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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 tone77


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

10-21-2009 00:01:41 | More by tone77
Photo of Tone


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

08-17-2009 22:43:56 | More by Tone
Photo of Ragingbull


2.35/5  rDev -32.5%

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.

07-22-2009 18:00:04 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

07-08-2009 06:35:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Of all the Lakefront line, which I have been entirely lukewarm to so far, this is the best.

Pours orangy golden with a great torrent of carbonation, but no lacing to speak of. The aroma is grainy and crisp, with a light noble hop floral sweetness. The flavor is sweet, with a bit of orange and clover, a slight hint of honey, and a fairly crisp hop bite on the finish and some bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is clingy and surprisingly robust.

06-04-2009 19:36:08 | More by Seanibus
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

05-11-2009 02:52:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Big Easy Imperial Maibock pours a nice copper with a bit of haze. The head is bubbly but fades immediately. The aroma is sweet grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops. The flavor is crisp sweet light malt with a nice mild caramel twinge. Just enough spicy and herbal hops balance and mild but assertive bitterness. I'm not sure where the term "Imperial" fits into this beer, but it is good none the less.

05-03-2009 01:27:53 | More by ericj551
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

So much carbonation, this is absurd. Pours with almost no head. Nose has lots of malt odor in it. Taste is a little sweet up front and this quickly fades to a much heavier malt profile. Overall not a bad beer, very carbonated and a good purchase. Much better than I was expecting.

04-23-2009 00:32:57 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Poursa a dark straw/medium honey with a smallish head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lace.

Aroma is light toasted malts in a honey suspension. Sugars come in on the nose like, belgian candy sugars. Not much hop aroma present.

Mouthfeel is up front bitter malt with a hit of bittering hops, that just don't belong. Hops are noble, but not very well attenuated. Flavor is of DMS and corn, which is to be expected from this style. Moderate to low alcohol esters, when they are usually highn(in my experience) with a maibock.

Mouthfeel is mdeium and creamy. Very adequate.

I wish I Could like this more. The brewery makes some fine beers, this one is kinda Blah.

04-22-2009 03:29:39 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of brfbeerdrinker


4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

[Appearance]: Dark golden orange.

[Smell]: Very floral and sweet.

[Foretaste]: Hard carbonation hard to tell.

[Midflavor]: Sweet floral.

[Aftertaste]: Heres where this beer shines the aftertaste is just awesome, it's a combo of honey-orange and strong malts. very nice indeed.

[Overall Flavor]: Awesome, very good beer top shelf indeed.

[Mouthfeel]: a little high on the carbonation but settles fast leaveing a very milk-like texture.

[Drinkability]: It's a bit tough on the pallate but after a few sips its like drinking a garden followed by sugar.

[Personal Recommendation]: Hey this isn't my fav but give her a try, I think you'll like what you find.

04-10-2009 01:11:45 | More by brfbeerdrinker
Photo of robbyc1


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%

Clear yellow orange look with a good white head, some lace.

Fruity on the nose, with a big fruity taste of apples and spice, nice maibock, the solid malt is dominating, with notes of figs and cloves, nicely complex, comparing this to the Dead Guy I like this one better, nice dry finish, easy drinker.

Buttery heavy mouthfeel, big on the pallet, great session beer other than the abv probably around 7-8%. Nice all around the year type beer, great for summer refreshing, heavy enough for the winter. One of the best I've had from these Lakefront guys. Keep a look out. Well done.

03-15-2009 18:28:52 | More by robbyc1
Photo of mrquartetman


4.6/5  rDev +32.2%

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.

03-15-2009 03:13:21 | More by mrquartetman
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

Appearance: Lovely, bright, tea-stained orange. Head is poofy and white with fair retention and fine bubbles.

Smell: Surprisingly mild for something called an "imperial maibock." Maibocks are already meant to be strong and sharp, so I would think that an "imperial" maibock would be intensely strong and sharp. This is not particularly strong or sharp at all, but having said that, it smells nice. Lightly fruity with big vinous notes, full of melon, pear, white grape, and raspberry. There is also a hint of caramelized sugar, reminiscent of circus peanuts. There is also a tiny suggestion of nuts and a big drop of triple sec.

Taste: What exactly makes this imperial? It doesn't taste strong at all, both in terms of overall flavor and alcoholic heat. This is pleasant, but simple, and if it is high-alcohol then it hides it very well. Mostly it is characterized by a mild and sweet malt base full of burnt sugar, cotton candy, and rum with a nice orangey edge.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth and dry, and fairly thin.

Drinkability: I don't really get this beer - why not just call it an ordinary maibock? - but it is pretty good. Just don't expect anything exceptional.

03-12-2009 13:32:37 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of sabalon


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

Poured a slight head, which held briefly.

A bit drier than i expected, nice for a maibock, probably due to its advertising as an imperial.

Definately got fruity flavors, but citrus notes are all i could specifically identify.

Overall definatly a thirst quencher.

02-12-2009 10:05:50 | More by sabalon
Photo of Pauly2X


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

The label now states, "Imperial Maibock"

A- Slightly hazy gold, half finger head.

S- Sweet malt aroma with a hint of nuttyness.

T- Rich yet light malty sweetness up front. A slight nutty dryness at mid point transitions into a mild alcohol note for a semi-dry finish.

M- Medium full bodied, good carbonation.

T- For it's strength it's almost sessionable.

This just might be Lakefront's best beer to date, and a damn tasty Maibock to boot.

01-25-2009 19:33:32 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of colts9016


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: The color golden to a tint of orange. There is no head. The nose is a sweet malt with hints of yeast and hops. The taste blew me a way. Too me it seem like a cross between a Coors and Budweiser. The finish was clean. It is an easy beer to drink .

12-12-2008 01:13:07 | More by colts9016
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

This Lager beer from Wisconsin was a slightly hazy amber color upon pouring with a thin tan head. The retention as a skim was pretty good and the lacing respectable. The aroma was a nice, soft blend of lager-ish malt, and some generic hops. The flavors were also well-balanced, a pleasant sweetness of caramel malt first hit my tongue that was soon met by some piney hops that led to a bitter, crisp finish. The body was medium/light and the carbonation very soft. Totally sessionable, well-balanced and well flavored. For something I picked up on a whim I was quite impressed.

11-26-2008 18:23:11 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of ibashmuck


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a light amber body. Smelled very strongly of a typical lager, with hop sharpness very present. Taste was along the same lines, some sweetness mixed in, but that hop sharpness pretty well covers up anything else. There was a couple other tastes in there that screwed up the experience, a bit skunky perhaps, certainly off putting. Nothing worth jumping for.

07-28-2008 18:29:10 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of albern


3.48/5  rDev 0%

Not a bad beer, not brilliant either. The beer pours a pretty golden clear color with some head that dissipates quickly. Lacing, there isn't any. The smell is very sweet, a little husky, a little tart malt, some citrusy sweetness as well. This is a fairly light bodied beer with a very sweet, perhaps cooked corn tastes, with a citrusy backbone. This beer is just too sweet, and gets worse as it settles. There clearly is a citrus like sweetness here - green apple, maybe - with a tad bit of sourishness in the late finish. The carbonation is modest. The aftertaste does linger more than I would like. It's okay, but not great.

05-10-2008 03:25:01 | More by albern
Photo of nickfl


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

04-12-2008 05:21:12 | More by nickfl
Photo of chiapete


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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

04-02-2008 15:46:29 | More by chiapete
Photo of malcontent


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

Slightly chill-hazed orange-gold with just a bit of fizzy head.

Strong malt-forward nose with hints of honey and hay.

Says "bock" more than "helles". Sweetness is big and almost trends toward the fruity qualities of something brewed with London or Whitbread Ale yeast more than a German lager strain. The finish is long and not especially clean with a cloying sweetness that overstays its welcome.

Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp although I don't love the long aftertaste that feels slightly slick. A fairly average offering from Lakefront.

03-21-2008 22:59:16 | More by malcontent
Photo of BigRedN


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass thinking this was going to be a macro lager type beer, which I usually use a pilsner glass for. The beer is dark golden with my pour producing a thin 1/2 inch head. Head fades to a thin ring around the glass and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Some mildly sweet malts and a faint grassy/herbal aroma.

Taste: Mild taste to go with a mild aroma. I would guess this is the brewers beer to satisfy the BMC crowd. A light grainy maltiness, with a touch of bitterness on the finish to balance things.

Mouthfeel: Near medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp clean (no aftertaste) finish.

Drinkability: My first Lakefront beer. I picked it cause I thought the bottle looked cool. The beer is average. An easy drinking beer that is probably sessionable. Worth trying once.

03-20-2008 03:07:51 | More by BigRedN
Photo of smcolw


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

03-10-2008 01:46:48 | More by smcolw
Photo of botham

New York

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a semi-hazy light amber color with a single finger of off-white, tight head. no lacings.

aroma is sweet and malty, with pale malts mainly, and a base of floral yeast. a slight note of caramel also heightens the malt presence, leaving little to no hop aroma to be had.

taste is malty up front, with a sweet character, and a mildly biting presence. malt notes are the same as the aroma, with an aftertaste that is reminiscent of stale grains.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth character until finishing, when a sticky texture resides on the palate.

drinkability is decent. with the style in mind, this is an average maibock. could use a bit more lagering to smooth out the profile. not the best offering from Lakefront.

02-07-2008 03:09:12 | More by botham
Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.