Big Easy Imperial Maibock - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 234
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2011.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to thin streaks of lace on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of sweet malt and some light citrus fruit flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but very simple in its aromas and flavors. (486 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:single finger  head, little lacing on a clear golden with amber hues body.

S: sweet caramel malt and light hops

T: very sweet caramel malt with mild musty hop flavor. Sweet corn and lager yeast.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: a little too sweet for my tastes. Not at all boozy. Smooth and easy to drink  (329 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a passable but incomplete maibock for me, i am left wanting for more carbonation and a quicker finishing experience, not as spring feeling as the style usually delivers either. caramel colored beer, rather still after a minute, sits lazily in a white wine glass. the nose is sweet from the grain, but a little stale too, not as fresh as it might be. no hops to speak of, and a lager yeast i have seen before. the flavor is a bit one dimensional for me, coppery caramel toffee flavor from the grain, and thats it. no german interest, no balancing hops, not even a drying bready yeast profile to wrap it up. not bad at all, devoid of off flavors or weirdness, but not as interesting or as tradition as i like these to be. the body is big enough for sure, but more bubbles would really help this out. one bottle is enough, especially given the only sort of disguised alcohol strength. not bad, but i wont miss not having it in my fridge anymore. (942 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, sweet malt and floral notes.

T - A very sweet tasting brew, loads of caramel, malt and sugary flavors. It had a little bit of a boozy alcohol taste, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light to medium-bodied ale that has a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

D - This is a nice "imperial" maibock. (427 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling mixture of malts and corn with notes of flowers, Golden Delicious apples, light citrus, and, oddly enough, some vanilla.

Taste: Quite sweet bready maltiness and creamed corn with some curious traces of smooth vanilla. Drizzle of tart apple juices. Floral tones with some light citrus. Low bitterness. Touch of alcohol precedes the smooth, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, to be honest, it was actually better than expected. It's smooth, it's sweet, it's Mardi Gras-approved! (646 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half finger, white head settles down quickly and leaves no lace. The body is golden-copper in color and perfectly clear.

S - Grainy and fruity, notes of apple and banana. A bit of yeast spice as well.

T - Grainy malt up front, paired with fruity flavors of banana, apple, and perhaps some pineapple. Some earthy hop flavors appear in the middle and it finishes dry with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a weird one, not at all what I would expect from something called big easy lager beer. There is a surprising amount of yeasty fruit character for a lager and it doesn't have enough malt character for a maibock. Nevertheless, I rather like it; it is kind of like a cross between a german pilsner and a saison, pretty drinkable really. (797 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Is it Mardis Gras time already? Alright. This seemingly appropriately-themed brew pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, maple syrup, and a slight tinge of orange peel. The taste holds notes of grass, caramel, and buttery biscuits. These do not go well together, let me tell you. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a decent maibock, but not really something I'm gonna look for again. (537 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (1,743 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, citrus, lager yeast, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with bready flavors of lager yeast, grain & a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of honey, caramel & citrus. There's a decent hops presence that is slightly strong for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is beer with some flavor and some substance that is worth drinking for a while. (777 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Modest head, very good lace; Dark gold color with a chill haze.

Slightly skunky, which is surprising given that it had recently arrived to the store. I imagine that it would be a delicate blend of lighter malts. I cannot detect any hop.

I'm reminded of a Kolsch when tasting this. The skunkiness is much less noticeable. Light malt flavor, slightly sour, little hop. Creamy body. (381 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, near-crimson, caramel color, sufficient head, ...
Aroma: nice, big, rich, malty, very mellow, not too sweet, straddles the middle line well...
Taste: yum, ...I guess. Nice, malty flavor, but nothing really stands out. This was described to me as a "balls-out blonde doppelbock", and, yes, the booze is shouting out, loud and clear, right now. The taste does not do enough to redeem it, although Lakefront doesn't tell us the ABV, so we can only guess...7.5%, 8%...whatever, it's certainly a strong one, but, like I said, there is no even exchange in the area of deliciousness.
Does well in the mouth, body is medium, and the finish, if short, is nice, fruity, decent...but my head is ringing now..."Hello, felonious, who's there? Big Easy? If you're so big, why aren't you more easy? Just askin', love, felonious..."
Good beer, yes, but can definitely use improvement.
By the way, my 6-pack came with a lace of beads...does that mean that I have to show my tits? (975 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted last winter, shortly after the "bottled on" date. Reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found:

Pours hazed orange-amber with a thin white head that barely covers the top. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with sweetened dry fruits.

The taste is sweet-ish but with some balancing hops. It has characteristics of dried fruits, balanced sweetness and some carmelized grains. It has a refreshing finish, with a medium to full body.

I'm not quite catching the "imperial" aspect, other than a high abv which is only slightly noticeable. Otherwise, it's nicely done and one to buy for a Mardis Gras or Carnival party! (641 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/10/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange zest, plum, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, plum, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, plum, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Maibock style. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,388 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -2%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, average retention, no lace. Good colour.

S: Nice caramel, almost a Munich malt/Fest feel. Light earthy hops.

T: Nice sweet malt, but not overdone, again has a Fest feel with the amount of dryness this actually has. Light hints of cane sugar and grape.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, smooth, a very easy drinker for its size.

O: One of the better maibocks I've had, it's clean character sets it apart. Very much worth a pickup. (480 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, brown sugar, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, lemon, sweet malt, and tart malt. Overall, too acidic for my taste. (359 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-rate. I gave it a very high mark last year. I still think it's good, but not as high as I had rated it last year.



Copper-orange appearance. Very little head. A thin rimming. Adequate lacing. A very delicate pils like malt aroma. Some noble hop scents please the nose as well. The maltiness in this Blonde Dopple is not overwhelming, but rather firm. The flavor is very pleasant and unassuming. Floral hop tones accent the luscious soft maltiness. Very nice. The body is hovering around weak. You know, I think I pick up some very subtle fruity tones. Not necessarily what you look for in a dopple, but they aren't out of place in this one. Especially at the trace levels that they are perceived. (716 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: Lots of malt in the aroma, but not much else.

T: Tasted of malt, grain, a hint of hops, and some caramel in the finish. Not a bad flavor as such, but the malt does tend to dominate it in a big way.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this isn't a bad beer, but it certainly doesn't separate itself from the rest of the herd. (543 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (1,664 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,225 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-Review...3/16/03/..The more I drink of this, the more I realize it is a good beer but not spectacular (at least the 2003 version)...I drank it side by side with Capital Blond Doppel and there was no comparision...the Capital was head and shoulders better...cleaner looking...fuller body...more malty taste...I still think the Big Easy is an above average beer and one I enjoy drinking but it is not elite..

Re-review...3/5/03..Still very good, but definitely not a 5.0...I still like it a lot and am glad I got my hands on a case...


Dark golden in color..great clarity and clean looking...pours a frothy creamy head that is gone in seconds..sweet creamy aroma with some alcohol present....incredible taste...one of the best tasting beers I've had. Vanilla, butterscotch...heavy malt load...Maybe too unbalanced for some as I get zero hop taste...Very sweet, but to me it's not oversweet so there must be some hopping. Their web-site calls this a blonde doppelbock...Tastes like it but not as hopped up as some of the other blonde doppels I've had. If you're getting picking maybe a tich syruppy but I'm reaching for something here..One of my favorite beers ever (and I'm finishing off my last of three and may not see it again for a long time..) (1,256 characters)

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Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.