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

Poured right from my under the counter keg frige. Golden yellow grain color with a one finger frothy head. Great clarity for an unfiltered brew.
Huge sweet malty frame. Nose offers some noble hop aroma and an eye widening alchol content. Malt sweetness definetly the main focus on this one.
Pale grain flavors try to peak out past dominate malted tones. Mild hop bitterness adds a little diversity to drink. Alchol flavor means buisness to offering as well. Some buttery/butterscotch malt flavors finish off drink along with brewhouse yeast flavors.
Solid medium body mouthfeel is a big plus to this drink. Some alchol lingers in mouth.
Drink is more on the sweet malt side compare to other offerings of the same style. Sort of an American twist to style, similar to what American brewers did to the IPA. I always look forward to this offering from BBC in the Spring. Only hope they would offer a big IBU beer in there lineup.

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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 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 Amalak
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a basically clear beer, with a touch of sediment. Some bubbles. It has a slight foamy head with some lacing. Light brown, bronze color. It has a vegetable scent.

Crisp beer. An extreme amount of bite that made my face pucker at first. Nice sweet caramel aftertaste to it to balance it out. Almost makes a syrupy taste.

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

pours a golden orange color with a small white/off-white head that has decent retention and lacing.

aroma is mostly bread and fruit. maybe banana bread? caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, butter, and nuts in there too.

taste is more caramelly than the aroma. caramel malt with some toffee and honey-like sweetness, nuts, buttery bread, and some fruitiness as well as a touch of floral/herbal hops.

light-medium bodied with a lager-crispness on the finish. very inline with what i would expect from the style.

goes down well. a touch of alcohol warms the tongue, but doesn't detract too much from the flavors or overall experience of the beer.

Berkshire is one brewery I always take for granted and pass up, yet every time I try a beer by them I never regret it. Solid maibock, though not spectacular, definitely does the style and the brewery justice.

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

A-a nice inch worth of white head that disappears slowly, color is a clear brown amber

S-malty sweetness, bread like smell as well

T-huge malt sweetness, fruity, and finishes with some hop bitterness. Has an alcohol warming feel to it

M-medium body with a slight syrupy feel, light carbonation

D-very drinkable, though the sweetness might become too much after a while

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