a few.

hanco005, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

It is early February, and 19 degrees as I review this Maibock. So here is to the arrival of spring whenever it may be. This brew pours a clear golden-bronze color. The head is one-finger in height, creamy, solid, and long lasting. The aroma begins with grassy notes and finishes with floral tones. The taste is a lot like the aroma; grassy and floral. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and smooth. Overall, I like this beer a lot. I might even go as far as saying it is Summit's best widely available beer (if only they would bottle the oatmeal stout). It is interesting and to style. However, I have had other maibocks that let the alcohol peak through the flavor and aroma, and enjoyed them a ton. I think this beer would go from being really good to great if the alcohol peaked through a little bit.

KarlHungus, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.98/5  rDev -17%

Pours a golden bronze color with a respectable white head that leaves nice lacings. The nose is of sweet carmel malts. The taste is a little bland and boring, not bad by any means, just not much to rave about. It has a sweet, malty affect, and not much more. The mouthfeel is decent. Medium-bodied, barely. It goes down well, and the 7% is noticable, almost seems to be higher.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Brilliant tangerine-amber with a sparse dusting of yeast. Atop the beer is a bone white head that features a hint of pastel orange. The texture of the foam leaves quite a bit to be desired. It's too soft and doesn't look all that good after the pour or as it fades away. A minimal amount of lace makes it to the glass.

The nose lacks personality. It's straightforwardly pale malty and is hop deficient (not that I expect an abundance of hops in a beer of this style). I do pick up a little fruitiness from the ale yeast... oops, I just remembered that maibocks are lagers, so there goes that theory. The hop bill consists of Saaz and Mt. Hood, but they're nowhere to be found by my nose.

Summit Maibock has slightly more presence on the palate. It's a decently malted version, although the malt is felt rather than tasted. There's still a mildly tangy fruitiness that reminds me, to some extent, of a tripel. Perhaps what's bringing that particular style to mind is the alcohol, which could stand to be masked more completely.

There's a modest sweetness early, then the beer dries out significantly as the second half of the mouthful fades into the finish. The mouthfeel is a notch more full than medium and is firm rather than lush and inviting. It's probably my empty stomach, but I feel every bit of the 7.0% ABV.

I've struggled a little with this review of Summit Maibock. It isn't an easy beer to pigeonhole or to analyze, at least for me. I don't have a lot of experience with this style, but I do know that I've had better and that this one could be improved with a little effort. Improved how? Don't ask me. I don't brew the stuff, I just drink it.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Served in the 12 oz. stubby into a goblet. The color is amberish, with a slightly wispy white head. The smell is slightly honey sweet with a bit of noble hops. The taste is just ever so slightly sweet with a honey-ish maltiness with a lingering bitterness and a good touch of noble hops. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe another, but this isn't really a great maibock as far as that goes.

Thanks to the 'monk for this bottle as part of Secret Bunny. Being from Pittsburgh, possibly the home of the best maibock in the world, unfortunately this one just isn't in the same league. While it has a slight honey sweetness, it just doesn't have much oomph to it and just too much bitterness for the style. Still, I might have another one if it came across somewhere.

beergeek279, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -10%

Upon second sampling, the beer, though typical of Maibocks, are subtle and strong flavored, the graininess is difficult to overlook. A stressed-grain flavor persists in the flavor and mouthfeel, leaving the brew a little astingent.

A typical Spring Bock. Light and airy to the sight. High carbonation brings this beer to life. Smell is dainty sweet. Mild sweetness and fruityness with little bittering aromas. Taste is light and pleasant. Flavors of oranges, mangos, and honey. Carbonation and mild alcohol gives a slight bite toward the body. Tingly and fruity. Aftertaste is subtle and momentary. A good safe beer for spring or summer sippin'. You've got to enjoy the subtleties of this beer.

BEERchitect, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of schoolcb
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

I drank a pint of this while stranded by American Airlines for 6 hours, recently in the Split Rock Bar and Grill at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.

Poured a light gold color and was pretty clear. Malty aroma with a hint of toasted malt (Munich malt?). Low hop aroma. The head dissapated quickly and left a fine ring of white bubbles in the glass. Malty flavor with a slight peppery/toasty taste that finishes dry. Alc% in the neighborhood of 7% so it finishes dry and has a little warmth to it. I thought the hop bitterness balance was right on for style. Overall a nice example of the style.

schoolcb, May 28, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -16.4%

On tap @ the map room in Chicago.

Pours a hazy light gold in color with a thin white that had little retention. Nose is a bit sweet, but a bit on the bland side, it does have a sort of "fresh" smell to it however. Taste is sweet up front, followed by a slightly bitter note, finishing with an odd astringency. Overall, not bad, certainly quaffable, but there are definatly better maibocks out there.


Gaisgeil, May 23, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger or head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is slightly caramel, slightly buttery, slightly orange-sweet. The flavor is pretty uninspiring to me. Some caramel, butter, and an orangey sweetness just like the nose. I'm not really digging it. It leaves a little something on the finish, not a hop biter, but an astringent character that I don't like either. The feel is moderate wit ha healthy carbonation. Its pretty easy drinking and smooth, but the flavor is keeping it from being highly drinkable. I will pass on this one in the future.

kmpitz2, May 10, 2005
Photo of Gump
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%

Mellow pour. The thick light head will settle within minutes.
There is a stinky, dry fruit smell that pairs nicely with the thick syrupy taste of licorice. It's not the sweet taste I remember it as a kid. Its more raw and bitter. If I could get past its thick taste of medicinal root I could drink it more often.
It's consistant from last year, and within it's class as a Maibock, but not to my liking.

Gump, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -16.4%

This beer had a harsh, raw edge that was a bit off-putting. Poured a nice coppery amber with a rocky head. Well moderated toasted caramel malt up front, but then a grating, raw alcohol flavor rode through and left some fusel notes in its wake. At 7% abv some alcohol notes would be expected, but here they were not integrated into the flavor profile.

Brent, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours to a crystal clear golden amber color with a micro layer of white head that fades to absolutely nothing within a minute or so. The aroma is quite alluring, like walking through a field of malts and berries. The taste is very sweet and malty with only a slight bite of German noble hops in the finish. The berries in the aroma are hidden by the overwhelming sweetness of the malts, but they are in there. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh and the body a bit light, it seems. Also, with a rather high alcohol percentage this is not one of the most highly drinkable brews I've had, especially when combined with a huge overpowering sweetness in flavor. Still a good beer, though. My favorite offering from Summit so far.

neonbrown82, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a pale gold color, with no lacing present. Smells rather spicy, like a spiced pilsner. Taste starts out spicy, with a grassy flavor and a bit of alcohol burn, then as the beer warms, it becomes a bit more sweet, with apple and pear flavors. I believe there's some marshmallow flavor there as well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and clean. This is to doppelbocks as asparagus is to roasted carrots (or something like that).

Overall, this is a pretty good Maibock (I must say, the only other one I've had is Dead Guy...). I didn't like it at first, but as I kept drinking, it started growing on me. This is a nice beer to keep you warm on those rainy spring days to come.

skybluewater, Mar 07, 2005
Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.