Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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German Maibock
Ranked #30
Ranked #25,375
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Very Good
Notes: “Ready for May?” In spring, the Einbecker brew-masters brew a particular special beer, the Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock. This pleasantly-bitter refreshment is only available in the spring – as long as supplies last.
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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass. A nice looking clear amber color with a medium sized and sturdy white head. Not much aroma, just a bit of bready malt and burnt caramel. The taste clearly featured the malt with the above notes. Bitterness was there but hid behind the malty flavors. Medium bodied and carbonated. Overall this was a well-made beer but was unremarkable for me. I would have preferred a bit more hop presence.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep amber and a wonderful bronze orange body color is presented with nice clarity. Head creation is slightly khaki colored with a nice bubbly and frothy appearance. Touches of pill like lacing and a good crowned collar make an appearance. Great looking beer.

Aroma is real nice. Emphasis on toffee quite a bit here, with a fairly sweet and somewhat sticky sensing flavor on the nose. Lots of sticky malt sensations, a bit extract like smelling out of the package, but with a nice faint hint of clove.

Flavors tend to follow the nose. Fairly nice backbone, which is inescapable and really powers the flavors. The malt character does come off a bit thick but nothing too syrupy. Hints of sticky caramel and touches some good fusel heat surprisingly. Aftertaste has a bit of remedial hop spicy bitterness but not much.

A bit of a malty and somewhat hot bock.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Amber. Crystal clear. Short tan head.

Molasses, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and corn.

Molasses, caramel, biscuit, and cracker. Some corny sweetness. Very malt forward with little to no hop character.

Medium bodied, oily, smooth, sweet, and lightly bitter.

Sweet, malty, smooth. Not the most complex Maibock.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit of caramel. Taste is of bready malts, light honey, just a touch of alcohol is present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 15.21 (Including tax and discount)/six-pack of 11.2oz cans ($ 0.226/oz) from State Line Liquor, Elkton, MD. Reviewed 7/4/19.
“E 02.18.2020” printed at the bottom. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Body – Orange, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 8.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, low density, average retention, diminishing to a two to three mm crown and rocky complete cap. Head retraction leaves a few three-dimensional irregular islands of tiny to small bubbles.
Lacing – none other than above.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak, sweet caramel malt aroma.
Flavor – 4 – Light, slightly caramel, maltiness with just a touch of bitterness. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Thin, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – Very pleasing Maibock. The label is appropriate for the Reinheitsgebot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really awesome beer, and how cool to have it served in its own glassware, the clay looking mug, perfect for patio drinking because it keeps the light out. this is a spring bock, a stronger and heartier lager, fermented down close to dry, less obvious malt sweetness than some of the other bock types that exist, and one thats dangerously drinkable then. its got an awesome head on it, frothy and lasting in aforementioned mug, lots of bubbles and active carbonation too. aroma is nutty, not quite toasted, its not that warm, but a cooler spectrum hearty grain profile, real classically german, and resonating well with the robust lager yeast character in here. there is an obvious minerality that i like, especially in the crisp finish, and there is a light bready element too, never too heavy, but more structure than many others, its not filling or anything, but it has plenty of substance. i love the yeast, i always do when i have beer from these guys, and it seems more flavorful and mature and complete in its lagering here. overall this is about as satisfying a beer as you are going to find, especially in a springtime patio setting, it really hit the mark for me! i imagine draft is enormously better than bottle stateside...

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Photo of kvnbrk
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a sweet smell and taste. The color is a little funky orange-y but I really liked the taste. Stumbled on it in the supermarket. Went back a couple of days later to get another six pack for further research, but they had sold out. Would definitely buy again if they bring it back.

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Photo of MittenBreezeMD
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed one of these at the suggestion of an owner from a local specialty store. Off the bat, I was surprised at the dark malty color, being a maibock style. The sent is very rich with heavy caramel and biscuit malts. There is a sharp piney aroma off the glass, and when drinking it you don't catch the happiness until seconds after it lands. I am slightly surprised as this is not what I would have expected from the style, but it is a VERY drinkable beer. The beer was executed well and is much stronger than its style, but it does not resemble the traditional maibock style I have tried in the past. Overall a beer I will drink again.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very malty smelling and tasting beer with honey sweet bread and a slightly spicy subtle floral hop. It is definitely on the heavier side of the Maibocks I have had though.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a bottle at Bar Munich at Champions' League final.
Smelled really good, sweet and bock-like, but the taste have a strange bitter taste, not sure it's from the hop.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into Nonic Pint
L403434J11 date code
L- dark brown, clear, thin white head
S- apples, sweet candy
T- very sweet caramel, that is immediately met by this bracing bitterness, and goes back to sweet on the finish
F- fuller-bodied, syrupy, finishes dry
Overall this beer is so unique, I'm not 100% sure what to make of it, it is incredibly sweet and bitter at the same time

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Photo of chinchill
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville.
Pours with a amber colored body that has a light haze. It's topped with a tall, durable, creamy, beige head.
Aroma: surprisingly hoppy for style; a bit too musty.
The flavor has mild bitterness but plenty of other hop flavors, mainly of the herbal-floral variety. Possible off-flavors (bad sample?).

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the original beers of this style, this one pour a nice light amber with a decent head. The aroma is predictably sweet and malty but with a bit of an alcoholic kick. The taste is rich and toasty with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel.

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Photo of FBarber
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear orange color. Thinnish white head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is a robust array of bready malts with some earthy almost grassy hops and a touch of spicy yeast.

Bready malts in the flavor with a slightly bitter earthy/grassy hop finish. Touch of honey like sweetness.

Full bodied, not really . Medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice well crafted maibock.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours golden-amber orange with a creamy white foam head. Smells like rich caramel, toasted bready malts, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, honey, caramelized fruits, plum, red apple, black grape skin, raisins, dark fruits, dried fruit, mild damp musty fruity funk, with spice and floral earthy grass. Tastes like rich toasted bready malts, caramel, roasted molasses, brown sugar, toffee, honey, caramelized fruits, plum, red apple, black grape skin, raisin, dark fruits, dried fruit, mild musty funk, with spice and floral earthy grass. Overall a really nice Mai-Ur-Bock.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into a slim pint glass

A- A clear golden amber with a two finger white head.

S- Sweet bread, biscuits, some floral hops, touch of something fruity.

T- Biscuits, toasted sweet bread, hints of dark fruits, hops are mainly floral but a little earthy.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A really nice beer, perfect for spring time.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a clear, golden amber with good carbonation. Has a big, white, foamy head that dissappates quickly.
S- Wonderful breadiness and hop smell you get from traditional, German beers. Extra maltiness.
T- AAAAh! Taste follows the nose. Light carmelizing and hop. Bitterness in end. Malt continues well after.
F- Extremely smooth transitions.
O- I love good, old German beer companies that do it right!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impression is American craft brewers shy from this style. But if they do study how to make this right, Einbecker's Mai-Ur-Bock should be one that they look at closely. Apparently this town has a tradition stretching back to 13th Century in which citizen brewers made Mai-bock to pay their taxes and the government, in turn, sold the surplus to other cities.

(Coming from a desperate state that will take money any way it can, maybe we can stimulate Chicago's many micro-breweries by making beer as barter to Illinois for bailing it out.)

Ahem... Back to the beer... Mostly malt in the nose, the malt continued to make me taste fruit increasingly as the beer warmed. Hops seemingly only used for balance to keep the malt from getting too sweet. Then, the bitterness emerges at the end as a subtle dryness. How do they do that ?

Listed in the "1001 Beers", this lager deserves to be there.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and said Mai-ur-bock was "faintly estery, spritzy and refreshing."

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium Amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very biscuity malt presence that's a bit sweet smelling. Mild noble hop presence.

T- Classic German malt character with more biscuit notes as well as pronounced breadiness and some cereal grain malt sweetness. Touch of spicy hops that carry a slight bitterness.

M- Clean, crisp lager feel. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- So nice to have a German-made bock (assumably) fresh on draft. Goes down so easy with lots of hearty flavor. Beers like this need more love in the current landscape of commercial beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass to a deep yellow topped by a two and a half finger dense white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of pale malts and some clean noble hop aromas
T: Taste is sweet and malty up front with a little bit of sulphur and minerals. Slightly vegetal with some clean hop notes from the noble hop additions. Swallow is a nice floral noble hop kick with some sweet maltyness.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation that isn't prickly and a refreshing finish
O: Overall this is a tasty beer. It has some really nice flavors and some decent complexity. What it does it does well and it tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Redrover
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to see this one on tap at WOB in Birmingham, AL.

It was served in a shaker, the beer is a medium copper with s skim of beige foam.

The nose is of malts, a bit of dark fruit and a touch of alcohol.

The beer is malt forward with a bit of slow poke sucker like sweetness, some ripe red apple and a touch of alcohol.

The mouth is silky smooth and supple

I liked the various facets of this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear reddish amber, 1” fluffy white head dissipates quickly to a film.
S: bread crust, faint hops, light toast, clean, no diacetyl, no fruity esters, no alcohol.
T: Rich German malts, melanoidins, delicious, not much hop flavor, toasty notes, no appreciable caramelization, slight peppery quality, moderate hop bitterness, no fruity esters, slight dry finish.
M: medium body, medium low carbonation, smooth. Clean, no harshness, no astringency, slight alcohol warming.
O: Pale strong malty lager.

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Photo of drmeto
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:-pours orange-copper with a small,quickly dissipating beige head
-medium carbonation,alcohol unnoticeable,medium body
Bang-on Maibock,though a little more boring than other maibocks out there

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Photo of fx20736
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

light orange with thin offwhite head, not much lacing. Noble hops dominate the nose. Light caramel with strong Hops bitterness. Decent carbonation. Bottle was skunked which is too bad as this is a decent beer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper colored; steady stream of bubbles rising; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: figs, dark raisin bread; no DMS;

T: toffee up front; morphs into sweet malt by mid-palate, which fades toward the finish; light bitterness mixed with the remaining malt sweetness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; effervescent carbonation; dry finish;

O: didn't get any pils malt character; would have liked a little more hop profile beyond the bit of bitterness at the finish;

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Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 442 ratings