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Brinkley's Maibock - Free State Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 scratch69:
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

03-14-2012 00:37:42 | More by scratch69
More User Reviews:
Photo of sgttibbs


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-07-2012 16:01:53 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-27-2013 21:41:03 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
Photo of russpowell


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

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

06-11-2012 01:33:47 | More by russpowell
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-12-2014 21:38:18 | More by caustin90
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-16-2014 00:53:14 | More by mkf629
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-07-2013 23:28:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-16-2013 16:43:05 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-01-2012 04:16:31 | More by jhawkjedi
Photo of brando5


4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

06-16-2010 15:37:45 | More by brando5
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

03-01-2014 01:54:12 | More by TIMMA87698
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-22-2014 13:10:03 | More by Skyjmpr
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-07-2013 18:17:54 | More by swaghawk
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

08-01-2011 20:18:47 | More by KansasBeerLover
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.11/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

03-24-2012 01:41:44 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

04-26-2014 22:54:20 | More by AmyfaceNYC
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-21-2014 18:08:12 | More by kguyty
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-06-2014 03:39:10 | More by dradair
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-01-2014 05:51:09 | More by JSchock7
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-15-2012 22:35:21 | More by hays99
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

05-12-2012 13:25:13 | More by Tone
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3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

*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.

12-17-2012 16:45:37 | More by acelin
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-18-2014 13:40:24 | More by Hellpop65
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-26-2013 21:49:35 | More by Kahlerbock
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3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-05-2012 02:05:03 | More by zeff80
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Brinkley's Maibock from Free State Brewing Co.
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