Town Hall Maibock
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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German Maibock
Ranked #12
Ranked #12,471
4.11 | pDev: 11.68%
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 20 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of tewaris
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and clean amber-golden with a good head and good head retention. Clean and still rich with plenty of toffee, caramel and the melanoidins. Only slightly bitter with what I assume is a "noble" bitterness. Medium body and a slightly sweet bready finish. A very well done lager.

4, 3, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of birchstick
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"...blessed by the local priest to ensure a good crop.". Pours a faint amber color with a decent head that doesn't stick around too much. Smells of very floral hops and some nice grain malt. Taste follows th nose - very grainy malts start off the beer. These fade to a really nice herbal, spicy pine combination. There is some faint bitterness on the shale mixed in with the grain malts. Very drinkable beer...I wish I would have tried this one eqrlie in the night because would have ordered it all night.

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Photo of mothman
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served with a finger of khaki head. Good retention with some lace left. Color is a clear golden orange. Appealing.

Aroma: Bready malts, grassy, kind of sweet. Fairly simple.

Taste: Much more flavor here. A lot of grains and bready malts. Grassy/earthy hops. It reminds me a bit of a pils. Has a citrus flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and malty. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a little bit weak on the nose, but the flavor makes up for it. A bit malty, but it should be. Easy drinking. Solid maibock.

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Photo of mkabull
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a great golden color with a nice white head . The smell is a mix of malt and fruity esters . The taste is a quick burst of fruityness followed by a malt kick with a touch of bitterness . The mouthfeel is light and enjoyable adding greatly to the drinkability . Overall another great selection from Town Hall .

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Photo of xymyl
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color: Deep gold with a thick white head that settles quickly, carbonation is medium to low.

Aroma: Fairly clean malt with notes of apple and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Malt sweetness, again the apple shows up along with a little pear, caramel, then a very nice light bitterness.

Overall: A pretty good example of the style but the esters seemed just slightly more up front than I thought they should be, although apple was by far the most dominant. I really could not taste the alcohol. I prefer if there is a bit of spiciness and alcohol brightness in a maibock. But hey, it's a good beer and quite drinkable so who really cares?

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Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scores are an average of two years tastings..detailed scores for each are below..
06-I though the 06 version was much too hot and alcoholic...a little spicier than malty....had a hard time drinking the whole growler over two days.


04Poured from a growler....dark copper with orange hints...some mild chill haze...small white lace....nose smells like an O-fest or actually a true Vienna with a lot of toasted maltiness....very toasty...body is on the high side of medium...substantial as it should be in my opinion....very smooth....very sweet Maibock with strong toasted maltiness..guessing vienna malts are used...a nice doughy yeasty bready component too...spicy hops lie in the background but blend perfectly....

I really like this...perhaps the best Maibock I have had but probably cloer to top 5...One of my favorite Town Hall brews..

Ratings=4/and then all 4.5=4.4 total

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 64 fluid ounce brown glass Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery Growler, filled at the Town Hall nonetheless. Looks resplendent with a white and blue text Town Hall sticker across the white screw cap which is sealed in place with a seemingly vacuum-drawn charcoal colored tape which wraps the cap and neck, took some getting off but it served its purpose perfectly. Small white stickers are placed beneath the words ‘Enjoyed By’ [6-2] and ‘Beer Style’ [MB] on the reverse.

Appearance: Deep copper colored body, ESB like the ruddy dark red sunset hues littler my desk with ruby transient reverse shadows. Off-white vanilla colored creamy head, massive in depth, complex in its honeycomb make-up with an obsequious character. Nice lacing and a streaky smattering of froth lines my 25 ounce handled Mug. Gentle swirls reveal fine conditioning and resuscitate as well as invigorate the head back to life.

Nose: Sweet malts, freshly baked breaded middle and a Commando like apple fruity streak that clambers all over the nose. Toffee like thickness to the odors lends a glue-like cement consistency to the malts which stick easily to the hairs in the nose. The nuances are harder to detect, for they are easily masked by the lovely malts, yet worthy of a Search and Rescue mission to find them. Candy sugar, toffee apples, malted rye bread, yeasty unproven dough, it's all here.

Taste: Not exactly backwards in coming forwards, the decidedly malty front is bold and naked; it enforces its malt base with thick slashes of spicy hops. Cob like middle has a wholemeal bread skeleton. Light bitterness, some sweetness, Granny Smith apples finger the lips whilst a hint of candied fruits play with the tonsils. Spicy hop finish lingers in the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied it has an oily presence on the tongue at first and it benefits from a solid malt bill that builds intensity and depth into the lingering spicy hop laden bitter finish. But malty nevertheless.

Drinkability: One word, Illustrious. Two words, Harmonious. This really is a devilishly enticing brew that is both big and beautiful. Drinks well, wonder what the strength is…..if I wake up at 3am on the sofa next to an empty Growler I guess I may get my answer.

Overall: I’m still amazed how great beer can be from Growlers, shipped thousands of miles and enjoyed days, or even weeks, after it was poured, but this just was the case here. Fresh and invigorating the MTHB Maibock was a joy to share the evening with. Did I really finish 64 ounces of this one…guess so.

I haven’t had that many Maibocks, and it is not a style that I know much about, nor do I have that much experience of, but this, oh my…this is the Epiphany of Maibocks - Top Drawer stuff!!!

A HugeBig Thanks to BigHuge for this. Awesome!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh growler purchased at the 2005 release party: One of the darkest Maibocks I've seen. Very dark ruby copper color with only slight gold tones at the edges. That aside, it looks great, bright, clear set body and a huge foamy head of foam growing up quickly to generously cap the top. Cap sits for a good while before settling down to a hefty murk and the lacing coats in sheeting.

Aroma is clean and sweet with a good load of tangy candy-like malts bordering lager-like and heavy. Slight husk grain and herbal hops sit in the background.

Taste is bold and solid with a beefy maltedness that's thick, slick, and semi-chewy with some light fruity qualities, more so eluding to some caramel, but heavier set within a Munich malt breadiness thats glazed over with some butter. Sits on the tongue remotely like thin syrup. Finish really comes on nicely as the malts fade off. Sticky leftover fruits and bread gets brushed aside by a lovely build up of herbal hops spiced just right. The finish is almost smokey in a sense in the way that it emerges from the malts. Pretty cool character to have for a Maibock. I really like that part of it alot. Very nice hop finish on this one.

Feel is oh my thickly good. Almost too thick, if you can believe that. Big full malt body, smooth, clean, slick, and some chewyness all make for a nice sipping experience with this. I kept wanting to slam this stuff, but its a bit difficult. Registering in at 7.1% Its just too big for that. Very filling. Very satisfying though. Good stuff!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a clear copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is very complex. It is malty, fruity…I get cherries with this one. It has a spicy hop aroma, and is a bit toasted and caramel-like as well. The flavor is malty, toasty, with a spicy fruity hop flavor toward the finish. It has a subdued bitterness, but is does finish somewhat dry. A very complex brew that is medium-full in body. Kudos to Hoops on this one.

Sampled 5/30/04

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 1 L handfilled bottle courtesy of feloniousmonk.

Ruby-stained apricot with a short, whispy beige head that quickly subsides to surface swirls.
Nose full of toasted caramel, doughy dark breads, and honey.
Malty in full. Caramel-soaked, under-baked raisin bread. All doughy and wet and gooey in the middle. Crusty on the outside. Plenty toasty and sweet with Vienna and Munich notes. Nougat middle, coupled with burnt tangerines and brown sugar and roasted, honey-glazed walnuts. Minor grapey vinousness. Clean in flavor and texture, and obviously well lagered. A conjoined pear-prune essence manifests itself towards the finish. The finish itself is full of Germanic hop spice, via dead grass and dessicated herbs.
Full bodied with low-to-nil carbonation (certainly due to the rebottled nature), and resultingly a touch sticky. Regardless, it is still very impressive.
Seemingly the intersection of mai- and doppel- bocks.
Very good indeed. I can only imagine what this becomes straight off tap.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect shade of dark golden copper and crimson. Absolutely clear. A decent sized ivory white head caps it off and is well retained. The lacing comes in full sheets. Aroma is very nice. Whiffs of munich malts, bready yeastiness and biscuit like tones dominate. The flavor follows suit with the nose. Very nice indeed. Toasted malts accent the caramel dripped doughiness to perfection. And again...what I believe to be a munich/vienna malt blend provides a very nice breadiness and chewiness to the mix. And theres just a touch of some earthy, dry hops. The body is full and the carbonation is just ever so appropriately prickly. This is so damn drinkable. Probably favorite maibock to date. Nirvana in a glass.

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Photo of ADR
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap...Twin Cities Pub Crawl 2004...

Bright orangey amber and clear. Creamy head, 1/4 of an inch in height and good duration. Lots of sheeting lace on the glass. Outstanding aroma! Just reeks of quality brewing. Spicy, juicy, raisiny. Good mouthfeel, a speck light, flavor has fresh fruit cocktail connotations, slight breadiness, prickly hot cinnamon. Peppery and fresh at the close, just a note of hops. Malty, great smell, a very good Maibock for style and as a beer on its own. No regional bragging here (which I'm not a fan of), this is just a first class rendition.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber color, great, solid, creamy white head.
Aroma: soft, sweet, honeyish.
On first sip: big sweetness ensues, honey, touches of citrus and other fruits, great, lusciously sweet, lingering finish.
Flavor resides anew in every sip and swallow, each time lip meets glass a resonation of honey sweet and luscious malt occurs.
Big malt, little to no hops, but terrifically true to style, in fact, an utterly exemplary example!
Sweetness never gets too cloying, though it shines very brightly and awards the senses with each subsequent consumption.
Continually ringing sweetness, a touch buttery, but every bit perfect.

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Town Hall Maibock from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 20 ratings