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

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Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was essentially a big sweet malty experience. That's really all I can say.

The taste was in your face malty as well. Upfront there was a rich sweet molasses character which faded slowly into a clean spicy and mildly hoppy finish. There was a bit of an alcohol presence as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

If you like malty bocks with good ABVs, then this beer is for you.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saved for the last day of spring (bock season) and as a bit of a night cap before my trip into Germany the following morning.
First thought: Green bottle? and for a helles? Well, my fears seemed confirmed from a skunky smell. A good head, otherwise average appearance. Luckily, the rest of this beer is well above average. An extremely aggressive taste. Slightly overwhelming. Dry but pronounced. A crazy malt backbone. Abrupt malt aggression - but still, even for a helles bock there is a certain softness. Sounds contradicting, I know, but a fantastic blend. Also, an underlying bitterness and great maltyness that sticks with you in a very pleasant fashion.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear deep golden color with moderate white head that slowly fell to a thin coating. Smell is very light with a slight wsweet maltiness present. Taste is firmly maltly with an alcohol presence also noted. Taste rapidly rapidly dissapears leaving only a vague alcohol taste. Maybe a bit of dryness at the finish. Average at bea=st. there are much better examples to be found.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice malty aroma that gives a small whiff of alcohol. There are also notes of a Czech pilsner with some spicy hop notes detected there also. Pours a beautiful light copper color that gives orange hues when held to the light. A small head forms but dissipates quickly leaving little to no lace. A good dose of hops bitterness hits the palate first then gives way to the malt towards the finish. A good froth in the mouth brings the true Bock to the forefront and the malty backbone is much more present. Surprisingly, I got a taste of tea or tannins that fit nicely with the malty sweetness. Almost a tamer version of Urbock 23 and a touch more drinkable.

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Photo of jaluria
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a translucent, copper color with a strong, white colored head. The surface was covered in bubbles and a touch of lacing was left behind in my glass. Aroams of malt, dried fruit, and alcohol. The taste was a cross between malt liquor and a doppelbock with grain/bread unertones. Too sweet and unbalanced to really enjoy again and again. Nice texture with the heavy carbonation, but less than average drinkability.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a smallish glass mug the beer was a slightly dark golden color with one-finger of white head with a slight fluffines to it. No other outright signs of carbonation and no lacing throughout the sample.

The nose has a suprisingly grainy aroma upfront that gives way to a more true/average maibock aroma of sweet malt, candi sugar, mollasses and some slight maple.

Taste has a innitial sweet maltiness to it with a coating the mouth semi-rich consistancy. Still a lingering grainy taste near the end of each sip that seems out of place with the other flavors. A slightly rich and buttery finish with a sweet sugar finish.

Medium-full body with little carbonation.

An enjoyable beer but some slightly off flavors. Balance suffers a little from the grainy finish but the big innitial malt palate is nice.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. Bottle into a glass mug. The liquid is a rich amber. The head is off white with small bubbles. It fades quickly but not all the way leaving a thick covering of lace.

Smell is strong and bitter, very pleasing, some bready malt.

Taste is a biter blend of sharp hops, creamy malt, and tangy fruit. Spot on for the style.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, not too much fizz but a nice bite.

Drinkability is high with food. Slightly strong and bitey but a smooth creamy finish. Very nice. This was the first Mai bock of the season for me so I hope this about average rating will hold.

Prost! MK

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Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale amber; the finger thick head is airy and off-white.

The smell is very malty whit sweet notes of white loaf. There are also some gentle notes of aroma hops and some bitterness.

The taste is also loaded with malt: The start is a bit dry, but it develops into a full-bodied sweet flavour with some earthy notes. The aftertaste? Still lots of malt but I also found some warming alcohol. The finish is a bit bittersweet with flowery notes.

The carbonation is medium-strong with medium sized bubbles that tickle the tongue.

Almost heavy. Malty. Exactly like a maibock should be like (on the other hand, this is THE maibock)!

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Photo of soultrain
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hennipen glass. It's May: time for a Mai-Ur-Bock; why not, and love the bottle.

A-1" dirty lookin' head, but in a real good way, settles to a beautiful scum in under a minute. Beer is orange/amber with slow carbonation of bubbles workin' their way up through the shugga...
S-Sweetness, certainly; malts: definately. Smells great, even with no bracing hop appeal....
T-This beer is great. That was the first thought. This is one of those beers that is all about balance. It is refined, the flavor of the malts (caramel, sweet, but not too sweet) is really good, and this is a very well made brew. Sweetness of the malts and dryness of the alcohol cancel each other out in the taste, leaving behind thoughts like: "Damn, this brewer knows his stuff..." and: "Damn, this wouldn't be too easy to clone in a homebrew..." Obviously, while hops are artfully there: this beer is all about the malts....
M-Medium mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. A pleasure to quaff, sip, nurse, whatever. Good beer to crawl up into the rafters and ruminate with, if you know what I mean.
D-Do I want another? You know it. Somehow this isn't a session beer, in my book, though. It's a contemplative, subtle, smooth masterpiece, yet 1 or 2 is enough IMHO.

CRUX: EINBECKER MAI-UR-BOCK: GOOD SHIT BY ANY STANDARD, this really is a good beer, and I can't believe I haven't had it before now; the stubby bottle belies and comports a sophisticated brew, and one I shall return to when the mood strikes. The craft and skill that went into creating this brew is obvious. Recommended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You cannot complain with this one. Last reviewer said it's a little skunky outta the bottle. That is accurate and is in no way reflective of the way this nice Maibock tastes. Very hoppy on the backend, nice and malty on the front. Nice fruity esthers with the only actual German Maibock I've had that is better, being Hofbrau's.

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

04/19/06- Purchased at Corti Bros. in Sacramento, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No freshness information located. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour, maybe a light amber. 3/4 inch foamy white head and realatively nice lacing.

Smell- At first it smells like it's skunked. After you pour and let it sit for a few minutes it smells fine. Odd. Smells fairly sweet with a good amount of caramel and hops.

Taste- Really haven't had that many Mai-bocks before. Very sweet, caramely and toffee infused. Bitter hoppy long lasting aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel- Lightly creamy, fuller mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Not sure this style is for me, but it wasn't bad. Need to try more to appreciate this style I guess.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden, with a tremendous white head that slowly falls leaving some nice lacework. The grainy aroma is rather bold. This beer has one of the best pure grain/malt aromas I've enjoyed in a beer. The flavor is malt accented, with a hint of honey, but not completely out of balance -- sweet, but not too sweet. The body is fairly full. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. A slightly dry finish helps combat the sweetness in this beer. Overall, an excellent example of a Maibock and one I'd certainly drink again.
Thanks to RedBaron for the sample.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Maibock is my favorite bock style, and this is a decent example of the style. Pours to fairly dark golden brown color with a thin white head that recedes to a film. Lacing is spotty.

The smell is fairly skunky (green bottle) and sweet. Nothing too particularly interesting. The taste is nice and crisp and clean. Good caramel flavor. A bit of a skunky hop flavor, but it works well with the maibock.

The body is medium with a nice crisp carbonation. It may be 6.5% but it still seems to pack a bit of a punch. Still quite drinkable. I'm looking forward to more maibocks coming out this spring.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle as shown.
Pours into my tulip glass (I want to concentrate those aromas!) a bronze-amber with a tight 2-finger off-white head. Inisde of the glass is lined with streams of tiny bubbles. Head tightens as it diminishes, sticking to the glass. Smell is malty, graham-cracker sweet. Hops are pine-metallic, very present. Great taste of malt, bitter malt, good hops, but not too dry: the malt sweetness stays. Pepper and spice in the back of the throat. Crisp clean palate, with a somewhat dry, fairly long bitter finish. Nice round mouthfeel, with plenty of soft carbonation that fills the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Very easy to drink, way too easy for a bock -- the 6.5% is definitely sneaky.
This beer is just outside Germany's top 25, a couple of hundredths away from the elite, and that means it's pretty good. I've review 22 of those 25, and I think this is in MY top 25. Go get some!
Props to MABZ for including 4 of these with a couple of Gose in a trade for two of Avery's The Beast Grand Cru. Sorry The Beast killed your tongue!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a large German kick lately this one mades its way into the stockpile. Short green bottle, decent enough graphics, foiled bottle cap. Copper color, carbonation sticks to the sides of the glass and slowly rolls up. Frothy white head and plenty of lacing.

Like the other brew I've had from this brewery it had a distinctive skunk to it but it was far from spoiled. Tasted like a caramel covered apple in that the malt profile is huge and lucious and there is a sweetness that is subtle like an apple. Hops have a tough time competing but they do come out mostly towards the finish giving way in the aftertaste to a charging sweetness. Alcohol can be warming in the lingering finish which for this beer fits nicely.

I found this gritty enough to work for a high malt brew, and would not hesitate to buy again and again when available.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce green bottle- No freshness or bottled on date.

Pours into the glass a golden copper color with a short-lived off-white head. Spotty lace.

Very aromatic bouquet. Sweet and skunky. Spicy floral, perfumy hops and alcohol.

Taste is very similar to the smell with the added note of a fruit juice I can't quite identify. Sweet and skunky are two words I don't usually use in the same sentence. That's what I got.

I tend to avoid beers that have skunky tendencies ( Hieneken, Grolsch, etc.). This one I didn't mind so much, well balanced and quite palatable.

Medium bodied, carbonation was active.

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

Small 11oz green bottle. Pours an orange/straw color with big fluffy head. Lots of malt and some moderate noble hop aroma. Full body mouthfeel is dry with a bit of a sour and alchoholic finish. Taste is malty and rich but the very dry mouthfeel has a kind of metallic aftertaste. This beer wanted to taste really good but for some reason it was off. Maybe it was past its prime or due to the green bottle was a bit light struck. A very nice bock but I have a feeling it could be better. Definately will give this one another try.

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Photo of evanackerman
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dirty golden color with a white head with clingy thin lace. very small carbonation bubbles.

aroma is a bit skunky as well as freshly mown hay, not sure if this beer is a tad light struck or if it is just the hops.

taste is very good, malt dominates with a nice balance of noble hops for bittering. very much the standard mai bock taste.

mouthfeel is thin but not unpleasant.

overall, this is a good beer, i guess i expected something a bit more spectacular but it is certainly nothing to pass up if you get the chance to try it.

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Photo of StAnthony
4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Maibock. Ah...the memories. So, so smooth. Deep, rich bronze color with apleasant texture that just lingers on the tounge. You know...even for traveling half way around the world and being out of season (it was mid winter), this may quite possibly be the best bottled beer I've ever had. And it's the original! From the last of the great Einbecker breweries.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Likely the best Mailbock I've had. Poured out to a medium orange color with a full white foamy head. No lacing noted. Medium level of carbonation. Initial aroma is very skunky, but a second sniff brings forth the real smells; fresh grass and mild malt mixed with a ghost hoppiness. Taste is a welcome suprise from what I was expecting after the smell; lots of sweet malt, some grain and hops, with an overall fresh cut grass character. Nice. Mouthfeel was smooth and almost slick. Good drinkability. This would be even better on tap I bet (or at least in a bottle that isn't green). Recommended.

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Photo of marksto
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Einbecker brewery is to bock beer what Pilsner Urquell is to pilsner – that is, historically they are credited as being one of the originators of the style. Their products are a must-try for anyone wishing to understand and appreciate bockbier. Einbecker Maibock (particularly when served on draft) lives up to the brewery’s reputation by being a classic German pale bock.

Serves a dark golden color with a big pillowy head that lasts. This beer is big and malty like a bock should be. Very clean, with a slight toastiness to offset the sweetness from the malt. Just enough hop to offset the sweetness as well. It's so smooth you may not notice the considerable alcoholic strength at first, but after a few you’ll have no problem recognizing it… A very good beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a goofy green bottle (when will they learn!?) into my tulip glass. Fat, thick white head lingers for a long time. Great lacing. A nice copper/orange color that really looks good in bright light. Only, I thought Maibocks were supposed to be even lighter?

Smells like: A high gravity lager. Which, unfortunately for me will always be tainted by the night when I was 18 and drank 5 40s of Crazy Horse... Anyhow, good malt is present and there is even some Hallertau-like hop spice/perfume. Not bad. Not overwhelming, either. Could be less faint.

Taste: Bitter. Interesting. Good malt, but definately has to compete with the hops. I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers using Continental hops -- they always taste to mediciny. Also, this beer seems to be lacking the decocted mash-attack of many bocks. Though the taste is complex. Still, when I think bock I think malt extravaganza. This beer is too spicey and possibly skunked.

Mouthfeel: Fairly severe carbonation. Medium bodied with a good roundness. Sharp attack on the tip of your tongue is not unwelcomed, but is not really to style, either.

Drinkability: What should be really malty and sweet is more bitter and perfumey, even medicine-like. Not going to wake up and crave this beer.

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

Rich, dusky orange-copper with amber edges. Mai-Ur-Bock looks like an IPA. The ecru lid started out as if it would disappear in a big hurry, appears to have had a sudden change of heart and is now a tight-bubbled two fingers. Jagged sheets of lace resemble fake snow sprayed onto a windowpane. I like the look.

The nose is really nothing special. It's blond malty with a fair amount of musty, musky, earthy hops. In other words, a fairly typical maibock/helles bock. I find beer of this style difficult to like because there's nothing to hang my hat on, no aromas or flavors that really appeal to me. The fact that this one smells like a Euro pale lager doesn't help.

Ditto the flavor. Mai-Ur-Bock tastes like a higher alcohol version of an especially malty EPL. I'm amazed to see that the ABV is only 6.5%. It tastes a few percentage points higher and is the warmingest beer of this ABV that I can remember. The alcohol isn't unmasked exactly, it's just extremely noticeable.

The malt has a stainless steel caramel flavor. Caramel malt usually imparts a sweet, inviting character. Not here. This beer isn't so sweet and is unyielding and standoffish. Maybe it's the hops. A generous load of nobles brings a fair amount of bitterness to bear, although I'm not too thrilled with their flavor contribution. I'm sure there are those who like this combination of flavors. I'm not among them.

The finish lingers for a bit, but since I'm not groovin' on what led up to that finish, that's not necessarily a positive. I like the mouthfeel. It's as firm as the flavor, yet has a rounded edges aspect that connotes quality. This is a drinkable little beer, provided you like what you're drinking.

Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock is decent. If you like this style, though, I suggest you seek someone else's opinion of its worthiness. Someone who enjoys and appreciates maibocks/helles bocks more than I do. Just about anyone will do.

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

I wasn't particularly impressed with this one, but I'm still learning as far as the subtle german beers go. Not sure how old this one was. I think it was from this May. Poured a dark amber, transparent, not too much carbonation. Difficult initially to get a head, but quickly errupted in a half-creamy, half-rocky one. Smell was mostly strong grassy hops. Just a hint of caramel. Very sweet taste, a bit of honey, but a great deal of refreshing hop bite. Smell faded for me quickly. Not too complex, just sweet and refreshing, a little caramel or toffee. Medium-weak mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Hard to compare to others, so a bit hard to review for the style!

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truely awesome brew we have here. I poured it in an oversized thin red wine glass which emphasized its hazy figure and copper hue. Delicious in every regard; some think caramel and some think honey, but I'd say a combination of both to achieve a supremely balanced malty sweetness. I expected more of that signature German skunk quality, which I've grown to like in a way, but this had very little. Very drinkable and very simply good. I'll be getting more of this.

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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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