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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | 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 StAnthony
4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marksto
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jonnylieberman
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fromage
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of Gruntlumber
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bultrey
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Truh
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nfisher
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Poured out a beautiful true yellow-side amber, a little less head than expected, but retained what it had for the duration.
Terrific bouquet of strawberries, munich malt, hint of alcohol, and subdued nobles.
Taste matched the nose. The hops were noticable, but not overly biting, nor were they present in any real flavor, letting the malt do the work.
I was excited to try this brew and it did not let me down. Its real strength is the smell, though its taste was wonderful as well.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear bronze color, visible carbonation streams. Grassy malts in the nose, earthy and lightly hopped. Taste is full and thick with grassy malt and alcohol with a sharp shot of hops on the backside. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated only as well as it neeeds to be. I like this beer, a good Maibock, with a european flavor that I haven't seen from a maibock before.

Photo of malty
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. somewhat squatty bottle with green foil cap - no freshness date.

Nice deep copper - golden color with a slight chill haze. Clean white head.

Scents of grass/hay with carmel notes and faint fruit.

Crisp flavors of chewy malt along with an appropriate dose of dry hops to balance it quite nicely. Very earthy notes also: grass, hay, husk & grain. Molasses and carmel flavors bring in the rear.

Mouthfeel is very clean with a medium body with a medium amount of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is up there in that the alcohol isn't at all apparent. Again, a clean bock by all means.

This is my kind of session beer. Malty & clean - unintrusive and friendly. This could easily be my trusty companion while slaving over the charcoal Weber this spring. Would love to have this along side of a German sausage platter- -yum!

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity, dry yeast aroma. It is sweet and creamy. The taste is good. It has a strong malty flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It has a sweet, yet breadlike taste goes down easy and finishes earthy and dry with a slight skunkiness. This is an odd taste, but I like the idea. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation and a bit of warmth. This is a solid beer. It has real malt character and a style all it's own; a good drinker.

Photo of carln26
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear gold to amber colored beer with a thin white head that settled quickly in the beer. The aroma has a strong crisp hop character (Hallertau?) with a backbone of malt. The malt lends a toffee character to the nose. Very crisp taste caught on the tip of the tongue. Definitely lager style hops lend this to the flavor. A richness and a delicate sweetness follows. This is certainly a crisp Maibock. Nice lace left down the glass as I sip the beer. Very good balance of crisp lager character and bock sweetness. As you would expect, a very taught mouth feel. Good drinkability.

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent though not exceptional brew any time,smooth medium mouthfeel, and a bitter aftertaste with a crisp tingling tongue. Golden yellow and a white tan lace and initially very creamy pour. A warm weather ale, and with 11 degrees on January 1st, that was fine.

Photo of horndecker
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper - like the polished copper kettle it was no doubt brewed in, with a large dense off white head that lingered through the first few minutes, leaving a bit of lace and a dusting of froth. Slightly cloudy which eventually clears somewhat.
In the nose it's a lot of sweet malt aromas, with a bit of sharp something hoppy. A hint of grapefruit occasionally.
The first taste is of sweet malt and bready, with a dry beautifully bitter finish, a wonderful balance. Oddly enough it has a striking resonance with a saison or biere de garde - that herbal bitterness that wipes the slate clean and readies you for the next sip. It's simpler though, uncomplicated.
The mouthfeel is juicy and full. Very drinkable, and at 6.5% not too big a commitment of resources that you couldn't have a few.
I loved this beer, and will try and keep a few on hand whenever I can.

Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a brilliant, shiny orange in color with a big, beautiful white puffy head. This is one of the best-looking bock beers that I have ever seen.

Smell – The light, simple malts carry the day here. I can also pick up some straight refined table sugar notes.

Taste – The big, sugary malts are out in force here. I thought I caught a glimpse of fruitiness at the finish but this is mainly a very simple, sugary malty Maibock.

Mouthfeel – This is big, medium-bodied at least, with a sticky mouthfeel that is kind of slick along the cheeks. There’s a light dryness that rounds things out.

Drinkability – This is a big but simple hearty bock.

Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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