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Stoudt's Blonde Double MaiBock | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 05-17-2003

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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 208
Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a large bubbled medium-low off-white head. Poured thick. Malty honey-infused aroma and flavor. Full bodied with a lightly sweet malt and honey finish.

I think this may be the same beer and a replacement for the "Honey Double Mai Bock".

Per label: "Lager brewed with honey" & "Golden Double Bock with more malts, less water, and a touch of honey"

Best by: 1/03 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 06/04/05

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute and even though the head wasn't much, despite a healthy pour, the color is a dirty blonde with excellent clarity and lots of bubbles racing to the top.

Aromas are delightful: white grape, honey, yeast, and something reminding of pilsner malt.

The flavors are incredible, aided by a light, creamy mouthfeel and a finish that reminds of the funkier Belgian yeast strains meeting orange rind. The flavors themselves are so well-mingled and unique, it seems almost an insult to the beer to dissect it too much. But ok: there's strong honey and white grape; it's floral and earthy; yeastiness comes into the flavor and carries through to the finish; all the while I'm reminded of Belgian saisons, white wine, and even champagne (the latter two largely due to the pleasant dryness). It's complex, and a little bit of a challenge to figure out. I know I love it.

I'm not sure I "know" this beer after two bottles, but I will revisit it many times, and will certainly buy more than two bottles next run. It's a pleasant sipper, light yet surprisingly complex, and along with their Tripel, my favorite Stoudts offering so far.

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Photo of jcdgoad
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer in a trade from mikereaser. This is the first Blonde double Mai Bock that I have ever tried, so I had no idea what to expect. I pulled this beer out of my fridge opened it and it foamed up all over my counter. fun fun fun. This beer poors a nice golden blonde color, and it has an interesting sweet malty smell. The taste is sweet, but not too overpoweringly sweet, with a bit of a hoppy bite. The 7% alcohol is well hidden. If this beer was available in Arkansas I would drink it quite a bit.

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Photo of treyrab
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow was I shocked at how good this one was! Poured it into my tulip glass tonight...

A: Pours a very surprising clear gold with a splendid two finger head that laces incredibly. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as this is a "blonde" maibock.

S: Smell is very upfront and in your face with Pilsner malts, brown sugar and caramel.

T: The taste is phenomenal and very complex. Tons of pale malts, but tons of caramel and brown sugar notes that blend magnificently. Very sweet, but very tasty.

Overall, this is a great beer that I am kicking myself for only picking up one of.

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Photo of grees20
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to number1bum for bringing this to the NEPA case split.
I haven't had much experience with Maibocks so I was looking forward to this.
Pours a nice golden color with frothy white head and great carbonation. Aroma is sweet, but not quite like a dopplebock. I get some honey, some malt and a little bit of hops in the aroma. A nice sweet start, very smooth taste with a malty character; a little bit of fruit in there (apples?). It's supposed to be 7 percent ABV, but you would never guess. Overall, a well-balanced beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very unusual and enjoyable brew. A clear golden light amber color with a decent white head and medium lacing. The aroma is a toasted wheat cereal with a grape edge, maybe even some orange, very delectable, unique and intriguing. The flavor is a bit mellower than the aroma, a mild more of a piney hops background with a creamy feel. Very pleasantly surprising for a bock. At the back of your mouth is a very neat flavor that is like rye toast. Really nice, very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol does not seem to strong but the taste is grand.

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Photo of avylover
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggresively poured, got about a 1 inch off-white head that died after about 5 minutes, leaving a nice lacing. It's a deep golden/amber color. Aroma is malty, kind of butterscotch like, with a slight floral hop background. Taste is perfectly balanced. The alcohol is only evident in the warmth in my belly. It's got a buttery sweet malt up front with just enough hop bitterness to finish things off. The mouthfeel is only slighly carbonated and silky, not syrupy. This is a great warm weather brew for the adventurous beer drinker.
I havn't had many maibocks, but this is the best i've had, better than dead guy IMO. Great Brew

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Photo of Loki
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Bay Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ - It was so good I had to come back a second time to resample and review it.

Poured a golden honey color with a thin head that left spotty lacing.

Aromas of malt dominate this brew with hints sweet honey and hops.

The taste is much the same as the nose with sweet malt being the dominate flavor but this Maibock possesses a very nice honey and hops backbone that give it nice balance and a great finish. This Stoudt's offering is very creamy with a medium body and a very crisp, clean finish with just a slight hop note to finish.

Very good beer. Thanks Gavage for the recommendation.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, to fill out a 6-pack of singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, fluffy 1/2" light beige head formed, which although being somewhat short lived, laced ok. Brew is an orangey-copper hue and has an aroma which first brings to mind the alcohol you'd expect from a dopplebock, but in this case it is tempered by a pleasant fruity essence. Taste is remarkably well-balanced for a dopplebock, with the fruitiness adding a nice dimension and the honey smooths the ride. None of the cloying sweetness that some achieve. Very easy drinking, kind of scarily so, largely because of the impressive mouthfeel.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived as a wonderfully active beer with a lot of carbonation and a thick, white head dotted with bubbles. It was of a beautiful light amber color approaching a golden yellow. I noticed a sweet, honey-like fragrance on the nose. There was a sort of hot mouthfeel on the tongue, but it was neither overpowering nor lingering. It has a sweet bite, not of honey, but of something else that I just cannot put my finger on. There is maltiness evident in the mouth. Finally, the finish is crisp, perfect for a huumid afternoon in PA for someone who does not really like hefeweizens.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling this beer at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear bright gold color with fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up easily. Several sparkling streams of carbonation rise adding to and maintaining the head throughout the sampling. Aroma is grainy lager malt with some spicy and earthy hops mixed in. The nose is appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp mouthfeel and fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet grainy malt with some caramel and rolls to a spicy hop finish that lingers lightly on my palate. A very nice clean beer that hides the ABV very well and is easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of honey, caramel and some fruit. Then some bready flavors of malts and lager yeast come in quickly, followed by a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a beer that is well-worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. The beer pours copper color with light amber hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice lacing. The aroma is grass, spicy hops, and biscuity malt. The taste is full of hops up front followed by enough malt to balance out the hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, maibock is one of my favorite styles, and this is certainly a good one. I like its large amounts of both malt and hops. I could happily drink this all spring.

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Photo of maibock1023
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well... this is where it all started for me...maibocks that is...loved them ever since. This beer hasn't been available to me for 2 yrs and prior to that, Stoudts had contracted this out to larger breweries to meet demands. They have since enlarged the brewhaus to produce more of it under their own specs and I've been awaiting the release of this!

Pours a tawny golden color with a short frothy head that laces about the pour line.a slight noble hop scent pushes through the maltiness. Nice slick malt; the signature honey flavor, with a litte booze kick... just the way I remember the original offerings.
It's got some hefty mothfeel to it and as far as drinkability... well ..how do like your bocks this time of year? This is an American classic example of an old world style we don't see enough of of.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was able to get a case of this on clearance (only $12.99!!!)

Wasn't sure what to expect, I knew it was a little out of date but the 7% ABV would make it last a little longer. Tastes like a strong Kolsch if I had to describe it... a dark yellow in color with a bite a hint of alcohol in the after finish but not much at all. Very interesting.. listed under the same style as Dead Guy from Rogue which I thought tasted better, but this is a much better deal and for the price it was exceptional.

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Photo of chilidog
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, not your everyday brew to be had here, though it could be. Its appearance is a pure copper clear with mild carbonation that provides a good off-white head that laces well, some sticky rings. The aroma is sweet malt, hints of citrus and honey. The taste is pure caramel malts with a hints of the honey, though not too sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth, and chewy. The beer is so smooth, drinkability is favored. Over-all a suprise, for this was the first for me of this style and this brewer. Good stuff!!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass it's a very nice clear amber brew with a decent orange-tinted head that went away quickly. Leaves a little ring around the top of the beer, and some nice spotty lacing the whole way down the glass. A very sweet smell with a tiny hint of spices and alchohol. Mostly malty. Very good smelling though, draws you right in. A nice and warm tasting beer. Starts off very smooth with a full malt body, hints at honey and fruits. Finshes with a bit of a hop bite, a nice bitter grass flavor. Very well done. So well balanced, it will keep drinking for quite some time. Hides it's 7% ABV very well, so drink carefully. ;-)

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful bright copper orange, excellent clarity, topped with a thin mist of head. The head settles into a fat ring around the glass, retaining until the end of the beer.
The aroma is dominated by rich, sweet malt. Considerable caramel aroma, with a bit of soft toastiness and heaps of pale malt. Some light alcohol is apparent, along with a touch of appley fruitiness and honey. Very clean and well done, with a hint of corn, suggesting german malts. The hops are mostly nonpresent, adding just a touch of herbal aroma way in the back. Very nicely balanced.
The flavor is initially powerfully malty, with effervescent, mouthfilling carbonation. Prodigious pale and caramel malt, with some toastiness riding into the middle. The barest touch of smokiness, with some honey and light apple in the middle, continuing into a quick caramel finish with a touch of herbal hoppiness. The balance is amazing, particularly for a pale bock. Some warming alcohol at the very end, leaving you with a semi-sharp alcohol twang in the aftertaste, mingling with a diminishing rich maltiness. Very nice, with a light warmth sitting in your stomach. Definitely full bodied.
This is probably the best beer from Stoudt's that I've had. Robust, yet smooth, with terrific complexity to the malt. A perfect beer to usher in summertime and leave winter behind. I'm definitely getting this again next year.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bread yeast, sweet malt and a slight floral/rose whiff that is very inviting
Appearance: Bright ripe peach or apricot glass with a nice fluffy off white head that left a skeleton pattern of lace
Flavor: Smooth rich malt taste with no harsh edges at all. I get a little orange blossom and honey notes, along with a slight spicy note but can’t tell what spice. Strongly reminded me of the only other example of the style I know: Dead Guy Ale by Rogue.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with good carbonation and a slow fading mouth coat.
Overall Impression: Really enjoyed this beer. Nice full Bock flavor with a great color. Recommended!

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Photo of bosco7
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful blonde color with a fluffy yet dense head. Inviting.

Earthy and spicy noble hops are immediately apparent while pouring the beer. Sugary sweet malt aromas follow, kind of like a blueberry muffin without the blueberries. Very pleasant.

Starts sweet with a lot of malt flavors. The muffin descriptor can be used here as well. The middle is a bit fruity with some mild banana and melon flavors. The finish is spicy and floral. This beer is sublimely balanced

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and perfectly carbonated. I love this style and this is a great example. Stoudts continues to impress me with their German inspired beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks fantastic with an orangish gold glow and sparkling carbonation, but could use a nicer, longer lasting head. Smell is a sweet fruity malt and a faint earthy hop. Taste is a melting pot of flavors of residual honey sweetness, tangy peach fruit, and earthy but indescrete hop flavor. Following is a warming alcohol burn that is not overpowering. This is comparable in taste and drinkability to a triple, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark amber, very clear with lots of streaming carbonation from the bottom of the glass, but no head. Slight amount of lace. Smell was very bready and grain like, with a hint of a slight bitterness, but definatly bread like. The flavor followed suit as it was highly malted and full of grain like flavors. Not much hops to balance, but ever so slightly dry finish. Kinda thin in feel, not enough carbonation to give it that silky smooth feel. Overall this was a decent offering from foothills, and an average representation of the style. The alcohol is very, I mean very well hidden, I could swear this was a 4% beer, was shocked to see it at 8% before my review. Overall definatly give this one a try if you can.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well, damn does this beer look fine. it's a brilliant see-through amber color with pillowy eggshell white head. creamy, but not too much so as evidenced by the fat bubbles that sit atop the lower, danker foam. smell of sweet graininess dominates with the smallest sulfur infusion present. peppery hops addition blanket the aroma nicely.

tastes good too, and the alcohol is hidden here. crisp and clean like a lager should be, producing corny burps like i had just ingested a miller high life. texture of the beer is very thick, although assisted by higher carbonation levels. crackery with some bittering, acidic vegetal hops in the finish. warmth allows the malt characters to shine, producing small bursts of sweet summer fruits like strawberry and green apple.

recommended. stoudt's is really impressing me lately with anything i choose by them. maybe its time for a visit to pa.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Blonde Double Maibock is a good, solid, straightforward and very well-brewed bock that lives up to it's expectations!

It delivers a nice appearance with a clear, dark golden body and respectably sized off-white colored head. The retention could be slightly better, but at 7% it deserves a little slack.

The nose offers lightly bready Munich malts with background notes of floral and spicy hops.

In the mouth it's just delicately crisp with a very-fine bubbled carbonation and medium-full body that leaves it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor is almost exactly as the nose suggests it will be, with the addition of a little bit more hop flavor and a just-balancing bitterness. The alcohol is superbly cloaked and it finishes drying, with a slowly receeding maltiness.

Well brewed! Nicely balanced and very clean.

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Photo of jdg204
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a nice pint at the brewpub in Adamstown, glad to have finally made it there for a nice meal and drinks on tap.

A: The maibock is a brilliantly clear, having an orange copper sheen that is well carbonated. The head weighs in around 1 finger but neither retains nor laces.

S: The lager has a strong malt aroma with some fruity sweetness that comes from the malts and yeast.

T: Strong malts dominate this beer. The flavors are concentrated, with a clear alcohol body, and a strong sweetness. Some honey flavors come out of the concentration, as do paler alefruits and a caramel malt body.

M: The mouthfeel has a lot going on, with the stronger malts adding some sweetness and alcohol.

D: Excellent brew from one of PA's solid breweries. Definetly one to grab if you can find (even go a bit out of your way to find), the style is pretty unique and this is a great sipping beer to represent. Not quite Dead Guy Ale, but close...

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