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: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 45
Photo of MLucky
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
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 BrewAskew
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +2.8%
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 mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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 -1.7%
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 ManuelHerrera
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +33.5%
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%
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 -0.6%
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 +8.4%
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 +2.8%
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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Photo of washburnkid
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is, so far, my favorite beer from Sudwerk. Good in the bottle, and really good on tap.

A golden brew with small white bubbly head that dissipates leaving a bit of sticky lacing on the glass. Lightly toasted malts, some grain, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Medium body with decent residuals, with the flavors bringing out basic malts and good grassy hop flavors to balance out. This maibock is easy to drink, but it's the most flavorful of the Sudwerk bunch. I'd recommend having it on tap at the brewery over buying it in bottles!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of this today because I need some quick bottles for homebrew and I hadn't tried this Sudwerk brew before. Opened up the first one, took a few sips, and then, curious, I looked at the ABV....7.5%!! What?! Damn, I wanted an easy-drinker so I could make those bottles available fast. Hehe, oh well, I guess that makes it more fun.

Anyway, review....Pours a good amber brown with perfect clarity and a short, well-retained white head. Quick lacing. Smells malty, with a hint of apples and fruit-tinged ethanol. Flavor is a robust sweet malt with apples and pears mingled in along with a spicy hop and lingering alcohol. High ABV is evident but not overly distracting. Medium bodied. Drinks well, maybe a little high alcohol for what I intended it to be (a late-spring afternoon beer), but well done style-wise and quite tasty.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale golden/honey with 1 finger of foam. head is creamy but dissipates quickly. aroma is very appealing malt and citrus. flavor is light and balanced, malt and black tea. surprisingly little alcohol presence despite the 7.5%abv. slightly oily mouthfeel. all in all a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice maibock. It's gold with a dense, medium, off-white head that steadily shrinks to a thin head.

The aroma is a very good maibock aroma with fruity grain, raisins, grapes, honey, bread dough, and hay.

The tasee is nice and definitely a maibock, sweet with honey, fruity, zesty, with an alcoholic creaminess and warm bite, along with a grassy-herbal bitterness in the finish along with a bit of honey and green apple peel. It's a very nice example.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a pre-mixed variety pack, on to the beer:

There's some chill haze to that golden straw color, looks like a field of wheat in the wind. The aroma is subtle, but sweet. It tastes like a helles lager, but with a kick of alcohol added. Not very complex in flavor with solid drinkability. Finishes is mildly bitter with a tart lemony edge to it. There's no need for malt liquor when this is around.

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Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold amber pour with lasting white head. Lagery, yeast malt smell and taste. Not particularly crazy about the nose. Smooth nice lager beer with a yeast flavor that I'm not crazy about either. Decent for the style, I guess, but nothing special. @ City Beer Store in SF thanks to Craig.

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Photo of stephendr
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. glass bottle- color of dark gold, with a minimal off white head - nose of vegetation, crackers(wheat), and sweet – taste of bright red fruit, sweat, sour cherries, and mild hops - body is light, and with medium to light carbonation – aftertaste of sour cherries, and ruby red grapefruit

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date of 03.22.07, Sampled September 2007
This beer sits in my glass with a brilliantly clear, pretty, copper color, when held up to the light it shows an orange tinged, gold color. The head starts out almost three-fingers in height and is a pale tan color. The aroma has a nice grain character to it up front and is finished with some lightly herbal hop notes mixed in. Aromatic notes of biscuits, sweet honey-like grain, hints of orange flower nectar, lightly caramelized bread crust, and a green, herbaceous note intermingle in the nose, with none really being dominant.

Lightly sweet, but with an immediately noticeable, slightly astringent, bitterness. The beer finishes with a doughy malt character as well as some caramelized grain sugar notes. Uncharacteristically these notes seem to linger more than the bitterness that was found mostly up front in this beer. Fairly thick and rich, though the lightly zesty carbonation helps to temper this a bit. Some touches of honey character as well as a minty hop note in the finish.

This is quite tasty and I really like the touch with the noticeable hop character; it is perhaps a touch more than traditional German examples, but it is a welcome addition. I have always welcomed the hoppy pale bocks (something I really consider this "new" Double Pilsner thing to be a part of). This beer is quite easy to drink, in some ways I wish it had a bit more character, but it seems to want to be quaffed by the liter, which would be quite dangerous.

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Photo of scottoale
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a 10-pack of summer brews from Cost Plus for $6.75, bought several at this price and this is the third. With an aggressive pour comes a honey-amber with hues of orange and a white fingers worth of short lasting head and no lace. The 12 oz. brown longneck has a "Best within 90 days of bottling date:041306 perfed on main label. A good looking beer here.

The smell is sweet and malty with some strong notes of alcohol as it warms. The taste, much the same with a sweet grainy malt and a light dose of somewhat citric hops all blended with alcohol. Pretty tasty stuff and is well suited to it's style.

It has a solid medium body and is highly drinkable in my book. Cheers!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm just getting into bocks and I think I've found my favorite...or at least the one I find most drinkable.

A - Pours an orangy amber with a decent off white head.

S - Yeasty smell with a bit of maltiness.

T - The flavor is heavy on the malt with the alcohol coming in second. I didn't find either flavor to be over-powering though. Just right.

M - Medium.

D - The bock flavor is something I'm taking a while to get used to. This one has a mild balance of flavor that makes it a good solid drinker. This will probably never be more than a "one a day" beer for me though. Two in one session would ware on my tastebuds.

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Photo of SethB2
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Transparent golden brownish yellow with a tiny head and no lacing to speak of. When the head settles, there isn't even a touch of foam.

S - Smells like a lager. Slightly sweet with maybe some fruits (I'm getting a grape feel to it), and a bit of grain. There are hops there, but they are most obviously of the Noble variety and are not very plentiful. Still, not offensive at all, but not great either.

T - Better. A roasted malt quality is what I notice first, followed by a sweetness that is fairly subtle. What is really noticable, despite what I didn't notice much of with my nose, is the Saaz (I'm assuming). Very nice spice kick toward the end of the swig, but still enough maltiness to keep it from finishing too dry.

M - I've noticed in the past a connection between appearance and mouthfeel. I expected a lack of carbonation and nothing special on the tongue. I was half right. It doesn't have much carbonation, but it goes down great. It's a hell of a lot more full than I was expecting, and very smooth going down. I little more carbonation would have helped, but I enjoyed it as it is.

D - Good. I have another ready to go. I could drink these things all night.

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Photo of BradBLR
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my first Mai Bock and it was ok. The beer poured a amber gold color, a little darker than I was expecting. The head was a whitish yellow color and did not last long at all. The smell was a faint malt smell with some slight hints of sweetness .

The taste was a light malt and hops flavor with again a hint of sweet. The aftertaste had a slight hint of creme. The mouthfeel was ok, the carbonation lasted a while in your mouth and it was pretty thin, but not bad.

All in all not a babd beer, but a little light for my tastes. I am going to have to try another mai bock to compare this one.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: a vigoruos pour into a pint glass produces a fantastic head that takes forever to come down, the beer is a light orange hue and is a hazy color. looks like a damn fine glass of beer in this warming weather

smell: bready lager smell, no hops to be found. similar to miller high life if you know that beer. decent smelling brew for the style.

taste: beer tastes like a good american macro, not very german at all, suprising since all of sudwerk's other beers are very athentic. that said, there is a sharp hop bitterness here you wouldn't find in a macro, so thats nice. waves of sweet breadiness wash over the tongue. the beer basically switches between the bread and the bitterness.

mouthfeel: so crisp and light, perfect for...spring!

drinkability: damn, i guess this beer grew on me because it's fading fast. a very nice beer drinker. I don't really know this style, but it's a good spring mindless drinker....just noticed this beer was 7.5 percent...betta watch out!

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Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice gold color with just a ring of head. It left no lace.

The smell is mostly of malt and somewhat toasted. The taste is solid and clean, with malt coming through strong up front. The fininsh has hints of honey along with mild amounts of hops. The mouthfeel is full and appealing, while drinkability is good.

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