Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-BockEinbecker Mai-Ur-Bock

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 406
Photo of mortarit
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just read a few minutes ago that bock comes from the lager family. For a long time I have been drinking the American's definition of the style and thought I like it them. Since then I am getting educated in top and bottom fermenting. I like ale which are top fermenter. Lager is a bottom fermenter. I am starting to inquire more knowledge about what I like and do not like.

I thought the smell was pleasant. Easy on the nose and inviting as well.

Taste was the opposite in the experience. Raw and harsh. Of course I just had a Flanders Red so that may come into play with the palette.

This wouldn't be a session beer for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out a nice crystal clear yellow with a fluffy white head, definitely resembled a true German brew. I had to wait to finish pouring till the head settled a bit. The aroma is very grainy and full of earth or nature. The flavors were good when this was cold from the fridge but as it warmed up it just got nearly unbearable for me to drink. I don't know why but I just didn't like the taste of it after mid-bottle. Mouthfeel was good and all, just the taste really got the best of me.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Amber color, light brown head.
Aroma: Bold malty aroma, infused with fruit.
Flavor: Bold malty, apple and raisin flavor, with a bitter, hoppy finish. A full bold bodied beer.
Overall: This beer was somewhat disappointing. First of all, this beer gave off a stale fruit aroma and flavor. It drinks somewhat harsh, with a unpleasant hoppy/bitter finish. Seeing that Maibocks are seasonal, the year-round hybrid missed the mark.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear orange beer with a fleeting white head. The aroma is of malt, cookies... pretty funky, actually. The body is medium weight and lively. The flavor is reasonably bitter and... metallic, funky, maybe a bit of apple. I think this one was skunked.
(rated May 17, 2007)

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Photo of ricke
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Brassy yellow with orange hues. A big off-white head with decent retention leaves quite a lot of lacings.

S: Bready malts, a gentle not of sweet fruits and grass. Hints of minerals, alcohol and perfumy hops.

T: Malty sweetness - lots of sweetness all around actually. Toast, grassy hops and a subtle sweet fruity note. Caramel. The finish has some bitterness to it with a note of grassy hops, more malts and a distinct taste of sweet alcohol. The alcohol is not well hidden in this one.

M: Moderate body, rather smooth texture. Gentle carbonation.

D: Not very complex, but quite tasty. The alcohol gets a little too much after a while and considering the sweetness I wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle of this on any occasion. This style of beer isn't really my thing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderately-dark golden color with a long-lasting single-finger white head. A bit of spotty lacing as it does eventually fall. The nose brings some light, grainy malt plus a very faint amount of herbal hops. Some light breadiness in the background. The flavor is slightly bitter and grainy, with the finish bringing an off bitterness that is almost like it has been light struck. Thin with above-normal carbonation as well. Not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of jaluria
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a translucent, copper color with a strong, white colored head. The surface was covered in bubbles and a touch of lacing was left behind in my glass. Aroams of malt, dried fruit, and alcohol. The taste was a cross between malt liquor and a doppelbock with grain/bread unertones. Too sweet and unbalanced to really enjoy again and again. Nice texture with the heavy carbonation, but less than average drinkability.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darker golden color, not really like a bock. Heavy caramel malt flavor and rather hoppy. When I had it, it was a bit skunked, so it probably took away from what the fresh beer tastes like. Has a dry aftertaste. It is good if it is available..but not good enough to go out and search for it.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Light amber color with a offwhite head.

smell - Sweet malt, caramel, and hops present.

taste - Starts of with a mlat taste and then has a hop bite at the end.

mouthfeel - medium body.

drinkability - I have had 3 Mai-bocks that i gave good reviews to. This I wasn't too crazy about, it had to much hop bite and not enough malt tast i think. Though i know that is what makes it a "Mai" is the hops.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear deep golden color with moderate white head that slowly fell to a thin coating. Smell is very light with a slight wsweet maltiness present. Taste is firmly maltly with an alcohol presence also noted. Taste rapidly rapidly dissapears leaving only a vague alcohol taste. Maybe a bit of dryness at the finish. Average at bea=st. there are much better examples to be found.

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Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was essentially a big sweet malty experience. That's really all I can say.

The taste was in your face malty as well. Upfront there was a rich sweet molasses character which faded slowly into a clean spicy and mildly hoppy finish. There was a bit of an alcohol presence as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

If you like malty bocks with good ABVs, then this beer is for you.

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Photo of
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Poured a beautiful clear, light amber with orange tones. Decent size, off-white head. Smell was mainly malt - caramel and molasses. Some hops of the citrus variety came through rather faintly. The taste was sweet at the start, but less so than the aroma would lead you to expect. As you hold the beer, you get alcohol/phenol/medicine taste in the middle. Sprinkled throughout are notes of toast, not quite burnt. The finish brings the hops (gently) and a slight pepper taste. Body was medium, as was the carbonation. The finish was drying, almost to the point of being astringent and there was some alcohol warming going on. Overall, a very interesting beer, but not really to my taste. The alcohol/medicinal flavor really did nothing for the total experience.

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Photo of illidurit
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear light gold with a tinge of orange under a lasting cream colored head. Aroma is light cereal grains with a little bit of tart lemoniness and grassy hops. Flavor is caramel and bread up front. Pretty sweet until the hops cut through with a light grassy bitterness. Clean, watery, mineral finish. Rather astringent. Creamy mouthfeel until the weak finish hits. Easy to get tired of this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle noted best before date of 9/12/02 (sampled 10/20/03 thank you very much Flying Saucer Nashville) and states 8.5% alcohol. Please note my sample was way overdue.
Aroma: Smells like Grolsch, best I can do.
Appearance: Deep orange with a modest off white head.
Flavor: Balance on the hops, but again, tasted like Grolsch. Not bad, but didn’t blow my hair back.
Mouthfeel: Rich mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body
Overall Impression: Was hoping to educate myself about the Maibock style with this, but never really got a feel for the style. Seemed like any other lager. I’ll keep looking. It did hide the alcohol well.

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Photo of cokes
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber glass beneath a sandy foam that fades at a quick pace.
Nose of grain, alcohol, sulphur and slight caramel sweetness.
Taste is very sweet, with both the alcohol and the caramel (vienna?) malts surfacing intially. This results in a cumbersome syrup-like impression. Welcomed interjections of fruitiness. Flashes of grain enter just prior to the oxidized notes of metal and sulpur. These flavors dominated what seemed to be a likeable spicy hop closure. Rides out boozy and sticky.
A hefty brew for sure, but not among my Maibock favorites, even considering this bottle was clearly past it's prime.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A clear golden orange. Almost like topaz. Nice and bubbly bone white head with thick foamy toothpaste like lacing.

S - Smells of oak, aluminum and crystal malts. After warming the metallic keg smell went away and other hoppy smells emerged.

T - Meaty savory hops, oaky. There is a bitter twig aftertaste like a mixture of 2 parts cherry tree and one part hickory. Some pleasant malty flavors as well.

M - A bit fizzy due to continued carbonation. On the lower end of medium body. A good average.

D - This is another of many drinkable enjoyable anytime German beers. German beer is good...it's the law.

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Photo of livingregret
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle w/ no freshness date

Appearance: A clear golden amber w/ a lovely 1 finger head. Plenty of lacing has the beer looking great

Smell: Grain, wheat and sweet malt dominate the smell. Mainly the grain and wheat smell

Taste: Wow....way different than I was expecting. The smell reminded me of some BMC beers but instead I'm hit w/ a nice sweet malt taste that ends w/ a slight corn like taste. Quite tasty. Fairly smooth but leaves a slight slick coating in your mouth

Drinkability: Enjoyable enough

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Photo of dqrull
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing Einbecker's beers at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham for a long time. I couldn't say why I've avoided them, but now I'm in the mood for maibocks and this is the first bottle of the season.

It pours a light, nutty brown with golden highlights, while the very lean white head lasted only a few minutes. Held up to the light, this brew resembles pilsner. Aromas of sweet, caramel-resembling malts waft up to the nose, while milder scents of dark fruit and hops linger in the background. The bock elements are certainly there. An initial hit of sweetness attacks the front edge, and then those caramel malts take over. The finish is a lot hoppier than I would have guessed, and the lingering aftertaste indeed hoppy with a bread-like characteristic as well. There is a bit of maibock-style spice in the center that combines nicely with those sweet malts.

It is medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

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Photo of snpub540
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear copper hue with a fizzy white head that quicly faded away into a fizzy nothingness.

Smell is bready and nutty and that us about all.

Taste has some more going on. Sweet bready malts upfront followe by a toasty nuttiness. The finish is crisp and dry with spicy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy at first and its a little thin. This is a very clean and refreshing beer that has some nice flavor going on.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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)

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz green bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date intact.

A: Clear light amber-cedar color with thin creamy off-white head with skimpy lacing.

S: Distinct orange peel, sweet malts with honey and caramel, and strong nobel hops presence are mingled with a faint and not unpleasant alcohol aroma.

T: Plenty of dextrin sweetness in the start, some citrus flavors, and then a sharp and spicy finish due to the more herbal than noble hops bite which leaves it a little drier than expected. Alcohol not detected.

M: A little astringent and the alcohol is much more heavy in the aftertaste. Body is medium.

D: Not a bad Maibock, but the astringent chracter detracts from this brew somewhat. Still not a bad offering in this style.

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Photo of steveh
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at a good local -- but still a green bottle under big fluorescents.

A -- Nice, clear gold-to-amber color with a slow-settling eggshell colored head.

S -- Green bottle skunkiness, but bready malts fighting for contention.

T -- Big, sweet, bready malts with some vague citrus characters in the aftertaste.

M -- Medium-light body with a smooth, slightly syrupy -- though finishing dry, mouth-feel.

D -- Drinkability is good, but could be better, I imagine this brew is suffering from shelf-staleness. I'll see about finding a more fresh sample to update.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold beer witha finger thick white head which subsided quickly. Aroma was of light toasty malt flavors that finished dry. The flavor began with a noble hop bitterness which was completly covered up with malt flavor soon after. A clean dry light malt flavor is the predominent character of this beer's flavor. The finish is full of lingering hop bitterness that reminds one of a fien German Pils. Body is medium wieh a bit of a carbonic bite. Overall I was not impressed with this brew as it seemed more like an out of balance Pils that a smooth Bock. A bit too much hop for rhe style and too light on the malt flavors as well. It is hard to criticize this beer, as Einbeck is wherer the Bock style originated but I believe that this beer is not a perfect pale bock.

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