Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Einbecker Mai-Ur-BockEinbecker Mai-Ur-Bock
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 07-26-2000

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Photo of illidurit
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -10.9%
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 +8.5%
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 -8.2%
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 +7.4%
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 -1.1%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours an almost clear orange color with a one and a half inch off-white head. It falls to a cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is almost exactly the same as their pils. A weird tobacco note that reminds me of Redman chewing tobaccer. It's kind of sweet with a vague hop presence. Still, it works better for this style.

Taste has a malty sweetness up front that is caramelly, after that there is a mild toasted malt flavor. There's a slight hop flavor that is spicy and a touch herbal.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Pretty drinkable but nothing exceptional.

I thought this beer was pretty good, but nothing amazing. Especially if it's the orginal Maibock. It's almost the same as their Pils aside from a deeper maltiness. I'm glad I was able to get a single of it because I would be pissed if I bought on of the $14.99 six packs.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm reviewing the bottle as serving type since this is most readily available. However , having this beer on tap is what really spurred my interest. On tap it was superior (no surprise) to the bottle offering, but I only had it on tap once. That was sometime ago. I prefer to write a review as I'm sampling the beer, so I'll review the bottle.
I'm developing a real love for the Maibock style and I'll continue to review this style as I find more examples.

A: A very deep golden color (almost amber) that pours with a nice 2 finger head. Crystal clear. Very inviting.
S: Honey and caramel notes dominate, toasty malt is subtle in tha background. Nothing that grabs your attention however.
T: Starts sweet and malty, finishes with a little tartness and even a slight bitter finish which stopped me from rating it higher. Complex yes but not as satisfying as on tap which exhibits none of the bitterness found in the bottle. Overall still quite tasty.
M: Smooth and creamy. Glides over the palate nicely.
D: At 6.5% alcohol you could enjoy a few of these, which I did for this review. However, in my area a 6 pack sells for $14 which I feel is overpriced, especially for 11.2 oz bottles! I have tasted better and cheaper examples of this style.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous offering courtesy of ThirstyBird. Pours caramel in color with minimal head; essentially a cluster of bubbles formed in the corner of the glass. Clarity was somewhat hazy/cloudy. Nose was malty sweet, a sour character, as well as caramel and a bit of skunkiness. Taste was malty sweet and the caramel is much more pronounced - very consistent with the nose. Mouthfeel fell between light-and medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that tickles the middle of the tongue. Nice drinking brew. I haven't had too many Maiboks, but I found this brew quite flavorful, particularly for the abv - a nice seasonal.

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Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber with nice clarity and active carbonation. Yellow tinted cap is dense and pillow like, with nice retention. Leaves consistent rings of lace.

S: Fresh cut grass, sweet caramel, a bit of lemon and some straw, plus a little mustiness.

T: A rush of lemon and pepper bitterness hits right away. Once it fades, a toffee and caramel sweetness can be tasted. Finishes with a bittersweet toffee taste that's mildly metallic.

M: Medium body is syrupy and has a touch too much carbonation.

D: This is an easy drinking beer that I really enjoyed. A very nice example of the style.

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Photo of berserker256
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce green bottle. I bought it for $1.99. It's got a hazy orange appearance and a moderate off-white head. Smells sweet and malty as hell. It smells kind of like a chewy carmel candy. Maybe buttery, too. It's a pretty thick and chewy beer. Heavy. Sweet and bitter all at once. It's a nice contrast of flavors all in one beer. The heaviness and alcohol make this beer one that you'd limit consumption on. "Two-then-switch" rule applies to this beer. I like this style of beer and this is a good example of what the style ought to be. Damn good.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

green bottle has label marked with L/1/2/4/8/16 with notches on the 2 and 8

golden, caramelized pale amber color. clear. faintly off-white head is fluffy and more than half inch. fades to wispy layer and ring. thin but consistent lacing.

whiff of sulfur upfront, not sure if it's skunk, but remains unoffensive. some phenols or fusel but then quickly goes to a toffee-like maltiness and hint of yeast, with a grassy noble hop note.

malty flavors along with those phenols upfront, but fade back slightly to let the malt have more say. the phenols and fusel also blends with the gentle noble hop character (grassy/herbal/leafy), which itself gives a low to moderate bitterness. there's even a touch of fruitiness in the middle. hops do a good job of lingering into a crisp finish with trace of malt.

light body but smooth, with spritzy carbonation.

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Photo of spointon
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 5L mini'keg into a shaker pint glass.

A= This bock poured a hazy orange/amber color with a 1/2" creamy dense head. The head dropped to a skim and left very faint webs of lace down the glass.

S= Nice sweet malty aroma, with only the slightest of sulfuric lager smells. Hops were of a noble variety, full of earth and spice. There was a surprising amount of alcohol on the nose, especially as this beer warmed.

T= The taste was much like the aroma. Sweet and heady up front, stopping short of being syrupy or cloying. The hops balanced this sweetness a bit, taking the edge off with a moderate spiciness. The alcohol in the finish was a bit hot, but not out of control.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and crisp feel.

D= A very drinkable bock despite the high abv and the obvious presence of the alcohol in the taste and aroma.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Clear amber/copper with great clarity and lots of bubble activity. Two fingers of off white head rise with moderate to short retention. No lacing.

S - Biscuits and butter come on strong but are rapidly subdued by a sweet bread and slight caramel aroma. All of the malt however takes a back seat to a range of noble hop aromas, including grass, pepper, chive, earth, and a flower/clover-like sweetness.

T - Strong malt backbone with biscuits and bread. Quite sweet with a touch of honey, some caramel, and some generic grain flavor. Mid palate the hop flavor peaks with a moderate earthy bitterness. Chive and pepper spiciness is noted. As the hop flavor mellows late palate and into the finish, the bitterness grows a bit and surprisingly there's quite a burst of alcohol near the end. Aftertaste leaves a lingering bitterness with some alcohol burn/warmth.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. As the carbonation dies out and the beer warms, the malt flavors become more nuanced and pronounced.

D - A beer that I enjoyed drinking, but it's a little challenging for me. I'm not sure if I too much like the idea of a suped-up helles, but overall everything works together. Fairly balanced flavor, especially considering the relative intensity of both the malt and hop profiles.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass for a light gold body for a two-finger head that left lace sticking to the glass. A wet, grassy smell with hints of smoked veggie and some floral notes. Dryness and floral hops settle in with a citric hop taste yet there are also sweet malt notes like caramel and other sugariness that ride right along with it. This is a thinner, lighter bodied beer that still packs a good taste and the ABV is well hidden with a smooth backbite. A simple beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with 1/2 to 1/3 inch head. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt with a hint of lager. Fits the style well enough. Not really crisp and a chewy feel. Tastes of malt up front. The lager background is readily apparent. Hops bitterness is only faintly noticeable, if at all. Overall, not real great, but not too bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
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 TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish brown with a single-finger head that didn't last very long. The smell is mostly sweet malt with some hops. The taste starts off with some toffee/caramel sweetness from the malt that is cut by some mild hops in the middle that gives away to a little bit of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thick with a fair amount of fine carbonation. This is a tasty brew, but it might sit a little heavy to have more than one of at a time.

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Photo of daythree16
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a squatty green bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/2 finger head.

Sweet malty aroma. Taste is caramel, grain, and some funky diacetyl. The finish is a bit astringent with a little hoppy bitterness coming through.

Medium bodied. Drinkability is not bad, but I doubt I would have another.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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 ThirstyBird
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Track 84's annual Oktoberfest.
Pretty golden yellow in color. Creamy two finger head.
Smells of sweet malt
I taste some bitterness up front followed by sweet malt with a fruit finish. It seems like cherries to me.
Light/Medium body, smooth with a lively carbonated finish.
Full flavored I'm in for one or two though the intense flavor would stop me there.

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Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with hints of bronze and a pillowy, off-white, three-finger head. It left very thin rings of lace.

S - It had a floral, hoppy aroma with nice caramel and toffee notes.

T - It tasted earthy with sweet caramel malt, clove and a bitter kick that increased as the beer warmed.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good maibock. I had passed it up many times and now I regret it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick creamy three finger head rose to the top of my pilsner glass. There was excellent retention and later moderate lacing. The color was light copper and very clear. No visible carbonation.

Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly mineral like and a bit of toasty malt came through.

Excellent flavor. Almost perfectly balanced. Nice hop bit out of the shoot giving way to a caramel or toffee flavor and a definite fruitiness. This all ends with a nice hop bitterness and a subtle sweetness. I really enjoy this.

Mouth feel is beautiful with the slightest carbonation detected. Silky smooth feel.
Bitterness makes this seem bigger than it is in thickness. Actually fairly light body.

Wished I had a 2nd bottle. I'll be back or more.

Glad I discovered Maibocks

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Photo of BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into mug.

Clear honey amber hue with a thin head that evenly puts a paper-thin cap on the beer.

Very light malt aromas, providing a little bit of a syrupy aroma with some light noble hops.

The sugary flavor is repeated in the flavor, coupled with a little bit of alcohol. The hop bitterness is minimal. Full bodied with good carbonation. Lingering candy flavors in the finish.

An okay Maibock, not the best I have tried. The alcohol comes through a bit, lowering the drinkability, but that's about par for the style.

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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 61.7% out of 100 with 418 ratings
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