Brinkley's Maibock | Free State Brewing Co.

Brinkley's MaibockBrinkley's Maibock
78 Ratings
Brinkley's MaibockBrinkley's Maibock

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer has a very full and complex flavor that is best enjoyed slowly, allowing the different flavors time to develop on your tongue. You will find that it changes as you progress from the first taste to the lingering finish. The malty sweetness is well balanced and blended with hop bitterness, giving a full, rich blend of flavors. A generous quantity of pilsner malt is joined with a little bit of caravienne for color and some carapils for body, along with plenty of Munich malt for flavor and aroma. This beer is lightly hopped with Yakima Perle and German Hallertau.

The traditional symbol for bock beers of all varieties is the billy goat. This is the reason that Free State named this Maibock after Dr. John R. Brinkley, a.k.a. "The Goat Gland Doctor." In 1920s Kansas, Brinkley gained notoriety for his alleged cure for infertility that involved the surgical implantation of goat glands in the affected individuals. Some farmers are even said to have brought along there own goats because they felt them to have superior sexual prowess.

Added by Quaffer on 05-04-2005

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Golden copper color with a half a fingers worth of white head. No lacing at all.

Smell- Grains and a little grass.

Taste- Sweet malt with some nuttiness and hop bitterness. Flavors seemed to clash with each other a little.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- Not bad but I've had other beers in this style that I enjoy more.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot more color than I expected. Kind of caramel orange, clear. Ok head formation but it dissipates.

Smells of sweet malt, grain, grass.

Slightly full and smooth body. A bit lighter than other maibocks I've had. Malts are just a bit syrupy thick but not overly so. Finish has a good, long hop bite. Not big but just right to cut the thicker malts. Doesn't appear to have a big alcohol content which certainly helps keep a style I'm normally not crazy for on the drinkable end.

I appreciate Free State releasing a lager. It's a good one. Just not my favorite style,so I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of OatherS
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, with a one finger head present.

Smell: Little to none.

Taste: Hoppy and the alcohol representative of maibocks is deffinitely present. You can sure taste the alcohol bite. Not strong but present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Not bad at all. Too bad it is only a seasonal.

Check out the Free State website for a history of Brinkley. We Kansans' are a crazy bunch!!!!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear and beautiful gold with a creamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma is grainy sweet with biscuit, a touch of lemon and spice, and a little floral.
The taste is grain and toffee, biscuit and spice with a touch of citrus and pine. Slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Nice body.

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Photo of JackieSchmidt
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shiny copper penny color with excellent clarity and a wisp of off white head around the rim and the middle of the glass. Aroma of cereal grains is prevalent. I taste caramel and whole grains. The body is smooth and light to moderate carbonation is present.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with almost no head. Aroma is light but malt, bread, and yeast. Taste follows with bready, malty, yeasty flavors and the slightest hint of spice. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, this is an average to below average representation of the style, no up to free states standard.

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Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 3rd week in July

Pours amber with a thumb of sand colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & fruittyness

T: Bready with lemony hops, a touch of soap & green apples up front. Pears & a touch of grainyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with a touch of lemons & grainyness

MF: Meduim bodied & slight carbonation, okay balance

This one didn't impress me to much, which is a shame. I usually like Free State, just a fairly mundane Mai-Bock

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Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cavitae
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkf629
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark golden color bock with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of residual sugar with some biscuit malt. Taste is a mix between some residual sugars with light honey notes with some solid cereal notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable and quaffable with limited complexity. Somewhat too sweet for the style.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhawkjedi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brando5
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've now had this beer from several different locations, but always on tap.

I've tried both small taster pours, as well as shaker pints.

I've not been disappointed any of the times.

The beer pours a deep amber color, with a substantial tan head. immediately on the nose you get notes of light caramel, with some nice bright citrus / hop notes.

On the palate, this is a VERY well balanced brew. Caramel malty notes, with nice bitter complements, but finishes very clean.

Of the 4 beers in a recent tasting, this was the clear winner amongst all participants. Definitely enjoy every time this one comes around.

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Photo of TIMMA87698
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Skyjmpr
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Maestro0708
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by date is hard to read but looks like 5/26/17.

Pours copper / gold in color reminiscent of apple juice / cider. The head is small, white, and recedes into a cap of film that leaves behind a small bit of lacing on the glass.

This one is not particularly aromatic but smells of sweet maltiness balanced by floral and grassy hop notes.

The taste follows the nose with some sweet maltiness balanced by a floral / grassy hop flavor. Notes of caramel can also be detected. A bit of alcohol is also noticable in the finish.

The feel is medium bodied and crisp.

Lagers are not my favorite, but I was glad to have the opportunity to try this one. It's well balanced and refreshing, great for Spring!

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Old Chicago. They listed it as Free State Maibock. Perhaps they knew some Kansans wouldn't try it if they used Dr. Brinkley's name.

Brought to my table in an ale glass. Darker, clear amber color with little to no head and no lacing.

Aroma - Weak enough that I couldn't detect any over the food in the air.

Taste was a nice blend of flavors. Sweet malt and a touch of hops. Some nutty grain is evident.

Feel was smooth. A good balance of flavors, but I was left with a caramel sweetness that lingered too long.

Will I have another? Possibly, but I am not a regular at OC, so it will have been replaced before I return. I still wonder about leaving Brinkley's name off, few that frequent OC would have ever heard the name.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-ish, yellow with a lit fog and frost to it. Head foams up to a finger in height and stark white in color. Great retention, with a few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is light, and dotted with notes of floral, perfume, and grass. It has a light earthy malt note to it as well. Very much a spring time aroma. Flavor profile is floral and perfume hop notes. Earthy, biscuit malts are cellared away, providing a small base for the light hop notes. Light notes of caramel and yeast are sprinkled throughout. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a crisp feel. Overall, a flavorful springtime beer that provides quality notes across the board in an easy to sip - crisp feel.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a light copper/amber color. A white head sits on top then dissipates to a wisp of bubbles. Some decent sticky lacing is present. The beer smells really sweet with a faint hop and malt aroma. Some toasted grains come in as well. The taste is sweet up front with a toasty malt backdrop. But soon the bright hop presence is announced just before the dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced.

Overall, I feel that this beer represents the style well. It does go down awfully smooth for 6.5% ABV.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer was OK. My normal go-to maibocks are Hofbrau, with its pleasant sweetness and strong fruity flavors (very well balanced with the malts), or Dead Guy Ale, which hits you hard with flavor (and alcohol). Instead, this beer just tasted mildly hoppy, with a very subtle fuity sweetness. Easy to drink but not particularly memorable. Would not order again.

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Brinkley's Maibock from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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