Maibock | Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
Kansas, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is gold in color, very malty, full-bodied and has an increased hopping rate over the rest of our brews. Traditionally brewed for a May release date.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2002

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 19
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in for a beer during my drive through all of Kansas. Full notes taken during consumption at Blind Tiger Brewery, Topeka, KS.

A- Poured to a becher pint glass from the tap with a clear golden body. The white head makes up to about two fingers with a puffy creamy texture. Good head retention as webs of lace at the top lead to drizzle below.

S- Light pale cracked malt sweetness with a touch of cereal and toast. Yeast bread and some esters but it is impressively clean for the ABV. Light spicy hops round it out.

T- A blast of Pils malts with light to medium sweetness makes up a bulk of the flavor. Yeast is mostly clean save low esters and fruit. Spicy hops show up in the finish.

MF- Medium bodied with a super crisp feel and some creamy texture. Carbonation fairly high with a bite to the palate. Very light bitterness.

Clean but thats pretty much how a Maibock should be with a display of strong Pils malts and drinks very easy for 7.5%.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the brewery yesterday and had to bring a growler home.

APPEARANCE: Clean, clear and golden in color, this Maibock has a lot of carbonation. Thousands of bubbles line the entire glass from top to bottom with a thin and quickly dissipating head resting on top for a brief moment. There is no lacing at all.

SMELL: A big, biscuity aroma leads the way with some more subtle hop and fruit notes beneath the bread.

TASTE: A pleasant and moderate hop bitterness balances the initial sweet , malty flavors very nicely. There is just a touch of grass and citrus (mostly lemon) on the hoppy side and a fruitiness to the malt side that I can't quite put my finger on, banana maybe? There is also a surprising amount of booziness towards the finish of each sip for a 6.3% beer, but it compliments the flavors quite nicely as does the subtle spice.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a very, very well-balanced beer, although it errs slightly on the sweet side. The many bubbles did not amount to a strong sparkle in the beer, it has a light tickle and the finish is very clean, leaving almost no aftertaste which makes it the perfect beer to go with the small cheese plate I have in front of me.

OVERALL: I was impressed with this beer the minute I took a sip at the brewery. It is a well-balanced, highly drinkable, full-flavored, excellent example of the style. Highly recommended to anyone who can appreciate a Maibock.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow orange with a why'd head and little lacing. Nose brings a good deal of grain and also light fruit and some floral hops. Taste is grain and some floral and herbal hops, which bring a bit of bitterness. Light and creamy feel. Drinks pretty well overall.

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Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color and was presented to me with no head.

The aroma is sweet, grainy, slightly boozey, and has some fruity notes as well (apple). At times I get this stereotype "beer" aroma from it. Does that make sense?

The taste is decent. It's fairly sweet, slightly boozey, nice and bready from the pale malt, and it has a light grain taste as well. It's almost got some macro tendencies if that makes any sense.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy. The carbonation is low, but crisp.

Drinkability is moderate. It's a decent beer and enjoyable to drink. A little rough on the edges still and not super impressive, but a very nice effort.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Tiger's Maibock pours up compact with a short lived whitish head that rings the bright deep goldenrod-sunglow body. The sweetish aroma has a wonderful grainy, soft breadiness with some toasted (crostinos, graham crackers, soda pretzels) maltiness. Light fruitiness (blood orange, clementines, tangerine) with just a hint of Noble hop spiciness & alcoholic warmth. The generous flavor starts off sweet & grainy with some toasted melanoidins which gives way to a clean, moderate bitterness that carries well into the finish. This medium-full bodied seasonal lager has a subtle richness that finishes remarkably smooth with some alcoholic warmth & complexity that hides its goat strength well. It easy to see why this traditional Maibock from Blind Tiger has won so many awards including a silver at the recent 2008 World Beer Cup. This is a quality rendition of the celebrated spring bock which makes one want to dance around the Maypole with strange Fräuleins. Enjoy this one only in season on draught at the brewery. If you find yourself getting hungry at the bar then try pairing it with some freshly baked soft pretzels with con queso or try the hand-breaded jumbo stuffed mushrooms with horseradish sauce. Here's to John Dean and the Blind Tiger!

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an orange/amber color with an off-white, foamy head. Left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt. Mostly a roasted maltiness.

T - It tasted rather spicy. There was a hint of cinamon. It also had a good dose of bittersweet maltiness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. One of the best of the four that I've tried at Blind Tiger.

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Photo of marc77
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear bronze - orange hue, topped by a thin head. Nutty, sweet, sugary caramel notes in aroma. A well rounded noble Hallertauer hop nose can be discerned as well. Fairly light in body for a bock, & the carbonation is a bit too high and a bit prickly. Firm, toasty, but sweet malt flavors. Hop bitterness is more assertive than typical for style, but it doesn't interfere with the malt profile. Finishes surprisingly dry and very clean. Although milder all - around in character than other maibocks I've had, it's flavorful enough to be quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Maibock from Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
3.86 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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