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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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +38.1%
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 RushLimbmalt
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
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 +25.7%
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 +25.1%
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 TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 +22.4%
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 +22.1%
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 +20.2%
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 +19.6%
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 +19.3%
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 +18.8%
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 +18.8%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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 savaship
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gold color, initial smell was almost of yeast. Taste of strong malt and hops, the feel was almost a bit spicy, and yes, mentioned already, but hoppy on the palate. A very filling and warming brew.

Notes. Tasted at the Summit brewery, I tried 2 of these, and it's obvious, Summit beers are simply put "hoppy", but wonderful tasting, this is a great beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with really good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Some pils malt, bread, and biscuit. Some hops in the nose. A light citrus aroma and some bitterness lingers.
T: Lots of dry biscuit malts up front. Grain and cereal flavors. A substantial hop flavor comes in next. Citrus, grassy, floral. Plenty of lingering bitterness. I love the bright hop finish.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Very clean, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I finished my pint without a problem, and could have had several more without a thought.

A great lager and Maibock. At first, this was just a standard lager, but lots of subtle nuances come out as this breaths and warms up. Excellent, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, copper/orange color . 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of hop, caramel malt, hint of yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, hint of floral, and pale malt. Overall, a good body, blend, aroma, and feel.

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Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am relatively new to maibocks. this one really pleased me. nice medium color. poured a nice head and carbonation into the glass. nice hop aroma. it tasted quite yummy with a good malt and hop combination. i bought a sixer of this and i will enjoy 2 more tonight!

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of ThickestHead
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Looks a clean golden amber with a fat, fluffy head that drapes its lace around the glass.
Smells of caramel malt and a hint of alcohol.
Well carbonated and doesn't let the hops and malts stick around too long so you are ready for another taste.
Tastes of toasted malts that take over the hops present, but both are there in ample quantities.
This is one of my favorite brews from Summit. I love it when it is that time of the year for it to come around and I stock up on it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Maibocks and will take any opportunity to try a new one. Thanks to BDLBrewster for this bottle.

Poured a fluffy, lasting head, which draped ribbons of lace around the glass. Color exhibits a nice coppery glow.

Aroma is wet hay, pale grain, butterscotch, steamed veggies, pilsner malts, light hops.

It's the flavor that counts most (I consider flavor way more than 40% of the overall experience) and this one delivers. Big tight ball of butter-rum, butterscotch, gobs of fresh-baked white bread, honey, pear and apple; grassy, pilsner-ish hops; and that distinctive lager yeast character, especially toward the finish, where some mead-like flavors reappear. Alcohol is present and simply adds to the flavor; it in no way masks the other, more desirable flavors on offer.

Feels round and slick, with a medium body that holds up well to the big flavor.

Maibocks are clean, flavorful and distinctive, and Summit's version is all that. Totally delicious.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden orange with a dense cream-colored head. The aroma consists of a light lemony twang with an earthy grain scent peeping its head. The first taste reveals a sharp bite of carbonation and hops and tapers into a nice ashy malt and light alcohol on the tail. It is light to medium bodied and finishes just a little on the dry side. A very solid tasty brew IMHO! Thanks to budgood1! Cheers!

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body, topped with a one and a half finger head of white foam. The head exhibits good retention and leaves behind nice, thick lace as it settles.

S - A surprisingly hop oriented aroma with lots of musty, spicy continental hop character. Lots of toasty malt sweetness as well with notes of bread and toffee.

T - Sweet, toasty malt up front. Lots of bready flavor with light, spicy hops. The hop character becomes more bold in the middle with spicy notes and some musty, almost British character. Finishes with a great deal of dry toasted grain and significant balancing bitterness. Lingering earthy hops and perhaps even a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A very well balanced and drinkable Maibock with a pleasant emphasis on its striking noble hop character. There is also lots of malt character present in this beer to balance out the hops, and while it doesn't finish sweet it is well balanced and manages to avoid the cloying, burnt toast character that some other dry amber beers can leave on the palate. This is not a beer that stands out on the shelf, but it is a very nice, drinkable example of its style and is well worth a try.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the light amber brew. Lacing average. Aroma is sweetly of pale/caramel malts. Taste follows the nose, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel and a slight warming during and after the swallow. It's got substance, some abv punch, yet remains imminently drinkable, just like a Maibock should be. Nice one...

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Photo of Tballz420
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden colored brew with lots o' little bubbles in the body. Foamy white head that disappears fairly quickly. Sweet malts are the scent, with a grainy backing. That pretty much goes for the taste as well, sweet grainy flavor. Some hop spice, along with some alcohol spice. This is a mighty fine brew.

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Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this is my favorite Summit offering to date. Appearance is good with a lot of head and very good lacing. Smell is quite good as well, noticable hops, but not overpowering. Light on malt.
Taste is also quite good as well. The hops really come through here, with several different types.
Mouthfeel is a bit light.
Drinkability is very good given the high hop content.

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