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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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357 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 357
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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Gagnonsux, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
4.33/5  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.

unklesyd, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

TastyTaste, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of malty
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

malty, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

WesWes, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

carln26, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Sammy, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

horndecker, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of schemb
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Redbones. I expected a buttoned up, technically good, bock type German. I got a strange and pleasant surprise. Wait I know that taste...what the heck is it ?
Its almond beer ! I have had beer that tastes like (but was not made with) blueberries (Old Foghorn on Tap), oranges (Thomas Hardy), grapefruit (any one of a number of Sierras), etc. but this is my first almond surprise. It meets my mark of welcome surprise: you keep on drinking it to continually retest your hypothesis.

schemb, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hmm, I think lucky me was able to sip this one fresh off the boat (it sure tasted that way). I had three of these, and looking at the abv, yeah that's about right. Had this one at 'bones last evening, and it was yummy (heard we weren't supposed to use that adjective, so get ready to see it a lot from now on). The color was Munich amber (go look, see what that could be), topped with a frothy tan head (nice pour!). I even had rings of lace left through-out my glass. The light, brown bready aroma was pleasant. Tingly carbonation was the initial impression, and the malt was slightly sweet, which was nicely kept in check by the crispness of the carbonation. No real bitterness to speak of, but again: no syrupy notes detected either. Spot on, and a bit dangerous for me having three. Very very good.

PatandDavid, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of KroMagnon
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a pretty pale orange-golden color and has a nice, lush off-white head that sends a thin sheet of belgian lace around the glass as it falls. The head is very rocky as well, a good sign. The aroma is a nice solid malt, almost candy like, with a faint hint of hops. This one has a touch of skunkiness - its in a green bottle, I still don't understand why they do that. Anyway it isn't too bad so I rush in and take a sip. I get a full, strong maltiness that is balanced with a touch of hop flavor and a good bitterness to keep the malty sweetness in check. I get a slight hint of caramel as well but that's pretty much it. The beer alcohol level (6.5% by volume) seems pretty well hidden. Awesome!

KroMagnon, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a lot lighter than I expected. Sort of a deep golden color with a minimal white head that soon dissapates to nothing but a fine covering. Smelled a little bit light struck, but there was a sweet malty aroma as well. Very sweet on the initial taste, but a little bit of spice is present as the brew warms to room temp. A little bit of alcohol is noticable. Mouthfeel is a little sticky. Not a bad beer, just not the best I've ever had. I might revisit this sometime in the future, but nothing is compelling me to buy anymore of this at the moment.

soper2000, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber beer.

Smell is malty and grassy with a light fruity and herbal aroma.

Taste is bitter up front with a malty and fruity side taste ends with a solid second bitter bite. Don't notice the alcohol a first then you wonder why your throat feels warm.

Good Mouthfeel.

A good stronger German beer, Gutsy level of hoping results in a noticeably different beer from Germany.

Zorro, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of yen157
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice, rich gold with creamy off-white head. German hop nose along with some Munich malt. Sweet up front in the mouth followed by some spicy hops and alcohol. Pleasant, firm bitterness followed by an almost lacto-sweet fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little harsh from rough carbonation. Good body. One of the great maibocks. Right up there with Hofbrau and Ramstein, yes Ramstein.

yen157, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold beer witha finger thick white head which subsided quickly. Aroma was of light toasty malt flavors that finished dry. The flavor began with a noble hop bitterness which was completly covered up with malt flavor soon after. A clean dry light malt flavor is the predominent character of this beer's flavor. The finish is full of lingering hop bitterness that reminds one of a fien German Pils. Body is medium wieh a bit of a carbonic bite. Overall I was not impressed with this brew as it seemed more like an out of balance Pils that a smooth Bock. A bit too much hop for rhe style and too light on the malt flavors as well. It is hard to criticize this beer, as Einbeck is wherer the Bock style originated but I believe that this beer is not a perfect pale bock.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a medium copper color with half a finger of head. There is minimal lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with a good caramel base. Just a touch of hops present. The taste is malty, with a good amount of alcohol coming through. A toffee sweetness and a bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and thick. The drinkability is pretty good too for 6.5%. A decent Maibock.

SheepNutz, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark honey color with a 1" head made of very fine bubbles. Good lacing.
Smell is just roasted malt, couldn't pick up anything else in the smoky atmosphere of the pub.
Taste is much more though, roasted malt, smoky, alcohol later on and some hops near the end.
A medium bodied beer of good complexity. Very drinkable, oy vey, was it ever drinkable!

PorterLambic, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A gorgeous head of eggshell colored foam rises from the first pour of this beer. Slowly bubbling down and settling into a Swiss cheese lace that barely clings to the sides of the glass. The beer itself is golden orange in color, shining bright and clear when held up to the light. A soft and uniform carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass to merge with now receding head.

The aroma is fresh with new grass, lemons and a sharp graininess.

The first sip goes down so smoothly that I’m not even sure I took a sip. The second and subsequent sips bring smiles to my face. For being a stronger beer, it goes down like water. The flavors are assertive with hints of grapefruit bitterness from the hops pairing equally well with the solid body of sweet grainy malts. Nice body and overall a superbly made brew that any beer geek would be happy to taste.

Thoroughly enjoyable!

pezoids, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at KClinger's. The color was golden, with a wispy white head. The smell was honey sweet. The taste started with a honey in the sweet and then a strong noble hoppiness came into the taste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, this was an excellent one and one I would love to have several of.

Probably my 2nd favorite Maibock of the season (after Penn's fantastic offering). A nice hop presence was a nice change of pace after the super honey-sweet offerings of most others. Quite good, and certainly one that I'll have again.

beergeek279, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after separating from the 12 ounce green bottle set in the glass a translucent deep gold color, the head is portly in size, the texture semi-creamy, and the color a very light tan white with the residual lace a thick and clinging sheet to the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp to the senses, start is ambrosial, nice malt presence, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a brisk acidity with a mild hops presence, very dry and lingering aftertaste, nice mild and drinkable beer

Gusler, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange amber body with a two finger offwhite head that is somewhat rocky, and retains well. Moderate, patch lacing coats the glass.

Interestingly, the aroma varies from bottle to bottle, from the six pack I bought. From an assertive caramel maltiness, to a euroskunk hop dominence, out of the same sixer. The euroskunk hop note is not pervasive like a Heineken, and appears as a noble hop, herbal and forest woodsy, in all but a couple of the bottles.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

The taste has a sweeping malt dominence, with caramel flavors all over the palate. Hops bitterness keeps this well balanced, although the character of the hops varies, as previously noted. Some citrusy lemonrind and pine appear, at times, so I can understand how some could be reminded of Cascade hops. As this warms, the bock maltiness takes over, with suggestions of dark fruits and molasses. Caramel and toffee flavors are here, start to finish, but vary in intensity. Some apple and pear flavors are also picked up underneath, at times. Finish is dry and clean, with an herbal hops aftertaste.

Overall, this is nicely drinkable. The occasional, euroskunk aromas probably result from the end bottles in the six pack being lightstruck in their green glass. Very nice representation of the style.

merlin48, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first attempt at a Maibock style beer. I've always associated bocks with dark, malty brews and the thought of a pale beer with the same assertiveness has intrigued me for quite some time. Einbecker's Mai-Ur-Bock is a pretty interesting brew altogehter.

This beer pours a nice golden amber color with a decent 2 finger foam that lasts for a little over a minute. The smell was dissapointingly a bit on the light side. There was a slight hint of skunk (wasn't too lightstruck I guess), along with some caramel malt sweetness, some grain huskiness, and a light citric hoppiness in the nose. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. Flavors of alcohol are present in a low, tolerable amount. The beer has a decent, caramel malt presence to it but the hops is what really caught my attention. Strangely, comparisons with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale came to mind. I doubt Cascades were used, but the same hop characteristics seemed to be there: a citric, lime-like presence with a bit of piney flavors. A bit drying and bitter as it goes down the hatch. The hop presence and dryness continues on into the aftertaste, although I could swear there was some huskiness and corn-like flavors present too. The alcoholic warmth is on the low-moderate level.

This is a beer that's worth trying at least once, and it might surprise the taster. Not a top 50 beer by any stretch, but good enough that it's a decent choice if you're at your favorite beer store and having trouble deciding what to get.

Beastdog75, May 19, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer sure looks nice. A deep, caramel tinged golden with an attractive just off white head, is accented by lace that kind of just sits there looking pretty. Aromas are deeply malty with some residual sweetness. This is a mouthfull of beer. Chewy in texture, it is perhaps a tad syrupy, and somewhat cloying, but a very distinct hop bitter is on hand throughout and evens things out to some degree. The beer went very well with homeade pretzels. On its own, without food though, this is a beer that I'll be happy with just one.

moulefrite, May 12, 2004
Photo of oggg
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a green light-vulnerable bottle. It pours a clear amber orange. The head frothed up aggressively with a dense small bubbled character. It dies rapidly. There is dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It is not advertised as bottle conditioned, so I don't know what that stuff is. Surely not hops in a bock...

The aroma was shockingly of Heineken. Strangely, it faded a bit as I sipped on, and by the end I was getting a lot of caramel.

The taste was extremely malty, not cloying, just very malty. No bitterness from hops. No stringency from the alcohol.

The alcohol was subtle. Medium to full bodied. Somehow finishes without being syruppy.

The aroma sucked, but perhaps it was a bit skunked. Otherwise it was extremely smooth and drinkable. I'm turning into a hophead, so I'd prefer something with hops, but this brew is very well refined for the style. I will ding this beer for the smell right now; I'll have to try it again -- but the smell is the only thing I didn't like.

oggg, Apr 30, 2004
Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.