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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #128
Ranked #42,498
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Notes: This traditional German style earned the nickname “liquid bread” because it was brewed by Paulaner monks in Bavaria to help them get through Lenten fasting. Moravian 37 malts and Czech Saaz hops give it a toasted sweetness with a little spice in the finish. Available in 12-oz. cans and bottles in the Spring.
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, burnt orange color slightly hazy. A thin, off-white, creamy head. Not much carbonation.
Smells of nice carmel malt and spuce. Slight hop and pepper.
Wonderful combination of sweet and toasted carmel malt with German hop. Plenty of both. Plenty of Breadiness. Great simple tase that allows for only taste of the exact style. The Germanhop finish reminds you of what this is supposed to be. Wonderful, underrated maibock-

Jul 05, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a vintage hollow-stemmed goblet. Clear light copper-amber color, with a tentative pour yielding two fingers of fluffy white head that left some spotty lacing. Pleasant aromas and flavors of bready malt, with notes of light toffee and hints of tart apple and grassy and herbal hops. Medium bodied, with some nice, spicy hop bitterness and a little sticky sweetness on the finish. I'm no expert, but this seems to be right on point for the style. I do know that it is delicious and an excellent food beer. Definitely worth seeking out.

May 27, 2019
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ty_in_ND from North Dakota

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can that I got from the earliest batch of 2019 (bought in the middle of March). Poured into a pilsner glass.

L - Pours a nice amber color. 1.5 fingers of thick off-white head that lingered well into the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Decent amount of floral hops. No strong grain/malt smell.

T - Floral, spicy hop forward with a faint malty sweetness at finish. Good balance of bitterness-to-maltiness. No alcohol flavors, despite being on the stonger side.

F - Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Finishes clean and dry. Very refreshing.

O - If you can find it, pick up a case. In my opinion, it might be a touch more hop forward than I would like in an ideal maibock, but it's definitely not uncharacteristically hoppy. It's a solid beer!

Mar 17, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. I can't read the stamped dating on the label, but this is from the 2019 release batch.
Clear deep gold/pale amber colored body. Bottle pour resulted in a thin off white cap, which recedes but sticks around as a small island and bubble fed ring. Almost all of the lacing generated by each sip slides back down into the body.
Aroma is subtle but gives off a smell of bready malt and some malt sweetness.
Taste is lightly toasted malts, some dry yeast, and quite a bit of spicy hops at the end. Slightly sweet then bitter.
Medium mouth feel and refreshing. Good carbonation.
This beer provides the experience of drinking "food". Full of bready malts and then the spicy kick at the end.

Mar 09, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maibock pours a copper color, lots of bubbles, with a long lasting and lacing bubbly head. Aroma is pretty neutral, hints of smokey malts. Flavor is crisp, strong, warm malty flavors, and a buttery finish. Good body and feel. Overall, a very very good maibock.

Jul 10, 2018
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow with no real head and minimal lacing. Smell is yeast and more yeast. Taste is yeastiness followed by a more mild breadiness. Taste is crisp but refreshing and not too dry. Could really dig this as an everyday beer in the early spring, or if I were drinking several in a row outside. Look forward to drinking again someday, outside with good company.

Feb 23, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had this when I was out in Milwaukee (2001-2005). Pours a dull golden with 2/3" white head, impressive retention. Aroma was grain. There was a smattering of hops to it.

Taste was similar to Rogue's dead guy. A mild hopping alongside a doughy malt biscuit underneath it. Carbonation is above average. A sourdough like lemon bread kind of feeling. More bitter than I thought about this style, but these are consistently more bitter than others. The ibu levels are probably between 30-40. I dunno, seems pretty much normal aside from the high carbonation. Big whoop.

Jan 22, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale gold with an average head. The aroma features biscuit and pizza crust malt, with springy, spicy hops, leafy greens, and just a touch of sweetness. The flavor follows the aroma, with biscuit malts dominant, as well as a aura of spicy hops, and a clean, very mild caramel sweetness. There is a crisp, almost vinous quality to the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this is a lovely and balanced beer that is both easy drinking and intriguing.

Apr 30, 2017
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- deep golden, clear, 3 finger head after staggered aggressive pour, receded to about 1 finger. Head is soft and pillowy

Aroma- starts sweet and breadth, blended with sharp floral hops. Hard to tell where one ends and the other begins

Taste- follows the nose, very full and rich sweet breadiness to start blending seamlessly into floral hops w/moderate bitterness. Slight lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- medium body, super creamy texture that coats the mouth.

Overall- excellent beer. I will definitely get this one again.

Mar 15, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 9/16/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Some apricot/apple fruitiness as it warms. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A little too yeasty/fruity, but not overwhelming. Taste of big honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and flora/grassy/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Nicely clean on lager flavors; with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.7%. Overall this is a very good helles bock. All around nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and quite refreshing to drink. Really well done for the style. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 14, 2017
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This Maibock has a nice malty taste mixed with its rich, bread notes. It's smooth, but not otherwise distinct. It's rich for just a second before it kind of...fades away into malt.

Jul 04, 2016
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Comes in a six-pack.

L - deep amber color with hints of brown. Almost crystal clear. Nicely formed head with a nice layer of foam on top. Lacing gently sloping up the glass. Quite bubbly.

S - caramel, french toast, dried fruit (bananas), cross between malty pilsner and a marzen. Bananas could be from the german yeast.

T - toasted malt, caramel, lemon zest bitterness on the tongue. Not too bold but love the subtle hop character.

F - super easy to drink. Watery but almost syrupy feel, like a real German Marzen. Slightly bubbly mouthfeel, caramel malt taste cuts through nice.

O - I craze this beer all year long. Super underrated by BA's standards. So malty and toasty. The perfect pretzel beer.

Apr 27, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, yellow, with a thick, foamy white head. Good head retention and lacing left behind. Banana, clove, and yeast team up to make a simplistic, but great aroma. Tastes like straight forward beer - biscuit malts, yeast, with some mild banana notes in there. Easy going, but no frills mouth feel. Overall, a great rendition of beer. Simplistic. It just works.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Apr 10, 2016
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color, lots of carbonation bubbling up in the Pilsener glass. (A Pilsener glass is ideal for showing off the great look of this German-style lager.) Tall, white, thick creamy-looking head. Recedes slowly leaving thick lacing. Sweet-smelling bready, some spice, fruit aroma. Substantial mouth feel. Initial taste is bread and fruit, not too sweet, plenty of body, very slight bitter in the finish. Smooth and creamy, yet a crispness to it as well. This is very nice... not sure what a Maibock is supposed to be, but I like this one. It has the malt you'd expect, with a complexity in the spice, fruit, and doughyiness that remains in the mouth, a creamy body and feel, and a slight touch of bitterness to finish it off. Recommended.

Mar 20, 2016
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a rich, clear golden amber. A very pretty beer, with good head and pleasant malt aromas. Taste is very German, with well balanced barley and mildly assertive hops playing a supporting role. Very nice body and carbonation, and slightly sweet, high drinkable. A well-crafted beer from Summit. Bottle has a cryptic date code, but is clearly labeled "Enjoy by 6/25/16", so we are guessing it is fresh. (14 March)

Mar 14, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper gold under a 1” fluffy and clingy white foam collar that produces thick lace. S: Bread and spice. T: White bread and a little darker bread crust, grain and hop spice with a moderate bitterness. F: medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy, O: Worth a repeat – the creaminess and the malt balance the hops well.

Aug 12, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the MSP airport into a shaker

this is an old standby, along with the EPA, Great Norther Porter, Pils, and others from Summit. Pretty prickly and hoppy for the style, with some orchard fruit notes and lots of sweet honey malts as well. On the substantial and full-bodied side of the style. Not top of the line, but still appreciated.

May 09, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks : This beer pours a slightly hazy, golden wheat field colored body, with a pillowy cap about 2 fingers tall and receding. Very light flecks of lace remain on the sides as the tower falls.

Smells : I smell fresh grain - wheat, ethanol, barley. There's a faint sweetness from an orange, and maybe a darker fruit like a plum. An oaky wooden smell also lingers and finishes off the nose with a sweet, woody aroma. (Later on the smell takes on an antiseptic quality.)

Tastes : A definite peely hop punch out front, but then a mixture of sweet amber malts and light fruits swirls in and balances everything out. The hop wins the wrestling match though - and it ends slightly dirty and hoppy. It's definitely got Bock character, with hints of amber and toasted grain, but also incorporates blonde pale ale characteristics - so in essence by flavor, it is really true to its name.

Mouthfeel : buzzing and alive, wet, ending starchy and dry.

Overall : it's not my bag really but it's a good beer. A touch too hoppy for me but it's still true to style. I'm not sorry I tried this, it's worth a shot if you like bocks and blonde pales and want to mix it up a bit.

Mar 13, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer is a deep gold color with some cloudiness, a little chill haze but more to it than that. The head is a nice, strong, fluffy pillow that takes time to drop lower than one finger and never very low, laying down strips of broken sheeting on the walls of the glass to about halfway down, where it breaks up a bit.
The malt base is strong in this beer, and it's a sweet one. The main element is a fruity sort of aroma and flavor as esters, malts and yeast work to bring more sweetness than anything with a mix of tropical fruits, citrus and honey, with maybe some biscuit behind it. Hops are very mild, offering just a hint of grass and leaf.
The body is a sturdy one, a medium that isn't too heavy for the style and offers a nice, less than overbearing thickness off a fluffy carbonation that seems to lighten it one the tongue without taking from the body. It has a very nice balance of smoothness and crispness, both of which remain strong.

Sep 17, 2014
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scratch69 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-yellow color with a fingers worth of head. The head lingers for a little head then gradually fades to a thin cap. Fair amount of foamy lacing.

Smell- Biscuit and grain aroma with some grassy hop smells as well.

Taste- Biscuity malt flavor with some grassy and earthy hops for balance. Slight honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very good beer and very enjoyable. This may become one of my go-to spring beers.

May 17, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a ping glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a thick two finger head of a pure white. The head is quite stable, hanging around for quite some time, before eventually fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer big and bready with tons of a doughy smell. Some sweeter aromas of a caramel and toffee nature join the bready aromas. A light bit of graininess as well as some very light hoppy aromas of a grassy and earthy nature are there as well, creating a overall rather smooth bock aroma.

Taste – The taste begins big and doughy with lots of caramel sweetness right from the start. As the taste advances some lighter fruit flavors sweeten the brew even more with tastes of apple and apricot hitting the tongue. While very sweet and bready upfront, the flavor gets even more so on both fronts as the taste moves on to the end. This increase in the two bulk flavors is accompanied by the arrival of some lighter grassy and hay like tastes, which actually very efficiently calm the big sweeter flavors of the brew, and overall complement them very nicely. With the mix of sweet, bready, and light grassy hop flavors that is left on the tongue at the end, a rather pleasant and moderately robust maibock flavor (at least for a 6.5 % abv. brew) is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thick and creamy for a brew of only 6.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thick and creamy body really give this beer a mouth coating feel which highly accentuates the sweeter and doughy flavors of the brew all while the average carbonation level is quite nice for keeping it very easy drinking.

Overall – This was a very big flavored and rather tasty easy drinking maibock at a decent abv. I rather enjoyed this one and would certainly recommend it to others.

Apr 19, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Light amber clean pour. Very sweet caramel malts with mild floral hops in the nose. Taste adds a bready element, caramel still is the runaway star here though. Feel is generally is very bright for style and thin, very smooth and crushable

Apr 12, 2014
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Nugganooch from California

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes from 03/09/14

Thanks to Mid for this

A: Light hazy blonde body with a hint of caramel color. Massive bone white meringue on top. Settles out to a thick halo of suds leaving behind a gorgeous sheet of sticky lace in its wake.

S: Smells of grainy malt and caramel cracker. Wheat or Pilsner perhaps with a touch of honey sweetness. Grassy hops and a few earthy minerals come out in the aromas as well. Nice and clean with some good quality ingredients.

T: Taste is very smooth and balanced all around. Malted grain cracker with some dry grass and earthy hop bitterness. Has a slight Pilsner like quality to it. Hint of honey malt sweetness to the beer and I find the alcohol to be completely incorporated. This bock comes off very well crafted. Very clean, refreshingly crisp, and really well balanced.

M: Smooth and moderate to light body with a nice even level of carb. Touch of peppery bitterness. Nice drying frothiness towards the finish. Ends up a touch on the watery side of things but does not detract from my enjoyment.

D: A very drinkable warm weather bock. Light and crisp with some firm malt presence and nice hop bitterness. Really well done like I am finding most of Summits brews. Without flaw. Would have again.

Mar 27, 2014
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savaship from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cracking open the bottle of Summit's Maibock, I did a straight pour right into a tulip glass. Tulip glasses enhance the aroma and allow ample light in to review color, they are my first choice for reviewing.

The beer was a deep gold color I estimate about 12-14 SRM with a very pleasant floral and malt mix on the aroma, it had a nice 2 finger off-white head that lasted several minutes before falling to a standard ring at the edges of the glass.

I tasted the beer, and what a wonderful balance of what I am pretty sure are Hallertau hops (some of my favorite) and pale malts with a hint of light caramel malts. The balance between the specialty grains, regular malts and hops was exquisite, and pleasantly surprising! It is quite possibly the best balanced beer I've ever tasted.

The feeling in your mouth was wonderful, light and airy with a bit of heft that let you know you were drinking a hearty beer, but it wasn't trying to kill you.

Overall I highly enjoyed this beer, it had a lot of what I love in beers, good specialty malts, great hop selection, and a superb overall job.

Nov 05, 2013
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Pintofbrown from Texas

2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed from notes. Served in a shaker pint.

A foamy, white mass about a half finger in width dies quickly and barely covers the cap of this pale-gold beer.

The smells are clean and include some biscuit malt, sugary sweetness, and a bit of cereal grain.

I am surprised by the herbal and slightly sweet flavors out of the gate. Then comes some cardamom, earthiness, cereal grain, and a little bit of roast on the back end. These flavors are having a hard time meshing for me. I like the effort, just not what these profiles taste like all together.

This is another failing of this beer sadly.. This beer was watery thin, and even a little off putting. The finish is very dry and hard to get through.

Again, the downfall of this beer begins and ends with the mouth feel. It is also disappointing that this beer is entirely too grainy, and not malty enough for a bock.

Nov 04, 2013
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