Big Easy Imperial Maibock | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Big Easy Imperial MaibockBig Easy Imperial Maibock

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-02-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 238
Photo of mrquartetman
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, good but not persistent head

S: Fruity and hoppy, citrusy, floral. This brewer knows how to use hops in subtle ways.

T: Unusual for a lager - malty, lemony, and, as it turned out. a great complement to a meal with substantial garlic. The beer acquired a big nutty flavor from the garlic in the meal. The flavor enlarges as it gets warmer. This is a very interesting beer.

M: Quite complex; estery, with a spice to it that persists and changes across the palate.

D: Very drinkable - a night spent drinking this beer would be a good night.

This beer bills itself as an Imperial Maibock. OK. What does that mean? I looked online, but this beer, while present on the site, has no information attached to it.

So we're left with this: if you can find it, find it. Then drink some.

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Photo of Raebo56
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nicely not to much of a head which I like.

Colour of apple juice, not gassy, but has a crisp cleansing feel like some high end beers from India like a Kingfisher Ultra.

I would mate this beer up with foods that are greasy, deep fried and or spicy as it cleanses the palate after each sip very nicely.
It has for me an excellent taste, not yeasty at all.

A keep em coming type beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
7.1% ABV, Bottled on 11/14/12 on shoulder.

A - A good dump from the festive bottle fills the glass with a fine particle hazed golden honey color with a thick dollop of off-white, densely packed foam. Moderate retention for the head left rings of legs and some thin foam lace in it's wake.

S - Light floral hops and slight herbal notes enter just before a bold clover honey sweetness with deep malts closely behind. Big Easy almost has notes of sweet mead to it. Crisp overall, there's no indication it will reach a cloying level even with the bready biscuit and toasted Vienna notes.

T - The soft clover honey sweetness in the nose does nothing to prepare the drinker for the sweet, rich flavor of the beer. Imagine honey-dunked biscuit with a dollop of caramel on top. Grainy pale malt and toasted Vienna work in conjunction with noble hops' light floral and herbal qualities to balance out the beer for a very nice flavor.

M - Medium-full bodied, this lager is smooth and almost creamy, following through with a lower level of carbonation that never feels flat. Sweet across the board, noble hops add a faint bitterness on the finish while some toasted malt dries it out a bit; a combination that produces a sweet white wine effect.

O - Big Easy Imperial Maibock lives up to it's name, piling more malt into an already malty beer. Wonderful nuances of clover honey and floral hops parade around quietly behind the deep malty base. It's sweetness makes it harder to drink more than one of but this spring-time beer offers a nice look ahead to the warmer days while subtly warming you up on the cooler ones.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow orange look with a good white head, some lace.

Fruity on the nose, with a big fruity taste of apples and spice, nice maibock, the solid malt is dominating, with notes of figs and cloves, nicely complex, comparing this to the Dead Guy I like this one better, nice dry finish, easy drinker.

Buttery heavy mouthfeel, big on the pallet, great session beer other than the abv probably around 7-8%. Nice all around the year type beer, great for summer refreshing, heavy enough for the winter. One of the best I've had from these Lakefront guys. Keep a look out. Well done.

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Photo of steveh
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small update for 2011 from my 09 review with some minor changes in ratings -- head seems a little lacking, but still a very decent lager from a Micro -- want to drink more, but at 7%...

Now (2009) labeled as an "Imperial Maibock," whatever that is. And I never understood the tie-in to Mardi Gras, whatever -- my review speaks of the beer, not its labeling.

A -- Clear, deep golden -- shading to amber, with an off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Aroma is a little to the thin side, but some DMS, bready malts, and dry alcohol peeking through.

T -- Very nice sweet bready, cracker flavored malt with the vaguest of hops in the finish and peppery alcohol mixing in. A nice breadiness in the aftertaste. Reminds me of Germany, so that can't be bad!

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Terrific drinkability -- just what I'd want in a Maibock, no matter the label title.

I think Colts got a very old bottle for his review.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 4, Dec. 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange copper color that produced a quickly dissipating white head.

(S)- A delicate fruitiness of orange & lemon with a malty array of sweet honey, cream, and caramel.

(T)- Wow, a great silky maltiness of creamy honey & butterscotch with figs, orange citrus, and bits of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Sweet and malty but in a balanced way with some good fruits behind it.

(D)- A solid maibock that, even with a touch of aging on it is a good drinker. Sweet, but fitting for the style. Great for the spring time, or anytime! One of lakefront's best in my opinion.

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Photo of sabalon
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight head, which held briefly.

A bit drier than i expected, nice for a maibock, probably due to its advertising as an imperial.

Definately got fruity flavors, but citrus notes are all i could specifically identify.

Overall definatly a thirst quencher.

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Dark golden orange.

[Smell]: Very floral and sweet.

[Foretaste]: Hard carbonation hard to tell.

[Midflavor]: Sweet floral.

[Aftertaste]: Heres where this beer shines the aftertaste is just awesome, it's a combo of honey-orange and strong malts. very nice indeed.

[Overall Flavor]: Awesome, very good beer top shelf indeed.

[Mouthfeel]: a little high on the carbonation but settles fast leaveing a very milk-like texture.

[Drinkability]: It's a bit tough on the pallate but after a few sips its like drinking a garden followed by sugar.

[Personal Recommendation]: Hey this isn't my fav but give her a try, I think you'll like what you find.

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Photo of sweethome
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Version

Pours darker than past years - burnt orange color. Toffee.

Nose is sweet, pineapple with noble hops.

A generous mouthfeel with loads of malt. Hits the spring bock flavors right on. I've seen a few reviews compare this to a dopplebock - it is not. They brew this to spring bock style which is lighter in color, flavor and mouthfeel.

This is probably the best Big Easy they have done. In the past, it has had a hint of sour. This year is is bigger...more of everything. So much flavor. Rich malts, a hint of cinammon, flavorful german style hops.

A very fine bock beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with a lobster on it. mmm....lobster beer. Clear carmel color with a very small head that is fading fast as I type. Rich malt with hints of brown sugar and alcohol, slight coffee. Taste is very malty, both roasted and carmel. The taste is very close to a dopple, with so much rich malt. It could be a Maibock too, I guess. Very slick mouthfeel, only slightly carbonated. I served this at cellar temp and it was very enjoyable. I don't know how the lobster comes into play, and frankly, i prefer not to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy white head rests lazily atop a hazy (bottle-conditioned) deep-gold body. Hundreds of tiny bubbles stream steadily upwards, helping to maintain a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The lacing is limited, but generous notes of rich, toasty and lightly husky Munich malt waft towards the nose. The body is firm, and the fine carbonation leaves it creamy in the mouth with a light sensation on the tongue. All of the rich maltiness displayed in the aroma is carried over in the flavor. It's rich without being sweet or cloying; and it's quite clean except for the fact that the straight-forward maltiness has a bit of a husky, hay-like character. Still, I enjoyed it and didn't see it as a negative. In fact, it lends some character to the beer and reminds the drinker that beer is an agricultural product (and in this case, from the epicenter of the grain belt... Milwaukee) - not something generically created and pumped into shiny metal cans in a sterile industrial setting (although that is sometimes true as well!). The alcohol is very well hidden, and never makes an appearance. I'm not sure how strong this beer is, but it's definitely within the Bock range. It finishes with a wash of sweetish and grainy malt across the mouth, but it's so deftly balanced that it simply fades away without the bitterness ever making an appearance. Very nice! There's some real finesse going on here! However, I can't figure out the name! Maybe there's some local connection that I don't get, but why is a beer from Milwaukee named "Big Easy Lager Beer" with a lobster in a Mardis Gras mask on the label? The only thing that I can think of is that it's a big malty beer that goes down easy... real easy! Quite enjoyable, and worth trying.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-rate. I gave it a very high mark last year. I still think it's good, but not as high as I had rated it last year.

Copper-orange appearance. Very little head. A thin rimming. Adequate lacing. A very delicate pils like malt aroma. Some noble hop scents please the nose as well. The maltiness in this Blonde Dopple is not overwhelming, but rather firm. The flavor is very pleasant and unassuming. Floral hop tones accent the luscious soft maltiness. Very nice. The body is hovering around weak. You know, I think I pick up some very subtle fruity tones. Not necessarily what you look for in a dopple, but they aren't out of place in this one. Especially at the trace levels that they are perceived.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label now states, "Imperial Maibock"

A- Slightly hazy gold, half finger head.

S- Sweet malt aroma with a hint of nuttyness.

T- Rich yet light malty sweetness up front. A slight nutty dryness at mid point transitions into a mild alcohol note for a semi-dry finish.

M- Medium full bodied, good carbonation.

T- For it's strength it's almost sessionable.

This just might be Lakefront's best beer to date, and a damn tasty Maibock to boot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-Review...3/16/03/..The more I drink of this, the more I realize it is a good beer but not spectacular (at least the 2003 version)...I drank it side by side with Capital Blond Doppel and there was no comparision...the Capital was head and shoulders better...cleaner looking...fuller body...more malty taste...I still think the Big Easy is an above average beer and one I enjoy drinking but it is not elite..

Re-review...3/5/03..Still very good, but definitely not a 5.0...I still like it a lot and am glad I got my hands on a case...

Dark golden in color..great clarity and clean looking...pours a frothy creamy head that is gone in seconds..sweet creamy aroma with some alcohol present....incredible of the best tasting beers I've had. Vanilla, butterscotch...heavy malt load...Maybe too unbalanced for some as I get zero hop taste...Very sweet, but to me it's not oversweet so there must be some hopping. Their web-site calls this a blonde doppelbock...Tastes like it but not as hopped up as some of the other blonde doppels I've had. If you're getting picking maybe a tich syruppy but I'm reaching for something here..One of my favorite beers ever (and I'm finishing off my last of three and may not see it again for a long time..)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery amber brown with a showcasing of unfiltered floaty things suspended within even as a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rises for a good while, medium ivory head appeared but zipped away pretty darn quick and no lace anywhere. Smell is grassy, husky, toasty, whole grainy, bagel dough sweetness resides lightly underneath. Flavors are nice, refined whole grain richness that has a toasty breadishness and buttery notions, not overly sweet or cloying in the malts, very solid malt display with some grassy openness floating around and a delicate dryness. Feel is significantly bold and malty rich, creamy, yet favorably carbonated and full of good zip. One of the better Pale/Blonde Bocks I've had, subtle, rich, and pretty flavorful and drinkable with nearly no alcohol traces except for what effects it has on the noggin after a couple.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of all the Lakefront line, which I have been entirely lukewarm to so far, this is the best.

Pours orangy golden with a great torrent of carbonation, but no lacing to speak of. The aroma is grainy and crisp, with a light noble hop floral sweetness. The flavor is sweet, with a bit of orange and clover, a slight hint of honey, and a fairly crisp hop bite on the finish and some bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is clingy and surprisingly robust.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look – light amber/golden color, a little hazy, with about two fingers’ worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – slightly hoppy, a little citrusy, and maybe a hint of spices.

Taste – very interesting taste! At first and through the middle of the taste there’s much of what comes in the smell, but then in the late middle there’s this wave of bitterness and tanginess that hits pretty hard but then backs off, leaving you with a musky quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the creamier side.

Overall – extremely interesting beer in terms of taste.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with moderate white creamy head. Absolutely magnificient lacing that most closely resembled a nitrogen pour.
Smell is light with some mild fruity aspects.
Taste is moderately sweet with more summer fruit showing through.
Finish is more sweetness, and very refreshing.
Great beer for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Lager beer from Wisconsin was a slightly hazy amber color upon pouring with a thin tan head. The retention as a skim was pretty good and the lacing respectable. The aroma was a nice, soft blend of lager-ish malt, and some generic hops. The flavors were also well-balanced, a pleasant sweetness of caramel malt first hit my tongue that was soon met by some piney hops that led to a bitter, crisp finish. The body was medium/light and the carbonation very soft. Totally sessionable, well-balanced and well flavored. For something I picked up on a whim I was quite impressed.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear bright orange with brown highlights. The white head struggles to reach one finger. It fades almost instantly leaving no lace.

The aroma is spicy sweet malt. Light hops, honey and biscuits round things out. Nothing all that exciting.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Spiced up malt. Caramel and light hops. I'm picking out hints of fruit along with biscuits in the finish. I feel the booze on my tongue as the beer warms.

Medium body with above average carbonation.

Overall a decent drinkable beer. For me all these light german styles tend to just blend together. Nothing all that memorable.

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Photo of ericj551
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Easy Imperial Maibock pours a nice copper with a bit of haze. The head is bubbly but fades immediately. The aroma is sweet grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops. The flavor is crisp sweet light malt with a nice mild caramel twinge. Just enough spicy and herbal hops balance and mild but assertive bitterness. I'm not sure where the term "Imperial" fits into this beer, but it is good none the less.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, average retention, no lace. Good colour.

S: Nice caramel, almost a Munich malt/Fest feel. Light earthy hops.

T: Nice sweet malt, but not overdone, again has a Fest feel with the amount of dryness this actually has. Light hints of cane sugar and grape.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, smooth, a very easy drinker for its size.

O: One of the better maibocks I've had, it's clean character sets it apart. Very much worth a pickup.

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Photo of chiapete
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured yellow, gold , apple juiced color.

slight head that dissapeared quickly, left very little to almost no lacing. small carbination bubbles during drinking time.

sweet aroma almost fruity,or citrus.

crisp feel, easy drinking, slight tingle on sides of tounge.

sweet taste, fruity almost apple like.
very drinkable . Average to slightly above.
would drink this one again

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Photo of Winter
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lakefront's seasonal offering celebrating Mardi Gras. Poured a clear amber color with a white head. Malt nose with some alcohol present. Flavor has a great malt sweetness with a just touch of spiciness. Seems to be a hint of caramel in there also. Very little to no hop bitterness. Finish is clean.

This is a perfect beer to pair with food. I've had it with homemade andouille sausage chili. I would guess that this would also be good with any other Cajun dishes such as jambalaya, gumbo or any other hot (spicy) foods.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling mixture of malts and corn with notes of flowers, Golden Delicious apples, light citrus, and, oddly enough, some vanilla.

Taste: Quite sweet bready maltiness and creamed corn with some curious traces of smooth vanilla. Drizzle of tart apple juices. Floral tones with some light citrus. Low bitterness. Touch of alcohol precedes the smooth, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, to be honest, it was actually better than expected. It's smooth, it's sweet, it's Mardi Gras-approved!

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