Big Easy Imperial Maibock - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-02-2003

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Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep, straw-amber color that seems to turn more and more amber/copper the longer it sits here. White head fads very quickly to a thin layer atop the beer, very little lacing to speak of. Slight honey and lemon zest on the nose, along with some kitchen spices that blend together and are difficult to identify. Honey smell becomes stronger and stronger as the beer warms up. Taste reveals some slight pepper, along with hints of nutmeg, spices, and heavy honey sweetness. Phenols are picked up from the alcohol, giving a moderate boost to the taste at the end and a warming sensation nearly all the way through. As it warms some more, I'm also picking up slight wheat and corn-grain smells on the nose. The bread and yeast start to come out a big more, as well. Faint hop bitterness hits middle to end, but it noticeable enough and well received; earthy and leafy in character. Honey and citrusy sweetness fade out into a potent alcohol and spice finish.

Unique beer here, lots of different things going on. Despite the spices, it doesn't taste like a "holiday" beer, and it remains very drinkable. The alcohol warms and adds rather than overpower and distract. Solid choice here, I'd be glad to have this again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during Dec Wk 2.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a golden color with a small white head. There was a tiny bit of lace.
Very sweet aroma, and was somewhat floral.
Big, malty taste. Sweet, bready.
This was a refreshing beer that went down easy.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is quite a lovely beer. A crystal clear golden hue with a creamy white head and a fair amount of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with toffee and biscuit.
Taste is a little bit boozy and sweet with a nice, bitter and drying finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly bubbly.
Other than being a bit boozy, it seems fairly true to style. Decent.

Photo of mrquartetman
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, good but not persistent head

S: Fruity and hoppy, citrusy, floral. This brewer knows how to use hops in subtle ways.

T: Unusual for a lager - malty, lemony, and, as it turned out. a great complement to a meal with substantial garlic. The beer acquired a big nutty flavor from the garlic in the meal. The flavor enlarges as it gets warmer. This is a very interesting beer.

M: Quite complex; estery, with a spice to it that persists and changes across the palate.

D: Very drinkable - a night spent drinking this beer would be a good night.

This beer bills itself as an Imperial Maibock. OK. What does that mean? I looked online, but this beer, while present on the site, has no information attached to it.

So we're left with this: if you can find it, find it. Then drink some.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out darker than the last time I had this beer, I could have sworn it was more yellowish the first time around, but this was more substantial, about equal parts yellow and orange which rounds out into copper. A musty, skunky aroma, alcohol painfully aware.

Taste, like a mix between a maibock, malt liquor and kolsch. Devoid of hops. Alcohol burn in the forefront. A faint honey and lemon like twang to the beer. What is this beer trying to be anyways?, was a main thought running through my head after the first few sips. I didn't know what to make, it was alcohol and some other things would run in and out. Caramel seems like its bigger at times. Never really absorbs the alcohol or yeast flavors like one would hope.

I dunno, this beer definitely had its fan in Milwaukee, but usually they weren't the types into good beer, or at least not hoppy beer.

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color and clear. Bright white suds on top, but the head never really gathers together. Decent lacing, some nice thick ropes across the glass. Tight aroma, slight banana bread with an adequate hop prickle. Body is on the thick side of medium. Malty and toffee-like, sweetness starts and ends things with this beer. By mid mouth, and certainly by the end of the glass, there's a good amount of buttery diacetyl going on, maybe too much for my tastes in that the hops could be spicier, more assertive, and the brew could be a little more dry for me. The esters from the aroma seem a little lost as well. Lakefront certainly explores the world of Lagers in interesting directions, for this style, its a little cloying.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bottled in Nov. or Dec. of 2012 -- very fresh.
Pours a lightly hazy amber with a good sized but fragile off-white head. Slighty sweet, despite a generous-for-style hop load, and slightly boozy, as expected for style. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Well done but not one of my favorite styles.

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed: Jan, Week 2.

Deep golden with trace amounts of smog. Thin buttercreme head quickly recedes to the edges.
Restrained nose of pears slathered in butterscotch. ALcohol is noted as well.
Rides into the mouth with vanilla-tinged toffee hues. Turns a bit fruitier, via green raisins and over-ripe pears. Drying oaken hues. Some coarse grain notes enter late, along with some ale-like apple esters. This seems very "green", and would benefit from more lagering. Touches of alcohol late, increasing as warms.
Carbonation is fairly low, but it is mysteriously fizzy within the mouth.
Needs more heft, more malt depth, and more smoothness.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy white head rests lazily atop a hazy (bottle-conditioned) deep-gold body. Hundreds of tiny bubbles stream steadily upwards, helping to maintain a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The lacing is limited, but generous notes of rich, toasty and lightly husky Munich malt waft towards the nose. The body is firm, and the fine carbonation leaves it creamy in the mouth with a light sensation on the tongue. All of the rich maltiness displayed in the aroma is carried over in the flavor. It's rich without being sweet or cloying; and it's quite clean except for the fact that the straight-forward maltiness has a bit of a husky, hay-like character. Still, I enjoyed it and didn't see it as a negative. In fact, it lends some character to the beer and reminds the drinker that beer is an agricultural product (and in this case, from the epicenter of the grain belt... Milwaukee) - not something generically created and pumped into shiny metal cans in a sterile industrial setting (although that is sometimes true as well!). The alcohol is very well hidden, and never makes an appearance. I'm not sure how strong this beer is, but it's definitely within the Bock range. It finishes with a wash of sweetish and grainy malt across the mouth, but it's so deftly balanced that it simply fades away without the bitterness ever making an appearance. Very nice! There's some real finesse going on here! However, I can't figure out the name! Maybe there's some local connection that I don't get, but why is a beer from Milwaukee named "Big Easy Lager Beer" with a lobster in a Mardis Gras mask on the label? The only thing that I can think of is that it's a big malty beer that goes down easy... real easy! Quite enjoyable, and worth trying.

Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malty and bready with some caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is toasted malts with some caramel as well.

M- the mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad brew but probably not something I would purchase again.

Photo of chiapete
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured yellow, gold , apple juiced color.

slight head that dissapeared quickly, left very little to almost no lacing. small carbination bubbles during drinking time.

sweet aroma almost fruity,or citrus.

crisp feel, easy drinking, slight tingle on sides of tounge.

sweet taste, fruity almost apple like.
very drinkable . Average to slightly above.
would drink this one again

Photo of jackndan
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big Easy: A lager beer from Lakefront in Milwaukee. I’m thinking that it is their early spring seasonal, designed to play off mardis gras. Well what ever it is, it is very tasty, a little light for the Northern Early spring, but very flavorful.

Pours a deep tan, very clear, with not a lot of head and no lacing.

The taste is malt, malt, malt, but not cloyingly sweet. A slight bit of cinnamon toast, and a sweet bite of brown sugar as it goes away. Definitely pleasant, but not one I’d drink all night.

Nice, tasty, great for a pint, but a twelve pack would be over the top.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed May 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Slightly cloudy rose-orange pour, lacking much carbonation. Head, mostly diminished, is off-white. Aroma of bread crusts and egg whites, with a hint of lacquer and acidic red wine. Rich sugary malt, that blossoms into a lightly hopped caramel sugar, finishing with a touch of cardboard. A little bitter aftertaste. I’m thinking light struck. Notes of brandy, fresh white wine, and an off tone or two. Palate is smooth, crisp and fairly clean, except for some residual oily wet paper and vanilla sugar coating.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts with a bit of sweetness and some hops. Tastes of hops with a degree of sweetness to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. Drinkability is decent. Overall not a bad beer, but nothing special.

Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours clear bright golden amber with a 1 finger head that faded away and left no lacing

smells of sweet bready grains

taste is those same sweet bready malt some nice apple fruit and touch of nuttiness

mouthfeel - medium body almost no carbonation which is a shame for being such a tasty beer

drinkability is ok - i will drink the entire sixer and i hope there is more carbonation in the other bottles - if not i doubt i would buy this again - i would move on to capital's maibock

Photo of Jredner
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Beer World of Largo

Has next to no aroma. A vague "smell" but I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to what smell that is. Ok I’s kinda a vague alcohol enrinched caramel candy smell, but it is very faint. You have to get your nose wet to smell it. The color is a lusterous amber/orange with a diminishing thumb thick white head. Quite pretty coloring. Fore yields caramel malts, more alcohol flavor than you’d expect from a 6% beer and some mild spice and yeasty notes toward the finish. Not bad really as American Bocks go.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have mixed feelings on the Big Easy. Only because of it's inconsistency. A fresh bottle or tap is great and really pops with crisp hops and orange & lemon which blend with alcohol & light syrupy feel.

A brew with short life expectancy. If you can get a fresh bottle or on tap at the brewery, you wont be disappointed.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
7.1% ABV, Bottled on 11/14/12 on shoulder.

A - A good dump from the festive bottle fills the glass with a fine particle hazed golden honey color with a thick dollop of off-white, densely packed foam. Moderate retention for the head left rings of legs and some thin foam lace in it's wake.

S - Light floral hops and slight herbal notes enter just before a bold clover honey sweetness with deep malts closely behind. Big Easy almost has notes of sweet mead to it. Crisp overall, there's no indication it will reach a cloying level even with the bready biscuit and toasted Vienna notes.

T - The soft clover honey sweetness in the nose does nothing to prepare the drinker for the sweet, rich flavor of the beer. Imagine honey-dunked biscuit with a dollop of caramel on top. Grainy pale malt and toasted Vienna work in conjunction with noble hops' light floral and herbal qualities to balance out the beer for a very nice flavor.

M - Medium-full bodied, this lager is smooth and almost creamy, following through with a lower level of carbonation that never feels flat. Sweet across the board, noble hops add a faint bitterness on the finish while some toasted malt dries it out a bit; a combination that produces a sweet white wine effect.

O - Big Easy Imperial Maibock lives up to it's name, piling more malt into an already malty beer. Wonderful nuances of clover honey and floral hops parade around quietly behind the deep malty base. It's sweetness makes it harder to drink more than one of but this spring-time beer offers a nice look ahead to the warmer days while subtly warming you up on the cooler ones.

Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a thin, creamy white head then settles quickly. Slightly hazy. Golden color. Lacing is thin and slightly sticky.
S) Aroma is light. Even after letting it warm up a bit nothing happens aromatically.
T) This is like a pilsener on steroids. A blast of malt upfront mixed with alcohol. Nutty. Quite grainy. Finishes quick and with a residual grainy syrupy alcohol.
M) Definitely a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Fizzy. Medium body, a strong medium body despite the color. A slight syrupy feel.
D) A slow drinker even though it is at 7%. I don't think I'd have a consecutive one.

Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. The label had month and week tabs printed on the side but nothing was notched, so I have no idea how fresh this is.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color and made a nice 2-finger white head, but it all disappeared rather quickly and it didn't leave much lacing.

Sweet malt, lots of fruit, and a flowery hop aroma. I liked the smell.

This is one of the weirdest tasting beers I ever tried. It had both bready and caramel malt sweetness, but the fruit flavor was kind of sour - apple mostly but something funky as well. A mild but noticeable hop bitterness kicks in at the end along with a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

I'm not saying that the weird flavor is all bad, but it certainly is different from anything else I've tried. You'll have to judge for yourself whether you like it or not. Certainly an interesting beer if nothing else.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: hazy gold. Slight off color white head.
smell: sour fruit and malt.
taste: sour apples with a little sweetness to off set the sour.
overall: This is a beer I would absolutely have loved a few short years ago. Still a nice brew but with the explosion of truly great beers, gotta grade this on a curve. Liked it, not loved it.

Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark gold with a a white foam head and very small but very active bubbles of prickle. Classic beer nose. Grainy flavor that has straw and raw wheat-like flavors that cause me to recall Bitburger (which I didn't care for). It is more mild than the aforementioned German brew. It seems to be very mainstream. I was a little disappointed as it was kind of a clunker for Lakefront in my opinion. I had a hard time getting through the six pack. . . I just didn't prefer it to other things.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 01/08/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Lakefront Brewery, not a brewery or a style I am too familiar with, and my expectations are moderate. My bottle lists a 7.60% abv instead of 7.10% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy off-white head. Almost IPA-like in appearance. Some nice soapy lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is okay, but not entirely pleasing. Musty yeast presence, a bit of graininess / huskiness, corn, faint alcohol fumes, some buttery diacetyl, lightly floral hoppiness, & lots of apple / pear / banana presence. A bit of earthy woodiness and some smoke / char elements also present.

T - Taste follows the nose - grainy, bready, malty, apple / pear / banana, & light floral hopping. The malt steals the show here. Not harsh or offensive, but boring & poor depth of flavor. Some white peppery spicing, bubblegum, and other Belgian elements present themselves at times, also.

M - Feel is sticky and grainy. Semi-dry finish, medium bodied, and hefty carbonation.

Overall, a forgettable outing from Lakefront Brewery; these guys have failed to impress me yet again. I suppose I would recommended it to fans of the style, but it wasn't exactly what I would call an easy drinker, and I wouldn't have it again.

Lakefront Brewery Big Easy Imperial Maibock ---3/5.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Guessing this years 7.6% variant is a disaster because of the reviews. Regardless no turning back now.

A - Well it's no malt liquor! Head is a 1/4 inch that sticks around a bit atop a mildly hazy amber brown color.
S - Some malt sweetness and a touch or residual sugars but no ethanol smell which is OK still it's nothing to get excited over.
T - A simple helle's lager has a good sweet malt body and enough hops to keep the high octane burn at bay. It's good.
M - For the ABV it's very drinkable but flavor wise it's lacking.

Overall as expected for the style it's a big malty beer with an easy drinking helles lager body. I got what I paid for.

Photo of shand
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. This one's aged a bit more than I'd like, but it came in a sampler pack that was freshly delivered to a local store about a month and a half back, so I was honestly expecting fresher brews.

This one pours a orange-amber color with a tiny head that doesn't retain well. Not much lacing. Aroma is mostly bready malts, with some grains, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is grainy, sweet malts with some citrus and a huge alcohol kick on the backend. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied, and the drinkability is decent. Overall, an alright beer, but probably more enjoyable a bit closer to the bottling date.

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Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.