Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-BockEinbecker Mai-Ur-Bock

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Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -10.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Tresha
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is known as a beer to be drunk in spring! It's pale orange in colour, with a good off white head. There is a definite toffee malt aroma. You can surely get hints of spice, malt and honeyish tofee. It does have a hoppy finish, which I enjoyed. Loved it with fried fish and chips!

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Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 2013: Very malty heller bock, pours light amber with creamy head and fine carbonation. Malt is prevalent in nose, taste and palate. Some citrus and bread in aroma and taste also.

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Photo of Aethien
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like apple juice with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

Smell: Flowery grains, fruity sweetness, cookies and malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet malts and grain up front, red apples, caramel sweetness and some bitterness follow, there's alcohol in there as well. It ends somewhat dry. Light bodied and with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: It's a light, easily drinkable beer with lots of malt flavours. I've got nothing against it but it doesn't do much for me either.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a big ol' mug. Appearance is clear, light golden-amber color with a massive frothy head. Nice effervescence. The nose is malty and peppery.

Sweet, bready, cookie-like malty flavor wrapped around a medium body and a nice, gooey mouthfeel. The malt is accompanied at mid-palate by a faint hop profile that carries you to the finish. You get flavors of gingerbread and caramel, then some nice peppery notes from the hops.

Very traditional Maibock here. This beer is not meant to knock your socks off. It is an extremely tasty, easy-to-drink beer that welcomes the spring and makes you happy to be alive.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear copper-amber hue with a white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Strong malty and caramel aroma with some fruity notes.

T: Sweet malty flavors followed by some alcoholic warmth. There is some serious malt is this brew followed by a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a very solid Maibock. Big malty flavors and aromas and a decent amount of alcohol.

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Photo of tophers
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a: Poured a very big head that was long lasting. Head is very thick and creamy. Head is of a white color. No lacing on the glass. Appearance is a brilliant clear deep gold.

s: Very strong malt aroma with no melanoidins detected. No detection of any hop aroma. Clean smelling without any diacetyl notes. No detection of any fruity esters. Slight alcohol smell. Slight detection of DMS from Pils malt.

t: Very strong malt background with just a slight bitterness. Malt flavor is picked up immediately with the slight bitterness coming in the middle (with a medium alcohol note) that finishes with a malty taste. The malt tastes toasty in nature. Not picking up any melanoidins. No carmelization or DMS noted. Not picking up much, if any, hop aroma. Clean tasting with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Well attenuated without any cloying. Medium dry finish.

m: Medium-heavy body but not overwhelming. Low carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite without much bitterness in the mouth. No harshness or astringency detected.

o: I really enjoyed the malt flavor in this beer - this is definitely not a bland beer! While I thought this beer was enjoyable, there are a couple of items to bring it more into style. Increasing the bitterness by adding additional noble hops at the beginning of the boil would help in increasing the bitterness. Additionally, I would suggest increasing the carbonation as this beer had little carbonation and moderate to moderately-high carbonation is needed to fit in this style.

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

Ive only had one other of the style, but something nice and smooth yet a bit assertive is enough to kill a bad day.

Pours bright yellow, like a good German Lager should look. Head was exceptional, but it still looks good. Carbonation was average.

Smells very airy and slightly sweet. Dry grains begin to take over the more you smell. Hops are no where, and the malts are running rampant. I like it.

The first thing I notice is how smooth it is. For 6.5%, it is very smooth, and sweet. almost slippery. malt feels slick and sweet, like corn syrup. I dont care if they used adjunct grains, I like it. Its a bit more dry than usual, but not to a huge fault.

The dryness kind of kills the mouthfeel here.

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

33cl bottle poured into Willibecher

BBE 14 Nov 2011

A- Amber body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy head reduces quickly to a crown. Lacing is good.

S- Toffee malts, a little nuttiness.

T- Real depth of toffee malts combine with some toastier malts in the full finish. Hint of hazelnuts coming through. No real hop presence. Smooth, no suggestion of abv.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium/full body. Lager clean

D- This is similar to the Hofbrau Maibock. Deeper amber in quality with a higher toffeeish malt balance with minimal hop note. If i hadnt known this was a maibock, id have said it was a normal bock. As a strong malty lager its very good, grading to style perhaps not a classic maibock, nevertheless a very tasty bock!

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Photo of bramsdell
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, there is no A+ of this style. I am judging by the style, not in comparison to, say, an Old Stock Ale.

A: A beautiful dark gold to copper color with a brief, but fluffy, white head. Very good retention considering how (relatively) thin this beer is.

S: I don't drink too many lager styles, so I have to readjust for this one. Smells like a lager with lots of depth. A strong whiff brings out the caramel for certain. After that, there are more fruity notes, but the thick, malty sweetness of the caramel countered with the smell of a traditional lager is most remarkable.

T: It's all malt. I would describe the flavor as nearly flat, as there is a mild sweetness but really just an earthy type maltiness. It really tastes like an American lager with lots of malt added for character. The caramel that was so prevalent in the smell is nowhere near as strong in the flavor, but there is still the sweetness. A very easy-drinking flavor.

M: Light, but with a great residual flavor. You could pound these one-after-another, or sip on it to enjoy the lightness of the feel matched to the thicker sweetness of the malt.

O: A good beer. I probably won't buy it again because it simply isn't really my thing, but it is a good beer. Actually, I would probably buy Dead Guy over this brew. That beer has more hop flavor and simply more character than this. It was strongly recommended to me by the owner of the beer shop where I bought it, and I don't regret buying it, but I wouldn't strongly recommend it.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a light copper color with an off white creamy head, about one and a half fingers width, with pretty good retention
S-fairly subtle aroma, primarily malt with a slight sweetness
T-More of the same on the flavor, medium hop bitterness, that leads into an aftertaste dominated by the malt flavor
M-light-medium to medium
O-decent beer. Nothing real fancy or unique but has standard maibock characteristics.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber/copper color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Gorgeous two-finger foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Aroma is predominantly malty with hints of grain and some sweetness coming through.
Taste akin to aroma is high on malt upfront, but the finish has a nice bitterness. The hop presence is not completely overwhelmed by the malt. Very crisp and refreshing.
Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Overall, I think this is a very good maibock. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rvdoorn
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)

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

11.2 oz. Very dark gold pour, thin layer of white head. Quite a bit of carb throughout.

Has that German malty aroma. Caramel/toffee, bread and slight mustiness.

Taste matches, though it starts a bit light. Some caramel, slight fruitcake. Bready malt lingers pretty well, almost pumpernickel like. A little toasted malt quality to it.

Body is a little thin and could use a little more carbonation. Still it's good and improves as it warms. Drinkability is also good, but would be better with just a little more carbonation.

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Photo of snpub540
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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 shand
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one's an orange-red color with a tiny head, decent retention and lacing for style. Aroma is sweet bready malts. This one's big and malty, plenty of sweetness, a bit of breadiness, and just a touch of booziness and sharp hops. The mouthfeel is nice, it's on the heavier side of medium bodied with a spot-on carbonation. The drinkability is about average for the style. Overall, a slightly above average maibock. Not worth seeking out, but not a bad pick-up.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. It has been 16 years (practically to the date??) since the first and last time I had this beer. I remember drinking with friends in Germany as they explained Maibocks and the higher alcohol content. We were all very impressed that this beer stood at 6.5% ABV, little did I know I'd regularly be drinking beers approaching 10% and above...

Appearance: Pours a dark golden with a relatively thin white head. Nice carbonation - a refreshing looking beer.

Smell: Strong bready notes. Smells hearty and filling. Sweet malt smell as well.

Taste: Definitely the strong, rich taste of a bock beer. Sweet bread and a slight hint of alcohol. Very malt heavy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich. Not a lot of carbonation, just a hearty, heavy beer.

Overall: Definitely the choice if you are looking for a little sustenance in your beer. Overall, a great flavored Maibock that I would recommend!

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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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 OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber with an off-white head that has ok retention. Some lace too. Clarity in striking.

Rich malt and bready sweetness. The aromas are strong, but not much else here.

Big malt flavor, with sweet toasted bread, some brown sugar, and a nice balance of bitter hops. Wish this was a bit more boozy, but maybe I'm just wishing for a doppelbock. This brew comes close. Nice sweet and bitter finish, and long with the malt.

Fuller bodied -- not much carbonation.

An easier drinker, and full of flavor. If you like bocks, this is a good one.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best before 12/17/11. Fresh off the shelves here in Deutschland.

Pours a lovely strawberry blonde color, very clear. The white head is dense and compact and dissipates to a thin film. Some lace.

The aroma has the quintessential Lager character; clean, but with sulfuric hops. More pungent than most in the style.

The flavor is rich and malty, with lots of decocted complexity. Dough and toffee mainly, with some other bready notes. Not too sweet, with a hoppy, drying finish. This is a well-balanced Maibock. The mouthfeel is medium, with smooth carbonation.

Yes, you can taste the alcohol with this beer, which is surprising since it's 6.5% ABV. But, I really think this alcohol character is part of the Maibock style, of which the Einbecker is among the best I've had in terms of flavor.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is a clean and clear copper, which is a touch light. One finger of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very aromatic and floral. Exhibits the classic, sweet barnyard scent of helles and is complimented by sweet caramel and honey. It’s very candy-like, and I think I may even smell a little butterscotch.

Taste: The flavor elements mostly mirror those in the smell, but the taste is much hoppier and bitter than I expected. Caramel and honey upfront, then the helles/floral/haymow, and in the end there is a nice bitter bite, which lingers on the cheeks and tongue. Also noticeable is the hint of butterscotch from the smell and a tad bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: Though it was pretty winter-like for April today (it felt more like November), Mai-Ur-Bock cheered me up and gave me a much needed taste of spring. Great stuff.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
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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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
3.8 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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