Ayinger Maibock
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Style:
German Maibock
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #5,679
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
132
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
 
Germany
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Spring
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of OlaB
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grainy,pears,honey,herbal,spicy
T:
-bready,grainy,honey,herbs,spicy
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
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.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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).

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Photo of VTR
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a nice medium golden color, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like grass, a smidgen of honey sweetness, and some lager yeast.

This is really well put together. The flavors all mix together quite well into one drinkable package. There's some strong grassy aroma, a bit of nice doughy breadiness, and some slightly fruity and sweet lager yeast characteristics. This is nothing that'll bash you over the head with flavor, but it's super tasty anyway.

This is light bodied, with a very crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel, along with a good level of carbonation.

Ayinger is definitely one of the best German breweries I've sampled. Awesome stuff here.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a hint of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy foam with limited retention but a nice lace on the glass. Not bad.

Smell: pretty light aroma, although there's a bit of sweetness here that is appropriate to the style.

Taste: nicely malty with a pretty heavy sweetness and a lightly fruity character. There's also a bit of graininess here; it's definitely springy, like a Maibock should be.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a surprisingly creamy texture. I quite like it.

Overall: a decent Maibock. It ticks all the boxes of a genuine Maibock, although it may be a tad sweet for my taste.

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Photo of EdwardK77
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bought a 16oz. growler pour of this and it was extremely foamy at the tap but not at all a couple of hours later at home when poured into an IPA glass. What little head there was quickly disappeared and left a crystal clear golden ale with no visible effervescence behind.

S- Definitely sweet fruit present on the nose, not an overly powerful smell but it's there.

T- Once I settled into the idea that this isn't a style that I have much (barely any) experience with, I could begin to enjoy it for what it is. It's a complex on the palate ale that is well balanced, crisp in its own way, and easy to drink.

M- I would call this smooth with just enough acidity and life to create some interest.

O- I was happy to stretch my palate from my recent run of IPA, DIPA, and imperial stout. I would like to try this in a bottle to see if my pour took some of the life out of it, although most reviewers seem to mention a rapidly disappearing head. When your mind puts it into the context of a "spring" ale, you could see it as a nice awakening from a winter filled with darker and stronger beer and a nice complement to the fresh dishes of the spring season.

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Photo of MaggieReed
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- very cloudy golden tone w. a thin head that quickly dissipated

s- nice spice notes over the top, but it was served w. a lemon in it, so that overpowered the beer- i am not a fan of this in general, but it was a nice combo

t- malty and spicy in a very complex way- orange peel? Definite hop flavor- better than expected because I am not generally a fan of this style.

m- very nice level of carbonation, not as thin as expected- very nice

d- refreshing and smooth, and I liked it w. the lemon- i will look for this beer again. cheap price too! $5 for 22oz @ comet cafe in MIL.

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Photo of scurvy311
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little limp and light for a maibock. Dark fruit flavors and malt is their, however, watery and unsubstantive, warmth apparent throughout the brew enjoyment, I expected more from an Ayinger beer. No head, average Brussels lace, nice clear and dark amber.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a clear, yellow brew with a low head. Less than one finger.

Aroma was weak... faint hops, a little bit of malt, a little sweet. I thought it should be more... maybe I had it too cold.

Taste was of mellow light and medium malts, a hint of caramel. A faint touch of hops came in at the end.

Mouthfeel was smooth and airy... unusual, to say the least. But it went down well. I could drink several of these without a problem.

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Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale bock is a cloudy orange-gold in color. This beer is in that tradition from one of Munich’s best-known country brewers. The aroma is fruity aroman and malty. It starts with a taste of prunes and orange cream and is oily and warming in the finish.

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Ayinger Maibock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 132 ratings