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Big Easy Imperial Maibock - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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 steveh
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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 FanofHefe
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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 BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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 u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
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 DaveHS
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JoshRadTxist
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beer2day
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Tone
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -31%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of ericj551
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.