DAB Maibock - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
DAB Maibock has light yellow colour and an almost neon complexion. It becomes so brightly illuminated when held up to the light I'm confident it might glow in the dark. Though clear there is some chill haze perceived. A pearl white head blossoms from the pour but gradually withers.
Maibocks look as light as standard lagers and are every bit as simple too, but they offer a much taller, fuller flavour. It has less to do with specific ingredients - both share the same ingredients list: plain, ordinary pilsner malt - but rather with the quality and quantity of those ingredients.
The best German malts, even the palest of pale, are full or rich flavour. Enough have been added to DAB Maibock to give it a lightly sweet, distinctly bready perfume. The taste follows suit with the flavour of lightly toasted white country bread. There's not much else to note; there's little hoppiness, although fruity esters are perceived at low levels.
Equally important are those things not noted: sugar, harsh ethanol, corn syrup or other industrial adjuncts. This full-bodied lager is clean as a whistle and, overlooking the broader frame, doesn't publish a fraction of the 7%; this makes a 'stronger' impression because of the breadth of its malt, not that of its alcohol content. It's tremendously quaffable.
Maibocks (aka Helles Bocks) are closely associated with the spring and, obviously, the month of May specifically. They're perfectly designed lagers for that time of year: enough strength and sweet and wholesome maltiness to ward off the cool weather, but also enough refreshment and a sunny golden complexion to usher in the warmer months. DAB's is a good one.
Serving type: can
12-31-2013 00:59:39 | More by biegaman
3.59/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
500 mL can picked up at TBS; best before March 2014. Bocks are a fairly rare species in these parts, and maibocks specifically are no exception - in fact, out of the 500+ beers I've tried, I think I've only had one or two examples of this style. Naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try a new one. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with one inch of frothy, foamy white head that slowly seeps away, coating the glass with a messy swath of lacing as it does so. Decent aroma - lots of bready malts and some honey sweetness, in addition to toasted biscuits, white grapes and a whiff of ethanol. Suitable for the style, but nothing particularly interesting going on.
I have similarly neutral feelings toward the flavour - but to be fair strong lagers have never been a passion of mine. The malt backbone is mostly bready, underlain with a pronounced honey sweetness. Notes of raisin butter tart also come through toward the finish, with a light brushing of grassy, earthy hop bitterness to complete the profile. The aftertaste is somewhat sweet and slightly boozy, but fades quickly. Medium-bodied, with rather aggressive carbonation initially - I probably served this too cold, but given a chance to warm this maibock improves noticeably. This one's drinkability is obviously limited by the abv and slight ethanol heat, but it's certainly not a chore to finish off the glass.
Final Grade: 3.59, an acceptable B grade. DAB Maibock is probably the best German-made example of the style I've tried so far, but that really isn't saying much given my limited exposure - if nothing else, I'd take this over Holsten's equivalent without a second thought. I don't think this style is really up my alley, but this is a decent lager for the colder months that I'd consider picking up again. It's the sort of thing I'd want to drink while shovelling the driveway or before taking a walk in the cold - the more complex, imperial barrel-aged whatevers can wait until I come back inside.
Serving type: can
12-15-2013 05:15:28 | More by thehyperduck
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cool to see a stronger lager in a can available that is not ultra strong garbage. This is a pleasant bock that is fresh and lively but with a deeper malty finish that works with the ABV. I hope this becomes a common find in the government stores in BC as I would like to keep a few in the fridge for those cold nights.
Serving type: can
10-23-2013 02:16:19 | More by canucklehead
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml can poured into tulip 28/9/13
A clear bright golden yellow with a few particles being moved around by plenty of tiny bubbles, two fingers of foam hangs around for a few sips and leaves zero lace
S floral honey, pizza dough, candied corn, dry cereal, a little grass and faint booze with a hint of green apple
T more booze then the nose with a metallic flavor, not to bad but the smell was a little better, not as much floral honey that I thought was a highlight on the nose
M medium bodied, pin prick bubbles quickly flattens out, a little heat and sweet grainy finish
O way better then many of the high test cheap euro cans I've had over the years, this one's drinkable and I could see this one dishing out a cheap buzz for those in need of such a thing
not a bad Maibock but nothing to go looking for, not my favorite style to begin with easy enough to drink unlike many others I've tried
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2013 02:42:16 | More by wordemupg
3.71/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500ml can. Not a lot of new products hit the shelves around here from established German brewers, so it was even weirder finding next to no information about this offering in a slightly more than cursory search. Oh well - I am sure of the beer in front of me (and it ain't no frontal lobotomy).
This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of bready, biscuity, semi-sweet pale malt, soft, sugary white grape must, floral, lightly herbal hops, and a tamely metallic alcohol astringency. The taste is more reservedly sweet pale bready malt, a fading biscuit edginess, an apple mush and stale stomped muscat grape fruitiness, earthy, kind of weedy hops, and a well sublimated booze warming.
The bubbles are generally quite uneffusive, the body an adequate medium weight, all without any particularly pithy sugary backwash. It finishes off-dry, the malt sweetness well tempered by the lingering noble hops and lurking heat.
Not a bad maibock, per se, but a bit too muddled, the freshness of a few main ingredients in question. We're not that far past the heart of this style's seasonality, so that's no excuse. Variably drinkable, I suppose, until that extra alcohol either puts you off, or dulls your senses accordingly.
Serving type: can
06-25-2013 02:31:02 | More by biboergosum
DAB Maibock from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
82 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.