Mindblock Maibock | Union Barrel Works

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Union Barrel Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phatz on 03-28-2007

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Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer dozens of times. I have in my possession now the third growler I have taken home. I have shared this beer with many people at picnics and tastings all summer long. I knew it would always be there so it is one I just didn't get around to reviewing until now. This beer is served far too cold at the pub. It is much better to get a growler and control the temperature more appropriately at home.

Appearance: Pours a very orange color with gold and brown hues varying depending on it position in the light. It is not possible to see straight through the body of this beer, as it sits in my snifter glass, but the light dose pass through and creates many gorgeous hues in this partly translucent Mia-Bock.

Smell: Honey floods the nose in a big way. Honey is certainly the focal point of this beer start to finish. There is a sweet malt, pear and wine like aroma to follow in support of the initial rush of honey.

Taste: The mead honey wine; honey sweet malt barade the palate and it 'hurts so good'. There is a rear and apple juice sweetness with a slight vinous alcohol poking through the flavor as well. Caramel malts are balanced brilliantly with a dry touch of alcohol and grain with a very gentle hop presence detectable mostly late on the tongue nearing the finish and in the aftertaste. The hops a mild, to a point that you really don't notice it but their absence would cause the beer to become cloying. This is more than a work of art. This is a shear masterpiece!!

Mouthfeel: It is sweet and syrupy to start with a hefty body on the toungue. The warming alcohol and touch of grain, leave you with a very dry finish that I wouldn't expect from the sweet beginning.

Drinkability: This may be one of the most drinkable 9% abv beers I have ever had the pleasure to imbibe. A quaffable Mia-bock that is unique enough to hit the spot all year round. This is one of my favorite beer to come out of UBW! Tom Rupp, you sir, are a genius!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz glass served at the brewpub in Reamstown, PA.

A: The maibock is an orange color, quite brilliant and clear, with a decent sized head that retains through 1/2 of the glass.

S: The aroma is malty, strong and sweet with some thick honey aromatics. As the beer warms, the biscuity caramel malts emerge, providing a rounded body.

T: The flavor is malty, with paler caramel and biscuit flavors emerging from the start. Those malts are quite strong, having a long-lasting flavor that is sweet without overdoing it. The candied sweetness is pleasing, the result of an overabundance of malts (and not the addition of candi sugars).

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, strong on grainy malts without pushing the alcohol over the top.

D: This bock is not for the faint of heart. The abv is big and makes itself known from first sip to last. That being said, the sweetness is very enjoyable and the beer is well worth the trip to Reamstown.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I sampled during my lunch visit. Pours cold into a 12 oz tulip glass. The beer exudes a clear amber to copper hue with no head except a one line of bubbles on the edge of the glass.
Aroma is sweet malt and maybe white grapes, and caramel, some grainy notes too. I also get some herbal hops.
The body is average and a fine fizzy carbonation tingles across my palate. Texture is thick but not chewy or syrupy, definitely more than average thickness.
The flavor is malty caramel and some general floral sweetness (honey?). The same herbal hops from the nose are present with hints of warming booze coming through on the finish. Very drinkable and well made beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, malty scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It has a nice Munich malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very tastey malt flavor along with a clean and fruity finish. It's an easy drinker with a traditional taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed maibock. It's true to style; a delightful session beer.

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Photo of shertz
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Growler that was filled 2 days ago at UBW. Great place to go to eat, drink, and hangout.

A- Yellowish with a little orange ting to it. No head at all. A few small bubbles rush to the top.

S- Yeast/ Malty and sweet. Smells almost like I walked into a bread shop. Nice.

T- Malty, sweet, and hints of plums. Can taste some citrusy also. Very complex, lots of different flavors bouncing around my mouth with none standing out to far. Very well done. The way a Maibock should taste.

M- Thick, syrupy, not very much carbonation. Slides down the throat nicely.

D- The biggest problem with this brew is that it is way to smooth for a 9%. Honestly, I could not find the alcohol in this brew. But I have had this before and I know that 2 pints with do you just fine for an evening. Maibock is my favorite brew and I'm not sure if I ever had one better than this. It's well worth the trip to the pub for a growler.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.
Served as a medium golden colored beer with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell is malty with some light sweetness evident for the honey used to brew this beer.
Taste is also loaded with malt but a bit of hop bitterness tends to even it out a bit. Some alcohol is also detectable.
More dryness is present at the finish and blends with the malt to create a nice ending.
I liked this beer, but the alcohol tends to limit its drinkabilty.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this on draft at UBW in Reamstown, PA.
Served cool in a standard pint.
A - A light amber w/ a thin white head that generates a random lace pattern.

S - Deep malt odors w/ light sweetness and toasted smells. A pleasant floral aroma w/ crisp bready notes combine w/ a round almost milky thick scent.

M - Very full and clean w/ a smooth light taste, but decent balance. The mellow carbonation suits the style w/ a touch of spice in the finish.

T - A graceful blend of malt w/ a honey-like sweetness. The round and smooth taste w/ a subtle grainy flavor has a sweet/dry dichotomy but the alcohol stays low in the flavor. The taste of a big beer w/ low alcohol warmth and a nice yeast flavor. There is a tinge of hops, just enought to keep it spiced appropriately. The main taste is quality German malts.

D - I think UBW is doing good things w/ malt focused beer. This being the one that has nuance and strenght w/ flavor in equal parts. Very drinkable for what it is, the 9% is well hidden which is what makes this beer one of the best they have to offer. I hope they continue to hone the already evident skill and broaden the line-up into a seasonals like Marzen etc.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A: Semi-clear golden orange color with a thin off white head.
S: I had trouble picking up that much of the aroma, but definitely hit by the honey, followed by malt and other spice..
T: Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malty body with smooth taste from the honey and slight bite on the tongue from carbonation. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Other hints of sweet fruit and cinnamon and other spices, but not that strong. In the end, its all about the tasty malt body and sweetness from honey. Very nice.

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This one is a moderately cloudy golden apple cider color. It was served to me with a thin white head in a pint glass.

s: Smells of very fresh spicey, peppery hops and apples emerged as this warmed up a bit. Faint Alcohol aromas as well, but nothing to indicate a 9%+ abv.

t: This is my favorite from Union Barrel Works, I love this stuff! There is some very aggressive spices or peppery hop that assault the tip of the tongue before the sweet honey finish soothes the back of the throat. This is very well balalnced and complex.

m: This is very dry, and quite refreshing. The spicey floral hops leave a pleasant tingle on the tongue that lasts for quite a while.

d: They serve this beast by the pint?!?! This is dangerously drinkable and well worth seeking out. If you are in the area, Union Barrel Works is only a short detour away from the turnpike.

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Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UBW on 1/10/08. Served in a 12oz. goblet.

A - Clear, honey amber body with one-finger bubbly, white head that quickly diminished to a thin, white film but left some decent lacing. Very sparse amount of carbonation.

S - First whiff reveals faint traces of cinnamon spice and sweet fruits (apple, pear) paired with a sweet malty aspect. Mild tea-like herbal hop aroma also present, but very subdued. Some citrus-like orange zest in there as well.

T - Much like the aroma, I taste cinnamon and sweet fruit, as well as a bit of nutmeg and allspice. Not much of a hop character, but this is replaced by a sweet and spicy taste. There is also some breadiness in the finish as well. Alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

M - Medium bodied and spicy on the palate. Carbonation is quite prickly. Nice spicy bite in the finish, followed by a quick splash of sweetness. Nice warm, fuzzy feeling!

D - Another one that goes down easy. This is quite a bit more complex than something like their Kolsch, but the sweet and spicy aspects are well-balanced. Another well-crafted brew from UBW.

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Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Mindblock Maibock from Union Barrel Works
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 12 ratings