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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 06-17-2002

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 226
Photo of claytri
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer poured anice old gold with a white head a little lighter than expected. The aroma is of sweet malt with a touch of floral. The taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol to it. The feel starts wet and on the heavy side of medium, then goes light and dry as the alcohol kicks in. This beer is a bit different and that makes it nice. The feel is quite unique, and very nice.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored and a bit cloudy. Small white head forms, dissipates pretty quickly.

Bright floral aromas. Sweet and hoppy. Pleasant and welcoming.

Tastes of orange rinds or some other similar citrusy flavor. Pretty nice but the sweetness is overpowering for me.

Initially it's crisp, but it becomes syrupy and sticky. Mouthfeel is the biggest turnoff for me.

Overall it's not bad, but is nothing to write home about.

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

Picked up a bottle at the local bottle shop; first time I've seen it. A nice spring lager, poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear bubbly orange copper with a white one finger head. Poor retention and sparse lacing.

S: Quite mild. Fruity with an alcoholic astringency.

T: Complex. Citrus fruits, tobacco, some banana, all blended into a malty brew, somewhere in between bread and biscuit. Some floral notes come out with a warm and welcome booziness. The best part of this beer; much more complex than the meek aromas might suggest.

M: Way too carbonated, but this makes it pretty darn crisp. Warming alcohol is quite welcome.

O: A nice spring beer. Tastes great, almost 4.5-worthy. Quite lacking in smell, and the mouthfeel makes me think BBC just pumped bubbles into this until they ran out. Not to oversimplify, but this would be one hell of a beer if BBC toned down the carbonation and added some more aroma hops.

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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 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 soze47
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper/Amber in color with a nice white head that fades into a swirl cap for a bit. Not a ton of carbonation dancing in this while sitting still, but a quick twirl of the glass brings this brew to life. Quite nice looking.

Aroma: Very malty on the nose, breads, caramel, and nuts all come to mind. There is also a whiff of alcohol and grassiness from the hops that contributes a nice balance point.

Taste: Very rich, malt backbone. I predominately get pure sweet bread notes up front, but then the more nuanced flavors line up for their turn on the dance floor. Caramel, a little banana, roasted nuts, buttery biscuit, and finally, a slightly grassy linger. Very nice progression of flavors. It gains a little complexity the longer you drink it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very nice, creamy and light body. The carbonation keeps this robust body at bay on the palette, which allows for the parade of flavors to progress. While not high in ABV or heavy in body, the flavors are really strong on this.

Overall: I like this beer, but was a little put off by it at first. My first drink gave me an impression that there were a lot of conflicting flavors in play. However, with each drink, I picked up new notes, things that were really accenting the other flavors 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 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 JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sully. From a bottle, pours a clear orange with a small head. Nose is fresh grains, some biscuit, malt, grassy hops maybe a touch of orange. Pretty well-balanced mouth with that biscuit, light grassy hops, some caramel. A light sweetness on the finish. Overall very nice, very drinkable, not as snappy as their Pilsner which is amazing, but a very well made lager.

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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 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 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 number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear amber color with just a bit of chill haze and three inches of very creamy light beige head. Head settles slowly, draping the sides with lacing as it recedes. Remains full and thick.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and fresh baked bread, and also has a nice floral quality to it with some soft fruity notes. There's a bit of a peppery aroma here too. It's quite pleasant, although the sweetness stands out more and more over time and makes it somewhat one dimensional.

Taste consists primarily of the sweet caramel and bready malt, with a touch of a buttery flavor a well. It's quite sweet actually, almost sugary. There is some soft fruit flavor here like the nose, maybe a bit of apricot comes to mind. I get a quick dash of alcohol now and again as well, nothing hot and burning but it's there. Pretty clean in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and pretty smooth. It's a little stick sweet but it does finish pretty clean.

This is a pretty tasty and solid maibock and another quality beer from Berkshire. They really have a nice lineup of beers and this is a solid seasonal and a nice representation of an underrepresented style.

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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 OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous amber with some haze and bubbles. No lace, but that is ok.

Some toasted malt, a whiff of booze, some grain, light hop leafiness and some caramel.

Malt forward, but not alot of sweetness. I touch of sugar, but essential dry toasted grain. You get the alcohol, which is a surprise at 6.5%. Some light caramel, but this goes immediately dry, like dark toast. Finishes with some malt and light bitterness. Likeable. Not overly complex, but drinkable.

Thicker and more body than expected.

I liked this, with a bit more booze and body than expected. Drinkable and tasty, a good fresh brew.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden brass color. Very thin head, nice bubbles good carbonation. Not much aroma, a little sweet malt. Flavor is nice sweet maly yet not over sticky. Still a clean flavor that makes a good transistion between a winter beer and summer beer. A nice spring brew. A really nice balance, its at first heavy malts, but it has just enough hops at the end to give a crisp finish. This makes it one you can several of at the relatively low 6.5 abv.

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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 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 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 shredsofautumn
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Spring Release- Just came in-store today here in Western Mass at my local package store. 22 oz. Bottle is the serving.

Appearance- Holding a Maglite up to it for maximum clarity, I see a cloudy pale amber with straw accents. Good 2 finger head from an aggressive pour. Lacing on the glass from the diminished head is very thick and coating, much like their Oktoberfest offering.

Smell- Biscuity malt, boozy fruit, slight citrus undertone from the hops that I believe are hiding somewhere beneath the behemoth wall of malt in my face.

Taste- Wow. This lager is different! I'm not into bock/lagers that much, but this is good. Very thick and oily for a maibock, I taste a lot of malty goodness, ripe fruits, and lots of sweetness in the finish with a touch of lingering hops. This is a really sweet bock. Alcohol isn't very detectable in the finish. This is a strange concoction of complexities for a Maibock I can't quite describe.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy at first but washes away clean. Unlike most of those mass produced bocks/lagers. I think this beer has the PERFECT consistency for what it is.

Drinkability- I could definitely see myself sessioning this in big old steins while I watch the grass grow with my buddies. Try it out if you get a chance. It's a good BBC seasonal (like most of their seasonals.)

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

I received this bottle as an extra in a trade a couple of months ago and wanted to make sure I drank it before it's "best by" date. I have to say I was quite surprised by this beer and would easily grab it off the shelf if I come across it if I ever make it up to New England. Review is from notes taken on 9/13/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery color and starts with a one finger slightly off-white head that fades to a thin, incomplete, and uneven skim; body is very clear and shows strong and quick carbonation; a couple of strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Some crisp and light toasty/dry/cracked grains; just a touch of sweet maltiness; perhaps some barley as well (?); smell is fairly robust... Hmmm...

Taste: For a style that typically doesn't do much for me, I really enjoy this one -- the dry and toasty graininess is pleasant and right up front, but balanced by the sweeter underlying maltiness; there's a slight presence of bittering hops and even a slight bit of alcohol; overall, a very good beer and nice for the fall, and I could see it being enjoyable in the cool nights of the early spring.

Mouthfeel: Body is a tad heavier than light and comes across a little slick; carbonation is present, but far from sharp and very fitting for the body, as well as unobtrusive; a semi-dry, yet still sticky coating is left all over the palate; cheeks and gums are left a little tingly.

Drinkability: Pretty solid, but not really an "all night" kind of beer as it sits a tad heavy after a while and 22 oz. is probably a good place to stop; flavors are great and a little surprising and quite robust and balanced, though, and I will gladly look for this again.

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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 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 bum732
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy copper, nice creamy head with good retention. Smells very floral, apple blossoms, soft melon, touch of spice, black pepper perhaps? Tastes of prominent earthiness before malt sweetness hits. Slight yeasty sweetness and soft bitterness leads to a doughy sweet finish where the grassy and earthy hops fade. Carbonation was solid with a good crispness.

One of Berkshires better beers, imho, which says a lot considering the quality of beer they make. Lots of those clean, soft lager malt flavors. There is a nice subtle spice component that i think comes from the yeast, adding more complexity.

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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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