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Brinkley's Maibock - Free State Brewing Co.

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer has a very full and complex flavor that is best enjoyed slowly, allowing the different flavors time to develop on your tongue. You will find that it changes as you progress from the first taste to the lingering finish. The malty sweetness is well balanced and blended with hop bitterness, giving a full, rich blend of flavors. A generous quantity of pilsner malt is joined with a little bit of caravienne for color and some carapils for body, along with plenty of Munich malt for flavor and aroma. This beer is lightly hopped with Yakima Perle and German Hallertau.

The traditional symbol for bock beers of all varieties is the billy goat. This is the reason that Free State named this Maibock after Dr. John R. Brinkley, a.k.a. "The Goat Gland Doctor." In 1920s Kansas, Brinkley gained notoriety for his alleged cure for infertility that involved the surgical implantation of goat glands in the affected individuals. Some farmers are even said to have brought along there own goats because they felt them to have superior sexual prowess.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-04-2005)
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six from my local liquor emporium on the way home from the office tonight.

Pours a light amber, with a steady, lacy white head.

Grainy malt, with just a hint of floral hops, but way in the background.

Really grainy, with significant tartness from the combination of sweet malts and hoppiness. It's kind of an odd combination because the hops are so prevalant, out of balance. I'd prefer both to be reduced quite a bit, making it more pallatable.

There is some breadth in the mouth, given the malty backbone and hoppy highlights.

Tasty for something different in the summertime, but the malts are too sweet and the hops too forward.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JackieSchmidt
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 3rd week in July

Pours amber with a thumb of sand colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & fruittyness

T: Bready with lemony hops, a touch of soap & green apples up front. Pears & a touch of grainyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with a touch of lemons & grainyness

MF: Meduim bodied & slight carbonation, okay balance

This one didn't impress me to much, which is a shame. I usually like Free State, just a fairly mundane Mai-Bock

Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mkf629
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark golden color bock with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of residual sugar with some biscuit malt. Taste is a mix between some residual sugars with light honey notes with some solid cereal notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable and quaffable with limited complexity. Somewhat too sweet for the style.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jhawkjedi
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brando5
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've now had this beer from several different locations, but always on tap.

I've tried both small taster pours, as well as shaker pints.

I've not been disappointed any of the times.

The beer pours a deep amber color, with a substantial tan head. immediately on the nose you get notes of light caramel, with some nice bright citrus / hop notes.

On the palate, this is a VERY well balanced brew. Caramel malty notes, with nice bitter complements, but finishes very clean.

Of the 4 beers in a recent tasting, this was the clear winner amongst all participants. Definitely enjoy every time this one comes around.

Photo of TIMMA87698
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Skyjmpr
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Old Chicago. They listed it as Free State Maibock. Perhaps they knew some Kansans wouldn't try it if they used Dr. Brinkley's name.

Brought to my table in an ale glass. Darker, clear amber color with little to no head and no lacing.

Aroma - Weak enough that I couldn't detect any over the food in the air.

Taste was a nice blend of flavors. Sweet malt and a touch of hops. Some nutty grain is evident.

Feel was smooth. A good balance of flavors, but I was left with a caramel sweetness that lingered too long.

Will I have another? Possibly, but I am not a regular at OC, so it will have been replaced before I return. I still wonder about leaving Brinkley's name off, few that frequent OC would have ever heard the name.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a light copper/amber color. A white head sits on top then dissipates to a wisp of bubbles. Some decent sticky lacing is present. The beer smells really sweet with a faint hop and malt aroma. Some toasted grains come in as well. The taste is sweet up front with a toasty malt backdrop. But soon the bright hop presence is announced just before the dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced.

Overall, I feel that this beer represents the style well. It does go down awfully smooth for 6.5% ABV.

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer was OK. My normal go-to maibocks are Hofbrau, with its pleasant sweetness and strong fruity flavors (very well balanced with the malts), or Dead Guy Ale, which hits you hard with flavor (and alcohol). Instead, this beer just tasted mildly hoppy, with a very subtle fuity sweetness. Easy to drink but not particularly memorable. Would not order again.

Photo of kguyty
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dradair
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JSchock7
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of hays99
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, pale malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, pale malt, hint of floral hops, and hint of caramel malt. Overall, simple, but pleasing to the palette. Average appearance, but good aroma and blend.

Photo of acelin
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*From notes

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours golden amber, a bit darker than the average maibock. Small white head.

Smells like your average maibock, with pale malts, fruity hops, honey

Tastes odd for a maibock. Far more caramel, far more dark biscuit than usual. The hops turn from fruity upon first tasting to piney on the finish. Unpleasant after a few.

I'm not sure I like this maibock, well, as a maibock. It's far more hoppy than it should be, but it's not a bad beer.

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Brinkley's Maibock from Free State Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.