Maibock | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 59
Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice Maibock. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a big white head. Good head retention and plentiful scattered bands of lacing.

Aroma is bready and caramel malt, grassy hops and some toffee type aroma.

Taste is more of the same, mostly a malty beer, but the grassy hops bitterness shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, like most lagers. There is a little alcohol presence as well.

Overall a nice winter/spring beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice looker of a bock. Great foamy carbonation off the pour settling to a solid foamy off white head. The body is a wonderful golden light bronze, quite light but wit a nice cascading amount of rising carbonation bubbles through it's crystal clear body.

Real nice bouquet. Good hints of light airy cinnamon and brown toast and mild sugar. Real nice malt backbone depth on this. Good amounts of nutmeg like warmth and sweetness but nothing sugary. Really nice bouquet, liking where this is going.

Palate lacks some of the diversity experienced on the nose. Subdued malt backbone on first sip. Clean finish, with a little hint of crisp but some decent density. A bit of sticky yeast dominating instead of the sugar and spicy aromas that don't seem to come through as much on the palate. The palate does present some nice sweet nutmeg and light brown sugars hinted on the nose, but they are not in the front compared to the sticky yeast that coats and takes over.

Overall a pretty decent bock regardless, good one to know about, might even be one of Legend's better brews as well.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle and a half into a 1/2 liter stein.Pours a clear rich copper/bronze with a nice looking fluffy white head.great color clarity and crown.Aromas of sweet pizza dough,a hint of iron,and faint spicy hops.Flavors have some crispness with sweet dough again being prominant,mild alcohol comes into play along with that iron as well,not much hop presence although I detect faint spiciness.A better than average maibock although maybe not the best beer of choice on a warm day like today.To me it seems bigger than what it is.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.24/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear amber pour with a ringlet of white bubbles. Light aroma of caramel malts, diacetyl, mild grassy hops. More of this in the taste, sweet, thinned out caramel malts, grains, diacetyl off-flavors, light grassy and earthy hops. Light body. Overall not impressive and even a bit messy, which is not good for a style that really shouldn't be that hard to formulate.

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Photo of Bung
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Lighter copper hued pour, bubbly white ring on top.

Aroma, very bready, some caramels.

Taste, fantastically bready. Some toasted notes, toffee some chocolate sneaks in there.

Lighter body, soft carbonation. A flavorful sessionable beer.

I heard this place makes some nice traditional German style brews, this did not disappoint.

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Photo of biteme398
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, a bit on the amber side in terms of shading. The smell in unobtrusive and resembles many other lagers. A very crisp, clean taste with a little bit of hops in the taste, nothing radical. This actually is a pretty subtle beer, nothing jumps out but everything seems in its place.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/07/12:
Bottled: 01/17/12; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Just over an inch of off-white creamy head with nice retention; Darker, brown-like shade of amber with a mostly clear appearance; Pretty good webs of lacing left behind

S - Lots of caramel and toasty malts with some sweetness mixed in; Decent presence of floral/herbal hops as well

T - Much like the nose in that there's lots of malty flavors, including sweet, bready, caramel, nutty, and lightly toasty characteristics; Additionally, hops play a nice role in the taste with herbal, grassy, and light minty flavors with very subtle bitterness; Clove and ester-like flavors come through as well; Alcohol never really comes into play for the overall flavor

M - A bit below moderate carbonation with a medium body; Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel that pairs nicely with the light carbonation massaging the tongue

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this beer and think Legend did a nice job with this maibock. It's a worthy American interpretation of the style that has no problem holding its own against the German counterparts. I enjoyed the nice malty flavor accompanied by an appropriate dose of hops, as well as the smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great option to help bring in the Spring, and one I hope to enjoy again soon.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into tulip. my bottle says 7% abv.

A: very clear amber. head is bright white and not very impressive. retention is a mere rim of foam. lacing is minimal.

S: sweet caramel malts almost remind me of fresh figs. maybe a little grassy? yeah, definitely some fruit too.

T: body is similar to the nose, hits big with a toasty, grainy, bready caramel sweet flavor. sweetness dries out pretty quickly and leaves some sugar into the finish, but not nearly as much as the initial flavor. certainly better than the nose, but nothing exceptional.

M: average carbonation on a medium-ish body.

D: not awful, but i certainly wont be trying this again. seek out some other brews from legend instead like their brown or porter.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a white foamy head.

The smell is fruity,rasins,plums,cloves,figs,quite lovely.

The taste is not quite as nice as the smell but its fruity with the rasins and plums prominent.

The mouth feel is quite well carbonated and refreshing.

Overall a pretty good beer pretty similar to dead guy ale but at a better price.This bottle was also 7% abv.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer! I would say it's more of an American-style maibock because it doesn't resemble the traditional german maibocks I've had. The malt is sweeter and more caramely than usual. But in a very good way! Almost reminiscent of a maple brown ale.

Also, the abv listing on BA is inaccurate as of 3/2012. The abv on my bottle says 7%, which I think is stronger than usual for this style of beer. But again, I'm not complaining. You would never know it's so strong from the flavor.

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Photo of kola
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice coppery color. Pours a good head that slowly dissipates over a few minutes. Not much lacing on the glass.

S - Nice fruit and spices nose, with an underlying character of bread, malts and nuts. There is a note of spices that permeate everything.

T - This is where I ran into trouble. Don't get me wrong, it has a very nice sweet caramel-and-apple flavor, with plenty of lightly roasted malts and a hint of hops. However the spices in this beer did not sit well with me. I am not sure if it was from the hops, or from other spices that were added to the mash, but I quickly learned that I can only drink one of these per night without suffering gastronomically induced nausea. I blame this on my personal biological responses, not on the beer, because I quite enjoyed drinking it.

M - Nice mouthfeel with good body and enough carbonation to carry the flavors.

O - Though I can't drink more than one of these in one sitting, I do enjoy it. This sample has the sweetness that I have come to associate with almost everything Legend brews. This one, however, might have been a bit better with less sugars.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a crystal clear coppery color. There was very little of an off-white head on it, and it left no lacing. It has a rich, malty nose. Hints of roastiness, chocolate and dark fruit. The taste is good. Lots of malts, yet hardly sweet at all. Slightly nutty and hints of dark fruits. Nice. Surprisingly good, as the other offerings in the pub were pretty bland.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Orange in appearance against my white computer screen, but more of a light amber against the wall. A mixture of larger fast-rising bubbles and smaller ones rising more slowly.

Smell of sweet fruity malt with alcohol. Oddly, the fruit I get is banana. Appropriate for the glass, I suppose. On the second glass, it seems more like apple.

Taste of sweet malt and luscious caramel. Some occasional apple. Bitter taste of burnt malt, a bit harsh on the first glass, but mellows out by the second. I really don't get much hop character here. Alcohol is evident in the taste as well.

Medium thick body. Surprisingly strong alcohol burn in the throat for a 6.6. A decent tingle of carbonation.

An easy drinker, especially after the bitterness settles down. It tastes stronger than it really is.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden with some orange highlights. Half finger head that diminished very fast. Smells fresh with that typical bock malt aroma. No hop at all in the smell. Tastes great with lots of pretzelly malt. Alcohol is right there in the front with a mild throat warmth that isn't at all distracting. Hop is only for balance, though it's a bit sweeter than I prefer in a bock. It does quickly finish semi-sweet approaching semi-dry. Mouthfeel is full with med carbination. Over all its a bock times 2. I'd have no problems recomending it and will probably get some more next spring.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of fruit and caramel.

Tastes of sweet malts and a bit of hops. Malts have caramel and toasted bread mostly with some fruit sweetness. Some hops come in the end and add floral notes. Is fairly sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good local offering that I would pick up again.

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Photo of MrOH
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful light copper color, brilliantly clear. Single-finger, white head. Slick lace.

Toffeeish malts, bread pudding, caramel, hints of plum. Nice.

Loads of German malt character. Lots of toffee and caramel, pastry, touchs of stone fruits, little bit of bitterness at the end.

Thick and chewy.

Overall, I like it quite a bit. Definitely not an everyday beer, but for tonight, when I've just gotten home after a long day, and the weather is just right for sitting on the balcony with a hoodie and watch the neighbor wander into the night, it hits the spot.

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Photo of Beertaste
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the french toast! This is a great beer, taste super fresh and the bottles have a taste like it came right from the tap!

I keep glass mugs in the freezer and pour my beer in them, free luxury, and when you pour the beer its like it should be on tv!

You know the commercials where the glass fills up and the head barely spills over the edge! True tv beer

Thanks legend Narley!

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours out a tight off-white head with low retention, medium bourbon amber in color

s: toasty/sweet euro dark lager malts - vienna and munich, give a crackery aroma with some brown sugar residue, benign hop aroma, decent maibock nose

m: carbonation moderate and a bit prickly, lighter in body with a slight slickness in the aftertaste

t: well flavored with toasty dark lager malts, notes of toasted crackers and a touch sugary, moving to a light balancing bitter in the finish as the sugars clean up, pretty nice and thankfully lacking in some of the off flavors often found with this brewer

d: no problem, a flavorful, drinkable lager

bomber from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond

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Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade as an extra thanks to billab914 on BA. I allowed my fiancee (damn I hate that word, I just need to get married already) to use half the bottle to cook a seafood stew and then I drank the other half of it with the stew. All of the above tasted great.

This beer pours a bright, clear golden-copper color with a thick two-finger white head that takes several minutes to fade and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very nice and fitting for the style. Sweet malt, nuts, earth, and a little toast/biscuit.

Flavor is also great. Sweetness level is spot-on and the beer is very well-balanced. Lots of caramel on the flavor, along with some light fruity notes, honey, earth, and some restrained bittering hops. Very tasty for the style.

Smooth on the palate with medium body for a maibock. Carbonation level is just about right.

A damn solid beer overall. Extremely drinkable. Really great for something that is 1) a lager, 2) not barrel aged, 3) less than 7% ABV, 4) not produced by a hyped up brewery, and 5) not that rare. I approve.

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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner glass. Orange-amber with a 1-finger tan head that subsides slowly to just a thick film. The smell is toasted biscuit with a hint of sweetness.
Toasty and sweet malt hits you first, not a whole lot of hops, except for a little spiciness on the finish. Overall it's sweet and earthy. A little apple tartness showed up as it warmed a bit. Great mouthfeel, not too heavy or too light. As a few others mentioned, there is a little alcohol that becomes noticable after a few gulps, but I could drink this all night. I paired it with some lightly salted popcorn, which worked out pretty well. Overall a great slightly more affordable alternative to Dead Guy if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with an initially robust head that diminishes quickly leaving only a slight lace. Sweat bready malt aroma. While the flavor is pretty restrained and nicely dry with just a touch a roast, like any good miabock, but it’s also a bit too fruity and not very smooth, unlike better examples of the style. On top of that, the alcohol is kinda harsh for 6.5%.

Kind of a let down considering it’s a stab at one of my favorite styles by one of my favorite breweries. Despite what I expected, I’m not entirely blown away. Still, it’s fairly solid and very drinkable, I was just expecting more…

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle, no date info

Crystal clear burnished copper. Modest, fizzing head of loosely packed deep eggshell colored bubbles that quickly settles and disappears. There are a handful of sporadically active carbonation streams. Sweet, fruit nose, apples and caramel, nut meats, with some pointed alcohol, but inviting. Opens with a pleasing sweet, softly nutty note. Malty and rich, the apple and caramel kick in through the middle. Finishes with soft spicy hops at first and then smooth alcohol takes over, but it is masked by some sweet malt making it warming after the fact. The sweetness lingers along with the alcohol. Smooth and finely carbonated, possessing a medium body. Solid, enjoyable, and drinkable.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this one started out awesome, then kind of fizzled out. I guess you can't have everything all the time. Though it didn't really impress me, I would be willing to try thier other beers. The head on this baby was very thick and foamy. It had great retention, which did last a long time. The smell was just your average malt/hop aroma, with nothing else to back it up. Kind of a let down IMO. The taste atleast had some caramel going on, as well as a slight alcohol taste, to keep it going. All in all, not bad, but also not good. Just average to me.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. with no freshness date, served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours an amber/orange color with some sediment floating around and a 1 finger tan head that doesn't leave lacing until the second pour. Smells of caramel, hops, earth, and perhaps corn. It has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation and there are grassy/floral hops on the palate that deliver a nice bitterness. These are balanced by a buncha malts which are all at once sweet, grainy, nutty, biscuity/toasty, with some bubblegum and diacetyl notes. It has traces of alcohol and metal which are the reason the taste isn't a five. It seems to be more concentrated on the malts in the beginning and hoppier toward the end. I'm not sure how true to style this is, as the only maibock I've had is Dead Guy, and it's been a good six months since I've tried it, but this is a tasty beer either way.

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Photo of doerickson
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber with a foamy, three-finger off-white head that reduces to a wisp of froth. Brown sugar and biscuity malt aromas with a phenolic kick as well.

Crisp mouthfeel. Grainy, bready malt flavors up front, turning a bit syrupy as it warms. Just a hint of tea-like hops near the finish. It's not cloyingly sweet, but it is a very malty brew.

Hard for me to judge this within its style as I've had very few maibocks, but this was interesting to try.

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Maibock from Legend Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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