Mai Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Mai BockMai Bock

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial strange)

A- This beer pours a pecan colored body with a strong carbonation supporting a lumpy buttermilk colored head that last for much of the beer.

S- The soft smell of raw grain has a note of sawdust to it with some soft sulfur notes and a faint butter hint at the finish.

T- The soft caramel malt flavor is dry with a hint of sweet nougat and a soft green spice hop hint at the finish. As the beer warmed there was a note of sweet corn in the finish.

M- This beer had a medium-full mouthfeel due to the thick head and a tight fizz in the finish that cleaned up the soft taste and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has soft but bland flavors with no real fresh or clean malt qualities and no much hop note at all. This beer was not offensive or bad tasting just very muted.

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Photo of animal69
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear slightly reddish-brown w/ a thin, creamy white head which settles into a ring of lace that completely coats my pilsn glass ; not a strong smell at all, steely grain and hints of spicy/floral hops and caramel ; taste is similar, only a bit stronger w/ more hop presence a deeper toasted malt flavor, some mineral in the finish ; a dry, med. body, was expecting it to be a bit thicker tho,the good amount of co2 helps a bit ; very drinkable, esp. for a 6.0% ABV brew...

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a fluffy two finger white head that dies down to a layer of bubles that lasts throughout. No webbing on the sides, the bubbles seem to have no "stick" in them. Lots of bubbles racing to collect at the top. Smell is very malty and spicey. Caramel sweetness and toasted nuts in the nose. Some light lemongrass and floral hops in the aroma as well. Taste is a bit bland. Subtle caramel malt and watered down honey. Some spice and dirty grass midway with an empty water-like pepper aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, light and creamy with a flowing carbonation. I love my maibocks, but I don't love this beer. This one lacks in flavor which my favorite maibocks posess. I'm glad I tried this beer, but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It has a mild gainy, breadlike aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that really centers on the Munich malt. It's malty sweet, yet super dry and metallic in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best maibock around. All in all, a seasonal worth checking out.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from a 16 oz bottle.
A: Pours nicely, well-formed head that sticks around for awhile. Good lacing. The color is dark gold, almost a light amber, tint. Good looking bier.
S: Nothing spectacle here.
T: This is an easy drinking Mai-bock, which sometimes can be a bit overbearing with the alcohol content and the "steel" feel to it. Very creamy, with caramel after tastes.
M: Easy going down, no bitterness, no steel after taste, basically, nothing bad about this bier.
D: A good drink for anyone who likes Mai-Bocks. This is a better version than Hofbrau, which is the most found Mai-Bock around here.
Overall, I recommend this Mai-Bock to anyone, a good drink and you will not be disappointed.


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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, first of a sampler 8 pack of pints.

Appearance is of dark straw, clear and almost honey like. One finger head that settles quickly and leaves medium amounts of lace.

Nose is of caramel roasted malt, flowers and fresh cut grass. Clover honey and sweet sap.

Flavor is floral hops on the front. Clover honey and chewy malt. Sourdough bread with wild tasting yeast. Sweetness lingers on the tongue with a floral hop finish blooming into warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice oily texture. Soft natural feeling carbonation on the tongue. Very substantial but you can tell it's made from water.

Drinkability is good, very tasty and refreshing, but at 6.0 may be a little robust for sessioning.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this from my beer of the month club today.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper with a thinnish off white head that has staying power. Aroma is caramel, some vanilla frosting, and some subdued dried fruit in the background. Taste is malty caramel with a hop bite in the finish. Full body sticky mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. Solid brew from Sprecher, to bad I can't get them more often.

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Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a pint glass. pours a light caramel brown color with a single finger of off white head that is reduced to a soapy rim a minute after pouring. light lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts mainly, with a subtle hoppy base and a nutty chraracter that works well with the caramel malt. a slight fruit note is present under the malt, rounding out the profile.

taste is of light fruit and caramel malt with a nutty base and a light hoppy character upon finishing. aftertaste is of residual malt.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture and a smooth finish. a lightly slick mouthfeel upon finishing.

drinkablility is good. this si an easy going maibock with good concentration and a solid profile. cheers!

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coded: 20371FL - 080961012, whatever that means?

A: Bronze with an off-white head, a little retention, good lace.

S: Pleasant spicy & floral aroma with bread, caramel and some earthy minerals.

T: The hops are a pleasant American take on the style (Tettnanger a direct descendant, Mt. Hood from Hallertau and Willamette providing some woody spice). In addition to the spicy, grassy flavours, there a hint of citrus as well. The American malts provide some pale-malt breadiness & caramel. Alcohol is very subdued.

M: Well-attenuated (unlike many new-world versions), but the malts still aren't quite right. The crystal leaves some residual sweentess, and it's lacking the creamy smoothness of its ancestors.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of cookin420
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brdc for this.
Bottle poured into a pubglass

Very pale blonde color. An incredibly pretty beer. Good head with no retention.

The dry hop was quite noticable in the nose and a huge sweetness emits from this brew.

Very sweet. Cherries galore, minimally bitter with a spicy hop. Clean flavors with nothing lingering.

A bit heavy but still manages to be very refreshing.

I wish I could get this here, I would put it's drinkability to the real test.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to the Buffalo area I see, Sprecher was one of the first micro beer companies I delved into back in the day.On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,came to the table in a standard pint glass a clear dull golden with a slight but well retained white head,standard spring bock aromas that of toasted grain and caramel mainly with some hidden peppery hop.A quaffable beer for the style a little "smaller" than most I have tried but still flavorful,starting out with some honey and caramel sweetness with a bit of alcohol warmth wich I was suprised to taste at such a small beer finishing with a very noticeable earthy-peppery hop note wich was nice.A solid spring bock one that you can have more than one and not have a problem.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear light amber bock. Good level of carbonation; forms bright white head that settles fairly quickly. No lace, but a tight collar of bubbles. Little streamers of bubbles zip up from the bottom of the glass. Smells sweet with an odd vanilla scent that's not quite vanilla; more like vanilla mixed with some vegetal hops. Solid body, creamy mouthfeel. Gets a little juicy in the middle then somewhat toasty with some light caramel flavors before finishing just shy of sweet. A very drinkable blonde bock. I could drink more of these than I should.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case at the Beer Yard. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. The carbonation continues to bubble in my pint glass. Light malty smell. Tastes sweet with a little bit of malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this very drinkable. I am really digging maibocks now & this is a good one. Recommended.


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Photo of malcontent
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Replicating the German penchant for "hard" pours into a mug, the Sprecher Maibock yields a strong two fingers of head that recede to a very respectable one finger. The pillow-y head leaves behind generous lacing to accentuate a pristine shade of amber. Looks damn good.

Caramel malt and hints of clove surround a core of mildly fruity/somewhat buttery grain chaff.

Clean is the overwhelming sensation here. A fair degree of hop bitterness is pronounced on the otherwise dry finish although this brew only sports a moderate level of malt sweetness. Check that, a bit of warming ratchets the caramel sweetness up a few degrees.

At first I felt the beer was so clean that is was actually thin. As it turns out, the body is plenty substantial and the carbonation is totally under control. This drinks like a dream and measures up to the vast majority of German macrobraus. Sprecher = solid.

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Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

his is the first time I've tried a Sprecher beverage, and it's tasty and solid. It pours a decent, one-finger head of white froth atop a blond-red body. The smell is good, giving me a whiff of fruit, light malt and modest spices. The taste is of course similar, with lots of fruit--orange, apricot, berries--a bit of chocolate, a good bread taste, and some ginger and peppery taste. I like.

The mouthfeel is splendid, nicely carbonated, smooth in texture. This was a good pickup, and one I'll quickly grab again. Well done.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber color supported a full finger head which slowly dissapated.

S- Sweet caramel malt notes with a very slight alcohol smell

T- Much like I hoped from the smell the caramel malts came through beautifully tended to by subtle spicy hops. Thankfully the alcohol notes which were present in the smell did not show up for the taste.

M- Smooth and rich without being heavy.

D- Very drinkable, I'd session it.

Annother great beer from Sprecher! This beer has helped to ease the pain of the oktoberfest season drawing to an end.

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Photo of Viggo
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in a Sprecher variety pack.

Pours a clear copper, big thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick layer dropping tons of lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet and malty, caramel covered apples, iron, bread, citrus, touch of spice, more apple, hint of alcohol, interesting. Taste is similar, caramel and apples, buttery, bread, some spice, slightly metallic and a bit medicinal in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not very bock like, flavours are kind of muddy and not clean.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep gold color, clear in complexion. Medium sized off-white head tops it off. Sweet malt, grain undertones on the nose. Sweet malts round off the taste, touch of warming alcohol in the belly. Medium bodied brew. Pretty typical maibock, could use a bit more oomph.

We will never forget.

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Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber colored with a small head that disapates quickly and leaves slight lacing. Constant release of bubbles long after the pour which I find appealing.

S- Sweet and malty with just a hint of yeast. No alcohol smell to speak of.

T- Malt with a hint of hoppiness on finish. A sweet tasting beer.

M- A bit heavier than I expected. A dry aftertaste.

An enjoyable brew but not my favorite Sprecher beer.

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Photo of ttu94
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know this beer is out of season but I had to try it since my sainted mother brought it back form Packer land for me. Looks very nice coming out of the bottle. A clear gold color with a big white head. The smell is also very appealing with malt and citrus hop tones. Tastes very malty and SWEET. I also notice some fruity characteristics. The mouth feel is slightly too sweet and I would like to have some more hop notes but I’m a hop head so whatever.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into pint glass no freshness date.

A: Overflowing head after a pretty hard pour, very active carbonation with a nice cascading effect that came as a result of the hard pour. The off white head calms down and rests an half inch above the clear amber beer. Nice looking.

S: Apple and caramel malt with an underlying bread crust aroma. Though I'm not sure it's as flowery and citrusy as the label claims it to be, still that doesn't bug me too much as it still smells good.

T/MF: Aggressive carbonation bubbles all over the place. Sipping the beer along with a bit of the head imparts a nice fruit and estery flavor that is not as pronouced as the head fades away. When is does there is still a nice balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops. Begins pretty buttery with apples and sweet bread nuttyness. Finishes with a nice touch of hop oil on the tongue, not too much but still you can feel it there.

D: A nice and subtle balanced beer, I'm very impressed with this brewery from what I've had from them very solid and drinkable beer.

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Photo of happygnome
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: a light amber color with about an inch (maybe more) of head that doesnt dissapear fast, leaves a lot of lacing
s: honey and carmel, also bready nice hop bitter aroma isalso detectable, the 6.0% abv does not come out in the aroma
t: honey, this is a sweet beer, although there is just enough hops to balance this, very enjoyable
m: medium to full bodied with a lot of carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this brew

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice mai bock. The flavors aren't quite the same as the Spaten or some of the other traditional mai bocks, but it's still within the style. It starts with pale malts in the aroma and flavor and then expands into fruit flavors like apple and sweet cherry, with a slight licorice tang. The appearance is nice and its quite drinkable. I can see why this is an award winner.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.22/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think Sprecher's Bavarian Black is exceptional, but I'm frequently disappointed by other beers of theirs that I try, and unfortunately this is one of those disappointments. This beer has a great appearance, but a metallic aroma and flavor that mars an otherwise pleasing sweat caramel maltiness.

Appearance of this beer is quite good; it is a sparkling and clear copper color with good head formation and retention. Aroma is distinctly coppery, more metallic than it is malty. And flavor is the same - I get maltiness up front, but I get a distingly disturbing copper taste at the finish that lingers in my mouth a long, long while. Not so good. Mouthfeel is OK, but I can't say I recommend this beer.

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Photo of pacond
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle

Pours a nice light caramel/ brown, almost amber. A good healthy head.

Smell is malty, light amount of floral. Ther eis a sweetness to the smell but is balanced by a earthiness

Taste is malty. Not as hoppy as other in the style. Floral and malty upfront, you can taste the alcohol a little at the end of it. It is watery and a nice amount of carbonation

This is smooth for a bock, and drinkable. Definitely not something I would drink all the time though. Not a bad brew, Sprecher does it up by serving a full pint, which is not a bad thing.

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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
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