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

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-26-2000

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Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal clear amber with a sizable off-white head. no lacings, and moderate head retention.

smells malty, with a bready yeast base and a touch of a citrusy aroma. smell is balanced, and does not seem to overdo malts or hops. overall a malty aroma without much hop character.

instant alcohol notes in the taste. brew is moderately hoppy with a citrus base that goes away upon swallowing. taste is a direct reflection of the smell, only with more hops. the brew is well balanced, and pulls off a moderately complex taste with ease. finishes with a bit of yeast, which fades into hop bitterness.

aftertaste is hops. dry-bitter finish.

the brew is medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. not much CO2 here, but alcohol is present (at 6.5%, i've seen this level covered up with much more finesse).

drinkability is decent. fans of moderately hoppy brews will take a liking to this one. the citrusy notes lend to a hefeweizen-type taste, but overall, this is defnitely a maibock.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a shaker. This bock poured a super clear golden amber color with a big pillowy off-white head that slowly faded. The aroma of this beer was sweet and malty with a touch of lemony citrus. The flavor was of darker caramel along with some citrus and grass. Also a hint of yeasty bread in there. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Very good balance of flavors. A nice one.

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Photo of Winter
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a thick white head. Bready malt aroma with a floral hoppiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body. This is a malty maibock. The hops provide a nice bitterness to the malt sweetness. Decent balance. The flavor seems to become more bitter as it warms. The 6.5% alcohol is unnoticeable at first, but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. I would recommend drinking this on the cooler side temperature-wise, as it went down pretty smooth at first, but the beer's bitterness seemed to become a little less inviting as it warmed to room temperatures.

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

This brew pours a clear golden-orange color. The head is massive, billowy and white. Lacing is thorough, and sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is of grass, caramel, and spearmint. The taste is like the aroma, but with more grassy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better maibocks I have had. I would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good frothy offwhite head with yellow tones.
S: Malt and alcohol, a bit phenolic. Hint of honey
T: Malt, bitterness, alcohol/phenols, hint of dried fruits, almost winelike qualities, some caramel, fresh bread.
M: Medium body. Good carboration, with small pricking bubbles.

My first expectations with this beer was very low, but then I heard a lot of praise for it and had to try it. The aroma wasn't that interesting, but the taste is really extraordinary and has qualities one would expect from a beer with much more alcohol. According to style guides the bitterness seems a bit high, but hey, others claim this is the original bock.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this on tap at Orlando Brewing. I am astounded at how GREAT this beer is on tap! I've had it in the (skunky-green-bottle) in the past and thought it sucked. However, this on-tap beer is a completely different animal! This beer rocks! Why does Germany hate the USA so much that it sends us so many crappy green/skunked bottled beers? Thankfully, Germany must not hate us "all that much" since the US also gets some excellent German brew on tap! Seek this stuff out on tap...you won't be sorry!

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Photo of Absumaster
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, orange brown color with quite a lot of carbonation and a thin, creamy head.

Smell is incredibly hoppy, being raw and resinous, like raw hop is. Also a little earthy and spicy.

Taste is balanced between bitter and malt. The hops are very resinous and aromatic. The malt is a little sweet and very light husky, in combination with the German yeast, which gives the beer a clean but slightly sulfuric character.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter, finishing with a earthy and herbal hop touch. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, the small gasbubbles feel really nice on the tongue.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big frothy head emerges in my stemmed dunkel glass, stays a full two fingers for a while and then rapidly dissipates. Good white lacing and a clear light amber brew.

Mostly malt sweetness and alcohol in the nose, slight floral hop aroma. Some graininess.

Very sweet malty presence in the flavor, a step up from most bocks but not up to a doppelbock power. Diacetyl and German hops round out the flavor. Sweet finish, bready and chewy, also notes of lighter grain as well. 6.5% is fairly evident, as usual with the bock style, just a full-bodied brew. Enjoyable bock, recommended for fans of German styles.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal clear light amber with a nice head and lacing. subtle aromas of caramel, biscuits, and toffee with some light floral/vegetal notes. taste is definitely towards the sweet and malty end of the spectrum. starts sweet, then some crispness from the european hops in the background and the lively carbonation mix in with the sweetness without taking it out. mouthfeel is light/medium despite the relatively high abv. very clean flavors as to be expected from this style. the sweetness could become cloying after a while, along with the slightly higher abv this makes the drinkability suffer a bit in my book.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously into an imperial pint glass this beer begins as a half-head, half-beer mixture up to the top. The aroma instantly pours out as a skunky hopped and slightly malty beer. The head take quite a while to settle and leaves rocky, foamy lacing around the top. The beer is a reddish gold color with medium foam. The taste is surprisingly malty and well balanced. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and rich. This is like a bock with some extra hops. After reading the definition of a maibock, I guess it fits the style. cool.

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Photo of mortarit
2.26/5  rDev -40.1%
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 msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl (green) bottle at La Bodega's bock tasting. A generous pour into a snifter, so I have no problem giving an honest review.

A: Clear pale amber, wispy white head and minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet maltiness, a touch of fruit, then crisp piney/herbal hops. Dry 'metallic' lager yeast is subtle.

T: Malty grain, sweet caramel, dry hoppiness. Even a little fruit with a twist of lemon sourness.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make the finish crisp and clean. At times it felt buttery or velvety. Light on the tongue, with a light to medium body, this was a real pleasure.

D: The first of several bocks served at the tasting I attended, this maibock from Einbecker was crisp, clean and satisfying. Easy to drink, the epitome of springtime. Recommended.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a beer tasting offered by the distributor. Actually I read that beer from Einbeck (475 years ago) was the Church reformer Martin Luther's favorite beer.... (of course it was ale then, different ingredients, different style of beer.. etc. etc....).

Very nice appearance and head--typical of German beers. Transparent and fairly light color for a bock. Smell is wonderful, all noble hops. Taste is lovely....sharp crisp hops with a very solid balanced malt backbone. Leaves a nice clean hop aftertaste. All in all a great beer. Makes me long for good ol' Germany.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought from Park Slope Food Coop.

A - Reddish golden, tanic color with a thin head.

S - Toasted malt. Bready, is that a word?

T - Malty. Alcohol is not strong in the flavor, but also has a nice biscuity sweetness.

MF - Wet and smooh. Medium bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable, I could enjoy a few more.

This was a nice surprise. I'm glad I gave it shot.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish golden color with a small off white head of tight bubbles that slowly crept back into the beer. There was not much else to remark about the beer except that there is a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: There is a very noticeable toasty malt along with a hint of the melanoidins you get from a complex grain bill...or an intensive mash. There is a pretty significant amount of hops in this one that I hadn't noticed before after trying this beer after a few others.

Taste: The flavor is also really nicely malty. It seems that the water in Einbeck is more suited to the Amber styles such as this. The malt is in charge, but there is still a rather assertive hop component in here to give it some grief. I feel that the balance is toward the malt, but just barely. The alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor, but gives you a bit of warming in the gullet after drinking.

Opinion: As I started to mention in the flavor assessment, the water seems to be better suited to this and the Dunkel Ur Bock. The Pilsner comes across a bit harsh where this one is balanced and a bit hard to pin down as it should be. I think that this is a fine example of a MaiBock, and it is one that I will surely drink again as the opportunity presents itself.

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

Looks good, a nice rich pale golden color, Small, tight-bubbled head, with some lingering lace with a swirl. Smelled malty and one whiff of alcohol, but might have just been some hop spiciness.

A bit wall of malt and hops hits at once. Hops spicy and aggressive, and the balance is definitely toward the hops. A bit of pepper with the hop spice in the middle. Finishes fairly clean - just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Nice medium body and carbonation. Generally very creamy and smooth, with a slight alcohol warming sensation.

A big, flavorful mai-bock. Just smooth enough to be drinkable while tasty.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling tangerine color with ample amounts of fine carbonation. The head is tall and beautifully dense and creamy. Toasted malts in the aroma - flowery and a little herbal with hints of dried fruit. Sweetish, earthy fruit with bready, toasted bock-like flavors and mild dry, spicy alcohol. A little thin in the finish as the flavors unravel a bit. Medium mouthfeel and dry.

A tasty Maibock even now, in December...although this 65 degree weather seems very appropriate and makes it easy to enjoy.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a brownish gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, grain, hops, caramelized malt and barley.

T: A sweet honey flavor hits first, followed by a burst of hops and then it closes with a grainy malt flavor. As the beer warms a bit, each of the flavor take turns dominating with each sip.

M: Very crisp but not the smoothest beer, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish for style that is usually sweet and tends to leave little stickiness behind.

D: Tasty, easy drinking, not filling, good representation of style, this beer is good enough to pound down, but seems more like a beer to have with a meal.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear golden with an amber tinge and an off-white frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly spicy with a malty presence. The aroma was mostly Saaz or other noble hop character at a moderate level. The malt contained a golden raisin presence and a well formed malt backbone.

The flavor was malty on the palate with a spicy hop bittering and lighter hop flavor. The malt contained more of the caramel and golden raisin presence, yet the hop level was strong enough to balance the malt to keep the malt from becoming overpowering.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of malt and a definite hop character into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was just above medium and nicely done with a moderate level of carbonation. A nice Maibock!

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Lagaffe74
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one in a Pilsner glass. Nice amber color all the way up the glass. Nice thick head, but did not last long.

The aromas found were caramel and a little honey.

A little sweetness with some bready flavors. The mouthfeel was quite pleasant, with not too much carbonation.

The finish was a little off-dry. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at My Place in Newtown, CT. Once again, Mark gets the real deal on draught. The best Maubock I have ever tasted. Appearance was a nice deep cooper color. The aroma was all about the malt. Taste, bread-like, close to a doppelbock, but a little bit more balanced. Mouthfeel was very smooth with pretty low carbonation. ABV is well concealed, so you can down a bunch, but be careful. A world class offering from Einbecker.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a favorite German beer of mine for a long time. The two 0.33 litre bottles this review is based on, were bought in Cochem (a wine town on the Mosel River) last July. I have been saving them for a rainy day, today it rained! The Best By Date was 10th November 2006, I had them on 29th August 2006.

Amber, no other colour, this beer is amber, the head does not hang around for long, so get in there fast!

No great smell, a smooth maltiness maybe, but nothing to get excited about.

The taste is better than almost any other German Bock, not over heavy, but you can feel the power and hop character (Hallertau according to my books), as you attack the beer. Obviously some of the really heavy, dark Bocks have incredible flavours, but we are not talking about those sort of Bocks, this is a delicate May time Bock, not a jet black monster Bock.

I had these two in a Belgian 'Forbidden Fruit' Bowl, not ideal, but close enough to ensure the aroma (not that is has a powerful one) and taste were there to enjoy.

Very drinkable with a good firm aftertaste, I will always buy some if I see it on my travels, I recommend that you do the same.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely brilliantly clear and a perfect example of the color amber; it is just like the million year old amber with a bug trapped in it thing, only without the bug. The head is a frothy, initially 1.5 finger thick, pale tan color, which dissipates fairly quickly. As I pour this beer the distinct aroma of light-struck hops reaches my nose (damn green bottles). As time passes this seems to dissipate till it is just lightly noticeable. The aroma is dominated by a rich maltiness that reminds me of caramelized grain that has just been lightly toasted. In fact there even seems to be a touch of smoke here. It does not smell sweet so much as rich and thickly malty. This definitely has the characteristic malt nose one would expect from a bockbier.

The beer has a thick maltiness to it up front, that again, is not so much sweet as in concentrated and malty. It finishes with a touch more sweetness though and is rounded out by a light bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Interestingly enough the lingering note that is left in my mouth is that of skunked hops; it is not overly noticeable, or at least not so much that I don't enjoy drinking this brew. A really nice toasted biscuit malt note is here as well; it really helps to round out the malt complexity even more. A touch of prune like fruitiness is here as well as something akin to a wisp of smoke. The hop bitterness though light seems to have a touch of astringency to it and makes me wonder if that is a by-product of the light struck character. This beer has a nice palate coating richness to it, yet still remains pretty drinkable. It is certainly not a session beer, but hits the appropriate character of a Mai-Bock.

Once again, what is up with these damn green bottles; it really shows a brewer who lacks a fundamental respect for their beer. If it were not for the skunked hops this would be an incredibly nice Bock. It is still quite good though.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber (slighlty darker towards top, a little lighter towards bottom) with a thin white head that didn't stick around long before leaving a wisp.

The smell was of caramel with some grassy and bready notes.

The taste was of sweet caramel malt mixed with a touch of bitter graininess. Sweetness becomes mixed with a fruitiness. After a while, it's reminiscent of caramel-covered apples. A bit of alcohol finishes it off. Well-balanced and the flavors linger quite a bit.

It's very smooth - medium to full-bodied. Sweetness is slighlty restrained by a crisp bitterness, so as not to become cloying.

A smooth, delicious brew from start to finish. A classic of the style.

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Photo of
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 61.7% out of 100 with 418 ratings
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