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 jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -2.5%
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 -8.9%
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 +17.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -0.8%
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 -9.7%
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 -1.4%
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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Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange gold with a medium white head that fades into a film of white.

Smell: Strong scent of sweet malts followed by some citrus hops. A hint of spices and other fruits.

Taste: Malt sweetness and bread followed by citrus lemon. Some earthy hop bitterness in the background. A hint of spicyness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and carbonated. Smooth and light.

Overall: A nice version of a Maibock. Nothing outstanding but pretty good.

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Photo of smm
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a half inch foamy white head over a clear deep straw yellow

S- Sweet floral aroma, tinges of alcohol and hops waft through a very malty base.

T- Malty and boozy, citrus sweetness clips the tip of the tongue at the finish.

M- Quite smooth, carbonation isn't overpowering. Finishes dry, theres a bit of heat in the back of the throat.

O- Nice malty spring-time beer with floral notes and citrusy hops. Only real drawback is the strength of the alcohol, which comes through quite strong in both taste and smell.

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

A - Clear, dark gold color with an average sized, bubbly, foamy, light, fizzy, white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving no real lace.

S - Very malt driven with a grainy and slightly bready aroma. Touches of citrus and lemon, but only a slight fruitiness. Nothing really jumping out right here.

T - Similar to the nose. A lot of graininess with some bready malt flavors. Some citrus lemony flavor mid sip. A little touch of herbal and grassy hop flavor, but it isn't very strong. A faint yeasty fruit background. Musty grain is just too strong.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. A little light feel.

D - It was easy to drink, but it didn't really make me want to drink more. Musty grain flavor was just too much. Alcohol peeked out a little bit, but not much.

Notes: Average beer that didn't really pop. It was decent but there was just too much musty grain flavor. Overall just nothing exciting that would make me want to get it again.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear and yellow with a good amount of carbonation. Head of white foam falls slowly leaving some lace. Smells clean to slightly sweet. Clean malt flavor dominates with perhaps a touch of toasted malt character towards the finish. Very balanced finish (not too sweet) for a Maibock. Bit of minerals in the finish and a little hop bite as it warms up. Very smooth mouthfeel, decent body for the style. Not bad, but not necessarily worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a little more than one finger of fluffy white head.

The scent is pretty light; toasted malts, some citrus and a little spice.

The taste is of citrus, mild hop bitterness, toasted malt, some spice.

Light bodied, fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, nothing that makes it really memorable, but a pretty easy to drink beer.

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Photo of exonthebottle
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

head white retains well nice amber body
smell slightly foral hoppy honey bit boring
taste honey malt spice some fruity hops some bitterness but then the taste becomes more metallic.
this beer feels okay medium a bit dry
I say this beer is okay not perfect but pretty drinkable alcohol only become notable near the end. not a bad beer

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, marked with a batch code, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Golden colored pour with amazing clarity. Soft white head rises almost to the top of the glass. Good retention eventually settles to a skim and laces nicely

S - Bready, toasted malt aroma with a light, citrusy hop scent. Not what I would call complex in the nose, but it's clean and appropriate.

T&M - Lighter bodied; has a nice crispness to it. Lot's of toasted malt flavor. Hop's in the flavor profile take on more of a spicy tone. Light alcohol flavor in the somewhat dry, otherwise clean finish.

D - Not a stunner, but pretty much what I expect from a maibock...crsip, smooth and refreshing; a great beer to welcome the spring, although not too much to differentiate it from a lot of the other maibocks out there.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date to be found. It's from their Spring Sampler, so it must be pretty fresh. $14.99 for a 12-pack.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a 3 finger fizzy head. Completely transparent. Retention is very good but lacing is pretty much nonexistent. Carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass.

Smell: I don't get much in terms of hops in the nose. It's mostly malt and spices. There is a hint of a hoppy citrus note in there. Lemon and coriander. Kind of a musty character. Very fruity, like pineapple juice. I also get a hint of pear.

Taste: Sweet all the way through. Spicy on the back end. Orange peel. Ripe pear.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with medium to low carbonation. Pretty much a perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability: Medium

A little too sweet for my tastes, but it's still decent drinking.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for a little while in the back of my lagering cooler, but being a MaiBock, I am sure that didn't hurt it. It seems like a good day to give this one a try. Let's....

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear yellow gold color that looks rather thick as it is on its way out of the bottle. There is a small head of creamy white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour that faded back into the beer in about 20 seconds or so. There are quite a few bubbles rising somewhat slowly to the top, but they don't stick once they get there. There is some spotty lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a nice toasty Munich malt derived "MaiBock" aroma. I don't get any hops in the cold beer, and I don't miss them in this style. There is no alcohol noticeable. Overall the beer has a sweet caramel balance to the aroma. AS the beer sits and warms up some, the hops that come out so prominently in the bitterness are becoming more noticeable in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is also clean and malty with a pretty substantial bitterness to balance the malt in the much so that it almost finishes balanced toward the bitter, which is a little weird for the style. It is weird to immediately start talking about the finish, but that was the most prominent thing about the first sip. As the beer settles some and my palate gets used to drinking it, the caramel sweetness and toasty notes from the German malts really are a big player in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation, but the finish is still a little to hop balanced for my taste of this style.

Opinion: This was an OK beer, but I guess I am a little too picky or something. I like my beers drier and more lively with a more reserved hop addition. All that said, this beer has hope, as it tastes like it was intended to be a MaiBock, but I would just cut back on the bittering hops and use a more attenuative yeast. It sounds like I am doing a homebrew review, but that is the case with this beer. There are no flaws in this beer. It is pretty good, and I am not minding drinking it one bit, but it is falling short of what I would expect for a MaiBock.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

I was a bit surprised to see this out already, but not enough to turn it down. It pours a clear pale-ish straw topped by a large finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, and very light honey. The taste holds notes of lemongrass, greens, flowers, light orange peel, and wheat. The first two elements contribute a decently strong bitterness, especially for the style. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a sub-par maibock, one I don't really ever want to revisit.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a two finger head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is all that is detectable here.

Taste: slightly grainy and bready malt profile with caramel, sweet green grapes, pears, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this was an overall easy drinking maibock and hits the spot when looking for a malty beer.

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Photo of Naugros
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is honey orange in color with some haze. There's a thin white head that's very short-lived and not even much of a crown is left.

The smell seems to be the best thing about this beer. Sweet caramel malt is balanced nicely with a more dominant orange-pine hops signature.

The promise the smell gives you is empty. The caramel is mitigated a little bit and the hops character is supplanted by a tinny flavor that also interferes with the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is further hurt by a thick feel that should not be present in a maibock.

The flavors were close to a traditional maibock but something went wrong and there are flaws in the beer that ruin an otherwise decent effort in flavor combinations. Not one I think I'll ever try again; I mean that for the beer and the brewery.

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Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a great trade with Mothman a little ways back. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat pale, coppery golden color with a thick finger of creamy and fluffy head that is just off-white in color. Head slowly fades to a thick surface layer with a foamy collar that leaves behind traces of lacing as the beer levels drops in the glass.

S - Solid malt base. Very nice sweet, bready/doughy and caramel aromas up front. Some light molasses behind that with a healthy dose of grassy hops.

T - As expected, a good malt component leaves the first and largest impression. Somewhat sweet with a caramel character front and center. Grainy and bready malt flavors hit next. A light bitterness from the hops rounds things out and also gives some grassiness to the flavor. A bit of toasted malts completes the picture.

M - A bit thin...not quite medium bodied. Carbonation is strong and leaves a lasting tingle on the tongue. Slides smoothly over the tongue leaving a lingering caramel malty taste behind after the swallow.

D - Not my #1 style in the beer world, tend towards the hoppy/bitter stuff. Overall this is pretty enjoyable, if not memorable. On a crisp late summer (but fall-like) night, this still hits the spot pretty well. I could easily have a couple more of these, but I could just as easily move over to try something else instead.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Drinking this in July, perhaps a little late for the spring seasonal.

A: Pours a nice 2 finger head, colour is a bit lighter than expected. No lacing at all is present after the first few minutes.

S: Not much nose on this one. Some malt smells.

T: This beer tastes strongly of alcohol. At first, I detect a bit of malt, followed by some hops and ending with a tin/metal taste. This tin taste seems to be typical of Summit beers; but it doesn't bother me much as I have been drinking Summit for many years. Decent balance overall.

M/D: Feels great in the mouth apart from the alcohol being rather strong. Actually, it seems Summit did not try to mask the alcohol at all. The drinkability is poor. I would say Summit dropped the ball on this one.

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Photo of charlieos
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been trying some maibocks out recently, and this one is really pretty solid. It's not too "maibocky," its got a lightness and crispness to it. It's a tasty beer that won't change your life or blow your mind, but a tasty beer is hard to argue with.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness code pours a very clear, dark gold color. 2-finger cap of light tan head displays decent retention and pretty good lacing.

Nose is composed of equal parts grassy and spicy hops, light caramel, honey and cereal grains. Kind of an odd smelling beer, although I cant say exactly why.

Sweet grainy malts collide with a burnt toast and floral hop bitterness. Instead of balancing each other, it's more like they are polarizing the flavors in the beer. Mouthfeel is fine, and the carbonation is adequate. The beer lacks smoothness and the alcohol is not well masked, biting even. Not really a big fan of this one.

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