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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-26-2000)
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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clean, amber pour, with a slightly offwhite head. Rolling foam top that takes its time receding. Nice looking glass.

S: Sweet, yet quite herbal at the same time... a sugary sweetness.

T: Hops right away, bit enough malty sweetness to keep it all in check. Some alcohol floats through, and the whole thing comes finally comes together for the finish.

M: Quite heavy and chewy, a bit of a mouth coater. Heavy malts, but an excellent balance between them.

D: An easy drinker... big on the palate, but a reasonably low enough ABV to keep things from getting hairy. Another fine addition to a list of brews to get again.

Proteus93, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of davidchollar
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The store that I bought this from is a wine and sake store, they really don't move much beer. As a result, their beer is not the freshest, but I don't have much of a choice!

This maibock pours out of the green bottle a bright copper with a modest head that settles to almost nothing. Appearance is pretty standard. Very malty, smells like some of the lighter dopplebocks I've tried. Hints of caramel and bread make for a pretty good smell. The taste is even better. A surprisingly hoppy, bitter dry kick of a finish rounds out a satisfying lager flavor.

Although I'm sure this is a bit past its peak flavor potential, especially considering the rather high average score, I still enjoyed it and will get it again. It was great to have a solid lager after weeks of Christmas ales!

davidchollar, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of HankNew
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber with about half an inch of head that doesn't hang around quite as long as one might like.
Strong oak-ey nutty smell. Thick on the mouth with a stong malty taste and a hint of hops.
This is my first go-round with a beer of this sytle, and it certainly won't be my last; a very enjoyable brew!

HankNew, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle w/ no freshness date

Appearance: A clear golden amber w/ a lovely 1 finger head. Plenty of lacing has the beer looking great

Smell: Grain, wheat and sweet malt dominate the smell. Mainly the grain and wheat smell

Taste: Wow....way different than I was expecting. The smell reminded me of some BMC beers but instead I'm hit w/ a nice sweet malt taste that ends w/ a slight corn like taste. Quite tasty. Fairly smooth but leaves a slight slick coating in your mouth

Drinkability: Enjoyable enough

livingregret, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Rich, gold color. Decent, foamy, head.

Smell: mild, nutty smell.

Taste: Nice, mildly nutty taste. Nothing overpowering, very easy on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, zesty taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy.

Definitely a high quality beer. Well worth trying.

Amalak, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of sharkheadlasers
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden-amber color. The clarity is clear. It has a malty aroma with no hop notes and light caramel scent. The flavor is caramel notes in the front, malty. It has a body that is between medium and full. The head was moderate, but dissipated. This is a nice, drinkable, sweet, but not cloy beer. My favorite Maibock!

sharkheadlasers, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, copper honey color with a thin ecru head and constant upward bubbles. Smells of honeyed malts, with a light orange blossom fruitiness and a fishy sulphur note. On the palate, appropriately light in flavor. A flash of balancing hop bitterness hits the tongue first, but it is quickly overtaken by the malts, which somehow maintain the balancing act of tasting sweet and feeling dry at the same time. Rich and delectable, but still light on the palate for a bock, this is one of the better Maibocks that I have had. Excellent.

geexploitation, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an orange marmalade with almost violently active bubbles at first, but it eventually mellows. Head is thinnish. Spots of lace. Lots of spicy, grassy, and herbal hops in the nose with a fine malty backbone. Very sweet and honeyish aromas. Flavor starts off wonderfully bready with dried and fresh fruits abounding along with some almonds. Not overly sweet and actually starts to dry up a tad in the end. Herbal and floral hops come in at the finish, but the rough bitterness seems a tad out of place. Mouthfeel is solid all around: nice round body and some punchy carbonation. This is definitely one maibock to try.

goochpunch, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of botham
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal clear amber with a sizable off-white head. no lacings, and moderate head retention.

smells malty, with a bready yeast base and a touch of a citrusy aroma. smell is balanced, and does not seem to overdo malts or hops. overall a malty aroma without much hop character.

instant alcohol notes in the taste. brew is moderately hoppy with a citrus base that goes away upon swallowing. taste is a direct reflection of the smell, only with more hops. the brew is well balanced, and pulls off a moderately complex taste with ease. finishes with a bit of yeast, which fades into hop bitterness.

aftertaste is hops. dry-bitter finish.

the brew is medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. not much CO2 here, but alcohol is present (at 6.5%, i've seen this level covered up with much more finesse).

drinkability is decent. fans of moderately hoppy brews will take a liking to this one. the citrusy notes lend to a hefeweizen-type taste, but overall, this is defnitely a maibock.

botham, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a shaker. This bock poured a super clear golden amber color with a big pillowy off-white head that slowly faded. The aroma of this beer was sweet and malty with a touch of lemony citrus. The flavor was of darker caramel along with some citrus and grass. Also a hint of yeasty bread in there. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Very good balance of flavors. A nice one.

mdm46410, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Winter
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a thick white head. Bready malt aroma with a floral hoppiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body. This is a malty maibock. The hops provide a nice bitterness to the malt sweetness. Decent balance. The flavor seems to become more bitter as it warms. The 6.5% alcohol is unnoticeable at first, but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. I would recommend drinking this on the cooler side temperature-wise, as it went down pretty smooth at first, but the beer's bitterness seemed to become a little less inviting as it warmed to room temperatures.

Winter, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear golden-orange color. The head is massive, billowy and white. Lacing is thorough, and sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is of grass, caramel, and spearmint. The taste is like the aroma, but with more grassy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better maibocks I have had. I would certainly buy this again.

KarlHungus, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good frothy offwhite head with yellow tones.
S: Malt and alcohol, a bit phenolic. Hint of honey
T: Malt, bitterness, alcohol/phenols, hint of dried fruits, almost winelike qualities, some caramel, fresh bread.
M: Medium body. Good carboration, with small pricking bubbles.

My first expectations with this beer was very low, but then I heard a lot of praise for it and had to try it. The aroma wasn't that interesting, but the taste is really extraordinary and has qualities one would expect from a beer with much more alcohol. According to style guides the bitterness seems a bit high, but hey, others claim this is the original bock.

Hammarby, May 28, 2007
Photo of ohmybock
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this on tap at Orlando Brewing. I am astounded at how GREAT this beer is on tap! I've had it in the (skunky-green-bottle) in the past and thought it sucked. However, this on-tap beer is a completely different animal! This beer rocks! Why does Germany hate the USA so much that it sends us so many crappy green/skunked bottled beers? Thankfully, Germany must not hate us "all that much" since the US also gets some excellent German brew on tap! Seek this stuff out on tap...you won't be sorry!

ohmybock, May 26, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, orange brown color with quite a lot of carbonation and a thin, creamy head.

Smell is incredibly hoppy, being raw and resinous, like raw hop is. Also a little earthy and spicy.

Taste is balanced between bitter and malt. The hops are very resinous and aromatic. The malt is a little sweet and very light husky, in combination with the German yeast, which gives the beer a clean but slightly sulfuric character.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter, finishing with a earthy and herbal hop touch. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, the small gasbubbles feel really nice on the tongue.

Absumaster, May 11, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big frothy head emerges in my stemmed dunkel glass, stays a full two fingers for a while and then rapidly dissipates. Good white lacing and a clear light amber brew.

Mostly malt sweetness and alcohol in the nose, slight floral hop aroma. Some graininess.

Very sweet malty presence in the flavor, a step up from most bocks but not up to a doppelbock power. Diacetyl and German hops round out the flavor. Sweet finish, bready and chewy, also notes of lighter grain as well. 6.5% is fairly evident, as usual with the bock style, just a full-bodied brew. Enjoyable bock, recommended for fans of German styles.

BretSikkink, May 01, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal clear light amber with a nice head and lacing. subtle aromas of caramel, biscuits, and toffee with some light floral/vegetal notes. taste is definitely towards the sweet and malty end of the spectrum. starts sweet, then some crispness from the european hops in the background and the lively carbonation mix in with the sweetness without taking it out. mouthfeel is light/medium despite the relatively high abv. very clean flavors as to be expected from this style. the sweetness could become cloying after a while, along with the slightly higher abv this makes the drinkability suffer a bit in my book.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously into an imperial pint glass this beer begins as a half-head, half-beer mixture up to the top. The aroma instantly pours out as a skunky hopped and slightly malty beer. The head take quite a while to settle and leaves rocky, foamy lacing around the top. The beer is a reddish gold color with medium foam. The taste is surprisingly malty and well balanced. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and rich. This is like a bock with some extra hops. After reading the definition of a maibock, I guess it fits the style. cool.

Rudgers73, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of mortarit
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just read a few minutes ago that bock comes from the lager family. For a long time I have been drinking the American's definition of the style and thought I like it them. Since then I am getting educated in top and bottom fermenting. I like ale which are top fermenter. Lager is a bottom fermenter. I am starting to inquire more knowledge about what I like and do not like.

I thought the smell was pleasant. Easy on the nose and inviting as well.

Taste was the opposite in the experience. Raw and harsh. Of course I just had a Flanders Red so that may come into play with the palette.

This wouldn't be a session beer for me.

mortarit, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl (green) bottle at La Bodega's bock tasting. A generous pour into a snifter, so I have no problem giving an honest review.

A: Clear pale amber, wispy white head and minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet maltiness, a touch of fruit, then crisp piney/herbal hops. Dry 'metallic' lager yeast is subtle.

T: Malty grain, sweet caramel, dry hoppiness. Even a little fruit with a twist of lemon sourness.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make the finish crisp and clean. At times it felt buttery or velvety. Light on the tongue, with a light to medium body, this was a real pleasure.

D: The first of several bocks served at the tasting I attended, this maibock from Einbecker was crisp, clean and satisfying. Easy to drink, the epitome of springtime. Recommended.

msubulldog25, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a beer tasting offered by the distributor. Actually I read that beer from Einbeck (475 years ago) was the Church reformer Martin Luther's favorite beer.... (of course it was ale then, different ingredients, different style of beer.. etc. etc....).

Very nice appearance and head--typical of German beers. Transparent and fairly light color for a bock. Smell is wonderful, all noble hops. Taste is lovely....sharp crisp hops with a very solid balanced malt backbone. Leaves a nice clean hop aftertaste. All in all a great beer. Makes me long for good ol' Germany.

AnalogReigns, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought from Park Slope Food Coop.

A - Reddish golden, tanic color with a thin head.

S - Toasted malt. Bready, is that a word?

T - Malty. Alcohol is not strong in the flavor, but also has a nice biscuity sweetness.

MF - Wet and smooh. Medium bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable, I could enjoy a few more.

This was a nice surprise. I'm glad I gave it shot.

AChamberlain, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish golden color with a small off white head of tight bubbles that slowly crept back into the beer. There was not much else to remark about the beer except that there is a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: There is a very noticeable toasty malt along with a hint of the melanoidins you get from a complex grain bill...or an intensive mash. There is a pretty significant amount of hops in this one that I hadn't noticed before after trying this beer after a few others.

Taste: The flavor is also really nicely malty. It seems that the water in Einbeck is more suited to the Amber styles such as this. The malt is in charge, but there is still a rather assertive hop component in here to give it some grief. I feel that the balance is toward the malt, but just barely. The alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor, but gives you a bit of warming in the gullet after drinking.

Opinion: As I started to mention in the flavor assessment, the water seems to be better suited to this and the Dunkel Ur Bock. The Pilsner comes across a bit harsh where this one is balanced and a bit hard to pin down as it should be. I think that this is a fine example of a MaiBock, and it is one that I will surely drink again as the opportunity presents itself.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, a nice rich pale golden color, Small, tight-bubbled head, with some lingering lace with a swirl. Smelled malty and one whiff of alcohol, but might have just been some hop spiciness.

A bit wall of malt and hops hits at once. Hops spicy and aggressive, and the balance is definitely toward the hops. A bit of pepper with the hop spice in the middle. Finishes fairly clean - just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Nice medium body and carbonation. Generally very creamy and smooth, with a slight alcohol warming sensation.

A big, flavorful mai-bock. Just smooth enough to be drinkable while tasty.

mpyle, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling tangerine color with ample amounts of fine carbonation. The head is tall and beautifully dense and creamy. Toasted malts in the aroma - flowery and a little herbal with hints of dried fruit. Sweetish, earthy fruit with bready, toasted bock-like flavors and mild dry, spicy alcohol. A little thin in the finish as the flavors unravel a bit. Medium mouthfeel and dry.

A tasty Maibock even now, in December...although this 65 degree weather seems very appropriate and makes it easy to enjoy.

wedge, Dec 15, 2006
Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.