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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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82
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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 02-09-2002)
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 20:21:06 | More by beerluvr
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 20:12:09 | More by Tballz420
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marburg

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 21:37:20 | More by marburg
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 01:40:04 | More by CRJMellor
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 07:34:46 | More by jwilli7122
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 05:18:31 | More by TastyTaste
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 18:35:28 | More by frank4sail
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Boilermaker88

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 21:54:30 | More by Boilermaker88
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 16:41:57 | More by BeerAngel
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 14:27:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 17:29:07 | More by Indybeer
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a couple of notes on this, others have described it well. First, not poured by me, and showing little to no head, but maintained a ring on top for a long time. Served too cold which had an impact on the aroma (it was hard to note much but light malt). I really enjoyed the flavor. Malt flavor with out being too rich. Sweet quality in middle without being cloy or excessive in other ways. Others have noted it like toffee, which seems close. Seems to have a perfect temp, because as it warmed I didn't like it as much. Smooth and not biting. The impact from the alcohol was significant, esp. with little warning from the taste. I liked this quite a bit overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2003 20:11:58 | More by garymuchow
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is clear gold, small white thin head of fluff that faded quick, leaves light and tiny spotty lace. Smells of musty grass and sweet malt, citrusy note in there and smells a tad skunky. Taste is mild and soft of malt and has a clean hop bitterness thats a bit oily, has a breadish quality to its flavor and drying with hints of floral character lingering. Feel is sharp at first with a twinge of hoppyness with strange piney drying qualities, is pretty full-medium bodied and has a long lasting coating of creamy butter somewhat waxy. OK brew but is passable to others of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 17:35:58 | More by tavernjef
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marc77

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden hue, with well lagered clarity. Fluffy, vanilla white head leaves rough, frothy lace. Lightly toasty, sweetly grainy Munich with hints of grassy hop in aroma. Odd hint of bubblegum surfaces with a swirl. Tame. Soft, bready sweetness upfront in flavor is superceded by relatively assertive, but clean hop bitterness which lends dryness. Malt character is mostly token Munich malt, and is devoid of melanoidin complexity. A touch over attenuated, with a thinnish, but perhaps dangerously crisp mouthfeel. Understated, but seemlessly integrated floral hop flavor. Finishes, dry, slightly chalky, but otherwise clean. Tinge of alcohol warmth indicates respectable strength. A unique maibock with a surprisingly pronounced hop presence. Lacking in malt backbone, but very drinkable nonetheless. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 07:24:20 | More by marc77
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As it spills from the bottle, a translucent amber color and the head formed is predictable in size, frothy and a light tan in color, as the head desiccates, the resultant a lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt dominated, fresh and clean with the start sweet and nicely malted with a middling top. Finish purposeful in its acidity with the hops spicy and pleasing to the palate, a nice representative to the style, a nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 16:11:39 | More by Gusler
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This maibock poured a clear, light copper color with thick, full, off-white foam that left good lacing down the glass. The smell had some malt, mild hops, and a bit of citrus. The taste was initially sweet, but this was overtaken by floral hops which continued to dominate. There was a slight tang, but mostly it was the hops (somewhat surprisingly to me for a maibock). The mouthfeel, like the taste, was long lasting hop astringency. The body was medium, and texture was smooth. The drinkability was OK, and I was surprised afterward to find that this beer is 7.0% abv.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 21:49:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid but not super brew from one of Minneasota's finest. A light golden beer with bright white head that doesn't stick around. It has a light aroma of malt and a touch of hops. It has a light to medium body holding a slightly sweet malt flavor and finishing with a little hop bitterness. It has a creamy,likable body that hides the alcohol well. A nice seasonal for the warming weather.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2003 15:55:16 | More by jeffboo
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TXHops

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Original Gravity: 1.0655
-Final Gravity: 1.012
-ABV: 7.1%
-ABW: 5.54%
-Attenuation: 80.4%
-Real Extract: 5.46
-Calories per 12 oz: 214
-IBU’s: 39
-Malts: 2-row Harrington, Munich
-Hops: Czechoslovakian Saaz, Mt. Hood
-Color: 4 Lovibond

First, of all, a HUGE thanks to Senior for sending me some of this beer without me even asking for it—that’s one high karma dude…

Summit’s Maibock is crystal clear, beautifully gold colored, with a thinnish, wispy white head that didn’t last well. A corn aroma greats my nose out of the bottle, alerting me to the presence of Saaz hops and putting me instantly in the mind of Abita Bock. In fact, this beer tastes quite a bit like Abita’s bock, though Summit is a little more hoppy: go on you Mt. Hood legends! Mt. Hoods in a German Bock? Love it…

The highly carbonated body lightens up the 7% ABV body a little bit and allows the hops to come through a little more than they would if this were a malt-dominated beer. In fact, for a bock, this baby’s pretty bitter! The high carbonation level I find a little distracting, but I do kinda like the hops, style guidelines be damned… Also, I’d prefer a bit more “decoction mashed” malt flavor to round out the mouthfeel, though a bit of warming, brought out more rounded maltiness than I noticed off the bat. Additionally, repeated swirling and sniffing reduced the carbonation quite a bit, giving this beer a desirable, if manufactured mouthfeel. Still, I enjoyed this beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:55:44 | More by TXHops
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Scooter77

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fellow BA Senior for this sample. Pours a deep, clear orange color with a medium off-white head that sticks around only for a short while, and then leaves a sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is full of floral hops and malt with slightly fruity undertones. Taste was full of malty goodness with a touch of sweetness and spiciness. This is one helluva hoppy and medium-bodied beer. It left a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it wasn’t too overpowering. A very enjoyable, well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 04:49:22 | More by Scooter77
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first want to thank Jeffboo for this sample of quality beer.

The brew pours a clear medium to light straw color with a light fluffy head that reduces rather quickly. A nice peacefull looking lace is left behind as the head reduced.

A strong smell of hops and light malt fill the nose with with great pleasure. A strong citrus aroma also pour out of the glass.

The first sip of this beer brings a noticable metallic taste to it. The hops flavor is medium to light in intensity. A strong alcohol flavor is also present.

This is a light bodied beer that is a great spring time beer that I wish I could get a hold of more often.

Overall drinkability of this beer is good I could definitly see having a karge quantity of these and then not remembering the morning.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 16:57:55 | More by kunzbrew
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the color of apple juice. A nice golden color. A thick white head was at the top when I finished the pour. It took a few to fade and left a ok lace.

Aroma: A malt nose at first, then the spice of the hops. A clean crisp aroma is present. Nothing to fancy but noticeable.

Taste: A sweet malt flavor with a bit of spice from the hops in the end. This flavor seems familiar. I cant put my finger on it. Over all a Maibock the is a bit above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 14:27:44 | More by Stubbie1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the history of my drinking life, I began as a beer-avoiding wine snob who somehow transformed into an English ale/ Irish stout snob. It was my introduction to the Summit Brewing company, our local standard, that brought that crumbling down, and I soon became aware of all that American brewers, as well as the rest of the world, had to offer. The Summit Maibock was my introduction to the style, and a certain sentimental attachment persists.

But, the beer! Color is a clear, pale caramel, and the smallish head is a perfect bone white. Aroma is sweet at first, buttery, even honeyish, but crisp, clean, and still a little dry, with whiffs of straw. On the palate, very mild, mellow and smooth. Hops are fairly minimal,and the firm malt has a delicous caramel character. Very easy to drink, light in body, but with enough flavor to make it fun. Sweetness starts to teeter into cloying, though. Hops reemerge throughout the finish to make things interesting.
All in all, a tasty, satisfying springtime tradition, although I, too, regret the change in name that came with these new labels.
I so enjoyed hearing people say "Haimertingen".

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 22:25:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Maibock had a medium-to-light golden color. Head was white, fine and thin, with a little lacing down the side of the glass.
The nose was mild overall, with some crackery malt, yet more of a hop spiciness to it.
On the tongue? Just about medium as far as the body goes, and little carbonation made it relatively smooth on the tongue.
There was some malt at the outset (toasty, crackery) yet it is soon overshadowed by a hoppy bitterness which proceeds to send any malt sweetness to the background post-haste. This is a good brew, yet quite a bit more malt is in order, imho.
Thnx go out to jeffboo for sending me yet another Maibock!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

512

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 13:26:21 | More by Bierman9
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Brian700

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one. Pours well with a lighter colored head allthough not very fragrant. More of a malty nose than hoppy. Sweet malty flavor. It has a copper color and tastes better served pretty cold. This one got me, there must be a decent amount of alcohol in it. I think it's very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2003 16:54:15 | More by Brian700
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jackndan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit Maibock: A nice beer that got rave reviews from the macro-swillers I shared it with. A great looking beer, amber colored with a thick white head that dissipated down to a solid, and very long lasting quarter inch head. The aroma was pleasant but fairly understated. Very nice malts, with a spicy little habanera lick. This was a well-balanced and very smooth beer that I hereby recommend to you.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 06:48:48 | More by jackndan
Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.