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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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +9.5%
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 -7.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +18.7%
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 +1.1%
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 +4%
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 HamdenHector
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of infinitebruner
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

December 21, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Deep gold to light amber. A ton of fairly sizeable bubbles rising towards the top. Extraordinarily clear. Very little head, though what’s there seems to stick around for awhile.

S – Unfortunately this bottle is lightstruck, due to Einbecker’s decision to use green bottles. Therefore I am counting it against them since it is a packaging flaw and handling can’t really be blamed. Some mild caramel malt aroma, with herbal hops far in the background.

T – A lot of caramel flavor, golden biscuit, and light brown sugar, definitely some Maillard products. Hops are light and floral, mostly contributing mild bitterness.

M – Fairly low carbonation, residual sweetness carries through to the finish. Low amount of bitterness.

O – Seems to come in a bit on the sweet side. Excellent flavor, but a bit out of balance, to a fault.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean in flavor as well with very low yeast ester presence. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock style. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear 24K gold with a 1 finger head of foam. As the foam shrinks slowly, there's plenty of lacing sticking to my glass.

The smell is awesome. Roasty grainy malt at its best. Some caramel adds to the malty fun.

The taste is true to the smell though there's a touch more sweetness than I feel comfortable with. But a Bock is supposed to be on the sweet side, Bill. It's part of the style profile.

Nice mouthfeel, but for me, a slower drinker. I have to say, overall, this is a nice drop of Mai Bock.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a healthy three finger ligth khaki head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Full aroma of bready and caramel malt, light grassy hops and hint of skunk. Flavor follow aroma, rich caramel and bready malt with syrupy toffee and earthy, grassy hops. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. A full bodied maibock with lots of good, sweet malt flavor and a good touch of hops in the finish. There are hints of skunkiness and a touch of oxidation; this green bottle may have been sitting around a while before sale, but still very tasty and satisfying. Looks and tastes good, I will watch for this again.

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Photo of confer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Deep gold with snow white head of mostly fluffy bubbles.
S-Smell is not that strong but I think this is pretty standard for a Mai-Bock. Just a slight malty aroma
T- Again it's pretty right on for a mai-bock, mostly malty sweetness with a bit of heat.
MO -Has a thick creamy feel. Overall a nice beer that comes in a funky bottle.

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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 Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark yellow, nearly amber brew that's bright in spite of a slight haze, this beer's head is just short of a full finger tall and lacing is surprisingly sticky and abundant considering it isn't particularly thick or heavy; there's just lots and lots of spotting almost everywhere.
There's lots of bread, a bit of dryness almost getting toward crackery but kept from it by the doughier quality. There's plenty of caramel malt for support, and hops come in with some floral and more earthy than grassy notes. The sweetness in the aroma is a little off with the grainy edge to it, but only slightly at the front. Otherwise, it finishes with a lighter, more honey-like sweetness before some alcohol wafts out along with an expected lightly sulfuric note. The honey is also on the tongue, while the sulfur integrates into the overall profile and the alcohol lies underneath but mostly in the finish.
Starting off sweeter, this light to medium-bodied beer has a light crispness but is quite creamy, and into the finish develops a light dryness to carry it through.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, old-gold appearance, and just a film of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet bread, but the smell is not strong. Taste is strong, however, and one gets sweet, syrupy malt, some alcohol, rich, medium-roasted bread crust, a hefty hop bitterness, and cloyingness, to an extent. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock finishes semi-dry, sweet, rich, and relatively easy drinking. Overall, this is a delicious beer. RJT

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug. Pours amber red with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain with a tad of earthy hops. Tastes of caramel and nice dark roasted grain. Beer is light/medium body carbonated correctly and goes down great. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Allen_Davis
4.51/5  rDev +19%
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 FLima
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It took me some time to find this beer, let’s see how it goes.
Golden amber color with a nice thick head with good retention.
Nice malty and nutty aroma with grassy hops. Not shy like in some pilsners.
Sweet malty flavor with notes of caramel, apples, minerals and grassy hops. Hints of peppers, pine, honey and booze.
Dry with a persistent bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
I was surprised of how much malty this beer was. Not my favorite style, but it is a respectful beer.

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Photo of jesseejames
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer one of the better maibocks. It pours a slight reddish golden with a small head that leaves a little lacing. It smells of wonderful roasted malts with hints of nuts. The taste is of roasted malts with a nice balance of bitterness from the hops to round out the taste. It goes down smooth although I like a bit more carbonation than this beer seems to have. A nice beer on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Is this the original Maibock? IF so, and if this recipe has remained relatively unchanged, I would say improvements have most definitely been made on the style since.

What struck me was, first, how dark the beer was. Instead of a lighter blonde/gold color, which I have become accustomed to expecting in a "true" maibock, this is a medium-dark amber or, better, a tawny hue. Huh? Some head rises on the pour (into an official Einbecker glass) but it falls and breaks apart in time.

The most dominant aroma was the second thing that struck me - caramel. Some browned/toasted bread roll coming through, too. Yeah, there's some of that familiar mildly herbal/spicy, floral phenolic character - not nearly vibrant enough - but it's otherwise predominantly light, yet potent and dense caramel. Not bad. Not great. Not what I was hoping for.

The taste follows its boldly malt-forward smell rather closely. Alcohol does come through more, however, only softly, on the edges, and far behind the musty, caramel semi-richness. The taste is almost all malt with minimal grassy/floral and fruity notes. Not bad, once again, but rather dull and olden (oxidized perhaps?). The body is not quite as mellow or restrained as the flavor. Some pleasant roundness and muscle, some slickness, yet it's ultimately clean.

Hey, not what I was expecting. If you are ever, somehow, in the mood for a malt-weighty, honey-ish, caramel-busty German beer - this is your drink.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA

Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of off-white foam, composed of smallish bubbles on bottom with larger and medium-sized bubbles on top. Eventually, the head collapses to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. The declining head leaves minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a transparent copper-orange color, with light bringing out bright orange hues. Carbonation is visible, but very minimal and sluggish.

Aroma is bright, intense, sweet, and a bit bready. I could envision this being an excellent beer for the spring, when the evenings are still cold enough to warrant a modestly higher ABV beer with plenty of malt and fair hop character. Major components are toffee, thick honey, sweet bread, . The sweetness of the bock is definitely present, but could use a bit more tempering by the hops.

Taste is of honey, fairly bright, toffee-like malt sweetness, and a bit of spicy hops. The flavor reminds me of a less alcoholic version of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Bock. Tasting opens with fairly intense sweetness bearing a resemblance to honey and toffee with slightly flowery hops. Mid-palate brings on a greater intensity of malt sweetness and honey/toffee flavors, with slight bitterness and continued flowery taste from hops. Back of palate has faint bitterness with continued sweetness, honey and bread-like flavors. Aftertaste of lingering bright sweetness with lightly floral and bitter hops.

Beer is medium bodied with low amounts of carbonation, the result is a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Closes semi-dryly, with slight lingering stickiness across the lips.

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Photo of liamt07
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid dark orange with a 1/4 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, caramel, and some slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and some alcohol on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors even though I think that this is a pretty old bottle.

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