Golden Fleece Maibock - Erie Brewing Co.

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-07-2004

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by tosshin:
Photo of tosshin
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a. hard pour resulted in a nice white colored head with a bit of lacing. upon receding the head left a bit on the side of the glass. the color is a golden amber color with a bit of carbonation.
s. When sniffing it is possible to smell some subtle earthiness and a nice floral aroma from the hops (really good smell).
m. When tasting the beer coats the mouth well, it is a bit thin, but that is nice for a spring beer imho.
t. the beer tastes a bit sweet with a touch of bitter hoppiness at the end, it was also possible to taste the alcohol in the brew. I didn't experience any acidity in this beer.
d. This beer, though good, is not one that I would drink more than 1 of at a time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my Penn pilsner glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,golden amber color with a 1" creamy white head with good retention,lively looking with a constiant streams of bubbles surging to the surface not real tightly knit.

Sweet,syrupy fruity nectar-like,toasty with a delicate burnt carmell aroma,toffee pleasing complex even seemed to get somewhat of a strawberry aroma?

Clean first taste followed by a very sweet,candied carmel/toffee taste.Complex fruitiness,very grassy,finishes dry,grainy with a flash of booze.

Medium mouthfeel almost light,syrupy/cloying. Good drinkability for this style, not a style i normally would drink a lot of. Good beer from Erie Brewing, a brewery i'm about 50/50 on.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seven ounce sampler at the Penn Brewfest, pours a deep honey golden hue with a big white frothy head leaves frivilous amounts of lacing behind, very nice. Aroma contains sugary sweetness blended with layers of honey and alcohol tinged fruit notes clean overall no off graininess here. Flavor is great with a perfect amount of sweetness and touch of some German hops for balance that deep alcohol and fruit rounds out the depth of the flavor to form a good example of a Maibock from this small brewery out of Erie. Mouthfeel has a medium body slight sticky texture wow evenly carbonated no complaints I enjoyed. Drinkability factor very high I wanted to go back for more samples flavorful lager that I wish was more available.

Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had it on-tap at Cole's. Malty aroma, big soapy head on grapefruit body. Creamy mouthfeel but then cheesy beery basic body underneath it all. Some sourish taste. Alcohol. Lace lines. Like a malted up macro. Not making the style, and not my cuppa tea.

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying this at Brother's house down in Fla,,, Pours caramel with a pinky of tan head, average head retention & lacing

S; Slight malty smell & a bit of breadyness when warm

T: Maltyness, herbal hops, brown breead & dryness up front, Brown sugar & toffee, plus a touch of honey malt, a touch of grassy hops & pear fruittyness as this warms. Finishes with steely hops, rich caramel, dryness & toffee, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, nice balance, enough hoppyness to keep the malts from completely steam rolling you

Great drinkability, ABV is well hidden, a nice chewy helles bock! Glad I picked this up...

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 0z. bottle poured into a pint glass...

Bottle reads 8.5%

A- Amber orange color, small one finger head, dissipating rather quickly. No lace to speak of at all.

S- Smell was overly sweet and biscuity.

T- Way too sweet for me. The grainy/grassy like flavors did not go over well with the intense fruity like caramel sweetness.

M- No body on this one. A bit too sticky in the mouthfeel.

D- Had a hard time drinking this one. I didn't finish it as the flavors were too overwhelming and unbalanced.

Photo of rebel1771
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear honey color with a small head with no retention.

S: Strong aroma of sweet figs along with a slight note of doughy sweet bread.

T: Sweet honey flavor up front fading to toasted bread/nut flavor.

D: Very good brew, would go great with some smoked sausage and spicy mustard.

Photo of philbe311
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A deep butterscotch color with a faint orange hue... Lotz of fizz post pour... A fingers worth of tan head quickly fades away leaving a minimalistic lacing...

S - Some pale malt... Peach... Jolly rancher... Ever so slightly tart... A vague hint of spiciness...

T - Medicinal cough syrup... Artificial sweetner... Fig... Bitter peach... Raisin... Unbalanced...

M - Sharp fizzy carbonation... Syrupy and slightly chewy... Astringent... Medium to full bodied...

D - I hate to be a this tough on a beer, especially one from a home state brewery, but the wonderful color was the only truly redeemable quality... Unfortunately this fell way short in all other categories...

Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Buffalo. Pours a hazy caramel color with hints of rosy orange, just a few bubbles drift up from the pour and recede to near placid.

Bready malt, caramel, nuts, hint of roast, earthy hops all drift from to my nose.

Citrusy hops jump out, joined by caramel sweetness, a raw alcohol presence, earth, roast, light fruitiness, moderately dry finish and medium carbonation. Pretty bitter overall with just enough sweetness behind there to give some depth. Still, feels a little raw, not as smooth.

Photo of DomErie
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful golden orange color with a small head that dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of.
Sweetish flavor with hints of honey. Pretty good balance. Sticky mouthfeel that reminded me of Erie's other big beer, Red Ryder. Very smooth and flavorful. Alcohol not as prevalent as Red Ryder but still around lurking in the background.
All in all another surprisingly quality product from Erie Brewing

Photo of sfsean28
1.86/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I hate to bash a beer and especially something from Erie Brewing. I drank their Railbender and I thought it was great. Golden Fleece on the other hand was bad and unpleasant for me. Maybe I bought a spoiled beer, I don't know.

Poured into a chalice and has a dark golden orange color. Nice head which disappears quickly and leaves a frothy ring.
Smells like bread and tastes sour. Carbonation is o.k. and is visible. Tiny bubbles rising to the top and leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Leaves a bad taste in my mouth and its undrinkable. Down the drain it goes. I spent 9.49 for sixer. Ouch!

Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in New York City. A very good example of the style. Color was a brown/copper, darker than I expected. Aroma was good for a lager and the flavor was very good with a definite alcohol character without being too strong.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, sunburst color with a small white head that recedes. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty sweet with a yeasty backbone and a slight hint of hops.

Taste is sweet and caramel malty upfront leading into a nice yeasty flavor and a faint fruitiness. A mild hop taste appears midway along with a slight bitterness - just enough to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying. Finishes sweet with a mild lingering blend of caramel malt and hop flavors.

Full body, good carbonation.

Overall, a nice maibock and quite drinkable. I can drink a few over the course of an evening, but need something else in between to break up the sweetness - which is entirely appropriate for the style. Grab some of this if you get the opportunity.

Photo of lvbs
1.62/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Of the five beers we tasted on this occasion, this was the biggest loser of them by far. "Too malty" and "not balanced," the Erie Maibock struck our tasters as a beer without a clear direction, and the sweetness just made it difficult to drink for many.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber color, thin bit of cream colored foamy head
S - mostly sweet malts and some alcohol, a touch of honey
T - sweet, very bready malts...theres a lot of flavor and at the same time it's subtle, hard to describe. A little grassiness in there maybe.
M - nectar-like, semi-thick and sticky with a tiny tingle of carbonation
D - I'd have another...an all-around good maibock. Nothing amazing or surprising, but definitely good.

Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy white head that lasted a while

S- Toasted malts, caramel, apples, bready, nutty, hint of hops

T- Dark druits, bready, roasted nuts, grains, light malts, citrus hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, sweet, semi-oily finish, slight burn of alcohol

D- Definitely worth trying

The flavors of this brew hide the alcohol content but it will start to creep up on you if you're not careful.

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of some fruitiness, bread, and spices. Tastes of cookie dough, ligther fruitiness, spices, and malty sweetness. Light alcohol in the finish.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/26/09

Photo of dborginis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer, my first bock of the spring.
Appearance is a pretty copper, very clear. Sweet smell, nothing special. The taste is what I expected from a bock, darker malts, sweet, a bit of hops flavor to balance. The 8.5% really isn't noticeable. Head was minimal, carbonation is about right, if a little light. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, malty, small earth and a small presence of fruitiness. In the taste, small hops and a fruity maltiness. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice blend of fruit and small hop presence, hides the alcohol quite well.

Photo of tim9887
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden burnt orange with a solid inch or so of off-white foam.

Aroma: Fruity - apricot/tangerine comes to mind. Light hops.

Taste: Smooth malt character. The aforementioned fruit characters are present but subtle. Mild, lingering hop bitterness. Delicious. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp carbonation. Quite smooth.

A great beer all-around. Lots of flavor + high ABV (8.5%) + deceiving drinkability factor = one heck of a brew. Please sir can I have another???

Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a beer with a deep butterscotch color. It has little carbonation visually, and has ephemeral haze floating about it. It maintains a tan-kissed white head of one and a half fingers that dissipates slowly. As it goes, it leaves spotty lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is composed primarily of toasty cereal malts, sugary sweet caramel, honey, a twinge of alcohol, and dark fruits, of plum specifically. The taste is introduced with sweet and malty notes. As it moves to the middle, it becomes cleaner, with a light lemony citrus and interesting musk about it. The finish relies upon the return of those dark malts from the nose, with bright hops and a quick, warming alcoholic burn to wash it all down. The mouth is left on the dryer side, but happy. The beer has a medium to thick body, with pleasantly medium carbonation. There is medium creaminess, with the beer being approvingly slurpable. The abv is getting up there, but the beer remains dangerously drinkable.

Overall, what was best about this brew was how well the sweetness was balanced and contained within the beer. It could have easily been overpoweringly sweet, but they find a nice medium with the other flavors, making this a great, and interesting, beer for the style. As a side note, this beer has been one of our favorites for a long time, and we originally bought the beer, not because of its prestige or prowess, but because of the goofy, fat goat munching on his "Ram Chips" on the label. This beer is actually the culprit that got us hooked on Maibocks in general.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A bit of head forms and recedes towards the edges.

S. Nothing really strong, some malts.

T. Really flavorful, a nice malt flavor with some even hop bitterness. Pretty good.

M. Medium bodied alittle watery.

D. Exceptional, did not know it was 8.5%.

Photo of williamherbert
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is clear yellow orange. Tons of carbonation. Big, thick shaving cream foam of a head; pure white.

The aroma is a terrific dark roasted caramel malt; sweet, not bitter. A pilsnery, flowery citrus hop. Toasted base with a flowery, perfumey second sniff.

The taste is sugary malts that are also dark, like a strong ale or a mild barleywine. Really nice bitter flowery hop; grassy. I am really enjoying the dueling banjos of dark (malt) and light (hops).

The feel is thick and milky. Smooth with a honey-like consistency. It's a strong drink at 8.5%! Thick and dark malts, a nice spring-y hop respite. A fine example of style.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this is number 3 in the bock trials for this year,

Poured from the bottle a golden amber with thin head that lightly clings the glass.

Smell is a nice roasted malt with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste is a zing of malt followed closely by a bit of hops, the malt is mildy sweet a bit roasted, but not chocaletely, solid.

Mouthfeel is on the whole tongue, with a bit more feeling on the sides.

Quite drinkable, but the sweetness can be a bit overpowering after a few. overall very good.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It's a bit sweet with a dry edge. The taste is decent as well. It has a warm, pale and Munich malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, although it's a bit stronger than most.

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Golden Fleece Maibock from Erie Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.