Mai Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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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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Photo of Angerhaus
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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Photo of Pegasus
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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Photo of Sweffin
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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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mixed six from Plantation Total Wine

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cdm1313
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of heatrate
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of teemoney
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of WiscoTerr
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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