Anniversary Maibock | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Anniversary MaibockAnniversary Maibock

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%

22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear rich golden with a half inch of white foam for a head. Dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of caramel and sugary barley malt with a hint of dry hop.

Tastes very sweet, sugary and biscuit malt, finishes with a floral hoppiness that is very subtle.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a pretty decent maibock. It's sweeter than I was expecting, but other than that quite a solid entry to the style and pretty tasty. Goes down very easy. Definitely give it a try if you are into German styles.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy/herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy and herbal hops along with underlying notes of bready malts; a faint amount of alcohol is also perceptible. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness, but mostly negate any traces of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Ever so slight bits of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: I thought this beer was relatively easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it was lighter in body and hid its alcohol very well. This would make for a good beer to drink outside on a mild springtime day as the alcohol will warm you up a bit.

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Photo of jdog4861
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stopped by Appalachian Brewing Co. While on a business trip to see a vendor in Harrisburg, PA. Excellent beer, excellent service, need I say more? I love to try local beers while I'm traveling. Awesome place, will definitely visit again next time I'm in town. Food isn't so bad as we

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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped into the Harrisburg ABC location on 31JAN14 for dinner. Lead off with a pint of the Maibock.

My shaker glass contained a clear, medium-copper/golden brew. Had steady carbo, and a thin, wispy white head. Lacing was very nice, also. The nose was a bit mild, but did have some good bready notes. As for the body, it was medium, and had a medium feel with minimal prickle on the tongue.

Flavor was quite bready, with just the right level of subtle sweetness. Had some leanings towards cookie dough as well. The end came through solidly with lovely floral action. Rather enjoyed this, along with my quessadilla. Prosit!

3.96/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber that I poured into a small tulip style glass several times. Liquid comes out a golden orange color, glows extra orange when held up to the light. Nice frothy white head with mostly small bubbles. Decent lacing to this beer too.

Smell is really good. Smells of honey and maybe some weak caramel. There's also a slight earthy and floral hope aroma that is quite pleasant. Almost smells a little like a bitter while maintaining a solid classic Maibock aroma.

Taste is also very good, on par with the smell. Starts with some nice caramel sweetness. Very bready with hints of honey. There's also some grassy hop flavors to help balance it at the end. Still don't be fooled, the strong malt backbone makes this beer great, and it is great, not just good in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is good, sort of a heavy medium body. Very smooth and maintains a nice carbonation level. Really well balanced throughout, nice sweet start with a sharp clean finish. Very drinkable, anybody who likes this style could easily polish off a bomber by themselves. GOod beer, feel lucky to have been able to get a nice bottle.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep golden color with a fast fading head.Carbonation is quite gentile in this uber clear brew.
Aroma is malty basically with a sutle alcohol nose.
Tastes pretty sweet but also is quite dry and tart. It's a bock so most of the taste is going to be malty and that is the case here, quite malty. Hints of toasted malts like in a Vienna style are present too. At 7.2 % , the alcohol has a considerable presence and is quite warming.
Drinks thin and dry.
Bocks for me fall just below wheat beers though this was pretty good I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A clear amber pour with a nice fluffy white head adorning it. Fades fairly quickly, leaving just a little spotty lacing.

S: Lots of lemons and orange up front. Some banana with bready malt to boot. Touch of honey.

T: Whoa, quite tart lemons, orange and banana dominate. Borderline sour, even. Kinda tastes like banana runts with a sort of artificial sweet and sour banana flavor. Orange marmalade mixes in. A little honey and then bready malt follows into the finish with a strong herbal flavor.

M: Smooth and slick. Almost syrupy, especially given the ABV - mainly due to the sweetness. A bit drying on the back end.

O: What an unusual brew. Very sweet and strange combination of flavors. I didn't find it particularly enjoyable, harsh tartness to the fruit flavors tends to dominate, followed by an odd herbal bitterness.

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Photo of DIM
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear, bright, coppery amber color. It was served to me with a medium sized, firm cap.

s: Sweet caramel, with hints of honey and flowers.

t: Pretty sweet overall, lots of caramel and honey and a bit of citrus. The finish was a bit rough with some medicinal floweriness.

m: Crisp and slick.

o: Just too sweet overall.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear copper into an American shaker with a thin skim of slightly of white head.

S: sweet light malt, caramel and biscuit and a tad fruity.

T: biscuits, orange breakfast rolls. Sweet, toffee and carmel with some pine and orange citrus.

MF: refreshing, sweet and a medium body. Not very effervescent.

O: good maibock, but I wouldn't pass over a 12 of Glissade for a growler of this.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub for lunch after a morning at Hersheypark. I remembered loving this beer last year

Anniversary special of $3 beers. This was from the firkin.

Appears cloudy gold, little head, no carb, no lacing

Smells sweet, some wood notes, light hop bitter

Tastes slightly bitter up front, settles in round and creamy sweet. Finishes tart and malty, small essence of alcohol

Medium in body, light alcohol warmth

Super easy to drink. Alcohol content will creep up on you. It's not as sweet this year. It feels more balanced. Bartender tells me this year's batch came out just under 8% abv.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 5/13/10 at the Camp Hill location.

Served in an oversized mug the maibock appears a clear orange amber color with a fingers worth of creamy slightly yellowish stained head. Rings of lace stick to the glass with each sip and the head retains beautifully as bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface in support. Slightly hoppy aroma includes some maltiness and hints of alcohol. Slightly buttery in the aroma as well. Taste is malty sweet upfront suggesting almost a caramel like or toffee character that is met with a contrast of hop bitterness and a strong alcohol presence in both taste and warmth. Lingering taste of hops, malt and slight notes of buttery alcohol. Medium body to this brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it's not bad.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ ABC Harrisburg on 5/45/09. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a crystal clear coppper that is topped with a thin brite-white head. Retains with a somewhat thinner look, coating the sides of the glass with some pretty sizable lace. The aroma is very floral and citric smelling, with a LOT of syrupy malt sweetness behind it. Pretty standard Maibock nose here.

The taste is very similar, with a good bit of thickishly sweet caramel and bready malts. A silky current of citrus mixes in, as does some firm and lightly spicy hop bitterness that pulls up the back. Finishes with a lingering mix of sweetness and hops. The overall profile is very sweet but I wouldn't quite call it cloying. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm and prickly carbonation to it, which keeps this lively feeling despite the alcohol beef in the body.

Overall pretty solid Maibock here. Maybe a touch too sweet in the taste but both the body and drinkibility of this were very good considering that the ABV was pushing the higher end for the style. ABC has done this one right.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 5/8/08.

A - Clear medium amber/caramel body with one-finger creamy off-white head that receded into a thin film and left even coats of lacing on the glass. Very minimal carbonation present.

S - Sweet caramel, maple syrup and molasses all mingle together, giving this an incredibly malty aroma and not much else. Whiff of alcohol as it warmed up.

T - This is a very malty Maibock with plenty of caramel and syrupy flavors. There is a slight earthy hop bite in the finish, but it is accompanied by a more pronounced bready maltiness. The flavor is rounded out by a subtle sweet fruit aspect.

M - Medium body with thick, syrupy texture that's quite chewy and robust. Soft carbonation. Hint of bitterness on the tongue. Creamy, warm mouthfeel.

D - Solid Maibock from ABC with a thick and chewy character. Sweet, malty and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber color with some thin head that leaves some thin lacing.

S: It has kind of a fruity scent, mostly melons and/or honeydew.

T: The taste is slightly fruity, less than what I expected from the smell thought. Also some yeast flavor, spices and a strong alcohol taste at the finish.

M: Kind of a dry/rough mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

D: Fairly easy drinker, even with the high ABV. All around pretty good beer, although I think I had higher expectations of this.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a standard pint at the Harrisburg location.
A - A light amber w/ a thin white head. The lace is decent and coats the glass's sides.

S - Smell is of fruit -slightly sweet like green apple or pear. Very light malt scent.

M - Medium light body w/ a bit o' dry malt texture and spice. Very mellow alcohol presence.

T - An engaging flavor of German malts w/ crisp flavors of honeydew and papaya that are smooth sweet and slightly tangy melon flavors. A pleasant smooth bock taste w/ a hint of spiced peppery flavor. Very tasty malts w/ smooth flavor lasting to the last sip.

D - A very tasteful lager. This one goes down smooth and really hits the spot. A worthy example of Maibock from ABC.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Light amber, a very small head that miraculously leaves thin layers of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Concentrated crystal malt, pine and grasses.

T - A grassy hop presence that is slightly sweet with a weaker slightly smoky molasses flavor. A mild taste, but pleasant.

M - High carbonation, a bit rough, thin, drying on the mouth, but refreshing in the throat.

D - Not cloying which I almost expected from the maibock. Some might complain that it isn't sweet enough to be a maibock, but I won't complain. Nice.

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Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tumbler glass served on-tap at ABC in Harrisburg, PA. The bock is cold.

Appearance: The bock has a nice soft golden color to it. There is no haze and this pouring lacks any semblance of head.

Smell: The bock has a nice sweet honey-esque aroma to it. There is little hop kick, but the sweetness of the biscuity malt is enough.

Taste: The malts really take over in this ale. They give the beer a sweetness that one would not expect (as too many malts can kick up the abv). The hop flavors are very hidden, allowing the malts to shine.

Mouthfeel: The malty sweetness can't be beat.

Drinkability: Moderate abv and good taste, this is a great creation from ABC.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC in Harrisburg

Pours a medium golden color with a fluffy white head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of malt and fruity yeast with a hint of hops. Smells delicious.

Tastes a bit sweet and malty upftont followed by a great fruity / bready yeast flavor. Finishes fairly clean with a nice hop flavor. Well balanced.

Good body for the style.

Super easy to drink considering the ABV. This is one of the best I've had from ABC.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. A nice two finger head which stuck around for awhile. A great looking golden color to the body. The nose was excellent, with nice strong scents of citrus and apples. Very nice flavor. As the scent suggested, it carries an underlying sweetness and apple flavor. The only thing I did not like about this brew was the strong alcohol aftertaste. It was quite drinkable for being a 7.5% ABV, but still carried a slightly unpleasant finish... nothing bad enough to ruin the beer, but just holds it back from being truly an excellent beer. This could have been a slightly old batch, or possibly I was a little off (as this was the 3rd pint I sampled, so I will have to give this further review). Overall very good though.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of sampler tray at the brew pub. I purposely did not check alcohol content until I tried a beer and I was suprised that this stood at 7.5%. Presented as medium amber colored beer with slight head. Smell is of caramel with a sweetish background. Taste was nice and malty and truly enjoyable. A very easy drinking beer that is scary at 7.5%

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a thin head that quickly reduced to wispiness. It was a beautiful bright golden yellow color with a very malty nose. It had a somewhat hot mouthfeel. There was a nice malty sweetness in the mouth and the finish was both sweet and hot, almost simultaneously. This is a really huge beer, capable of laying you out if you are not careful. I think that I may have gotten overwhelmed by it all, since it was the last one that I had on a full day of drinking beer. I will revisit this one.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe this isn't my best review, but I did drink this (unfortunately) after drinking a Hoppy Trails, so I went from bitter beer to cloyingly sweet beer.

Medium dark with thick creamy head, almost no distinguishable hop aroma. Aromas of malt and molasses.

Cloyingly sweet, with light carbonation. Mouth filling mouthfeel, with smooth finish with lingering light bitterness.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a dark gold, with good head. The smell was a sweet malt. The taste was fairly malty. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, but with a bit of noticable alcohol. For drinkability, I think this is one I could have a couple of.

I admit I had never heard of the Appalachian Brewery before I went to the Festival, but Aaron recommended the Maibock to me, and I certainly was not disappointed. This is one of many I'd like to see out in the western part of the state.

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Photo of aaronh
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden colored beer served with a cream colored head. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of noble-smelling hops. Balanced sweetness on the tongue with a very enjoyable hop profile. Nice caramel notes and a touch of fruitiness break in just before the bitter, clean finish. It is all presented atop a creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. It all adds up to a great drinking beer. Very nice.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with medium head that seemed to stick to the glass well,aroma was sweet and somewhat fruity.Nice taste of sweet caramel hits the taste buds first ,but some fruitiness lingers in the finish.I really liked this one seemed real easy to drink for the style and I liked the fruitiness in there.Nice version of the style and will get again if I get the chance.

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