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Big Easy Imperial Maibock - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Big Easy Imperial MaibockBig Easy Imperial Maibock

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BA SCORE
80
good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-02-2003)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look – light amber/golden color, a little hazy, with about two fingers’ worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – slightly hoppy, a little citrusy, and maybe a hint of spices.

Taste – very interesting taste! At first and through the middle of the taste there’s much of what comes in the smell, but then in the late middle there’s this wave of bitterness and tanginess that hits pretty hard but then backs off, leaving you with a musky quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the creamier side.

Overall – extremely interesting beer in terms of taste.

Nerudamann, Feb 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

tectactoe, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.
Medium-bodied.
This was a refreshing beer that went down easy.

lordofthewiens, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of mrquartetman
4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

mrquartetman, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of zldjn97
2.75/5  rDev -21%

zldjn97, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of danpam1024
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

danpam1024, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

ADR, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  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.

chinchill, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

richkrull, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Trashcat, Monday at 01:34 PM
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

cokes, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, May 25, 2003
Photo of fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

fiedler84, May 16, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

cjgator3, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Mikedux30
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Mikedux30, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of eliz108
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of chiapete
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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

chiapete, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of jackndan
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

jackndan, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Trent, May 20, 2012
Photo of wmobley
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

wmobley, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Kunstman, Jan 26, 2013
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Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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