Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #09 - Maibock - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by Longstaff:
2.98/5 rDev -17%
The Maibock that isn't. I can see maybe 10 years ago why a brewery would call a beer like this a maibock - marketing and no one's going to call you on it since hardly anyone has had one before - but with the education level these days of beer drinkers and with all the fine traditional and newly brewed maibocks available, why stick with the Maibock name when its not even close or representative of the sytle?
Earthy, dark coppery brown body is full of bready malt and alcohol aromas along with classic Harpoon hops. Medium to thick mouthfeel seems cloying at times and alcohol is evident. Raw flavors that would need more time to come together. Not very enjoyable or drinkable. Just what I remembered from this beer when I tried it years ago.
Yet again another Harpoon 100 bbl. series that should be labeled as "Harpoon Classic" as to not confuse or entice the beer geek into thinking this is a better product than their regular beers. Only good thing is that after all these harpoon classics have been packaged in the 100 bbl. series once, maybe they will be forced to brew something more original and exciting.
04-25-2005 19:02:59 | More by Longstaff
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3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Hadn't seen this beer. It was sitting next to the Imperial Stout and Framboise, thought I'd give it a try. It was a slightly cloudy amber color with a small head. It had a fresh flower odor with a sweet caramel taste. There was a little bit of hoppiness, but not much. A very smooth beer, maybe a little on the bland side.
02-27-2006 13:12:35 | More by lordofthewiens
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
22oz bomber. Pours a wonderful bright copper colored beer, topped with an active, multi-sized bubbled foam head that pops to a respectable lace and clingy stick.
Inviting floral hop aroma, with a shotgun spray of subtle esters / phenols. Notes of metallic malt, suggestions of buttery diacetyl.
Malty, medium/even-bodied, with a grainy back and some "dirty" tannins left on the palate. Quite fruity with its sweetness, a bit estery with a touch of berry and a hint of banana phenol and edge of dried-stick-of-bubble-gum hidden beneath - unexpected. Dots of caramel, but it's real faint. A bit slick on the palate in spots, with more signs of emerging diacetyl. Tea-like hop flavor, with some pithy/grassy/floral notes that gently twang the palate and some delicate spiciness. Light leafy character. Plenty of complex hop character going on. Dying finish, with a touch of oil that holds the coarse tannins on the palate ... making for an unclean finish - not very pleasant.
Despite its name, it's not a Maibock. It's not a lager either, it's an ale, hence "Maibock Beer" in the name. Worth a try overall, but it seems a bit rushed to market. I also think that if you're going to call a beer a specific style (Maibock) that you brew to the specific style, else you'll definitely mislead consumers.
04-22-2005 18:11:39 | More by Todd
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Presentation: 22 oz gold foiled bomber with a freshness date on the label.
Appearance: This is a gorgeous looking brew, amazing head retention it just about sticks everywhere. Bright and tawny great clarity.
Smell: Thick aromatics of hops and fruitiness with a tight package of malt in the nose as well.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Big malty palate, full bodied with a mild crispness. Fruity with hints of diacetyl up front. Cake like maltiness with a kiss of caramel in the back. Lots of hops on the tongue, certainly enough bitterness to balance and a heavy hand of flavor to boot. Finishes on the sweet side with some lingering hops and diacetyl.
Drinkability & Notes: Similar to the original (not as clean), of course not so true to the style as far as brewing techniques or character but it is damn tasty. This is just as much a Maibock as Dead Guy Ale is
04-09-2005 22:44:22 | More by Jason
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap, the Publick House, Brookline, MA...
Russet color, deep but clear. Orangey head, stays flat in appearance, but leaves pretty decent lace. Largely a raw sugar aroma. Heavy mouthfeel, a little too much overall with medium to low carbonation. Chewy and malty, sub molasses taste with lighter toffee elements. For me, this wasn't so much an Ale in character -- in some ways, German style hops could stand out more for style, lacks spicy Maibock qualities and malt toastiness. Seems heavier and more overly alcoholic than it actually is, a little strange and maybe overwrought.
06-17-2005 03:09:55 | More by ADR
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
This poured to a nice dark red and amber with a nice head that lasted very well. The lace looks good too.
The smell is dominated by malt and caramel, with a tiny floral kick. The taste follows that up with more malt, lightly toasted, and the floral effect is stronger than in the smell. Hops come through strong and solid without dominating. The mouthfeel is not quite as solid as the flavors contained within, while drinkability is decent.
Authentic or not, this stuff is good on its own merits.
10-01-2005 23:21:05 | More by watermelonman
3.95/5 rDev +10%
Got a chance to sample this on Christmas day with my brother and cousin. My cousin was kind enough to pick up this bottle for a taster while on a ski trip in Vermont.
The beer poured a nice amber color with a medium white head that took its time is disapating. On first smell of the beer you pick up the nice malt and hop characters in this beer. A nice treat for the nose.
This is a pretty easy beer to drink as the hops are easy on the tongue and the aftertaste is paletable. I wish we could have had a few more bottles to share but we had to savor this one.
12-27-2005 20:36:59 | More by ggaughan
4.28/5 rDev +19.2%
Picked up this bottle in Boston while I was there for the American Beer Fest 05. Special thanks to my frind Stacy for driving around the block repeatedly while I raided the booze bins. :)
Pours a beautiful amber, quite clear, with a very healthy tan head.
Smell is very fruity with some citrusy hop notes and a malty undertone.
Flavour is deeper than expected...fruity and smoky at the same time. The smoky quality doesn't come through quite so much on the second sip. A little oaky as it gets tot he finish, with some spice building at the back. Well done.
Thick liquid is a little oily. There's an active carbonation up front, but it's not so strong as to be annoying or detract.
This one is an easy drinker- hearty and complex enough to keep me satisfied.
02-01-2006 07:16:47 | More by UncleFlip
4.25/5 rDev +18.4%
Freshness date 040505; today is 041205. This beer is fresh. 22oz. bomber indicating ABV, IBU, and OG.
Pours deep caramel, with redheaded stepchild slight hues. Virtually no head and no lacing. Very distinct, very bold. Smell is very pungent, malty, hoppy, and sweet. There are definite floral involvement too, red rose. Tastes large. Much hoppier than other Maibocks I've had, this beer seems to be more of a fall ale then anything else.
I am not a huge Harpoon drinker but this is definitely better than their more common beers. Very tasty beer, go out and get one. Is anyone even reading this...really.
04-14-2005 02:52:09 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Although not a traditional Maibock, I liked this beer nonetheless. I think it may have mellowed a bit, and it really struck me as having more in common with a Marzen. Toasty caramel with a hint of orchard fruit. Hopping character was that of something more hoppy initially, and then falling off with time, resulting in a fairly muted hops profile. Reasonable abv made for a great grill-side beer.
09-28-2005 18:19:52 | More by Brent
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Well, this doesn't quite taste like any maibock I've ever had, but I really like this beer nonetheless. The color is a beautiful copper kettle with a modest, creamy tan head that diminishes to a thin lacing. I could smell this beer all day. It has hints of caramel and toffee, to be sure, but also some candied pecans and even a touch of banana. In a word, it smells a bit like bananas Foster. Very nice smooth and sweet malty taste that has a nice dry, crisp finish -- a good amount of herbaceous hoppiness keeps it from becoming cloying, along with a slight mineral or chalky flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and keeps you coming back for more. Drinkability,as a result is high, though it is a filling beer. You have to like maltier beers to like this, and I do.
07-08-2005 02:01:07 | More by bultrey
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
This beer poured a deep copper color, very clear with a thick, dense tan head. I like my Maibocks to be more gold, but not a bad appearance. The nose has a lot of malt, and the aroma comes across as a sweet fig. You can detect the hops in the aroma, its present as a citrus finish. The taste is dominated by the malt. It is more toffee than the figs I found in the nose. The hops lend a brightness to the flavor, and provide a mild bitterness. I think a little more Saaz hops would have been nice to bitter it up a bit. Smooth mouth feel and a good drinakbility. This is a difficult style to master, this is not a bad sample, but not great.
04-25-2005 20:41:42 | More by carln26
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
I picked this up last weekend thinking about the coming spring. I thought a nice Maibock would be perfect considering how warm it's been as of late.
Pours a nice golden amber, capped with a modest white head.
The aroma is lightly hoppy floral / citrus.
The flavor opens with light caramel taste which quickly settles into the backround. Mild but consistently present hop character dominates the experience on this brew. Not overhopped rather a nice consistent balance of malt and hops.
a nice change of pace from the stronger brews I've been having lately. I'd recommend trying it.
02-16-2006 14:13:14 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
This was a lovely red ale with a one finger creamy head. It formed a nice rounded cap at the top of my 22 oz. pilsner glass.
Aroma was of rich caramel and medium malts, with a hint of hops at the end of the nose.
Taste was much different however. There was a high degree of hop bitterness, with a full malt flavor underneath. A little fruitiness snuck in there, and the bitterness lingered, although somewhat abated, into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was of good body, and drinkability was quite good as well. Overall, much better than I had expected... I was disappointed with the Berkshire Brewing Company's Maibock Lager, and was a little hesitant. But I am glad I gave it a try. It was worth it.
06-26-2005 02:54:50 | More by connecticutpoet
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
on tap at Redbone's
Beautiful ruby-tinged caramel brew with dense, off-white head barely tinged with amber. Some sticky lace on the glass.
Enticing hops aroma, sweet and spicy, that makes me want to dive right in.
Somewhat hot, cannabinoid, grapefruity hops laced around sticky, caramel malts with short, but resiny finish. For some reason, it makes me think of Arrogant Bastard, though not quite to that level of outrage. Which makes me wonder if it's really to style. Who cares? It's good, and I'd like another one.
04-19-2005 23:55:28 | More by gentlebubbles
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head over the translucent orangey amber brew. Pillowy head lasts well, with delicate and prevalent lacing. Aroma is moderately of piney hops, with underlying grain essences. Taste is upfront with citrusy yet piney hops, and then smooths to aftertaste with the malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, yet smooth, and drinkability is good. Another nice addition to the 100 Barrel series.
07-18-2005 20:28:53 | More by ppoitras
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
copper with a good tan head. light nutty malty and floral hoppy aromas, with a little vanilla. fairly sweet tasting, toasted nutty flavors and a little fruity towards the back of the mouth, with some herbal hop bitterness towards the end to balance. a little alcohol in the finish. well carbonated and a littel thin, the sweetness makes it seem thicker than it is. a good amber ale, lacking the cleaner taste of a lager to make it a good maibock. why didn't they stay true to the style?
06-16-2005 00:46:18 | More by kmo1030
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a little lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is malty. Starts on the sweet side but really balanced malt/hop, finish has a hint of hops but overall flavor is subdued. Surprised to find this since it was brewed last winter. $4.59 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
11-26-2005 23:37:29 | More by jdhilt
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
Clear, orange-amber color with an impressive head that leaves equally impressive lace.
Expectedly malty aromas. Some flowery hop too, though it shows up toward the end of the smell.
Very nice balance. Smooth, round malt that features (I think) some crystal. The hop is present on the initial sip but becomes far more powerful through the swallow. The aftertaste is nearly all hop and is long lasting. Full bodied and high carbonation for the style.
This is a very quaffable beer. I'd bet in a blind tasting this would get very high marks, except for the aroma which is far milder than the beer suggests.
06-18-2005 21:48:14 | More by smcolw
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Harpoon Maibock pours a clear copper color into the glass forming a creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a fair amount of lace clinging to the sides.
A mild aroma of toasted malt, nuts and hops hovers over the surface. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth. There's a mild fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor has some toasted malt throughout with some fruityness (strawberry?) and mild bitterness mixed in. The bitterness is towards the end of each sip. It leaves a slightly tart taste on the palate.
This is a good easy drinking beer. However, I was hoping for a bit more sweet malt flavor.
06-09-2005 23:42:18 | More by WanderingFool
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
dark burnt sugar amber color with pillowy, crater strewn head. luscious. does not look like a maibock. lots of carbonation. smell is rather green and crisp, beery with a mild malt character. something lagery. tingly to the nostrils. taste is very sweet in its big malt profile. sweet cake taste. spry hops emerge as they do in these lighter beers, but are somewhat lost to the unusually large, thick body. i like it, but very unusual for the style.
06-18-2005 14:10:52 | More by goodbyeohio
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
It was almost a perfect match for the reddish garnet my GF was wearing. Off-white fluffy head that laced OK. Malty on the nose but really light, perhaps shielded by the head? Malt impressions initially on the tongue, quickly subsiding to a good hoppiness that lasts through the finish and in the aftertaste (not bad). Carbonated well giving it a bit of extra tongue acidity. Average drinkability.
07-11-2005 15:37:55 | More by packetknife
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
I was trolling Austins in Worcester for Oktoberfests the other day when I found this in their refridgerated section. It was a surprise to see the Maibock here because the 100 barrel currently out is the Framboise and that one has been out for a while now. Usually it's a little hard to find these things after their stint on the market.
At any rate, I bought it.
This thing pours the color of a good Maerzen - amber-red. If you handed this to me at this time of year, I'd bet you'd given me an oktoberfest. Crystal clear with a fairly thin head of tiny clear bubbles. It settles into a fairly good covering across the top.
The nose is really strong with hop floral love. There's some candyish malt back under there somewhere, but the real player in the smell is the hops. I'm sitting here expecting bitterness on IPA levels.
Surprisingly on the first sip it's pretty well balanced. Hops are definitely there, but they are evened out by a light malt. The mouthfeel is actually the thing I noticed first, though. Soft and full, with a slickness that I wasn't expecting. The mouthfeel I like a lot.
But where does the taste go? Why must it up and leave after the first few seconds? After the initial spark of interest that the first two seconds create, the potential complexity that this could be leading to doesn't materialize. Instead I'm left with a quickly fading essense of beer that lingers only in the slight bitterness of the hops.
This isn't a bad beer, but it's certainly not the Maibock I was hoping it would be. I'm glad I found it and tried it, but I'm not sad that it's a limited brewing.
10-12-2005 00:31:24 | More by FirstMan
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
Looks like this series just came to CT so I grabbed a bomber. Poured out a dark amber/copper with a nice white foamy head. Nice lacing around the glass when finished. Smell consisted of a lot of malts, some toasted aromas here and there. Quite a bit of sweet and spicy aromas as well. But the taste was a bit of a let down I thought. Quite sloppy with the malts, yeast, and the sweetness. Some hops come through in the middle and end, but the sweetness is all over the place, as well as the malts. Mouthfeel was medium with a creamy texture, good check on carbonation as well. It's worth a try for sure, but just don't expect a mind blowing beer. If not, just wait for #10.
05-26-2005 13:33:46 | More by necoadam
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
This beer poured a fluffy white head with a clear amber body.
The nose was a fruity mix of malt, corn, flowers, a touch of alcohol with this overall macro bud-esque sort of corn smell. Basically an intensified macro with hints of micro malt and fruit.
The taste was light to medium bodied. A course malt graininess. Malt was a mix of caramel; biscuit and cracker like malts. Pleasantly hoppy, although I couldnt make out any overpowering flavors, and surprisingly bitter. Actually a bit overpowering in the bitterness department.
A decent session beer, I cant really remember what the original harpoon maibock tasted like, but whats up with them calling this a maibock? If you gave me a blind taste test Id probably say English pale ale or something. Drinkable, but nothing special. Bring on #10.
05-03-2005 07:43:22 | More by taez555
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #09 - Maibock from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.