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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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255 Reviews
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Reviews: 255
Hads: 385
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-26-2000

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear copper-amber hue with a white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Strong malty and caramel aroma with some fruity notes.

T: Sweet malty flavors followed by some alcoholic warmth. There is some serious malt is this brew followed by a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a very solid Maibock. Big malty flavors and aromas and a decent amount of alcohol.

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Photo of tophers
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a: Poured a very big head that was long lasting. Head is very thick and creamy. Head is of a white color. No lacing on the glass. Appearance is a brilliant clear deep gold.

s: Very strong malt aroma with no melanoidins detected. No detection of any hop aroma. Clean smelling without any diacetyl notes. No detection of any fruity esters. Slight alcohol smell. Slight detection of DMS from Pils malt.

t: Very strong malt background with just a slight bitterness. Malt flavor is picked up immediately with the slight bitterness coming in the middle (with a medium alcohol note) that finishes with a malty taste. The malt tastes toasty in nature. Not picking up any melanoidins. No carmelization or DMS noted. Not picking up much, if any, hop aroma. Clean tasting with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Well attenuated without any cloying. Medium dry finish.

m: Medium-heavy body but not overwhelming. Low carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite without much bitterness in the mouth. No harshness or astringency detected.

o: I really enjoyed the malt flavor in this beer - this is definitely not a bland beer! While I thought this beer was enjoyable, there are a couple of items to bring it more into style. Increasing the bitterness by adding additional noble hops at the beginning of the boil would help in increasing the bitterness. Additionally, I would suggest increasing the carbonation as this beer had little carbonation and moderate to moderately-high carbonation is needed to fit in this style.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive only had one other of the style, but something nice and smooth yet a bit assertive is enough to kill a bad day.

Pours bright yellow, like a good German Lager should look. Head was exceptional, but it still looks good. Carbonation was average.

Smells very airy and slightly sweet. Dry grains begin to take over the more you smell. Hops are no where, and the malts are running rampant. I like it.

The first thing I notice is how smooth it is. For 6.5%, it is very smooth, and sweet. almost slippery. malt feels slick and sweet, like corn syrup. I dont care if they used adjunct grains, I like it. Its a bit more dry than usual, but not to a huge fault.

The dryness kind of kills the mouthfeel here.

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Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into Willibecher

BBE 14 Nov 2011

A- Amber body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy head reduces quickly to a crown. Lacing is good.

S- Toffee malts, a little nuttiness.

T- Real depth of toffee malts combine with some toastier malts in the full finish. Hint of hazelnuts coming through. No real hop presence. Smooth, no suggestion of abv.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium/full body. Lager clean

D- This is similar to the Hofbrau Maibock. Deeper amber in quality with a higher toffeeish malt balance with minimal hop note. If i hadnt known this was a maibock, id have said it was a normal bock. As a strong malty lager its very good, grading to style perhaps not a classic maibock, nevertheless a very tasty bock!

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Photo of bramsdell
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, there is no A+ of this style. I am judging by the style, not in comparison to, say, an Old Stock Ale.

A: A beautiful dark gold to copper color with a brief, but fluffy, white head. Very good retention considering how (relatively) thin this beer is.

S: I don't drink too many lager styles, so I have to readjust for this one. Smells like a lager with lots of depth. A strong whiff brings out the caramel for certain. After that, there are more fruity notes, but the thick, malty sweetness of the caramel countered with the smell of a traditional lager is most remarkable.

T: It's all malt. I would describe the flavor as nearly flat, as there is a mild sweetness but really just an earthy type maltiness. It really tastes like an American lager with lots of malt added for character. The caramel that was so prevalent in the smell is nowhere near as strong in the flavor, but there is still the sweetness. A very easy-drinking flavor.

M: Light, but with a great residual flavor. You could pound these one-after-another, or sip on it to enjoy the lightness of the feel matched to the thicker sweetness of the malt.

O: A good beer. I probably won't buy it again because it simply isn't really my thing, but it is a good beer. Actually, I would probably buy Dead Guy over this brew. That beer has more hop flavor and simply more character than this. It was strongly recommended to me by the owner of the beer shop where I bought it, and I don't regret buying it, but I wouldn't strongly recommend it.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a light copper color with an off white creamy head, about one and a half fingers width, with pretty good retention
S-fairly subtle aroma, primarily malt with a slight sweetness
T-More of the same on the flavor, medium hop bitterness, that leads into an aftertaste dominated by the malt flavor
M-light-medium to medium
O-decent beer. Nothing real fancy or unique but has standard maibock characteristics.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber/copper color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Gorgeous two-finger foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Aroma is predominantly malty with hints of grain and some sweetness coming through.
Taste akin to aroma is high on malt upfront, but the finish has a nice bitterness. The hop presence is not completely overwhelmed by the malt. Very crisp and refreshing.
Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Overall, I think this is a very good maibock. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from PapaEugene.
Look: the beer pours a clear amber color, with a nice fluffy head.
Smell: Sweet malts, grain, peppery alcohol and spicy fruits.
Taste: Follows the nose: sweet malts and grain, spicy and fruity. Alcohol is quite present here.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall: Not a typical spring bock, a bit more spicy than the others in the style which makes a more a winterbeer. The alcohol is a bit too present though for my liking (like ethanol)

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Very dark gold pour, thin layer of white head. Quite a bit of carb throughout.

Has that German malty aroma. Caramel/toffee, bread and slight mustiness.

Taste matches, though it starts a bit light. Some caramel, slight fruitcake. Bready malt lingers pretty well, almost pumpernickel like. A little toasted malt quality to it.

Body is a little thin and could use a little more carbonation. Still it's good and improves as it warms. Drinkability is also good, but would be better with just a little more carbonation.

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Photo of snpub540
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear copper hue with a fizzy white head that quicly faded away into a fizzy nothingness.

Smell is bready and nutty and that us about all.

Taste has some more going on. Sweet bready malts upfront followe by a toasty nuttiness. The finish is crisp and dry with spicy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy at first and its a little thin. This is a very clean and refreshing beer that has some nice flavor going on.

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Photo of shand
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one's an orange-red color with a tiny head, decent retention and lacing for style. Aroma is sweet bready malts. This one's big and malty, plenty of sweetness, a bit of breadiness, and just a touch of booziness and sharp hops. The mouthfeel is nice, it's on the heavier side of medium bodied with a spot-on carbonation. The drinkability is about average for the style. Overall, a slightly above average maibock. Not worth seeking out, but not a bad pick-up.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. It has been 16 years (practically to the date??) since the first and last time I had this beer. I remember drinking with friends in Germany as they explained Maibocks and the higher alcohol content. We were all very impressed that this beer stood at 6.5% ABV, little did I know I'd regularly be drinking beers approaching 10% and above...

Appearance: Pours a dark golden with a relatively thin white head. Nice carbonation - a refreshing looking beer.

Smell: Strong bready notes. Smells hearty and filling. Sweet malt smell as well.

Taste: Definitely the strong, rich taste of a bock beer. Sweet bread and a slight hint of alcohol. Very malt heavy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich. Not a lot of carbonation, just a hearty, heavy beer.

Overall: Definitely the choice if you are looking for a little sustenance in your beer. Overall, a great flavored Maibock that I would recommend!

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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear burnt mahogany with a light, whispy head showing twinges of yellow leaving spotty lace behind.

Very nice, soft semi-sweet bready aromas, fresh baked bread, yeast, toffee, and caramel, with some earthy noble hop presence, and a hint of brown sugar covered nuts.

Must be because it's May but I can't get enough Maibocks right now so why not go with where the style started. Tastes like it smells only better. Sweet toffee malts, fresh bread, cereal, caramel, yeast, brown sugar, candied nuts, earthy hops adding just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. Carbonation is dead on as well, spritzy and effervescent on the palate. Creamy in the middle and long in the finish. Can't get enough.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber with an off-white head that has ok retention. Some lace too. Clarity in striking.

Rich malt and bready sweetness. The aromas are strong, but not much else here.

Big malt flavor, with sweet toasted bread, some brown sugar, and a nice balance of bitter hops. Wish this was a bit more boozy, but maybe I'm just wishing for a doppelbock. This brew comes close. Nice sweet and bitter finish, and long with the malt.

Fuller bodied -- not much carbonation.

An easier drinker, and full of flavor. If you like bocks, this is a good one.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best before 12/17/11. Fresh off the shelves here in Deutschland.

Pours a lovely strawberry blonde color, very clear. The white head is dense and compact and dissipates to a thin film. Some lace.

The aroma has the quintessential Lager character; clean, but with sulfuric hops. More pungent than most in the style.

The flavor is rich and malty, with lots of decocted complexity. Dough and toffee mainly, with some other bready notes. Not too sweet, with a hoppy, drying finish. This is a well-balanced Maibock. The mouthfeel is medium, with smooth carbonation.

Yes, you can taste the alcohol with this beer, which is surprising since it's 6.5% ABV. But, I really think this alcohol character is part of the Maibock style, of which the Einbecker is among the best I've had in terms of flavor.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is a clean and clear copper, which is a touch light. One finger of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very aromatic and floral. Exhibits the classic, sweet barnyard scent of helles and is complimented by sweet caramel and honey. It’s very candy-like, and I think I may even smell a little butterscotch.

Taste: The flavor elements mostly mirror those in the smell, but the taste is much hoppier and bitter than I expected. Caramel and honey upfront, then the helles/floral/haymow, and in the end there is a nice bitter bite, which lingers on the cheeks and tongue. Also noticeable is the hint of butterscotch from the smell and a tad bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: Though it was pretty winter-like for April today (it felt more like November), Mai-Ur-Bock cheered me up and gave me a much needed taste of spring. Great stuff.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out a nice crystal clear yellow with a fluffy white head, definitely resembled a true German brew. I had to wait to finish pouring till the head settled a bit. The aroma is very grainy and full of earth or nature. The flavors were good when this was cold from the fridge but as it warmed up it just got nearly unbearable for me to drink. I don't know why but I just didn't like the taste of it after mid-bottle. Mouthfeel was good and all, just the taste really got the best of me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderately-dark golden color with a long-lasting single-finger white head. A bit of spotty lacing as it does eventually fall. The nose brings some light, grainy malt plus a very faint amount of herbal hops. Some light breadiness in the background. The flavor is slightly bitter and grainy, with the finish bringing an off bitterness that is almost like it has been light struck. Thin with above-normal carbonation as well. Not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of phishgator
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide goblet. Deep copper color with little haze. The head is tight and white. There is a great earthy hop aroma up front. The other characteristics are a crisp bitter bite and nice balance of bready malt. The flavor is close to moist cake. The body is full, but refreshing. A good one for the style, but not a style like to drink everyday.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a color like a persimmon, only dulled. But not in a bad way. The copper/tangelo color is quite attractive. Add to it the 1.5 fingers of soapy, tiny-bubbled buttermilk head and you have a very pretty beer.

I've got to be honest: the first and most forefront aroma that hits the nose is that of slightly skunky hops. Not TOO skunked, but enough to be off-putting. Damn green bottle. Thankfully, there is enough honest maibock aroma underneath the skunk to save the beer. The hops retain their essential floral, honeysuckle component. The malts are smelling all Honey Nut Cheerios up in this bitch. It smells thicker than it is; lots of honeyed sweet flavors.

The taste follows the nose, only blissfully free of skunk flavor. The blond, doughy malt sugars taste awfully floral on the mid-palate. Again with the honeysuckle. A kiss of apple juice. A gentle, grassy finish. This is tasty enough, but there are other maibocks with purer flavor profiles, or more inventive ones.

This maibock has some sizable heft to it. It's still comfortably medium-bodied, but it's thicker than I expected. It plays well with the floral sweetness. This structural coherence makes for a nicely drinkable lager.

Ur-bock, eh? As in the first one? Well, German brewing tradition has improved upon that/this first maibock. But the OG version still holds up. If you can get this non-skunked then it'll be even better.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iam a sucker for a well made helles bock,this traditional brewery's rendition was a bit lackluster in my opinion.Poured into a becker a rich lighter bronze shade with a well defined one finger white head,German malt aromas are a bit toasty with a tinge of iron,the caramel sweetness is hefty as well.Not alot of complexity on the palate,caramel sweetness with that iron/mineral note,a light herbal,dry hop presence in the finish.Easy to drink for the style but again not overly complex.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time with this beer. I liked the golden pour and the aroma of a typical German beer.
The first sip, I noticed quite a bit of Malt, making this a bit sweet.
It was an interesting contrast between the Hops and Malt.
It was so easy drinking, something you could do without thinking all that much

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Photo of Shrews629
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice clear amber/copper color with an off white head that was kind of creamy with nice girth and retention. Burnt orange highlights around the bottom of the glass. Pretty good lacing also.

Smell - A sweet malty nose with some "grassy" hop type notes. The grassiness is a bit more gentle than a lot of highly hopped German beers. The malt is not only sweet smelling, but also reveals a darker more earthy undertone.

Taste - The malty sweetness is aroused from the first sip. The hop bitterness is present, but seems to be softened by the malt. Even detecting some walnut type flavorings. No real splash of alcohol in my opinion. Nice for 6.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth an easy on the palate. Mostly dry and leaving some on the back of the throat and roof of the mouth. Even a bit chewy and warming.

Drinkability - At 6.5% ABV this beer could sneak up on you in a hurry. I like this as well or better than most of the German beers I've tried. Not overpowered with hops and well balanced in all categories. I could drink a few of these for one evening no problem.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light amber color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: Smells quite sweet with lots of caramel and honey. There's a slightly floral note to it, too. Overall the nose is quite simple, but it's really nice.

T: Similarly sweet in terms of the flavor profile. A strong caramel and honey flavor. There's a touch of bitterness on the finish. Perhaps it's a bit too sweet, though.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This was probably too sweet, but I still liked it quite a bit (more than other maibocks, certainly). Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber and clear with a big off white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly caramelly and sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and a little sweet. Finish is creamy and nice, the beer fills the palate out well with a balance of sweet and a little dryness at the back. It's pretty good. Einbecker makes a bunch of good beers.

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.