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 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 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 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 bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with thin but foamy head and some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Peppery and spicy aroma with bread dough, grass, and sweet apple and citrus. Aroma fades after a few minutes, mostly leaving a dry grassy smell behind.

Taste: Strong combination of semi-sweet fruit (apple, pear, citrus) and spicy, peppery and floral hops. Nice layer of bread and grass throughout as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively full-bodied for a lager. Smooth, clean and dry (despite the somewhat sweet taste).

Drinkability: My favorite Maibock. This beer deserves greater recognition; of course, too many people simply do not understand the style.

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Photo of herman77
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light bronze color with a thick head that has pretty good retention. Some sticky lacing. Can't pick up much on the smell other than light hops and a little sweetness. The taste has a hoppy sweetness, and something else I can't figure out that I don't enjoy too much. Tart? Pretty average mouthfeel.

I don't have much experience with Maibocks, so maybe this is why I don't like this too much. Its okay at best, but I wouldn't buy it again. I just bought the Summit Spring Sampler Pack, so I only have two left to drink... or give up. This is my least favorite offering by Summit.

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Photo of bob3701
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. I must say I had never heard of Summit but I do like bocks so I picked it up. looked a little pale even for a maibock and it did not smell too good either. It had no bock taste and an underlying taste of skunky (just faintly). Not sure if I picked up a bad 6-pack but Summit I'll be avoiding.

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Photo of degerbah
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a macro lager with two or three fingers of head that dissapears pretty quickly. The aroma is tons and tons of sweet malt. The taste is incredibly sweet with so much malt sweetness its almost cloying. It's a fairly easy beer to drink, but I fel that a little more of some bittering agent would be better for the beer.

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Photo of mwa423
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very light and clear golden color with only a very small amount of head with lacing that stuck to the glass all the way down.

S - All the malty smell expected and pretty normal for the style. Nothing particularly interesting, but a good example of what I expect from the style.

T - Sweet malt flavor, a great example of the style but by no means outstanding.

M/D - An easy enough drinker which is not at all surprising.

All in all this is a solid example of the style, just in no way interesting. If you're a huge fan of maibock's you will enjoy this, but you will find a lot better ones.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice looking amber orange color with a 1/2 inch head and nice lacing i smell malts and hops present and a murky earthy smell ..the taste was a little thin it was drinkable/enjoyable but just not a memorable helles for me i like dead guy better than this one..i would like to try on tap...

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Photo of kruse
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of Summit's seasonal offerings.
Pours an amber brew with an orange undertone. Head is off-white and fluffy.
Aroma has a definite citrus note. This carries through to the taste. Hops play in the background rather than coming to the fore in both aroma and taste.
Mouthfeel is ok, but a little thin.
Quite drinkable, but I prefer some of Summit's other brews.

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

A: Poured at first an almost mango orange mix of foam and beer, then upon separating, the beer was a golden hued orange, the head an orange hued white. The head is big, but fluffy and really quite attractive. There's no active carbonation, but this is an older beer, and I will try and keep that in mind. Actually, no, there is active carbonation, a nice stream of VERY small bubbles.

S: Sweet malt and spicy, perhaps some noble hops? A sort of fruity spiciness, like cinnamon and apples. And a good strength to it as well. As the head slowly disipates, the malt becomes more noticeable.

T: Hmm, it seems age has taken something away from the taste here. Still good, but weak. The spicy hops are pretty much absent, much more on the light german malts. Flavor, but light.

M: Very smooth and clean. Nothing to complain about here, though it doesn't really wow.

D: Great. I wish there were more at work.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a bright clairity and a mostly diminishing light beige head that was frothy and initially 1 finger high. A thin spongey ring lacing is left behind while the visible carbonation was light and random.

S: The nose had a soft fragrance of semi-dry oranges and fresh spring time flowers. A fresh whole graininess that was overall light in strength rounds things out. Not much fruitiness was detected.

T: The flavor was slightly tart with semi-dry tangerines with a light fresh fruitiness of red grapes, apple juice and apricots. There is a light fresh breadiness and semi-sweet caramel malting adding hints of sweetness to the fresh sugary fruitiness. There is a spicy hoppiness that compliments the fresh fruitiness while the finish finds a soft dryness of tart citrus (tangerines) with a light bready caramel bread and honey sweetness. Overall the flavor was well suited per style.

M: light, very smooth with a light oily feel. Tart and dry oranges and citrus peels are detected on the swallow around the tongues edges.

D: Per style drinkability was pretty decent with an acceptable level of enjoyment. The flavor was good, but the beer overall just lacked in other departments which hurt the overall rating. Fans of this style will most likely enjoy this, while the extreme beer hunter might just find it so so. The abv of 7.0%abv is well hidden behind the fruity and sweet nature though I would still probably not consider more then one at any sitting.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summit- Maibock

A- Light golden brown, clear, mild carbonation, and no head.
S- Light sweet brown sugar and light toasted grains.
T- Light sweet brown sugar and molasses with a huge dose of sunflower seeds and walnuts. Finishes off with a a slight bitter molasses bite.
M- Starts off light, sweet, and grainy. Body is nutty dry and ends thick and slightly bitter.

Overall- This 1 drinks pretty good but won't impress. Worth a pint or 2.

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Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, the unknown 7% ABV explains why I felt a bit touched after three glasses last night. Who knew?

Amber, golden, with all the stereotypes therein. Smell had a touch of hop bitterness, with a side of wheat field breeze thrown in.

For a beer found in a relatively divey place, Summit Maibock was a pleasant surprise. I find most of Summit's beers to be ordinary, aimed at the average Joe Beer drinker, but this had some nice flavor to it. I especially enjoyed the bit of wicked bite at the end, which I wasn't expecting to be there.

Alcohol was completely absent, unfortunately, in the oral cavity, & it went down very easy. I can see where this could turn into a post-softball disaster at an unsuspecting ABV like this.

Good beer. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on this one again at a lowbrow place!

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

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a crystal-clear light gold color with a small head. The nose is moderately malt, but has a grainy edge to it. To taste, it's a little better, with malt being the main flavor... again, it's a tad grainy, which detracts. Very light noble hop presence with mostly low bitterness. Clean finish.

An all-around average beer.

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

Appearance - A decent dark golden with a smaller head and decent lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops and a little alcohol whiff on the nose. Fairy subtle scents of malt.

Taste - Malty and grassy with a nice hop tang. For a relatively higher ABV beer, it surprisingly doesn't have a strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and very smooth. A little thin.

Drinkability: For a higher ABV beer (as most Bocks are) it's a very drinkable beer. I have had four or five of these in a row and they go down very easily...maybe too easily for a higher ABV beer, but that's another story.

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass.

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Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a thin fizzy head the becomes a small bubbly patch.

The smell is grainy, lemony, slightly reminiscent of "Euro-skunk", and a bit yeasty/moldy bread.

The taste is sweet, grainy, a bit fruity/lemony with a touch of alcohol. An herbal bitterness peeks through, though not quite enough to round out the sweetness. It has a slightly yeasty character to it.

As can be seen by the abundant amount of bubbles quickly rising to the top, this is aggressively carbonated, borders harsh carbonation, thinnning the body. As it progresses, it does come down, but still it only approaches medium-bodied.

Not bad, but didn't impress me much. A bit too carbonated and yeasty/moldy. Alcohol is not incorporated so well, either. Okay to sip on one, but wouldn't seek out or buy again.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had recently had this on tap and decided to do the bottled version as well as I thought I remembered liking it better. That wasn't the case.

Dark gold or honey colored. Wispy head and large bubbles of abundant prickle when poured into the glass. The "on tap" was much more still. Grainy nose. Grain dominates the attack. Heavy grain notes in the flavor. Tiny bits of bitterness as you approach the finish. The aftertaste is mildly sour. While I will order this beer in a bar over most of the selections available it is one of my least favorite offerings from Summit.

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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 jera1350
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden yellow with two finger head that quickly shrinks. Minimal lacing down the glass.

S- Strong sweet sourdough bread. Yeasty. Faint hop smell present.

T- Lightly roasted malt. Sweet yeasty, bready flavor with some burnt toffee. A bit of hops help to balance out. Much like the smell.

M- Light to medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Beer goes down nicely. Smooth.

D- These could be pounded all night, it's crazy. Nonfilling, good flavor, but not overwhelming.

Picked this up at $4.99 for a sixer. Awesome deal on a beer of this quality.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Extremely clear with many slow streams of bubbles. HEAD: Small and unimpressive, but at least a ring of carbonation hangs around the edges... for awhile COLOR: Very beautiful dark golden blonde color.

S- A bit like stale bread, but there are some good lager-like aromas along with crisp hops and grain.

T- A bit disappointing for a bock, but at least there are no stale or off flavors. The hops are fine and dandy, bold and bitter, Czech and spicy. The malt, on the other hand, is lacking and insignificant for a bock, even a maibock.

M- Nummies. Gentle carbonation and hearty body. No complaints here.

D- Well, I can get drunk off these quicker than most any beer, but that is true of most bocks. This one happens to be exceptionally quaff-able and light-hearted.

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Photo of nick76
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma smells like cooked corn and rotten eggs with citrus and honey. The appearance is deep gold with a nice head. The flavor has none of the rotten eggs but does have some corn and honey to go along with a generous amount of malt and hops. The palate is thin but right for the style. Overall I have to say it's one stinky beer that tastes alright.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Rich golden body shows excellent clarity and small carbonation streams that feed a modest head and lasting halo that leaves ribbons of lace down the glass.

S) Bready sweet malt blended with spicy earthy noble hop leaves.

T) A rich full flavor, deep malt backbone gives a hearty feel while the bittering hops cut the finish and refresh the palate for the next pull.

M) Full body, medium low carbonation, lasting lip smacking finish.

D) This is a well made beer in an under appreciated style. With all the extreme brews out there, it's nice to come back to a somewhat simple taste at full volume. I'd like another.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle poured into a Pilsner glass

A - Tantalizing golden/ light amber color with almost no carbonation bubbles coming up and a weak head that amounted to almost nothing at all.

S - Sweet, light malty nose accentuated by a delicate hop balance

T - Medium bodied malt character with subdued fruity hints. Pear and white grape. All flavors harmonized with a fantastic balance of hops.

M - Crisp and refreshing for sure. Almost no carbonation on the tongue but the beer is still carbonated though I wouldn't say its "smooth per se".

D - Fantastic drinkability - good balance, great color. Perfect session beer with a good flavor!

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Summit Maibock from Summit Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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