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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
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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 GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

GClarkage, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

marcobrau, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

neonbrown82, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

ColoradoBobs, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

DogFood11, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

EvilKeith, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

kgotcher, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
3.63/5  rDev -4%

pours a dirty golden color with a white head with clingy thin lace. very small carbonation bubbles.

aroma is a bit skunky as well as freshly mown hay, not sure if this beer is a tad light struck or if it is just the hops.

taste is very good, malt dominates with a nice balance of noble hops for bittering. very much the standard mai bock taste.

mouthfeel is thin but not unpleasant.

overall, this is a good beer, i guess i expected something a bit more spectacular but it is certainly nothing to pass up if you get the chance to try it.

evanackerman, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of StAnthony
4.8/5  rDev +27%

My first Maibock. Ah...the memories. So, so smooth. Deep, rich bronze color with apleasant texture that just lingers on the tounge. You know...even for traveling half way around the world and being out of season (it was mid winter), this may quite possibly be the best bottled beer I've ever had. And it's the original! From the last of the great Einbecker breweries.

StAnthony, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Likely the best Mailbock I've had. Poured out to a medium orange color with a full white foamy head. No lacing noted. Medium level of carbonation. Initial aroma is very skunky, but a second sniff brings forth the real smells; fresh grass and mild malt mixed with a ghost hoppiness. Taste is a welcome suprise from what I was expecting after the smell; lots of sweet malt, some grain and hops, with an overall fresh cut grass character. Nice. Mouthfeel was smooth and almost slick. Good drinkability. This would be even better on tap I bet (or at least in a bottle that isn't green). Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of marksto
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

The Einbecker brewery is to bock beer what Pilsner Urquell is to pilsner – that is, historically they are credited as being one of the originators of the style. Their products are a must-try for anyone wishing to understand and appreciate bockbier. Einbecker Maibock (particularly when served on draft) lives up to the brewery’s reputation by being a classic German pale bock.

Serves a dark golden color with a big pillowy head that lasts. This beer is big and malty like a bock should be. Very clean, with a slight toastiness to offset the sweetness from the malt. Just enough hop to offset the sweetness as well. It's so smooth you may not notice the considerable alcoholic strength at first, but after a few you’ll have no problem recognizing it… A very good beer, highly recommended.

marksto, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of jonnylieberman
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%

Pours from a goofy green bottle (when will they learn!?) into my tulip glass. Fat, thick white head lingers for a long time. Great lacing. A nice copper/orange color that really looks good in bright light. Only, I thought Maibocks were supposed to be even lighter?

Smells like: A high gravity lager. Which, unfortunately for me will always be tainted by the night when I was 18 and drank 5 40s of Crazy Horse... Anyhow, good malt is present and there is even some Hallertau-like hop spice/perfume. Not bad. Not overwhelming, either. Could be less faint.

Taste: Bitter. Interesting. Good malt, but definately has to compete with the hops. I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers using Continental hops -- they always taste to mediciny. Also, this beer seems to be lacking the decocted mash-attack of many bocks. Though the taste is complex. Still, when I think bock I think malt extravaganza. This beer is too spicey and possibly skunked.

Mouthfeel: Fairly severe carbonation. Medium bodied with a good roundness. Sharp attack on the tip of your tongue is not unwelcomed, but is not really to style, either.

Drinkability: What should be really malty and sweet is more bitter and perfumey, even medicine-like. Not going to wake up and crave this beer.

jonnylieberman, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

Rich, dusky orange-copper with amber edges. Mai-Ur-Bock looks like an IPA. The ecru lid started out as if it would disappear in a big hurry, appears to have had a sudden change of heart and is now a tight-bubbled two fingers. Jagged sheets of lace resemble fake snow sprayed onto a windowpane. I like the look.

The nose is really nothing special. It's blond malty with a fair amount of musty, musky, earthy hops. In other words, a fairly typical maibock/helles bock. I find beer of this style difficult to like because there's nothing to hang my hat on, no aromas or flavors that really appeal to me. The fact that this one smells like a Euro pale lager doesn't help.

Ditto the flavor. Mai-Ur-Bock tastes like a higher alcohol version of an especially malty EPL. I'm amazed to see that the ABV is only 6.5%. It tastes a few percentage points higher and is the warmingest beer of this ABV that I can remember. The alcohol isn't unmasked exactly, it's just extremely noticeable.

The malt has a stainless steel caramel flavor. Caramel malt usually imparts a sweet, inviting character. Not here. This beer isn't so sweet and is unyielding and standoffish. Maybe it's the hops. A generous load of nobles brings a fair amount of bitterness to bear, although I'm not too thrilled with their flavor contribution. I'm sure there are those who like this combination of flavors. I'm not among them.

The finish lingers for a bit, but since I'm not groovin' on what led up to that finish, that's not necessarily a positive. I like the mouthfeel. It's as firm as the flavor, yet has a rounded edges aspect that connotes quality. This is a drinkable little beer, provided you like what you're drinking.

Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock is decent. If you like this style, though, I suggest you seek someone else's opinion of its worthiness. Someone who enjoys and appreciates maibocks/helles bocks more than I do. Just about anyone will do.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of fromage
3.63/5  rDev -4%

I wasn't particularly impressed with this one, but I'm still learning as far as the subtle german beers go. Not sure how old this one was. I think it was from this May. Poured a dark amber, transparent, not too much carbonation. Difficult initially to get a head, but quickly errupted in a half-creamy, half-rocky one. Smell was mostly strong grassy hops. Just a hint of caramel. Very sweet taste, a bit of honey, but a great deal of refreshing hop bite. Smell faded for me quickly. Not too complex, just sweet and refreshing, a little caramel or toffee. Medium-weak mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Hard to compare to others, so a bit hard to review for the style!

fromage, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Gruntlumber
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

A truely awesome brew we have here. I poured it in an oversized thin red wine glass which emphasized its hazy figure and copper hue. Delicious in every regard; some think caramel and some think honey, but I'd say a combination of both to achieve a supremely balanced malty sweetness. I expected more of that signature German skunk quality, which I've grown to like in a way, but this had very little. Very drinkable and very simply good. I'll be getting more of this.

Gruntlumber, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

Mai-Ur-Bock should be served very cool @ 48F from a traditional footed tumbler or steinkrug. This beer pours up full and lacy with a thick long lasting, fluffy white head. The color is deep golden which offsets the whitish head perfectly. The sweet, grainy aroma is truly wonderful! Hints of fresh baked bread, toasted sesame crackers and carrot cake come to mind. The underlying maltiness is subtle, but lingers way into the finish. The hop bitterness is finely tuned to evenly match the sweet grainy qualities to create a superb balance. The medium-full bodied brew is very creamy and hides its goat strength well. This is a classic seasonal beer that simply shouldn't be missed! Enjoy Mai-Ur-Bock as an apertif or pair it with soft & rich creamy cheese such as Bierkase, Butterkase or the saltier Weisslacker with some cracked peppercorn crackers.

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

This is a sweet beer... I repeat, this is a sweet beer. OK, now that that's out of the way, I'll say I happen to like sweet beers. And Maibock has become one of my favorite styles.
This beer is a nice amber/orange with a thick fluffy head that reduces to a thin ring after a few sips. Smells like caramel and freshly milled malted barley with a touch of orange and fig. The taste is quite extraordinary -- sweet grains leap out at you, coated with caramel, and rolled in candied pecans. A slight bubbl-gum fruitiness greets you in the middle, and the finish is bitter, drying, and somewhat chalky enough to keep this from being cloying. Some spicy Saaz or other German varietal comes back in the burps. Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be, and drinkability is excellent. There are a couple of other Maibocks I like better because they have a bit more bitterness, but this is a fine, fine example.

bultrey, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a clear light brown with copper highlights with a dense creamy ivory head. Lacy as hell, sticky sheets of lace. Smells of light caramel and molasses and some hops.

Taste is rich caramel malt. very malty and lightly fruity. Nice hoppy bite for balance in the finish. Mouth is lightly sticky but really refreshing at the same time. Oh so tasty. A pleasant surprise.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%

I was VERY impressed with this beer.

I'm not very familiar with the style, but Einbecker is well-respected given their history and longevity.

My sample had a very impressive, massive head that lingered as I drank my beer. Outstanding considering the beer is filtered.

The aroma was wonderful too. A nice nose of strong noble hops, with definite solid malt undertones.

The taste was very-well balanced, with an emphasis on the hops in the beginning, but a slight lean toward the malt in the finish.

A medium-bodied brew that I found very drinkable, and I highly recommend this rare style to anyone who comes across it.

Sixpoint, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Gathered my socks up with this one on 6/21/2005. 16-oz. pint pour at Redbones, Davis Square.

Took a while to pour due to foaming issues, but all was well within three or four minutes. 1/4-inch foam drops to a rain fly of coating with stick everywhere. Light orange, still hue, with 100% clarity and a nice show. Kind of a soapy caramel malt on nose but with a cleansing malt tinge and just a bit of woodiness. Almost a brown ale creaminess on the mouth to this one, but that’s tempered by the expected malt crunch and muted but also very present alcohol hit.

Pleasant, and might order another, although with the large tap selection I moved along.

Truh, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of redmosquito
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

A nice beer in a neat little bottle that reminds me of a brew kettle. The beer pours a clear golden copper with a persistent white head. The aroma starts out with minerals up front then fades away with bready malt hinting at nutty Munich malt, and a little fruity yeast in the background. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is clean malt bready to caramel to nutty then a lingering sweet finish. The beer has a nice body, and a surprising amount of carbonation which isn't too intrusive. Overall this was a great Maibock, and one I'll look for in stores.

redmosquito, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

Using a Czech pils glass for enjoying this beer, it pours a clear and appetizing light amber color with thin wispy head. Very attractive beer.

Nose is carmel malt all the way, with some fresh baking bread notes in the background. Again very appetizing. It simply makes you yearn, yes yearn.

On the palate the alcohol has a commanding presence but this is somewhat expected with the style. Toasted brown sugar and caramelly malt flavors dominate, but the focus on the flavor shifts quickly to appreciating it's medium to light body refreshing quality as it goes down. Flavors linger but it still manages to present itself as a thirst quenching, highly drinkable beer.

A very balanced example of this style compared to others I have sampled that are too alcoholic or have nothing to balance out the malt.

yemenmocha, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of nfisher
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

This is my first introduction to the maibock style. I love malty high ABV Belgians and thought this would be a nice entry point to branch out into other styles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance is medium golden amber with a thick loose head that settles quickly, leaving a lasting lace in the glass. The nose is sweet, with caramel and raisin aromas. Taste is more of the same, with added notes of dried berries and molasses. The sweetness however is balanced out by very herbal hops and an alcohol kick that makes this beer seem stronger than its actual 6.5% ABV. The noticeable alcohol is not unpleasant, and actually seems to help the beer finish much drier than I expected. Still sweet, but not cloying. Clean lingering finish. Very drinkable.

All in all, a good introduction to the style. Recommended.

nfisher, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
3.63/5  rDev -4%

330 ml bottles, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget). I drank the first bottle at cellar temperature, the second one at fridge temp. Extremely powerful mouthfeel in both cases, you’d think the beer was much stronger than its 6.5% ABV (in a blind test I’d probably say 10-11%). This means that the alcohol dominates, but the malts and hops are evident too. Colour is deep golden / amber, large white head. Moderate aroma of spices, caramel, molasses and hops, some oak and leather too. Moderately sweet with a dry and bitter hoppy finish. I preferred the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel to this one.

Sigmund, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +5.8%

The color is honey amber with a very good head. The aroma is straight-foward, all inviting caramel malts. The primary taste here is caramel malt which is backed up with a hop bite and herbal flavors. Herbal taste is most pronounced in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is very tasty and almost addictive. Sadly, this is the only true German maibock I've seen in the US. I would really like to try a bunch of different beers in this style for comparison.

Gagnonsux, Apr 23, 2005
Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.