Fighting Finches Mai Bock | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by beveragecaptain:
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a clear, bright, amber color with a medium sized head. The aroma is toasted malt, but it's a little weak. Bready malt flavor. Some toasted malt. There's some caramel flavor too. The finish is very metallic and leaves behind an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Drinkability is pretty good. This is just an average maibock. It's worth a try, but don't go out of your way for it. Plus, there's plenty of better Tyranena beers to choose from.

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Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber, sub-copper appearance. head rises to 1/4 of an inch, pauses, and then falls to a collar in about 35 seconds. Ample but simple laces on the glass margins. Bready aroma, some spice, less sweetness. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium. Good sharpness and texture to the malt -- floury like a roux with just a speck of carmael and with cinnamon, light lemon, and a toastiness. Hops are well-matched to the malt profile, they echo similar sentiments, and while this is not a hoppy beer, it comes off well per style. Lightly peppery close, drinkable and a good rendition of a Maibock in "my book."

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's March now, so I can justify drinking a Maibock. But then again, I am pretty good and justifying pretty much any damn thing.

Last year's edition was my pinnacle of Maibocks. This year's seems to stumble a bit backwards. Still a favorite, just not the undisputed champ.

I'm gonna be brief this go-round, only out of laziness. I'll merely point out the differences:
-Nearly headless after the pour.
-Toastiness dominates. Subdued sweetness. Nuance is limited as is the general sweetness.
-Lake Mills' hard H2O is very evident. Always has been, but moreso this time.

-Still monster drinkable (ok, that's not a difference).

I'm dinging this down a notch or two. But this remains my go-to spring brew. Or at least one of them.

Still love it, but it's not thrilling me like it has before.

Last year's pornographic memories lie below

"Oh, I hate to remember, because it means the day has passed."


Sunset golden hued. Clear with a tight cream lacing that gradually retreats to the side. Lingerie lacework.
Toasty caramel assault on the nose. Buried oak and vanilla. A pang of hard water and minor florish of Nobles. Rounded out by a waft of alcohol.
Toffee up front, morphing and spliting into raisin and pears. Turns the corner into toastedness now. A touch grainy. Then a well lagered cleaness contrasts the hard water aroma. Nuances enter, bringing the promised wood, cedar, and vanilla. A nice mellow warming sensation. Seems larger, alcohol-wise, than I recall. Becomes spicy and peppery as the alcohol mixes with the Nobels. It rides out a bit grassy and herbal.
Approaches full bodied with trace carbonation.
Just the thing for a cool April eve.
I cannot say that I've had a better Maibock.
This is my Spring beer. Hands down. (rating 4.6)

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. One of the first craft beers I tried last summer, finally getting around to review.

Pours a light amber with a soapy white head that fades to a skim with minimal lacing. Nose is light, slightly fuity, with a musty, nutty maltiness. Initial taste is dominated by a strange, cloyingly sweet caramel malt, with notes of peanut, citrus, apricot and the lightest dusting of herbal hop. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost syrupy and lightly carbonated. Never been blown away by a Maibock and this wasn't the first to do it. Drinkable, but forgettable.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Steve's - University, $1.39

appearance: pours from the stubby tyranena bottle into a chalice, a bright peach-amber...relatively small beige cap forms with no retention and very little in the way of lacing

smell: nothing too strong...abnormally nutty, like roasted peanut, light caramel, sweet-sour plum, heavy malt, slightly toast nature, not much hops in the nose

taste: as noted in the smell, an abnormally strong roasted peanut flavour, slightly metallic in a detracting manner, extra sweet malts, touch of alcohol, sweet plum, grape, subtle spicy hops, smooth caramel, distinct interesting take on a maibock but i prefer the capital version

mouthfeel: smooth, medium-full, very light bitterness, metallic

drinkability: a little above average

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 'n tasty. Not as roasty as other dark beers, but a nice caramelly sweet character. Thin head fizzes away rapidly after pouring. Light bitterness apparent after a few sips. Leaves a malty coating in the mouth for the tongue to explore afterward. Recommended!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a reddish amber with a moderately frothed, off-white head. Smells of juicy fruit with a spicy hop kick. Taste mirrors the aromas, however this is not as sweet as the nose would have me believe, and the floral hops kind of push the maltiness out some. A pleasingly stiff hop bitterness in the finish that lingers. Mouthfeel has the preferable sweet stickiness of a maibock, however, the carbonation is not for me. Drinkability is solid but slightly hurt by the bubbles.

A solid maibock here, and thanks to jpm30 for this extra.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes, looks like review was deleted at some point.

amber color with a nice head of white that reached a height of around an inch and half before settling back down to earth and leaving just thin lacing in its wake, but for the style nice and a classic look. aroma of sweet bready malts and a classic caramel aroma that was cut with a touch of grain. nice and clean with a semi crisp feel and an overall nice balanced body that really seem to let the taste pop.

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Photo of marc77
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billiantly clear light auburn hue. Topped by a creamy, steadfast ivory white head that yields dense, sticky lace. Soft toasted malt with a buttery twang upfront in aroma. Secondary are notes of light lovibond caramel and herbal, slightly leafy Hallertauer. Stately and well rounded aromawise. Initially in flavor is a mellow wash of simple toffee, which yields to a deeper combination of caramelized pecan and floral hop hints. Surprisingly assertive hop bitterness surfaces mid palate and more than offsets residual sweetness, lending a thirst quenching mineral dryness. Hard water? Stable in flavor as it breathes, with only trace maple and biscuit hints surfacing and complementing. Lightly bodied, with a lightly viscous, rather brisk mouthfeel conducive to easy drinking. Finishes dry, with quickly fleeting malt derived butterscotch hints. A well crafted, enjoyable hellesbock that's simple in overall character and soft on the palate. Certainly a beer I could drink a lot of. Thanks for Feloniousmonk for the delivery!

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Photo of battlekow
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this, Sprecher Mai Bock, Capital Brewery Mai Bock, and Rogue Dead Guy Ale simultaneously. This is the prettiest of the three, a nice deep red-amber color. Smells nutty and appley, and tastes surprisingly nutty. It's almost like Thai food, a strong peanut character. Very interesting, but not bad at all. Plenty of nut browns could learn a lesson from this mai bock. Very smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated. I could drink a lot of these. Definitely different, and in a good way, from any other bock I've had.

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Photo of slushthelush
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this one I thought it had a nice golden color but absolutely no head or lacing. I am not familiar with the Maibock style. This is the first time I have tried one.There was a little malty smell to it with no hop aroma present. I really loved the taste of this one. I could drink alot of these. Over-all a very good beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat brown glass bottle. Neck label has a pictured background set against the Brewery logo and has a date of ‘03FEB04’ on it in black print. The main label lists the beer as ‘Fighting Finches Mai Bock’ and has a picture of a load of Cowboy dudes holding up and robbing a horse-drawn Stagecoach. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Fighting Finches Mai Bock is a deep golden traditional German-style Maibock. This medium bodied beer has a rich malty flavor and aroma accented with the subtle flavor of noble hops”. No listed strength.

Appearance: Now a surprise at last, after 5 Tyranena beers that all had great heads, this one disappoints, maybe its fighting with the pale bronze body too much to put up a decent showing. A thin none-white halo ring clings to the edges near some lacing, but not much. The broken surface covering with light carbonation struggles to convince you that this is not “flat”. Nowhere near as good as the other offerings I have had from this Brewery, guess there is always an exception to the rule then!

Nose: Sweetness, toasted malts, and flood damaged hops with some water damaged basement odors mixed with a soggy and damp pantry odor. Is it me or is this a tad musty? Undecided, I am not sure it is supposed to be like this, but say it as you see it I guess.

Taste: Sharp start, sweet barley sugar malts and nice fruity middle that lingers for a short while, allowing the ending to slowly entice you. The finish has a crusty bread malt feel with some delicate caramel soaked alcoholic grains mixed into a mashed baby food fruit ensemble. Kind of grows on you when you get used to it. The nose is putting me off a little though, that said, concentrating hard on the flavors, this is not that bad, but not a great Maibock. Finishes with a brandy flavored butter as I get used to it. Strange but intriguing – all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent feel, the bread feel and old mushed fruits add some balls to this brew. Lack of carbonation can lend an Iced Tea tingle at times.

Drinkability: Struggled with the nose, pretty nonchalant at first but slowly warmed a little to this one as it “developed”. Not bad, but I am not sure I would return to this one if I had another.

Overall: The last of the six brews from Tyranena that landed on my doorstep thanks to a very courteous fellow BA. Sadly, I cannot say that I left the best until last. Somehow this is just another above average Mai Bock for me. That said, I would not hesitate to recommend any of the Tyranena brews to anyone, including this offering, for their beers are far from poor and all well worth a sample.

A final Tyrannical Thanks to BigHuge for the Sextuplet of Tyranena’s!

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Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear lighter shade of amber with a white head that retreats to the side of the glass. Aroma consists of malt, noble hops, caramel and a feint fruit sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Malty front gives way to a predominantly hoppy bitterness experienced throughout. Some alcohol also detected toward the finish. Foundations of a solid Mai Bock in this one.

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Photo of marburg
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stylistically speaking, this is pretty dead nuts on. Color me impressed. A bit restrained, perhaps. I accidentally left some out in the glass, and it warmed up quite a bit. The results weren't entirely pleasant -- a bit of a cornmeal flavor. But when served properly after opening, it had a nice, simple, subdued cracker-ish aroma, a great looking head, and some lovely honey sweetness on the palate. Obviously malt dominated; impeccibly smooth. Snappy little balancing act on the finish. Crystal clear. Thick, syrupy texture that does the Pepto-Bismol thing to the insides of the mouth. This is what a maibock should be in many respects.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clearish dulled golden rusty color and from a vigorous pour gets a fast growing crown about a finger high of cream colored bubbly thick froth but wanes away quickly leaving a light collar and minimal spotty lacing. Aroma has a solid softly warming bread tone, dullish sweet and fruity and even a bit toasted. Nice malt filled taste, slightly chewy and cloying yet firm and tender. Soft as all hell toffee and dulled fruityness with a lighter toasty breadish quality always present. Pleasantly mild hop spice. Feel is smooth and slightly chewy, thick and giving malts, coats well as it goes down leaving toffee and bread notes with hinderences of spice coming across late. One damn nice Maibock. I really like its over all feel and quaffability. Most Maibocks are pretty darn drinkable but this surpasses most in that catagory. Quite the drinker!

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my kind of maibock...loaded with malt (all the way from the nose to the buds)...deep gold in color...with a thin little white lace...the noble hops add a unique flavor to accent the malt....different style than most maibocks I've had as it is not very hopped up which is just fine by me....I love the malt load on this excellent maibock..medium bodied and easy drinking....

Thanks to Cokes for hunting this down..and BigHugey for sharing his haul with me..

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Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this finch fights it way out of the bottle an auburn hue, with a non existent head. seems a little lifeless. very bready and toasty in the nose. yeasty notes also providing a hint of fruitiness. maltiness comes off as very doughy...sweet bread notes glazed with honey...all of it very subtle. lightly bitter finish with a lingering sweetness on the tongue. warming alcohol in the belly. body seems medium....mouthfeel smooth and slick. damn is this drinkable. i'd like to sample a totally fresh i mean six pack of this wisconsin treat.

thanks to zap and i'm sure via bighuge for this tasty maibock!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a crystal clear deep copper color. Small white head disappears into an edging that shows some good cling as I drink. Heavy malt load on the nose. You can almost smell the smoothness of this beer. This is a nice tasting maibock. The maltiness is full and crisp. The noble hops are subtle and every so slightly spicy. A beautiful blend for this style. The beer has a medium body and is highly drinkable. This is a very good Maibock.

Thanks to Cokes for the sample.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noch ein Bier von ZAP! The color is somewhere between a deep golden and a light copper. It is almost clear; just a slight hint of haze to it. Head was quite minimal; basically a fine film on top with more bubbles congregating around the rim. Minimal lacing, all in all.
The aroma was pleasant; slightly toasty, crackery malt, with a hint of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of sharpness/spiciness can be detected. Body was about on the medium level (perhaps a smidge under), and the feel on the tongue had a bit of prickliness, but nothing to detract from the mouthfeel.
There is a good amount of malty sweetness, without being cloying at all. Bready, crackery, toasty....some hints of alcohol...I like it! Finish has a subtle bitter aspect, yet emphasizing "subtle". Aftertaste lingers a bit.... Good stuff! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ever-so-slightly hazed, light copper-brown. Chunky, dull, pale yellow head comes and goes rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts with a light apple tartness. It actually reminds me quite a bit of apple pie; sweet, bready, fruity, and slightly spicy. Leafy hops become more detectable as it warms.

Taste: Very malty but very well balanced, with a nice spicy edge from the hops and schnappy alcohol. Fruity, nutty, and sweet without being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, airy, medium-bodied, lightly prickly, and smooth. Very clean on the way down.

Drinkability: This may be THE beer to have with pizza.

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Photo of Jerktookmyname
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was named after a group of contentious chickadees, but no, it's about a band of battlesome brothers...c'est la vie...

Clear, pale bronze hue, short-lived, perfunctory head.
Aroma, clean, airy, mineral hints, coppery sheen, deep, malty impressions.
Taste: light and easy on the tongue at first, bright and brisk, no hops, p[alpable malt, though, rich and buttery, smooth and sweet.
Darned nice maibock, reminds me of why I like this style so much. Flavor rests well on the palate, and takes it's sweet time. I could sit down and get familiar with a few of these.
Medium body, medium finish, sweet, tasty. Ain't nothing wrong with this one.

Thanks, tavernjef!

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Fighting Finches Mai Bock from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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