1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Summit MaibockSummit Maibock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

375 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 375
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 375 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of malty
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

malty, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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

happygnome, Mar 26, 2007
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...

southdenverhoo, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

bigdeuce, Mar 11, 2007
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.

rowew, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

PBRstreetgang, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 09, 2006
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.

objectivemonkey, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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

scruffwhor, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of hylton44
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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 03, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 23, 2005
Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.