Einbecker Brauhaus

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #45
Ranked #29,387
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Einbecker Brauhaus
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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bark from Sweden

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale amber; the finger thick head is airy and off-white.

The smell is very malty whit sweet notes of white loaf. There are also some gentle notes of aroma hops and some bitterness.

The taste is also loaded with malt: The start is a bit dry, but it develops into a full-bodied sweet flavour with some earthy notes. The aftertaste? Still lots of malt but I also found some warming alcohol. The finish is a bit bittersweet with flowery notes.

The carbonation is medium-strong with medium sized bubbles that tickle the tongue.

Almost heavy. Malty. Exactly like a maibock should be like (on the other hand, this is THE maibock)!

May 12, 2006
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. L 8/16 notched on bottle.

A - A 1 1/2 finger dense and creamy tan head floats above just a small level of carbonation with an orange-gold body. Some lacing.

S - Aroma is sort of a husky-grainy malty sweet smell with a very low level of hops. Malty sweetness overwhelms but has a small light fruit hint to it.

T - That is a good balance. The flavor starts with all acceptable, not overpowering, malty sweet taste that lingers but finishes after the swallow with a semi-fruity taste and a noticeable hop dryness.

M - Smooth and slightly creamy but lighter bodied and crisp. The finish is noticeable dry but not bitter.

D - Less hoppy than a typical Maibock I think, but it holds it's own as a great spring beer. Fairly drinkable. Delicious.

May 23, 2009
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RoryOMoore from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

May 26, 2013
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crossovert from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green, cool shaped, inappropriately colored bottle.

Pours into my Bavarian mug with a nice large foamy white head that sticks around for a little while. The body is crystally looking gold with hues of orange. Very nice.

Smell is luckily not skunky, with an abundance of malt, not much else, smells like a typical maibock.

Taste follows with that classic maibock flavor with nice malts and a kiss of hops.

Its a good Maibock, one of the more subtle but drinkable German styles.

Feb 09, 2010
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at C.O.Jones into a pint glass.

A: Clear medium-amber body underneath a thin white head. Mediocre retention and next to no lace. Meh.

S: Nutty, dry maltiness. Clean and appealing enough, but far from exciting.

T: Follows the nose precisely with a nutty, malty body and lightly hopped, bitter finish.

M: Light-to-medium-bodied with understated carbonation.

D: Crisp and clean enough, especially for its fairly substantial ABV.

Notes: I might have been a little hard on this one since it was a consolation prize - the other beer on special was Celebrator, but it had just sold out and I had to settle for this. While far from impressed, I'd much rather have this again than any Mexican beer, so it was nice to see it available at C.O.Jones.


Jan 24, 2010
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wrightst from Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jun 27, 2014
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Todd from California

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz green Euro bottle with green labels and neck foil. Freshness scored clearly and this particular bottle keeps until Nov 2001.

Appearance: Clear amber with a white lace that froths at the edges of the glass.

Smell: Notes of grain, malt sweetness, and the slightest hint of sulfurs and alcohol in the nose all mix with a perfumy hop aroma.

Taste: Sweet, chewy, big malt mouthfeel up-front -- there is some big ass malt in this bock! After the residual sugars dissipate a semi-corn-like flavour mixes with a note of butteriness, both of which carry the sweetness as it coats your mouth. The 6.5% alcohol level kicks in with ethanol flavour that is amplified by the distinctness of German hops. The beer finishes a bit sweet, with a corn-vodka flavour.

Notes: This is a big bock. Try it cold. As it warms, it tends to bring out characteristics that most people may not find enjoyable (in general, the warmer a beer gets, the more pronounced the natural flavours become).

Jul 26, 2000
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Apr 12, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Redbones. This brew has an amazing lace, thin but simply amazing and seems to stick just about everywhere. Bright tawny golden hue. Quite aromatic with an herbal hop presences and a double sweetness of alcohol and malt. Very clean palate with a bite from the hops as well as the alcohol, malt holds a solid medium bodied base and is sturdy enough to keep things in balance. Real easy to drink and went very well with the jerk beef sandwich.

May 03, 2002
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dbossman from Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden almost orange with a nice 1 finger head that dissipates to a very thin head; good lacing

S: Grainy, sweet maltiness (caramel); a bit of smoky woodiness; subtle alcohol; mine also had a bit of skunkiness to the aroma

T: Sweet, caramel maltiness is most prevelent; there is something woody and earthy and a bit smoky too; also a bit of skunkiness to the flavor

F: A bit thin and carbonated; good on back end but thinness is wearing

D: Pretty good but sweetness actually gets tiring; also alcohol becomes increasingly evident throughout

Dec 14, 2009
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BKotch from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 28, 2016
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pfamiano from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jul 13, 2012
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jun 01, 2019
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Brent from Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt aroma with German hops wafting up. This beer is all about the malt and alcohol - hops play a supporting role - adequate but always at the back of the stage. Malt takes the spotlight with some herbal sweetness. Alcohol flavors are just one step behind, wrestling with the hops for second stage. My bottle was about 7 months beyond the "best before" date (didn't think to check until I got got home) but the beer seems to have held up well - no oxidized or sulfur flavors, even in a green bottle.

May 07, 2003
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from PapaEugene.
Look: the beer pours a clear amber color, with a nice fluffy head.
Smell: Sweet malts, grain, peppery alcohol and spicy fruits.
Taste: Follows the nose: sweet malts and grain, spicy and fruity. Alcohol is quite present here.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall: Not a typical spring bock, a bit more spicy than the others in the style which makes a more a winterbeer. The alcohol is a bit too present though for my liking (like ethanol)

Jul 23, 2011
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jonnylieberman from California

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a goofy green bottle (when will they learn!?) into my tulip glass. Fat, thick white head lingers for a long time. Great lacing. A nice copper/orange color that really looks good in bright light. Only, I thought Maibocks were supposed to be even lighter?

Smells like: A high gravity lager. Which, unfortunately for me will always be tainted by the night when I was 18 and drank 5 40s of Crazy Horse... Anyhow, good malt is present and there is even some Hallertau-like hop spice/perfume. Not bad. Not overwhelming, either. Could be less faint.

Taste: Bitter. Interesting. Good malt, but definately has to compete with the hops. I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers using Continental hops -- they always taste to mediciny. Also, this beer seems to be lacking the decocted mash-attack of many bocks. Though the taste is complex. Still, when I think bock I think malt extravaganza. This beer is too spicey and possibly skunked.

Mouthfeel: Fairly severe carbonation. Medium bodied with a good roundness. Sharp attack on the tip of your tongue is not unwelcomed, but is not really to style, either.

Drinkability: What should be really malty and sweet is more bitter and perfumey, even medicine-like. Not going to wake up and crave this beer.

Nov 25, 2005
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SteveS1 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light amber body, foamy white head. Little retention and lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, a little dried fruit, faint grains

Taste: Sweet and malty on the tongue, caramel on the palate, pleasantly bitter going down, a touch of spice but not hoppy. Aftertaste is cereal grains.

Feel: Creamy, but medium-bodied and crisp. Nicely carbonated

Drink: Very drinkable, great flavor.

This is a nice maibock that isn't overly sweet

May 02, 2010
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budgood1 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

partly cloudy dark copper color, pours a rocky head which disappears quickly. soft euro aroma of malt and hops. taste is exquisite! sweet caramel and doughy malts with a lemony/honey background on a solid malt backbone. slick and creamy mouthfeel. you don't notice the alcohol until.....well... you know that warming feeling! thanks to ADR for steering me towards this for a compare/contrast lesson in maibocks.

Apr 10, 2002
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ClevoPiwo from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is somewhere between a copper and cinnamon color with some burnt orange highlights when held to the light. The head reaches almost a finger's width before settling down to a frothy coating on the surface of the beer and leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

The smell is clean, with the presence of some malt sweetness and a hint a of fruitiness from the hops, but not much. The smells don't assault the nose, they are rather subtle and balanced.

The taste is very well balanced between a sweet and grainy malt flavor and a recognizable hop presence. The malt is present in the front as well as the aftertaste with the hops coming in briefly somewhere inbetween. Overall, a very balanced and clean taste with a refreshing finish.

This is a very balanced and drinkable beer. Not too light, but not a heavy bock beer either. Definitely enjoyable during a nice warm day in May.

Jul 23, 2009
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bier #99.... almost there...!! A pleasant bock from Deutschland... This Maibock has a copper color and a small white head which leaves a decent amount of lace... Nice combo of sweetness and a hint of hops in the nose. Same flavorfull combo in it's taste... toasty/bready malt start, some fruitiness, then finishing with a bit of floral hops, and a little dryness. Medium body and smoothness... Good bier and very drinkable, though I think it displays a bit more fruitiness instead of sweetness than desired. Just the same, Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Apr 06, 2002
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Steve, 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Browned orange, filtered with a finger or so of white head. Mild retention and spotty lace. Nose has sweet malts, light cider and bruised apple notes. Taste has more malt, grainy breads, a little earthy and some prominent hop bitterness. More bruised apple type flavours. Medium body and a bit of bite to the carb. Just another maibock really, nothing to see here.

Oct 02, 2012
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WilliamPhilaPa from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper-ish color. It has a thin white head, good lace. The aroma is that of malt mainly, toasted light bread maybe…It has a nice full body. Initial taste is alcohol and a sweet malt base, then a nice notes of spicy hops, a little fruitiness as well. There is a tiny bit of warming in the finish. Overall a nice German Bock…and also a cool looking green bottle...

May 16, 2002
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rarbring from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear dark gold with a hint of orange, a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is malty, dry grass and flowers, a bit sour milk, bread and yeast.

The taste is sweet, shortbread and caramel, some fruit notes, pears and apricots in brandy. A small bitter finish,but that lingers pleasantly.

Low carbonation, smooth and complex, a dry warmth.

A good well-done bock, nice with strong hard cheese.

May 03, 2010
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oberon from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iam a sucker for a well made helles bock,this traditional brewery's rendition was a bit lackluster in my opinion.Poured into a becker a rich lighter bronze shade with a well defined one finger white head,German malt aromas are a bit toasty with a tinge of iron,the caramel sweetness is hefty as well.Not alot of complexity on the palate,caramel sweetness with that iron/mineral note,a light herbal,dry hop presence in the finish.Easy to drink for the style but again not overly complex.

Feb 02, 2011
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dqrull from Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper with a fizzly white head that dies down toa tight lid pretty fast.

Smells of hay, white bread, light noble hops, and some dried fruits.

Taste is pretty light, lighter than expected, with some white bread, floral noble hops and some fruitiness in the form of golden raisins and fresh date plums, lightly sweet with a small bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery with a mild carbonation, ok.

Alittle disappointed, I have liked the other beers from these germans.

Jun 06, 2010
Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 462 ratings