Spaten Maibock / Premium Bock

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German Maibock
Ranked #42
Ranked #26,600
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Very Good
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, deep yellow-hued body with a medium-sized, white head that soon settles into a thin ring.

Smell: A whiff of pilsner malt, some soft, sweet-accented breadiness, a thin sliver of honey, and spice and dried leaves in the background.

Taste: An initially twangy taste of faintly grainy pils malt. Lightly sweet, hinting barely at mild honey. German noble hops provide touches of florals, spice, and a slight leafy quality. Modestly bitter. Drying on the back end, with a final pop of malt on the finish, then a lingering mingling of graininess and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A decent, suitable maibock.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden in color with a slight white head that doesn't last too long.

S: At first, the beer is pretty malty and a little bready. As it warms though, it smells like grape bubblicious.

T: Very light with a slight malty breadiness. As it warms it tastes like grape bubblicious as well. Kind of strange.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in my 1 liter Das Boot glass at East Side Restaurant in New Britain, Conn.

A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a thin, creamy head of frothy, white foam. Carbonation was ample and there was a definite chilled haze look to the brew.

S: Grassy, herbal hops with a very floral, slightly citrus nose as well. There are malts and a whiff of alcohol in the aroma also, which has a bit of a spicy, fruity scent with the grains.

T: Smooth, bittersweet and medium roasted grain at first, with a very citrus and floral taste. The herbal hop snappiness comes around mid-palate, washing over with fruity, citrus and very floral flavors, like rose hips. The finish is bold, spicy and a little sticky sweet, but overall, the brew is well balanced, refreshing and has only a slight tinge of alcohol to it.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with only a bit of alcohol astringency. Still, very quaffable helles bock with lots of bold malt characteristics.

D: A good, spicy, fruity and floral brew with the fine drinkability of a German pilsener or lager but the full-bodied malt backbone of a study bock beer. The 6.5% ABV would sneak up on you after a while, but the combination of malt bittersweetness, floral roastiness and snappy, herbal hop finish are a very drinkable combination.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pale gold with a big foamy white head. Very mild aroma, some biscuit-like malt and lightly sulfurous lager yeast. As it warms I pick out more malty/honey sweetness. It's light and clean on the palate, but decidedly more malty than Spaten's helles lager. There's little in the way of bitterness, It finishes clean and semi-dry, a bit bland but not bad.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz...
Appears a transparent golden orange with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sourdough bread, honey, flowers, juicy fruit gum, and mild spice.
Taste mimics the aromas. Ahhh, German beers, how I love thee. Malt and signature yeast really make these kind of beers unique and delicious in their on way.
Mouthfeel is full of malt, medium bodied, slightly spritzy, sweet up front leading to a mildly sour but addictive aftertaste.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale, golden-copper; clarity was translucent. Head was one inch, dense, rocky and white in color. Nose was very light - something of a subtle wheat character and a hint of light fruit. Taste follows nose - wheat malt dominates, but the fruit is definitely more present and some light toffee notes are revealed as well. Mouthfeel is fairly light; however there is some consistency here, maybe better described as a slickness, an even, pleasant carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This is an exceptional Maibock - perhaps the best I've had. I found this beer to be tasty without being cloyingly sweet and also somewhat refreshing. Well worth your time if you get the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at the Saloon in DC.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one finger of white head with great rention and light carbonation. Looks amazing.

s - Smells of wheat and bready malts; a little weak. As it warmed up I also some ctirus fruit which was enjoyable.

t - Taste of bready malts, caramel and fruity malts, and hints of citrus hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A good maibock. Lots of malts here, would definitely try again.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at Green's - Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Clear gold color with a decent white head and moderate lacing.

S: The aroma is wheat, citrus, and malty sweetness. Well balanced.

T&M: Medium to heavy bodied. Thick maltiness and bready. Crisp with nice fine carbonation that is thick. Beautiful hop balance for the style that gives this a nice mild floral, citrus flavor.

Quite drinkable for a bock, refreshing and flavorful. Not my favorite style, but this is the best that I have had in this style. One not to miss when you see it on tap!

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Teske's German Restaurant in San Jose, CA. Enjoyed in a big ass mug fitting the German stereotype. It's a clear gold color with a healthy white head and good lacing. The aroma is sharp wheat and citrus with malt liquor underpinnings. The flavor offers thick malt and flowery bread. It's all you need to know. Crisp and lively with big carbonation yet a medium bodied brew with a touch of chewiness. Quite drinkable, refreshing and flavorful. A most anytime brew and one not to miss when you see it on tap, fresh and crispy like this.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the new Plano Gingerman.

The beer pours a gold-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt and some corn and wheat. The flavor is bready malt, grapes and floral hops. The flowers and grapes stand out quite a bit and a are a bit overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I told myself I drink too many IPA's, Double IPA's and Belgians and need to drink other stuff. When Amsterdam Ale House had this beer on tap I was happy to try one. When they brought it in this really cool glass stein, I was really psyched. Add the flavor and this is a beer I'll get every day while it's there.

Great golden color, interesting aroma, outstanding flavor. Lots of malty flavor without being too strong. i love this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours a lager gold with a firm white head, nice lace.

S: Very bready, sourdough bready, herbal hops.

T: Classic maibock bready sweet malt flavour with a good backing of hops. Good balance and definitely well made in the style.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, well structured strong feeling in the mouth.

D: This is quite a good maibock. Not my favourite style, but it is well made and true to the character of the May bock bier. Classic German lager.

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Photo of steveh
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have not had the good pleasure to enjoy this brew in many years. It's only available on tap in the US anymore, and it seems like it only gets sent to the city proper in the Chicago area -- until now. Actually available in scenic Wildwood, IL.

A -- Clear, pale gold, even near to straw color, with a white head that holds up okay.

S -- Light bready nose with some yeastiness peeking through.

T -- Bready malt up front with some vague hops back.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light medium body.

D -- Very good drinkability in this beer. I have to be honest and say that my first thought is that it reminded me of Capital's Maibock -- probably a big compliment to the Cap, but certainly a nice Bavarian Maibock on its own.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@The Front Door... I asked for a short pour ... got it in a nice goblet... Crystal clear golden... nice head and lace...

Nose is concentrated pale malts.... not much else..

flavor shows grainy/dough maltiness without any cloying sweetness... earthy/lite floral hops help balance... body is about perfect.. so is the carbonation....

I love a good Maibock and this seems pretty fresh... nice from front to back.


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Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped by Jacob Wirth last night with some friends for beer and pretzels. This maibock was served in a standard pint glass. Bright yellow color, but slightly hazy body. Very large white head. Had a yeasty and slightly citrus smell. Taste was extremely full of malt, almost a bit too much. Somewhat surprising for such a light colored beer. On the down side, I was not a fan of the mouthfeel of this beer. It seems to be overly thick and sticky on the palate, which seemed to detract from the drinkability. I am not sure if I like a maibock that is this malty. I would probably not order another one of these from Spaten again. Not worth the $6.50 pricetag.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with some honey highlights and a small wispy white that the basically settles into nothingness. The aroma is that of the doughy munich malt, black pepper and grassy hops. The taste is similiar to the aroma, doughy munich malt, pepper, honey and mineral water. Like a heavy munich lager, which it is supposed to taste like. Smooth flavor, not grainy, with a dash of spice from the hops. Moderate body, slightly chewy with tingly carbonation, finishes very smooth. A nice drinking maibock, ABV respectable, not ridiculous. Fine brew.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L draft into "trophy-style" glass

Poured with 2-3F of white, sudsy head over a very clear golden body, with decent carbonation. Good carbonation present.

Gym socks, with light aromas of lemon pledge.

Refreshing bitterness in the flavor, with a smooth but creamy mouthfeel. Picked up sourdough bread, lemons, and zesty noble hops.

Nice overall drinkability - a good lager for a nice Spring day on a bier garten patio.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the German/American Club in Pawtucket RI

Appears a pale golden yellow with a bone white head that is fluffy and mottled. Beautiful looking head that stays and has nice lacing.
Smell is not crazy as to be expected..Sweet malt with a little hop bitterness.
The taste follows the nose. It is lightly sweet from the light malt. The nice German hop bitterness in the aftertaste is nice.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Creamy with smooth carbonation. Light to medium body. Perfect!
Overall this is the best maibock that I've ever tasted. It's so great to have FRESH German brews in the US.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured medium gold that looked quite enticing, with modest head that was a good contrasting white. Nose had clean malty aromas. On the palate the malt came through nicely with a focus on the malt sweetness but not overly sweet. Light hoppiness for balance, and washes down very clean and malty. Excellent beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap over at Max's during their German beer festival. Haven't ever seen this beer from Spaten before, so had to give it a try.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. I get very little on the nose, however, just some sweet malt and a light gingerale component. However, there is nothing shy about the flavor profile, and I get plenty of honey and sweet malt, with just enough underlying hoppy bitterness to balance the sweetness. The beer has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, and is pretty smooth on the palate. Drinkabilty is very good, with the alcohol well disguised.

Another delicious German lager!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn you Teske's for serving this on draft, and having one liter Oktoberfest mug's available. On to the beer:

To give you the rundown, this looks pretty good, tastes pretty good, and will kick your ass. It has a pale orange color, but with a bit of body to it (if that makes any sense). This reminds me of drinking honeysuckle with a sizzle of hops and a pinch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, not difficult to put down. Although a little monotone in flavor, the balance is good in this beer. Oh, and you may want some small snacks in front you if you plan drinking a large quantity of it.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Spaten 0.5 liter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear light amber-gold color with ½" white head that recedes in about 5 min to virtually nothing. Sipping leaves no lacing on the sides but there are a few steady streams of tiny bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is faint but contains light malt, a hint of yeast, and some faint floral hop notes.

Taste: The flavor is light clean sweetness of malt with some floral/grassy hop bitterness popping out here and there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light soft and slightly creamy with the very light carbonation. The finish is medium long tapering off to a slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: The drinkability is good. This is fresh, light and easy to sip. I could easily have several or return to this. Two key words here are balance and subtlety. This is a beer to drink alone or with very mild food.

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Photo of Rennpferd
2.2/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It poured golden yellow with medium activity and no head.

It had very little smell. A tease of malt, no hops.

It had a lite malt taste that was cut with the bite of alcohol. There was no flavor of hops, not one bit. It had a lite to medium body that foamed up and bloated my stomach.

I can drink this, but not for very long due to it's stomach foaming properties.

I came close to not reviewing this beer. At first I questioned whether or not I was actually served the correct beer. I really questioned how this beer could be so far off from the traditional style, especially coming from Spaten. After consulting with another knowledgeable individual I was assured that this was norm for this beer. Spaten needs to reconsider it's recipe in my opinion.

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Photo of Nesued
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill at Green's on Piney Grove Road. A bit late in the year for a maibock, but heck, I was up for a "blind beer" taste so had Casey at Green's fill my growler with something they had.

Appearance - Clear yellow/light amber in coloring. Clear in appearance as well with a lively carbonation. Upon initial pour, a 1 in head formed that resolved into a thin head.

Smell - A very lively nose. As I let it warm about 1 foot from my nose, I was able to pick up the crisp grassy aroma from the pilser glass into which I poured this offering. This is one of my "unofficial tests" to determine how lively the aroma of a brew is in a neutral environment. As I brought it to my nose, the sweet malts make their appearance. A bit of a spicy presence as well along with a softer almost fruity body.

Taste - Took me a bit to get away from classifying this as the typical pils/lager offerings from Spaten. Light and crisp of an offering, with a warming malt feel at the end. A bit of a bite (as expected) but improving as the beer warmed. I was impressed with the malt/hop balance, nicely done. I was anticipating to be overwhelmed with hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium in density with the carbonation making for a lively "tongue-biting" experience. A thin film remains until the next sip due to (I'm assuming) the hop oils present.

Drinkability - I would recommend allowing this beer to warm a bit from typical refrigerator temp. The body and profile becomes much more rounded and balanced once warm.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Glockenspiel Restaurant in St.Paul. Poured a clear straw-golden color with an inch or so of white foam. Aroma comes forward with bready malts, vanilla, and flowery noble hops. Unfortunately I also detect a noticeable amount of DMS (cooked cream corn) which I will ignore for now. Taste is much like the aroma but at least the DMS is not so bad here. Nice rich mouthfeel without being heavy and finishes just a touch sweet. Hop bitterness is restrained but enough to balance the sweetness nicely. Very thirst quenching. Without the DMS this beer would be really awesome so I will just assume that it was just one bad keg. I would definately order it again.

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