Maibock | Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Beric
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap in a pint
Served: 29 April 2014

Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown, so it looks more like a standard bock than a helles Bock. One finger white head that quickly collapses due to the ABV, but leaves no lacing behind. I would have liked to see this one a little lighter in color and with a more substantial head.

Smell: Very subtle hop notes with a huge sweet malt backbone.

Taste: This one was really sweet. The malts in this are almost sugary sweet, which as a bit surprising. Notes of pear and white wine, surprisingly. Little to no hop bitterness or flavor. Alcohol masked perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation makes this one feel on the lighter, more refreshing side.

Overall: Not a half bad brew, but nothing special. This one struck me as more of a standard bock than a helles Bock, especially due to the malt sweetness. The one redeeming aspect of the flavor was that it tasted more like lighter, white fruits than toffee or caramel which would be the dominant flavors in a standard bock. This isn't a terrible offering form Upland, but not anything special.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive amber, with a pleasing head of fine white bubbles. Lace is spotty, though.

Nose is grainy and toasty, even nearing sweet. Decent.

Taste is also toasty and malty, with touches of raisin and dried fruit. Actually, this one is as near to an amber ale as a bock, for me, with it's sweet and toasty character. Not bad, but not world-class, either.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was sampled on-tap at the Illiana Mayfest on 5/26/2012.

The beer was a somewhat orange color giving a malty aroma that was slight. The initial impression was a slightly sour malt flavor that morphs into a more tart taste in the finish. There was not a lot of complexity to this beer. I was anticipating a certain degree of sweetness, though it never arrived. The mouthfeel was average for the style. Carbonation allowed the beer to linger just long enough for me to realize the bber was one-dimensional.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by plank10. Thanks Nick.

The beer is orange hued with a thin white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma carries grain, fruit, malt, sweetness. Smells like a bock. The taste follows suit, with a present sweetness throughout. Fruit, grains, and a bit of alcohol. Fairly thin in body. A decent beer, but not on par with the authentic German examples of the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in April 2011. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head goes away quickly, and there isn't much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like bready malt, dark fruit, toffee and a little bit of grassy hops. Taste is mostly sweet, it tastes like toffee, bready and caramel malt, and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit syrupy and slick with good carbonation. I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this, but this one wasn't too bad at all. $1.99 for a single bottle at Liquor Barn.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

amber color, some light haze to it and lots of visible carbonation. A smallish white head rose up, but quickly settled down leaving mostly nothing in its wake.

The aroma was loaded with grain. Light fruit vibes and a ton of malt. Nothing in here really led me to think this was a barley wine of any kind. A big malty bock would be completely accurate here. More of this carried over into the flavor as well. Lots of light grainey malts, with some light hints at a grass like hope profile, but mostly just a classic bock like taste. Not much alcohol and a thin feel to it as well.

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Photo of Heischman
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maibock - Upland Brewing Company
Bloomington, Indiana
STYLE – Maibock / Helles Bock
ABV – 7.5%
IBU - ??
DATE – 31 MAY 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
APPEARANCE – Honey orange in color. A 1/8 inch head that stay on top and lots of bubbles coming up fom the bottom of the glass.
AROMA- Sweet with fruity notes and a hint of malt.
TASTE – a light weight beer with a sweet grapefruit, like a very ripe pink grapefriut taste, not bitter at all but just a mild sweetness
MOUTHFEEL – Very light but with a heavy feeling in the after taste. I am assuming it is from the carbanation.
CONCLUSION – Good beer, I could see me drinking this on the lake or next to a fire. I think it would be more refreshing if it was ICE cold not fridge cold.

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Photo of zrab11
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Has a nice amber color to it with decent head. good lacing

S- has a yeasty or biscuit smell to it. also nice toffee notes

T- has a nice sweet grainy taste up from followed by some kind of fruit flavor and then finishes with a nice maltyness

M-Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation

D- Overall for this style its a great beer. noting really flashy about it . but a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruity, spicy, earthy but also slightly metallic and artificial Maibock.

A: Very pretty deep apricot/pumpkin hazy body topped with a fleeting but regenerative two finger yelllowed white head.

S: Fruit, maybe dates, a hint of spice, and just the barest hint of dusty, herbal hops. Not very potent or inspiring.

T: Much bigger on the palate... sweet, creamy, fruity, even slightly smoky toffee malt with herbal, acidic, metallic hops. If you're into this style, you will probably like this beer, but as I am not, it's not exactly ringing my bell. Somehow tastes a bit artificial.

M: Full and syrupy, but heavily carbonated so it doesn't get heavy.

O: A solid effort, but not for me.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a reddish-amber color, pretty translucent. Minimal white foam. Dissipates quickly

S: Sweet malts, hops and fruits.

T: Clean and crisp, with caramel, sweet malts, apple and a nice hop character at the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, good carbonation. This beer fresh is pretty good. Very refreshing. Perfect for Spring time.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good pour into a pint glass gives me 3 fingers head with good retention, the beer itself is a light amber with an off white head. Smells are caramel and malts. Taste is caramel, slight yeast, sweet malts and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good, could session with this, even though the Abv. is high.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of smooth off-white head. This thins out to about ¼ finger of foamy retention which hangs touch, leaving a frothy cascade of lace behind that quickly recedes down the sides of the glass. Malts and citrus are thick and sticky in the nose, with the earth and spice of the hops adding a zesty kick to this in the nose. Well balanced enough aroma here I guess.

The taste is a warming blend of t bready malt, toffee, and green citric notes that drenches the mouth with warm sweetness. The hops balance out the back of the profile, leaving behind earth, spicy dryness, and some residual sweet notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant crisp smoothness to the carbonation, while the entire feel sits with some heft on the palate but doesn't' overstay its welcome with any unneeded alcohol warmth.

This was a decent enough take on a Maibock, maybe being a little sweeter in the taste than I would have liked. This still stays VERY smooth though for nearly 8% and overall drinkibility really helps pull this one out of the fire.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Big thanks to brundo4 for this guy!

Es is jetz Mai, so werde ich ein() Maibock trinken. (It's May, so I'm gonna drink a maibock.) The tawny hue of a May early sunset shines in the glass. A finger of thick froth rests on top before sinking away into the lovely oblivion below. The smell coming off of the surface is very grainy, very malty, and even had a slight kick of coffee to it as well. The maltiness and wheatiness come through on the tongue as well; the coffee has its own presence, but it very mild and soft; the overall sweetness, though obvious, is subdued, leaviing a nice balance with the light bitterness. The relatively light body and carbonation levels make for a refreshing brew, perfect for a nice May evening. Sehr lecker!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a modest head that descends to a ringlet, while leaving some splashes of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with distinct toffee sweetness

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with toffee sweetness and a hint of strawberry; there is a slight hint of grainy bitterness both before and after the swallow but the finish is dominated by the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice stab at the style - neither too sweet nor too grainy

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Photo of mwa423
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottle poured with two fingers of head. Very dark brown with hints of red when there is some red in the color.

S - Smells dead on like boiling wort with a very dark malt.

T - Tastes a lot like boiling wort....I'm starting to suspect something.

M - Very good, enjoyable to drink.

Here's an interesting note. It tasted so much like boiling wort that I pulled out my trusty hydrometer and took a reading. It was 1.025-1.03. I actually wonder if this was done fermenting when it was bottled....

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April 2009.

A: Slightly hazed light amber color with a decent head and plenty of lacing.

S: Slightly sweetened malt with a little bit of grassiness.

T: Sweet grains with a tad bit of amber/caramel to it. Hops are a bit weak.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and little alcohol feel.

D: Pretty drinkable, but nothing remarkable about this one. Not the finest of Upland's offering, but still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of youngblood
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a coppery brown. Smallish off white head.
S - Man I love maibocks. This one smells of some exotic fruits (kiwi, passionfruit, etc) and some faint toasted notes.
T - This is smooth. Flavors combine for a sweet, fruity experience. Nice slight toasty aftertaste with a nice b it of sweetness. Slight hop profile adds a nice citric dimension.
M - This is a little bit slicker than I like, but still has a great overall feel.
D - This is so easy to kick back and it's simply perfect for the weather right now.

Great beer from an up and coming brewery.

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Photo of baos
4.59/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle that I opened too harshly and foamed over (be careful dooodes) into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Reddish amber with a huge head that foamed over my jar then dwindles down to nothing but a wee collar and the flimsiest film. Decent lacing. The residue on my hands smells of beeswax! Yum!

S: Wow!. Honeysuckle and other wunderbar nectars. I know how bees feel now.

T: Pretty nice, let's see if I can describe: Fresh caramels just like mom makes melded with fresh dark chocolate cake, but these are only hints atop a nectar sweet maltiness that drys out and on the swallow you get the nice hop effect with a nice bitter that leaves your mouth dry... actually bittersweet because there is a nice residual sugar in the aftertaste as well.

M: Bubbly Bubbly but nothing of the nasty forced carbonation that our teen-aged years were gassed out with. Very medium to full atop the bubbly.

D: Drink this. It is the best I have had in a long time!!

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Photo of JamesS
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with just a little head and very little lacing. It had a nice scent, crisp and slightly malty, but not very intense. The taste to me was a bit odd, it was mellow and light but finished with an English light bitter hoppiness (slightly beef jerky), as opposed to a more robust German hop, and there was a lot of sweetness in the aftertaste, almost like a sweet stout. It did go down smoothly, though, and is still very much worth a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber-brown tone with nice clarity. Buttery sweet malt aroma, followed up by a nutty and sweet malt flavor. Fairly full-bodied, with light hop presence. Finishes dry, carbonation is a little lower than expected. It's an ok Maibock, but a little bit too sweet to have more than one.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two fingers of fuzzy tan bubbles are quick fading leaving dotted lace as it quickly fades. Body is dark honey brown amber with orange red hues on the edges. Nose is fragrent with sour fruit, soft spices and sweet maltiness. Very crisp on the opening sip with dry maltiness and dusty spice. A bit of crisp apple and maybe some biscuity notes are noticeable. You get a little dry bitterness that hangs on to the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel bounces between bitter and sour crisp. Drinkability is just OK.

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Photo of dren
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a huge head filling about a third of my pint glass. Very bubbly head that faded after about a minute or two. No lacing.

Smells sweet like caramel, brown sugar. Slight floral hoppy aroma.

Tastes very sweet up front, just like the smell. A hint of chocolate and then a bitter hoppy finish. Every now and then you get a slight hint of the alcohol taste but no warming feel.

This is a medium to light bodied beer. Easy to drink but not something I would want in the spring. More of a fall beer for me.

Not a bad Maibock at all. I haven't really had anything bad from Upland. I can buy anything from the brewery and know it will be of a certain quality.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour produced a nice cake of dense, off-white head that fell away to a thin layer of fine bubbles and an enduring collar. Clear and darkish orange-amber in color. The nose is potent even when well chilled. Caramely sweetness, ripe dark fruit, and tinges of alcohol overlay the malt base. The taste is even more potent, bold up front with a long finish of alcohol warmth. Sweet, chewy malts form a nice base that is complemented by a little bitterness and the afore-mentioned fruit. The mouthfeel is very smooth--even too smooth. About the degree of cling that I expect a bock to have but without any crisp bite. The smoothness makes this quite drinkable, but the funky personality makes me keep taking sip after sip.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall glass mug. This beer poured a huge 3/4 glass head with lots of big bubbles that faded to just a few fingers very fast. After a minute the head is 2 fingers and rocky no lace. Could be heat damage as this little Hussar had a long journey. The liquid is a lovely brownish Carmel color.

The smell is Carmel.

The taste follows, Sweet Carmely Malts, with a noticeable chocolate note in the finish, Very Nice, Very Welcome, Very unique as this style is heavy on malt but also bitter that would usually dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, lacks definition as the carbonation was mostly spent on the pour. (Just like my money)

Drinkability is great, this is a wonderfully flavorful, and delicious brew and at 7.5 ABV it shouldn't be. Hats of to this one. Big Thank you to Shbobdb for picking and sending this one. I would love to have more. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of merlin48
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper body with a small beige head that quickly disappears with minimal lacing. Aroma has lots of toffee and caramel maltiness that makes for a sweetcake nose. Earthy and spicy hops balance well. Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation. Taste benefits from the crisp carbonation which melds the toffee maltiness into the earthy and spicy hops profile with a deft precision. Very tasty and well constructed. One of the tastier American Maibocks I've sampled. The abv is well concealed, making for very nice drinkability.

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