Ayinger Maibock
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Ayinger Privatbrauerei
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #2
Ranked #8,319
4.06 | pDev: 7.88%
Mar 27, 2022
Mar 24, 1998
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3.73 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Mar 27, 2022
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Dec 05, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Pale gold with tall, puffy, steady, snowy head that laces; grainy malts, clover honey + hay on the nose; lightly toasted honey wheat bread, clean mid-palate with some white pear, Bit o’ Honey comeback then pepper + grassy hops to end; lt-med, chewy, some alcohol warmth.

4.25 4.25 4 4 4.25

For a sweet malty lager, there’s a surprising amount of hops: in the floral nose, spicy strong enough that it almost goes anise, and lastly in the bitter finish.
That’s good, ultimately, because the rest of this is bready malts redux that turn into pure sugar.
Worth noting that it never cloys nor is too light, the most common failings of a maibock. Refined, balanced + well executed, which makes this as good a model of the style as any.


Aug 13, 2021
3.69 by beerrat from Virginia on May 30, 2021
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2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by NCSapiens from Indiana

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
4.11 by unclekeith from Alaska on Sep 18, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

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
4.18 by cozmo from New York on Aug 16, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

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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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by John_M from Oregon

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
3.98 by smi69 from New York on Jul 03, 2020
4.54 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Jun 27, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by crenegar from New Jersey

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
4.75 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Oct 08, 2019
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Sep 28, 2019
3.96 by PugsandBeer from Florida on Aug 01, 2019
3.98 by WormGod from New York on Jul 31, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

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
3.9 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Apr 28, 2019
3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2019
3.95 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on Sep 22, 2018
4.37 by npendres from Wisconsin on Sep 06, 2018
4.1 by BKotch from Texas on Aug 29, 2018
4 by Donkster46 from Washington on Aug 07, 2018
4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 06, 2018
4.22 by mizx from England on Jul 19, 2018
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jul 12, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by OlaB from Norway

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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3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.78 by igl from Russian Federation on Jun 30, 2018
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jun 27, 2018
4.63 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jun 24, 2018
3.69 by jhrozek from Sweden on Jun 20, 2018
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3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by drmeto from Germany

-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
4.1 by NappyB from Illinois on Jun 19, 2018
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Jun 11, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

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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