Primátor Maibock
Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #114
Ranked #39,480
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Czech Republic
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have caramel, grains and fresh bread. Lots of malts. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel leading the way. Some toffee in the mix. More fresh bread. Nice little bitterness to it. Subtle spiciness. Possibly some rye and black pepper in the mix. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part although there's a subtle warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, slightly creamy but sharp. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid brew. It drinks big, but the aromas and flavors are more or less what you would expect from the style. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

Dec 28, 2019
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michiganmatt from California

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Does not taste super great. Purchased at a local Bevmo which I know often keeps beers around for way too long. I think it's possible it might be skunked or just too old. So take this review with a grain of salt.

Apr 21, 2019
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donspublic from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into NB chalice good 1+ finger light tan head, good retention and lacing. Crystal clear dark golden in the glass. Smells of toffee, caramel and bread. Taste follows the nose, good fruity esters from the yeast in the middle and an herbal dry light bitter finish. Good drinkin beer, one of these went into a shrimp and grits and added a lot of personality to the dish.

Feb 15, 2018
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color and very clear, with a small white head with plenty of lacing. Smell and taste are big time bread and malt and the taste is sweet with a nice dark fruit alcohol finish and a little hop spiciness. Leaves a coating on the mouth that makes you want to keep drinking and is very smooth for a big beer. Overall a very nice tasty complex beer.
Look: 5
Smell: 4
Taste: 4.25
Feel: 4.5
Overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, nice to see a new Continental seasonal offering show up as we kick off the merry, merry month of May.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy, and slightly biscuity caramel malt, some muddled earthy spiciness, a touch of musty yeast, and very tame leafy, weedy, and dead floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and toasty caramel malt, a hint of butterscotch-like toffee, kind of warm-seeming pome fruity notes, dried and crusted honey, a still hard to get a handle on spice character, some mildly phenolic yeastiness, and a further laid-back leafy, grassy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its unionized frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as the mustiness and burgeoning alcohol take things down a peg or two here. It finishes off-dry, the malt still definitely large and in charge, but not, you know, lording it over anybody or anything.

Overall, this is a fairly well-rendered version of the style, as the hops are not really expected to do much other than provide a minor supporting role, and the elevated ABV keeps its nose more or less clean in its dealings with my willing palate. Worth checking out, especially given the relatively benign asking price. Na zdravi!

May 02, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with lots of floaties and a thin white head that dissipates to almost nothing. Smells of lightly toasted bread drizzled with a touch of caramel. Tastes similar with an earthy and grassy hoppiness to it. Feel is sweet with just enough bitterness to almost balance it, medium feel with some slickness to it, and hides the alcohol quite well. Overall, a pretty solid Czech version of the Maibock. Prost!

Apr 10, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/22/17:

Clear and multitoned, copper here, gold there, a perfect amber blend of the two everywhere else. Uniform cream-white head, even at first but chunkier as it sinks down, great retention and thick lines horizontal lines of lace. Caramel, banana, maple, mild must on the nose. Toasty and semi-sweet to taste, banana-cream just barely, so more so caramel or even toffee. Also quite bitter from start to finish, though stronger in finish, floral/herbal and to peppery and soapy. I’m tempted to say full-bodied, certainly for a lighter-colored lager, with very creamy suds. Of the regular Bocks (ignoring Weizenbocks and Doppelbocks) I have reviewed so far, this is the best.

Feb 09, 2017
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Alpha309 from California

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours golden in color. About one inch of lace head. Head dissipates quickly into a halo.

Smell is of a strong malt. A very low hint of cloves.

Taste is mostly bubble gum. Hints of banana and cloves. A little bit on the sweet side, but not overly so.

Body feels a little lacking. Very close but a touch light.

Feb 01, 2016
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Blueribbon666 from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark, clear Amber w/a 1/2" of head that reduced completely.
Smells are toffee, caramel & butterscotch but all very faint on the nose.
Mouthfeel is a quick toffee malt that is erased by a Czech Pilsner type crisp bitter blast that is a bit off putting that mixes w/a booziness that fades to a clean finish. Meh.

Sep 06, 2015
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twage04 from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fruity taste but not particularly smooth or enjoyable. Not much malt or hops to speak of, kinda has a metallic taste. Wasn't completely enjoyable but I've had better bocks.

Aug 23, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle.
Despite expectations and appearances (this is a medium Amber with excellent clarity), this is a malt bomb with rather minimal hops. Lightly sweet but not cloying.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

Aug 12, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some notes of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a thin collar around the edge, and a delicate film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of butter and toffee are present in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of butter and toffee with hints of caramel, but any sweetness is negated by flavors of spicy hops, which persistently lend a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Some hints of sweetness begin to creep in once the beer starts to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable because it does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol. I liked the balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 14, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, earth, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of caramel, fruit, and hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Jun 13, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

1.99/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine....

Clear amber brew with a short lasting head.. no real lacing.

The nose is hot alcohol and butterscotch.. banana and cabbage.

Thick caramel and diacetyl.. vegetal notes are really heavy.

Not good... pretty damn bad.


Jun 16, 2013
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dertyd from California

4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type bottle to a chimay goblet

A-a nice dark copper color with little to no head and no laceing

S- sweet malt with almost no hop smell at all

T- really yummy lol a lot of malts with a little bit of hops at the end

M-really crisp lots of carbonation

A realy good beer one of my fave lagers I can put theese back all day and at 7% you can't taste the alcohol really smooth beer

Jan 28, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One finger of head on an almost clear copper colored body.
The aroma is wet hay and barnyard with the slightest lemon. Bold.
The taste is a rich malty sweetness at first, then a lemon bitter with a quickly following candy sweet note.
Smooth texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
An enjoyable beer for sure.

Jan 26, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bolingbrook, IL
Date: None, but "705" stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of off-white foam composed of medium and large-sized bubbles. Retention is about average, lasting a bit over a minute as the head falls to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is fairly substantial and evident in interesting patterns scattered around the glass' sides, somewhat like the framing for stained glass. Body is a fairly light copper orange color with a hint of brownish hue; light brings out a strong, pale, copper tint through the hazy body. Carbonation is visible despite the cloudiness of the beer, appearing sparse and sluggish.

Aroma of sweet bread, slightly cracker-like, grassy and floral Saaz hops, a touch of honey, and a hint of bubblegum. Scent could definitely be stronger, particularly along the hop and malt axes; probably the weak point of the beer.

Taste is appropriate for the style, but for the ethanol content, I was expecting a much bigger beer in terms of flavors. Flavor is, overall, a little watery, somewhat disappointing, but not bad, still above what I'd consider average for the style. Tasting opens with somewhat bland sweetness with a touch of honey on the front of the palate. This changes by mid-palate to sweet bread, honey, mild European bittering hops with a green, leafy edge, and ethanol. Back of palate picks up increased European hop bitterness, bread-like sweetness, and ethanol. Aftertaste of mild breadiness, light graininess, modest European hop bitterness, and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-light in weight, with medium-low levels of carbonation, enough to just create a mildly fizzy, modestly foamy mouthfeel as this travels across the palate. Finishes dry, as one might expect from the bittering hop and ethanol content of the beer, with modest residual stickiness across the palate. A very pleasant and satisfactory mouthfeel, overall.

Dec 18, 2012
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BeerManDan from California

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was a nice clear golden yellow with a reddish hue. There was very little white foam and not much lace on the side of the glass. The smell had a strong aroma of Saaz hops with a hint of citrus. The taste was of hops, with a citrus bitterness, but also, a citrus sweetness. A little bitter on the palate and aftertaste, but, not overly bitter. Overall, a nice balance for this Maibock.

Dec 04, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive in the big chalice, though the foam is coarse and doesn't last so well. Golden amber with an orange cast. From the crack of the bottlecap you get that whiff of skunky Saaz hops.

Sweet and thick mouthfeel. Seems like the usual Euro-lager but more sugary and stronger. Malty and slightly hot. Grows more unpleasant after some sipping. Sort of a malt liquor with a peculiar abundance of hops. Ends with a hot and dirty bitterness.

Another sweetheart deal from the distributors for BevMo. From the 500 ml bottle.

Nov 04, 2012
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TheSixthRing from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden honey color with a finger width head and average retention, resulting in a lace that's sparse, hanging mostly around the edges.

Smell - Notes of honey and lightly toasted grain. Hints of grassy hop.

Taste - Follows the nose; starts with big honey sweetness, then a bit of grassy bitterness kicks in, increasing as the flavor works it's way into the finish. Subtle hints of butterscotch in the aftertaste, before more bitterness returns.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with decent carbonation. slick and smooth to begin, but ends a bit dry.

Overall - An interesting beer; lots of honey character, but the bitterness cuts through to give this brew a bittersweet quality not unlike a lot of Octerberfest brews.

Oct 15, 2012
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elNopalero from California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light amber tan with some foaming that dies down into a tight lace. There’s a lightly sweet aroma followed by some light malty notes. I get a mild caramel hint of sweetness which rounds out the flavor. It’s honeyed and mellow and exceptionally smooth, with a nice rounded finish. A little too sweet for a starter beer but I could easily see having this one for dessert.

Oct 05, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint glass into a pint glass. With just a little left over because of the foamy head.

Head was a finger notch and half thick. Nice retention, but just wished it lasted a minute longer, as it gained a very pleasant aroma.

Hazy, lighter amber in appearance.

First accents of forest pine leading into stronger smells of malt and crisp green apples. Very much like a pilsner in aroma.. but with stronger and more malty accents.

Notes of apple and light lemon folding into a toasted dark malt whole grain on first sips. Spicey when it's cold, alcohol is more present and slightly bitter. Sweetens as it warms up.

Medium bodied in carbonation.

An interesting find at the local beer market. Very european in style. Now just got to compare it to its American cousin Rogue.

Apr 16, 2012
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steveh from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Woodman's -- 7.5, wow. I wonder how the Czechs handle a Maibock -- other than strong, that is.

A -- Unexpected mild gusher. Somewhat hazy deep gold with a thick, long-lasting white head.

S -- Sweet, bready malts up front with that spicy, woody Czech hop character balancing out. Peppery, near phenolic alcohol with warming.

T -- Sweet bready malts up front with the spicy hops finishing off and a bitter, mildly lemony aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium-light body and lightly crisp finish.

O -- Overall, this is a good beer, but like Urquell I can see the Saaz hops becoming too fatiguing to my palate. I prefer the German renditions of the style better, but that doesn't take away from this being a well-made beer.

Mar 02, 2012
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Jemonster from California

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A nice cloudy orange. Has a glow to it, really attractive.

S: Floral hops and stone fruits with some nice herbs and yeast.

T: Very well balanced sweet and bitter flavors. Some clean, light roast flavors, hops and grains.

M: Nice and filling to the palate with a coolness. Covers the mouth and fades away quickly.

O: A really wonderful beer. Suprised me to find out how good it was.

Dec 19, 2011
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber in color, clear, with very good carbonation and about two fingers’ worth of frothy almost-khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – good and malty, and much like a Bavarian style lager.

Taste – sweet and malty, but a bit of a musky tinge to it that hits you in the middle of the taste. There’s a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too strong. The sweetness of it is interesting, and hard to place. The high-ish abv is not really noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, but it leans more toward the creamier side than I would have thought.

Overall – very interesting brew, with a very good taste.

Nov 28, 2011
Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 140 ratings