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Mai Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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3.73/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
2004 and 1988 Bronze Medal Winner in the Bock category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,981
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
187
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of beergoot
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of tommy5
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichardARoss
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npendres
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of delta490
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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Photo of monk2021
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of JDW4195
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oNSXo
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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.

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3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mixed six from Plantation Total Wine

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cdm1313
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%

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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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