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 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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pick up a sixer of this before a little fishing outing. Best by date suggests it's good for another month. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a rusty amber with about a half-inch of off-white head that dissipates very quickly to nothing. No cling on the glass. Mild visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts and sourdough bread notes in the nose. Some grassy and earthy hop notes poke out. Just a touch of white wine, as well.

T: There's caramel malt at the front, with a definite tartness coming into play. Earthy and grassy hops make their presence felt a bit, but this beer moves from malt to a bit of clear alcohol back to malt without them doing much on the tongue. There's just a hint of white wine coming through in the middle. The back closes pretty quickly, and there isn't much at all of an aftertaste.

F: This one feels a little watery. It's medium-bodied but lacks a good deal in terms of creaminess or carbonation. As others have said, it feels flat. There is a bit of brightness, and it closes quite cleanly.

O: I'm a big fan of Lakefront, but I'm often disappointed by their seasonal offerings. This one is no exception. There's just not enough going on with the flavor profile, and it's bogged down by the watery mouthfeel. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this one.

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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 DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Guessing this years 7.6% variant is a disaster because of the reviews. Regardless no turning back now.

A - Well it's no malt liquor! Head is a 1/4 inch that sticks around a bit atop a mildly hazy amber brown color.
S - Some malt sweetness and a touch or residual sugars but no ethanol smell which is OK still it's nothing to get excited over.
T - A simple helle's lager has a good sweet malt body and enough hops to keep the high octane burn at bay. It's good.
M - For the ABV it's very drinkable but flavor wise it's lacking.

Overall as expected for the style it's a big malty beer with an easy drinking helles lager body. I got what I paid for.

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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 SD-Alefan
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is quite a lovely beer. A crystal clear golden hue with a creamy white head and a fair amount of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with toffee and biscuit.
Taste is a little bit boozy and sweet with a nice, bitter and drying finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly bubbly.
Other than being a bit boozy, it seems fairly true to style. Decent.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/10/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange zest, plum, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, plum, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, plum, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Maibock style. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is not my typical style of beer, as I am a bit of a hop head and an IPA lover, but in an effort to continue trying different styles and flavor profiles, I picked up a bottle of the Big Easy.

A: Poured into a pint glass. The beer was clear with a medium to dark amber color.

S: Sweet and bready/malty aroma.

T: Sweet with minimal hop bitterness, indicative of this beer style. The high alcohol content comes through slightly as well.

Overall: This is a OK beer to drink. The higher alcohol content seems to reduce the drinkabilty of the beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a passable but incomplete maibock for me, i am left wanting for more carbonation and a quicker finishing experience, not as spring feeling as the style usually delivers either. caramel colored beer, rather still after a minute, sits lazily in a white wine glass. the nose is sweet from the grain, but a little stale too, not as fresh as it might be. no hops to speak of, and a lager yeast i have seen before. the flavor is a bit one dimensional for me, coppery caramel toffee flavor from the grain, and thats it. no german interest, no balancing hops, not even a drying bready yeast profile to wrap it up. not bad at all, devoid of off flavors or weirdness, but not as interesting or as tradition as i like these to be. the body is big enough for sure, but more bubbles would really help this out. one bottle is enough, especially given the only sort of disguised alcohol strength. not bad, but i wont miss not having it in my fridge anymore.

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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 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 beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, creamy white head sits atop a honey amber body. Sweet, grainy aroma. Taste follows the aroma with the addition of a soothing bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied, semi-dry finish.

A rather rich maibock with emphasis on the malt components. Fairly sugary with a decent hop presence to counterbalance things. The alcohol presence is there but fairly subdued. Overall, it looks and smells decent enough, but I think the flavors are a little over-the-top and slightly out of whack as far as balance goes. Would I have another one? Sure. But I would be open to checking out other options if available.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Mystery Beer" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit for the week of February 24th. $3 for a bottle. Bottled in November 2012. Since I had it straight out of the bottle...

1.) I won't bother going over the appearance.
2.) I won't be able to really give this beer a fair shake.

Smell: It's your typical maibock. It has a sort of "dusty" and dirty malt aroma with plenty of sweetness at the end of each whiff.

Taste/feel: Follows the nose, for sure. Has that gritty malt flavor, but a perfect amount of sweetness.

Brief review, and probably not a very accurate one (I was already three deep on an empty stomach), but I feel my ratings probably aren't very far off. Not necessarily something I'd seek out again, but definitely something I'd try again.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - slightly hazy garfield orange 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing

Aroma- some orange zest honey caramelized malts. a slightly bread-y yeast smell faint apple.

Taste- slight oxidized gives way to roasted malt character, toasted bread and slight graham cracker.Hops are herbal but clean up nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a little bit of a coating effect medicine-y. Really kind of fizzy.

Overall- despite how my description sounds it is not a terrible beer. I think I may have just got an older bottle of it. The nose is great, I am used to a darker Maibock though. The hops clean up nice in the finish I think the slight medicine taste probably comes from a higher alcohol content, which isn't a bad thing in the slightest. I would order another but only in the tasting room.

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Photo of Mikicichb
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild & light, refreshing. I could see myself drinking on a hot summer day on the lake, but I give it an overall average. I would reccomend to anyone who likes a lighter beer, or if you are looking to cool off. 7% abv, its a good way to get the old lady hammered too. Idk hard to come up with enough characters for average brews.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from 11/14/12 poured into pint glass.

A: Clear orange/amber with one finger off-white frothing head.

S: Nose is spicy, a bit fruity (grape? fig?), and there's a touch of alcohol.

T: Malt dominated taste profile. Lots of caramel and biscuit. Some dark fruit lingers near the end as well as a noticeable alcohol profile. Fairly powerful spicy hops stick around, too.

M: Smooth and creamy. Extremely easy to drink.

O: A good, quaffable maibock. The alcohol profile in the taste is a bit high, but it doesn't detract too much from the overall taste. Not a bad way to go for $7.99 for a 6-er. I love maibocks and Lakefront Brewing. When these two come together, the result is quite good.

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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 chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bottled in Nov. or Dec. of 2012 -- very fresh.
Pours a lightly hazy amber with a good sized but fragile off-white head. Slighty sweet, despite a generous-for-style hop load, and slightly boozy, as expected for style. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Well done but not one of my favorite styles.

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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 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 tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep, straw-amber color that seems to turn more and more amber/copper the longer it sits here. White head fads very quickly to a thin layer atop the beer, very little lacing to speak of. Slight honey and lemon zest on the nose, along with some kitchen spices that blend together and are difficult to identify. Honey smell becomes stronger and stronger as the beer warms up. Taste reveals some slight pepper, along with hints of nutmeg, spices, and heavy honey sweetness. Phenols are picked up from the alcohol, giving a moderate boost to the taste at the end and a warming sensation nearly all the way through. As it warms some more, I'm also picking up slight wheat and corn-grain smells on the nose. The bread and yeast start to come out a big more, as well. Faint hop bitterness hits middle to end, but it noticeable enough and well received; earthy and leafy in character. Honey and citrusy sweetness fade out into a potent alcohol and spice finish.

Unique beer here, lots of different things going on. Despite the spices, it doesn't taste like a "holiday" beer, and it remains very drinkable. The alcohol warms and adds rather than overpower and distract. Solid choice here, I'd be glad to have this again.

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Photo of Strix
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale orange, nice head with some lacing.

Sweet, malty smell.

Sweet malt, apple, spice, a bit of a grassy note, and alcohol in the finish.

Medium density, I thought it was a bit undercarbonated.

All right, but lacking that little something extra for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2011.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to thin streaks of lace on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of sweet malt and some light citrus fruit flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but very simple in its aromas and flavors.

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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 garymuchow
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled late Jan., so about 3 months old.
Kinda' faint aroma of rich pale malt, slight sweet water with a mild grain hint. Fine but nothing special.
No head to speak of. Rim left is white. Slightly cloudy. Slight reddish hue to the gold color.
Certainly rich. Sweet, almost candy like taste that intermixes with the grainy, near bready malt flavors. Dries out well enough and it lays on the tongue nicely. Flavor hints of the alcohol, but it dings my pre-fontal cortex quickly - "ping". Also a bit of warmth. Appropriately rich. A bit of shallowness to the flavor in time.
Moderately to a little more in feel. Holds a decent amount of cleanliness. Lower carbonation is fine with me.
This is alright. Rich enough that it would be rare to do more than one in a session - also don't drive if you do. However, don't turn it down if offered.

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Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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