Berkshire Maibock Lager | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Maibock LagerBerkshire Maibock Lager

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 226
Photo of BeerTruth
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This may possibly be my last maibock of the season :(

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a medium copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a creamy layer of goodness. A solid wall of lacing is left behind with a whole bunch of crazy bubbles racing to the top. Smell begins with a sweet candy sugar, caramel malt, and fresh ground pepper. Honeydew melon and spicy earth like hops in the nose as well. The aroma with this is spot on for the style, I love it. Taste starts off with toasted caramel malt, grains, and lemongrass. Once again, sweet, but not too sweet. Hops are hidden, but noticable towards the end with a slight grapefruit bittering effect. Medium bodied with a full creamy feel. Steady and smooth carbonation that fits in perfectly, bliss. This beer goes down much too easy but I see nothing wrong with that. I can honestly say this is my new favorite maibock. Ooh, and the $3.25 price tag ain't too shabby either ;) Definitely pick this one up if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ppoitras for this one, with a side thanks to Mentor for organizing BIF 20.

Pours a deep gold, almost copper color. Moderate head retention, good lacing. Awesome clarity!! No haze whatsoever. A touch more head retention and lacing would push this to a 5.0.

Smell-- Spicy hops, carmel malt meld wonderfully together on this one. I'm glad that there are not floral saaz notes here.

Taste-- Great here too.. alcohol is well hidden. Malt driven, hops are subdued, as they should be. Some carmel notes as well, but they are not standing out in the way.

Mouthfeel--- Smooth and lush. Rich. Carbonation is just right. Thick as well.

Drinkability-- Malt driven, but it dries out enough in the aftertaste to make you want more. A great overall beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a tight white head, strong fruity aroma reminiscent of sweetbread and strawberries. Huge malty taste, bready, crackery, incredibly sweet. Large kick of alcohol right from the get-go, but it is kept in check (mostly) by the syrupy, delicious malts. Elements of honey and honeydew melon as the flavor deepens. A fresh crackle is common to BBC's beers, and certainly part of the profile here, but any trace of hops is scarcely noticeable. Rich, luscious, and strong; almost like a barleywine without the hops.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


An under-represented style. Malty, sweet, syrupy, slightly boozy...but oh so drinkable.

Biscuit taste & smell up front, then washed away by sweet malt. Each sip leaves you wanting the next. This beer is different than any beer I drink during the year - in a good way without being geeky.

This has become my favorite BBC seasonal. At $3.40 per bomber at my fave packy, a steal.

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber style bottle with “purchase before month notched” marked properly. Two brewers on the label holding their mugs proudly next to a goat.

Appearance: Clear deep copper color with a close cropping white lace of tiny dense bubbles. Very nice stickage.

Smell: Malty sweet with a candy-like taffy nose from a sweet alcohol aroma, slight juicy fruit and peppery hop in the smell also.

Taste: Brawny back bone of a body … thick, smooth and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is at a moderate level, huge malt character rushes upon the palate with flashes of fruit and toasted malt, milled grain and fresh cut hay. Hops struggle to be noticed at first though they sneak in the back door with the warming prickly alcohol, that oddly doubles as a sweetness, to bring forth a bitterness and slight spiciness at the same time. Vague fruitiness bursts middle to end. Even some hop oil sneaks in towards the end. The finish does not want to come and seems like it never will in this ever lasting malty grainy after taste.

Notes: Malty, malty and malty. For a brewery that specializes in ales they sure know how to go around and make a down right kick ass lager. Three cheers for Berkshire to have the audacity to brew an awesome Maibock.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber acquired in a trade with RixBeer.

Poured into standard pint glass. Yellow-orange color, with a puffy off-white two-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice bit of lacing. Smell of caramel and toffee dominate- this one is heavy on the caramel malt and I love the aroma- slight hop nose and a bit of spice. Flavor is terrific, sweet and malty with a bit of hop in the back end. This is very drinkable, and should be welcome in anyone's cellar and in their glass.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a semi-translucent light brown to amber-orange body with a bone white head that left lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Very pleasant to look at.

S- A faint tinge of pine and some sweet citrus sugars in the background of a sweet, grassy, and slightly spicy fragrance. There is definitely some hop character in the nose though not enough to overpower the sweetness.

T- Brown sugar, caramel or toffee balanced out by the faint piney hop bitterness noted in the nose profile. An excellent balance between sweet and bitter, though I would argue that sweet wins out in the end. Aftertaste is extremely clean, leaving one craving the next sip.

M- Not at all syrupy, the finish is crisp and refreshing, though the body is a bit heavier than a summer pils or similar.

Overall, a fantastic brew, especially considering the price point. This is a great beer to enjoy while grilling outside during the early months of spring when the slightly higher abv and warming sweetness is enough to take the chill off but not enough to ruin its thirst-quenching capabilities. This one also goes phenomenally in a marinade for chicken, steak or bratwursts.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed a number of Berkshire products but this may be my new favorite. I suspect it may be solely a spring seasonal but hope it might be distributed throughout the year as Stoudt's and certain other brewers do with their MaiBock. This one has the right mix between sweetness and bitterness to make it a beer you could drink over the long term despite its relatively high alcohol content. Nice golden amber color with a lasting head. Has a great mouthfeel and no unpleasant aftertaste. Bottled only in 22 oz. bombers which are freshness dated as Berkshire does not use 12 oz. bottles. Next time I'm in western MA I'll definitely try to repurchase it if it's still available depending on whether it's not a seasonal whose time has passed.

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Photo of pbrian
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark orange with the slightest of haze, nice creamy head sits proudly on top.

Smell: honeyish malt aroma, little spicy notes.

Taste: initially creamy, malty, signature BBC peachy fruitiness. Spicy hops kick in, but they're becoming more subdued as the season wears on. Slight alcohol kick towards the end, perfect for the chillier spring nights.

Body: very full, creamy mouthfeel without being overwhelming or cloy.

Drinkability: Well, I'm on my second log this month. I can't stop drinking it, really. Nicely done, like a beefed up version of their O-fest.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best by: 10/08/08 (uh oh...more on this later...)

A: Pours a slightly hazy, glowing, golden-orange color with a very creamy, off-white, 1 1/2 finger head that has decent retention yet leaves virtually no lace. Carbonation is quite lively and keeps the filmy skim hanging around for the whole glass. the second pour nets an even hazier clarity and thicker, creamier head.

S: Very nice aromas of caramel, tangy fruit, crackers, vanilla, toasted sourdough bread crusts, and hop aromas that run the gamut from perfumey, to lemon, to pine. Smells very fresh-like it could've been bottled yesterday.

T: Strong flavors of toasted grains, caramel, tangy fruit, and sourdough bread crust dominate. As things progress, snatches of vanilla, perfumed/floral hops, and more toasted malt come about. The finish is very toasted and bready. So fresh and awesome! How can this be almost 5 months past the "Best By" date?

M: Very full and creamy. Oily to say the least. It managed to plaster its' toasty goodness to everything in my mouth. Great balance between sweet, toasty, and bitter. Finish is an exercise in coating, spicy, toastiness.

D: This is a great beer! I can't believe the "Best By" date printed on the bottle. Like I mentioned earlier, this tastes like it could've been bottled yesterday. Either an extremely well made beer or stored properly since the minute it was capped. More likely, a little of both.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Orange/copper color with a decent one-finger head and good carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, smooth and malty. Very inviting.

Taste: Smooth and sweet. Malt is decent. Easy drinking and not too strong or anything. Not cloying either.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body. Sweetness lingers at the back of the throat but it is not overdone in any form.

Drinkability: From the first sip, this beer is very drinkable. It's smooth and enjoyable. Definitely better than a few other helles bocks I've had, which were more overpowering. This one is not.

Verdict: Easy drinking bock that you should pick up. Perfect beer for the spring as well and might even make a good lawnmower beer in place of a macro lager.

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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 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 dbalsock
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes (like 95% of my reviews):

Appearance: "holy" crap" i said; the head was amazing, and although the appearance was exceptional, what really blew me away was the synergy of the brew.

Smell: I picked out apricot and a lager malt aroma that suprised me, along with a sugary cream smell that reminded me of sweet frosting.

Taste: I found this very complicated and spent a great deal of time deciphering it. The hops and malts balanced nicely, but the brew also had very differentiated tastes. I picked out a lot of fruit, specifically bananas, but more interestingly cantelope... I'd never tasted cantelope in a beer before, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter and medium/light bodied, this brew provides a perfect texture that could only be improved upon with a more happening aftertaste.

Drinkability: I found the beer a little too intense and thought consuming to be very quaffable, but it certainly held my attention. A wonderful treat.

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Photo of brureview
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a red copper color with 5F head in a Brooklyn Oktoberfest glass. The head slowly subsided to 1F.

Excellent aroma: sweet, strong fruit and malt, perhaps a bubblegum aroma.Very fragrant. One of the best aromas of any Maibock I have tasted.

MF: very tart.

Taste: follows the aroma. Fruity and malty finished with a sharp light bitterness.

Overall, one of the best Maibocks I have tasted. Great continuity from aroma to finish.

Although a colder temp is recommended, I enjoyed this beer more close to 50F, when the fruit and malt is more pronounced. I also like the style better in an Oktoberfest glass.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fairly clear copper and bronze color with a small white head that produced some clumps of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malts, some cotton candy and toffee and lots of citrus punch.
Flavors of sticky caramel and very lively fruity notes. /some toasted notes provide enough "cut" to the big sweetness to produce a really well rounded falvor profile.
Mouthfeel is smooth and lush with great balance. Some bittering and a hint of alcholic presence presence as the brew warms a bit.
Drinkability was very high. Simply a great tasting and exceptionally well-balanced brew. Very lush and palate coating.
Thanks for the bottle Pete.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper color with a very light coat of bubbles over top. Nose is nice and bready with light raisin and moderate toastyness with a bit of sweetness running through it all. Flavor is nice. More toasty than the nose. The toasty bite follows into the finish. Feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Good balance between the two. I'm really enjoying this beer. Maibocks are one of my favorite lager style, and this one definately passes the test. Good show.

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Photo of scottg
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with little lacing, very effervescenst. Very malty aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla. Again, strong up front malt flavor, lemony leads to balanced hoppy flavor, finishes with a smooth caramel malty taste. Creamy mouthfeel with nice drinkability. An excellent American-made Maibock. Bonus points for having a billy goat on the label!

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Photo of travduke
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely light amber in color. The two finger cloud-like head didn't last too long, or leave much lacing.

Aroma: Carmel malt predominately hits the nose. Sort of fruity/boozy smell in the background. Bready notes aswell.

Taste: Yum! Sweet caramel, warming alcohol, bread-like character. Really delicious for a lager.

Feel/Drink: Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is as good as it gets.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the 3rd Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival, Providence, RI.

A..A nice medium copper color with above average head.

S..Nice and malty like a maibock should be. Sweetness is there but not overpowering.

T..Again with the maltiness and it was great. A very tasty maibock that is full in flavor.

Taste- Sweet malts, a little bitterness, grainy, and some slight fruity flavors. Nice small hop flavor, too.

M..Creamy body that is rich on the palette.

D..Smooth and easy to drink. I could have these all day; this is a very good maibock. I recommend it if you have not yet tried one.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late May Smutty vs. Berkshire Maibock battle

Translucent golden orange color. Thin dense head that was pooped by half glass. Smells like Triscuits. Triscuits and orange peel. Taste is unmistakeably a well crafted Mai but aggressive take on the style. Mighty hop spice floats atop a peppery, heavy malt sea. Orange zest again--where is that coming from?

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

Sampled on-tap at the Horseshoe Pub.

This lager poured a clear, deep amber color with off-white foam that slowly settled. The smell was sweet and malty with a touch of tanginess. The taste was tangy malty with a hint of sweetness and touch of sharpness on the tongue. The mild hop bitterness came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and sharp and dry overall (despite the hints of sweetness). The body was medium with good carbonation and with a tangy finish that mellowed. This was a very nice maibock and was very enjoyable.

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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 Hopdaemon39
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz capped bottle into a pilsener- had this last night and enjoyed it so much I bought it again to review. Pours a slightly hazy golden color edging on copper with a one finger head that leaves a layer of foam and some nice lacing.

Smell is mild- sweet malt and noble hops are well balanced and there's a little yeast thrown in the mix.

Tastes great- big pale malt sweetness throughout; definitely get a little banana. Noble hop bitterness in the mid-palate with a twinge of warming booze at the end. Maybe a hint of green grape.

Mouthfeel is nice- not superbly refreshing but enough. Medium light body with moderate prickly carbonation. Love it.

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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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Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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