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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of pweis909
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of hanco005
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of beergeek279
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of schoolcb
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


Photo of kmpitz2
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.69/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

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.

Photo of chilidog
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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...

Photo of SheepNutz
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.