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 Durge
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear bright amber color with a splotchy white head and decent lacing. The smell of this brew is apple cider cinnamon and caramel and a bit floral perfume. A little skunky. The flavor brings light malty apple rice and brown bread. It's spritzy and medium-light bodied. Pretty drinkable with some brown sugar sweetness mixed in with the sour malt, almost a vague brandy sort of hint going on. It's also got some dry grass hop notable at the finish. It's okay, worth a try for the style but not anything I'll remember.

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Photo of diddly
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a beer of the month club...

Pours dark amber, with a good head. Strong aroma, floral with a lot of sweetness. Flavor is tilted towards the spices, with a good mouthfeel. I'm not too big on this type of beer, but this is definitely a good beer. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack, but I would definitely get a pint if I saw it in a bar.

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Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank CDKrenz for this treat.
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark golden color with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that lasted a little while leaving some decent lacing. The aroma of this brew is a little sweet and a little spicy. Some floral hops along with some caramel malts behind a little spicy hop notes. The taste is quite malty with a little hops fighting through. This is a little heavier than I anticipated. Not as balanced as I would have hoped leaning towards the malty side of things. An alright brew but better bocks out there.

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Photo of billyzoom666
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark golden, heavy carbonation, real nice lacing on this. No real head to speak of. This has a really malty scent, almost sickly sweet smell to it. Not really my thing. I always thought I really liked Mai Bocks, but I think it's the season I like more than the beer. Way too sweet for me and no hop taste to speak of. It's not Sprecher's fault, just more my evolving tastes in what I enjoy. Definitely tastes better as it warms. Mouthfeel isn't anything special, it's a little heavy. 6% ABV, but feels like it has a little more kick to it. Definitely high drinkability, but not for me. Split a sixer with a friend and move to something else. Although, I will say, I have friends that will suck this stuff down all day long.

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Photo of Contagion
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a hazy copper color to the body. Light passes through, but you can't see clearly through it. It has a slight ruby tint. A quarter inch white head formed when poured into the glass. It faded quickly to a film at the top of the beer.

The scent is a pleasant combination of caramel malts and floral hops. A hint of citrus can be detected as well. As it warms, the scent of alcohol starts to be noticed. The flavor starts with a good biscuity malt flavor, with a good hop background. As the beer warms to room temperature the flavors become more balanced. The aftertaste is minimal and barely noticeable.

This is a medium bodied beer. It's lightly carbonated and a slight coating to the mouth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. A little hoppier than one expects from a bock, but not unenjoyably so. With a 6% ABV, I'm surprised that the scent and taste of alcohol isn't as noticeable as it is. I wouldn't pass one up if offered to me.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brilliant dark golden with light ruby hues. Nice creamy looking head, that sticks around for a while.

S: Bread and biscuit, some earthy hop aroma and fruitiness from the yeast.

T: First notable flavour is the fruitiness imparted by the yeast. Unfermented malt extract, (concentrated malt sweetness). A little biscuity/bready, but it takes a back seat to the malt sweetness and underlying earthy hop flavour.

M: Medium to high carbonation.

D: Not that desirable. Alright, but not that great of flavour or drinkability.

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Photo of blackearth
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Sprecher Brewery giftshop in Glendale, WI. Pours a bright golden body with a thick white head that leaves a nice cap. Aroma of fruity hops and sweet toasted malts. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and not overly sweet. This beer had a nice lingering hop finish and a subtle dryness. Great drinkability, I'd get this again.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in February of 2009.

(A)- Pours a clear orange/red color. 2-finger head diminished to a layer of off-white, almost tan color foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

(S)- Honeyed maltiness with an almost white grape feel to it. Rather floral and sweet smelling. Very mead-like !

(T)- Sweet grape-like flavor combined with some honey and lemon mixed into it too. Has a light hoppy bite on the finish.

(M)- It has a unique sweetness to it. Interesting hoppiness thrown into the mix. Good carbonation level. Crisp.

(D)- Despite all its good and unique flavors, this beer really fills you up with its sweet malts. I also think this is getting past its prime, since I remember this being amazing right when it came out in spring.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into stein. Poured fresh out of the fridge, and rated at around 40-45 degrees.

Pours a cloudy copper with a really nice 2 finger off-white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose carries notes of caramel apples, just a bit of fresh cut grass underneath, but secondary.

Taste is a bit bready, sweet caramel and apples, with a grassy overlaying hop note that works to balance nicely.

Mouthfeel is really nice - full bodied, robust and satisfying, with a a moderate underlying carbonation that's just sharp enough.

Nice drinkability - balanced and flavorful, though this beer feels bigger than it is. It has that "meal" feel to it.

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Photo of branko7
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not very carbonated. The label indicated that it was dry hopped. The initial taste struck me as a bit sweet---a bit surprising, but enjoyable. Later, the floral hops became more pronounced. A well-balanced, refreshing, and very drinkable beer. Appropriate for a beautiful but cool May day.

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Photo of storksonm
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass

This Bock is a nice sweet treat. When I poured it, it formed an alright head but didn't stick around very long. Very clear copper color. Grassy and flowery tastes very obviously from the dry hopping as they note on the bottle. its a smooth crisp bock very light and kind of a nice spring treat. Though I usually like stonger more robust bocks personally this is very drinkable and being a sprecher I'm really not that suprised that it tasted that good.

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Photo of iasanlee
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden clear color with a white quickly dissipating head. Aroma is of biscuity malts and a bit stale. Flavor is way off. Wet paper, metallic, and a long lasting bitterness. No solid malt complexity. Med-light in body with moderate carbonation. This is no bueno, and comes from a brewery that can produce a high quality lager. I really appreciate this style of beer, and love the vibrant rich balance of the malt and hops, but this leaves me plain disapointed.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate fruity malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebletije, Mad props to Seb!

Pours a chill hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Pears & breadyness, fades a bit as this warms

T: Breadyness, pears, & leafy hops up front. More of the same with a bit of figgyness & dryness thrown in as this warms. Finishes with a touch of honey malt, more leafy hops, plus some apricot

MF: Medium boded, medium carbonation & very good balance

Drinks easy enough, not super exciting as maibocks go, probably better fresh??

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with an initially blossoming head that reduces to a haze relatively quickly for how large it once was. A good amount of foamy lace is left on the glass.

S - Thick malts hit the nose immediately. Caramel and pumpkin pie. Peanut brittle and toffee too.

T - Pumpkin pie filling and toffee dominate the palate. This is a malt bomb for sure, but some nice hops add a little peppery spice.

M - This is a meaty helles bock. It's almost full bodied with lush carbonation and a tasty heavy malt finish.

D - Well done Sprecher. This is a damn fine beer that can hang with the Krauts.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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 -6.7%
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 -13.4%
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 -5.4%
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 -2.1%
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 +10.5%
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 +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 +5.9%
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 +8.6%
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 -9.9%
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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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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