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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-02-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of carteravebrew
2.03/5  rDev -41.7%
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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Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of Fulky
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Photo of MarkLinton1
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
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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Photo of
2.75/5  rDev -21%
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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Photo of jimmah120
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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 -19%
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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Photo of EvilKeith
2.82/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of Jbino34
2.82/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Photo of ibashmuck
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a light amber body. Smelled very strongly of a typical lager, with hop sharpness very present. Taste was along the same lines, some sweetness mixed in, but that hop sharpness pretty well covers up anything else. There was a couple other tastes in there that screwed up the experience, a bit skunky perhaps, certainly off putting. Nothing worth jumping for.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and gold pour, dull. Aroma was toasty, almost skunk like vegetal matter.

Taste was a boozy maibock, more aal parts and upped alcohol. Toasty stuff is there, but the increased alcohol is not welcome and way too noticeable, bitter hops but not enough, just long boil stuff, not giving any flavor.

Not one worth revisiting under almost any circumstance.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas of a European malt sweetness. In the taste, malty and a bit sweet, clean but not as refreshing as hoped. It leaves an aftertaste of a sweet maltiness, and a small bit of citrus. It feels big in alcohol for a lager, as well as, darker than anticipated, but a nice beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed May 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Slightly cloudy rose-orange pour, lacking much carbonation. Head, mostly diminished, is off-white. Aroma of bread crusts and egg whites, with a hint of lacquer and acidic red wine. Rich sugary malt, that blossoms into a lightly hopped caramel sugar, finishing with a touch of cardboard. A little bitter aftertaste. I’m thinking light struck. Notes of brandy, fresh white wine, and an off tone or two. Palate is smooth, crisp and fairly clean, except for some residual oily wet paper and vanilla sugar coating.

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Photo of smcolw
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Modest head, very good lace; Dark gold color with a chill haze.

Slightly skunky, which is surprising given that it had recently arrived to the store. I imagine that it would be a delicate blend of lighter malts. I cannot detect any hop.

I'm reminded of a Kolsch when tasting this. The skunkiness is much less noticeable. Light malt flavor, slightly sour, little hop. Creamy body.

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Photo of JoshRadTxist
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review of a beer. Drank from a stainless coffee mug used for black coffee, then water, then beer.

A: Orangey amber clear (flashlight down mug).

S: Earthy apricot or other fruit / but reminds of that tangy sourness of flat beer.

T: Malty and alcohol, nice bitterness. Overly sweet towards the beginning, but this tapers off with drinking. Aftertaste similar to mass-marketed beers.

M: Decent body to it, effervescent, but without tongue sensing the carbonation. Overall oily even for a bock, leaving a film. Thumbs down on mouthfeel.

D: I would choose this beer over mass-marketed lagers and ales. Though it's my first maibock, I am not impressed. Certainly this style can be done better.

BTW I am a huge fan of Lakefront's Eastside Dark and Cream City Pale Ale.

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Photo of beer2day
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold with a thin 1-finger head. Faint retention and no lacing. Slightly fizzy.

Honey and grapes in the nose. Lots of malt here. No hops to speak of.

Hits thin and sweet. Tartness builds to the finish, but more from sour fruit than any hop presence. Surprisingly dry for the style. Ok, but not inspiring. I expected more from LB.

Feel is just not right. It wants to be a maibock, but the body is not there.

Not bad to drink, but much better alternatives are out there. I like the other LB's I've tried, but this one missed the mark.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with low retention rate. Orange-brown body, high clarity. Not a great looking beer.

S- Has a gingerbread and malty tone. Lager sort of crispness, but dark notes as well. Booze doesn't really play a factor like I thought it might.

T- Rich maltiness, some hints of alcohol and molasses. Not a bad flavor, but not very complex or rich.

M- Thick bodied with buzzing carbonation.

O- About average brew. It's not a super easy drinker though.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts with a bit of sweetness and some hops. Tastes of hops with a degree of sweetness to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. Drinkability is decent. Overall not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 01/08/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Lakefront Brewery, not a brewery or a style I am too familiar with, and my expectations are moderate. My bottle lists a 7.60% abv instead of 7.10% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy off-white head. Almost IPA-like in appearance. Some nice soapy lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is okay, but not entirely pleasing. Musty yeast presence, a bit of graininess / huskiness, corn, faint alcohol fumes, some buttery diacetyl, lightly floral hoppiness, & lots of apple / pear / banana presence. A bit of earthy woodiness and some smoke / char elements also present.

T - Taste follows the nose - grainy, bready, malty, apple / pear / banana, & light floral hopping. The malt steals the show here. Not harsh or offensive, but boring & poor depth of flavor. Some white peppery spicing, bubblegum, and other Belgian elements present themselves at times, also.

M - Feel is sticky and grainy. Semi-dry finish, medium bodied, and hefty carbonation.

Overall, a forgettable outing from Lakefront Brewery; these guys have failed to impress me yet again. I suppose I would recommended it to fans of the style, but it wasn't exactly what I would call an easy drinker, and I wouldn't have it again.

Lakefront Brewery Big Easy Imperial Maibock ---3/5.

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Photo of Jredner
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Beer World of Largo

Has next to no aroma. A vague "smell" but I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to what smell that is. Ok I will..it’s kinda a vague alcohol enrinched caramel candy smell, but it is very faint. You have to get your nose wet to smell it. The color is a lusterous amber/orange with a diminishing thumb thick white head. Quite pretty coloring. Fore yields caramel malts, more alcohol flavor than you’d expect from a 6% beer and some mild spice and yeasty notes toward the finish. Not bad really as American Bocks go.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lovely, bright, tea-stained orange. Head is poofy and white with fair retention and fine bubbles.

Smell: Surprisingly mild for something called an "imperial maibock." Maibocks are already meant to be strong and sharp, so I would think that an "imperial" maibock would be intensely strong and sharp. This is not particularly strong or sharp at all, but having said that, it smells nice. Lightly fruity with big vinous notes, full of melon, pear, white grape, and raspberry. There is also a hint of caramelized sugar, reminiscent of circus peanuts. There is also a tiny suggestion of nuts and a big drop of triple sec.

Taste: What exactly makes this imperial? It doesn't taste strong at all, both in terms of overall flavor and alcoholic heat. This is pleasant, but simple, and if it is high-alcohol then it hides it very well. Mostly it is characterized by a mild and sweet malt base full of burnt sugar, cotton candy, and rum with a nice orangey edge.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth and dry, and fairly thin.

Drinkability: I don't really get this beer - why not just call it an ordinary maibock? - but it is pretty good. Just don't expect anything exceptional.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearing the end of my 8 pack taster pack, next to last I try this "Imperial Maibock."

Thin amount of bright white head, and has a slightly hazy dark gold colored body.

In the aroma there is a white wine and slightly boozy aroma, along with some grainy huskiness.

Has an intriguing caramel flavor... Overall very sweet with no vegetable or herbal flavors I associate with this style.

Creamy in body... Normally dry from my past experiences. A good beer but not what I'd expect from a beer designated to be in this genre of beer.

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