Golden Fleece Maibock | Erie Brewing Co.

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Golden Fleece MaibockGolden Fleece Maibock

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by WVbeergeek on 06-07-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 74
Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a golden color with a white head on top. the smell of the beer was sweet with fresh grains and maybe a little honey on the nose too. The taste of the beer was pretty good, again mostly sweet grains and malts. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty well carbonated, it has a lighter body to it and is pretty refreshing. Overall this beer was decent I thought. Nothing overly special here just a drinkable brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled into a double walled tumbler allowed to gradually increased in temp.

The color is darker golden almost orange hued with translucent clarity and head that collapses rapidly even though poured vigorously. The head returns momentarily when swirled and bead is fine, no lace collects. The smell is very creamy and almost bready but kind of butterscotch too with a diacetyl odor I can't get past. The maibock has a relatively high yeast ester with mild alcohol. The feel is smooth and sweet with a slight diacetyl tinge and mild toasted texture with sweet chewy and mildly alcoholic yet semi-dry as it finished.

The taste is not too bad, it lacks a little complexity and there is a mild buttery aspect that I don't enjoy, it seems out of place, mild hop spice and slight grainy flavor with yeast presence in the taste. The malt is pretty one-note and the sweetness level is high in the taste which is almost caramel tinged with a moderately high alcohol flavor as it finishes. I think this is pretty ho-hum, it fits the style enough to be average, but is pretty much a let down in general. I would not go for this again but I have had worse beers and it hides the 10% somewhat. I think the problem is I prefer a lager that comes off a bit 'cleaner' as flavors that ferment out. It seems like this didn't finish and is underattenuated.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- brown with thin white lacing murky, low carbonation

Smell- very nice malty sweet nose, rum, raisin, very nice sweet nose

Taste- very nice and malty up front, there is slight spice in the end but not much that keeps it in check from being to sweet, good balance this beer, enjoyable though touch sweet

Mouthfeel- pretty heavy to full bodied,

Drinkablity/overall- overall i did enjoy drinking this beer, enjoyable flavor a bit sweet for sessioning and a bit heavy aswell, its actually very unique and not what I expected for the style but actually pretty good and nice value for 8.99 6 pack

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious. I managed to try this on tap over the summer at a Brewer's Pizza in town. Just went browsing a few days ago at a new (to me) beer store and found a lone 12 oz. single on the shelf and had to try it again.

A: Deep clear nutty crimson color on the pour. Not much head, but what there was of it, clings very nicely with slight lacing. Good halo'ing.

S: Malt sweetness, with a biscuity freshly mowed lawn scent.

T: Wonderful, juicy with plum, liquorice, chocolate, raspberry and caramel notes. Alcohol is well balanced. Some kick from the hops in the middle with a wet juicy kiss of a finish.

M: Wild, wet and wonderful. Mild sting from alcohol esters blends well with the rest of the mix, leaving a wet finish. Micro-carbonation and smooth drinking.

D: I love this beer. It's right up there with a lot of big juicier Belgians for me. Pair with Italian, wings, or anything that isn't delicate.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber color, thin bit of cream colored foamy head
S - mostly sweet malts and some alcohol, a touch of honey
T - sweet, very bready malts...theres a lot of flavor and at the same time it's subtle, hard to describe. A little grassiness in there maybe.
M - nectar-like, semi-thick and sticky with a tiny tingle of carbonation
D - I'd have all-around good maibock. Nothing amazing or surprising, but definitely good.

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Photo of buyaa
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with very little head, but what little it has stays as you drink it. color is that apple juice reddish brown.

S: Overall a not overpowering natural sweet smell. you can smell the hints of the ABV.

T: Sweet malty character, with no toasted malt notes at all. Has some alcoholic heft and a sweet finish, with a very muted hop tones.

M: Just enough carbonation to keep it lively.

D: Tasty and goes down easy.

O: Very good brew for us Malt men. Very balanced, I'm very glad it was not too sweet as some others can be.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a beer with a deep butterscotch color. It has little carbonation visually, and has ephemeral haze floating about it. It maintains a tan-kissed white head of one and a half fingers that dissipates slowly. As it goes, it leaves spotty lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is composed primarily of toasty cereal malts, sugary sweet caramel, honey, a twinge of alcohol, and dark fruits, of plum specifically. The taste is introduced with sweet and malty notes. As it moves to the middle, it becomes cleaner, with a light lemony citrus and interesting musk about it. The finish relies upon the return of those dark malts from the nose, with bright hops and a quick, warming alcoholic burn to wash it all down. The mouth is left on the dryer side, but happy. The beer has a medium to thick body, with pleasantly medium carbonation. There is medium creaminess, with the beer being approvingly slurpable. The abv is getting up there, but the beer remains dangerously drinkable.

Overall, what was best about this brew was how well the sweetness was balanced and contained within the beer. It could have easily been overpoweringly sweet, but they find a nice medium with the other flavors, making this a great, and interesting, beer for the style. As a side note, this beer has been one of our favorites for a long time, and we originally bought the beer, not because of its prestige or prowess, but because of the goofy, fat goat munching on his "Ram Chips" on the label. This beer is actually the culprit that got us hooked on Maibocks in general.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, malty, small earth and a small presence of fruitiness. In the taste, small hops and a fruity maltiness. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice blend of fruit and small hop presence, hides the alcohol quite well.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear honey color with a small head with no retention.

S: Strong aroma of sweet figs along with a slight note of doughy sweet bread.

T: Sweet honey flavor up front fading to toasted bread/nut flavor.

D: Very good brew, would go great with some smoked sausage and spicy mustard.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of tenacious, white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body with a hint of amber. The head settles slowly and leaves average lace.

S - A smooth aroma of rich, bready malt with notes of clover honey and faint cinnamon. Just a hint of grassy hops in the background, this is a very nicely conditioned beer.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with notes of graham cracker and home made bread. Some light honey notes in the middle with a little grassy hop flavor. Finishes light and bready with herbal, German hops and a nice, lingering note of floral honey.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer really hits all the right notes for the style! The malt character is excellent, both in the flavor and aroma, while there is just enough hop character to keep things balanced and to lend a grassy, savory note that balances out the rich malt. I am genuinely impressed by this beer, especially considering that it is from a brewery that has, up until this point, thoroughly failed to impress me.

Note: I know for a fact that this particular keg was stored cold for several months at the bar before being put on tap, which may account for my enjoyment of this particular batch.

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Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear rust orange with no foam to speak of at all

S - malty sweet along with some breadiness

T - sweet caramel malts, a bit too sweet for me, no hops noticable

M/D - thick and syrupy mouthfeel, decent carbonation, i'm not really happy with this one so I will not be getting again

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Photo of bbeane
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... cloudy copper colored beer with next to no head and no retention (bad bottle?)... though after some swirls of the snifter, a decent head is produced with some retention

S- After some swirls of the glass... a sweet malty aroma backed by some citrus and bread

T- Nice caramel malty sweetness. No detection of the 8.5% abv

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Leaves a bit of malt sweetness clinging to your mouth

D- Delicious. A bit maltier than I expected, but tasty none the less. With the undetectable abv, the ease of drinking this beer could get you in trouble


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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying this at Brother's house down in Fla,,, Pours caramel with a pinky of tan head, average head retention & lacing

S; Slight malty smell & a bit of breadyness when warm

T: Maltyness, herbal hops, brown breead & dryness up front, Brown sugar & toffee, plus a touch of honey malt, a touch of grassy hops & pear fruittyness as this warms. Finishes with steely hops, rich caramel, dryness & toffee, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, nice balance, enough hoppyness to keep the malts from completely steam rolling you

Great drinkability, ABV is well hidden, a nice chewy helles bock! Glad I picked this up...

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Photo of jpittman80
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange copper with very little head.

S - Smells like pilsner malt, caramel.

T - Really grainy pale and caramel malts. Hops almost undetectable. Almost no alcohol flavor, and even so, pretty balanced.

M - Thick, syrupy. I think I got an old bottle.

D - Decent for the ABV.

This is one of my favorite styles, and I think the way the beer actually tastes is pretty good and makes up for its many deficiencies.

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Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in New York City. A very good example of the style. Color was a brown/copper, darker than I expected. Aroma was good for a lager and the flavor was very good with a definite alcohol character without being too strong.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this is number 3 in the bock trials for this year,

Poured from the bottle a golden amber with thin head that lightly clings the glass.

Smell is a nice roasted malt with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste is a zing of malt followed closely by a bit of hops, the malt is mildy sweet a bit roasted, but not chocaletely, solid.

Mouthfeel is on the whole tongue, with a bit more feeling on the sides.

Quite drinkable, but the sweetness can be a bit overpowering after a few. overall very good.

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Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with orcasteve. Poured a light honey-brown color with just a thin cap of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was a rich malty scent with a nice hint of hops at the back. The taste was similar to scent, just more fully developed. The malt dominated, not overly sweet or heavy, with a nicely judged blend of hop flavoring on the finish.

The body was good, a bit lighter and less sticky than some examples I've had, and covered the tongue without clinging. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have a few of these on a pleasant spring day.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Buffalo. Pours a hazy caramel color with hints of rosy orange, just a few bubbles drift up from the pour and recede to near placid.

Bready malt, caramel, nuts, hint of roast, earthy hops all drift from to my nose.

Citrusy hops jump out, joined by caramel sweetness, a raw alcohol presence, earth, roast, light fruitiness, moderately dry finish and medium carbonation. Pretty bitter overall with just enough sweetness behind there to give some depth. Still, feels a little raw, not as smooth.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You know what, for a bock, I dig this beer. I prefer some others, but this is a nice solid bock for the spring. . Pours a lighter amber. Almost no head, and slight lacing going down. This screams malt. it is a little sweet, and almost no hop presence. It is not overbearing, it is not heavy, though it has a slightly syrup finish. I dig this, it is nice, drinkable, brew.

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Photo of sfsean28
1.86/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I hate to bash a beer and especially something from Erie Brewing. I drank their Railbender and I thought it was great. Golden Fleece on the other hand was bad and unpleasant for me. Maybe I bought a spoiled beer, I don't know.

Poured into a chalice and has a dark golden orange color. Nice head which disappears quickly and leaves a frothy ring.
Smells like bread and tastes sour. Carbonation is o.k. and is visible. Tiny bubbles rising to the top and leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Leaves a bad taste in my mouth and its undrinkable. Down the drain it goes. I spent 9.49 for sixer. Ouch!

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Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had it on-tap at Cole's. Malty aroma, big soapy head on grapefruit body. Creamy mouthfeel but then cheesy beery basic body underneath it all. Some sourish taste. Alcohol. Lace lines. Like a malted up macro. Not making the style, and not my cuppa tea.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear copper color with a single-finger head. The smell is bready malt with a bit of fruitiness. The taste starts off with some very sweet malt that gives way to a bit of dark fruits and some breadiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery with some moderate carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, although it may be a little sweet for some people.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding label art. Pours a light colored amber with a huge off white foamy head that fades to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is interesting; fresh moist oat bread and banana. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium-full bodied and support the rock candy bready and lightly banana flavors. The 8.5% ABV warms slightly but is not distracting.

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Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy white head that lasted a while

S- Toasted malts, caramel, apples, bready, nutty, hint of hops

T- Dark druits, bready, roasted nuts, grains, light malts, citrus hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, sweet, semi-oily finish, slight burn of alcohol

D- Definitely worth trying

The flavors of this brew hide the alcohol content but it will start to creep up on you if you're not careful.

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Photo of grayburn
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with a smallish head that fades to a frothy ring. The lacing is decent.

The smell is all alcohol, too hot in the nose, there is some burnt fruit hiding around the edges as well.

The taste fortunately shows much more depth than the nose, the alcohol is still present, but does not dominate. The fruitiness comes through, playing well with the huge malt bill.

The mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying, moderately carbonated. This leads into a pretty drinkable beer, not bad at all.

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