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Einbock - Stevens Point Brewery

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 01-28-2008)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with clover honey edges. The beer is perfectly pristine... the better to see a handful of slow bubble streams wandering up to a small head the color of bleached sand. The texture of the foam isn't noteworthy. Nor is the amount or quality of the lace.

Strangely enough, the nose is reminiscent of malt liquor. It's pale malty, slightly corny, and muskily hoppy in a minor sort of way. It doesn't smell like any helles bock that I've ever smelled before. It isn't bad, though.

Einbock sorta tastes like malt liquor too. To be more specific, it tastes like a good quality malt liquor (2/3), mixed with a bock (1/3). Not really a helles bock, however. There's a good bit of toasted maltiness that makes it taste more like a 'no adjective' bock. Munich and Vienna malt will do that. Note: the above proportions are reversed with warming.

This is pretty good beer for what it is. Sweet, toasted malts have the upper hand, with spicy Hallertau hops adding complementary flavor and bitterness. While I'm not a big fan of most bocks, this one is tasty and drinkable; something that can't be said of all Stevens Point beer.

The alcohol is buried very well. A slight warmth on the way down is the only evidence of the 6.2% ABV. The mouthfeel is fine as well. It's nice and supple, with no hint of 'give up' on the finish.

Stevens Point Einbock (One-bock) is a pleasant surprise. Along with Cascade Pale Ale, this is the best beer that I've had from one of Wisconsin's lesser known breweries. If you're a fan of the style, a six-pack might be in order.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a petite, white head.

Smell: Sugar-soaked toasted grains with golden raisins for a bit of pleasant fruitiness, meager spicy hop hints, and even some peppery alcohol.

Taste: Toasted grains and bready malts alongside a middling amount of caramel sweetness. Some surprisingly early alcohol hints. Hints of dried fruit come and go at whim. Mildly spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes dry with some lingering toasted qualities parallel to some lingering alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable and decent, it's not the first bock I'd reach for, but it's not one I'd swat away like an awry tennis ball either.

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper gold body, sharp clarity with an almost jewel-like tone. Thin cap of foam that doesn't remain too long.

Muted aroma, sweet shortbread cookie, whiff of alcohol, with a little bit of spice present. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Cream soda, grape, alcohol in the aftertaste, some estery banana and low level spice. Syrupy feel, a little bit sticky but not cloyingly sweet. Simple and a little bit dull. Not something i'd revisit.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color and was highly carbonated. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam that was short-lived and left little lace.

S - It smelled floral and malty. There were notes of sweet breads.

T - It tasted nutty and malty with some sweet caramel. It had a mild grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice maibock. However, like most Point brews it doesn't blow me away.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep honey golden body bright white head forms thick, fine speckled lacing forms as well. These bottles and labels are so generic looking but I had to try it. Nose has a nice biscuit malt sweetness with a touch of honey accents and herbal rolling grassy hops. Mineral water slightly metallic character is lingering as well. Flavor is a bit bland overall, it's a nice mass produced maibock slightly watery. Nice grainy sweetness rides through again biscuit malt and mild honey sweet edges, balance with a low profile herbal, grassy hop kick. Mouthfeel is killed by carbonation levels and cloying sweet sticky textures at times really making this brew hard to love or even like. A regional brew from Wisconsin, this beer probably goes well with cheese. All beer goes pretty good with cheese, they need to take an apprentice ship in PA to learn German styles a bit better if this is their Maibock. It's note horrbile but they could use some pointers.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Below average head retention & zero lacing

S: Breadyness, apricots & honey

T: Breadyness, grainyness, dryness, apricots & honey malt up front. A touch of cornyness, plus pears as this warms, but only a bit, plus some metallic & herbal hops & honey. Finishes dry with leafy hops & nice fruittyness, fairly crisp; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with fairy assertive carbonation

Drinks easy enough, not a bad stab at the style, much room for improvement. This would do in a pinch. Too bad the head retention & lacing weren't up to snuff

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe. $4 for a pint. Appeared crystal clear amber with a short white head. Like most Point beers, this is good and clean, but not great. While it's quite drinkable, it's not a shining example of the style. The flavor with the sweet fruity (apples and cherries) malts are backed by a little whole-grain bread taste, but it's all very thin and doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. Meh, not really worth trying unless you normally find maibocks too thick.

Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellowish color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is sweet, malty, with some spice notes. The taste has a nice little sweetness to it, malty, slightly spiced, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. 1 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, some hints of ginger, and some slight citrus aroma. Fits the style of a Maibock/Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Carbonation has a kick, which is noticeable when compared to the general sweetness. Tastes of a lot of sweet malt up front, yeast characteristics come through next, hop in the background, slight ginger is noticeable along with some bread flavor. Overall, a decent Maibock; not too watery, but not real heavy on body - an easy to drink beer. It's a little heavy on the sweetness for my taste, but the flavors are well blended.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
3560 on the neck, no info.

A - Crystal clear like a beautiful spring sky, this Maibock is well-carbonated and goldenrod in color with a one-finger white head. Low retention and little lace left behind though.

S - Mostly malty sweet, the nose brings fourth memories of spring. Crisp and clean, the low spicy noble hop profile adds good character to the Vienna malt profile.

T - Sweet Vienna malt profile rich with notes of honey and lightly toasted wheat bread. Mild spicy noble hops compliment the malt well.

M - Medium-bodied and pretty smooth on the palette, Einbock has a well-carbonated, crisp finish with a nice, soft cleanliness to it. Mild lingering sweetness.

O - One of the better Point brews, this Maibock is a pleasure to drink and enjoy on a warm spring day. Well-rounded, nicely balanced, and quite drinkable.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ah twist off never a good sign. Eh not bad a solid inch of off white head atop of a orange brown tinted beer. Somewhat hazy with very sweet lacing.
S - Has some helles tones of yeasts and hops with a pungent yet subtle bit of alcohol with some caramel malts and bready body. Smell is full and interesting.
T - Wow that caramel malt is balanced, very malt forward indeed. Underneath I got some pretzel dough and a bit of hops. Surprisingly good!
M - Medium bodied for sure, a tad chewy. A nice full beer.

Overall I am pleasantly surprised this is up there with the "whole hog pumpkin" ale. Not too sweet yet has a decent malt presence. A very tasty bock indeed.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a thin, rapidly dissipating off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of either.

Nose is loaded with sweet caramel and bright buckwheat honey. Smells clean and fresh.

Toasty sweet malts dominate the show with a smattering of floral hoppiness and a bitter, drawn out finish, maybe a bit too toasty. Showing a touch of oxidation, but overall this is just an ok tasting maibock. Certainly no shortage of flavor, but somehow just does not have that smooth, balanced touch that makes me want more than one.

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light orange color...nice frothy, creamy white head of about 1/8 inch at first but then it fades..

S-Smells sweet with a honeyed maltiness...

T-Definitely a sweeter style of maibock but there is a nice alcohol like spiciness on the finish that holds the honey like malt flavor in check.

M-Medium to full bodied...a little sticky....feels big...not thin in any way..

D-This is a pretty decent maibock....good weightiness to this...good substance...good sweetness with just enough alcohol to keep it from cloying but it isn't far from that...

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pale gold in color with a touch of haze to it. A small but dense off-white head forms. Retention is above average, as is lacing that's left in thin patches and spots here and there.
There's a touch of sweetness in the aroma, almost a honey-like note, with caramel malts, a touch of grains, and a hint of leafy/herbal hops. A bit more strength is needed, but otherwise this is a nice aroma.
A nice malty presence forms the backbone, with caramel, toffee and breads supporting an ample hops character offering some herbal and leafy bitterness. There's also a touch of spiciness. This is a semi-dry beer with a lively medium body due to active carbonation. It remains a steady balance of crisp and smooth without thinning out.
This is very good, though not a mind-blowing beer, but it's thus far the best I've had from this brewery.

Photo of sweemzander
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Poured a clear orange amber color. Big head formation of super light tan that slowly dissipated down to a respectable layer.

(S)- Light spice with mellow honeyed malts. Light lemon. Crisp smelling.

(T)- Ample sweet honeyed malts with a light corn husk attribute.

(M)- Smooth and sweet. Not harsh in any way. Kinda light actually.

(D)- Not too shabby. Its got the right flavors for the most part and is balanced well. Nothing out of the ordinary. Simple and straightforward but enjoyable nonetheless. Kinda filling though.

Photo of Hellpop65
1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of tgbljb
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amedium copper color with appropriate white foamy head. Good retention, splendid lacing.

Smell is light, at best. There may be subtle tones of caramel, but they are difficult to detect.

Taste has a firm upfront malty character, with a pleasing dryness that slowly develops.

The dryness becomes almost atsringent at the finish, yet is still enjoyable.

A good beer to have once in awhile, But not one to frequent.

Photo of homebrew311
2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 12pk for 7.99.. I thought at that cost it was a risk worth taking.

A: Pours a clear golden, head disappears quickly, some lacing

S: there is a distinct lager character on the nose, very bready, kind of sweet like corn, the lager character smells like it is artificial. There is something unsettling here.

T: sweet grains up front, followed by some soured notes, stale bread, a lingering sweetness on the finish that leaves the palate unhappy. Not real impressed.

MF: thin body, medium carbonation

D: well I waited until the bottle #12 of the 12 pack to do this review, and let me tell you, I was sitting on these for a while. The stuff is possible to drink, just not all that pleasant. The balance is poor and the overall execution is pretty bad. This seems to be a theme in Point beers.

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden copper with a 1/2 finger head that left a little spotted lacing

smell is very bready and i get quite a bit of alcohol with sweet fruit

taste is right along the line of the nose - plenty of booze flavor for only 6.2% - those sweet apples mixed with bready caramel malt

mouthfeel is a light medium body with plenty of carbonation that gives it a crisp yet still creamy feel

overall this was a good buy - saw it on sale 5.99 a sixer and i am a sucker for maibocks i thought i would give it a shot - glad i did - might buy more

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Einbock from Stevens Point Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.