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 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 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 TheBigE5
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Minimal head. A hazy, grassy, yellow amber

S - Sweet biscuit malts. Yeast notes.

T - Malts, dark fruits, honey

M - Very smooth, little carbonation, a bit heavy

O - Interesting beer. Definitely malty and sweet. Not my usual style of beer, but nice for a change up

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Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. The label had month and week tabs printed on the side but nothing was notched, so I have no idea how fresh this is.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color and made a nice 2-finger white head, but it all disappeared rather quickly and it didn't leave much lacing.

Sweet malt, lots of fruit, and a flowery hop aroma. I liked the smell.

This is one of the weirdest tasting beers I ever tried. It had both bready and caramel malt sweetness, but the fruit flavor was kind of sour - apple mostly but something funky as well. A mild but noticeable hop bitterness kicks in at the end along with a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

I'm not saying that the weird flavor is all bad, but it certainly is different from anything else I've tried. You'll have to judge for yourself whether you like it or not. Certainly an interesting beer if nothing else.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:single finger  head, little lacing on a clear golden with amber hues body.

S: sweet caramel malt and light hops

T: very sweet caramel malt with mild musty hop flavor. Sweet corn and lager yeast.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: a little too sweet for my tastes. Not at all boozy. Smooth and easy to drink 

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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 facundoCNB
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a nice light copper tone to the body - slightly hazy, lots of off-white head

S - malts, caramel, citrus (orange peel), alcohol

T - sweet, bready, a little strong tasting on the alcohol, slight bitterness on the finish

M - well balanced, a little strong with the alcohol taste/smell

O - not a bad beer, but not one that is of my liking either. not much there in complexity or taste aside from malts.

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

appearance: hazy gold. Slight off color white head.
smell: sour fruit and malt.
taste: sour apples with a little sweetness to off set the sour.
overall: This is a beer I would absolutely have loved a few short years ago. Still a nice brew but with the explosion of truly great beers, gotta grade this on a curve. Liked it, not loved it.

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

Enjoyed this fine beverage on tap while out for some wings on Fat Tuesday. It arrived at my table in a standard pint glass, pretty well chilled.

A) Golden amber in color with about a finger of creamy looking white head. The head settled to a dusting and was well maintained. There was no lacing.

S) This was mostly malt sweetness, caramel, and some fruit. There was a very light floral fragrance.

T) Nice malt presence in the flavor, not quite as sweet as the nose but there was light caramel, a little bready, certainly some fruit, primarily apple, like a light cider taste. Not much hops. you could pick up the alcohol a little as it warmed, but it was really well hidden for 7.10 ABV.

M) A solid medium on the body front. Felt fairly thick and kind of creamy. The carbonation was pretty light. This went down smooth.

O) Paired this with hot buffalo wings and some dry rub jerk wings. It went quite well. Another solid effort from Lakefront. I would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: Lots of malt in the aroma, but not much else.

T: Tasted of malt, grain, a hint of hops, and some caramel in the finish. Not a bad flavor as such, but the malt does tend to dominate it in a big way.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this isn't a bad beer, but it certainly doesn't separate itself from the rest of the herd.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted last winter, shortly after the "bottled on" date. Reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found:

Pours hazed orange-amber with a thin white head that barely covers the top. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with sweetened dry fruits.

The taste is sweet-ish but with some balancing hops. It has characteristics of dried fruits, balanced sweetness and some carmelized grains. It has a refreshing finish, with a medium to full body.

I'm not quite catching the "imperial" aspect, other than a high abv which is only slightly noticeable. Otherwise, it's nicely done and one to buy for a Mardis Gras or Carnival party!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge. It finally cooled off this week and I thought it would be a perfect chance to enjoy a beer like this. Sure enough, this beer fit in perfectly with this cooler weather and this particular offering is a textbook example of the style.

This had a decent pour to this, with a somewhat bright golden hue with copper around the edges. The head was standard and there wasn't any lacing to be seen. Not a lot of aroma besides some honey and plum and the taste had those notes as well as some apple with a hint of citrus, on top of grain and biscuit. The carbonation is good but there's too much booze in the aftertaste and only the sour apple and dark fruit notes linger for a while.

There's too much alcohol in here by just a slight margin. It doesn't detract from the taste, but it gives the impression that this beer is more along the lines of a Dopplebock or a Belgian-style beer. While this won't blow anyone away, there's enough here to satisfy most beer drinkers since this is well-balanced and flavorful enough to casually enjoy.

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Photo of shand
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. This one's aged a bit more than I'd like, but it came in a sampler pack that was freshly delivered to a local store about a month and a half back, so I was honestly expecting fresher brews.

This one pours a orange-amber color with a tiny head that doesn't retain well. Not much lacing. Aroma is mostly bready malts, with some grains, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is grainy, sweet malts with some citrus and a huge alcohol kick on the backend. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied, and the drinkability is decent. Overall, an alright beer, but probably more enjoyable a bit closer to the bottling date.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malty and bready with some caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is toasted malts with some caramel as well.

M- the mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad brew but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date Notches indicate bottling second week of December. Uh-oh. This has been "lost" in the very back of my fridge for five months, so lets keep that in mind as we consume and review. At least it was refrigerated the entire time. Despite having a novice's enthusiasm for aged beers and a year-old cellar in the basement, somebody wiser than myself in the ways of beer aging once told me that "Maibocks don't age well, they fall apart rather quickly" and I believed him so much that I never bothered to try doing it. And now we get a psuedo-aged (because of refrigeration, things change much slower) bottle by accident.

Pours a hazy honey color with absolutely no foam or head at all. Not even lacing. However the beer is still pleasingly carbonated. Nose at first is is a brief fragrant floral hop hit that falls into earthy tones and than reveals an egg challah loaf-like bready malt scent. I wonder if that "egginess" can be attributed to Burtonization with sulphur ions? It doesn't directly smell of sulphur, though, thats for certain. It is still quite tasty, mellow pale malt flavor with surprisingly low oxidation or staleness. Although there is a tiny bit of staleness, it is not even close to my threshold of tolerance. Tastes of challah, just like it smells, with a butter pat on top from the oxidation. Only problem I have is that fleeting burst of floral hops, once dissipated from initial opening, is gone forever from taste and nose. Damn. As one might expect, I've killed the hops. I'm left with earthy malt and bread. Sadly, I find it sort of one-dimensional and lackluster without those floral hallertauer notes. You can tell that is exactly what is needed to make this a great beer, as well. Mouthfeel is refreshing and the ABV is well hidden.

So, lesson reinforced. Maibocks, best consumed fresh.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, golden honey color. Less than one finger head with little retention and no lace.

S: Fresh hay, sweet malt and a tiny bit of fruity esters.

T: Interesting-- dark fruits up front, yielding to dry, biscuity malt, bit of pepper on the finish. It's a bit more like a dopplebock than a maibock. This is good. Fruit character adds some apple about halfway through the glass.

M: Medium, carbonation somewhere between creamy and soda-like.

O: A nice beer, quite different from others of this style. Will buy again, the flavor really does it for me. First beer I've had from Lakefront-- looking forward to trying others from them.

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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 jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours clear bright golden amber with a 1 finger head that faded away and left no lacing

smells of sweet bready grains

taste is those same sweet bready malt some nice apple fruit and touch of nuttiness

mouthfeel - medium body almost no carbonation which is a shame for being such a tasty beer

drinkability is ok - i will drink the entire sixer and i hope there is more carbonation in the other bottles - if not i doubt i would buy this again - i would move on to capital's maibock

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label is notched at Dec, week 2. Poured into a Duvel tulip. The body is a mostly clear yellow/orange color. An aggressive pour yielded a good two finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

The aroma is a muted mix of sweet bready malt and a little citrus. Not much else.

Tastes like a sweet lager with definite apple and grape notes. Not very complex in flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and not harsh or astringent. But, overall, this beer is too sweet for me to enjoy regularly.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during Dec Wk 2.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a golden color with a small white head. There was a tiny bit of lace.
Very sweet aroma, and was somewhat floral.
Big, malty taste. Sweet, bready.
This was a refreshing beer that went down easy.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light orange hue, trace head on top, good lacing.

S: mild malt, whiff of date/fig scent.

T: sweet firm malt flavor, mild ripe fruit flavor

M: medium body, solid carbonation

D: Pretty good, but not amazing. the 7% ABV is hidden quite well. I still prefer Capital's Maibock (EXCELLENT!). This is a very underrated and underrepresented style. This is worth trying, but don't lose sleep if you can't pick some up.


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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up because I'm a sucker for pretty labels, but it's a nice beer.
It's a slightly hazy orange with a 1/2 finger of foam that disappears quickly. The aroma has a hint of citrus but there isn't much there. The taste I really enjoyed, an almost even hop/malt mix with some orange and flowers. It goes down fairly smooth leaving a sweet aftertaste. Even at 7.1 abv you don't notice the alcohol that much. This is definitely one of the better beers from Milwaukee. I'd have it again.

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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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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 TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Is it Mardis Gras time already? Alright. This seemingly appropriately-themed brew pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, maple syrup, and a slight tinge of orange peel. The taste holds notes of grass, caramel, and buttery biscuits. These do not go well together, let me tell you. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a decent maibock, but not really something I'm gonna look for again.

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Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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