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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Added by hopsaplenty on 04-23-2005

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 25
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of biteme398
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
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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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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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5/5  rDev +34%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.8%
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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3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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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