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 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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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -0.3%
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 -15.8%
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 -31.6%
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 -7.2%
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 -18.2%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 +8.3%
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 +28.3%
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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Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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