Ayinger Maibock
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Bock - Maibock
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Ranked #5,471
4.08 | pDev: 7.6%
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Reviews by EdwardK77:
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EdwardK77 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Jul 19, 2014
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BethanyB from New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 08, 2015
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aztraz from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 11, 2018
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johntfox from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

May 21, 2013
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nyrblue2 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jun 01, 2014
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 24, 2018
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Feel_the_Darkness from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jun 18, 2014
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phishbone23 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jan 23, 2013
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Lukass from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Jun 21, 2014
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NickThePyro from Washington

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 27, 2018
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mizx from England

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 19, 2018
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NappyB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Apr 09, 2015
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PugsandBeer from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 01, 2019
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SoCalBeerIdiot from California

4/5  rDev -2%

Sep 02, 2014
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 05, 2018
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GarbageMan10 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 11, 2018
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JothHu from Alabama

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 27, 2015
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 30, 2015
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chrishiker1409 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 29, 2018
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xJMFCx from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jun 13, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +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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LoudRed from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 22, 2018
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EBeckett3 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

Aug 14, 2013
Ayinger Maibock from Ayinger Privatbrauerei
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 143 ratings