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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up yesterday to help celebrate the spring. Even though it's been ages since I've reviewed a beer on here, and this isn't my normal style, I do like the challenge of pinpointing this down. The intrigue is drawing me in, even as I slow down to get a feel for this!

This beer had a standard pour - deep amber, a moderate head, and just a touch of lacing to boot. The taste is that of grass, straw, citrus, a hint of apricot, and sourness. I guess the best way I could describe it is a cross between a very crisp pils and a sour Belgian farmhouse Saison. There's lots of European-type hops and bitterness in this, but this never falls flat from start to finish. The mouthfeel is very light as well, but the aftertaste is just a hair too strong for me...

The 7.0% ABV, as many have noted on here, is only a number. I don't feel it at all as I'm enjoying this, since the mouthfeel and taste more than compensate for it. This isn't the best beer I've had lately, but for this time of the year, it fits well. It's lighter, less malty, and not as burnt/caramel as a regular bock. I have yet to sample a bad beer from Stoudt's and this is no exception. I wouldn't recommend this to the novice beer drinker, but for anyone who's got some "palate" under his/her belt, this is a great way to welcome in the warmer weather!

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Photo of umtox
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: An exceptional balance between pale yellow and orange, like orange blossom honey.

S: Very faint, earthy with a touch of citrus. Disappears as head settles

T: Light citrus up front that gives way to increasing bitterness, that tails off at the end. A nice low amplitude roller-coaster

M: Exceptionally crisp

D: The 7% ABV is barely noticed. This is a well balanced beer.

In the tradition of the Mai Bock, this is a perfect beer to be enjoyed in the spring. The herbal-citrus balance is a welcome prompt that a new season is on the way!

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

Served on tap at the Stoudt's restaurant in a stemmed glass.

Yellow gold body with a thick head initially which dissipates to a thin film. Great lace.

Aroma sports a nice sweetness of cooked apples and apple juice. Faint spices, as well as slight alcohol notes.

Flavors of sour fruit with a medium hopping. Crisp citrus lemon bitterness. Spicy dry finish with a yeasty bread aftertaste.

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

On tap at Stoudt's.
Poured a clear golden yellow with creamy white head, good retention and great lacing. Smells of apricots, wheat, honey, spice, grass, and lemon. Tastes of grass mixed with wheat up front with a sweet honey and candied spiced fruit backbone, and a crisp lemon finish. Medium body with good carbonation, sweet and fruity with a nice crisp finish. Flavorful and easy to drink, very refreshing.

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Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel

Fairly hoppy for a Maibock, but still a pretty tasty beer. The aroma has a sweet fruity malt note and the flavor focuses on spicy, ground pepper hops with a light malt balance. There's a semi-dry finish with a medium bitterness. The body was on the light side of medium, and paired with moderate carbonation, made this a very drinkable beer. Try this Maibock if you like Euro hops.

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

a: This was a clear medium copper color. It was served to me in a pint glass with just a little white froth.

s: Some earthy grains, a little citrus hops, and just a hint of alcohol.

t: I was a big fan of the Honey Double Mai Bock that Stoudt's discontinued. I don't like this one quite as much, but it is growing one me. The semi-sweet grainy malts are balanced out by a surprisingly strong biscuity hop bite.

m: Very crisp and refeshing. Gently carbonated.

d: The 7% abv is not noticeable. This is certainly sessionable.

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

On tap at Stoudt's on 4/11/08.

A - Light amber/orange body with one-finger creamy white head that held up really well. Sparse amount of carbonation.

S - Spicy yeast, apricots and some mild citrus fruit. Hops are perfumy and light.

T - Sweet and spicy fruit mixed with perfumy hops. Finish is bready and sweet with a slight bitterness.

M - Very smooth and creamy body with soft carbonation and a touch of heat from the alcohol. Fairly sticky mouthfeel. Pretty thick and syrupy overall.

D - Nice maibock with some sticky bitterness and plenty of sweetness to balance. Well done.

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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 sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge white head on top of a mildly hazy copper body with champagne-like bubbles throughout and excellent lacing left on the glass.
The nost was very subtle, with hints of grass and earthy malt and hops, butter and maybe some citrus.
Sweet malt which was very mild led the taste, but butter, grass and mild hops in there as well.
The mouthfeel was decently sweet throughout, and the very end which left that tongue-coating buttery smoothness indicative of the style.
Overall not too bad at all.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite seasonals from Stoudts. Appearance is red copper with a nice head that stays the entire glass. The smell is very sweet with lots of honey being the dominate flavor. The taste is very earthy with lots of honey at the front and the end. Leaves a sweet taste in your mouth. Mouthfeel is very nice. It is very light for a 7%. It has a nice light to medium body. I love this stuff and will keep drinking it as long as it is out. I will have to get a case the next time I go up. I nice light spring to early summer. Delicious!!!

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Photo of sraimondi
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a NEBCO pint glass.

Nice 3 inch head with some rockiness. Head sticks around for awhile. Some belgian lacing is present.

Color is deep straw and crystal clear. Medium carbonation.

Malt sweetness dominates; I also smell some honey for sure. No hops aroma at all.

The taste is interesting. While there were no perceptible hops in the nose, there is definitely a hop balance in the profile. The honey does hit you initially, maybe too much so. However, the hops make this a very balanced beer in the end. You don't really taste the hops, but they are there; because if they weren't this one would be cloying. Also, the ABV is NOT present at all.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, although this a hint of harshness. This dissipates alot, once you let it warm a bit.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. When I drank my first one, I wasn't sure it was really on style. However, it is a Helles Bock; however a bit unconventional. I'll probably drink this one again.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with just a collar for a head. The aroma is very sulphurous, although there is some mild Vienna malt backing and a hint of berry fruits. On the palate, brisk carbonation and overpowering sulphur, along with fairly robust acidity, combine for an impression that is, overall, unpleasant. Mouthfeel is big and brash, with nothing in the way of subtlety. Things get a bit softer, but no more interesting or well executed, at higher temperatures, but overall I'd have to pass on this one next time.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

A nice golden color an a small white head that just a bit of remains throughout the drink. Lots of carbonation, bubbles continually moving the entire drink.

Smells of honey. Malts and hops also come to the nose.

Up front I taste malt. Next some floral hops fill out the middle. Finishes with a fairly strong honey taste. A well balanced beer.

Very light bodied, well carbonated.

Easy to drink, goes down so quickly. However, I think it is too much honey for me to have a ton of it.

A solid beer.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounces, pouring into a Pilsener glass.

It's an old gold shade with plenty of carbonation going on and an everlasting finger of creamy foam. It looks perfect.

A pleasant sweet bready smell, almost floral. Negligible alcohol presence.

Very malty palate. Honey sweet and viscous. Slight grain husk bitterness. Floral, herbal hops. Still not noticing the alcohol.

I'll have to keep my eye out for more of this stuff, as it was quite tasty. Though, at 7% abv, one shouldn't have more than a few.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light golden in color..absolutely pristine in appearance.
No head odserved.
Smells of bready malts, biscuity quite nice in the nose. Actually detecting some Belgian "twang" in the nose.
Taste is very smooth and full. Malty and very clean. True to style.
Good beer.

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Photo of boelker62
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly diminsihing foamy head into a pilsner glass. Light yellow straw-like hue. Smell has a light sense of a bready malt, with a moderate floral and honey characteristics. A little doughy. Taste is as the aroma, with the very nice, style and season appropriate warm of alcohol, which is nticeable, but that's what an early bock is to be, imo. I have purchased a couple cases of this over the last year, and it has always seemed consistent from first to last. It is a great beer to take down the shore and drink on a cool, late spring night.


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Photo of mobud
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Dark straw with white head that goes away quickly.

S- Nice balance between the malt and hops with a grassy nose and a light alcohol smell.

T- The thing that gets me the most is the alcohol taste. The malt is there and a little hops; but the alcohol element wins in the end.

M- Medium and smooth with a light aftertaste.

D- A good beer from Stoudts. Another beer from them that I am sure would be worlds better fresh ontap at the brewery.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stoudt's- Blonde Double Maibock

Appearance- Golden brown with a thin non lacing head.
Smell- Malt, hay, and alcohol.
Taste- A syrupy caramel like malt with a touch of licorice and alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and slighty cloying up front mild bitterness in the end. Alcohol present throughout.

Overall- Flavor was subdued and just wasn't exciting. Strong alc. content in this.

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

A- transparent pale amber body with bubbles rising to the top. Pours with a thin white head. Head fads quickly and leaves nothing.

S- Strong caramel malt smell with faint smells of hops. Warm and welcoming.

T- Sweet candy-like caramel malt up front with soft hop background. Clean hop finish. Soft hops and sugary malt remain.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. The carbonation masks the initial flavor.

D- Drinkable, decent beer overall. The alcohol is undetectable and that makes this a very drinkable brew.

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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 shertz
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated best before 7/21/07 poured into Pint glass

A- Nice golden color with tons of tiny bubbles rushing towards the top. One finger head dissipates into just a coating quickly. Some lacing throughout.

S-Sweet smell, almost brown sugar like. Also strong hints of malts.

T- Hoppy start but dry, alcoholic finish. Can't seem to find that sweet smell. Almost a burning aftertaste. Seems stronger than 7%ABV. Not what I expected.

M- Thin and carbonated, very carbonated. Nice on a hot day.

D- At 7%, you could certainly drink a few. But it still seems stronger to me. Not one of my favorites from a good brewer.


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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped cap best by 7/21/07.

Golden to light amber in color,clear with a 2' white creamy head,good retention. Very lively looking beer large soda like bubbles coat the bottom of the glass with tiny bubbles streaming towards the surface,looks a bit champagne like. A fun beer just to watch

Clean,very fruity aroma,bit of an apple wine like aroma,flowery,with a delicate sweet honey-like malt nose.

Clean,sugary maltiness with some honey flavors and a slight tinge of alcohol. Grassy/straw like tastes with a green apple taste.
Finishes very dry and sweet with some light booziness. Had to keep reminding myself I was drinking beer not wine. Good pleasing taste was a bit suprized by the taste, just not what I expected,but it was enjoyable.

Light,smooth,just a slight bit watery,I expected it to have a bit more body. Very easy drinking,could drink a few of these,just not all night. A beer worth a try,would be a good beer for a wine drinker.

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Photo of phisig137
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/28/07. Pours a crystal clear 24 karat gold color with a one finger head. Poor retention leaves behind absolutely nothing in the glass. Looks "Fizzy and yellow". Very short shelf life makes me wonder if this is last years release.

Aroma is fairly mild. Raw grain, fresh baked bread, bread yeast, and a touch of solvent alcohol.

On the palate, this is much the same. Dominated by raw grain flavors and bread yeast. Kinda like a continental lager turned up to 11. Clean ferment though, with very few flaws. Smooth, chewy body, and a well hidden alcohol make this pretty drinkable.

Overall, a decent Maibock, from a brewery that I think makes some great beers, and some relatively poor beers. This one is pretty good. Pretty spot on for the style, I'd say this is definitely worth a try if you're a Helles fan.

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Photo of blakesell
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Ommegang Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Golden light texture with a medium sided head off a rough pour. Very little lacing.

Smell- Mild levels of malt with much alcohol scent forcing it's way thru.

Taste- Spicy malt sweetness with a slightly thick finish. Tastes more alcoholic than it is at 7.0%.

Drinkability - I could drink one or two of these, but no way would I do an entire six pack. The beer itself is solid, but nowhere near my loaf of bread. It's the first time I would call the malt character 'harsh'

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 7/21/07. Very clear, brilliant gold in color. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Thick white foamy head, which held together well. Nice patches of lace left on the sides of the glass.

Bready malt in the nose, slightly earthy and floral hops. Keeping it simple.

Nice sweet, bready malt flavor, with a bit of spices in the back. A bit earthy at the end, but still managed to be pretty clean. Lingering floral bitterness, but well balanced.

Good body, and appropriate carbonation. Very easy to drink, flavorful, and enjoyable.

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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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