Mai-Ur-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Ready for May?” In spring, the Einbecker brew-masters brew a particular special beer, the Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock. This pleasantly-bitter refreshment is only available in the spring – as long as supplies last.

Added by Bierman9 on 07-26-2000

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

Pours a clear copper-colored color. Pillowy whitehead develops then disappears just as quickly leaving fair amount of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet malt and liquor with some bitter but herbal hop notes.
Flavor of caramel, slightly roasted sweet malt that transitioned well into a spciy alcoholic bitter finish. Very nice balance.
Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery but pleasant.
Drinkability was high but probably dangerous given relatively high ABV.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't reviews beers often, but this beer is not bad. Pours a nice head, but short-lived head. Has a nice malty (if that's a word) smell. A nice smooth flavor. Only a 11. 2 oz. bottle, but at 6.5, kick your butt. You can drink more then one of these and it is worthwhile getting a few bottles when available.

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Photo of granger10
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber color with basically no head but left lots of lace in the glass. The aroma was of pale malt and I couldn't detect much else. The flavor in this beer comes out and attacks your tastebuds! It is intense. At first it threw me off but I really began to like this one once I got used to it. I can definietly tell this is a german beer with the german malts and it seemed yeasty, earthy hops are strong too but not too bitter. A strong beer that will kick your taste buds ass.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I'm not sure how fresh this is. The best before years on the back of the bottle range from 99 to 01. Maybe they just printed too many labels:-) Ok, here goes.
Pours a solid off white head that holds up pretty well. Hazy, light amber in color. The aroma is a mildly malty, and just a little sweet. Sweet caramel malt in the taste is held in check by smooth spicy hoppiness. The finish is lightly bitter and alcoholic. An interesting, mildly strong beer. Definitely a good beer for a lounging around on a cool sunny breezy day.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber body. Frothy off-white head refuses to completely fade and leaves a lovely weave of lace.
Smell: Big, slightly toasted caramel malt, bready tones, and subtle herbal hops. No hint of skunk.
Taste: This would make a heck of a breakfast beer... warm, toasty, sweet-but-not-overly-so malt. Semi-dry hop finish allows the malt aftertate to linger. Simple. Good. Notes of skunk start to emerge as it warms... not offensive, though.
Mouthfeel: Rich, borderline chewy, carbonation level and micro-bubble size nicely supportive.
Drinkability: Crisper than the big malt taste and feel would suggest. Very drinkable and consistent (straight marks). A nice bock.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle noted best before date of 9/12/02 (sampled 10/20/03 thank you very much Flying Saucer Nashville) and states 8.5% alcohol. Please note my sample was way overdue.
Aroma: Smells like Grolsch, best I can do.
Appearance: Deep orange with a modest off white head.
Flavor: Balance on the hops, but again, tasted like Grolsch. Not bad, but didn’t blow my hair back.
Mouthfeel: Rich mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body
Overall Impression: Was hoping to educate myself about the Maibock style with this, but never really got a feel for the style. Seemed like any other lager. I’ll keep looking. It did hide the alcohol well.

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Photo of shippos
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured with a pale orangy color with a nice thick dense head. spicy hop aroma or maybe a little skunky because of teh green bottle. sweet maltyness is poking through in the background. very smooth, balanced mouthfeel with a nice hoppy bite to cut through the malt in the aftertaste. excellent beer, definetly worth trying again.

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

Now Quaffing: Einbecker Mai-Urbock

Pours a pale golden yellow with very active carbonation. Aromas are sweet, caramel, and grassy. First sip is grassy with a slight metallic finish. Metal fades and gives way to a balanced grain profile and a nice bitter hop finish. This was a medium bodied pale bock with a moderate drinkability.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored bock with lots of hops.. seemed odd for a mai bock.. it is very floral and has a nice appearance with good carbonation and some malt in the finish.. it is fairly smooth and drinkable for thse who enjoy hoppy bocks.. mouthfeel is good just the flavor had me shocked with the hoppiness. Skunky nose to start and remains throughout.. green bottles may be the culprit.

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

A cloudy straw colored brew with a little bubbly white head that died to a lace pretty quickly. Aromas of grains and a bit of fruit make up the nose of this one.

I was pretty unimpressed with this brew. It was crisp and tingly. The bready malt flavor really overpowered any chance of a nice hop flavor to this brew. It was definitely a good beer and was very drinkable, but it was not what I wanted. Definitely a much different brew than other Maibocks sampled to date.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a little head.

The sweet smell of caramel malts pours out of the top of the glass. Hop aroma is strong, which is very nice. A citrus aroma is also very strong. I can not wait for the first sip.

A strong alcohol flavor is what I first taste. The citrus flavor is also there with a hint of clove, and earthy musty hits the palatte. Hop flavor is very strong which is very pleasing.

The light to medium body makes this a very drinkable beer.


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Photo of Brent
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt aroma with German hops wafting up. This beer is all about the malt and alcohol - hops play a supporting role - adequate but always at the back of the stage. Malt takes the spotlight with some herbal sweetness. Alcohol flavors are just one step behind, wrestling with the hops for second stage. My bottle was about 7 months beyond the "best before" date (didn't think to check until I got got home) but the beer seems to have held up well - no oxidized or sulfur flavors, even in a green bottle.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pure white long lasting head on gold/amber body. Respectable lacing.

Aroma: The alcohol kicks off quite a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: The taste is quite different than the aroma. Hit with chewy tannins at first. Surprising little floral aroma or flavor for this much bitterness. Medium malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness lasts quite a while, though there is a chewiness that I cannot get over.

Drinkability: High. This beer has more drinkability that its score would lead you to imagine. The sweetness brings the glass back to my lips.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially this brew comes across as a tad unruly with alcohol the dominant presence, both in aroma and taste. By the second, third and forth gulp the hops begin to assert themselves and take center stage. The amber/orange color stands alone in the beer world. I had to keep looking at it and holding it to different lights and upgrading my initial appearance rating. The taste is extremely complex, that too required a raise in points. The ample malt body never achieves a platform of its own. It instead plays a wonderful supporting role to the competing stars. The off white head’s performance is marvelous, though brief. Einbecker, by the way, is the inventor of the bock style. Because I was unsure of my ability to accurately rate this unusual style beer with one bottle, I found it necessary drink a second.

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Photo of cokes
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber glass beneath a sandy foam that fades at a quick pace.
Nose of grain, alcohol, sulphur and slight caramel sweetness.
Taste is very sweet, with both the alcohol and the caramel (vienna?) malts surfacing intially. This results in a cumbersome syrup-like impression. Welcomed interjections of fruitiness. Flashes of grain enter just prior to the oxidized notes of metal and sulpur. These flavors dominated what seemed to be a likeable spicy hop closure. Rides out boozy and sticky.
A hefty brew for sure, but not among my Maibock favorites, even considering this bottle was clearly past it's prime.

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Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great vibrant reddish amber color.
Aromas are improbably concentrated...drenched with honey, sticky green/yellow herbs, cocoa, toffee, pine nuts...
On the palate it glides across in a viscous display of rich, roasted nut flavor combined with abrupt, tarry hops, sweet caramel and cedar. Wow.
I never had a bock with so much structure.

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

An average beer. Thin white head that settles fairly quickly. Quite good malty taste. Very nice body in deep copper color. Quite acceptable mouthfeel in my opinion. If you get the chance try it

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Photo of jackndan
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Einbecker Ur-Bock: On tap at the Map Room in Chicago where it is the beer of the month, $3.00 for a pint. Deep copper color, with a heavy aroma of Vienna malts. Not much head, at all. The taste lives up to its aroma, with strong malts that dominate this brew. Not too bad, and very easy to drink and on the wallet.

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Photo of rastaman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, better than the dunkel. Quite a sticky pale malt flavour, with a herbal hoppyness towards the end, quite bitter and salty, i really like this a lot, strong and assertive, yet subtle in its flavour, if that makes any sense.

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

This beer poured a copper color and formed a nice huge bubbly white head. that left some interesting lace when it subsided. The aroma was of malt and some grain present. Slight chemical aroma as well, maybe due to the green bottle.
The flavor was of malt and a bit of sweetness to it with the grain aspects adding to the sweetness in the finish. I had this one a bit warmer, and think it would benefit from being colder, which may mask the alcohol better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with an orange cast and light ruby highlights topped by a firm 1" head that receeds but holds at 1/16" and leaves an excellent lace as well. The aroma is solidly malty, balanced by a grassy hoppiness. (Also lightly skunky - green bottle!) The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Obviously a full bodied beer! The flavor starts with a solid maltiness - lightly sweet and caramel tinged - which becomes increasingly bitter as it crosses the palate, ending with dry (and unfortunately metallic flavor from oxidation) finish. Obviously an excellent beer, but a damaged bottle. I've had this beer before and remember it without defect. It's a solid one-two punch of malt and hop that expresses itself in slightly different ways throughout the glass (probably because as the malt sugars build in your mouth they retain the bitterness of the hops). And therefore, although it is not complex per se, it is a very interesting and enjoyable beer that keeps your attention.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight metallic spoilt taste, could be due to green bottles or travel. Freshness date not notched on label. Decent cold, but I liked it better warm, as the malts come to forefront. Chewy, slides across the tongue. Delicious bready malts are the crux of this brew. Some slight tangy hoppiness, perfect finish. Small sips are the way to go, and swish it around for a while in your mouth. Wasn't wild about this beer at first swallow; it grows on ya.

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

Pours a nice copper-ish color. It has a thin white head, good lace. The aroma is that of malt mainly, toasted light bread maybe…It has a nice full body. Initial taste is alcohol and a sweet malt base, then a nice notes of spicy hops, a little fruitiness as well. There is a tiny bit of warming in the finish. Overall a nice German Bock…and also a cool looking green bottle...

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Redbones. This brew has an amazing lace, thin but simply amazing and seems to stick just about everywhere. Bright tawny golden hue. Quite aromatic with an herbal hop presences and a double sweetness of alcohol and malt. Very clean palate with a bite from the hops as well as the alcohol, malt holds a solid medium bodied base and is sturdy enough to keep things in balance. Real easy to drink and went very well with the jerk beef sandwich.

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Photo of budgood1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

partly cloudy dark copper color, pours a rocky head which disappears quickly. soft euro aroma of malt and hops. taste is exquisite! sweet caramel and doughy malts with a lemony/honey background on a solid malt backbone. slick and creamy mouthfeel. you don't notice the alcohol until.....well... you know that warming feeling! thanks to ADR for steering me towards this for a compare/contrast lesson in maibocks.

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Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 429 ratings