Mai Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
184
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
15.51%
 
 
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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of tencents
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16 oz. bottle. Has a pretty rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of biscuts and malts. Taste is somewhat milder, malts, biscuts, light hops, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 16oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. No freshness date, but I do appreciate the extra 4 ounces.

The beer poured a hazy golden/orange color and made a 2-finger white head that never completely receded, leaving a white rim on top throughout the drink. Lacing was decent.

Sweet caramel and dark bread aroma, along with some fruit and flowerty hop smells. I liked the way this smelled.

Definite bready malt flavor along with caramel sweetness. Some green apple gives it a bit of a funky tart and sour flavor. Not much flavor from the hops so bitterness is low. The hops here were mostly used for the aroma I guess. A different, but tasty offering.

Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Alcohol is undetectable.

Another solid effort from Sprecher.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - poured a two-fingers thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring and sheet that was gone halfway through. the lacing was very good until the head disappeared. the body was a bright and light amber color.
s - bready with some toffee, honey, and caramel sweetness.
t - caramel and grain with a light floral hop.
m - thick and slick.
d - good beer though i wish i had had it fresher. i no doubt would have scored it higher if so.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz bottle into pint glass

A-pours a fairly light amber/bronze color with less than a finger of head

S-Much like everyone else is saying I get sweet carmel malt smell

T-The carmel is still there follwed by a little bit of smokiness and earthy spice in the good way.

M-Good carbonation almost a little creaminess to go with the carmel

O-good beer that is very well made

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Southland Beverage. Aged over the winter by the brewer, time to try it n'est pas. Pours a deep golden colour, with a generous retained head. Somewhat of a funky and malty aroma. Big carbonation, hops, funkiness, and spice. A palate number. Not what I expected based n my limited exposure to this style, but good drinkability. Perceived IBU is not high here.

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Photo of samie85
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear orange color with two fingers of thick white head.

S-Smells of sweet caramel with a some grain and light herbal notes.

T-Slightly bitter and herbal upfront with a generous caramelly malt backbone and a dry graininess on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a very chewy character and low carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking and a pretty nice take on the style. A very approachable beer, yet deep in its flavor profile.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear dark golden color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly with only a spot or two of lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a bit of light bready malt plus a touch of floral hops. The flavor is slightly sweet with a lot of bread and mild grain. Slight floral hops, leading to a moderate bitterness in the finish. A bit of a nutty character in the flavor as well. Medium body with moderate carbonation; fairly smooth. Good beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in Spring 2011.

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a thick foamy head. Has the scent of wheats and sweet carmel malts. Taste is that of mostly malts with slight hints of citrus. Taste is rather mild in comparison to other Mai Bocks I've had. Slight bit of a dry after taste but still rather well made.

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

Thanks to O'Malley for stopping by with a couple of Sprecher seasonal offerings.

Pours a clear copper color with a thick, off-white head that settles into a thin rimming of foam. Prodigious lacing throughout session.

Aromas of caramel malt, buttered biscuit, green apple and pear.

Opens relatively hoppy before digging into a sweet malt foundation. Suggestions of caramel covered apples and biscuit dominate, followed by a touch of spice. Green apple and pear flavors surface. A hint of citrus. Butterscotch and buttered toast round out the taste profile. Light bodied with a prickly effervescence. Finishes dry. Refreshing, flavorful and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all coming in a 16 oz bottle is a nice touch. It looks like your typical Mai Bock, solid gold color and remnants of a head hang around for a while.
The smell is good its just hard to find, sweet bread dominates.
As for the rest of the review I am taking into consideration that this bottle is probably about a year old. From a friend that enjoys collecting beer, every once in a while he bring me a few from his beer cellar.
The taste and drink-ability are both good. Sweet bread malts. No hop presence at all, if there was one it is all but gone.

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

Pours a light gold in color with a good sized bone white froth. In the aroma, bready malts and light floral hop notes. Flavor follows suit with a nice rich malty tone, some green apple and creamy malt. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Drinkability is solid, a rather nice beer and a great example of the style.

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Photo of stevef03
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at kurtz in two rivers Wisconsin. they have it til april and possibly may this year.

the beer was good, and great presentation, they will give you samples of 4-5+ oz on taps and this one hit well so i had a couple. sorry i dont have the a-s-t-m-d at this time since im reviewing well after.

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Photo of GhostMtnAbbey
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a Sprecher variety pack while in a German beer mood in my personal brewing.

Pours a decent color light amber with moderate head retention. Light lacing on the glass.

Aroma is decent with some mild fruity esters of apricot and apple.

My main issue is that this is over-sweet. The caramel malt overtone is near unpleasant and overwhelms whatever else this beer has to offer. There's a strong hit of hops there. Though perhaps a bit too bitter the hop flavor might also be interesting if it wasn't submerged in the syrupy malt flavor.

The composition does not hold together in the mouth and it tends to fall apart leaving mostly the sweetness and little of the other flavors.

I'd serve it to friends as another beer to have on hand, but would not buy again for myself.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden color with a frothy white head that retains well. The aroma has some fresh baked bread notes upfront, along with hay, green apple, toffee, herbal hops and alcohol. The flavor is similar with fresh bread and hay upfront, along with green apple, toffee, turbinado sugar, herbal hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is OK. A decent maibock from Sprecher, this one is a bit out of season and I'm sure it's better when fresh.

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Photo of drizzam
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cdkrenz for this offering from a great local brewery!

A - A clear but dark gold in color, like a urine sample from somebody that forgot to study for the company piss test. The golden body is topped by a foamy white head. Average spotty lacing.

S - Grassy, somewhat sweet muted aroma. This seems like the prototypical lager aroma.

T & M - Again, the taste mimics what I would expect from your typical lager. The grassiness I smelled in the aroma is there, with maybe just a scant touch of honey toward the back end. The brew is light bodied and finishes fairly crisp.

D - This could be a sessionable brew on a hot Summer day, not my favorite beer style but certainly drinkable and worth a try.

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

A - Crisp golden body with an off-white, substantial head. Quite the looker.

S - As for aroma, its limited. It has a slightly sweet, light malt scent that is consistent with the style.

T - There's a slightly bitter flavor here in this bock. It has a crisp flavor as opposed to a bitterness. The hops and malt accent one another nicely.

M - Watery and while it does exist there is very little abrassive texture to note.

~ This is a nice lager. A beer with some good flavor, at a decnt price, that goes down well enough in the summer to one of those fall back brews. I would definitely have this beer again.

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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.
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