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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Added by TheDM on 07-24-2003

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by cpmichael:
Photo of cpmichael
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of Arherring
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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 hotstuff
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a small sized head that consisted of fine sized bubbles.The head on this beer unfortunately quickly dissipated.This beer had a dark amber body and it had decent lacing on the sides of my glass.The nose of this beer was malty and it also had a bitter taste to it which I did not enjoy.

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Photo of oracle
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz imperial pint in a traditional english pint glass

Beer was clear copper color with very thin white brittle head that subsided pretty quickly.

Nose was malty with traces of toffee and no detectable hops.

I was very pleasantly suprised by the taste of this beer. Malty with a complex character. I can't place all the flavors I detect here, malt, toffee and a little nuttiness. Minor hops rounding out the finish, which lingers without becoming unwelcome.

Mouthfeel was a little thick, but not cloying.

I could easily see myself drinking this with meals, especially in the winter.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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 mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Huntingtonbasser
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of dren
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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 GreenWBush
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An interesting, if misguided, attempt at a style rare to most American drinkers.

This one came to me via the 20-oz pint serving glass a dark brown with almost no head. The nose was purely molasses-coated alcohol. Very malty aromas blend with a bit of butteriness.

They disguised the alcohol in this very well, but at the expense of the overall experience. Way too much sweet toffee tones for the style, and I think i'm catching some coffee-chocolate notes that just don't seem like they should be there.

The mouthfeel was a bit like a porter or stout, slightly cloying with richness. This one could serve as a nice complement to a sweet dessert, but nothing i'd have again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 13 from Qarre. Thanks for the opportunity, I think...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, where it formed a 3/4" light tan head over the darkish orangey-amber brew. Head retention and lacing are average. Aroma is strongly of grains, with almost a husky sense to it, which I like. Taste continues where the nose left off, husky grains, with overly sweet notes, and ends up with a slight hops bite. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but the strong sweet tendency kind of knocks it down from a solid good brew to a simply above average one. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of cameraman
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reddish copper color with highlights of orange on the sides and the bottom. The scent of roasted malt and some chocolate malt comes through at first, and then the feint aroma of hop spiciness comes in at the end. The first taste is of a twang from the hops, then it slowlo fades to let the malt become the main character. In the mouth, it feels medium bodied to a tad heavy, with a slight tingle of carbonation. This is very drinkable beer, the strong malt flavor makes it an easy to sit and have several.

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Photo of youngblood
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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 mtrain237
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of zrab11
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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 MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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