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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Added by UnionMade on 06-17-2002

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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 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 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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Photo of UnionMade
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a thick looking cinnamon gold. Head is copious, and lasts well into the last sip. Good lacing, forming a thick cobweb effect down the glass.
Aroma is potently malty, with some caramunich malt, a faint hint of apple and that familiar lagery cleanness.
Flavor is big and powerful. A very full bodied, malty, sweet, and tasty lager beer. Hops are nonexistent, providing a touch of dryness to the finish. Mild caramel and plum, moderate carbonation. Not quite as smooth as I'd prefer, but not half bad. Altogether a well done beer.

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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 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 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 kelticblood
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber.Freshness date notched best before September.Average appearance nothing too special.Poured a white head that didnt laste too long.Left trace amounts of lace.The color is an clear amber.A very good candy-like sweet aroma.Mouthfeel was kind of flat not crisp at all.A medium bodied lager with a touch of bitterness that lingers in the throat for just a second.Somewhat watery mouthfeel.Taste and Aroma are very good but texture and carbonation needs some work.Sweet fruit or candy-like taste.A hint of wheat on the finish.

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Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber bottle.

Pours a dark amber, hazy brew with a thin white foam lace. Malty, estery, fruity aroma with hints of sulfur.

Huge malt character, and quite sweet with a dextrin backbone. Juicy, big. Notes of caramel and candy hang about a fruity , toasty and big bready character. Notes of ripe melon. Light hop flavours lend a bit of spice to the flavour and help to just balance things out. The spice also comes from an ample alcohol kick. Slight touch of oxidation (wet paper). Malty finish, a bit coarse around the edges of the palate.

A damn fine brew. Malt is a bit over the top for the style, but for me it's just fine.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beer. I don't think I have ever had a beer that smelled like candy. This has a very big malty taste and just when the sweetness is about to become overpowering the hops stick there head up and even it all out.
This is a great beer, I only wish I had tried this in February or March instead of July.

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