Summit Maibock | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit MaibockSummit Maibock

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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

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Added by ADR on 02-09-2002

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Ratings: 469 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Señor Wongs in St Paul.

Appearance: golden clear with decent head retention and nice lacing

Smell: light and a little sweatiness comes through in the back of the nose

Taste: not overly sweet as is expected in a Mai Bock, dry Finnish with an almost cidery after taste

Overall: very nice Mai Bock, and though I am not a Mai Bock fan I could drink this again and again

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Photo of pep
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of MrUse
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first post. Great tasting beer with a kick. This is my first maibock I've tried, and now it is my favorite beer.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.69/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This wonderful elixir pours a deep golden color and has a thin white head that is very sticky. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts , but a distinct spiciness comes through and with the alcohol that comes through it almost has a mellow bourbon like aroma. The flavor is malty and there is a spiciness there too. It is a pretty damn good maibock, by far the best I have ever had. Not a great session beer due to the abv and calories, but it is definitely a good spring treat from Summit.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer is a very nice deep blonde, typical of the style, head was minimal but I bet it was from the restaurant's pouring technique and not the beer itself, will have to pick up a case of bottles to find out for sure.

Aroma: bready and fruity, very nice.

Taste: malt domination all the way as is appropriate for the style, the malt was a bit toastier than most German Maibocks I've sampled, although this departure from style is welcome in my book. nice mild bittering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is med. viscosity and appropriate for style, drinkability is as good as it gets, the ultimate session beer.

Overall, a wonderful brew, summits second best in my opinion. A much welcomed harbinger of spring!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is early February, and 19 degrees as I review this Maibock. So here is to the arrival of spring whenever it may be. This brew pours a clear golden-bronze color. The head is one-finger in height, creamy, solid, and long lasting. The aroma begins with grassy notes and finishes with floral tones. The taste is a lot like the aroma; grassy and floral. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and smooth. Overall, I like this beer a lot. I might even go as far as saying it is Summit's best widely available beer (if only they would bottle the oatmeal stout). It is interesting and to style. However, I have had other maibocks that let the alcohol peak through the flavor and aroma, and enjoyed them a ton. I think this beer would go from being really good to great if the alcohol peaked through a little bit.

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Photo of Graetzj
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if it's just me but this is one of the better looking, tasting, and smelling miabocks I've had.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great example of the style, well made Maibock! Very inoffensive, good level of alcohol.

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Photo of billhelm
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of thebummedgardener
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of lakeviewmike
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of smogfood
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of p-wagz
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Joe_Beer
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold color with a sizable white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells fruity and malty, almost like bubblegum. Very sharp malt flavor, which mixes nicely with the alcohol flavor. Not much in the way of hops, but this stuff is so good, you don't really miss them. I would almost compare this to an IPA with the malt and hops levels switched. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense white head that sticks around. Golden color with great clarity. Smells of malt and yeast dominate. This is what I'd call a malt monster. Not many characteristics coming from hops here. They're just around to subtley balance the huge malt load. The caramel maltiness lingers long after the sip. This beer just has an incredible malt taste without being sweet. I think I'm tasting some belgian malts here too. This beer checks in around 7.5% a/v.

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Photo of Greggy
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very beautiful deep golden color, pretty clear with only the very slightest of sediment, and a nice thick head that slowly recedes leaving some nice lacing.

S- Nice signature Helles smell here. Nice hoppy edge to it but also a great balance of the caramel, bready, biscuity malt.

T- Initially, a nice thicker almost caramel or honey biscuity matliness with a nice hop balance and great dry hop finish some great residual maltiness. This is great.

M- Iniitally, I find the carbonation to be a bit much but it tames down as we get deeper into the beer. As noted, the finish of this beer is very nice.

D- 7% is greatly hidden in this summit Gem. This one is just as good, if not better, in my opinion, than dead guy. I look forward to a few more of these until I run out and have to wait until next year.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden color with a medium off white bubbly head that fades to a small film on beer. Leaves outstanding lace.

S-Sweet malt aroma with earhty hops. Very balanced aroma.

T-Lots of sweet biscuit malts and caramel in the back with soft bitterness for balance. Wow. Slight hops flavor in the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied and very smooth, creamy sweetness coats the mouth well.

D-Very drinkable.

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Photo of Parched
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A Transparent gold

S Taffy with an undercurrent of citrus

T Slight Rio Grande Valley (Texas) orange and I swear a bit of a buttery taste. Appropriately bitter yet malty - the classic tension in beer.

M Very impressive. Thankfully adheres to the Reinheitsgebot. This is the antiCoors.

D This is real beer. I bought a case. Glad my wife drinks only wine.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3-18-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Light golden colored, 1 finger of foam but lots of carbonation was present

S - Hop aroma, light malts with caramel and some hints of spices

T - Caramel malts, hop back bone, not to strong but there

M/D - A really good tasting brew from Summit, it has the right balance of hops and malts to make it a pretty easy and enjoyable brew, glad I have a six pack of this, will get this again and I recommend people trying it that like the style

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Photo of chilidog
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yet another great Summit to be had. Poured into a Summit pint glass via glassware trade, thanks. A good-looking clear copper/bronze appeared with a nice white head and good covering lace. The aroma was sweet & malty. The taste carried that malt theme with notes of toffee backed by a rich alcohol. The hops were faint but a nice spice lingered towards the back. The mouthfeel was great, soft and smooth, a real springtime treat. The drinkability might br alittle sweet for some, but I found it good and rich. The ABV at 7% is a nice bonus as well. A nice all-around beer after a long day or just to relax with.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of Sturgeon
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
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