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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 02-02-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 110
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1/5  rDev -71.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of carteravebrew
2.03/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a nice clear, golden hue, no haze, with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Not a bad looking beer; nice, clear lager.

Smell: Oh. Despite the appearance, not very lager-like. Very fuselly and estery, not in a good way. Some malt appearance, but very hot on the nose.

Taste: Much the same as the smell, just hot, a little malt presence, but mostly a hot alcoholic mess. Fusels from (I'm guessing) a lack of lagering time and/or warm fermentation/underpitching make this barely drinkable.

The mouthfeel is fine but hard to appreciate given the flavor.

Overall, not very enjoyable and would not likely purchase again. It's light (easy to drink) for the high octane, if you're into that.

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2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark gold with a a white foam head and very small but very active bubbles of prickle. Classic beer nose. Grainy flavor that has straw and raw wheat-like flavors that cause me to recall Bitburger (which I didn't care for). It is more mild than the aforementioned German brew. It seems to be very mainstream. I was a little disappointed as it was kind of a clunker for Lakefront in my opinion. I had a hard time getting through the six pack. . . I just didn't prefer it to other things.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a six pack variety of beers I won at a Drawdown. Not sure how long it had been sitting in this basket, which could ultimately affect my review. Poured from 12oz bottle into a 10oz scooner.

Pours a darker straw yellow color. A light, but not petty, head that is frothy that withers fairly quickly. Not all that much lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, a bit spicy, a bit floral, couldn't really reach the hops.

The taste is fairly offensive, in my opinion. An awful overpowering alcohol flavor and very bready with not much else to speak of. The flavor honestly reminded me of a sweet bread soaked in an ages old adjunct. Nothing that I liked about the flavor.

The mouthfeel was average, maybe slightly above average. it had a nice body, and a smooth drinkability that is acceptable and refreshing. The flavor, however, dismantles my enjoyment for this.

Had trouble finishing the entire beer. Smells fine and drinks okay if it weren't for the flavor. Will probably have to try it again to assure that age or some other factor wasn't effecting my enjoyment.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I like to try different styles of beer, however I must admit that I am a big hop IPA kind of guy. This beer really comes in kind of flat with not much flavor. Not a do-over for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a thin, creamy white head then settles quickly. Slightly hazy. Golden color. Lacing is thin and slightly sticky.
S) Aroma is light. Even after letting it warm up a bit nothing happens aromatically.
T) This is like a pilsener on steroids. A blast of malt upfront mixed with alcohol. Nutty. Quite grainy. Finishes quick and with a residual grainy syrupy alcohol.
M) Definitely a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Fizzy. Medium body, a strong medium body despite the color. A slight syrupy feel.
D) A slow drinker even though it is at 7%. I don't think I'd have a consecutive one.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle.

Clear, light gold in color. Medium, creamy, off white head.

Aroma is quite mild. Bit of citrus - lemon. Touch of sweet wheat bread/caramel. Picks up quickly.

Malty, malt liquor like. Alcohol present. Some sweet, corn type of taste, DMS? Very little bitterness except in finish/aftertaste. Grassy in character. Not a well balanced beer.

Medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

Not to my taste. Leans more towards a malt liquor than a lager. Future travel plans will not include the Big Easy.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle born on 2nd week of feb. Tried out the Lakefront Sampler, even though they're very hit-or-miss.

Look is golden amber; small head. Smell is wheat and spice. The feel is very cloying and thick, like syrup. Tastes kinda like Steel Reserve; theres plenty of grain and malt, some clove and spice, alcohol, and an odd 'garbage juice' flavor.

This one was disappointing.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a slightly hazed peach hue with the slimmest of fizzy white head. Even with a vigorous pour there was no head.

Smell -- Cracker grain, apple juice, split plum, and gentle spicy esters. Not terribly deep, but pleasant enough.

Taste -- Malty malty malty. Plum, crackers, apple juice, slight plum skin astringency, and a bit of earthy yeast. Hop flavor is slightly soapy. Lingering flavor is reminiscent of taking a shallow bite into a plum: lots of skin astringency, little bit of

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, chewy, with gentle carbonation. Great for an RIS, weird for Maibocks. Also, slightly chalky finish.

Drinkability -- Ehhh, don't care for it. Too thick and syrupy and with too much unrestrained malt sweetness. Your mileage may vary.

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2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured into the glass a lightly hazed copper orange color. The head was a finger of fizzy white foam that was entirely gone in less than two minutes. No trace of a cap or lacing.

The smell was subtle, malty with mild grassy notes.

The taste was a little bit malty. The main flavors I got were tart black cherry and a dry red wine-like hint. I found this to be very unusual for a Maibock.

Moderately active zippy carbonation and a light body combine to this one a crisp mouthfeel.

Assuming that the style is listed correctly, this was not a very good Maibock/Helles. Quite off of the norm for the style.

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2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this one as a summertime special in July. Held it in the cellar for a couple of months before opening.

The beer pours a golden yellow, a bit darker than a normal lager. Carbonation is fairly high but the foamy fairly thin head falls quickly. It is a bit hazy, maybe a chill haze.

Big easy smells tart and citrusy but not pale ale or amarillo citrusy more like it has quite a bit of lemon in it; maybe some coriander. Other than that, the smell is bland, just there with no great appeal.

The taste is alright. Definitely not something that I would toss, but I probably wont have another for a while. It could be past its' peak but I doubt it. Again, a lemon, coriander taste comes out. It is not as clean as a lager should be. I think of a pale maibock as a sharp beer, that does not come out in this one.

Mouthfeel is above average; as the beer flows into the mouth, it coats the tongue. It is fairly thick and enjoyable.

This beer is drinkable but as I mentioned earlier, nothing to write home about. It is a bit tart, which is okay if you like it but for me, it is not hitting the spot.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not a good one either. I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are a tart beer fan.

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2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out darker than the last time I had this beer, I could have sworn it was more yellowish the first time around, but this was more substantial, about equal parts yellow and orange which rounds out into copper. A musty, skunky aroma, alcohol painfully aware.

Taste, like a mix between a maibock, malt liquor and kolsch. Devoid of hops. Alcohol burn in the forefront. A faint honey and lemon like twang to the beer. What is this beer trying to be anyways?, was a main thought running through my head after the first few sips. I didn't know what to make, it was alcohol and some other things would run in and out. Caramel seems like its bigger at times. Never really absorbs the alcohol or yeast flavors like one would hope.

I dunno, this beer definitely had its fan in Milwaukee, but usually they weren't the types into good beer, or at least not hoppy beer.

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2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly malty with a mild tart smell. Just a bit of hops in the smell. I love tart beers, but the smell is out of place for the style.

Taste is malty upfront with just a hint of hops and a mild bitterness. The tartness in the smell does not translate into the taste. However, the taste becomes flat and bland at the finish.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a mediocre and rather boring attempt at a maibock. Not awful nor undrinkable, but unfortunately that's about the best compliment I can give it.

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2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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