Maibock | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beergeek279 on 06-16-2004

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt siena body with a pleasant, almost easy-going effervescence... thoroughly thich fluffy head--handsome as a big bottle in the Schneider edel-weiss glass... bright, yeasty, almost perfumy scents with a soft malty consistency--this smells like the soundtrack to mowing, barbecues, and baseball--with a bit of chocolate... soft--surprising for a bock--a bit warm in between the teeth.. a medium-bodied delivery... malts abound! the almost OE 800 effect is smoothed by the hops in mid sip, bringing balance to its force... I keep beating Ryan (this time at college basketball's March madnesss), but he's claiming to throw these competitions to remind me, through beer, of PA's dominance over NJ.. I won't argue: again, Otto's delivers a physically attractive, forceful, enjoyable beer--only established in 2002, this brewery is making me want to visit Satte College a lot more...

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice lager, with malt and good moderate hoppiness. Pours beige with a small head. Good summer drinkability. Drying aftertaste. Good with lunch. Smooth drinker.Decent for style and they make decent and even better beers in the product line.Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a friend's home bar. I'm not a big maibock fan, but this is a well balanced and tasty take on the style. There's a toasty edge to the malt you don't normally find, but it helps soften the sweeter barley and light berry esters. The body has a medium thickness, but not too much. I'd just say appropriate for the style and strenght. Great beer, get a pint if you can.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at the brewpub a few months back.

A: The bockbier has a rusty red color, like some maraschino cherries (and syrup) dropped into a glass of 7-Up and iced tea. A small head mustered itself on pur but didn't last long.

S: The nose is grainy with toffee sweetness that is noticeably strong. Green fruits mark the nose as well but there are no hops.

T: The taste is a little too boozy. Intermingled with the alcohol are ripe, tart fruits that have a stronger bready, marble rye finish. Sour green apples further punctuate the taste with touches of bitter sweetness. The finish is quite dry and, as a result, doesn't always sate you.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and malty with just a tad too much booziness to be really enjoyable.

D: The beer is spicy and chewy throughout, a decent drink but on that I preferred on tap.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark orange, nearly a cherry red, with a one finger slightly offwhite head. A little dark for a maibock...

S- nice aroma of grain, with a little bit of sweetness as well. Very good

T- slight sweetness, a little bit of a corn taste....lots of Munich malt comes through. Very, very good

M- body is actually pretty thick....a little too thick for a lager IMO

O- this is a very good beer. Pretty good example of the style

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewpub on my way through on Father's Day.

Poured into a shaker: Three fingers of dense, foamy head over a light, honey amber color, just transparent. Drops to a half-finger & leaves a nice curtain of lacing around the crown. Really good-looking beer.

Smells of crusty, light bread with a restrained honey sweetness. Bringing up the rear is a crisp lager character: mineral, a little basement mustiness, slightly grassy hops. Not as full as it could be, but pretty nice.

Malt hits up front, with that touch of bread & honey, followed up a crisp & earthy hop bite that kind of takes over. Booze creeps in a little bit & adds some heat but doesn't get to be too much. That sweetness lingers throughout & follows through to the aftertaste.

Nicely medium-bodied, both smooth & crisp without that stickiness that can sneak into Maibocks a lot of the time (not that that's a bad thing).

I'm into this - hits the right spots while remaining balanced & restrained in all areas. This is what I like about Maibock.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pilsner glass. I got this growler Thursday, opened it last night and am reviewing the beer today, Saturday afternoon. Otto's website says this one comes in at 6.4%

Pour is still well carbonated, an easy tilt leaves a fluffy creamy head capping a clear and rusty body, with curtains of lace above the foam.

Smell is of floral and grassy hops along with malty sweetness, though not much aroma unless forced. Whiffs of alcohol, too.

Taste is bready and sweet, like a blend of grains, honey and nuts, almost cereal-like. There's a good hop bitterness as well, present mostly in the finish, a spicy flavor the washes the tongue as you swallow. As it warms, more fruitiness comes through and the hoppiness drops back to more of a grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied with a nice crispness and some mellow carbonation. Notable, but not overpowering warming and alcohol.

Drinkability is good, this is a beer intended to welcome the warmth of spring and though my timing was off and I'm sipping it on an April day all of 33 degrees F, its a nice balance of warming and drinkability.

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Photo of Buggies
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice light drinker. Looks beautiful in a flute. Pours a nice amber color with a nice finger width of head. Aromas of light malt, maybe chocolate and a little caramel. Also has a hint of citrus too the nose. Tastes great. Those same malt notes come through with a little citrus twang towards the end. Kind of on the dry side, with just a little residual bitterness.

Nice easy drinker. I wish I knew what the ABV was on this one. I could drink a lot of these and not fill up.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a short-lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of noble hops, hey, caramel and biscuit malt. Body is full and slightly crisp. Caramel malt, bread crust, drying alcohol, hint of cherries and herbal hops fills the mouth. Finish is medium and dry. Nice, malty brew.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pcsnyder
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ajm5108
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A straightforward no-fuss-no-muss take on the classic style, gets the sweet caramel malt notes right, mouthfeel is well carbonated, aroma is a tad lacking but otherwise a very solid beer

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a bright, golden yellow body with visible carbonation bubbles...the head was white in color and stood one finger receded to a full ring and left some patchy lacing

S - Bready malts with a toasted presence to them...some doughy aspects...sweet caramel and toffee...grassy hops in the back end

T - The flavor follows the nose pretty closely...with first sip there is an initial sweetness that brings forward some caramel and toffee...the middle is where the malts shine through...they are toasted nicely bringing out a slight grain flavor...the grain flavor mixes in with the bready and doughy flavors lingering...the finish provides some grassy hops that just brighten things up a little

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...hops add a little to the finish

O - This was a very easy drinking Maibock...the flavor profile could have used a little more, but what was there was solid

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Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of muttyd
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to russwbeck for this extra!

Pours a deep amber/caramel color with a pillowy white head. Aroma of toasted malts, cereal grains, and faint grassy hops. Flavor follows the nose, but adds a layer of nutty, sweet toffee malts. Slight bitter hop bite towards the end. Apples and other tart fruits also present. Very drinkable yet big bodied lager.

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Photo of SMM0606
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beergeek279
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the 2004 Penn Festival. The color was golden, with a nice head. The smell was a slight honey. The taste was fairly bitter for a maibock, with not much in the way of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, I could have a few of these.

A solid if not great maibock. Seemed a bit drier than others I've had. Still, I'd be glad to give it another try in the future.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a nice amber color with a light white head. The head faded fast giving way to some a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is mainly malty in nature with an ever so light amount of sweetness. The maltiness is bready with a light yeast aroma mixed in. The sweetness is of toffee and a bit of caramel.

Taste – The taste is very similar to the nose; it starts out malty and ends a little bit sweeter. In the beginning nice tastes of some roasted malt and a little bit of wheat meet the tongue. These are sweetened as the taste progresses with flavors of toffee and caramel. The mix of flavors then mixes with an ever so light hopiness and some alcohol flavor come in to take the taste profile to its finish.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is rather moderate and the carbonation level is quite average. It is very easy to drink.

Overall –A nice bready brew that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Analog_kid
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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