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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 250
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 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
Photo of RedDiamond
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very soft effervescence that produces an attractive head of delicate white suds. It is mostly clear with a deep yellow-gold color that turns oaken brown in more restrained lighting. Provides a modest lageresque nose of simple malts.

Tastes like a clean, respectable lager with very functional properties all around. Leaves some decent lace too.

On the whole, this is not a great standout beer, but a drinkable one nonetheless. Has a nice mouthfeel. Leaves no yeast residues in the green 0.33 liter bottle.

RedDiamond, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Hefe
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/26/2004 bottle had no freshness or bottled on date marked. Although the dates on the back ended with 2001, this made me a wee bit nervous, but as this badboy was free, not too nervous.

Appearance: Amber and hazy, with a strong fluffy head that eventually fell back into a nice sticky lace.

Smell: Grassy/herbal with a funk underlying the hops.

Taste: Wheaty malty with a grassy edge and a nice bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little agressively carbonated to begin with but it calmed down after a little. Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Doesn't show the 8.5 abv at all. Very drinkable

Hefe, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed pale golden yellow in color, thin whitish head not withstanding any staying power, thin collar remains and very minimal whispy strings of lace stick. Aroma has a sweetish bread malt tone thats sort of pale or dull, a bit candyish too in its sweetness. Taste is more of the same with a mild subdued presense of pale sweetness, lightly breadish, a bit of an acute bittering with a slight herbalness to its hops. Pleasingly mild taste. Feel is about medium bodied with a light frothy texture and finish that ends a bit dry. A reserved in pale sweetness overall with this Mai-bock makes it a bit bland but its actully quite tasty and becomes better as it warms where some of the breadish tones float in more.

tavernjef, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper-colored color. Pillowy whitehead develops then disappears just as quickly leaving fair amount of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet malt and liquor with some bitter but herbal hop notes.
Flavor of caramel, slightly roasted sweet malt that transitioned well into a spciy alcoholic bitter finish. Very nice balance.
Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery but pleasant.
Drinkability was high but probably dangerous given relatively high ABV.

CRJMellor, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of 57andcounting
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't reviews beers often, but this beer is not bad. Pours a nice head, but short-lived head. Has a nice malty (if that's a word) smell. A nice smooth flavor. Only a 11. 2 oz. bottle, but at 6.5, kick your butt. You can drink more then one of these and it is worthwhile getting a few bottles when available.

57andcounting, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber color with basically no head but left lots of lace in the glass. The aroma was of pale malt and I couldn't detect much else. The flavor in this beer comes out and attacks your tastebuds! It is intense. At first it threw me off but I really began to like this one once I got used to it. I can definietly tell this is a german beer with the german malts and it seemed yeasty, earthy hops are strong too but not too bitter. A strong beer that will kick your taste buds ass.

granger10, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I'm not sure how fresh this is. The best before years on the back of the bottle range from 99 to 01. Maybe they just printed too many labels:-) Ok, here goes.
Pours a solid off white head that holds up pretty well. Hazy, light amber in color. The aroma is a mildly malty, and just a little sweet. Sweet caramel malt in the taste is held in check by smooth spicy hoppiness. The finish is lightly bitter and alcoholic. An interesting, mildly strong beer. Definitely a good beer for a lounging around on a cool sunny breezy day.

HappyHourHero, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber body. Frothy off-white head refuses to completely fade and leaves a lovely weave of lace.
Smell: Big, slightly toasted caramel malt, bready tones, and subtle herbal hops. No hint of skunk.
Taste: This would make a heck of a breakfast beer... warm, toasty, sweet-but-not-overly-so malt. Semi-dry hop finish allows the malt aftertate to linger. Simple. Good. Notes of skunk start to emerge as it warms... not offensive, though.
Mouthfeel: Rich, borderline chewy, carbonation level and micro-bubble size nicely supportive.
Drinkability: Crisper than the big malt taste and feel would suggest. Very drinkable and consistent (straight marks). A nice bock.

DagFishHead, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle noted best before date of 9/12/02 (sampled 10/20/03 thank you very much Flying Saucer Nashville) and states 8.5% alcohol. Please note my sample was way overdue.
Aroma: Smells like Grolsch, best I can do.
Appearance: Deep orange with a modest off white head.
Flavor: Balance on the hops, but again, tasted like Grolsch. Not bad, but didn’t blow my hair back.
Mouthfeel: Rich mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body
Overall Impression: Was hoping to educate myself about the Maibock style with this, but never really got a feel for the style. Seemed like any other lager. I’ll keep looking. It did hide the alcohol well.

HardTarget, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of shippos
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured with a pale orangy color with a nice thick dense head. spicy hop aroma or maybe a little skunky because of teh green bottle. sweet maltyness is poking through in the background. very smooth, balanced mouthfeel with a nice hoppy bite to cut through the malt in the aftertaste. excellent beer, definetly worth trying again.

shippos, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Einbecker Mai-Urbock

Pours a pale golden yellow with very active carbonation. Aromas are sweet, caramel, and grassy. First sip is grassy with a slight metallic finish. Metal fades and gives way to a balanced grain profile and a nice bitter hop finish. This was a medium bodied pale bock with a moderate drinkability.

TripelJ, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored bock with lots of hops.. seemed odd for a mai bock.. it is very floral and has a nice appearance with good carbonation and some malt in the finish.. it is fairly smooth and drinkable for thse who enjoy hoppy bocks.. mouthfeel is good just the flavor had me shocked with the hoppiness. Skunky nose to start and remains throughout.. green bottles may be the culprit.

bierman2000, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy straw colored brew with a little bubbly white head that died to a lace pretty quickly. Aromas of grains and a bit of fruit make up the nose of this one.

I was pretty unimpressed with this brew. It was crisp and tingly. The bready malt flavor really overpowered any chance of a nice hop flavor to this brew. It was definitely a good beer and was very drinkable, but it was not what I wanted. Definitely a much different brew than other Maibocks sampled to date.

ElGuapo, May 31, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a little head.

The sweet smell of caramel malts pours out of the top of the glass. Hop aroma is strong, which is very nice. A citrus aroma is also very strong. I can not wait for the first sip.

A strong alcohol flavor is what I first taste. The citrus flavor is also there with a hint of clove, and earthy musty hits the palatte. Hop flavor is very strong which is very pleasing.

The light to medium body makes this a very drinkable beer.


kunzbrew, May 27, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt aroma with German hops wafting up. This beer is all about the malt and alcohol - hops play a supporting role - adequate but always at the back of the stage. Malt takes the spotlight with some herbal sweetness. Alcohol flavors are just one step behind, wrestling with the hops for second stage. My bottle was about 7 months beyond the "best before" date (didn't think to check until I got got home) but the beer seems to have held up well - no oxidized or sulfur flavors, even in a green bottle.

Brent, May 07, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pure white long lasting head on gold/amber body. Respectable lacing.

Aroma: The alcohol kicks off quite a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: The taste is quite different than the aroma. Hit with chewy tannins at first. Surprising little floral aroma or flavor for this much bitterness. Medium malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness lasts quite a while, though there is a chewiness that I cannot get over.

Drinkability: High. This beer has more drinkability that its score would lead you to imagine. The sweetness brings the glass back to my lips.

Naerhu, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially this brew comes across as a tad unruly with alcohol the dominant presence, both in aroma and taste. By the second, third and forth gulp the hops begin to assert themselves and take center stage. The amber/orange color stands alone in the beer world. I had to keep looking at it and holding it to different lights and upgrading my initial appearance rating. The taste is extremely complex, that too required a raise in points. The ample malt body never achieves a platform of its own. It instead plays a wonderful supporting role to the competing stars. The off white head’s performance is marvelous, though brief. Einbecker, by the way, is the inventor of the bock style. Because I was unsure of my ability to accurately rate this unusual style beer with one bottle, I found it necessary drink a second.

BeerResearcher, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber glass beneath a sandy foam that fades at a quick pace.
Nose of grain, alcohol, sulphur and slight caramel sweetness.
Taste is very sweet, with both the alcohol and the caramel (vienna?) malts surfacing intially. This results in a cumbersome syrup-like impression. Welcomed interjections of fruitiness. Flashes of grain enter just prior to the oxidized notes of metal and sulpur. These flavors dominated what seemed to be a likeable spicy hop closure. Rides out boozy and sticky.
A hefty brew for sure, but not among my Maibock favorites, even considering this bottle was clearly past it's prime.

cokes, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great vibrant reddish amber color.
Aromas are improbably concentrated...drenched with honey, sticky green/yellow herbs, cocoa, toffee, pine nuts...
On the palate it glides across in a viscous display of rich, roasted nut flavor combined with abrupt, tarry hops, sweet caramel and cedar. Wow.
I never had a bock with so much structure.

putnam, Jan 29, 2003
Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.