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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 371
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 kmpitz2
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This wonderful elixir pours a deep golden color and has a thin white head that is very sticky. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts , but a distinct spiciness comes through and with the alcohol that comes through it almost has a mellow bourbon like aroma. The flavor is malty and there is a spiciness there too. It is a pretty damn good maibock, by far the best I have ever had. Not a great session beer due to the abv and calories, but it is definitely a good spring treat from Summit.

RushLimbmalt, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of frazbri
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden,clear pour with short white head. Grapefruit, tangerine, and grass aromas. Straw and honey with a citrus tang, and a bitter finish. Medium high carbonation and medium body.

This is an easy drinking maibock. When I first tried this, I didn't get a great impression, but I tried another bottle after a week or so and enjoyed it much more. This won't go to the top of my ratings, but it's worth a go.

frazbri, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of chilidog
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yet another great Summit to be had. Poured into a Summit pint glass via glassware trade, thanks. A good-looking clear copper/bronze appeared with a nice white head and good covering lace. The aroma was sweet & malty. The taste carried that malt theme with notes of toffee backed by a rich alcohol. The hops were faint but a nice spice lingered towards the back. The mouthfeel was great, soft and smooth, a real springtime treat. The drinkability might br alittle sweet for some, but I found it good and rich. The ABV at 7% is a nice bonus as well. A nice all-around beer after a long day or just to relax with.

chilidog, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear, orange-copper color, that is actually quite visually appealing. It is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is spicy and herbal, with malt notes of biscuits, though the aroma is fairly subtle. The beer is lightly sweet up front, with a nice finish that is haunted by notes of spicy hops and a hint of alcohol. There is almost a note of orange here, though this may just be suggested by the pretty orange color. This beer is actually quite light on the palate, and not overwhelming in the taste and flavors either. It is quite tasty, but it is missing a certain solid maltiness that a Bock should have.

Gueuzedude, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As my brother says, "maibocks are great, it's like drinking two beers!" This one pours a clean goden copper with a minimalist off-white head. Good lacing. Sugary sweet bready, toffee malts with a bright, spicy hop backing. Taste is clean, crisp sweet bready malts with a rich caramel edge and hints of cooked monastic vegetables (caramelized carrots?). Nice, spicy hop bitterness comes in for good balance. Finish is warming and bitter. Medium-large bodied feel, coats the mouth well. Maybe my favorite Summit beer.

alexgash, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the light amber brew. Lacing average. Aroma is sweetly of pale/caramel malts. Taste follows the nose, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel and a slight warming during and after the swallow. It's got substance, some abv punch, yet remains imminently drinkable, just like a Maibock should be. Nice one...

ppoitras, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is rich and malty, slightly grassy. A speck of alcohol on the nose. The taste is very grassy. Like mowed grass with caramel malt undertones. A slight alcohol and hop finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, and the drinkability isn't bad for 7% brew. Not too shabby.

SheepNutz, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: One of those squat looking 12 ounce bottle that Summit seems to like using. The main label has a dark edged light brown background which has the dark green Summit logo top center with the word ‘Maibock’ in black font inside a dark blue angled rectangle. The crown cap is color coordinated with the dark blue rectangle whilst the neck label replicates the logo. Lists the ingredients as ‘Water, Barley Malt, Hops & Yeast’. No strength listed, but I did notice as held the bottle to the fading sunset that the shoulder of the bottle is marked ‘Enjoy By Jun 11’, oops!

Appearance: Another translucent amber copper body which like so many other Summit beers, starts life with a large of-white head which soon disintegrates into a thin head covering. Some light lacing that slides down the glass sides as the beer is swirled revealing average levels of dissolved carbonation.

Nose: Light in strength, which meant that some deep inhalation and concentration was needed, but the aromas are of toasted and sweet malts with a yeasty hop character. Very light though.

Taste: Flavors are thankfully stronger than the nose, but run along the same lines. Sweetish malt with a toasted character is the backbone of the beer. Light earthy feel in the middle has a bread crumb coated yeast and some nuttiness. Pretty straight forward flavors but they are well put together.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, the nuttiness set against an earthy feel amidst the sweet and toasted malts wrapped in a decent middling herbal spicy hop bite.

Drinkability: Another decent drinker from Summit. A well put together Maibock that presents little problems for a thirsty Imbiber.

Overall: A very enjoyable Maibock for a Summers night, which seems unaffected by its expired Enjoy By Date, except maybe for the light strength nose.

Another big Summer Cheers to FeloniousoftheMonk for this very quaffable Maibock.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden--the head starts out generous then fades to a minimal almost instantly. The beer strains to show some lace and stick, though fails ultimately. Aromas struggle to find indentity, and fight being hoppy, then malty. The beer is having an identity crisis, and is out of balance somewhat. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and offers decent crispness. in the mouth, malt and hop again do battle, and in the end the bitter wins out. The result is an ok drink that never really says....Maibock-hot finish.

moulefrite, May 04, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white head tops clear deep golden liquid. Grassy and sweetly malty nose holds hints of spiciness. Delicious mix of malt and superb hoppiness mix well. Some light and toasty bread dough flavor pops in also. The finish is nice and bitter, long lasting. I could drink much bottles of this beer! I'm really liking the Maibock style more and more. My preferred beer from this brewery, thanks to CRJMellor for graciously providing said bottle of golden nectar.

beerluvr, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden colored brew with lots o' little bubbles in the body. Foamy white head that disappears fairly quickly. Sweet malts are the scent, with a grainy backing. That pretty much goes for the taste as well, sweet grainy flavor. Some hop spice, along with some alcohol spice. This is a mighty fine brew.

Tballz420, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of marburg
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between Michigan maize and bright-ass neon orange lies the gorgeous hue given to this beer. It emits a simple, nice little aroma -- crisp malts and honey, mostly. Just the slightest leafy, floral hop. And hey, let me tell you something: This is one of the smoothest beers of all time. A mild flavor to be sure -- but let's not overlook this. Light malty flavor that hints at caramel, hints at honey, and hints at springtime. But really, it just is there -- a light-bodied, easy-drinking treat. There's a slightly leafy hop presence at the end, but the malt is the welterweight champ of this bout. A good, true-to-form maibock, no question.

marburg, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear. light copper color with no head and no lace.
Aroma of malt liquor and grain.
Flavor of sweet malt, corn, grain, earth tones and some oily hops.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start, shifting to a moderately spiced middle and finishing with some light bittering.
Drinkability is fairly high, pretty solid offering. Not super complex but tasty.

CRJMellor, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of jwilli7122
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale maple color, with little visible carbonation. Head is smallish, fluffy and pure white- but there is good retention and lacing
Scent is strong alchohol, along with big spiciness and some pale lager-type sourness.
Taste: big biscuity malt flavors...and huge spiciness which is the highlight of this beer. some alchohol tastes in the finish. no bitterness to speak of - (some people might call bitter what I call spicy, although these flavors seem different to me.)
Mouthfeel is right for this beer...it's the perfect vehicle for that big spicy bite - medium texture, bordering on medium/thin. I think a rich texture here would be a bad idea.
Drinkability: This is a good beer, but one per sitting is enough for me. This is 7.0, and I'd say it drinks like an 8.5.

jwilli7122, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold color with a sizable white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells fruity and malty, almost like bubblegum. Very sharp malt flavor, which mixes nicely with the alcohol flavor. Not much in the way of hops, but this stuff is so good, you don't really miss them. I would almost compare this to an IPA with the malt and hops levels switched. Very good stuff.

TastyTaste, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Musty hourse blanket nose. Very clear yellow/gold look with a decent pale white head. Bready crusty , rusty malt flavor with a little hop sting in the finish. Nice and quite drinkable considering the ABV. Medium coating chewy mouth. Cheers to budgood1 for the sample.

frank4sail, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this, my first brew from Summit Brewing Co., in a store in West Lafayette, IN. Presented as pictured, Summit’s Maibock poured a clear dark golden color. Sporting a bubbly white head that slowly faded to a creamy little cap, Maibock has an inviting appearance.
The smell this beer exudes is of grainy malt, some light aromatic hops and a hint of alcohol. As far as taste went, the malt flavors easily outpaced any hops presence, leaving a sweet taste of grain and caramel with a lightly bittered finish. Slight alcohol taste also in the finish. Feel was medium-bodied, dry, crisp and refreshing.
I found I liked this beer more than I expected. Maibock is a bit on the strong side which limits how many of these I’d like to drink, but on the whole it’s a real tasty brew I wouldn’t mind getting again.

Boilermaker88, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden orange with a dense cream-colored head. The aroma consists of a light lemony twang with an earthy grain scent peeping its head. The first taste reveals a sharp bite of carbonation and hops and tapers into a nice ashy malt and light alcohol on the tail. It is light to medium bodied and finishes just a little on the dry side. A very solid tasty brew IMHO! Thanks to budgood1! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden-orange body rests beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam. It dies down shortly, but maintains a very nice creamy cap and leaves some nice lace. In the nose, a lightly toasted maltiness dances with some grassy, lightly spicy, and earthy hops. A touch of mildly fruity yeasty esters are present as well, along with a slight hint of alcohol. The body is medium, and it's lightly crisp in the mouth due to a fine carbonation. Malt hits the palate first, displaying a bready, gently toasted Munich & pilsner malt character. It's quite straightforward, but fairly rich and satisfying. Some floral hop flavor appears mid-palate; and it finishes dry with a firm hop bitterness and light swirl of peppery alcohol. Its drinkability is only hindered by its strength. Enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber, with little head, and no lace to speak of. Taste of malt that isn't to heavy, medium carbonation, and a slight sweetness in the finsh, with just the right amount bitterness from the hops. I noticed as it warms, it seems to have a little more sweetness and alot more bitterness. All in all it's still a good beer.

Indybeer, Jun 02, 2003
Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.