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Summit Maibock - Summit Brewing Company

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204 Reviews
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 412
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 204 | Hads: 412
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, marked with a batch code, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Golden colored pour with amazing clarity. Soft white head rises almost to the top of the glass. Good retention eventually settles to a skim and laces nicely

S - Bready, toasted malt aroma with a light, citrusy hop scent. Not what I would call complex in the nose, but it's clean and appropriate.

T&M - Lighter bodied; has a nice crispness to it. Lot's of toasted malt flavor. Hop's in the flavor profile take on more of a spicy tone. Light alcohol flavor in the somewhat dry, otherwise clean finish.

D - Not a stunner, but pretty much what I expect from a maibock...crsip, smooth and refreshing; a great beer to welcome the spring, although not too much to differentiate it from a lot of the other maibocks out there.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date to be found. It's from their Spring Sampler, so it must be pretty fresh. $14.99 for a 12-pack.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a 3 finger fizzy head. Completely transparent. Retention is very good but lacing is pretty much nonexistent. Carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass.

Smell: I don't get much in terms of hops in the nose. It's mostly malt and spices. There is a hint of a hoppy citrus note in there. Lemon and coriander. Kind of a musty character. Very fruity, like pineapple juice. I also get a hint of pear.

Taste: Sweet all the way through. Spicy on the back end. Orange peel. Ripe pear.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with medium to low carbonation. Pretty much a perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability: Medium

A little too sweet for my tastes, but it's still decent drinking.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for a little while in the back of my lagering cooler, but being a MaiBock, I am sure that didn't hurt it. It seems like a good day to give this one a try. Let's....

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear yellow gold color that looks rather thick as it is on its way out of the bottle. There is a small head of creamy white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour that faded back into the beer in about 20 seconds or so. There are quite a few bubbles rising somewhat slowly to the top, but they don't stick once they get there. There is some spotty lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a nice toasty Munich malt derived "MaiBock" aroma. I don't get any hops in the cold beer, and I don't miss them in this style. There is no alcohol noticeable. Overall the beer has a sweet caramel balance to the aroma. AS the beer sits and warms up some, the hops that come out so prominently in the bitterness are becoming more noticeable in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is also clean and malty with a pretty substantial bitterness to balance the malt in the finish...so much so that it almost finishes balanced toward the bitter, which is a little weird for the style. It is weird to immediately start talking about the finish, but that was the most prominent thing about the first sip. As the beer settles some and my palate gets used to drinking it, the caramel sweetness and toasty notes from the German malts really are a big player in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation, but the finish is still a little to hop balanced for my taste of this style.

Opinion: This was an OK beer, but I guess I am a little too picky or something. I like my beers drier and more lively with a more reserved hop addition. All that said, this beer has hope, as it tastes like it was intended to be a MaiBock, but I would just cut back on the bittering hops and use a more attenuative yeast. It sounds like I am doing a homebrew review, but that is the case with this beer. There are no flaws in this beer. It is pretty good, and I am not minding drinking it one bit, but it is falling short of what I would expect for a MaiBock.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

I was a bit surprised to see this out already, but not enough to turn it down. It pours a clear pale-ish straw topped by a large finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, and very light honey. The taste holds notes of lemongrass, greens, flowers, light orange peel, and wheat. The first two elements contribute a decently strong bitterness, especially for the style. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a sub-par maibock, one I don't really ever want to revisit.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a two finger head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is all that is detectable here.

Taste: slightly grainy and bready malt profile with caramel, sweet green grapes, pears, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this was an overall easy drinking maibock and hits the spot when looking for a malty beer.

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Photo of Naugros
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is honey orange in color with some haze. There's a thin white head that's very short-lived and not even much of a crown is left.

The smell seems to be the best thing about this beer. Sweet caramel malt is balanced nicely with a more dominant orange-pine hops signature.

The promise the smell gives you is empty. The caramel is mitigated a little bit and the hops character is supplanted by a tinny flavor that also interferes with the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is further hurt by a thick feel that should not be present in a maibock.

The flavors were close to a traditional maibock but something went wrong and there are flaws in the beer that ruin an otherwise decent effort in flavor combinations. Not one I think I'll ever try again; I mean that for the beer and the brewery.

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Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a great trade with Mothman a little ways back. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat pale, coppery golden color with a thick finger of creamy and fluffy head that is just off-white in color. Head slowly fades to a thick surface layer with a foamy collar that leaves behind traces of lacing as the beer levels drops in the glass.

S - Solid malt base. Very nice sweet, bready/doughy and caramel aromas up front. Some light molasses behind that with a healthy dose of grassy hops.

T - As expected, a good malt component leaves the first and largest impression. Somewhat sweet with a caramel character front and center. Grainy and bready malt flavors hit next. A light bitterness from the hops rounds things out and also gives some grassiness to the flavor. A bit of toasted malts completes the picture.

M - A bit thin...not quite medium bodied. Carbonation is strong and leaves a lasting tingle on the tongue. Slides smoothly over the tongue leaving a lingering caramel malty taste behind after the swallow.

D - Not my #1 style in the beer world, tend towards the hoppy/bitter stuff. Overall this is pretty enjoyable, if not memorable. On a crisp late summer (but fall-like) night, this still hits the spot pretty well. I could easily have a couple more of these, but I could just as easily move over to try something else instead.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Drinking this in July, perhaps a little late for the spring seasonal.

A: Pours a nice 2 finger head, colour is a bit lighter than expected. No lacing at all is present after the first few minutes.

S: Not much nose on this one. Some malt smells.

T: This beer tastes strongly of alcohol. At first, I detect a bit of malt, followed by some hops and ending with a tin/metal taste. This tin taste seems to be typical of Summit beers; but it doesn't bother me much as I have been drinking Summit for many years. Decent balance overall.

M/D: Feels great in the mouth apart from the alcohol being rather strong. Actually, it seems Summit did not try to mask the alcohol at all. The drinkability is poor. I would say Summit dropped the ball on this one.

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Photo of charlieos
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been trying some maibocks out recently, and this one is really pretty solid. It's not too "maibocky," its got a lightness and crispness to it. It's a tasty beer that won't change your life or blow your mind, but a tasty beer is hard to argue with.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness code pours a very clear, dark gold color. 2-finger cap of light tan head displays decent retention and pretty good lacing.

Nose is composed of equal parts grassy and spicy hops, light caramel, honey and cereal grains. Kind of an odd smelling beer, although I cant say exactly why.

Sweet grainy malts collide with a burnt toast and floral hop bitterness. Instead of balancing each other, it's more like they are polarizing the flavors in the beer. Mouthfeel is fine, and the carbonation is adequate. The beer lacks smoothness and the alcohol is not well masked, biting even. Not really a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- A nice frothy pour. 2 finger head lingers for about 2 minutes and leaves a coaty lacing on my pint.a clear light amber yellow color.

S- vinegar like malts and grains. Nothing to spectacular here with the smell.

T- grainy malts with a toasted like quality. It has a lil bit of hop toit, unsual hoppiness for the maibock style.

M- malty yet cripsy and smooth. nothing to exotic hear, Your basic feel.

D- easy to throw back. I wouldnt spend money on a sixer or anything but i would have one at a restaurant.

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Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber, decent head

Caramel and toasted bread in the smell, slight grain and spices.

Caramel malt and a toasted note in the taste, along with grains, and subtle spice and hop notes. Slight alcohol presence.

Medium mouthfeel.

I thought this was very drinkable. I haven't been overwhelmed with most of Summit's beers, but this style works well with their brewing style. I'd certainly buy another 6.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going to drink two bottles and fill my Samuel Smith's glass. Color like a shiny penny, with a little bit of (chill?) haze. Lots of visible carbonation. Frothy head holds quite well, and laces beautifully with a thick sheet all the way around.

Clean grainy aroma. Really clean. It's hard to smell a thing. Improves when warm, and gives off a little bit of peppery yeast and citrus.

This is hoppier than I can recall most maibocks being, but it is still primarily bready. Not overly sweet. A mild caramel presence, grassy finish. Lightly spicy. I'd like more sweetness probably. Has a bit of a sourdough character. Livens up a lot more when warmer and gets plenty sweeter, offering a little fruitiness.

It's a little too lively, even with a vigorous enough pour. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is decent. This is a hard style for me to get super-excited about. I could get a few down. I wouldn't have guessed it was especially boozy, but it's up there a little bit. The best part of the beer is the look. It's still competently made, but this really isn't a style that makes waves. We'll see if I still feel that way after the Three Floyds/Half Acre collab comes out.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3-18-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Light golden colored, 1 finger of foam but lots of carbonation was present

S - Hop aroma, light malts with caramel and some hints of spices

T - Caramel malts, hop back bone, not to strong but there

M/D - A really good tasting brew from Summit, it has the right balance of hops and malts to make it a pretty easy and enjoyable brew, glad I have a six pack of this, will get this again and I recommend people trying it that like the style

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear, bright orange color, with a creme colored frothy head. Good retention, good lacing.

Smell is a bit underwhelming, though some nice grain comes through, hearty amount of malt, a good hoppy bite at the end.

Certainly a tasty beer. Almost tastes like an entry level Maibock. Not as gritty and thick, not quite as heavily malted or hopped as some other examples of the style. Everything is there, and it's good, but I found Schell's Maibock to be much better in this category.

Mouthfeel was nice, solid medium body, perfect carbonation. It also has that slight grittiness that I appreciate in a good Maibock.

I personally like this beer, though the flavor could afford to be amped up a bit. This one seemed a little on the weaker side compared to some better Maibocks I've had.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Pours a clear amber with one finger of head which dissipates quickly.

Not a huge fan of the aroma. Smells a bit metallic but with a nice malt balance.

Tastes a bit metallic too initially, and bitter. But there is a decent malty backbone to keep it balanced. I can taste the alcohol, but don't mind it in this beer. Its quite good.

The metallic taste lingers too but gets more and more tolerable, tough the bitterness carries through to the finish line.

This was the first maibock I had in my collegiate years and for that reason I am partial to it, but I think it is a very drinkable maibock.

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Photo of Mdog
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: First whiff was skunky, then settles into some mild grass.

Taste: Moderately sweet caramel, breadiness, some booziness, some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Feels somewhat heavy.

Drinkability: Not my favorite mix of flavors.

Finally wrote up a review for this beer, I've had it plenty of times but just never reviewed it. Probably because this and the Octoberfest are my least favorite Summit beers. For some reason, those two beers just seem too boozy, i.e. the alcohol is not hidden very well. Maybe I just need a little more hop presence to hide the alcohol, as there are many other high ABV beers that I enjoy.

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Photo of Buebie
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby brown twist off bottle into a snifter. A rigorous pour produces almost an inch of qhite fizzy head. Settling very quick, leaving a small collar of retention. Very thin spotty lace streaks.
Color on this is not attractive. It looks like a pale marmalade see through jam. Not orange, not copper, but odd overall.

Aroma is spicy, a pepper forward earthy hop with some alcahol warmth coming through too. Following the alcohol forward aromas of the style well, although no real hop presence in aroma, mostly spice.
Distant bready caramel too.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation throughout with a slick texture.

Taste is also spicy, more pronounced hop flavors, not super bitter but coming through in taste.
A bready mild sweet flavor, bittering into the finish. A small amount of warming here as well along with a small amount of grain flavor.

This used to be my go to Spring beer. I haven't had it in a few years. Its definatly not the greatest beer in the world like it used to seem to me. Its a decent contender for a bock, but nothing terrific. The spicy flavors are nagging on the pallet and on the nose.

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Photo of ebraun
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, honey, decent pillowy head that dissipated to a thin layer that left some lacing on the way down.

S: Big on the nose. Banana, honey, some nice hop action as well.

T: Banana and biscuit with more rich, sweet honey. Slightly astringent on the finish. It seemed a little off-balance

M: Thin with some carbonation and zip.

D: Not bad, but I don't think I could put back a lot of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, copper/orange color . 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of hop, caramel malt, hint of yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, hint of floral, and pale malt. Overall, a good body, blend, aroma, and feel.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body, topped with a one and a half finger head of white foam. The head exhibits good retention and leaves behind nice, thick lace as it settles.

S - A surprisingly hop oriented aroma with lots of musty, spicy continental hop character. Lots of toasty malt sweetness as well with notes of bread and toffee.

T - Sweet, toasty malt up front. Lots of bready flavor with light, spicy hops. The hop character becomes more bold in the middle with spicy notes and some musty, almost British character. Finishes with a great deal of dry toasted grain and significant balancing bitterness. Lingering earthy hops and perhaps even a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A very well balanced and drinkable Maibock with a pleasant emphasis on its striking noble hop character. There is also lots of malt character present in this beer to balance out the hops, and while it doesn't finish sweet it is well balanced and manages to avoid the cloying, burnt toast character that some other dry amber beers can leave on the palate. This is not a beer that stands out on the shelf, but it is a very nice, drinkable example of its style and is well worth a try.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer is a very nice deep blonde, typical of the style, head was minimal but I bet it was from the restaurant's pouring technique and not the beer itself, will have to pick up a case of bottles to find out for sure.

Aroma: bready and fruity, very nice.

Taste: malt domination all the way as is appropriate for the style, the malt was a bit toastier than most German Maibocks I've sampled, although this departure from style is welcome in my book. nice mild bittering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is med. viscosity and appropriate for style, drinkability is as good as it gets, the ultimate session beer.

Overall, a wonderful brew, summits second best in my opinion. A much welcomed harbinger of spring!

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with thin but foamy head and some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Peppery and spicy aroma with bread dough, grass, and sweet apple and citrus. Aroma fades after a few minutes, mostly leaving a dry grassy smell behind.

Taste: Strong combination of semi-sweet fruit (apple, pear, citrus) and spicy, peppery and floral hops. Nice layer of bread and grass throughout as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively full-bodied for a lager. Smooth, clean and dry (despite the somewhat sweet taste).

Drinkability: My favorite Maibock. This beer deserves greater recognition; of course, too many people simply do not understand the style.

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Photo of herman77
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light bronze color with a thick head that has pretty good retention. Some sticky lacing. Can't pick up much on the smell other than light hops and a little sweetness. The taste has a hoppy sweetness, and something else I can't figure out that I don't enjoy too much. Tart? Pretty average mouthfeel.

I don't have much experience with Maibocks, so maybe this is why I don't like this too much. Its okay at best, but I wouldn't buy it again. I just bought the Summit Spring Sampler Pack, so I only have two left to drink... or give up. This is my least favorite offering by Summit.

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Photo of bob3701
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. I must say I had never heard of Summit but I do like bocks so I picked it up. looked a little pale even for a maibock and it did not smell too good either. It had no bock taste and an underlying taste of skunky (just faintly). Not sure if I picked up a bad 6-pack but Summit I'll be avoiding.

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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.