Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
3.46 | pDev: 10.4%
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 05, 2006
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Reviewed by TheLongBeachBum from California

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Presentation: 1 Pint 0,9 fl.oz. (500ml) thin, slender brown glass bottle. Has a neck, obverse and reverse labels which are all light green. Main label has a black silhouette picture of a raised hoofing Goat set against a green and white chequered background. Reverse label has this listed at 6.9% ABV with an inkjet coded date of 02.06.

Appearance: Pale straw colored yellow body has a faded golden tinge to it. Lapsing thin collated white head struggles to stay around. Low to middling carbonation, tired looks but with a relaxed presentation.

Nose: Gentle light grain, soft malts with some alcohol and a sweet flowery finish. Suffers from a feint metallic tingle in the back end.

Taste: Straight forward profile, Germanic to a tee, the soft grains and light malts in this Maibock balance the sweetness with a detectable alcohol to pump things up a little. Rather plain but with an unfussy profile that seems to get the message across.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a mismatch of bolstering alcohol lending a hand to the lighter malts and gentle sweetness. Doesn’t disappoint at all but neither does it knock you back, it plays the middle road and works fine at that level.

Drinkability: A little too sweet for my delicate palate, tasty stuff, but nothing shattering in the Maibock stakes. Nice enough though.

Overall: I picked this bottle up from HiTimes in Costa-Mesa, a respected outlet where I often drop three figures during a visit. I noted the 02.06 date on the reverse when I picked this one up, given the quality of HiTimes I decided to give this one a whirl nonetheless. Is the date a Best Before, or a Bottle On, Date – I suspect the 02.06 is a Bottled On Date given the style. I have tried several Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren brews to press, but this one is new to me and not one that I have seen before. Nothing more than ordinary but I confess to admitting that maybe it comes across a little better when sampled fresh.
Nov 05, 2006
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Rated: 3.5 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 07, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by wrightst from Maryland

Jun 23, 2013
Rated: 3 by Luiz0930 from California

May 31, 2013
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Bloomington, IL
No bottled on date, but "29" is stamped on label
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Aktien's maibock is a helles that provides a big malt profile, sweet and bready in flavor, that is marginally balanced by noble hops. While the beer isn't cloying, the hop could be taken significantly further for better results in both aroma and flavor. Perhaps this is a freshness issue, but without a proper bottle date, I can't be sure. Somewhat of a disappointment, after I had tried and enjoyed their "Heller Belli-Bock" last year. This is one I will probably not pick up if seen in the future, unless known to be fresh.

Pours a 1.5cm head of clean, white bubbles, medium to small in size, which has average retention as it fades to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Head leaves some modest lacing during its decline, a few splotches here and there. Body is transparent, light copper-orange in color; light brings out bright golden-orange highlights. Carbonation is visible, moderately paced in rushing to the top of the beer.

Aroma is of brightly sweet malts, quite bread-like, with hints of mild buttery diacetyl and grain cereal. Not too sweet, which is appropriate for the style, but the hops seem to be lacking here, so the balance just comes from well-chosen malts.

Tip of the tongue picks up sweet, light-colored malt influences with slight toffee-like flavors. Front of palate picks up bread and sweetness, . Mid-palate continues to taste rich, light-colored bread and malt with a very modest hop bitterness. Hop bitterness increases substantially (for a German beer) on the back of the palate, along with some herbal characters and tempered by a less-assertive malt profile. Aftertaste is slightly spicy, bitter, unsure if this is from hops or ethanol: either way, it's light enough to be pleasant and counterbalance the lingering bread-like sweetness of the beer.

Beer is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation that is adequate for moving this across the palate, but could be more carbonated and do a better job. Closes dry and has substantial stickiness on the mouth and lips after a sip.
Jun 22, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by Stoffel from Texas

Jan 10, 2012
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Reviewed by jdense from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Beer #7 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Straw gold clear body, white head, some visible effervescence with fairly quick dissipation and some lacing. Munich malt in the nose. some sweetness, grassy and floral hops in balance. Taste mirrors nose, minimal caramel character, quite light and drinkable, dry finish, but in the end, one of the more unremarkable beers at the tasting.
Aug 07, 2011
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Reviewed by missingsense from California

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pour into pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Poured a medium gold with a decent white head.

S: Sour apple is definitely the strongest scent here. A bit of a fermented grape smell, like a sweet white dessert wine. Not particularly enticing, but not bad.

T&M: Sweet maltiness with a mild apple aftertaste. A bit of sourness upfront, too. Flavor mellows pretty quickly, and there is virtually no hop presence. Medium-bodied with a slight juicy stickiness.

D: An overall decent beer which I would definitely like to try fresh in Germany. However, the sour/sweet fruit flavor here is not especially to my liking. I fear that this one may have been sitting a little too long on the shelf at my local liquor store.
Jun 03, 2010
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Reviewed by TheJollyHop from California

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a golden straw hue with a fast fading head.Slightly tart grape, grain, and apple aroma. As a previous poster remarked, the flavor/aroma is reminiscent of grape nuts topped with a dash of sugar. Subtle fruit and light custard noticeable on the taste along with biscuit malts. Clean bitterness enters early and doesn't leave. Slightly tongue drying fruity finish. Medium/high carbonation with a light medium body. Creamy, well balanced and drinkable.
Apr 19, 2010
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Reviewed by biggred1 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Honey colored with a creamy eggshell cap that leaves fine lacing on the glass. The nose is hay, barley and honey. The flavor is mildly sweet cereal grain with a touch of honey and euro hops to balance, pretty fresh tasting for a beer bottled 7 months ago. Creamy and smooth bodied, a surprisingly good example of the style.
Oct 16, 2009
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Reviewed by JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
500 ml from Tres Bonne Cuisine... I think I paid about $4.. poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" head has decent retention and some lace.. but it's nothing special.. the brew is perfectly clear straw....

Nose is very clean pale malts and little else.. some subtle sweetness... but the aroma is all very clean maibock... Smells very very fresh.. Like a buddy's homebrew.

Flavor is again everything a Maibock should be.. smooth pale malts with just touches of some cookie sweetness.. hop bitterness is very fine with only enough spicy hops (I could be imagining things) to bring the malts back out in front... Oh so smooth.. and perfectly clean.... Fantastic... Very fresh for bottles from Germany.. The body is medium with a nice carbonation that makes me want another sip almost immediately..

I love a great Maibock.. and as far as I can tell.. this is the only one I get in Boise.. Very nice.. and again.. This is fantastic for the style, and I am a critic of crappy/old brews from across the Atlantic.

Mar 31, 2009
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a pale, golden hue with a small head and some cloudiness in the body; good carbonation though. A floral, light, airy hop aroma with a grape smell (that's right, grape) with a touch of sweet malt. A bit thin and a touch of slickness in this light-to-medium body beer. The hops are rather subdued and the sweet malts (mild candy to describe it) seem to be the dominant taste. Hops pack a very small punch on the backbite. Again, sounds odd, but this beer had a quasi-grape juice quality. I don't know if they used grapes or something like pear, apple, but there is a weird fruit taste eminating from the hops. This was a pleasant seasonal find up here in Norfolk, but I am not sure I could session this beer. I also wouldn't necessarily consider it a Maibock, but the ABV is hidden well and if you like a fruity taste then try this.
Sep 01, 2008
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Reviewed by mmmbeer from Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Big, half-liter German bottle, with 02.06 on the back, but I'm pretty sure that's the bottling date and not the best-by date. It pours a medium gold hue with some floaties, medium carbonation, and an inch of loose, off-white head that retains a quarter-inch throughout, and leaves decent lacing. Smells of grains, sweetness, corn?, and some green/spicy noble hops. Tastes of grains, adjuncts, and green/lemony/grassy hops that impart a mild bitterness. Eventually hints of toasted and caramel malts emerge, along with some fruitiness, but there is too much residual sweetness in this beer. The beer has a medium body but feels too thick for this style, and it's so tingly that it has a strange numbing effect on the tongue. Overall it comes across as a German malt liquor, but would really benefit from lower alcohol and sweetness. Make sure to drink this one really cold, as the flavor worsens as it warms.
Dec 06, 2007
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Reviewed by Minkybut from Virginia

2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a lihjt straw color. This beer was nice looking and I thought had promise with its fine bubbly head. It had a very bready yeasy smell and tasted yeasty to me. Then the head went away then I to a few more sips and the beer just had a undesirable undesctribable taste to it. Sorry can't do any better but how bout this, I will not buy it again.
Sep 21, 2007
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Reviewed by Dukeofearl from California

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
$2.69 for a 500 ml bottle at La Bodega in Riverside, CA., May 2007. Poured into an Allguauer 500 ml glass.

Pours a light-medium golden with a bright white head that drops quickly. Steady streams of carbonation quickly rise through the clear golden liquid throughout the session, leaving a thin white coating as the glass empties.

Aroma is a somewhat sweet, cereal-grain (Grape-Nuts with sugar on top?) nose. Not much else.

Flavor is a pleasant, moderately sweet malt grain profile, with slight sour apple and herb-spice (not sure exactly what, but something) notes. Not terribly complex, but very tasty, and quite drinkable. The sweetness leads into a bit of alcohol flavor and burn, a bit surprising for a German drinker- I guess that 7% may be more present than originally suspected.

I like this one, but the strength of the alcohol burn keeps it from being a home run. I have been trying maibocks and Dutch Lentebocks lately, and am strrating to like this style!
May 19, 2007
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Reviewed by colebenoit from Canada (BC)

3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Appearance: Ultra clear, very bright golden hue. Moderate head, white and frothy lasts OK. Leaves minimal lacing. This looks like the sort of beer one would photograph for a high-budget advertising campaign.

Smell: Fresh honey, pollen, clover, a tiny bit of fresh hay and a bit of powdered sugar, some juicy apple-like aromas. Just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly, but pleasantly creamy. Long, dry finish.

Taste: Apples and honey with an underlying dessert-like buttery maltiness, an undercurrent of hoppiness (saaz?), and a faint alcohloic presence. Surprisingly sweet sugar / candy character at the back of the mouth, almost Belgian in nature. Pleasant, but nothing too overwhelming.

Drinkability: Thoroughly quaffable, although the 7% abv might make you pay. Still, bring on the steins! A nice summer beer, though not something I would go out of may way to seek out.
Feb 24, 2007
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