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Black Forest MaiBock | Black Forest Brew Haus

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Brewed by:
Black Forest Brew Haus
New York, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Blwissler
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LMH88
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Huffs
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of clay23
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of DCH
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from the Black Forest Brew Haus on 6/16/09 served in a glass beer mug.

Hazed copper color with a creamy head of white foam that left spotty lacing.
Aromas of spicy yeast, sweet malts and grassy hops.
Taste is balanced out well without being overly sweet. Yeasty taste helps mask the alcohol but there is a nice warming effect.
Medium bodied, smooth feel, easy to drink.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a semi-clear orange with a thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and tangy citrus. Flavor of pale malts, wheat/bread dough, lemon, and tropical fruits, with a sweet finish. Very nice actually and super drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet caramel malt with a smattering of noble hop. Some dark fruit and yeast esters were noted as well.

The taste consisted of a biscuity grain with a touch of honey. Again noted of dark fruit and yeast. There was a mild warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a nice robust maibock and a good rendition of the style.

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TAP NY.

A shade duller than golden in color. Foamy white head that takes a minute to settle. Earthy, almost muddy aromatics. A hefty toasted malt aroma with a touch of very light citrus; maybe peach. A full toasted maltiness and other earthen flavors drive this Maibock. A few random hints of spice along with very light fruit flavors: apple and peach. The alcohol presence is certainly detectable, but this Maibock's natural flavors do a good job of masking it. Full bodied; thick and creamy on the palate. A very tasteful version of the style. I only wish I had more time to spend on this one.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is a real keeper!! This was a growler courtesy of VENOM, shared with JohnnyP. Delivered to JP a month ago, a properly sealed growler keeps very well.
Poured a rich, clear golden color, typical of the style. Head was frothy and creamy, and just a tad off-white. It drops down to a fine, thin layer, and leaves a nice bit of lacing in the glass.
Nose was a fine, bready/toasty malt combo, with a slight hint of hops following up. Passing over the tongue, it had a pleasant, smooth creaminess, with a medium-plus body to boot.
Lots of bready/toasty malt flavors inundate the palate from the get-go. A great, big-time malt profile up-front! This bier is well-balanced, though, with a superb, fruity hop-presence rounding out the finish. That fruity character sticks nicely in the throat for an A-1 aftertaste.
This is a top-shelf example of the style, with kudos going to Black Forest for a job well done. Thnx, too, to VENOM for the growler and to JohnnyP for sharing it with me. Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5


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Black Forest MaiBock from Black Forest Brew Haus
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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