Brinkley's Maibock - Free State Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-04-2005

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.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shiny copper penny color with excellent clarity and a wisp of off white head around the rim and the middle of the glass. Aroma of cereal grains is prevalent. I taste caramel and whole grains. The body is smooth and light to moderate carbonation is present.

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 brando5
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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 KansasBeerLover
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Tone
3.52/5  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
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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 johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from Bigtreebrewing, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a smallish quickly receding bone white head. Sweet sugary malts with hints of bread and fruit with just a touch of earthy spice to counter. Decent sipper.

Photo of Suds
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Golden and clear, with low carbonation and lacking a head....the bear has a stron aroma,mops and malt. Too heavy on the hops for the style, which continue through the taste. Medium in body, a little alcohol notes. Forgettable.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Waldo Pizza in KC.

A - Poured a clear amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of maltiness with some floral notes.

T - It tasted fairly spicy and bitter with a grassy hop presence. It had a nice sweet bread flavor with caramel and toffee notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty bold maibock. I really enjoyed this Free State brew.

Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot more color than I expected. Kind of caramel orange, clear. Ok head formation but it dissipates.

Smells of sweet malt, grain, grass.

Slightly full and smooth body. A bit lighter than other maibocks I've had. Malts are just a bit syrupy thick but not overly so. Finish has a good, long hop bite. Not big but just right to cut the thicker malts. Doesn't appear to have a big alcohol content which certainly helps keep a style I'm normally not crazy for on the drinkable end.

I appreciate Free State releasing a lager. It's a good one. Just not my favorite style,so I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of OatherS
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, with a one finger head present.

Smell: Little to none.

Taste: Hoppy and the alcohol representative of maibocks is deffinitely present. You can sure taste the alcohol bite. Not strong but present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Not bad at all. Too bad it is only a seasonal.

Check out the Free State website for a history of Brinkley. We Kansans' are a crazy bunch!!!!

Photo of birchstick
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saw this on tap at the KC flying saucer, never heard of it so I gave it a go.

A - pours a very faint copper...copper is being generous with the color profile. A little bit of a head resides atop it.

S - big whiff of grains and not much else

T - this is a vey grainy beer, with a bit of sweetness and is overwhelmed by sweet grains and bitter grass. Finishes with a grassy bitterness. The malt bill steals the shOw on this one and the biterness clashes with it.

M - decent body that goes down smooth enough

D - this one isn't really my cup of tea, or glass of beer rather. Would I drink this again? Possibly. Not bad but not memorable either. If you like pilasters I would highly recommend this.

Photo of Wobbly
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not great example of the classic style.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/7/2006 (Growler from brewery):

Pours an amber red/brown color body with a decent sized head, white, somewhat diminishing. Very malty aroma, some hops. Malty taste, very sweet, somewhat acidic. Nutty, smooth, some citrus. Good session beer.

Photo of Boto
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: This one pours a clear, golden color. There was a very small white head that didn’t linger long nor leave any lacing. The aroma is good, with notes of the malts, fruits, grass and some earthiness. The taste is good. Malty, with a good hop balance. Fruits and some mustiness to the taste. An easy drinker. I would definitely buy again!

Photo of 10Crumra
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottle had a best by date of the third week of May.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a lot of carbonation. A slight white head but it didn’t hang around for very long. Some light lacing.

Powerful malty, earthy aroma. Some wheatiness and mild floral aromas.

Nice malty flavors with lots of cracker and biscuit notes. Slight fruitiness at the back end of the taste. It doesn’t have a lot of complexity but the flavors that are there are fairly strong. Definitely feel the carbonation in this one. Light to medium-bodied with a lingering stickiness.

Overall this beer could be more exciting but it is very drinkable. This is something I could drink multiple of but nothing to write home about.

Photo of scratch69
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Golden copper color with a half a fingers worth of white head. No lacing at all.

Smell- Grains and a little grass.

Taste- Sweet malt with some nuttiness and hop bitterness. Flavors seemed to clash with each other a little.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- Not bad but I've had other beers in this style that I enjoy more.

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Brinkley's Maibock from Free State Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.