Mai Bock
Sprecher Brewing Company

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #69
Ranked #32,853
3.77 | pDev: 12.2%
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 2004 and 1988 Bronze Medal Winner in the Bock category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, amber/orange appearance with a large, off white head and decent lacing. Yeasty, sweet, caramel malt aroma with notes of apple and honey. Mild floral hops are dominated by grainy, sweet malts and crisp fruit flavors. Funky, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.

May 26, 2020
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

solid beer, a little different than most Mai bocks. Lighter body helps make it easy drinking. Some what like a German pilsner on steroids. Sweet and bitter at the same time it seems like.

taste: Light sweet malt, bread. touch of honey and maybe corn on the malt side of it. Plenty of Floral hops with a touch of citrus/lemon, but it is not over hopped. Has a bit of astringency to it maybe a spicy/pepper note? slightly dry finish.

This beer grows on ya, the more of it you drink you the more you love or hate it. I want more.

Brewery notes
Experience pale malt flavors deftly balanced with savory hops in our spring lager. Dry hopping and extended aging give this blonde bock its distinctive floral aroma, enticing hop bite and smooth malt finish. Malts: Pale, Caramel, Wheat
Hops: Mt. Hood, Tettnanger, Willamette

Apr 22, 2020
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a 12oz. bottle gently poured into a Sprecher pint glass. There is about one finger of foam, pure white, over a clear light amber beer. The head settled to a thin layer leaving very thick lacing on the side of the glass.There is a nice steady flow of carbonation. Very nice!
The aroma is a great lager malty scent.
The flavor has a nice, slightly sweet then a bit of a bitter hops to finish the taste, peppery maybe, spicy.
This beer is very easy to drink, just what I was hoping for after a hard days work.

Apr 11, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass.

Caramel to copper orange body color, with a nice mix of chestnut hue along the edges. Off white head, almost khaki color slightly, with a good thick lather. Reaches an easy three fingers in height, with a good amount of sheet and sticky lacing. Very nice looking brew.

Aroma continues the pleasantries. Very nutty and caramel sensing malts, giving a great caramel and hazelnut like flavor. Good sensing sweetness, nearly flirts with toffee, but far lighter. Clean sensing as well, great smelling bock.

Palate delivers simply. Light bodied and fully supportive of the flavors. A bit of licorice bitterness at first, but then makes some light caramel tones to go along the first sip. Clean finish with a bit of muted hop herbality, but also manages some of that chestnut and hazlenut flavor without much tannic dryness.

Pretty solid and drinkable bock.

May 15, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fine copper-gold tinged body; thick, sticky head; rings of foam adhering to the glass. Caramel malt aroma with suggestions of dried yellow fruits. Lots of sweetness to the taste; caramel; some bitterness but nearly buried beneath the sugars. Heavy with residual sugars.

This beer suffers from too much residual sugars. It dominates the taste and mouthfeel and makes for a heavy-handed beer.

May 20, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice Maibock pours a honey amber color with a very nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of subtle breaded malts, moderate herbal hops, and sweet malts mixed with grain notes. Flavors follow the nose with honey touched grains and light breaded malts to the front and middle, subtle caramel starts middle and fades to a stronger grain note on the back with a nice herbal hop finish. Highly quaffable with medium high carbonation and a subtly dry, grain touched finish that lingers.

A solid offering from a very good brewery.


Apr 19, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a moderate slightly foamy white head. Great retention is aided by the moderate carbonation. The aroma is almost nonexistent with just a faint whiff of grain. The taste is almost the same but with an additional barely there grassy hops note. The body has a nice weight, light but not thin with just a slight carbonation tingle. With more flavor, this would be great.

Feb 28, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can I give a boost appearance wise for the cool bottles? Good dark yellow color with a full inch of white head. Looks good. A mild grainy aroma with helles type lager yeast impressions.

Taste was a little more bitter than expected, still has that farmland (not farmhouse) type of alfalfa/hay/earth vibe to it. Carbonation is up there.

A decent if not relatively average beer, well priced.

Dec 31, 2015
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Please, do not waste your money on this beer. Go to the tour and try it at the end, but rewarding poor craftsmanship at a place like this only serves to encourage them.

Nov 12, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” white foam collar that quickly recedes to a thick film. S: Fresh bread aromas with slight initial sulfur. T: An initial malt sweetness and some white bread crust dries by the finish with a moderate spicy hop accent. F: Smooth and clean with medium to medium full body O: A very good Maibock.

Aug 09, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a pint bottle, on to the beer:

An inch of white head tops this copper colored beer. Visible bubbles in the body run from bottom to top. The head retention is excellent, resting above the beer all the way until the end. The aroma is okay. Very sweet, with cider and honey dominant, however at the risk of becoming unbalanced.

It's taste is more mellow that expected. I get the taste of red apples, a wee note of husk, neutral grain that doesn't get very sweet. The beer has a dry character, is medium bodied, and is highlighted by lively and pleasing carbonation bubbles.

A change of pace from the hopped up beer that have become common in my beer consumption. This is okay.

Apr 21, 2015
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Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Robust, fine-beaded cream-colored head surmounts a hazy golden-orange body. Intricate hieroglyphs in a forgotten language adorn the glass walls. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Noble hops, caramel malt, butter (diacetyl), light fruit, and a slight peppery spiciness comprise the substantial aroma.

Taste: Opens with lots of caramel and dark toffee, soon followed by a spicy Noble-like hop note. Grassy hops are present as well, from start to finish. Late in the taste, there is a mild earthy, somewhat herbal quality, which lingers on.

Mouth feel: Soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of this traditional style, very pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Mar 31, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells nice, but there is a slightly odd bitterness in the flavors that diminish the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 16, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing 2+ fingers of eggshell, finely bubbled foamy & somewhat lasting head that leaves a beautiful coating of lacing. Aroma is malty, white bread, toast, caramel, honey, slight floral & grass hops. Taste is similar but more robust. Bread, butter & something similar to a candied fruit are in the lead through mid-sip with the hops manifesting nicely in the finish & aftertaste. Nicely bitter in the finish that follows through & increases in the aftertaste. Like Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock Beer this brew is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, especially the buttery character. And also as with Mendocino Bock Beer, there is a metallic note, from mid-sip through finish that intensifies in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, oily, slick & coating on the tongue.

Feb 20, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- has a yeasty type aroma that is not all that inviting.
Appearance- A dark yellow colored beer with a white head.
Taste- Very disappointing, has a malt flavor that I do not particularly care for. I am a fan of Maibock style beer but this taste is off the mark for me.
Palate - A medium bodied beer with a dry finish with a not-so pleasant aftertaste.
Overall - A big disappointment for me. I was hoping for 16Oz of pure enjoyment, instead it was drudgery finishing this beer off.

Dec 28, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher pokal glass.
6% ABV, 14030 Julian date.

A - Below the shroud of thick egg shell-colored lacing lies a well-maintained skim of foam and crystal clear, gorgeously raw honey colored deep golden beer, filled with steady, slow streaming, tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - Sprecher's Mai Bock wafts soft, warm white bread to the nostrils with slightly browned crusts and caramel pralines adding delicate and welcome sweetness to the mix for a malty and beautifully simplistic aroma.

T - A near mirror image of the aroma, this mai bock follows through on it's aromatic promise of sweet caramel notes underscoring a warm, fresh bread-flavored maltiness that doesn't dabble in complexity but stays straight-forward.

M - That touch of caramel sweetness in the flavor doesn't last long on the tongue as the airy and lively carbonation scrubs the tongue through the medium body to it's dry, almost slightly metallic finish.

O - Sprecher's Mai Bock is perfectly suited for a Wisconsin spring that occasionally spikes with warmth but still drops to chilling temperatures. It's smooth body balances between light and refreshing and fuller and sustaining as the malt touches on caramel sweetness and freshly baked bread with a dry finish and clean drinkability.

Apr 09, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft/mild caramelized bread. Not robust in aroma but pleasant in a subtle way.

The taste is of bread with some caramel. Not too sweet - some drying noble hops give a floral finish to it. Slight hint of warming alcohol is fitting for the style.

It is crisp. Overall, it's pretty smooth, though it is slightly astringent.

Overall, it's a well-balanced maibock and an enjoyable brew.

Mar 28, 2014
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steveh from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've bought this every year since it's been available -- surprised to find I've never reviewed it. Maibock is probably my favorite style next to Oktoberfest, and Sprecher beers have been a favorite since 1985.

A -- Clear, deep amber-gold with a long-lasting, firm, cream-colored head.

S -- Mildly fruity and spicy nose with bready maltiness making up the backbone.

T -- Bready maltiness up front with some spicy hops following through and the yeasty breadiness in the finish. There's a definite spicy-bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft, finishing dry, with a medium to light-heavy body.

O -- This isn't as smooth as some Maibocks to be had, being dry in the finish with a mild astringency from the dryness. But the malty goodness of the beer makes this a great drinker for anyone craving a Maibock this season.

May 21, 2013
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superspak from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/26/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, pepper, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, pepper, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; good amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock! Very nice balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering; and great example of the style.

Mar 19, 2013
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Sraw yellow to pale sunset orange color. crystal clear with no haze or sediment. A constant half finger of soft pillowy white. Chunky lacing down the side of the pilsner glass.

S: Clean fruit like esters. Spicy hop character. Sweet with a hint of bread.

T: A clean sweet and grainyness with bread crust and lingering toast astringincy.

M: light clean body with a high level of carbonation

O: Very easy drinking Maibock with no alcohol hotness like I usually get with the higher end of this style. The graininess was a bit astringent, but I can deal with it because of the crispness and cooler temperatures.

Feb 28, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was over a year old, so I expected it to have lost some flavor. But it seems to have endured pretty well and I adjusted my ratings upward to account for the knowledge that it was over a year old. It poured up a deep golden color with no head, and no lacing. The nose was pears and floral. Mouthfeel was a bit average. Taste was a surprise to me. The front end was very sweet with a honey like flavor and the finish had a respectable hoppy bite which was well balanced. I'd love to get a newer bottle of this, because even being old, it was a winner.

Oct 17, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta love the Sprecher fat boy bottles. Pours out a dark gold color, a nice sizeable 1" head on it, average lace and retention. Cereal grain lightness and lager yeast aroma.

Grassy, hay type taste with actual recognizable hop character, a little weird for a German influenced brewery in Wisconsin, but nonetheless, a way of making it appeal to the more hop headed minded palate that can't stray from hops. Prickly at times.

I found it good enough, wouldn't hesitate to pick another 4 pack up for a warm spring or June day. Good stuff if you're down at Lake Michigan or playing volleyball at Summerfest.

Jun 27, 2012
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: 4-pack from Whole Foods, Nashville

Appearance is a clear and bright copper color, capped by a huge, frothy head 5+ fingers high. Retention is very good, with a nice, sticky lace.

Aromas are malty - bready and caramel, plus some grapes and then earthy, floral hops.

Taste is malty and sweet, with a light fruity character, but balanced by hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated, on a medium body. The finish is balanced between sweet and bitter; moderately dry.

Overall, a very well constructed spring lager. Recommended.

May 12, 2012
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tencents from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy orange amber. Nice white bubbly head.

Smell - Smells like a brewery. Not sure if it sat in a cask for a bit but definite subtle pleasant wood aroma. And at same time a bit like a brewery floor, but not in a bad way.

Taste - Has an interesting dry metallic taste at end that is reminiscent of beers I have had in Europe, Germany but also elsewhere. Nice but not as strong as German Maibocks that I have had. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Like every other beer I have had from this brewery its full, creamy, but this also has a little touch of soapiness.

Apr 28, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Somewhat hazy amber color with a minutes' worth of single finger foamy head, no real lacing is left behind in the glass unfortunately.

S. It very strongly resembles cinnabon pastries in aroma, only with the amount of caramelized brown sugar super MEGA amplified. There are also medium strength aromas of buttered golden treacle syrup and vanilla beans.

T. Thankfully, the flavor is much drier than the aroma had indicated. The primary flavor is biscuit dough with just a pinch of butter, honey, and brown sugared sweetness on top. Secondary flavors include nutty and floral hopping elements that provide a good framework of support for all the robust doughiness that is present.

M. Heavier side of medium thickness, somewhat lighter in carbonation than I would have preferred.

Apr 18, 2012
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