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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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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of adamk1978


4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-07-2011 21:19:09 | More by adamk1978
Photo of Kevin79


4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-05-2011 12:54:40 | More by Kevin79
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2%

Yet another beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge. It finally cooled off this week and I thought it would be a perfect chance to enjoy a beer like this. Sure enough, this beer fit in perfectly with this cooler weather and this particular offering is a textbook example of the style.

This had a decent pour to this, with a somewhat bright golden hue with copper around the edges. The head was standard and there wasn't any lacing to be seen. Not a lot of aroma besides some honey and plum and the taste had those notes as well as some apple with a hint of citrus, on top of grain and biscuit. The carbonation is good but there's too much booze in the aftertaste and only the sour apple and dark fruit notes linger for a while.

There's too much alcohol in here by just a slight margin. It doesn't detract from the taste, but it gives the impression that this beer is more along the lines of a Dopplebock or a Belgian-style beer. While this won't blow anyone away, there's enough here to satisfy most beer drinkers since this is well-balanced and flavorful enough to casually enjoy.

08-17-2011 05:45:58 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of shand


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

07-01-2011 23:05:07 | More by shand
Photo of cjgator3


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

06-22-2011 01:36:02 | More by cjgator3
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.2/5  rDev -8%

Date Notches indicate bottling second week of December. Uh-oh. This has been "lost" in the very back of my fridge for five months, so lets keep that in mind as we consume and review. At least it was refrigerated the entire time. Despite having a novice's enthusiasm for aged beers and a year-old cellar in the basement, somebody wiser than myself in the ways of beer aging once told me that "Maibocks don't age well, they fall apart rather quickly" and I believed him so much that I never bothered to try doing it. And now we get a psuedo-aged (because of refrigeration, things change much slower) bottle by accident.

Pours a hazy honey color with absolutely no foam or head at all. Not even lacing. However the beer is still pleasingly carbonated. Nose at first is is a brief fragrant floral hop hit that falls into earthy tones and than reveals an egg challah loaf-like bready malt scent. I wonder if that "egginess" can be attributed to Burtonization with sulphur ions? It doesn't directly smell of sulphur, though, thats for certain. It is still quite tasty, mellow pale malt flavor with surprisingly low oxidation or staleness. Although there is a tiny bit of staleness, it is not even close to my threshold of tolerance. Tastes of challah, just like it smells, with a butter pat on top from the oxidation. Only problem I have is that fleeting burst of floral hops, once dissipated from initial opening, is gone forever from taste and nose. Damn. As one might expect, I've killed the hops. I'm left with earthy malt and bread. Sadly, I find it sort of one-dimensional and lackluster without those floral hallertauer notes. You can tell that is exactly what is needed to make this a great beer, as well. Mouthfeel is refreshing and the ABV is well hidden.

So, lesson reinforced. Maibocks, best consumed fresh.

06-05-2011 18:51:07 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of AmericanGothic


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, golden honey color. Less than one finger head with little retention and no lace.

S: Fresh hay, sweet malt and a tiny bit of fruity esters.

T: Interesting-- dark fruits up front, yielding to dry, biscuity malt, bit of pepper on the finish. It's a bit more like a dopplebock than a maibock. This is good. Fruit character adds some apple about halfway through the glass.

M: Medium, carbonation somewhere between creamy and soda-like.

O: A nice beer, quite different from others of this style. Will buy again, the flavor really does it for me. First beer I've had from Lakefront-- looking forward to trying others from them.

04-30-2011 19:36:25 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of steveh


4.3/5  rDev +23.6%

Small update for 2011 from my 09 review with some minor changes in ratings -- head seems a little lacking, but still a very decent lager from a Micro -- want to drink more, but at 7%...

Now (2009) labeled as an "Imperial Maibock," whatever that is. And I never understood the tie-in to Mardi Gras, whatever -- my review speaks of the beer, not its labeling.

A -- Clear, deep golden -- shading to amber, with an off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Aroma is a little to the thin side, but some DMS, bready malts, and dry alcohol peeking through.

T -- Very nice sweet bready, cracker flavored malt with the vaguest of hops in the finish and peppery alcohol mixing in. A nice breadiness in the aftertaste. Reminds me of Germany, so that can't be bad!

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Terrific drinkability -- just what I'd want in a Maibock, no matter the label title.

I think Colts got a very old bottle for his review.

04-21-2011 21:46:25 | More by steveh
Photo of jsh420


3.48/5  rDev 0%

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

03-17-2011 02:07:23 | More by jsh420
Photo of FanofHefe


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

Label is notched at Dec, week 2. Poured into a Duvel tulip. The body is a mostly clear yellow/orange color. An aggressive pour yielded a good two finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

The aroma is a muted mix of sweet bready malt and a little citrus. Not much else.

Tastes like a sweet lager with definite apple and grape notes. Not very complex in flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and not harsh or astringent. But, overall, this beer is too sweet for me to enjoy regularly.

03-11-2011 01:18:09 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

03-05-2011 21:32:22 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of BeerLover99


3.55/5  rDev +2%

A: light orange hue, trace head on top, good lacing.

S: mild malt, whiff of date/fig scent.

T: sweet firm malt flavor, mild ripe fruit flavor

M: medium body, solid carbonation

D: Pretty good, but not amazing. the 7% ABV is hidden quite well. I still prefer Capital's Maibock (EXCELLENT!). This is a very underrated and underrepresented style. This is worth trying, but don't lose sleep if you can't pick some up.


03-02-2011 19:43:43 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

I picked this up because I'm a sucker for pretty labels, but it's a nice beer.
It's a slightly hazy orange with a 1/2 finger of foam that disappears quickly. The aroma has a hint of citrus but there isn't much there. The taste I really enjoyed, an almost even hop/malt mix with some orange and flowers. It goes down fairly smooth leaving a sweet aftertaste. Even at 7.1 abv you don't notice the alcohol that much. This is definitely one of the better beers from Milwaukee. I'd have it again.

02-25-2011 21:42:56 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of TheSarge


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

Nearing the end of my 8 pack taster pack, next to last I try this "Imperial Maibock."

Thin amount of bright white head, and has a slightly hazy dark gold colored body.

In the aroma there is a white wine and slightly boozy aroma, along with some grainy huskiness.

Has an intriguing caramel flavor... Overall very sweet with no vegetable or herbal flavors I associate with this style.

Creamy in body... Normally dry from my past experiences. A good beer but not what I'd expect from a beer designated to be in this genre of beer.

02-22-2011 02:00:00 | More by TheSarge
Photo of yeahnatenelson


2.78/5  rDev -20.1%

Appearance -- Pours a slightly hazed peach hue with the slimmest of fizzy white head. Even with a vigorous pour there was no head.

Smell -- Cracker grain, apple juice, split plum, and gentle spicy esters. Not terribly deep, but pleasant enough.

Taste -- Malty malty malty. Plum, crackers, apple juice, slight plum skin astringency, and a bit of earthy yeast. Hop flavor is slightly soapy. Lingering flavor is reminiscent of taking a shallow bite into a plum: lots of skin astringency, little bit of

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, chewy, with gentle carbonation. Great for an RIS, weird for Maibocks. Also, slightly chalky finish.

Drinkability -- Ehhh, don't care for it. Too thick and syrupy and with too much unrestrained malt sweetness. Your mileage may vary.

02-21-2011 02:28:22 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

02-16-2011 23:07:27 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of TheDTrain


3.55/5  rDev +2%

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.

02-13-2011 19:55:34 | More by TheDTrain
Photo of u2carew


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

12-26-2010 02:39:06 | More by u2carew
Photo of DaveHS


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

Haven't thought too much of Lakefront's beers so far. They tend to be average at best. This is the best one I've tried so far.
A pretty straightforward Maibock. I enjoyed the way they pulled back on the sweetness, a welcome change from the average maibock. Crisp, a little fruity, some caramel malts mid-palate. A delicate, lingering honey finish. I could easily drink a 6-pack of this, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

05-25-2010 01:37:06 | More by DaveHS
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle bottled Dec. '09. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a very thin light tan head on top. This disappears quickly leaving no trace behind. Scents of fresh-cut flowers, bananas, apple juice, and toasted sugar.

The body is crisp and popping. Moderate depth. Goes down smooth. This is a pretty sweet Maibock. Candy-like sweetness at the onset with some tart fruitiness. Low-to-moderate amount of bitterness. Light alcohol on the back end. There's a pleasant bready aftertaste, that I find in many Maibocks. I like that. All-in-all, not a bad beer. Not the greatest representation of the style, but I'd have it again.

04-14-2010 20:20:48 | More by Onenote81
Photo of sweemzander


4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 4, Dec. 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange copper color that produced a quickly dissipating white head.

(S)- A delicate fruitiness of orange & lemon with a malty array of sweet honey, cream, and caramel.

(T)- Wow, a great silky maltiness of creamy honey & butterscotch with figs, orange citrus, and bits of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Sweet and malty but in a balanced way with some good fruits behind it.

(D)- A solid maibock that, even with a touch of aging on it is a good drinker. Sweet, but fitting for the style. Great for the spring time, or anytime! One of lakefront's best in my opinion.

04-08-2010 21:12:49 | More by sweemzander
Photo of JoshRadTxist


3.08/5  rDev -11.5%

This is my first review of a beer. Drank from a stainless coffee mug used for black coffee, then water, then beer.

A: Orangey amber clear (flashlight down mug).

S: Earthy apricot or other fruit / but reminds of that tangy sourness of flat beer.

T: Malty and alcohol, nice bitterness. Overly sweet towards the beginning, but this tapers off with drinking. Aftertaste similar to mass-marketed beers.

M: Decent body to it, effervescent, but without tongue sensing the carbonation. Overall oily even for a bock, leaving a film. Thumbs down on mouthfeel.

D: I would choose this beer over mass-marketed lagers and ales. Though it's my first maibock, I am not impressed. Certainly this style can be done better.

BTW I am a huge fan of Lakefront's Eastside Dark and Cream City Pale Ale.

02-12-2010 01:19:14 | More by JoshRadTxist
Photo of zeff80


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

02-07-2010 02:22:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of beerwolf77


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear bright orange with brown highlights. The white head struggles to reach one finger. It fades almost instantly leaving no lace.

The aroma is spicy sweet malt. Light hops, honey and biscuits round things out. Nothing all that exciting.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Spiced up malt. Caramel and light hops. I'm picking out hints of fruit along with biscuits in the finish. I feel the booze on my tongue as the beer warms.

Medium body with above average carbonation.

Overall a decent drinkable beer. For me all these light german styles tend to just blend together. Nothing all that memorable.

01-19-2010 03:32:17 | More by beerwolf77
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours deep gold with a thin 1-finger head. Faint retention and no lacing. Slightly fizzy.

Honey and grapes in the nose. Lots of malt here. No hops to speak of.

Hits thin and sweet. Tartness builds to the finish, but more from sour fruit than any hop presence. Surprisingly dry for the style. Ok, but not inspiring. I expected more from LB.

Feel is just not right. It wants to be a maibock, but the body is not there.

Not bad to drink, but much better alternatives are out there. I like the other LB's I've tried, but this one missed the mark.

11-28-2009 02:40:07 | More by beer2day
Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.