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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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 Lagaffe74
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one in a Pilsner glass. Nice amber color all the way up the glass. Nice thick head, but did not last long.

The aromas found were caramel and a little honey.

A little sweetness with some bready flavors. The mouthfeel was quite pleasant, with not too much carbonation.

The finish was a little off-dry. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

Photo of sraimondi
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at My Place in Newtown, CT. Once again, Mark gets the real deal on draught. The best Maubock I have ever tasted. Appearance was a nice deep cooper color. The aroma was all about the malt. Taste, bread-like, close to a doppelbock, but a little bit more balanced. Mouthfeel was very smooth with pretty low carbonation. ABV is well concealed, so you can down a bunch, but be careful. A world class offering from Einbecker.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a favorite German beer of mine for a long time. The two 0.33 litre bottles this review is based on, were bought in Cochem (a wine town on the Mosel River) last July. I have been saving them for a rainy day, today it rained! The Best By Date was 10th November 2006, I had them on 29th August 2006.

Amber, no other colour, this beer is amber, the head does not hang around for long, so get in there fast!

No great smell, a smooth maltiness maybe, but nothing to get excited about.

The taste is better than almost any other German Bock, not over heavy, but you can feel the power and hop character (Hallertau according to my books), as you attack the beer. Obviously some of the really heavy, dark Bocks have incredible flavours, but we are not talking about those sort of Bocks, this is a delicate May time Bock, not a jet black monster Bock.

I had these two in a Belgian 'Forbidden Fruit' Bowl, not ideal, but close enough to ensure the aroma (not that is has a powerful one) and taste were there to enjoy.

Very drinkable with a good firm aftertaste, I will always buy some if I see it on my travels, I recommend that you do the same.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely brilliantly clear and a perfect example of the color amber; it is just like the million year old amber with a bug trapped in it thing, only without the bug. The head is a frothy, initially 1.5 finger thick, pale tan color, which dissipates fairly quickly. As I pour this beer the distinct aroma of light-struck hops reaches my nose (damn green bottles). As time passes this seems to dissipate till it is just lightly noticeable. The aroma is dominated by a rich maltiness that reminds me of caramelized grain that has just been lightly toasted. In fact there even seems to be a touch of smoke here. It does not smell sweet so much as rich and thickly malty. This definitely has the characteristic malt nose one would expect from a bockbier.

The beer has a thick maltiness to it up front, that again, is not so much sweet as in concentrated and malty. It finishes with a touch more sweetness though and is rounded out by a light bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Interestingly enough the lingering note that is left in my mouth is that of skunked hops; it is not overly noticeable, or at least not so much that I don't enjoy drinking this brew. A really nice toasted biscuit malt note is here as well; it really helps to round out the malt complexity even more. A touch of prune like fruitiness is here as well as something akin to a wisp of smoke. The hop bitterness though light seems to have a touch of astringency to it and makes me wonder if that is a by-product of the light struck character. This beer has a nice palate coating richness to it, yet still remains pretty drinkable. It is certainly not a session beer, but hits the appropriate character of a Mai-Bock.

Once again, what is up with these damn green bottles; it really shows a brewer who lacks a fundamental respect for their beer. If it were not for the skunked hops this would be an incredibly nice Bock. It is still quite good though.

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber (slighlty darker towards top, a little lighter towards bottom) with a thin white head that didn't stick around long before leaving a wisp.

The smell was of caramel with some grassy and bready notes.

The taste was of sweet caramel malt mixed with a touch of bitter graininess. Sweetness becomes mixed with a fruitiness. After a while, it's reminiscent of caramel-covered apples. A bit of alcohol finishes it off. Well-balanced and the flavors linger quite a bit.

It's very smooth - medium to full-bodied. Sweetness is slighlty restrained by a crisp bitterness, so as not to become cloying.

A smooth, delicious brew from start to finish. A classic of the style.

Photo of
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Poured a beautiful clear, light amber with orange tones. Decent size, off-white head. Smell was mainly malt - caramel and molasses. Some hops of the citrus variety came through rather faintly. The taste was sweet at the start, but less so than the aroma would lead you to expect. As you hold the beer, you get alcohol/phenol/medicine taste in the middle. Sprinkled throughout are notes of toast, not quite burnt. The finish brings the hops (gently) and a slight pepper taste. Body was medium, as was the carbonation. The finish was drying, almost to the point of being astringent and there was some alcohol warming going on. Overall, a very interesting beer, but not really to my taste. The alcohol/medicinal flavor really did nothing for the total experience.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I loved the vibrant bronze color of the pour. The head looked a little like a buzzcut, short and to the point. Nose is sugary caramel toffee. Taste is almost identical but sadly the hops do not come out to play at all. Mouth is rich and creamy, putting a smile on my face. I'm in no hurry to drink this again though. Too many other beers call my name in this too short life.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bubbly and crisp looking amber almost light brown. But clear. Coonstant bubbling and a constant foam. The smell was of like sweet and toasty malt with a hint of Spring grass and dew. Flavor has a light hint of brown sugar sweetness mixed with some yams believe it or not. Then of course a clear barley grain texture.

Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was essentially a big sweet malty experience. That's really all I can say.

The taste was in your face malty as well. Upfront there was a rich sweet molasses character which faded slowly into a clean spicy and mildly hoppy finish. There was a bit of an alcohol presence as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

If you like malty bocks with good ABVs, then this beer is for you.

Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saved for the last day of spring (bock season) and as a bit of a night cap before my trip into Germany the following morning.
First thought: Green bottle? and for a helles? Well, my fears seemed confirmed from a skunky smell. A good head, otherwise average appearance. Luckily, the rest of this beer is well above average. An extremely aggressive taste. Slightly overwhelming. Dry but pronounced. A crazy malt backbone. Abrupt malt aggression - but still, even for a helles bock there is a certain softness. Sounds contradicting, I know, but a fantastic blend. Also, an underlying bitterness and great maltyness that sticks with you in a very pleasant fashion.

Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear deep golden color with moderate white head that slowly fell to a thin coating. Smell is very light with a slight wsweet maltiness present. Taste is firmly maltly with an alcohol presence also noted. Taste rapidly rapidly dissapears leaving only a vague alcohol taste. Maybe a bit of dryness at the finish. Average at bea=st. there are much better examples to be found.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice malty aroma that gives a small whiff of alcohol. There are also notes of a Czech pilsner with some spicy hop notes detected there also. Pours a beautiful light copper color that gives orange hues when held to the light. A small head forms but dissipates quickly leaving little to no lace. A good dose of hops bitterness hits the palate first then gives way to the malt towards the finish. A good froth in the mouth brings the true Bock to the forefront and the malty backbone is much more present. Surprisingly, I got a taste of tea or tannins that fit nicely with the malty sweetness. Almost a tamer version of Urbock 23 and a touch more drinkable.

Photo of jaluria
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a translucent, copper color with a strong, white colored head. The surface was covered in bubbles and a touch of lacing was left behind in my glass. Aroams of malt, dried fruit, and alcohol. The taste was a cross between malt liquor and a doppelbock with grain/bread unertones. Too sweet and unbalanced to really enjoy again and again. Nice texture with the heavy carbonation, but less than average drinkability.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a smallish glass mug the beer was a slightly dark golden color with one-finger of white head with a slight fluffines to it. No other outright signs of carbonation and no lacing throughout the sample.

The nose has a suprisingly grainy aroma upfront that gives way to a more true/average maibock aroma of sweet malt, candi sugar, mollasses and some slight maple.

Taste has a innitial sweet maltiness to it with a coating the mouth semi-rich consistancy. Still a lingering grainy taste near the end of each sip that seems out of place with the other flavors. A slightly rich and buttery finish with a sweet sugar finish.

Medium-full body with little carbonation.

An enjoyable beer but some slightly off flavors. Balance suffers a little from the grainy finish but the big innitial malt palate is nice.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. Bottle into a glass mug. The liquid is a rich amber. The head is off white with small bubbles. It fades quickly but not all the way leaving a thick covering of lace.

Smell is strong and bitter, very pleasing, some bready malt.

Taste is a biter blend of sharp hops, creamy malt, and tangy fruit. Spot on for the style.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, not too much fizz but a nice bite.

Drinkability is high with food. Slightly strong and bitey but a smooth creamy finish. Very nice. This was the first Mai bock of the season for me so I hope this about average rating will hold.

Prost! MK

Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale amber; the finger thick head is airy and off-white.

The smell is very malty whit sweet notes of white loaf. There are also some gentle notes of aroma hops and some bitterness.

The taste is also loaded with malt: The start is a bit dry, but it develops into a full-bodied sweet flavour with some earthy notes. The aftertaste? Still lots of malt but I also found some warming alcohol. The finish is a bit bittersweet with flowery notes.

The carbonation is medium-strong with medium sized bubbles that tickle the tongue.

Almost heavy. Malty. Exactly like a maibock should be like (on the other hand, this is THE maibock)!

Photo of soultrain
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hennipen glass. It's May: time for a Mai-Ur-Bock; why not, and love the bottle.

A-1" dirty lookin' head, but in a real good way, settles to a beautiful scum in under a minute. Beer is orange/amber with slow carbonation of bubbles workin' their way up through the shugga...
S-Sweetness, certainly; malts: definately. Smells great, even with no bracing hop appeal....
T-This beer is great. That was the first thought. This is one of those beers that is all about balance. It is refined, the flavor of the malts (caramel, sweet, but not too sweet) is really good, and this is a very well made brew. Sweetness of the malts and dryness of the alcohol cancel each other out in the taste, leaving behind thoughts like: "Damn, this brewer knows his stuff..." and: "Damn, this wouldn't be too easy to clone in a homebrew..." Obviously, while hops are artfully there: this beer is all about the malts....
M-Medium mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. A pleasure to quaff, sip, nurse, whatever. Good beer to crawl up into the rafters and ruminate with, if you know what I mean.
D-Do I want another? You know it. Somehow this isn't a session beer, in my book, though. It's a contemplative, subtle, smooth masterpiece, yet 1 or 2 is enough IMHO.

CRUX: EINBECKER MAI-UR-BOCK: GOOD SHIT BY ANY STANDARD, this really is a good beer, and I can't believe I haven't had it before now; the stubby bottle belies and comports a sophisticated brew, and one I shall return to when the mood strikes. The craft and skill that went into creating this brew is obvious. Recommended.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You cannot complain with this one. Last reviewer said it's a little skunky outta the bottle. That is accurate and is in no way reflective of the way this nice Maibock tastes. Very hoppy on the backend, nice and malty on the front. Nice fruity esthers with the only actual German Maibock I've had that is better, being Hofbrau's.

Photo of GClarkage
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/19/06- Purchased at Corti Bros. in Sacramento, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No freshness information located. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour, maybe a light amber. 3/4 inch foamy white head and realatively nice lacing.

Smell- At first it smells like it's skunked. After you pour and let it sit for a few minutes it smells fine. Odd. Smells fairly sweet with a good amount of caramel and hops.

Taste- Really haven't had that many Mai-bocks before. Very sweet, caramely and toffee infused. Bitter hoppy long lasting aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel- Lightly creamy, fuller mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Not sure this style is for me, but it wasn't bad. Need to try more to appreciate this style I guess.

Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden, with a tremendous white head that slowly falls leaving some nice lacework. The grainy aroma is rather bold. This beer has one of the best pure grain/malt aromas I've enjoyed in a beer. The flavor is malt accented, with a hint of honey, but not completely out of balance -- sweet, but not too sweet. The body is fairly full. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. A slightly dry finish helps combat the sweetness in this beer. Overall, an excellent example of a Maibock and one I'd certainly drink again.
Thanks to RedBaron for the sample.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Maibock is my favorite bock style, and this is a decent example of the style. Pours to fairly dark golden brown color with a thin white head that recedes to a film. Lacing is spotty.

The smell is fairly skunky (green bottle) and sweet. Nothing too particularly interesting. The taste is nice and crisp and clean. Good caramel flavor. A bit of a skunky hop flavor, but it works well with the maibock.

The body is medium with a nice crisp carbonation. It may be 6.5% but it still seems to pack a bit of a punch. Still quite drinkable. I'm looking forward to more maibocks coming out this spring.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle as shown.
Pours into my tulip glass (I want to concentrate those aromas!) a bronze-amber with a tight 2-finger off-white head. Inisde of the glass is lined with streams of tiny bubbles. Head tightens as it diminishes, sticking to the glass. Smell is malty, graham-cracker sweet. Hops are pine-metallic, very present. Great taste of malt, bitter malt, good hops, but not too dry: the malt sweetness stays. Pepper and spice in the back of the throat. Crisp clean palate, with a somewhat dry, fairly long bitter finish. Nice round mouthfeel, with plenty of soft carbonation that fills the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Very easy to drink, way too easy for a bock -- the 6.5% is definitely sneaky.
This beer is just outside Germany's top 25, a couple of hundredths away from the elite, and that means it's pretty good. I've review 22 of those 25, and I think this is in MY top 25. Go get some!
Props to MABZ for including 4 of these with a couple of Gose in a trade for two of Avery's The Beast Grand Cru. Sorry The Beast killed your tongue!

Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a large German kick lately this one mades its way into the stockpile. Short green bottle, decent enough graphics, foiled bottle cap. Copper color, carbonation sticks to the sides of the glass and slowly rolls up. Frothy white head and plenty of lacing.

Like the other brew I've had from this brewery it had a distinctive skunk to it but it was far from spoiled. Tasted like a caramel covered apple in that the malt profile is huge and lucious and there is a sweetness that is subtle like an apple. Hops have a tough time competing but they do come out mostly towards the finish giving way in the aftertaste to a charging sweetness. Alcohol can be warming in the lingering finish which for this beer fits nicely.

I found this gritty enough to work for a high malt brew, and would not hesitate to buy again and again when available.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce green bottle- No freshness or bottled on date.

Pours into the glass a golden copper color with a short-lived off-white head. Spotty lace.

Very aromatic bouquet. Sweet and skunky. Spicy floral, perfumy hops and alcohol.

Taste is very similar to the smell with the added note of a fruit juice I can't quite identify. Sweet and skunky are two words I don't usually use in the same sentence. That's what I got.

I tend to avoid beers that have skunky tendencies ( Hieneken, Grolsch, etc.). This one I didn't mind so much, well balanced and quite palatable.

Medium bodied, carbonation was active.

Photo of kgotcher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small 11oz green bottle. Pours an orange/straw color with big fluffy head. Lots of malt and some moderate noble hop aroma. Full body mouthfeel is dry with a bit of a sour and alchoholic finish. Taste is malty and rich but the very dry mouthfeel has a kind of metallic aftertaste. This beer wanted to taste really good but for some reason it was off. Maybe it was past its prime or due to the green bottle was a bit light struck. A very nice bock but I have a feeling it could be better. Definately will give this one another try.

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.