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 Chico1985
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brownish/orange with a bit of haze, white head starts at a few fingers and ends as a splotchy cap+ring, not much lace.

Scent is kinda faint and not all that exciting, mostly a bready lager scent, with some herbal and maybe piny hops.

Straight up big bock lager profile, lots of toasted bread/butter/toffee malt with a generous amount of herbal and earthy hops considering the style, some lemony/light fruit notes there as well. Flavors don't meld quite right, and unfortunately lots of alcohol presence mars this one for me.

Big slick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, lots of sweetness and hop oils, deterring booze.

I've had this a few times now and it always just feels off and way too boozy...I'm usually a fan of Berkshire, this one doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - this brew pours a dark amber color with a full finger of frothy head

S - it has a definite fruity aroma, a sugary fruity aroma like Fruity Cereal, or a combination of a fruity/herbal tea

T - it has an oversweet dark fruit flavor like dates. too sweet for my taste, was hard to swallow at the end

M - coating and smooth, decent mouthfeel, but can't get past the over-sweetness

D - too sweet (can you tell) for my taste, was hard to drink, did i mention that it was too sweet. good flavor, but wouldnt buy again

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Photo of duffextracold
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. nice thick 2 finger head. Cloudy appearance with lots of floaties in it. golden honey color.

As usual, my poorly trained nose doesnt pick up much of anything in the smell department, but thats probably just me.

tastes like sweet malt,kind of fruity. very slight hop bitterness. warming alcohol flavor. maybe a hint of cocoa?

Overall not bad. a little on the sweet side, it should probably have a bit more hops.

It also would be nice to have a freshness date on the bottle, since looking at other reviews, I'm wondering if maybe i got an old bottle? Ill definitely give it another shot.

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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 MediocreatBest
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange color with fluffy white head. strong smell of alcohol, cheap adjunct laden lager smell with also hints of cherries/oranges. taste follows through with aundance of alcohol, slightly unblanced but not horrible. for some reason i taste dark cherries, but this kind of surprises me, it must be something else but my head is telling me it is cherries.light bodied and dirnkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in the 22 ounce bottle. Somewhat murky, dull amber appearance with thick lacing. Aroma-wise, some neat smells such as spices, maple, honey, slight florals and caramel. Has a really woody, dry overtone to it, really living up to those maple smells. However, it lacks the sweetness I thought it could have had. Mouthfeel is pretty medium-low. Overall, had some really great potential but was somewhat average.

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Photo of davey101
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local restaurant, 23 oz pour into a tall pilsner glass for a reasonable $6.

A - Dark amber body. Small white head forms but disappears all together after a bit. Swirling doesn't yield much action.

S - Bready caramel malts, light spices, honey, and a touch of herbal grassiness. Alcohol is surprisingly present.

T - Very similar to the nose. Bready malts, caramel, toffee, floral hops and a lingering honey sweetness. The alcohol makes it self present in the finish. Medium and lightly creamy mouth feel.

O - Not BBC's best effort. It has some decent flavors and I really enjoy the honey sweetness, but I found the alcohol to be a bit overwhelming for a spring seasonal.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. More amber than brown, with a thin head that collapsed immediately and didn't lace. Really couldn't distinguish much from the nose, other than malty biscuit, brown sugar, and very subtle woodiness. The taste was a little more intense, but the body was surprisingly thin, and I didn't get that alcohol essence as I've gotten accustomed to feeling from the better maibocks. The thin body helps the drinkability, but the flavor didn't exactly wow me.

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Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours the color of dark honey, but very clear. Very light, sand-colored head. Clean looking beer. Very nice!

SMELL: Rich malty fruits and toffee. There's a hint of pepper, too. Smells as clean as it looks.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin-bodied smooth smooth. A little too sticky for my taste. It would have a better mouthfeel if it had more carbonation and bite.

TASTE: Big toasted malts hit the palate first. This is a very bready beer with a hint of spice on the opening taste. The middle and end notes toss in a lot fruitiness and perhaps a bit of caramel. It's a good beer, but a bit run-of-the-mill.

DRINKABILITY: This is a nondescript, agreeable beer. I wouldn't seek this out, but I'd be quite alright if this was the only thing available to drink.

VERDICT: Good, but not anything to get excited about.

John Harvey

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep, honey amber color with a nice, fluffy white head that sticks around as a nice wisp. Good clarity, even with the yeast in the bottle.

Aroma is surprisingly strong. A ton of concentrated malt, this smells like it should have "imperial" on the label. Toasty/bready malt, sweet caramel, and a touch of fruity yeast character.

The flavor follows with a big, malty sweetness, bordering on cloying. A lot of caramel all the way through, with a slight herbal, hoppy finish.

Medium body with a smooth, malty feeling on the palate. The finish continues with the thick maltiness with low to moderate carbonation. I wish this had a little lighter body with a more refreshing character to it. The drinkability is a little lower than I expect for the style. I'm not sure I'll get this again this season, but maybe I'll get it again next year.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiration date of 08-30-11. Sampled on June 19, 2011. The pour is a cloudy orange color with a quick burst of head that fizzles to a thin ring. Scattered sweet malts, overripe fruits, and grains make up the aroma. The body was creamy and in the medium range. This thing ends with an extraordinary sour-tart grainy bite that most definitely leaves an aftertaste. It was a little difficult to drink after awhile but I think it is because it is not a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of brewcifix
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Berkshire Maibock pours a beautiful burnt gold with a fizzy white head.

S- Caramel, sweet candy sugar, toffee, and sweet malts fill the nose.

T- Caramel, sweet candy sugar and sweet malts pretty much wrap up the flavor as well. The finish remains true to the nose and flavor. Sweet malts linger on the palate.

M- Berkshire Maibock has a light-medium tongue weight, coupled with medium-high carbonation. This is a fine Spring/Summer brew.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer that caters to a sweet tooth. Although, not overly sweet, it will make a sweet beer lover smile. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The head grows pretty quickly as it's poured. Sort of a burnt yellow color, a little darker than straw.

S - Smells of moist bread dough, musty hops and freshly fermented beer. More yeast character than I'm used to in a lager. Some lemon character, too.

T - Has a lot of the same malt and yeast flavors from other Berkshire ales I've had. Again, surprising since this is a lager. Very chewy, sugary sweet, cereal-like malt flavor.

M - Medium to med-full body with a chewy, sticky texture.

O - I really do like this beer and I may need to brush up on my lager beer knowledge, but I think a Helles should be a little cleaner and be a little less on the malty side.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a BBC bomber into a tulip glass. Nice finger worth of head. Hazy amber copper. I'm surprised by this, I figured the beer would be a little lighter in color. Not much retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet. Caramel mostly.

T - I'm surprised by this. I'm getting almost entirely caramel notes with just the faintest hint of noble hop character on the back end. Bitterness is low to non-existent.

M - Medium-bodied, not much going on here to describe.

O - I read some of the other reviews and they all point out the malty sweetness of this beer, so I'm pretty sure I'm drinking the same thing that they are, but these caramel-sweet beers are just not for me.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appeared slightly hazy orange in color. Sudsy head quickly fizzes and fades to a film.

Aroma gives the smell of cracker-like malt with tones of honey. Floral and fruity notes of apple and grape are also present.

The honey-laced malt comes through from the aroma and owns the flavor profile. Fruity notes make a vague appearance that don't bring any one fruit to mind.

The mouthfeel is where this brew could use some help. Low carbonation and a thin body leaves something to be desired.

Overall this is an agreeable brew. It's a little sweet, and I think a more noticeable hop profile would make this more accurate to style, but I welcome unique interpretations of styles, so no big deal.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, burnt straw color. Thinner, white head. Head leaves rings of lace.

S-Mostly sweet. Lacking intensity. Has a sort of 'honeyed cereal' aroma. Grainy and neutral.

T-More of the same. Sweet to the core. Grainy. Would like to see a bit more flavor on the hoppy side.

M-Creamier than expected. Easy drinking. Light carbonation.

O/D-It would take a Herculean effort for me to love this beer and it wasn't.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber brought back from Charles Street Liquor in Boston, a truly phenomenal bottle shop and then some.

Pours a clear radiant copper hued gold with a disappointing head and a marked lack of head retention. Zero lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt and yeast and mildly floral hops. A mite boozy.

Very rich flavour. I'd almost want to call it an imperial maibock. Malty. Sweet. Peppery. Malty. I know I said malty already but I think it bears repeating. Honey. A little toasty. Maybe a tad plummy with a hint of butterscotch. Very assertive delivery of flavour but the balance seems way out of whack on the malt side. Definite chest warming alcohol. Finish could be drier.

It's full bodied, maybe a tad under attenuated and lacking enough carbonation to help lift the heaviness off the palate

All in all a decent, full flavoured beer but a tad too fruity, sweet and heavy for what I like from the style and not something I could drink a lot of at any one time.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a Best By Date of 08/30/11. Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is bready, boozey, and earthy. Flavor is very earthy and floral. Tastes pretty boozey which is a bit surprising since the ABV isn't overly high. Bready aftertaste. Slightly bitter with a bit of a tangy taste. Overall its a decent version of a beer style I dont have often. Worth picking up once in a blue moon (no pun intended). Can't beat the price.

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Photo of Boto
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a cloudy, dark golden color with an orangish hue. There was some off-white head that died off quickly. It leaves almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bit thin, with notes of banana and a bit of caramel. The taste is a mildly caramel sweet brew. The body is medium, and the taste is smooth. There about zero hops in this. Nothing special, but still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Sam21
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a best by of August. Poured into a lager glass.

Appearance – Pale amber body with a sudsy white head that shows a good initial retention. Recedes down to very little and leaves sparse lacing.

Smell – Strawberry jam, caramel, and a strong foundation of bread.

Taste – The jammy sweet esters come out first showing layers of fruitiness that set the stage for the bready base. Undertones of caramel balance out the fruit before stepping aside for dough and grain. The finish is clean with some light hop bitterness. Simple and approachable.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied. Carbonation is light and soft. It gives the mouth a smooth feel.

Drinkability – This is a really approachable beer. A bit more malt driven than I expected, but solid. Berkshire is nothing less than consistent at creating dependable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden orange, with small white head, with little lacing.

S: A lot of caramel and malt, with a tad fruity scent.

T: Very similar to the nose, a lot of malt, but an apple fruit taste to go along with it to make it sweet. Has a breadish quality too, which is enjoyable.

M: Crisp and creamy, if that makes sense, very fresh and enjoyable.

D: It gets old fast, with all the malt, but that's a personal view. Worth a try.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a thin one finger head. The aroma is fairly subtle. It seems to have a soft malt aroma. I pick up some odd apple notes, strangely enough. The taste is a fairly straight forward bock. No hops to speak of. It has a strong malt background with some dark fruit flavors blending in. It's a very nice tasting beer, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of complexity. It goes down very easily, even at 6.5% ABV. The mouthfeel seems fairly full. The carbonation is probably a little below average, but it suits this beer well.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color, lively with a 1" sea foamy like head. nice look.

Very zesty, minty and floral hop, yeast is minty with a meaty, herbal tea and musty spices.

A tangy, zesty yeast flavor, all spice, must and dry herbs, minty-zesty hops with a medium bodied, dry feel, zippy, slightly hot and or "boozy". A very interesting and strange zesty flavor overall. The malt is unique with soft sweetness and slightly smokey and herbal.

There's a lot going on, maybe too much in too many different directions, but well worth a go!

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Photo of bigone4
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick orange amber hue. Thin White head although I have had these two 22 oz. for a few months. It has a nice floral smell with a nice malty robust mouthfeel. Thick and tasty. Smooth matiness with a nice hop balance. No over powering alcohol tastes. It has a reasonable malt and hop balance that captures the escence of a well crafted Maibock. Great mouth feel and drinkability. I would keep some on hand for the winter months for a great mildly aged brew. This is a great beer that pairs nice with a salmon or steak dinner. I have had both. Drinking it at room temp seems to bring out the malt and the nice rolling hop finish. Well done and enjoyable.

Had this brew again this season 2007 and it still is as good as last years. Seems to be a bit sweeter than I remember but still an easy drinking and great tasting Maibock. I will always go for this brew in the Spring!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer with a bubbly off white head. A grainy biscuit like aroma not very strong aroma. The malty sweetness has a light fruityness in the background. A quick brush of bitterness and then an alcohol warmth settles in on the back of your tongue and eventually warms your tummy. Very close in flavor characteristics to some Octoberfest beers that I have had.

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Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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