Maibock | Pax Bräu

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Pax Bräu

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by boddhitree on 07-14-2013

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Reviews by Bierman9:
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 1 litre bottle of this at Liebick in Germering on 24SEP13 and got around to quaffing it on 27SEP13, in the Burggarten in Rothenburg. Bottled 06MAY13, with a best-by of 06NOV13.

Poured a clear, bright,medium golden color. Had a healthy off-white head which lasted quite long. It was frothy and rocky, and left good lace behind. Nose was very bready with some floral action as well. Body was medium, and it had a bit of prickle going over the tongue.

Malt present was bready and crackery, lightly sweet. Hops had a touch of spiciness with the florality. The more I drank, the more the hops made themselves known, with a bit of bitterness present at the finish. Unlike boddhitree in his review, I did not detect any rauch action at all. Pretty good, but I was expecting more from Pax, especially at approx €12.99. Prosit!!

4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pax Bräu's has a monthly BierAbo (Beer-Subcription: you receive a new beer every month mailed to you).

Since this is May in the Bierkalender Edition, it's natural that this is Maibock. Again, I like the label and the pics of hops, a goat, a church (maybe for the plethora of Catholic national holidays in Germany in May?) and beer are all images that soothe the beer lovers soul.

Appearance: The color of the beer is almost orange with hints of brown and yellow, under a vanilla, dirty white head that dissipates quickly. There's a cloudiness to the beer and also yeast deposits on the bottom of the bottle, so it's also bottle conditioned, unfiltered and fresh as can be.

Aroma: initially, it's almost all Rauchmalz (smoked malt) and some sweet notes of Münchner malts. If there are any hop aromas, it's hard to find them from that powerful smokiness overpowers them, yet there must be some hop aroma, because I get something else other than smoke and malts, but I can't put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel: It's thick and lovely going over the blankets the mouth.

Taste: The first flavor you get is Rauchmalz. The second flavor you get is Rauchmalz, but it's not overpowering. In the front, you get a little smoke, then a little sweetness, but a lot of hop bitterness, which is definitely a Noble hop, maybe Hallertauer. In the middle, you get more smokiness, yet not so much in a bacon-way; rather, in the middle, I'm getting a Rauch flavor that borders more on the blackened in Cajun Blackened Chicken.

Yes, it tastes like umami, the black, semi-charred meat on the bottom of the frying pan, which is savory and here süffig. In the middle you also get a some slight bitterness, too. In the back, you get more bacon flavors mixed in with sweet Münchner maltiness. The aftertaste is sweet malts with bacon-smokiness and again a little bitterness.

Overall, this is like drinking a "blackened" Rauchbier/Märzen with a kick of alcohol. It's easy to forget it's 6.6%; you don't notice the alcohol until you've had 1/2 a liter, (and then you're feeling fine!) I've mentioned before that I'm not a Rauchbier fan, per se, but I like this beer. However, of all of Pax's offerings, this may be my least favorite, and that's because it leans almost too heavily in the Rauchbier direction. I still really like how the sweet maltiness and blackened flavors mix with smoke and Noble hop bitterness, so it's still a wonderful beer; however, this seems the most conventional of all the beers I've had from Pax, and though it's maybe the best Rauchbier I've had, it's NOT WOW. Nevertheless, the quality is outstanding. What makes this still a great beer is it's still so süffig despite the smoke.

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Maibock from Pax Bräu
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