Früh Bock | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Brewery website: Fruehbock (pron. "Froo Bock") - Literally "Early" Bock, Frueh is also short for Fruehling which is the German word for Spring. Try our Spring Bock as the cold winter fades and the warm spring winds begin to blow. This deep golden, slightly malty bock beer comes in at 6% ABV, which you'll find hard to believe because it's so smooth and refreshing. Don't wait to try it...because like springtime in Charlotte, this seasonal will come and go quickly.

Note: Früh = Frueh

Added by CBlack85 on 03-25-2010

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by confer:
Photo of confer
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exactly one month old today,bottled on 4/17/13.Poured into a half liter stein a clear light to medium golden with a great looking blooming white crown,almost specially made for the glassware used.The aromas are a little different than what Iam used to when it comes to a maibock,no big sweet doughy notes but a crispness with mild caramel notes underneath,it's malty but not alcoholic.Flavors of wet grain and some caramel sweetness,again the crispness is what stands out most to me.Not what Iam used to in a maibock...but it's well made and the crispness is a nice change of pace.A lighter maibock but it goes down easy.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Big growler of this spring seasonal.

Just enough head and lacing to get by, dissipates a bit quicker than I thought though the constant refills to my mug alleviated that problem. Clear pale amber golden color. Malty nose with a thick draw of fresh cut hay, hint of bread and a faintness of honey ... some hops make their way to the nostrils with a soft oily resin. Smooth fuller body with ample crispness that bring up the level of being "refreshing". Full malt jacket here, bread with a kiss of sweetness ... mild toastiness, a bit grassy and event a flash of biscuit. Hops ring in with a character for balance and flavor, bitterness is quick to sting but the flavor take much longer to unfold with herbal, leafy and vaguely minty flavors. Lets not forget about the alcohol, it brings some warmth to the table and stays clean. Malty semi-sweet finish that rounds out with the hops and alcohol.

Lovin this beer a lot, a well rounded helles bock ... more proof that OMB is one of the best breweries in the USA IMO.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte. Pours clear golden with an above average white head that leaves some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks and tastes much like a regular, but well-crafted, lager, with some spicy hops: a description of a typical maibock. The hops are less obvious in the nose than on the tongue. Still, the taste is mainly bready. The aroma is quite light, reminiscent of white bread with light citrus/herbal notes.

M: Light body; medium carbonation.

O: True to style if a shade light on the hops; well-crafted, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses. Props to my buddy Barscream for keeping a growler of this chilled until I could get down there and split it with me. Thanks Greg!

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of froth with a good flare-up to it, leaving back of robust cascade of lacing. The aroma is strong with diacetyl, bread, and caramel, giving the nose a rich butterscotch element. It's not necessarily unpleasant but just a bit unexpected. Luckily, this is wrapped up in some green smelling earthy and floral accents from those Noble hops, which helps cuts down on some of the sweetness.

The taste fairs much better, with a crisp bite of earth and spice that spreads green citrus out into the mouth. That same mix of toasted bread and caramel (this time with only a dab of butter to it) gives this some silky balancing sweetness across the back. This finishes with some parching dryness and leftover spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness to it that then smoothes out considerably as you swallow. I'm detecting no alcohol whatsoever here as well, as keeping ABV on the low end of the style really helps to keep this easy on the palate and enjoyable.

I don't know what was going on with that butterscotch effect in the nose (maybe something with the diacetyl developed from being stored in the growler) but for the most part this was a tasty, crisp, and easy drinking take on the Maibock. Another good effort here from the OMB.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Sierra Nevada shaker. Poured a golden pale yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, subtle banana, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wheat, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. This one was quite refreshing and easy to drink but as far as the style goes it was in the middle of the road in my opinion. It did have a lot of nice things going for it, but it was close to all of the brews in this style and didn’t stand out at all unfortunately. I would suggest this one to non-craft drinkers or fans of the style without a doubt, but I would hesitate to recommend it to a hardcore enthusiast.

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Photo of vancean2
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hopportunistic
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lzepplin01
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BirdsandHops
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Clean biscuit and crystal malt aromas with light citrus and pine hoppy notes. There is also an underlying sweetness to the aroma, more reminiscent of Belgian beers.

T: Clean biscuit and sweet bread flavors here as well with a light piny bitterness from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter and clean.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is clean, dry, and drinkable.

O: A solid beer overall. Nice, clean flavors and aromas with a light hoppiness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.0% ABV, Bottled on 4-26-11

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this tasty treat with me!

A - Picture perfect, the faintly hazy golden yellow beer is topped by a relentless white head with great lace draped down the glass!

S - Crisp lager nose opens with refreshment abounding and smooth biscuity pils malts. Soft water and noble hops finish out the aroma.

T - Nice crisp pilsner malt has great balance with the noble hops. A bit of spice pulls through nicely and finishes with a mellow sweetness begging for another sip.

M - Crisp and clean, the smooth beer has a great feel with a faintly dry hop bitterness.

O - Awesome across the board, Früh Bock is perfect for spring and summer and would easily convert BMC drinkers to craft. A delicious gateway beer if I may...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Carolina Beer Company in Charlotte International Airport.

This one pours a dark golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like freshly cut grass, honey malt, and light breadiness.

This is really well balanced all around, and makes for a great bock. There's a nice and traditional malt character- with toasted bread and some light honey sweetness, and a subtle and appropriate grassy hop character.

This is light bodied, crisp and really clean tasting, with a very high level of drinkability.

I don't drink a ton of maibocks, as most American breweries wouldn't know how to make one. I knew that these guys would make a good one, though.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a large mug.

Pours a nice clear golden straw color with some nice bubbles keeping the foamy white head intact seemingly forever.

Lots of bready and grainy notes in the nose. Some bitter hop notes, but mainly malty and sweet. Very clean and smooth.

Clean, crisp, well balanced flavors seem to dance on your tounge. A fair amount of carbination keeps this beer feeling light even though it is full of flavor. Very nice, traditional german beer flavor.

I really enjoyed this beer. I am finding that nearly anything that I try when I am at Olde Meck, I will not be disappointed.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Sgbrown78
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwguy5
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on 4.8.11. reviewed from notes.

A - clear, rich yellow color with slow streaming bubbles from bottom. one-finger white head reduced to a thin but consistent cap. lacing is present down side of glass.

S - sweet malts, light fresh-cut grass, slight floral notes, green apple

T - some hops in front that give way to a golden, malty base. a slightly drying, lengthy finish.

M - thin-medium bodied. slightly prickly carbonation.

O - very solid. good looks, good aroma, very good taste. might have to mix this one into the rotation.

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Photo of henryhampton
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QCBeerGuru
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mac's Speedshop. Pours a really nice golden color with a solid two fingers worth of head. The nose is clean and lightly floral with hints of apricot. Mouthfeel is light with a nice effervescent carbonation. Taste is bright and clean and finishes slightly sweet. Overall a really refreshing spring seasonal from a great local brewery.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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