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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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Reviews: 110
Hads: 238
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 238
Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of JoshRadTxist
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.07/5  rDev -12%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ericj551
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of sabalon
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 .

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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