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Einbock | Stevens Point Brewery

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by cdkrenz on 01-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 84
Photo of ibashmuck
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on an amber body. Smells were faint, at best, with caramel really the only tone outstanding. Taste was much the same, caramel and chocolate, with the chocolate being a tad strong for my liking. Still very smooth, not too carbonated at all.

I tried this some time ago, before I developed any liking for the style. Although it still isn't my favorite, I have grown to enjoy bocks a little, and I may give this another go.

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

The beer is dark copper with a 1 inch tan head. Beer has better than average lacing.

The nose is of malts and sugar. It smells fresh and uncomplicated.

My initial taste is sweet with raisins, a bit of brown sugar and caramel. A bit of alcohol heat in the middle. Toffee and slightly grainy malts become more prominent as you work through the beer. Dry finish

The mouth is slick, slightly oily with soft carbonation.

Easy drinker and a nice stab at the style. I liked their retired Spring Bock better, but this is no slouch.

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Photo of KBomb
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass Einbock is a bit of a dull brown with a soapy head. The first whiff one takes from the top is bursting with malted barley. The taste is also rich with malts, but behind it is a bit of chocolate and a touch of spice... at the end of each sip is a strong astringency of alcohol--and this comes out even more as the beer warms up a bit. This is a syrupy beer and it is plenty filling.

There is some interesting stuff happening in this beer. Some striking flavors that could have made this a real winner are tainted a little bit by traces of astringency. If anything it's an invitation for me to try a few more Maibock's to see if anyone else can capture the variety of flavors successfully. Its a bit heavy making it less than easy drinking. My take is that its worth a try, but don't plan on a session with it.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brilliantly clear light amber/deep honey color with an ample rocky head.
S- Sweet malt aromas with a slight hint of graininess mingle with a slight herbal scent of noble hops.
T- Much like the aroma, it's sweet up front. For the most part it's a clean pilsner malt taste, with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Before it becomes cloying the malt gives way to a crisp, bitter, slightly dry hop finish. A nice balance between sweetness and hoppiness, the way a Maibock should be.
M- My one knock on this beer is the mouthfeel is a bit thin, particularly for a Bockbier.
D- While the thinness of the beer hurts it from a style standpoint, it gives the beer above-average drinkability as a result.

Overall: A very solid Maibock, especially for the price. I really like the malt/hop balance, which is key for a Helles Bock. Though it would ideally be a bit more full-bodied, its lighter mouthfeel makes this a great beer for that first hot day in May.

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

Radiant tangerine with clover honey edges. The beer is perfectly pristine... the better to see a handful of slow bubble streams wandering up to a small head the color of bleached sand. The texture of the foam isn't noteworthy. Nor is the amount or quality of the lace.

Strangely enough, the nose is reminiscent of malt liquor. It's pale malty, slightly corny, and muskily hoppy in a minor sort of way. It doesn't smell like any helles bock that I've ever smelled before. It isn't bad, though.

Einbock sorta tastes like malt liquor too. To be more specific, it tastes like a good quality malt liquor (2/3), mixed with a bock (1/3). Not really a helles bock, however. There's a good bit of toasted maltiness that makes it taste more like a 'no adjective' bock. Munich and Vienna malt will do that. Note: the above proportions are reversed with warming.

This is pretty good beer for what it is. Sweet, toasted malts have the upper hand, with spicy Hallertau hops adding complementary flavor and bitterness. While I'm not a big fan of most bocks, this one is tasty and drinkable; something that can't be said of all Stevens Point beer.

The alcohol is buried very well. A slight warmth on the way down is the only evidence of the 6.2% ABV. The mouthfeel is fine as well. It's nice and supple, with no hint of 'give up' on the finish.

Stevens Point Einbock (One-bock) is a pleasant surprise. Along with Cascade Pale Ale, this is the best beer that I've had from one of Wisconsin's lesser known breweries. If you're a fan of the style, a six-pack might be in order.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amedium copper color with appropriate white foamy head. Good retention, splendid lacing.

Smell is light, at best. There may be subtle tones of caramel, but they are difficult to detect.

Taste has a firm upfront malty character, with a pleasing dryness that slowly develops.

The dryness becomes almost atsringent at the finish, yet is still enjoyable.

A good beer to have once in awhile, But not one to frequent.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this with lunch at the sterling Sun Singer. Thin off-white head atop a ruby-brown body; nice, but there's little lacing left. The aroma is elusive, though decent when located--some berry, a bit of chocolate, but all too faint. The taste represents an improvement in flavor, but is still too faint for me. It could use a strong infusion of malt to complement the chocolate, berry, and hints of caramel present. It's not bad at all, just far too subtle. The carbonation holds up fairly well.

Stevens Point has the start of what could be a very good Maibock. Yet they need to make it much bolder and improve the presentation. As it stands, it's decent but reminiscent of a macro, wannabe-bock--fairly smooth and somewhat tasty, but a bit weak in appearance, nose and taste.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, a clear golden amber with a somewhat thin head but nice looking carbonation. Light aroma of sweet malt. Flavor is a nice balance of malt & hops with a subtle hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is clean, goes down easy. Not spectacular but overall not a bad beverage.

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

This beer was poured into the middle of an Imperial pint glass at 49° from a 12 ounce bottle with coding which may or may not be date related. There were approximately three fingers of foamy head atop the brilliantly clear orange tinted beer with slight lacing.

A sweet malt aroma was present. It smelled rather clean.

Taste was a bit bitter from the hops and exceeded the expectations from the aroma. Later a floral presence was tasted

There was a nice body and balance which invited more tasting.

This was a good smooth beer with a taste that seemed to jump out ahead of the other aspects.

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Photo of sweethome
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is deep golden color, medium off-white head.

Nose is very good - to style. Big dose of munich malt, noble hops - somewhat floral. Smooth, sweet maltiness on entry. Nice balance. Really delivers the spirit of a Maibock - rich malts, fresh hoppy balance and flavor.

This was 5.99 at Binnys - a steal. It seems Point gets taken down a peg for their basic lineup - this one is probably their best. Give it a chance and compare to some of the other Wisconsin maibocks - it probably won't be your favorite - but it certainly won't be pushed around. Nice job.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear amber/gold with plenty of carbonation. Bright noble hop aroma, malt comes in as it warms. Light to medium body. Malt dominates, but it is pretty subdued. Caramel sweetness, balanced with noble hops in the middle. Very drinkable, but a little thin for the style which seems to be typical of American bocks.

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Photo of KI9A
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleasantly surprised to find this locally in St. Louis, as Steven Point brews are one of my favorite "almosta-macro" beers.

A: Medium copper, off white head.

S: Caramel, malt, slight hint of grass. The caremal hits me right off the bat, from my tulip glass.

T: Malty, sweet, even some hops detected, which I like in a bock. Only thing holding me back from a giving it a 4.0 or above on taste, is a slight metallic note. This been present in a few bocks I have sampled this year, not sure why. Finishes with a nice warmth of ABV.

M: Clean, refreshing.

D: I could make this a session beer, no doubt. I understand it is a Maibock/spring bock, but, sure would be nice to add this to my list of winter brews.

Nice job guys!

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Photo of gmfessen
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, deep golden color - almost amber in appearance with a thin, soapy head. The smell is slightly malty sweet with a faint hop pressence. The taste is decently balanced with a slightly toasted maltiness countered by a non-distinct hop bitterness and finishes slightly grainy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Drinkability isn't too bad, but there really isn't anything special about this one.

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Photo of HuberFan
2.24/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this after the 2008 Stevens Point Bock Run(3/1/08) instead of gatorade at the brewery. Nice amber color, smelled rather metallic. There was not much taste, and nothing like a bock typically tastes. Mostly metallic tasting but just really watered down and then a strong alcohol after taste which was very unpleasant. Thank goodness they had their rootbeer also on tap post race to chase away this bad beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, caramel color with a small white head that fades. Minor, speckled lacing.

Aroma is clean and caramel malty with a hint of herbal hops.

Caramel malt flavor upfront with an ubrupt entrance by a medium bitterness. Finishes rather clean and dry with a bit of herbal hop flavor that lingers.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a decent maibock for my first experience from this brewery. The basic maibock chemistry is here, but it's a bit too dry / over-attenuated. A good value for the price.

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

Had this brew on tap at Guu's in Stevens Point (a luxury having a brewery in town).

It had a 1/2 inch head on a deep orange body. This beer had a malty nose with hints of more roasted notes. Not exactly what I was expecting.

This beer had a nice malt flavor with an earthy mouthfeel. There was not much of a hop presence, but I expected that. Almost a dry taste, no real sweetness to it.

Interesting brew. I will have to say that it is a nice change for the Bock that the Point brewery brews and I am sure I will have more this spring.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the luxury of sampling this brew yesterday on the Stevens Point Brewery tour.

Appearance - The head was about a half inch on top of an orange-brown body. It was served from a bottle into an eight-ounce sampling glass I got to take home with me.

Smell - The scent of hops and barley malt.

Taste - The taste is solid. It has the flavor of good bock and the smooth hoppy finish I'm not used to in a bock. The transition between flavors is well crafted.

Mouthfeel - The texture is a bit coarse but I like that in a Bock beer as this allows for allot of the flavor to come through. I wish the beer had been served more toward room temperature. I think it was a bit chilled.

~ I plan on sampling many of these some this spring. I'm always happy when The Point Brewery comes out with the Bock for spring. This year they're just trying a new type of Bock.

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