Stoudt's Blonde Double MaiBock | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Hazy Gold but settled into a crisp and clear gold with hints of amber...some thin rows of carbonation rising from time to time. After pouring a nice head rose up but disappated fairly quickly leaving a faint lace on the surface

Not an overwhelmingly strong scent, but one that is none the less pleasant and displays malty aromas of honey and some subtle hoppy qualities.

A medium to light bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation, active on the start but finishes very smoothly. The sweet bready malts and the honey scents present on the nose make themself known the palatte, as do the hop flavors which add a bitter edge that doesn't make the beer too sweet... Solvent Alchohol is somewhat present on the after taste but is not off putting.

A solid and very drinkable beer

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Photo of rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seasonal beer was picked up in 12 oz. bottles at Bullock’s on Sandy Plains Road. Once opened and poured into a goblet, the beer looked very clear, and possessed an attractive deep golden color. The head formed to one finger thick at first, but died down to a bubble collar soon. The carbonation visible in the body was on the light side, with slowly rising streamers of small bubbles.

The foremost aroma was that of restrained noble hops with a grassy and spicy character. Deeper inhalation revealed the underlying malt sweetness as well as provided hints of perfumey alcohol within. Taste was similarly layered, with a good deal of balance between the flavors. There was a little bit of corn like graininess here (or it may have been the residual honey), but it fit in well with the sweet malt. The smoothness imparted by lager strain of yeast was evident in the soft mouthfeel. The carbonation was bit stinging in the aftertaste, until it gave way to salty warmth.

Maibock is not a style I have come across frequently, so I can’t speak for the faithfulness of this beer to the claimed style. On it’s own merit, I found it to be an enjoyable strong lager.

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Photo of maltydog
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is spun gold with an effervescent off-white going to beige head that dissipated slowly. Nose is of malt and caramel with a lightly frutiy (pear?) background. Taste is all about the malt and the alcohol. Slightly acidic tang on the front with a full malty and fruity middle and nicely balanced bitterness with a touch of alcohol on the back. First time I've tried this offering from Stoudt's and I highly recommend it as a fine example of a full-bodied German Maibock!


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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 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 malthead
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, decent head when poured into a tulip. Smells clean and malty, maybe like new bread. Taste is big and malty, a nice, middle of the road bock. Some German hops on the finish. I'm not picking up too much of a honey sweetness, but rather the 'biting' sensation you get when eating a spoonful of raw, real honey, you know? (not the clear, processed stuff from the grocery store, but honey with character) Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability is about one for me, but it's a sipper that goes down very nicely. Not sure of the age of this one, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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

A malty, doughy, pastry-like sweet aroma is the first thing that I noticed about this beer. There’s essentially no hops in the aroma, but instead there’s a very appealing malt-character, a slight undertone of sulfur, a little butterscotch, and an earthy yeastiness. The beer is a deep amber color, with just a little haze and a beautiful stable head. The lace is intricate, interlocking, and truly beautiful. The flavor is sweet and malty, with very little hops and very little roasted character. The label says that the beer is brewed with honey, but I had a hard time picking it out. It’s blended very well with the malt. Considering the ABV and the amount of flavor, the body has a lightness about it. This is a wonderful brew!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts with semi-sweet raisins, finishes mellow with just a hint of bitterness, the higher ABV is not noticable. $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of bashiba
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my mug a perfect golden orange color with thre full inches of creamy off white head that very slowly laced down the sides of the glass. Absolutley perfect looking beer.

Smells strongly of earthy spiced hops and a slight sweet maltiness.

Taste is very good with a strong earthy charachter balancing out the slightly sweeet fruit maltiness very well with a slight yeasty taste. With a full creamy mouthfeel and a nice warming alcohol affect this is a rather nice offering from Stoudt's. A very drinkable Double Maibock.
Thanks to santoslhalper for the sample.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early autumn may seem like a strange time to be drinking a maibock (a blonde double maibock at that), but I've never been a stickler for seasonal imperatives. Bright tangerine-amber with a small amount of fine particulates on close inspection. The stickyfirm head is cream in color, edging into light orangish tan, and deposits thin, erratic rivulets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

There isn't much to the nose, though it's still above average. It's lightly malty with a whiff of mildy earthy hops, but lacks power and presence. The flavor, thankfully, is more assertive. The fact that it's untoasted blonde malt-dominant--as it should be given the style--means that the flavor doesn't burst from the glass. It's growing on me as I approach the second half of the bottle however. There's a honey-like sweetness, but I don't appreciate any actual honey on the palate. There's also an understated fruitiness that reminds me of apple peels.

The body is medium-full with a pleasantly smooth, slightly slick quality that makes what could have been a so-so beer a pretty good one. Alcohol is noticeable (although not in terms of actual flavor) and gives the beer a heartiness, a robustness, an invigorating quality that is welcome.

I can't quite put my finger on the reason(s), but Stoudt's Blonde Double MaiBock impresses me. It isn't great at anything, but it's good at all things. Sort of a 'bock of all trades'. Forget justification, I just like it.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange color, no head, and an oily residue gave the look and feel of a hefty brew.
Smell of fruit (dates, oranges and faint lemon), caramel, small hints of yeast and alcohol.
Taste was interesting, smooth yet heavier than most Mai Bocks I've had. Low carbonation reminiscent of a Barley Wine. Sweet fruits with very little hop character, but a larger alcohol warming in the end. Oily feel wasn't refreshing was a bit over-bearing. I liked it but not enough to buy another.

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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 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 oxmasterscream
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed this beer. This style is right up my alley, even with the alleged "generous amount of honey" added. It poured a deep amber with a beautiful, pillowy head. The immediate aroma is sweet malts followed by a nice hoppiness. The taste is malty sweet, heavy on the honey and with some hints of orange and nice hops on the tail end. The body was silky and smooth. It's very easy to drink and is enjoyable the whole way through. In my opinion, it shares a lot in common with Rogue Dead Guy (my all-time favorite, anytime beer) BUT the Blonde Double Maibock can be overly sweet and the alcohol catches up with you pretty quickly if you're enjoying more than one (hence my lower drinkability score). Overall, it's a tasty beer that I'll definitely enjoy again and recommend to others.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a red-amber color and is topped with a rather thin (1/2") head of off white. Taken from a tulip, cause why not?

Smell: Sweet malts fill the aroma as well and soft round hops even out the nose.

Taste: The taste is first supported by a fair amount of rich carmel malt that blends with a very syrupy sweetness due to either the honey or the fruity esters swimming through this one. Fresh clover and honey play in the aftertaste as does the taste of noble hops (no way to pinpoint the specifc hop through the sweetness). Overall a very tasty and satisfying beer.

Mouthfeel: Even for its massive sweetness, this beer stays light on the tongue and has decent carbonation. Mayeb even a little too light for its style. No cloying sensation, which gives this better than average drinkability.

Drinkability: Like I said, better than average. This does start to become filling after a couple, and finally the moderate ABV (7%) will catch up. It is a dopplebock-maibock mutt.

Note: My bottle read "Blonde Double Maibock" and stated that it was brewed under contract in Fredericksburg, MD for Stoudt's

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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 edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color ...decent initial head...leaves very nice lacing. Smell is malty, fruity with a honey presence. Taste is full with a strong malt presence, honey element are present mainly in the smoothness it gives. Mouthfeel is rounded, chewy and reminds you to sip this offering. Mouthfeel is heavy IMO. A bit oily also, but not in a distarcting way. Light bitterness in the finish. Alchol presence is there too. I'm not a big lager fan...but this was a good brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber honey golden hue with a nice creamy texture creamy orange tinted head, leaves intricate even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Rich sweetness with alcohol around the edges. A mild touch of fruitiness but overall there's alot of depth in this brew finishes with a touch of German Noble hops. Taste: Very quaffable big malty layers of reserved fruit and alcohol, but so damn tasty all topped off with a mild dose of semi herbal grassy hop flavoring with low bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly sticky even carbonation no complaints. Drinkability: Great stuff, easily consumed and great flavor profile.

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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 Gasp100
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first real maibock so I may be biased, but I really enjoyed this one a lot. This poured a clear orange-gold with a sticky, frothy white head which left medium lacing down the glass. The smell was sweet caramel malts, dried fruits (pears, raisin) and a touch of floral hops. The taste had a heavy malt base with nice fruit and floral overtones. The mouthfeel was smooth and very clean, but had an assertive bitterness near the end to cleanse the palette. Overall, it was a little "sticky" but I liked it -- the alcohol was very warming but hidden extremely well --- I finished a 750ml with no problem and a nice buzz... so yes, very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of krberg
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and bronzy, with a thin white head.

Smells like a lager. Some sweetness not much more.

Mmmm, crisp sweet that fades into chest warming. I can find the honey in this brew. Its not huge like with Rogue's Honey Cream Ale, but its there. I think that might be what gives this beer its warmth. Clearly a lager, though I can find some fruit flavors. I'll bet $ there are hops in this beer, yet I can't find them.

Feels nice and thick. Perfect for a damp spring day.

It is quite sweet, but I think I could be persuaded to have a couple if I was in the right mood.

It has been years since I have had a maibock. I have been missing out. This is a decent beer that could very well save a rainy day. It is, however, more of a BA beer. I think most of my friends would dismiss it as too sweet. I think I'm going to take it outside and enjoy this overcast, chilly day.

EDIT: I went outside and this beer makes a lot more sense.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is good. It has a bitter musty smell with the addition of light crystal malts. The taste is great. For a higher abv., it goes down smooth and has good flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real sessions beer; a good drinker.

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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 ZAP
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I enjoy quite a bit and this is a pretty solid beer....pours a great looking rich orange...very light lace on top...nose is sweet malt...not much honey on the nose...body is medium...slick and sweet...honey flavors emerge as this warms...a nice dose of maltiness to this as well...has a bit of an alcohol feel to it on the finish..also some hops surprisingly bite on the finish as well....that's a nice touch to the sweet malt load...

This was a beer I anxiously anticipated and I am not disappointed at all...this is a quality beer and a my opinion it falls short of Capital's classic maibock and blonde doppel bock (which for some reason don't garner a lot of support from east or west coast tasters)..I digress...back to this beer...Very good..tasty...well made...I would definitely buy it again....

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Stoudt's Blonde Double MaiBock from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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