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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Added by rkhaze on 04-17-2004

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

Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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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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 PaulWaters
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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 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 scottoale
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer upon its release from the 12-ounce brown bottles set in the glass a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate in size bright white head the is semi-creamy in texture and as it evaporates the lace formed is a fine sealing sheet. Nose is malt laden, sweet, quite crisp and clean with the start lightly sweet and nicely malted with the top light. Finish is stern in its acidity and the hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste and a nice drinking beer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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 BradBLR
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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 KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of germaniac
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few .3 liters of this great maibock at the brewhaus.
Pours a burnished copper, with a small, tight head.
Smells of sweet malt, with a light hop spiciness. Taste is all malt up front, with a nice honeyed sweetness backed up by a mild hop acidicness. I believe the alcohol content is around 6.2%, but nowhere is there a taste of it. This brew is intended for seasonal enjoyment, but I would love it all year long.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

A 12-oz long neck bottle I picked up wihle visiting this nice brewpub.
Pours a nice golden-amber color with a moderate head.
Pleasant aromas of malts and hops with an additional perfumy scents.
Sweetness comes first on the palate, immediately balanced by a bitter finish. slightly creamy and overall satisfying. true to type.

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Photo of grubefresh
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of stephendr
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 SethB2
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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 furballkazoo
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DogFood11
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to see a wider variety of Sudwerk beers at my local Beverages and More. So far so good. Nothing flashy or interesting about the label design, nothing flashy about the appearance after the pour, solid finger of head, white, some partial ring lacing. Very clear, copper, medium sized carb.

Bready as hell in the nose.

Comes across more balanced and has a definite alcohol flashing. Bready malt is thick, Nicely placed hop zinger about 3/4 of the way through saves this brew from being overly rich. I could see this beer being excellent with a big heavy dinner.

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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 JDV
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
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 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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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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