Mai-Ur-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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.

Added by Bierman9 on 07-26-2000

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Photo of StAnthony
4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Maibock. Ah...the memories. So, so smooth. Deep, rich bronze color with apleasant texture that just lingers on the tounge. You know...even for traveling half way around the world and being out of season (it was mid winter), this may quite possibly be the best bottled beer I've ever had. And it's the original! From the last of the great Einbecker breweries.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hmm, I think lucky me was able to sip this one fresh off the boat (it sure tasted that way). I had three of these, and looking at the abv, yeah that's about right. Had this one at 'bones last evening, and it was yummy (heard we weren't supposed to use that adjective, so get ready to see it a lot from now on). The color was Munich amber (go look, see what that could be), topped with a frothy tan head (nice pour!). I even had rings of lace left through-out my glass. The light, brown bready aroma was pleasant. Tingly carbonation was the initial impression, and the malt was slightly sweet, which was nicely kept in check by the crispness of the carbonation. No real bitterness to speak of, but again: no syrupy notes detected either. Spot on, and a bit dangerous for me having three. Very very good.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a beer tasting offered by the distributor. Actually I read that beer from Einbeck (475 years ago) was the Church reformer Martin Luther's favorite beer.... (of course it was ale then, different ingredients, different style of beer.. etc. etc....).

Very nice appearance and head--typical of German beers. Transparent and fairly light color for a bock. Smell is wonderful, all noble hops. Taste is crisp hops with a very solid balanced malt backbone. Leaves a nice clean hop aftertaste. All in all a great beer. Makes me long for good ol' Germany.

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Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great vibrant reddish amber color.
Aromas are improbably concentrated...drenched with honey, sticky green/yellow herbs, cocoa, toffee, pine nuts...
On the palate it glides across in a viscous display of rich, roasted nut flavor combined with abrupt, tarry hops, sweet caramel and cedar. Wow.
I never had a bock with so much structure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with an orange cast and light ruby highlights topped by a firm 1" head that receeds but holds at 1/16" and leaves an excellent lace as well. The aroma is solidly malty, balanced by a grassy hoppiness. (Also lightly skunky - green bottle!) The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Obviously a full bodied beer! The flavor starts with a solid maltiness - lightly sweet and caramel tinged - which becomes increasingly bitter as it crosses the palate, ending with dry (and unfortunately metallic flavor from oxidation) finish. Obviously an excellent beer, but a damaged bottle. I've had this beer before and remember it without defect. It's a solid one-two punch of malt and hop that expresses itself in slightly different ways throughout the glass (probably because as the malt sugars build in your mouth they retain the bitterness of the hops). And therefore, although it is not complex per se, it is a very interesting and enjoyable beer that keeps your attention.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
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 stirgy
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A gorgeous head of eggshell colored foam rises from the first pour of this beer. Slowly bubbling down and settling into a Swiss cheese lace that barely clings to the sides of the glass. The beer itself is golden orange in color, shining bright and clear when held up to the light. A soft and uniform carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass to merge with now receding head.

The aroma is fresh with new grass, lemons and a sharp graininess.

The first sip goes down so smoothly that I’m not even sure I took a sip. The second and subsequent sips bring smiles to my face. For being a stronger beer, it goes down like water. The flavors are assertive with hints of grapefruit bitterness from the hops pairing equally well with the solid body of sweet grainy malts. Nice body and overall a superbly made brew that any beer geek would be happy to taste.

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Photo of sraimondi
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at My Place in Newtown, CT. Once again, Mark gets the real deal on draught. The best Maubock I have ever tasted. Appearance was a nice deep cooper color. The aroma was all about the malt. Taste, bread-like, close to a doppelbock, but a little bit more balanced. Mouthfeel was very smooth with pretty low carbonation. ABV is well concealed, so you can down a bunch, but be careful. A world class offering from Einbecker.

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Photo of Allen_Davis
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Total Wine & More - Virginia Beach

Appearance - Pours to a clear straw yellow with a light carbonation.

Smell - Floral hops with a bit of 'skunk' smell (I personally enjoy this quality in a beer.) Tangy, ripe scent.

Taste - Semi-bitter, vegetal hops hit your mouth at first, balanced with a flirty sweetness on the front of the tongue...this quickly dissapates to a light, bready flavour that has a nice springy quality. The aftertaste is mid-tongue bitterness with warm, very slightly barley-infused notes. The sweet, green aftertaste hangs around for a long while.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation sting here...the hops fool your mouth into thinking it's bubbly. The flavors stick to the center of your tongue for a good while.

Overall: A pleasant, deceptively strong German bock-style beer, that will entertain the palates of seasoned beer fans and hobbyists alike. Give it a go!

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sharkheadlasers
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden-amber color. The clarity is clear. It has a malty aroma with no hop notes and light caramel scent. The flavor is caramel notes in the front, malty. It has a body that is between medium and full. The head was moderate, but dissipated. This is a nice, drinkable, sweet, but not cloy beer. My favorite Maibock!

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Photo of TR0219
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of kvnstfrd
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mikejseal
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of shippos
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured with a pale orangy color with a nice thick dense head. spicy hop aroma or maybe a little skunky because of teh green bottle. sweet maltyness is poking through in the background. very smooth, balanced mouthfeel with a nice hoppy bite to cut through the malt in the aftertaste. excellent beer, definetly worth trying again.

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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear burnt mahogany with a light, whispy head showing twinges of yellow leaving spotty lace behind.

Very nice, soft semi-sweet bready aromas, fresh baked bread, yeast, toffee, and caramel, with some earthy noble hop presence, and a hint of brown sugar covered nuts.

Must be because it's May but I can't get enough Maibocks right now so why not go with where the style started. Tastes like it smells only better. Sweet toffee malts, fresh bread, cereal, caramel, yeast, brown sugar, candied nuts, earthy hops adding just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. Carbonation is dead on as well, spritzy and effervescent on the palate. Creamy in the middle and long in the finish. Can't get enough.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this on tap at Orlando Brewing. I am astounded at how GREAT this beer is on tap! I've had it in the (skunky-green-bottle) in the past and thought it sucked. However, this on-tap beer is a completely different animal! This beer rocks! Why does Germany hate the USA so much that it sends us so many crappy green/skunked bottled beers? Thankfully, Germany must not hate us "all that much" since the US also gets some excellent German brew on tap! Seek this stuff out on won't be sorry!

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was VERY impressed with this beer.

I'm not very familiar with the style, but Einbecker is well-respected given their history and longevity.

My sample had a very impressive, massive head that lingered as I drank my beer. Outstanding considering the beer is filtered.

The aroma was wonderful too. A nice nose of strong noble hops, with definite solid malt undertones.

The taste was very-well balanced, with an emphasis on the hops in the beginning, but a slight lean toward the malt in the finish.

A medium-bodied brew that I found very drinkable, and I highly recommend this rare style to anyone who comes across it.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, highly carbonated, little half finger off white cream head. Filtered but not to crystal clear. A little nice lacing.

S: Syrupy, maple, with a fine refined toastiness to the malt that comes in the end. Apple sauce, slight smokiness to the toasted malts. Caramel and cereal like malts.

T: Caramely sweet, apples and toasted malts, very slight dough yeasty aftertaste. Bitterness in the end is the herbal oil, like oregano oil. Apples are present. Some floral when swooshed over the tongue.

M: Thick bready and syrupy body, low carbonation.

O: Flavours are much clearer and crisper, as well as scents, than Dargunner’s (my first Maibock was Dargunner’s.) Really am privileged to find a beer that Martin Luther remarked about as the best beer in the world. Found this one in Nashville and it has been one of the first on my ‘to find in NA’ list. Here I am drinking it on one of the last days I have in NA before heading to China. First heard of this on ‘Two Guys on Beer’ a show I love but that’s no longer going.

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