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 jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluffy 1.5 finger head fades semi quickly over semi clear golden yellow color.

N: Sweet malts, a little creamy, some lager aromas with some lighter malts, quite a bit of sweetness in the aroma, but no real toasty malts.

T: Very sweet, damn! Creamy with some lighter malts, slight toasty here, some lager flavors as well. A touch of dark malts with quite a bit of light malts, and a hint of wheat even. Mostly clean and crisp though.

M: Lighter with decent carbonation.

F: Still very sweet, with a lingering heavy malty sweetness, but no real syrupy sweetness. Again lingering lager flavors with just a touch of bitterness, and a little toasty malt flavor. The sweetness just doesn't go either, it sticks around for a long time. Overall way to sweet and not as much maltiness as I would have liked, but pretty refreshing.

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

Man, oh man, is this one malty gem! Quite often the Maibock style is under-done, leaving it a bit thin with not enough malt and too much bitterness, hop flavor, or alcohol. The other side of the coin is that they're more often over-done, leaving them flabby and cloying, but still with a hit of alcohol. Not this baby! It's rich and clean, gently candyish and subtly toasty/grainy malt sweetness is evident in the nose (some Vienna malt is obvious), and more prominent in the flavor. There's a light touch of fruitiness in both the aroma and flavor, and a suggestion of alcohol as well, but overall it's remarkably well-balanced. Some mild, spicy and floral hops are present in the flavor as well, but they definitely play a supporting role. The alcohol is noticeable, but reigned in; and the bitterness is just enough to keep everything in line.

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

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
Appearance - Nice, light amber, golden in color with a light bit of haze to it. Off white head, maybe an inch and a half creeps up the sides and sits down on top for a while. Good carbonation can be seen constantly reinforcing it on its way.
Smell - Light caramel, bready notes are highlighted here. Sweet with a light undertone of some herbal hops peeking though. A light touch of dark fruit perhaps? Possibly but a sweet, caramel malty lager type aroma is what is predominant here.
Taste - Smooth, easy flowing flavor. Caramel, and toffee, hints of buttery like notes persisting now as it comes up in temperature. Fades smoothly, leaving a creamy and sweet flavor on the tongue that snaps back with a nice hop bite at the finish.
Feel - Medium bodied, bordering on an almost smooth fullness. Nice carbonation never lets it get too heavy or over zealous in any way. Lends itself to being a very nice and quite drinkable e
Drinkability - Very drinkable, in fact really could not get enough of this one. It's a style I see far too little of as of late, and would relish the chance to touch base with it again.
Overall - Solid as solid can be. The second best offering of the day only behind another Berkshire brew. I would gladly accept this one again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive head with some staying power. This pours a cloudy dark gold. The head is very white for the color.

Strong crystal malt aromas with very nice hop smells. I detect some sugary sweetness and a touch of wheat.

Drier than I would expect. Very nice, full body. The hop is muted but present--the malt is astringent but smooth. There's a nice warmth to the beer after the swallow. Does a nice job to stay interesting.

In my quest to try a new and different beer every week, this is a pleasant entry. Whenever I mentally note to have it again, that's a successful addition to the repetoire.

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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 woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again, I marvel at what BBC produces vs. the cost for a bottle. Dirt cheap would not be the operative term, but close. Head was bone-white, big and fluffy with fantastic retention. Nose had a light, lager-like sweetness. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a very characteristic honey sweetness on the tongue. Finish was so smooth that I could barely believe that I had finished.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with area on the label for dating indication notches, but no notches, alas, are present..pours typical light almond amber, tan, thick, tiny bubble head and leaving moderate scattered lacing, bold astrigent hoppy nose, notes of sharp sweet malts, clean, crisp and dry in the finish. Typical well crafted brew from BBC, seems all their many beer are solid and well worth a try.

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a beautiful pale and Munich malt scent that is rich with sweet malts. It's solid with a nice dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finshes sweet with some Munich. This beer is true to style and full of flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good take on the Maibock style. It's rich and flavorful; a good drinker.

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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 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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good off-white head leaving a little lace. Pale amber color. Good malty nose, light to medium bodied. Sweet malt first, finishing very clean. Hops stay in the background and most noticable at the finish. Smooth and very drinkable. The ABV is 6.5%.

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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 ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" slightly off-white head above the copper-hued brew. Aroma is sweet and doughy, the taste is heavy malt upfront, with a sweetness that carries smoothly on through to the very slight warming feeling as it goes down the throat. The same sweetness that makes the mouthfeel a little better knocks the drinkability down just a bit, it might get a bit over the top after a bit. All in all, a bit more hearty than what I would expect from a Maibock, and that's just great!

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One and a half inches of fine white foam capped a clear amber/orange beer after the pour. The cap settled over the course of a few minutes, but continued to leave a bit of clumpy lace on the glass for awhile longer. Very malty aroma, lots of toasty grain, a bit sugary, slight fruitiness. Bitterness is solid and manages to balance the malt sweetness (again with toasty, sugary character). Light hop flavour, a little fruity, with a bit of spice and alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium to full bodied, just short of feeling sticky, average carbonation. I liked this one. The malt was definitely pushed forward, but with just enough bitterness backing it up to keep it nicely balanced.

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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 Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my BBC pint glass. Poured a translucent copper with a half inch off-white head that quickly dissipated into a fairly consistent skim of foam; only a couple random spots of lacing were revealed. Nose is sweet and malty with some fruity esters, a touch of caramel and a little booze. Taste is consistent with nose with a little bit of hops at the finish, nicely muddled with the sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively with a little prickliness on the tip of the tongue. One of the better maibocks I've had and even better on tap. Another solid offering from the guys at BBC.

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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 Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift from the, I mean VENOM gave it to me... ;-)

This Maibock has a striking golden/orange blend of colors. It is clear through and through, and a thin layer of very fine bubbles rests atop the golden nectar. Lacing is fairly substantial too. Quite an attractive glass of bier!

The nose is a bit subdued, but does exhibit a satisfying biscuity malt aroma. It is quite inviting.

The body is well put together. Not full, mind you, but more than medium. A good fit. It has a slight bit of bubbliness on the tongue due to the carbonation, yet is passes rather smoothly down the hatch in general.

The bready/biscuity aspect of the malt is such a pleasure on the palate. It provides that subtle bit of bocky sweetness that makes Maibocks so dear to me. A smidge of fruitiness (a bit of apple?) comes to play in mid-sip, and it finishes smoothly and easily, with a slight suggestion of hop bitterness. I wonder what the abv is, as I have a pleasing warmth in the belly!

I love a well-made Maibock, and this one is one of them. It's up there with Smuttynose as a fine, well-made (and local) example of the style. Prosit!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of wedge
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I should have this before the end of the month. Pours a golden orange color with some centralized haze and a thick head on top. Suprising sweet malts and berry fruits to the nose along with some spicy alcohol and grain...very lively. Very rich and sweet tasting malts, toasted grain, and saccharine fruits. I perceive the alcohol but it never interferes. Smooth, relaxed mouthfeel with a fairly low amount of carbonation.

Bolder than I thought it would be. A sweet, deliciously malty bock style lager.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for The Student Prince in Springfield, MA

Served in a large glass stein a 2 finger wispy head.
Classic maibock color

Aroma is Fruity, bready. Nice

Sure tastes like a maibock. A sneaky great style
Lots of sweet toasted malt and fruit. Breast at the end. A touch of ABV present. Fairly assertive bitterness at the finish.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not hot but ABV present at all times.

Nice little beer

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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 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 sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew with lunch at Piccadilly Pub in Auburn, MA. Was surprised to see three selections from this micro on tap at the pub. Otherwise beer selection was average.
This sample was chilled and came in a 16 oz pint glass. The beer was a clear, rich orange/copper color with a thin surface layer of head, which was bright white in color. Aroma is rich and malty sweet with a light grassy hop balance.
My first sip reveals average body with a very fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is similar to the aroma, malty sweet with caramel coming in up front but a slight earthy hop presence on the finish. THe beer is very easy drinking, smooth, and refreshing. Quite a tasty brew, that I will hopefully enjoy again this spring.

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Berkshire Maibock Lager from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.9 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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