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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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 446
Photo of frankiepop
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine beer that I killed in a small matter of time on a hot day, which means we have a real smooth beer. My experience with Summit brews are wonderfully mellow and smoothly textured. Summit is the beer that you bring home to meet your mother. Nice mellow slightly sweet drink.

This beer works well with the German New Age Composer Popol Vuh and his cd 'Aguirre' that is written for the movie 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God' starring the iconic Klaus Kinski and directed by his cohort Herzog. Kindofthe Scorsese Duvall team of Germany.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The color is a bit light for a Maibock (dark yellow, but there's a good level of carbonation producing a nice white head with tight bubbles. There are some nice malty, bready notes on the nose.

The flavor is medium-bodied with a good firm mouthfeel. The flavor is characteristically malty with bready, nutty flavors in the front of the palate and a lemony spiciness at mid-palate from a slight touch of hops. There aren't enough hops to make the beer bitter, just enough to add a bit of spice. The beer is very drinkable and true to the Maibock style.

This is one of the better American Maibocks I've had. For me, the standard is HB Maibock and every one I try is compared to that one. This one is not quite there, as the color is too light, it's not as ``chewey'', and the lemony spice from the hops doesn't compete with the peppery notes you get with HB. Still, this is very good.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Maynard's

Look is light orange-amber, clear with a small yellow-white head with good retention and lacing. Smell is light malt, grain, apples, pears. Taste is crisp crackers, white bread, overripe fruit, apples, pears, oranges. A bitter, fruity finish, medium-light body with ok carbonation. Dry, but not overly so.

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

Clear, deep golden with pocks of white head, leaving little to the imagination.

Grainy malts are foremost on the nose, but not as prominent as you might think. Very subdued, with a bit of floral hops in the background.

While maibock is not my favorite style, for me, this is an especially good interpretation. The malts are sweet to style, but not so overly sweet that it's overbearing. There's some citrus here too - grapefruit, coming through pretty bitter.

Smooth carbonation, leaving only a sweet bitterness behind.

For a spring seasonal, I really enjoy Summit's version of the maibock.

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Photo of burns1066
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems quite hoppy for a bock, but I'm not all that familiar with the Maibock style. All around, I found it uninspiring. Nice, lacy head, though! Medium body, non-descipt beer-ish smell, some OK citrus notes through the hops, but not thrilling. I'd drink it again, but I probably wouldn't buy it myself!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle at The Fridge a couple of weeks ago, but I did not realize that we could still do reviews and so I had it held in abeyance. Dummy me!

My running mate drank one last night and it looked really good, so I became inspired to break mine out. It is after Noon, after all, plus I have the day off.

My aggro pour created two-plus fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. The beer itself was a deep golden-yellow that would make Midas and Croesus envious and cause Greg Koch to call me a wussy. I LIKE beers that look like beer! I also like to bury my nose in my beer and this had a big malty sweetness to it which will make a nice change of pace from my recent spate of big hoppy beers. Next, I like to fill my mouth with beer until my cheeks bulge out like a chipmunk's and let the beer just roll around on my tongue. This method is NOT recommended with Sixpoint's Resin as the beer acted like a hydrofluoric acid burn and wormed its way into my tongue through all of my weak link tastebuds. Here, it warmed with a soothing softness and although it was a Bock, it was not cloying or overly malty. They struck a nice balance between too sweet and too dry. I do not mind dry beers, but style is style, after all. Finish was semi-dry and very pleasant to just sit and sip on a lazy afternoon. The price point was VERY nice and would easily warrant a re-visit.

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Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at the Xcel Energy Center for Jets vs Wild. Poured into a tall plastic glass.

Clear golden body with a nice white head that leaves stellar
lacing. Light fruity esters and a grainy nose with floral notes. The body is more floral with a grainy background and a light spicy bitterness. The beer finishes clean with a malty sweetness. A very enjoyable beer that seems like a great regular drinking beer...

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Brix in Omaha, NE.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

A heavy pour creates a generous 2+cm head of off-white, medium-sized bubbles. This fades in a minute or two to a 0.5cm cap on top of the body. High amounts of excellent lacing, too. Body is a light, transparent, copper-gold color, and plenty of active carbonation is visible.

Aroma is of cooked grain hot cereal, heavily yeast-ed breads, some grassy and light floral hops. Quite nice, really.

Taste is fairly bland upfront: opens with light malty and caramel sweetness. This then breaks into a more pronounced malt sweetness with some spicy and floral hop components. Bitterness arises shortly thereafter as well. Kind of funky in the middle, with an off-putting sweetness with a slight twang. Close is of malt sweetness and a bit of ethanol is apparent, especially as this warms. Aftertaste of light malt sweetness with a bit of excessively bitter hops. Better than average, but not good.

Fairly medium to medium-heavy-bodied, somewhat chewy, but carbonation is generous enough to blend well with this. This is a little too heavy and sticky sweet in the mouthfeel, especially the after tasting. Finish is semi-dry with that sweet stickiness mentioned.

Overall, this is a fairly satisfying helles. All the right targets get hit closely, but there are some flavors I could do without (some of the malt profile, the ethanol). Still, this is a decent version of the style.

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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a persistent one-inch diameter pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright and grassy hops are featured, with enough crisp, crackery grain to provide balance. Smells are fairly clean overall, with just a whiff of stale tobacco smoke intruding.

T: Begins sweet, with balanced toasty pale malt and understated hop aromatics that show dried grass and trace amounts of citrus. Acidity is very mild, balanced, easing into the middle where all flavors diminish. The finish is mildly bitter with a crisp spiciness that enjoys a late resurgence of malt.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet but also slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is an easy-drinking strong lager that represents its style reasonably well. It is sometimes difficult to find an American-brewed maibock that does not cross the line of restraint so integral to the German style--but this beer makes the cut. It is the balance of restraint and memorable qualities that makes this more enjoyable than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A- Smaller ~1/2" head that doesn't stay around for too long and also gives very little retention. The body is a golder stray yellow with many tiny bubbles.

S- Big lighter malt notes with some grassy and subtle hop scents

T- Somewhats light and sweet with a nice sharp hop presence. Malt and yeast are definately there and become more noticable in the middle and as it warms. The finish is very nice and crisp with a subtle hop presence that lingers just a bit.

M- Light feel with a medium to higher amount of carbonation makes the very refresing.

O- Not a bad beer at all. Refreshing and light for almost 7% alcohol, very well hidden

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A trade courtesy of Jon. 12 oz bottle served in an SA glass.

This is a pretty dark gold brew with a decent head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is faint and doesn't really have any distinct elements to it. The taste is quite nice. Hints of orange and floral with a mellow malt back. The hop element is low key and pleasant. It goes down with a bit of a tingle and lets that sweetness linger. It's a nice easy-going beer that would appeal to many.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. ENjoyed due to the generosity of my good brother Greg. Reviewed from notes.

A: Soft amber-brown hue with a 1-finger, tightly bubbled off-white head with good retention and a few dots and dashes of lace.

S: Definitely a malt-forward beer here with pleasant woody, caramelly maltiness accented nicely with herbal hops.

T: The flavor is bursting with caramel, bready maltiness. THe alcohol is barely noticeable but provides warming. Hops are noble-herbal in nature and provide a balanced counterpoint to the slightly sweet, subtle malty character.

M: Lush without feeling heavy with a lively carbonation to improve the drinkability of this medium-bodied brew.

O: I really enjoyed this brew and wish I could my hands on it more easily in the maibock season -- a delcious sweet and bready maltiness that represents ths tyle wvery well.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a golden color with a pretty decent looking head on top. The lacing was thin and kind of scattered about. The smell of the beer had a good amount of grain on the nose and some hops. The taste brought those two elements along onto the tongue and ended up being pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel was light and had a decent amount of carbonation to it. Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I would totally give this one another try one day.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 6/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow with a touch of golden shine to it; starts with a short 1 finger, slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven, yet full, cap; body is just a little hazy and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up;

Smell: Not a bad smell, and actually a little better than I thought it was going to be -- slight lemony citric scent and a dry, toasty graininess beneath it with just a bit of sweet malt; nothing overly complex, definitely a lager style beer.

Taste: I kind of just want to type "see smell" here, but I'll give a little bit more, even though the description pretty much matches. Slight citric presence with a touch of lemon to it and the dry, toasty graininess with the slight bit of sweet malt to it (deja vu).

Mouthfeel: Body is light in terms of weight, and the carbonation is strong and spritzy, and just avoids being sharp; slightly sticky coating left on the tongue, but overall, it's a fairly clean finish; gums are left quite tingly from all that carbonation.

Overall: Easy enough to drink -- it would definitely be a summer beer, preferably outside on the lawnmower; light flavors with a bit of bitterness to keep it refreshing; ABV is just under 7% is virtually undetectable (I'm actually surprised it's listed as that high because it doesn't really seem like it would be).

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Photo of PokerGod
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Orange/Gold color, transparent, nice frothy head that held for quite a long time. leaves very nice lacing along the glass.

Smell- malty and bready. grain smell. smells nice.

Taste- crisp and clean up front with a hoppy finish at the very late end.

Mouthfeel- fine.

Overall- A decent beer. Hoppier than a normal Maibock, quite tasty.

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Photo of beerman207
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed case of summit a few weeks back.

A: light orange. Good white fluffy head sticks around a while.

S: nose is spicy hops, malt

T: spicy taste with hops that linger.

M: carbonation is a bit high

O: overall, this beer is solid. Looking forward to having another.

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Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a crystal-clear light amber with a dense, creamy white head that recedes slowly, leaving a bit of lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp aromas of toasted malt, dried apricot, orange peel, and earthy hops.
T - Sweet toasted malt flavors give way to a bit of the fruit from the nose and finishes with a bit of floral hops. Sweet is the key word here, this thing got a bit intense towards the finish.
M - Smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and medium carbonation.
O - Not bad, makes for a good Springtime adult beverage. Nothing to write home about, but no Maibock has ever really blown my socks off.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Table 3:16 in Okoboji, IA.

Poured golden-straw with two fingers of loose white foam that left some ringing.

Smells slightly fruity, malty with a hint of hop bitterness giving a crispness to the nose.

Taste is mildly crisp with a malty and slightly fruity sweet base. Bitterness shows a bit more toward the finish.

This is a fairly non-descript beer overall with muted flavor, but is a reliable choice if you are looking for a pleasant, decently balanced and easy to drink beverage.

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Photo of dali27
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: A clear, bright and glowing orange-gold color. Thin white head that turns foamy soap looking really quick. Love the color, hate the head.

S: Scent is of mild toasted malts, grains, yeast and citrus. Also smell a little hop aroma. Trace alcohol in smell. Overall it's a decent combination.

T: Sweet start from the strong malt character fades away into slight bitterness from hops. Alcohol present but not overwheming. It does begin to become more prevalent as beer begins to warm. Better to drink cold.

M: Medium body. Leaves unpleasant sticky feeling in mouth afterwards.

O: This is another solid beer from Summit. They never let me down. That being said it's somewhere in the middle for me as far us their offerings go. Nothing about this beer makes me want to drink it on regular basis, but it's not a bad choice once or twice in the spring.

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Photo of Shinerbock1975
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Beautiful amber. Ver clear with a nice 2 finger head that really holds on. Very bubbly.

S- malt. A little fruity but nothing really stands out.

T- A little more flavor than I would expect for the aroma. Getting some bread and a little citrus.

M- very carbonated. Clean and dry. A little on the heavy side.

O- drinkable and refreshing. Nothing special and not may favorite helles. Enjoying it on a Fire Sale so I may have another.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight lipped pint glass, nice straw, very effervescent with thick creamy off white head, which laced/clinged the glass well. Nice looking.

Smell is muted pils malt, light sweetness hint of hop bitterness.

Taste is subdue pilsner malt sweetness, kinda crisp, light bitterness on the tongue first followed by prolonged bitter flavor. I was looking for a bigger pils flavor and a crisp zing.

Mouthfeel is on heavy on the tongue, more bitterness than pils malt but almost not enough.

Overall, a little dissapointing, it looked impressive coming out of the bottle, but the flavors were a bit subdued. still tasty enough for second try.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy, tangy orange, dusty hops, adjunct stink

A: Muted nearly clear marigold body with a two finger white head that settles to a film in a few minutes.

S: Pale malt and just a bit of very dusty and just slightly spicy hops. There's a slight adjuncty stink and a hint of orange sweetness. Each time the glass comes to my nose I try not to inhale.

T: Thankfully, hops are coming through a bit better on the palate... wait.... maybe it's just the sting of the carbonation. What we do get for sure is a light, creamy, almost honeyed malt body, and a slightly tangy orange fruitiness. Hops are light but present, mostly on the finish, which is medium short, and their taste is earthy.

M: High carbonation, a bit of graininess, and a fairly appropriate weight for the ABV.

O: Not a bad effort, but I could definitely ask for more hop personality and a better nose.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is a light gold that has a light amber tint. One finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly and spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: The aroma is very weak; it is almost undetectable. There is something there — a floral, toasted, and light citrus scent — but it is very faint.

Taste: Flavor — what a concept. Somewhat disappointed by the lack of aroma, the taste jumped right out: toasted and floral malts, a light lemon citrus, and, at the end, a hop bite that lingers on the cheeks and tongue.

Drinkability: Crisp and clean, it has a nice zip to it. I am not too familiar with maibock, but this version pales in comparison with its German ancestor.

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Photo of homersimpson67
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice spring beer. not real complex but pretty satisfying. will go back again.
decent appearance light straw colored brew, decent 1 finger of head, nice lacing on my summit brewing excellence glass bought after touring the brewery a few weeks ago.
not much of a smell, kind of a malty, sugar smell, nothing special.
Taste is good, nice up front with malt and spice not much for hops but i guess that goes with this style of beer.
Good in the mouth, does go down real easy, not to filling and at almost 7.0%abv this one does sneak up on you. i wouldn't have guessed it to be this strong.
Overall decent beer, not one of my favorites but have a special interest since touring the brewery.

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