Mai Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Mai BockMai Bock

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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 karengarys
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours clear deep rich orangish amber. No head. A ring sits around the edge which laces the sides of the glass, and sticks like clear syrup also.

Smells sweet, perhaps a floralish hop scent.

Taste is interesting. As the glass warms up, I'm enjoying it a little more. It is sweet. An alcohol sweet, but not over the top and it is quite pleasant.

The mouthfeel is creamy rich.

The finish is buttery and creamy. The brew dissipates into a bitter zap. A bit of an aftertaste I don't really like, but the next sip takes care of that.

I'm not fluent in the mai bock category. I suggest to everybody to give this a try just to experience the interesting flavors.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden color with a respectible sized head. The nose on this one is great, definitely hoppier than your average maibock. This one got a lot of dryhopping done to it. I pick up some citrusy pac nw hops in the nose along with a slight fruitty sweetness. The taste is first slightly sweet, with a warming alcohol presence. Spicy hops hit near the end and make sure they are known. A yeastlike frutiness finishes this one off. Quite the one off maibock, but not bad at all.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes taken after sampled during Christmas holidays.

Appearance: Light, clear amber color, with low head retention.

Aroma: Slightly toasty malt aroma.

Flavor: Sweet malt flavor upfront, with low bitterness but some tettnanger-like hop flavor. Clean finish.

Body: Slightly-above-moderate mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

Maibocks often seem bland compared to bocks or doppelbocks, but this beer from Sprecher lacks any interesting character. It's clean, at least.

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Photo of rousee
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another one of these style beers that I love. You would not know it was from Wisconsin (if you're from WI you might ) unless someone told you first. Nice authentic German style lager-- it is a blonde bock or at least that's what they call it.

Nice slight murky dark gold /peach color. Very little head--very little carbonation, but it still has some action on the tongue.

Nose is malty honey and sweet but still balanced pretty well.
Taste is malty and stronger honey taste with some hops but very little - just enough to say I am not Mead-- I AM BEER.

A very good micro brew but not as complex as some of my fellow BA's would like. This is what tells you its not really from Germany. Its from the USA. When I had it the first time --it hit my pallate better than now but it is still an excellent beer. The finish is sweet and a little syrupy --affecting drinkabilty --yes you could have more than 1- 2 of these but you will be ready for something else after that.
I would buy again in a heartbeat --good value for the quality. ($7 for 4 pints)

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Photo of NEhophead
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz brown bottle.

Pure white head that floats to the sides quickly. Very noticeable carbonation. A pale orange color that looks a bit light and watered down. Decent lacing that doesn't really hold or last.

A bold sweet-malt aroma is the overwhelming component in the smell here. Some very faint caramel and floral aromatics as well. Nothing too special in terms of aromatics.

Sweet malt flavor. Again, some very minor tones of toffee but it's the sweet honey/maltiness that captures the palate. A bitterness at the end that conflicts a bit with the overwhelming sweetness.

A little unbalanced with the heavy sweetness. It does have a decent crispness for the style though.

It is a drinkable maibock but not one that I would recommend if you're looking for a solid representation of the style. In my opinion, this is one to pass on.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faint amber in hue, extremely foamy white head. Has somewhat of a citrus and floral aroma. Medium bodied, a bit slick and smooth. A bit buttery and spicy, off the beaten path for a mai bock. Gets a bit spicy, pepper and a large malt based body. Butterscotch candy, apple and hop-bite noticed in the middle of this fine beverage. Some alcohol presence is definitely noted. Slick, spicy and tasty, should please the general BA population; try one!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16ozer bottle from a mixed 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head which hung around for awhile, and provided good lacing. Clear, dark golden shade to the brew, with a light yeasty aroma. Flavor was a bit of a disappointment to me, with the malt nice and upfront, but the hops a bit strong that distacted my taste buds at the end of the experience. Still nothing to sneeze at, but after my last Black Bavarian, I have begun to expect greatness from Sprecher. Mouthfeel a bit of a downer due to previously mentioned bitterness, but drinkability is quite good. Could see them going down well on a nice spring day, or a day like today, cloudy and rainy.

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

Pours a reddened yellow-orange topped with a two finger off-white head.
Perfumy aroma, sweet malt, some citrus, peach.
Toffee and peach, very malty taste, some brown sugar, spicy, floral and citrus hop notes, butter.
Medium bodied, on the lighter side, good Mai-bock a lot of hops for the style.

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

Clear bright amber-copper color with a nice foamy lasting off white head with some lacing. Has a sweet fruity and nutty aroma. Sweet and malty roasty caramel flavors with some hop bitterness in the finish, medium body with a slick and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, the hoppiest Mai Bock I have had and I really like it.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice blondish amber colored malt with an offwhite head that foams up quite nicely. Complex aromas sets this beer apart from others of its style. Every time I took a whiff, I could pick up different aromas like oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar, and flowery / earthy hops (no doubt a result of dryhopping). Nice and sweet upfront with caramel flavors, cleansing middle, and a very prolonged bitterness at the end. Alcohol flavors were noticeable, but mixed well with the malt flavors and hop bitterness. Easily drinkable and pairs well with a nutty cigar. The best damn US Maibock I've had yet. This brewery is growing on me.

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Photo of lampkins
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to this beer every spring and is one of the best bock beers I have samplet to date.

The pour bears a golden yellow with a decent foam. The first thing I noticed about the beer is the wonderful malty smell. The taste of this beer is excellant at first it tastes smooth and quickly turns to spicy hoppy aftertaste. This beer is highly drinkable and I feel that the moutfeel of the beer is one of Sprecher's best.

As an asided, my late Grandfather told me that Sprecher's Mai Bock reminded him of how Pabst tasted back in the 1940's and 50's. Though that was interesting.

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Photo of Jon
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Maibock pours a clear copper with a fizzy, off-white head. Few trails of a lace remain on the glass. Aroma is of an upfront sweetness provided by loads of malts in addition to a mildly earthy and herbal hoppiness. Smells inviting and the taste confirms. A big, fruity sweetness becomes evident. Honey, tropical fruit, caramel and an herbal hop finish are most notable in the taste department. Mouthfeel is fairly full and not overly fizzy. This is satisfying and quite drinkable. An authentic maibock and a job well done by Sprecher.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Talk about bitter tasting. Wow! This beer poured a medium sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. The hue of this beer was amber with a spicy nose. There was a bitter taste that lingered.

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Photo of TheDM
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles and a transparent light amber body. It has a spicy aroma with a bitter initial taste of spiced hops and a lingering bitter after taste. It has a fair lacing. It tastes like it has more than a 6% ABV. It leaves a lingering tingly mouth feel. I didn’t care much for the bitterness in this Maibock. It seems more like an ESB than a bock.

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Photo of jackndan
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher Maibock: Absolutely clear amber colored brew from our friends up in Milwaukee. Very thick off white head, that lasts. Very rich aroma, noticeable from a few feet away after opening up the bottle. Clean aroma, with a trace of the malts enlivening it, but with a definite whiff of the hops as well.. Very nice taste, very light bodied. The predominate tastes are the malts, but this mai-bock has a nice (but unusual) hop kick toward the end. Actually quite nice and refreshing, well made beer. Look for it.

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Photo of ADR
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight amber color, large-bubbled head of almost 1/4 inch to start but one that fades to a trace in half a minute. Whew, a hoppy and spicy cinnamon aroma (really?). Hops immediately balance the good malt early and dominate the finish and aftertaste as well. The predominant sweet counterpoint is a sense of buttered toast with confectioner's sugar, quite nice. Now this is "one spicy meatball" of a Maibock, a refreshing breakout from the malty Bocks and Doppelbocks of Winter/early Spring...sassy, but with enough good malt back-up to balance the brew. Bring on the summer...

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Photo of Winter
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pleasantly surprised me. After consuming primarily winter warmers, stouts, barley wines and strong ales all Winter, I could almost taste the upcoming Spring in Sprecher's refreshing Mai Bock. Pours a deep golden, almost light amber in color with a white head. Aroma consists of malt and citrus hops. Thin, crisp mouthfeel. Flavor has a light lemony citrus essence to it. The hops play heavily into the overall enjoyment, just enough without being too bitter. Finish tends to be dry with a nice malty remnant to it. Very easy drinking. Another great offering from Sprecher.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color; big, fresh white head. Aroma:vegetal, herbal, nutty.Light texture, goood'n'malty, scant hops. None of the particular sweetness I've come to enjoy and expect from my favorite maibocks. A trifle buttery.

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Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep golden colored beer. The head on this one is shallow and quickly fades. Aroma is very hoppy, but there’s a subtle maltiness underneath that identifies the beer as a bock. Fortaste is sweet and malty, and overall it’s well balanced with the hops. The brew is a bit more hoppy than I expected, but it doesn’t overwhelm the experience. All in all, it’s good, certainly better than average, but not outstanding.

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hopped up version of a Mai Bock. It was a little strange at first, but once I adjusted, I liked it quite a bit.
Throws an average golden-orange. Thin wispy head. Fair retention.
Heavy floral hops on the nose. Very nice, but about all I am getting on the nose with this.
Taste begins enormously hopped up (Pale Ale style). A nice citric bite. As the beer warms somewhat, some sweet carmel, butterscotch, and fruit flavors materalize. A little alcohol spice to boot. Very nice return to form....with some pizzazz up front.
A beer that could be consumed en masse. Crisp, tasty and refreshing, but somewhat dangerous at the same time...especially in the 16oz bottles.

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

Very good across the board...dark gold in color...bubbly head that fades fast...heavy hops on the nose...smells like an IPA on the first pour but fades to a more subtle hop aroma deeper into the beer. VERY balanced...good malt base with flowery hop tones...very solid maibock..

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Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour with a slight head. Golden hue. Nice flowery hoppy boquet. (This is actually the only maibock that I've ever tried that has been dry hopped.) First impression of taste is hoppy. This is probably the hoppiest bock I've had. It's interesting, although maybe not "true to form." After cutting through some of the hop notes, there is some substance here. There is a definite malt base. A very unique maibock that in my opinion tasted even better on the finish. I'm a bit of a hophead. True bock enthusiasts may not look as fondly on this beer as I do.

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