Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

very good
416 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of albern
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a full palated maibock for sure. It comes in a green bottle, pours very clear, lightly carbonated, not much head or lace. The nose is all malt and tons of it. It is very sweet, buttery, loaded with caramels, along with some herbal character. The nose has an unmistakeable German quality and its a dead give away.

The taste is a bit more thick, full bodied, and grassy hopped than I was expecting. The beer is fairly substantial, is loaded with sweet caramel malts, some ABV is present, grassy and slightly spiced hop, and a touch of drying presence in the finish. There is a slightly perfumed quality to this beer that detracts a bit. This is a decent maibock, very Germanic in style, with some flaws but quite characteristic nevertheless.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a chalice

Beer pours a crisp, clear, sparkling copper colour. about a half inch of head that dissipated quickly

Smell was of hops, wheat, nothing special here

Taste : hops, nuts, pine

mouthfeel was crisp carbonation, bitter finish

I could easiy throw back a few of these as they are fairly easy drinking

a little less robust and less flavorful than some maibocks i've tried before. Overall not a bad beverage.

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

This is an excellent maibock, characterful and highly drinkable, although to me not quite as good as some I've had.

Deep gold/pale amber, it has a big, off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, foamy top. It has a little foamy lace.

Aroma is strong toasted bread, cooked barley, raisin, with hints of herb, hay, fermented fruits, esp. raisin, slightly meaty full fruity grain. Overall, it is quite the maibock character but more simple than the best and mostly the sweet doughy malty side.

Taste is overall similar to other great maibocks, strong toasty bread, toasted golden raisins, light sweetness with light spicy and faintly herbal bitterness . It is slightly oily.

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Photo of crossovert
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
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.


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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
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 dbossman
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

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Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Found this 11.2oz green bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. No story or information about the beer anywhere on the back label, nor is there any kind of freshness date.

The beer pours a clear, light iced tea color with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam that lasted about a minute and a half before settling down. It left only a few spots of lacing on the glass.

'The smell was mostly sweet caramel malt with a bit of floral hop presence along with a touch of alcohol.

The main flavor is sweet caramel malt, but a good dose of alcohol flavor is present as well. Hops are more herbal than bitter so the beer remains fairly sweet all the way through to the finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that is really smoooth. The carbonation is on the low side and while sweet caramel rules the taste buds while in the mouth, once you swallow, your mouth gets as dry as a desert. I found that interesting.

Easy to drink, but drink it cold. As this one warms up the alcohol takes over and it doesn't taste as good.

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Photo of BierFan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin off-white head but it has great retention. Clear amber body.

Smell: Heavy malty aroma. Kind of a fruitiness going on. Cherries and apricots?

Taste: Flowery hops and mild bitterness. Thick feel to it, fairly sweet and syrupy.

Drinkability: I'd love to sip glass after glass of this all night long.

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Photo of kshankar
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a white foam..good retention. Has plenty of carbonation. Head recedes to a layer of thin foam at the top

Aroma...bready, somewhat malty

Taste. Bready and malty, also there is a sweetness in the finish that works out pretty well for it.

Creamy, on the lighter side..but not too light. Drinkable as well

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

It strikes me immediately as a wine drinker's kind of beer, full of aromatics and is a natural match for food.
On the nose, you instantly get notes of bread dough and yeast, mingled with lightly roasted nuts, and sweet aromas of apricot and honey.
The palate carries a sweet maltiness with the nuttiness carrying through with delicate notes of white flower.

My perfect pair for this beer would be cheeses with a little funk, like washed rind cheeses, such as Petit Munster, Livarot and Raclette from France, and Ardrahan from Ireland. This beer can handle it. For those faint of heart, try harder cheeses, such as Manchego, Idiazabal, Landaff, and Piave.

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

11.2oz oz shaped green bottle

Pours a honey golden orange color. Very sweet nose, grainy with some caramel and a certain mustiness about it. Sweet in flavor as well, no detectable bitterness to my tongue. Light/medium in body, could have used a bit more carbonation but still went down very easily. An interesting beer for sure, possibly sessionable for the true bock fan.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's. I wasn't terribly impressed.

Decent to look at, this beer was amber with a thin white head. On the nose, there's a rich, malty character with caramel sweetness and a mild hop character. Fairly clean, though there was a distracting metallic character. On the palate, there's sweet and malty flavors with a blend of honey and brown sugar. Not very complex. Light in body, with moderate carbonation and a decent finish with a mild hoppy bitterness. Definitely not among the better beers I've had of late.

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

Deliciously malty, lightly flavored, delicate, and smooth. An authentic beer to style that is tried, true, and a joy to drink.

Bright copper-straw colors with orange highlights, moderate carbonation releases a small, creamy, cottony head that holds firm with a slight blanket to cap the beer.

Rich bready aromas, caramelized sweetness, earthy, floral hops, and with a honey/nectar-like delicacy to the nose. Slight fruitiness (peaches and appricots) decorate the nose but don't demand attention.

Sweet and bready malts set the stage for the caramelized pilsner malts along with the Vienna/Munich malt complex. Bread crusts and honeysuckle flavors create a deep maltiness that is sweet to the taste, but dry in the finish. Hops give enough of an herbal taste to add variety to the taste and to keep the beer from cloying in the end.

Sweet and creamy textures that are moderately full up front but dries out nicely in the finish due to alcohols and good attenuation of the malts.

The German decoction mash creates the depth of the malts in this beer and its hops are top quality with great balance. Great ingredients and great techniques make great beers.

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Photo of ricke
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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 philipquarles
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pours clear amber with a nice off-white head that recedes to leave a lot of lacing. Smells of slightly sweet, grainy malt and some grassiness. A hint of caramel. Pleasant grain taste with a good amount of bittering hops. A bit on the sweet side. Medium-full body, especially considering the style. Really nice beer, all-around.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hue with a small head and good lace.

The aroma of cereal,malts and some fruit notes.

The taste was sweet,clean caramel and alcohol.
A bit of herbal hops and a grassy hints. Some orange flavored hints as well.

The feel was light to medium body with medium carbonation and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Sweet and caramel flavored with some alcohol hints,a good beer.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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 steveh
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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 macpapi
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle.

Pours an amberish color with a fluffy white head. Pretty clear, with a good deal of visible bubble activity throughout the glass.

The smell is dominated by a full, if light-bodied, malty aroma. There are tints of caramel and biscuit as well. Rather appealing to the olfactory nerves.

In the mouth one is presented with a delicious pull of malt, caramel and biscuit. Also present is a good deal of tasty sweetness. A bit of an alcohol sting is also noted along with the presence of hops. Very sharp and full.

Overall this is an eminently drinkable maibock. It is really too bad that I've yet to find any American craft brewers who stand up to the Germans on this underappreciated, yet very enjoyable style of beer. Recommended.

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

A: A Golden beer with a rich white head. The head is finger thick after a couple of minutes.

S: Sweet malts, something herbal and some alcohol.

T: Follows the smell, but with an important difference: the bitterness from the hops balances the sweetness from both the malt and alcohol very well.

M: Quite a lot of CO2, but that's not a problem at all. It makes this beer good.

D: I'm not a bock fan. But one bottle is ok, and the alcohol isn't as present as in many other bocks I've had.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with faint hints of grassiness and floral aromas from the hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of sweet malt flavors up front - not quite caramel malt but the flavors do have a Werther's quality to them. The hops come in a bit before the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but has good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing one and could probably have another.

Overall this is a nice, malty beer, though it seems to be a tad on the sweet side. Worth a shot.

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

Presented chilled and served in an imperial pint-sized willibecher glass, Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock is bright copper in color and sparkling-clear with a finger-thick cap of white foam atop. The head relaxes slowly and deposits a fine-bubbled broken film of lacing onto the sides of my glass.

The smell is loaded with candy-sweet, lightly-toasted malts and is freshened a bit by a whiff of spice and fresh-cut sweet green grass.

The taste is light-kilned malty with a hefty dose of the same candyish sweetness noted in the olfactory profile. An earthy, minerally finish cleans up the copious sweetness quite a bit, but not completely, and the brew finishes with minimal token bitterness accenting a sweet grassy linger.

The drink is medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, and is pretty darn drinkable.

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
3.8 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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