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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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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 THSdrummer
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of MNAle
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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)

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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 Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 Pintofbrown
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, this was a very nice, characterful, highly drinkable maibock if nothing really exciting.

Deep gold, it had a medium big, creamy off-white head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and leaving a little lace. It looked good.

Aroma was raisiny grain, hay, hints of herb - a mild but nice, solid maibock type.

Taste was a creamy grain and raisiny sweetness, very lightly toasty, light but firm grassy-spicy bitterness, very faintly herbal, with raisiny bready aftertaste. Feel was nice and creamy.

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Photo of draheim
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass @ MSP. Pours a clear golden color w/ a thin white head.

Aroma is gently floral and grainy.

Taste follows nose. Old-world hops, pilsner malt (or something similar), clean water. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, refreshing.

Overall an easy drinking summer beer. Nothing amazing, but good enough for a layover on my way home.

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Photo of tito42
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint.

A: Hazy wheat to lemon yellow with a foamy stark white head. A decent amount of carbonation. A good looking maibock.

S: Malt, candy sugar, grassy hops.

T: Strong malt presence with a nice hops finish, but sickly sweet in the middle. Lemon peel, grassy hops, and some other notes that would be pleasant were it not for a cloying sweetness.

M: Rather chunky and thick. Decent hops finish but there is almost a residue left on your tongue so you don't really get to enjoy it.

O: Good-looking maibock that doesn't quite deliver in other categories. I greatly prefer Boss Tom's from Boulevard here in KC.

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Photo of RonKoch
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasing start to spring. The weather forecasts here in Iowa are promising highs near 50. I watched my kids color Easter eggs while I sipped this Maibock.

The only reason I mark this down a little is that the bitterness surprised me. I didn't expect so much hops in this style. Nevertheless, I will probably drink this again.

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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 TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, rich, white head that has good persistence and surprising lacing. Sweet malt and floral hops in the nose. Slightly hazed, straw color. Starts off with a touch of grainy hop bitterness, sweet malt, and that distinctive boozey blend of malt and hop. About the middle, the hops start to disappear as the malt takes center stage. As the finish comes and lingers, the hops are still there in their grainy/floral blend, with the malt peeking out.

Not bad at all. A touch hoppier than I like in the style, but very well done, and still quite fantastic.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Clear pale yellow with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted several minutes. Very nice lacing.

S: Grain, citrus, grass.

T: Light sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Toasted malt, and mild citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: This beer looks really nice, but the nose and tastes are somewhat uninteresting.

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Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent orange-straw colored lager with ample head and plenty of lacing.

Fruit, floral aroma from the hops and mild grain aroma from the malts. Not overpowering and well balanced.

Solid malt backbone with grainy, bread-like flavors and mild honey sweetness. Hop bitterness is well pronounced with lemon and orange rind. Descent balance with bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a sharp, snappy carbonation. Smooth in the beginning and drying in the finish.

Good brew. Lots of complexities and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. Slightly aggressive pour gave way to a generous white two finger head. However, that dissipated quickly.

Appearance: Light copper/pale in color. Transparent, no sediment.

Aroma: Big rush of yeast in the nose. Slight pale malt in the background. Not completely appetizing but not a turn off.

Taste: Better than it smells. The yeast from the aroma mix with a slight hop bite for an almost thiirst quenching experience. The malt is present more in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: The first half is sharp from the carbonation but smooths out in the second half. The drinkability is pretty high.

Overall: This is a seasonal beer from Summit and come next spring I'll probably go for it again at least once. Definitely a far cry from your typical macro lager, but nothing to write home about. At 6.7 abv it's no session beer, but drinks like one. Would pair nice with a salad or chicken entree.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, foamy head. The tan foam left very little lacing.

S - It smelled fairly malty with sweet caramel notes. It had a slightly floral aroma, too.

T - Sweet with caramel and toffee. Tasted of bread crust with a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a nice maibock. Another solid seasonal offering from Summit.

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