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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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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 239
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 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 albern
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, not brilliant either. The beer pours a pretty golden clear color with some head that dissipates quickly. Lacing, there isn't any. The smell is very sweet, a little husky, a little tart malt, some citrusy sweetness as well. This is a fairly light bodied beer with a very sweet, perhaps cooked corn tastes, with a citrusy backbone. This beer is just too sweet, and gets worse as it settles. There clearly is a citrus like sweetness here - green apple, maybe - with a tad bit of sourishness in the late finish. The carbonation is modest. The aftertaste does linger more than I would like. It's okay, but not great.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half finger, white head settles down quickly and leaves no lace. The body is golden-copper in color and perfectly clear.

S - Grainy and fruity, notes of apple and banana. A bit of yeast spice as well.

T - Grainy malt up front, paired with fruity flavors of banana, apple, and perhaps some pineapple. Some earthy hop flavors appear in the middle and it finishes dry with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a weird one, not at all what I would expect from something called big easy lager beer. There is a surprising amount of yeasty fruit character for a lager and it doesn't have enough malt character for a maibock. Nevertheless, I rather like it; it is kind of like a cross between a german pilsner and a saison, pretty drinkable really.

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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 malcontent
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly chill-hazed orange-gold with just a bit of fizzy head.

Strong malt-forward nose with hints of honey and hay.

Says "bock" more than "helles". Sweetness is big and almost trends toward the fruity qualities of something brewed with London or Whitbread Ale yeast more than a German lager strain. The finish is long and not especially clean with a cloying sweetness that overstays its welcome.

Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp although I don't love the long aftertaste that feels slightly slick. A fairly average offering from Lakefront.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass thinking this was going to be a macro lager type beer, which I usually use a pilsner glass for. The beer is dark golden with my pour producing a thin 1/2 inch head. Head fades to a thin ring around the glass and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Some mildly sweet malts and a faint grassy/herbal aroma.

Taste: Mild taste to go with a mild aroma. I would guess this is the brewers beer to satisfy the BMC crowd. A light grainy maltiness, with a touch of bitterness on the finish to balance things.

Mouthfeel: Near medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp clean (no aftertaste) finish.

Drinkability: My first Lakefront beer. I picked it cause I thought the bottle looked cool. The beer is average. An easy drinking beer that is probably sessionable. Worth trying once.

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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 botham
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a semi-hazy light amber color with a single finger of off-white, tight head. no lacings.

aroma is sweet and malty, with pale malts mainly, and a base of floral yeast. a slight note of caramel also heightens the malt presence, leaving little to no hop aroma to be had.

taste is malty up front, with a sweet character, and a mildly biting presence. malt notes are the same as the aroma, with an aftertaste that is reminiscent of stale grains.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth character until finishing, when a sticky texture resides on the palate.

drinkability is decent. with the style in mind, this is an average maibock. could use a bit more lagering to smooth out the profile. not the best offering from Lakefront.

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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 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 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 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
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 BrewnZ
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remeber this beer from my previous visit to Lakefront a year earlier. In fact, it why I returned to Lakefront. Also Big Easy made me realize that craft brewers in the mid-west can do very good lager beers!

This helles bock has a deep gold color with low CO2 and minimal foam stand, likely due to high alcohol. The medium malt aroma belies a huge malt character with notes of apple and pear prior to the malty sweet finish. While the apple/pear detracts this beer is still Lakefront's top dog.

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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 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 Biffster
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like others, I expected a light lager, but this poured a rich amber with copper and golden highlights. It is clear but not brilliant and has a low head.

The aroma is clean with some malty and caramel notes. There is no hop aroma to speak of.

This is sweet a and malty at the sip. The rich and bready malt dominates all the way through but just enough hop bitterness shows up midway to cut the sweetness. The beer maintains the malt dominance at the finish with a touch of bitterness and alcoholic warmth to temper it. This is a pretty straightforward flavor profile - there are not a lot of dimensions to the flavor beyond maltiness.

This beer has a substantial and rich, almost fluffy mouthfeel with a medium full body and a moderate carbonation level. There is no astringency to speak of.

"Lager" isn't really a style, but in the craft brewing world it has taken on a meaning when used as a style descriptor. Most breweries that produce a "lager" really mean it to be the lightest of their offerings, so I think that's what many of us expected. This, however, is big and bold and delicious. If you had to pick a style for it, it would probably be a bock. In any event, this is a well crafted substantial beer (even if the name is a bit misleading).

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with a festive mardi gras themed label. Production date is notched on the label.

Appearance: I was expecting a light lager from the name, so I was quite surprised when this poured a bright orange color with a bit of haze, and a thin head.

Smell: Aroma is sweet, with a bit of bready malts.

Taste: Again, fairly sweet. Lots of malt in there, with a sweet start and a fairly clean finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad bock - definitely better than I was expecting from the name.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Lakefront's Big Easy pours out a mostly clear golden brown color with a small head. Toasted malt aroma. The flavor is very sweet and malty. Some banana and apple flavors. Almost tastes like a hefeweizen. The finish is weak, with very little memorable flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium is a little creamy. Carbonation is very low. This beer could have used some hops. As it stands, it is one-dimensional in flavor. Mediocre at best.

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

Appearance: There was sediment on the bottom of the bottle, so I poured this copper-orange beer out really easy. The beer was still pretty cloudy. There was a solid inch of foam on the beer made up of tight bubbles that retained pretty well. Overall the head lasted a few minutes before settling.

Aroma: Very restrained aroma. I can get a bit of the alcohol here that comes across with a bit of a sherry note at first pour. As it warms a bit, it is taking on the aroma of peaches. It's pleasant, but not what I was expecting from a Doppel/Mai Bock.

Taste: The taste isn't too far from the nose. It really is a pretty fruity beer, and it surprises me that it is a lager at all. Perhaps the yeast sediment was allowed to change the flavor profile of this beer so much, that it has lost its lager qualities. It’s not objectionable, so it's almost hard to believe that it is not intended. I wonder if I put this beer down for a few years...if I will have a Flanders? Hmmm...

Though this particular example doesn't fit the style of a MaiBock, I didn't want to slam it too hard. It is a clean beer though it seems to have some age on it. I would try it again...especially closer to the brewery.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, near-crimson, caramel color, sufficient head, ...
Aroma: nice, big, rich, malty, very mellow, not too sweet, straddles the middle line well...
Taste: yum, ...I guess. Nice, malty flavor, but nothing really stands out. This was described to me as a "balls-out blonde doppelbock", and, yes, the booze is shouting out, loud and clear, right now. The taste does not do enough to redeem it, although Lakefront doesn't tell us the ABV, so we can only guess...7.5%, 8%...whatever, it's certainly a strong one, but, like I said, there is no even exchange in the area of deliciousness.
Does well in the mouth, body is medium, and the finish, if short, is nice, fruity, decent...but my head is ringing now..."Hello, felonious, who's there? Big Easy? If you're so big, why aren't you more easy? Just askin', love, felonious..."
Good beer, yes, but can definitely use improvement.
By the way, my 6-pack came with a lace of beads...does that mean that I have to show my tits?

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Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.48 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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