Ayinger Maibock
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Bock - Maibock
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4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
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Sigmund from Norway

2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Kvadrat. ABV is 6.9%. Golden colour, large white head. Sweetish aroma of pilsener malts and floral and herbal hops. Fairly sweet and malty flavour, notes of honey and caramel, moderate herbal hops, the alcohol is noticeable. A bit too far out on the sweet side for me.

May 11, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

For my money this is the best Maibock. I don’t even like the style, but I like this. Something about the malt is addictive. Perfectly crisp, full of flavor and interesting. The craftsmanship is supreme. A perfect beer for Biergarten festivities. The clear golden color and white foamy head invites one to sip. Sweet biscuit and floral hops. Overall worth every penny.

Nov 01, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 32oz growler on 9-5-20.
2 finger off white head. Good retention, slowly falls to a 1/4" solid cap.
Deepest golden color, bright with amazing clarity. No lacing.
Sweet, toasty grain and a floral, herbal hop combo.
Big and malty mouthful. Bready, sweet, honey, grain, and a light floral spiciness.
Full body with a smooth, oily mouthfeel, carbonation is perceived low.
Some prickly heat. Medium length malty and off-dry finish.
Very Good.

Sep 06, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour served very cold in a pint glass at Gerst Haus Evansville. The beer pours very bright golden color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. No lacing. The aroma is sweet malt and floral hops. The taste is honey and biscuit sweet malt with a floral moderate hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, very good. Better as it warms.

Sep 01, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw that this was on draft at the local WOB - this WOB has a good beer guy manager.

Had it in a plastic cup (damn virus!) but it had a nice head and lacing. Pours clear golden yellow color. Very floral and herbal smell and taste. Sweet and rich. Slightly spicy with warm herbs. Enjoyed it very much.

Aug 10, 2020
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John_M from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at John's marketplace today. This is listed here as their goldenbock, but as Ayinger doesn't appear to make a goldenbock, and the abv. is the same, I'm assuming it's the maibock that I'm drinking.

The pours a bright golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I pick up a considerable amount of honey, vanilla and cookie dough. This smells like it will be pretty malty beer, and in fact it very much is. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this impressively sweet and malty bock. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish that keeps the sweetness from becoming over the top and cloying. Mouthhfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, malty finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so despite the richness in this beer, drinkability is pretty good.

Well made beer from the folks at Ayinger. Given the sweetness level, this isn't a beer I'd want to drink all the time, but it makes a great occasional weekend treat.

Aug 08, 2020
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crenegar from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from a 30L barrel at my house. A wonderful and classic representation of the style. Pours crystal clear, almost Pils like but deeper in color with not as much air in the head. Not quite as hefty as Hofbrau's version at 7.2% but so wonderfully drinkable. Rich, bready Bavarian malts are first and foremost in the first sip, a little of the expected sweetness percieved as ripe melon or honey but this is completely secondary to the biscuity malt. Finishes very clean, additional sipping is inevitable.

Mar 21, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with thick, soft head.

Smell is bready and a bit sweet with notes of pumpernickel and flloral hops.

Taste is rich and bready, with some sweetness to it. Pletny of floral and herbal notes, along with a hint of vegetable. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice Bock. Hides the ABV very well.

Jun 15, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the House of Brews. Clear golden with a huge fluffy head. Smells of strong bready malt and some earthy hops. Tastes equally malty. Almost sweet, but more chewy and doughy. Earthy and herbal hop finish. Medium body. It's not something I'd go for regularly as it is a bit big for me, but it tastes great.

Jul 11, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a nice medium top of white creamy head that dissolves slowly and leaves some thick lacings. Aroma is of malts,bread,grass,honey,herbs and floral hops. The flavour at first is sweet with bready and malty notes in the back. It then gets more herbal and floral notes in the flavour and it finishes of with a slight hoppy bitterness and a decent lenght in the aftertaste. The flavours are balanced very good . Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation and a medium body.
A good and refreshing beer, very enjoyable.
This was quite a surprise for me since I usually have not been a big fan of maibocks.

Jul 05, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear lazily sparkling gold with a thick, creamy white ridged blanket.

Smell is bread, banana and corn with a slight spice.

Taste is corn and grape with a touch of spice and some softening bread and hay.

The medium body has a soft pillowy froth and a semi-dry tingly finish.

If this doesn’t do anything for you, this is not your style *raises hand*. This is easily the best Maibock I've had, and I still really don't like it.

Jul 02, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
This goes more the Heller Bock route and not the traditional Maibock one.
As a Heller Bock it's one of the better ones, but my least favourite of their brewed Lager styles.

Jun 20, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold, with a smooth, off-white to cream head, two-finger.
S: Sweet and grainy, with caramel undertones and hint of corn. I wish this beer was more fragrant.
T: Definitely sweet, with caramel notes and a grainy aftertaste, it is malty, but the maltiness comes of more as a general sweetness, there is a crisp quality to this beer and a very slight sharpness as well that makes it's sweetness bearable. Very slight spicy noble hop quality with very minimal bitterness.
M: medium body, with a full feel, seems like it would be stickier than it actually is.
O: I'll admit I'm certainly no expert on this style, that being said, I still found this beer to be a bit too sweet for my taste. I've had a few Ayinger beers before (I've always liked them), and while this is plenty good, it's probably my least favorite of the bunch.

Jun 04, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden yellow honey color with no lacing.

S: Sweet honey and malt mixed with a nice floral hop. Very inviting.

T: Sweet malt, and honey is. ery noticeable. Nice floral hop, very drinkable.

F: Crisp light and drinkable.

O: This is a great Maibock.

Jun 02, 2018
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Thirsty Monk, downtown Asheville location at happy hour on a Wednesday afternoon.

Very nice warm weather, light sessionable light lager.

May 25, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review of growler drunk hour after purchase:
Crystal clear gold body - perfect! Head is cloudy-like, falling in craters leaving a swiss-cheese foam cap. My first on tap attempt, the head faded fairly fast once I started drinking, but it wasn't quite so on this pour, so up to a 5.

Nose has a crusty bread malt side with a floral to stone fruity side, perhaps just a bit of sweet beery (blueberry). A decent nose, not powerful and one that faded fast, but was easily revived with a swirl that re-capped the head on my beer.

A white bread flavor brings a decent sweet side to this beer. In my first brief notes I had that a neutral to grassy/floral bitterness balanced this. This sitting, I'm getting a similar fairly neutral bitterness, but it has a little spice bite (versus grassy) to the floral aspects. Fruity notes in between include golden delicious apple, a little of that blueberry from the nose, and some peach fuzz. A nice hard tickle of carbonation up front, but it smooths out fairly quickly. A clean beer, for sure, not overly dry or sweet in the end, with a very light lingering bitterness.

A quite enjoyable beer. I'd like for it to be just a little more dry or bitter in back for my tastes, but will buy it again in a heartbeat.

Apr 16, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From Estucerveza. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Rube Works. Sweet, with honeylike notes and some alcoholic flavors, but pleasant and pretty easy to drink.

Sep 28, 2017
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jonb5 from England

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Golden, clear, medium sized head, decent retention.

S: Floural noble hops which gave way to honey.

T: Malt forward, hints of apple, which gave way to a slight boozy burn.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium to slightly heavy body.

O: Not bursting with flavour, but subtle. Less boozy and cloying than other Maibocks.

Jul 02, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with good head and lace. Airy, grainy, earthy aroma with some pils malt sweetness and bits of hops. Smooth, light to medium bodied, this beer tastes great as I like sweeter maiboks and the flavors are balanced. There are notes of dry breadiness (always get this from lagers) and earthy hops that combine well with a sweetness ranging from almost tropical fruits to caramel and/or pils malt like sweetness (can't really discern what exactly makes this beer sweeter than other maiboks but there is something in it that is really sweet).

Nov 13, 2015
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VTR from Florida

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight. Not knowing what to expect from this style and I was very impressed. Came in the glass as a nice golden hue. Smelled of grass, hops, yeast, bread, and fruits. The taste followed the nose but was very fruity but not overly sweet balanced by the slight but nice bite of hops. This is one easy drinking beer and I look forward to drinking this again but it seemed like a great spring beer instead of a winter beer.

Oct 02, 2015
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MLoxxer from Nebraska

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I sampled this beer on tap at Huber-Haus in Omaha NE. The somewhat reticulated head dissipated quickly into a very thin layer on the surface of the liquid. There was minimal lacing on the glass. This Maibock's appearance was a nice golden color with lots of little bubbles. As I brought the glass to my nose I detected a pleasant sweet yeasty character. The flavor was mild, pleasant and sweet. As is the case with this class of beers there was nothing unpleasant in the flavor profile. Although it is not as malty as I like my beers I can certainly recommend Ayinger's Maibock's.

Jun 10, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prost! Boise. Pours out a hazy dark brown. Creamy beige head, fades but still covers the beer. Nice nutty, toasty aroma. Taste follows, slightly sweet, decent body, but not as thick as I'd like. Still great to find a real weizen in the States.

Jun 08, 2015
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BethanyB from New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Brilliantly clear and medium gold, with a creamy white head that leaves ring after ring of lace. A beauty of a beer, and a paradigm when it comes to the Maibock style.

Smell: Pils malt gives off a vegetal aroma, but this is typical for the style. Freshly baked biscuits and some soft caramel notes.

Taste: An excellent example of what makes the Maibock so special. A clean Pils malt taste is both sweetened and spiced to the point where one's interest is peaked, but the senses are hardly overwhelmed. The gentle touch of honey and its partnering pinch of white pepper can therefore be appreciated without a lot of pondering. Round, balanced, classic.

Mouthfeel: A soft, medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation is perfect for the style in that it's refreshing, but also substantial enough to support the additional flavor components.

Overall: A Maibock can be described as a Pilsner with a pinch (as opposed to a punch), and Ayinger is a classic example of this style for a reason. A must for Pilsner and lager lovers, but also something ale enthusiasts can get behind. A beer with a history you can taste.

Apr 22, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color. The highlight of this offering is its semi-dry finish. Clearly, a traditional version of the style but it left me feeling so uninspired.

Apr 19, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My quest for a Maibock is over. This one was drinkable and great tasting.

I'm really sorry I didn't write notes, it was on tap, so from memory I'm going to tell you it was slightly hazy with a mellow yellow appearance. The head was a small 1 finger but steady and firm.

The flavors were wheat, yeast, slight grass, and some faint light fruits like asian pear and apple.

A creamy mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

I usually don't write reviews like this, but unless I go back to the bar and specifically order it again for this review alone, i'm afraid this is all I've got to go on. Good beer overall, I'd have it again.

Apr 17, 2015
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