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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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 208
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Wasn't sure what to expect, I knew it was a little out of date but the 7% ABV would make it last a little longer.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 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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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden color with a thin white head. Smells of spices and hops. Tastes of dry earthy hops, with spices mixed in well. The finish is very bitter, not too bad though, still a crisp refreshing beer that doesn't kill the taste bud but packs a big punch. Try it.

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Photo of thethrone
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours clear gold, with nearly no head. Small amount of visible carbonation. No lacing to speak of.
S - Smell of overripe fruit, honey, malt
T - Almost a wine flavor, with notes of apple, pear, grape. Bitterness to finish.
M - Medium body with some carbon burn toward the end.
D - I was not impressed by this brew. It seems to have an unbalanced sour/bitterness to it. Its possible I got a bad bottle or drank it past it's prime, but it's not a beer I would seek out again.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with a purple label and an illustration of a ram.

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a thick pockey white head that settles quickly. Slow moving carbonation and very little lacing.

Big aroma of German malts, some grassy hops and a hint of hay.

Full bodied beer with a crisp texture.

A nice honey sweetness up front, bready. Aggressive hops, grassy with a metallic twang. Bitterness is pungent and leaves an aftertaste like blue cheese.

Nice Maibock


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Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right from the pour, I could tell this was going to be a fairly thick, slightly syrupy, full bodied beer. It pours a clear, golden, honey, orange color, with a slight white head if you dump the beer into the glass quickly. There isn't much retention or lacing. There is a bit of carbonation for a bock beer, which is a plus. The aroma is not all that pungent or pronounced. I'm getting sweet malts, florals, maybe a touch of orange blossom. For what it is worth, the labeling on the beer has changed.

The taste is quite sweet in the body, some grainy flavors emerge and there is a slightly vinous grape skin tinge to the beer; and then the biting spices come in on the back end. Also present are some citrus notes, and a very peppery bite on the end. The beer is quite oily on the tongue and full bodied. There aren't heaps of hops in this beer, but the spices add the bitterness. The hops are in the noble family. The 7% ABV is pretty well hidden. The thick pour and rich consistency makes this a not-every-down type bock. Watery and thin this is not.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold or dark blonde color with light foam head and small active prickle. Mild grain nose with slight malt hints. Clean attack and grain heavy flavor. Some vague hints of of a macrobrew yet some sour notes toward the finish. A passable yet ordinary or average microbrew. I could see some mass appeal and I can easily envision a cooler full of this being a hit at a barbecue.

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Photo of cthulu81
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, they stopped brewing this tasty little gem in May, so I guess I should put my lazy ass in front of the computer and review the beer before the small remaining supply dries up for the year. I have got to say, I likes what Stoudts does. Blondie here pours a brilliant honey-gold and atop sits a nice, tight little creamy head. She's a lass that's easy on the eyes, but can she hold a decent conversation? Before she opens her mouth though, I get a whiff of her perfume. Sweet, sticky malt and more than a hint of the clover honey they use to brew this seasonal. One sip later and I must confess, there is more going on here than just a pretty face. Fat malt sits on the palate, but it isn't too heavy or syrupy. Just big-boned. A dry bitterness runs down the sides of the tongue, lending a superb drinkablility and it all ends in a nice, honeyed finish that slides quickly down the throat. I can safely attest to having too many of these on several occassions, and though no animals were hurt in the events that followed, many a questionable camera phone picture was taken. So yes, I would say it is very quaffable and will cause your better judgement some problems. All in all, she is a fun girl who will take you for a wild ride given the right conditions.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Best before 7/27/08

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a small white cap of foam. Quickly receding to a slight whispy skim, it leaves small little globs of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of sweet & toasty malt, ripe apple/pear, and some noble hops.

T: Sweet, toasty malt takes the forefront. Along for the ride is sweet apple/pear, white pepper, chocolate, white grape, and some barely lemon-y noble hops.

M: Big, oily, and sweet right off the bat. Slightly peppery during the middle and then sweet, oily, and dry at the finish.

D: The sweet and oily is offset nicely by the dry and peppery. Quite malty and refreshing.

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Photo of Risser09
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet - Best by 7/27/08 - Fridge Temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange and yellow color with a 1.5" off-white head. Plenty of carbonation streams to the top of the beer. Decent retention.

Smell: Wheat, pale malt, yeast. Not much aroma.

Taste: Pale malt, wheat, lemon, minimal hop flavor. Malt backing goes well with a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Slick and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol isn't apparent at all.

Drinkability: Awesome for a summer beer. Not complex but refreshing enough to drink multiples of.

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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 ruckzuck
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear amber with a thick white head which subsided slowly. The head looks so inviting.

S - aromas of fruit and sweet malt dominate. Hints of spice are there as well

T - again, sweet malty goodness reminiscent of honey or caramel balanced out with a slight hop presence. Tiny hints of spice in the aftertaste

M - medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Very creamy going down.

D - this is a really enjoyable beer, especially now that it's warmer outside. It's a bit heavy and strong for a sessionable summer beer, but I could certainly do a few of these sitting in my place with the temperature in the mid-low 70's. Definitely give it a shot. Very inviting and refreshing.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottled chilled into my lager mug.
A - A basic honeyed gold w/ a soapy white cap w/ smooth consistency and a very fine bead. There is a modest amount of lace and its clarity is excellent

S - A mild malt scent w/ hints of pear, subtle hop earthiness and spice w/ hints of golden apples and hints of alcohol

M - A full creamy, grainy feel w/ gentle spiciness and moderate effervescence and a hint of sweetness in the toasty finish

T - The flavor iscrisp w/ more spice like pepper an a bit of honeyed malt flavor w/ hop accents and a slight touch of alcohol backing, not warming, jut mild and the grainy taste is dominant and the gradual fade is dry and the spice note of the hop lingers on.

D - The flavor is full and has the intensity of a substantial Mai bock. The drinkability is good and this is one I would not hesitate to drink more than 1 of. I think I prefer this to the draft version, but both are very nice lagers and are very well made.

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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 number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my contributions to NEPA BC split #14.

Pours a vibrant golden honey color, perfectly clear with two fingers of off-white head. Head recedes slowly and keeps a nice full lace and leaves lots of stick on the sides.

Smells of grain and freshly baked bread, with a touch of honey-like sweetness.

Taste is a bit sweeter than the smell, with honey and caramel flavors, and is quite bready with flavors of fresh grain, as well. Bit of hop bitterness comes to the palate toward the finish. Good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a good crispness, medium bodied.

Very tasty, enjoyable brew that I would certainly have again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle just recently copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, appeljuice colored hue with rising carbonation and a medium-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Thick aroma bursting with malts, honey, and candied sugars...
Taste complemented the smell, with suggestions of caramel, vanilla, candied sugars, florals, honey, and cream...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel and an equally good level of drinkability led to an all-around satisfactory depiction of the style...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of phishgator
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Clear golden color with a nice white head. The carbonation is low even though it is a lager. The aroma is not dominant to any one thing. There is a slight scent of honey or wild flowers. The taste is sweet and malty, but overpowering. There is no balance, but I wouldn't expect there to be for a Mai Bock. The body is a bit thin, ut oh so smooth! The alcohol is well hidden. One that I would recommend.

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Photo of EPseja
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at just under cellar temperature.

A - Beautiful crystal clear liquid gold, with a noisy, rushing swirl of carbonation. Brassy highlights. Head is big bubbled and sandpapery, hanging around for only a short while. Lacing is very sporadic.

S - Sweet, baked breadiness with a fresh, honey sweetness. Kind of like Irish Soda Bread. Very "springy" and light.

T - Sweet, round maltiness right up front that carries all the way through the finish (and unfortunately bringing some cloying). On the way towards the back, it picks up some mild, fruity tart notes and a dusting of hoppy dryness. Alcohol is well concealed. Very full-bodied for such a light taste.

M - Good consistency on the way in, puffing up immediately upon touching the tongue. Foamy swallow and slightly gassy belly feel.

D - Welcome spring! This is a freah, very well made beer that delivers nice body and flavor while remaining relatively light-tasting.

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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 Bierfreund
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is Bealtainne, so my wife suggested this beer (as one of two) for our Holiday Feast. Thanks to the NEPA beerclub (founded by BA member number1bum) we got this interesting brew in the trade of last week.

Pours deeply yellow into glass mug, thick white head stayed for quite a while, but eventually desolved into foamy thick pieces.

Not much lacing here.

Greets with a fruity note, a fresh smell.

First taste is tangy, prickly, quite hoppy. Alcohol came through with third or fourth taste.

Creamy mouthfeel, but not thick.

Aftertaste is slightly bitter, as it is supposed to be.

We guesstimated this beer has an alcohol Vol. of about 6 or 7 %, but we could not verify that, since it seems not common on american bottles to give that information.

Actually, this was our veryfirst NON-german bockbeer, and we were both positively surprised that this kind of beer can successfully be made outside of Germany.
This is actually a very good beer, and we will have it again soon!

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

Another beer thanks to number1bum, you're such a PA beer slut, but I totally mean that in a good way.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

'Tis the season for delicious maibock's, let's do this!

Pours a very light clear copper hue with a puffy finger and a half off-white head that slowly fades to a thin layer of goodness. Bubbles race each other to the top of the glass, get in my belly. Chunky webbing left on the sides of the glass, I love it. Smell is pretty earthy to begin with, but the sweet caramel malt eventually emerges. Some grassy hops and sweet honey tickle the nose as well. Taste is a bit dirty up front with a some pepper and caramel malt. Some buttered biscuits and earthy hops midway that lead to the bready apple aftertaste. Medium body and a chewy feel with a soft carbonation. Very good representation of the style, I really wish more breweries would give maibocks a shot. Thanks Josh, the Scratch #8 awaits.

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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 lvbs
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the three maibocks our group has tasted so far, this was by far the favorite, easily beating out the Golden Fleece (which was too malty) and the Dead Guy (which we still don't believe is a maibock in any but the most technical sense).

People enjoyed the verdant, springy aroma and taste. They thought the beer was a solidly drinkable one, even if some complained that it was "missing something" in the way of being a complete success.

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Photo of sleazo
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_pours a slightly dark golden hue with a creamy off white head. This leaves concentric circles all around the glass.

S_slightly sweet aroma mild effect.

T_sweetish up front with a bit of alcohol. This is followed up by a bit of toastedness. hops are mild but this does not veer too much in the sweet direction.

M_sligthtly syrupy. Low carbonation.

D_This is a nice spring beer when the weather is slightly chilly at night. The toasted malt is a nice effect and cuts through the sweet edge.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dirty blonde-orange with a light fluffy white head that quickly faded.

S: some light honey sweetness, bread, and lemons.

T: For flavor there was a nice malty sweetness combined with the honey that was balanced quite well with a medium bitterness of hops in the fade. There was a slight fruitiness (pears, apples) as well in the middle of the palate.

M: moderate though felt a little over carbonated and coarse per style.

D: Overall drinkability was ok, a tad bit over carbonated and a little coarse around the edges distracts from enjoyment.

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Stoudt's Blonde Double MaiBock from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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