Maibock | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by on 04-26-2009

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub style pint glass.

Golden blonde. Crystal clear. Moderate carbonation. Short head.

Brown bread, brown sugar, honey, caramel, earth, and grapefruit zest.

Grapefruit zest, bright florals, and potpourri. Fresh baked bread, caramelized sugar, and honey. Touches of brown sugar and earth.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, off-dry, and bitter.

Tasty Maibock. Nice hop bite over a solidly malty base. Prost!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ledouge
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, there's so much honey and fruit that I'm reminded of the great weizenbocks. This beer is drier though, and more drinkable. Lovely, mellow dough and bread from the malt, backed by spicy hops. It's been years since I enjoyed a maibock this much.

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Photo of hophugger
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice color, golden. Very malty, breadlike with some smooth caramel notes. Overall, a little light on flavor but not bad, just a touch weak !!!!....close to the style

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vainosuomi
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden amber color, creamy head
Smell: Grainy, fruity, and bright—there's an almost a matcha-esque sweet floral/grassy character to it. Very interesting.
Taste: Brown sugar, sweet bread, clove, hints of citrus and other fruity notes. Faintly floral hop finish. Well developed but the sweetness is a bit overpowering.
Feel: Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, creamy and smooth

Pretty solid, just somewhat too sweet.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Real beautiful crystal clear, nutty bronze colored body. Some streams of linear carbonation, not excessive either. Bright soft head, somewhat fluffy with a rich white top and repopulated bubbles. Has excellent hangtime, and great appearance.

Excellent mix of soft herbal tones, and a real nice spicy caramel on the nose. Aroma is very clean and a touch of light gaseous quality though, almost like a carbonated soda but far more pleasant. Quite a neat lager aroma.

Real excellent flavor. Crisp sensing caramel, nearly gets into crispy toffee tones in the mid palate. Slight herbal finish, with a more muted brown sugar flavor and soft bitterness. Crisp and very dry as well, but another sip makes a satisfying milky and thick rich refill.

An excellent solid Helles bock, they got the lagers dialed in there at DB.

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Photo of obywan59
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden-amber in color with a 2 1/2 finger whitish head and copious carbonation bubbles rising throughout.

Light fruitiness on the nose with substantial clove and citrusy lemon/lime. Sweet bread dough with toffee and grassy hops.

Sweet toasty malt early, but it fades to dry with tart and light bitter citrus. A whiff of almond extract punches through.

Medium in body with moderate syrup. Silky and rather smooth, becoming drying and somewhat astringent.

This is a great beer. Sweet, toasty, dry, tart and bitter. A very well rounded brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up around March and haven't gotten to it until now. Into a pint glass.
A - Good orange brown honey color with just a 1/4 inch of foam that settles pretty quickly to a lace ring.
S - Toasted grain some honey very little if any hops.
T - Slight bitter hops toasted bread and just a hint of caramel/brown sugar sweetness in the finish. Has a mild bit of bitterness in the finish as well. Tasty and legit.
M - Quite smooth light to medium body easy to drink.

Overall very surprised how good this beer is and still is after 5 month in the bottle. Worth picking up even old!

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanR01
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chiefz1
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

Pours a clear golden color with some visible carbonation and a white head that's a finger or two high. Good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is very bready and doesn't have too much complexity, though it's fairly nice. The flavor ramps up a bit with some nice bready undertones along with a bit of crust and a chewy character. Very light hop presence and a bit of light alcohol in the finish, though it doesn't display the 7% that's listed. Another very good representation of the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottled 2/15/18 (50 days ago) poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 7.4% ABV (per label). The beer pours bright golden amber in color with short lived light khaki head. The aroma is typical maibock with yeast and a little sweetness. The taste is oddly bitter up front settling into a weird nutty and burnt sugar caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, highly (forced) carbonated and dry in the finish. There is a metallic note on the finish that I am not liking. Overall, fair. I try to rate based on experience outside of ownership, but this is not really a good beer. No noble hops, no bready or crackery malts, possible incomplete fermentation or lagering and no real upside.

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Photo of Matuhg
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, good effervescence, head is off white with fine bubbles, head presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to solid top.

Smell is malty sweet, some grass and herbs.

Taste is similar with solid malty sweetness, not overly caramely, good depth, hops are low in presence so the sweetness is in control; may.

Mouthfeel is crisp, strong carbonation which detracts a bit from the mouthfeel, then drying trying to counter the sweetness.

Overall a good helles bock, with a sweeter lean in flavor and presence but a highly carbonated mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours an effervescent amber with a small white head.

S) The nose is very clean, grainy, and slightly grassy.

T) The taste is very crisp, slightly sweet, with notes of straw, some freshly cut grass, and a lovely characteristic graininess.

F) The brew has a lovely light mouthfeel and a medium-high carbonation. Super refreshing.

O) Not bad for the style. Another solid beer to pair with pub food and fried junk.

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Photo of Frank_TX
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopphead31415
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This German-style Maibock boasts 7.4% ABV and a meager 24 IBUs along with a laundry list of malts such as Pilsner, Vienna, Dark Munich, CaraRed, and CaraFoam.

Look-This pours a brilliant orange gold color with a silky smooth medium bubble head with ample carbonation. The clarity is stunning.

Smell-I smell bready malts and toasted grains floating above a yeasty aroma.

Taste-I get a strong hit of carbonation first in terms of feel and the taste has typical yeasty esters and caramel malts common in Maibocks. But I also get like a citrus overtone and some lingering metallic flavors that were OK, but unexpected. I also get black pepper, grassiness, and toasted buttery bread. The Saaz hops lend their citrus flavors to the body and balances things out with the malts. It leaves a resinous coating on the tongue. It goes down smooth and refreshing.

Overall-It is a good Maibock. Not mind-blowing, but not sub-par or average. I’d say it is above average, but definitely noteworthy. Give it a try!

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold Orange color with a slightly thin body,medium carbonation. Aroma is malt, yeast, bread/grain. Taste is similar,mildly sweet with a mild hop finish. Overall a very decent beer that could go with several types of foid

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Photo of meredith24
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Maibock from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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