Berkshire Maibock Lager
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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German Maibock
Ranked #9
Ranked #13,939
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by jofat:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something odd about the flavor. Not totally unpleasant, but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

appearance: dark for a lager. busy with bubbles in the body. huge pillowy head despite my careful, steady pour. the wider the glass circumference, the more concentrated orange in appearance.. fading to yellow. usually the opposite. weird.

aroma: buttery sort of light fruit.. strawberries and such. back that up with sharp hops and you've got this may beer.

taste: full of flavor. refreshing as can be with a superlight body. sweet nutty flavor hits first, followed up by yeasty fruit notes. mild maltiness. mild. not as much hoppy hop as i would have guessed and virtually no bitterness...

mouthfeel: this is the beer version of 0 calorie fruit-flavored water. essential flavors burst in the mouth, but it goes down easy and light.. would be the supreme summer session beer for me if it was more available here. summer staple. yeah.

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Photo of medic25
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice thick head that quickly dissipated. Sweet, malty aroma. Taste is overwhelmingly one of malt (much to my enjoyment). Almost no distinguishable hops, mouthfeel is a little thick and sweet. A very pleasant beer overall.

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Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another fabulous beer from the boys at Berkshire. I love this brew. It pours a beautiful copper, with a white head that left some scant lace. Aroma is malty with some alcohol. Taste is sweet malt fading to a short dry finish. Exceptionallly deep flavor develops as the beer warms. Doughy malt some ripe fruit ... apples? Very drinkable.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very handsome beer off the pour -- very clear, light amber with plenty of bubbles floating upwards. Dense white head that sticks to the glass and the liquid. Aroma is overly sweet to my taste, and contains a bit of a cooked vegetable aroma -- perhaps this is a bad bottle? That note does dissipate a bit as the beer warms, leaving more stuff in the vein of overripe fruits, raw grains, and light brown sugar. On the palate, cooked vegetables first off. That lasts through the mid-palate, until the sweet-malt bockish tastes finally come through toward the end. Some sharper, more defined bitter edges enter the proceedings just before the finish, which nonetheless stays pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and of the perfect weight for the style. Brisk but refined carbonation. Overall, this beer has some nice points to it, but the cooked vegetable notes just mar a lot of that. I'm looking forward to trying this again and seeing if this is just a bad bottle. If it's bad, this beer has a lot of nice parts and shows great potential. If it's not, consider me disappointed.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent maibock. Maybe a bit lacking in body but it's a nice easy drinker for the spring. Thanks ppoitras.

Pours to a clear blonde color with very little carbonation to support a decent fluffy white head. Lacing is decent.

The smell is very malty. A roasty caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee dominate the nose. A bit fruity even. Has a distinct lager smell.

The taste is good. Sweet with a gentle roasted caramel malt flavor. Very crisp, but doesn't finish clean. Has a fruitiness that sticks around along with what feint little hop bite can be detected.

The body is fairly light. Could use a bit more carbonation as well. Not a bad beer. I've been happy with the Berkshire products I've tried so far.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, best before 10/08/08 and sampled in May '08; brewed with German hops and yeast. The beer is an amber-tinged gold, relatively clear (some particulates in the second pour), with medium carbonation, and two fingers of head that leaves little lacing. Malty aroma, grassy, with a light dosage of green hops. Very subtle, but nice. Rich and malty flavor, with biscuity, grassy and doughy notes, green, mildly-bitter hops, a few esters and just a touch of ethanol. The body is fairly smooth, dry, chewy but not heavy, and has a light hop linger. A nice tasty lager that is very drinkable but with a surprising kick. Another good Berkshire beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The smell featured a robust sweet barley with a touch of honey and musty hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet cereal malt, noble hop spice and a touch of honey.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice and uber malts maibock. Has held up to aging as well.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blend of colors including amber, copper, golden, straw, and a bit of rust. Frothy one finger white head sits firmly on top. Retention holds pretty well and leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Toasted grains with a sweetness. Floral hop presence with hints of lemon. Honey aromas are also quite noticeable. Doesn't smell crisp, but gives off the impression it'll leave a slick trail behind.

Smooth and quaffable. Toasted grain gives off the impression it was dipped in sweet honey as the honey notes hold the brew together. Ever so slight caramel presence. Floral hop notes play a nice supporting role to the honey flavors. Not sticky on the palate, but leaves a slug like trail behind as it passes across the tongue. Toasted grains with a touch of bitterness in the finish tickle the taste buds. Excellent maibock from BBC. Definitely one to pick up if you can, especially for the price tag.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with orange or straw like hues beneath a pure white, foamy head that is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation and is very patient to give way to a sticky, white lacing.

Sweet malt with peppery or spiced hops waft from the glass with just a hint of grass.

The malt dominates the palate with caramel and bread like qualities and a touch of fruit. The spice of the aroma is only faint with more of the sugar or sweet qualities coming through.

This beer is on the thicker side, a touch chewy with moderate carbonation.

This beer seems to be another well put together brew from BBC and a bargain at about $4 per.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring uh, not in Western Mass. 20 degrees and looking at a lot of snow soon. When living in an environment such as this you gotta take glimpses of hope any chance you get. And today's glimpse happens to be MAIBOCK day!

The BBC has once again provided me with an exceptional beer. Bomber, notched with an early fall consumption date. Anyhow, here we go.

App. gold/caramel, tequila colored, not too much of a head.

Smell. fragrant, smokey.

Taste. butterscotch and apple

Mouthfeel. fizzy, it lets you know spring is almost here (see above).

Drinkability. fantastic, this is the most fun I have had typing a review.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of akahn
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden clover honey color with lots of streaming carbonation. A thin but lasting white head. Not much lace.

Sweet malt aroma, like their River Ale. Accented by European hops, reminding me of Otter Creek Copper Ale. I didn't like that beer, but it's much more subtle here. Now, I know lager yeasts don't produce esters, but I'm picking up a canned pineapple scent here, too. Definitely some tropical sweetness.

Deep, clear malt sweetness, honey-like, and punctuated by scrubbing noble hops. Very faint alcohol bite.

Small carbonation in a medium-full body. Drinkable, despite the sweetness, since it doesn't last. Quite a tasty beer, not the most complex, but certainly good.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw how well this beer had been rated in the past by other BA's, so i felt compelled to try it. Pours a dark orange color, with good head retention, and a white lacing that remained till the end of the glass. Smell was very malty, with some carmel smells, some honey and the slightest hint of fruit as well. Taste was like a huge punch to the face of maltyness...more then most other beers I have tried. The malt almost gives it a sort of warm senesation towards the beginning, followed by a mild hop presence at the end. Mouthfeel was big and chunky, though not necessarily full bodied...I would say more medium in body. This was an extremely drinkable brew...usually big malt presence turns me off for most beers, but this one had a personality all its own. Apparently this style is ususally high on the hops, but this one seemed to be lacking somewhat. This did not necessarily take away from it however. I really enjoyed this beer...Not only did it have a great taste, but it was also a very affordable treat. Definitely worth a purchase. Cheers to Berkshire Brewing Company once again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very slight hop, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, some hoppiness, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another very tasty brew from Berkshire, thanks Andrew.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mshallah
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a label depicting the brewers taking a beer break with a couple of barrels of BBC while hiking with a billy-goat(the universal bock symbol). Hazy orange-gold color with a sudsy head. Great swirls of large bubbles on the pour. Tiny streams of carbonation as the beer sits. Toffee-ish nose; this beer smells very malty. Kind of fruity for a lager. Big malt and alcohol taste upfront. A tang of balancing bittering hops add a minor sourness to the long finish. More complex than a German maibock lager as those tend toward clean, one-dimensional malt flavors and minimal fruitiness to none at all. Gotta love when ale breweries make a couple big lagers. The slight variance on the style is fine with me if the result is a great beer. Big lager mouthfeel that is both mildly crisp and slightly smooth.(Did I just contradict myself?). I guess it's smooth leaning towards crisp. Another winner from BBC.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice Maibock beer, that is quite characteristic of the style, with some additional treats. The beer pours a copper color with a fairly creamy head that doesn't retain all that long. A touch of lacing around the glass. The aroma on the beer is not overly pronounced. I'm getting loads of sweet malts, some florals, some orange rind, some ABV, some candied licorice notes.

The taste is loaded up malts. The beer is quite a bit more carbonated than is typical for the style, a lot less syrupy and cloying. There is lots of caramel sweet malts, a touch of alcohol in the finish, some slightly off sweetness, and the florals that are typical of a bock beer. There is a little bit of orange burst and some candied sweet flavors. The sweetness of the beer gets much more pronounced as things settle. I'm not getting much hop in this beer, but that isn't the point really. The beer is a pretty full bodied bock beer, at least for the style. This is a nice beer, and has enough interesting qualities to make it worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Honey & citrus notes in a heavy caramel malt aroma, intensely sweet.

T: The taste is more of the same that you get in the smell. The only difference is that the smell makes you think the taste will be overloaded with sweetness, but although the taste is sweet, it’s not overly sweet. There’s also a slight touch of hops, but only enough so that you can say it’s there.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, high carbonation, doesn’t leave much of an after-taste but does leave a little bit of stickiness behind.

D: Goes down very easily, flavorful, not very filling and there’s no hint of the alcohol. It’s a beer that I could throw down quite a bit of.

I haven’t tried anything else from this brewer yet, but this beer seems to be a good representation of the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Publick House. It was a hazy orange color with a fairly good-sized white head that left plenty of lacing. Sweet, malty, breadlike aroma. The taste was very malty, with a bit of sweetness. A little heavy in the mouth, but a good beer to drink.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. brown bomber. No freshness date. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off white head. Nice lacing. Sweet aroma of German malts, caramel corn and a bit of fruitiness with a quick swirl. Fluffy texture and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation tingles on the tip of the tongue. Light German malt sweetness, hints of white chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The flavors really stick to the sides of the tongue. Little bit of an alcohol bite in the finish but has a mild fruity aftertaste. Very easy drinking beer, awesome lager. I enjoyed this beer very much.


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Photo of m0ntels
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 228 ratings