Sudwerk Mai Bock | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Sudwerk Mai BockSudwerk Mai Bock

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Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by rkhaze on 04-17-2004

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of SanFranJake
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of furballkazoo
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MLucky
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Does everything have to be an IPA these days? Up until recently, Sudwerk's Maibock was a seasonal delight, one of the few authentic examples of the delightful German maibock style brewed in the US. Not anymore. The recipe's been changed, the beer has been re-branded as a "spring lager" (although it still says maibock on the label) and it tastes like just another run of the mill IPL.

A real maibock is a strong, malty lager with a pronounced munich malt flavor. It should have a balanced bitterness, and the hop flavor/aroma should be German noble hops. This beer has no munich that I could taste, and the strong hop flavor is definitely not from noble hops--tastes a lot like centennial, whatever it is.

If you like IPLs, you'll probably like this. Me, I'm just getting sick of the way everything has to taste like an IPA these days.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cmgage
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice lacy head and light amber color. Aroma is clean, sweet malt and a whiff of noble hops. Flavor is a blend of light, slightly toasty malts and balancing noble hops with a bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is sugary and warming. Overall a very good maibock.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sudwerk Maibock Lager

A- Light amber, beautiful thick head with lots of lace! Great carbonation, tiny bubbles. Looks great!

S- Hints of citrus over the malt, very nice.

T- GREAT balance! Light for a maibock, but wonderfully crisp and nice citrus hops for a German style. Good blend of West Coast hop and German Nobles…. it also hides it's alcohol well. I definitely like this one!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite attractive golden amber in the tall Aventinus weissebier glass. A nice foam with champagne bubbles. An interesting aroma of dried apples.

Seems to have a touch of tartness that is not particularly welcome. Rather bitter, and I'm not sure it should be that way either. Light body, only faintly sweet with a fruity taste. It has the bitterness of a Belgian style without the pleasant yeastiness, so perhaps there is a little bacteria doing its work on the residual sugar.

Sudwerk is conservative enough to say "best within 90 days" but alas, there is no bottling date. Spritzy enough, but not very drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/14/12.

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some caramel-like aromas. Taste is of malt, slight caramel, and some herbal and grassy hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop edge that doesn't show itself in the aroma at all.

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Photo of Piason
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of grubefresh
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of rah1734bones
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this beer German? Asian? Oh it's from Davis... figures.

A - Poured from an ethnically curious bottle with a thin, quickly gone head and light tangerine color.

S- Mild lemon-cleaner aroma with veggie hints and a that typical classic pilsner note that keeps it above "skunk" but with a little funk.

T - Flavors hit the palate with surprising strength. Rosy floral notes smothered with hints of buttery thickness. Playful give-and-take between malted sweet and bitter bite than interchange as the beer opens and warms. Orange rind on the backend caps off.

M - Thicker than the average "lightish" beer, with butter-cream notes that make this an interesting brew.

O - Deceptive, but overall with a try. I was pleasantly surprised that what looked like a cheap beer was anything but.

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Photo of wages
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first Mai Bock I can recall tasting, but bock rarely disappoints, so I was looking forward to this brew. I didn't realize it was award winning or 7.5% when I bought it in a "build your own".

Appearance - 5/5 - Nice clear golden color.

Smell - 4.5/5 - Sweet alcohol aroma.

Taste - 5/5 - A wonderful balance of clean moderate sweetness that quickly moves to a lightly fruity (maybe pear) then mildly tart bitter aftertaste. I can barely detect the alcohol as the flavors change, and the little I do detect doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - Seems just a tad "syrupy" as it passes the tongue, and then the good flavors linger for a bit in a faint effervescence.

Overall - 5/5 - I'm really impressed with this beer! At 7.5%, it's the perfect ABV to catch a mild buzz on a single beer while enjoying the complex but accessible flavors of this wonderful bock.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange, cloudy

S- not much of a smell, even in SF

T - biscuit, bread, hop presence with faint malt. Slightly weird bitter finish.

M- mouthfeel is good , a tad on the flat side, but not in a bad way. Creamy.

O- slightly off finish, but worth a go. Decent beverage.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very very thin head and left a very thin ring of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was of various grains and honey upfront with a good sweet malty presence but had faint bready notes. The taste also had honey character that meshed quite well with the sweetness from the malts but had mild citrus and muted hop notes. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had sweet, citrusy, malty, and sticky finish. It drank good and was digging the sweetness but just wasn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz. bottle served into a wine glass. Pours a hazy lemon orange color with a thin nearly white cap. A steady carbonation emanates from the bottom of the glass keeping a light cap and yielding some moderate lacing.

Nose is pleasant though light. Bit of hops and some bready malts. Very subtle yet with an increasing complexity with exposure.

Taste is slightly sweet with citrus and honey, bit of a grainy texture. Sweetness is only moderate yet hides the 7.5% well, a number that surprised me after tasting this beer. A light bitterness on the finish lingers nicely and offers a bit of a lemon bread feel. Easy drinking with a light and easy feel. This sample is a couple months beyond its brief 90 day recommended best by date but has held up quite well. Likely better fresh nonetheless.

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Photo of SShelly
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, crystal clear with decent poofy white head.

Aroma is sweet malt and slightly bready.

flavor is a well balanced rich malt character, flows over the mouth well with a little bit of carbonic tingle, leaves the mouth nice and coated with malt, light biscuity tones in there as well.

Probably my favorite of the sudwerk beers, pretty drinkable.

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