Maple Bock
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Style:
German Bock
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 13.4%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
173
From:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  19
Gots
  15
SCORE
84
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Reviews by gonuts31:
Photo of gonuts31
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Hinterland. This is by far my favorite seasonal they offer. 16oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a foamy head. Looks great and leaves a nice lacing on the glass
Smell: Was expecting a blast of maple syrupy smell, but instead its rich, smoky, and subtly sweet instead. No complaints because I was hoping it wouldnt be like drinking a bottle of maple syrup. Apparently this is brewed using maple syrup made by the brewery, which is a bonus.
Taste: Spot on. The "maple" isn't necessarily a syrupy taste, but again, more of a smoky, wood flavor that the syrup might have been stored in. Real maple syrup isn't like the Aunt Jemimi you get off the grocery store shelves. This tastes more like real maple syrup you would get off a farm.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Just as you would imagine a beer like this should be. I hate when a beer tastes great, but the mouthfeel doesn't match the taste characteristics. This beer pulls it off flawlessly.

Overall: Again, another spot on brew by Hinterland. I've heard they might offer this in a barrel aged and I can't wait to check that out.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle shared with my mom.

Appearance: beautiful deep amber, robust head up front slowly dissipates, fine lacing.

Smell: big medium-weight maltiness, molasses, no notable hop characteristic. No maple that I can detect.

Taste: more of the maltiness, hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: outrageously smooth, creamy carbonation. Like a silk pillow for my tongue.

Overall: nice, drinkable beer. Jeez, I just now looked at the ABV. This could be a troublesome beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- pours a dark copper, 2 finger tan head. Some lacing that resides quickly.

S- toasted malts, slight smoke, maple syrup

T- sweet toasted malts, some smoke, just a hint of vanilla. Maple syrup comes through more as the beer warms.

M- medium body with a lighter carbonation feel. Easy drinking beer with nice crispness at the finish.

O- liked this beer but nothing outstanding. Not sure if I would by again, but would drink again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange. "Beer brewed with maple syrup" no date or additional info.

A - The moderate pour from the bottle like a tapped tree gave way to short-lived but beautiful cascading and a thick two-finger tan head. Moderate retention and thick lace coat the glass above the black beer. Holding it up to the light reveals the color to be a dark but clear bronzed mahogany.

S - Maple wood and smooth sweetness open up the aroma of Maple Bock nicely. Toasted but sweet Vienna and caramel malts hold the fort as a lingering smoke note wafts in from the open-flame boiling of the syrup. Light notes of earthy hops compliment the heavily malted aroma. No real maple syrup comes through, but wasn't meant to. It was added, mainly, for the fermentable sugars. It's fantastic for a traditional bock, which is what was aimed for.

T - The entry is smooth with a mellow malty and maple syrup sweetness that balances nicely but the malts come off much more roasted in the flavor. This imparts a rough dry cocoa-like flavor and texture to the finish. An earthy, dirty, rustic profile is added from the maple syrup and earthy hops. While there is sweetness present, the balance is definitely dry and earthy-heavy.

M - Smooth and supple starting out, this medium-full-bodied bock edges a little too far towards a harsh dry finish for both the style and for my taste. Moderate carbonation follow-through.

D - While I knew not to expect actual maple syrup in the aroma and flavor, I continued to desire it, but that didn't keep me from enjoying this new Hinterland brew. It never gets over-the-top or too unbalanced in any way but I'd be hard-pressed to jump right into a second pint of it without something lighter to swig.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ahalloin for this one.

A: Dark crimson body, little lacing and ring of head.

S: A burnt very German barley malt character with a tinge of brown sugar on top (maple?). Some plum like smells as well as maybe a berry aroma.

T: Nice taste of a solid bock with extra choclatey malt and brown sugar. Not a definitive maple taste in there to me, but has a nice taste overall like eating a hearty chocolate cake.

M: A little thin and small carbonation.

D: Not bad overall, an interesting beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cola brown rimmed by a thin brown collar.

S: A big whiff yields rich chocolate and caramel malts as well as some herbal/hay-like attributes.

T: Wasn’t quite sure if the herbal scents were actually hops or something else, but the flavor confirmed my suspicions. Starts out surprisingly bitter, transitioning into coffee and chocolate flavors. Bitterness easily overshadows what little sweetness the maple might have contributed. Finish is long and heavy on the roasted malt.

M: Smooth slick body with a bone dry finish. Moderately carbonated, yet feels pretty snappy.

Maple wasn’t too apparent for me in the flavor, although its effects were noticeable in the mouthfeel. I’m wondering if this was a sweeter beer when released in the spring (early summer?). It was also hopped a bit more heavily than I’ve previously experienced in the style. Still, all things considered, a tasty option.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle (overpaid) for $3.99 at Vintage Estates.

A - Looks more like a porter than a bock. Deep black with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - Initial smell is sweet with workings of bock tones. Biscuit malts, mild hops, and some sweet malts which I assume is maple but very faint.

T - Wow despite of all the reviews I can't believe how medical hopped this is! Borderline acidic I get very little bock tones maybe some roast or biscuit. Maple flavors do prove some sweetness but it is again faint.

M - Medium bodied and again acidic. Kind of hard to drink.

Overall I wouldn't consider this a maple beer or even a bock since I got mostly roast I consider it mainly a porter. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sugar Maple. Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Dark brown nearing black. About a finger of dark tan head. Tiny bit of lace. Decent retention.

S:Sweet dark fruits. Hints of caramel, chocolate, coffee, roast nuts and brown sugar.

T: Much more coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Mild hop bite, dark fruit and maple nut. I was dreaming of maple syrup. Sadly I was a bit let down.

M: Smooth rich body. Mild carbonation.

D: I love bocks and this one does not disappoint. I wanted more maple but I'm not complaining. Very tasty.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz bottle poured into imperial pint.

A- Pours a deep cola brown with a decent one finger head. The head dies down quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Some nice malts and maple with a hint of black licorice. A little bit of sugary sweetness to go along with a small dose of hops.

T- The malts and black licorice are picked up right away. There is less maple than I had anticipated and a touch of tobacco.

M- Medium bodied but feels as if it is flat but that doesn't detour me much. A little watery on the finish.

D- I was excited to hear about this beer but upon tasting it, I was a little let down that the maple flavor wasn't stronger. Still a good offering but if you are looking for more maple, look elsewhere.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maple Bock pours a black color with a small white creamy head. There is a smokey sweet like aroma. The taste has a nice burnt malty taste, with just hints of a sweet maple. Good full flavor, nice dry bitterness at the end. Overall a very nice bock, full flavors, nice blend of syrup.

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Photo of aparoche
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle from my buddy. This beer pours great into a pint glass. Looks and smells amazing. This beer will pour with a thick and creamy head. It looks beautiful. I was expecting more of a maple syrup taste since it is in the name but they definitely don't overdo it. The mouthfeel is just how it looks - thick and creamy. This is hands-down the best bock I have ever drank. The maple taste is there but it is not overdone and is in the background. If you see this beer at your local liquor store, it is a must-buy if you like bocks.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MarkFy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of murraymj
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JackieTH
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strikingly dark hazy mahogany with a half finger of tan foam that sticks to the side of the glass leaving fits of lace and rings. Smells distinctly and deliciously of maple with a complimentary underpinning of biscuit malt. Very nice. The maple element isn't nearly as apparent in the taste. There is a slight maple vein in waht is mostly a biscuit, bready, slightly caramel malt base. Slightly sweet but finishes mostly clean but somewhat acidic. Medium body, low carbonation. Good drinking beer, wish it had more maple.

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Photo of innersanctum
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had all sorts of anxiety before opening this bottle; how much maple would there be, does the maple over power this lager, is the APV too high oh lord?

It looked good in my snifter, a slick black brew with minimal head which disipated fast, but, I'd just poured it after walking in from a January night dog walk. Was my nose too stuffed up to appreciate the bouquet? In fact it wasn't. There are faint hints of a roasty stout, but that's it, faint hints. There is a light lingering hop after taste, but let me emphasize 'light'. After a while this opened up to some more flavors but beyond that there was not much to taste from this Maple Bock, not even the maple! This was a let down from Hinterland, but not all was lost with a steal of a purchase at $3 for a single pint bottle from Armanetti's on Lincoln.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beesy
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

A - one of the most beautiful beers I've seen in a long time. A gorgeous deep mahagony with a 2.5 finger medium kahki head.

S - chocolate with lots of yeast fruitiness. Almost stouty in the nose

T - one of the biggest letdowns is the lack of maple flavor, but it's not the first time advertised maple has been a letdown - I think the only place it's ever beer apparent is with the Founders maple bourbon barrel aged beers, which imparts just the smallest notes. Very malty side with some victory or biscuit coming through in the mid to late palate. I'm not a big bock drinker, but lots of the same malt and yeast notes found in Fat Tire. +1 to their marketing dept to get me to buy this. No hops to speak of.

M - more body here than I was expecting. Not a lot of sweetness from it, but more than likely the result of the yeast uses and the maltiness.

D - low for me. A little on the thick side without the flavor notes I was looking forward to.

Overall, not a bad beer. I'd call it borderline better than average/good. With this style, there is such a range of interpretations, it's hard to know what you're getting into. I think an extra hop flavor charge and maybe some low degree crystal malts may help balance this a little bit, paired with a lower ferment temp, or maybe changing yeast up.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Maple Bock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 173 ratings