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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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a petite, white head.

Smell: Sugar-soaked toasted grains with golden raisins for a bit of pleasant fruitiness, meager spicy hop hints, and even some peppery alcohol.

Taste: Toasted grains and bready malts alongside a middling amount of caramel sweetness. Some surprisingly early alcohol hints. Hints of dried fruit come and go at whim. Mildly spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes dry with some lingering toasted qualities parallel to some lingering alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable and decent, it's not the first bock I'd reach for, but it's not one I'd swat away like an awry tennis ball either.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. 1 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, some hints of ginger, and some slight citrus aroma. Fits the style of a Maibock/Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Carbonation has a kick, which is noticeable when compared to the general sweetness. Tastes of a lot of sweet malt up front, yeast characteristics come through next, hop in the background, slight ginger is noticeable along with some bread flavor. Overall, a decent Maibock; not too watery, but not real heavy on body - an easy to drink beer. It's a little heavy on the sweetness for my taste, but the flavors are well blended.

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Photo of beer2day
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Charlottesville at Market St downtown. As far south as I have ever seen Point.

Pours gold with a redish orange tint. One-finger cream head with little retention. Nice carbonation. Decent lacing.

Nose is sweet and yeasty. Big malt presence and a slight clovish twinge.

Hits sweet and finishes rough. Something seems left out here. A little thin for a maibock, but respectible body. Flavor is a little fruity (bananas, maybe), but just doesn't taste "finished" to me.

I have fond memories of drinking Point up north in my younger days. Hope the einbock is just not one of their better offerings.

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Photo of pweis909
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle warm, and a bottle cold.

A=Deep golden hued with a foamy cap that fades fast.
S=I smell ethanol when it's cold (surprising) but when warm, toasty malt.
T=Sweet, a little bready, when served warm. Flavors hide in the cold. Some alcohol taste, more noticeable when cold, in absence of other flavors.
M=Smooth, slight coating of the mouth.
D=a little heavy.

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Photo of hopman333
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I am not the biggest Point brewery fan, this seasonal is a definate winner for the style. And they have indeed nailed this style. (Maibock) that is.... Maibock's have and alway's will be one of my all time favorite styles as they tend to be rich and malty, but also have a little bit more hop character than a normal bock, at least they should anyway's.

The smell is a welcome mix of sweet honeyed and doughy malt's mixed with a bit of that spicy noble hop character which is derived from the use of Hallertau finishing hop's. ( per their website )

The appearance is that of a good Maibock, a very deep orangey hue with a nice two inch head upon the poor whichj leaves some very nice lacing on the glass....

The taste does not dissapoint in the least. It starts out with a rich caramel like flavor, no lack of Vienna and Munich malt's here,,, and their is a nice prickly carbonation that seem's to let the hop character unroll across the tounge and to the back of you're thoat and then finishes again with a very rich caramel character and a gentle bitterness that slowly fades away and beckon's one for another sip... Highly drinkable, in fact, these are dangerously drinkable. The flavor is spot on for the style.

All in all, Point has a winner with this one. I picked up a 12er at my local store for $11.99. That's a steal for a Maibock of this quality. Yes there are better Maibock's out there, but at this price, or any price for that matter, this rank's up there with the best of them...

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, with a decent amount of carbonation. Foam laces to the sides, and patches in the middle.

Smells like an Oktoberfest, lots of malts with a bit of cereal or bread.

Tastes like it smells. Very malty,with a bit of warmth in there that mixes a boozy brandy flavor with a thick bready yeast.

Decent mouthfeel, that seems to get a bit thicker as it warms.

Very drinkable brew, and definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a light amber medium honey with a small head that settles to a cap and laces well. Clarity is good, which should with a lager.

Aroma is sweet malt. Honey and fruity yeast. Grain bill stands out in the nose. Crisp bubble gum like flavors give an almost wheaty husky aroma.

Flavor is more of the same. Open with sweet malt, light fruit and a dose of wheat flavor. Middle is spicy peppery and slightly volatile with a nice crisp bite. Finishes slightly dry and bitter with a lasting hop oil hint that keeps you thirsty.

Mouth is crisp and medium. Adequate carbonation with a nice amount of spritz to tame the sweet and peppery malt.

A good spring bock, would drink easily and is quite affordable compared to other beers of it's ilk.

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Photo of steveh
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim as I'm watching cash flow, but also because I've heard Point is making some good beers these days.

A -- Clear, deep golden color shading vaguely to amber. Tightly bubbled, off-white head that thins slowly and revives well.

S -- Mild DMS, vague bready malts, with spicy noble hops back.

T -- Sweet, toasty, bready malt (these type of German style beers can't be *too* toasty, and this one isn't) with a dry finish and mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft mouthfeel (good in a German lager), light-medium body.

D -- Very good. A perfect Maibock? Very, very close -- and I may be too harsh on the light nose, but this is a nice beer to style.

BTW -- the point web site says this is 6.2 ABV.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a thin, rapidly dissipating off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of either.

Nose is loaded with sweet caramel and bright buckwheat honey. Smells clean and fresh.

Toasty sweet malts dominate the show with a smattering of floral hoppiness and a bitter, drawn out finish, maybe a bit too toasty. Showing a touch of oxidation, but overall this is just an ok tasting maibock. Certainly no shortage of flavor, but somehow just does not have that smooth, balanced touch that makes me want more than one.

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

Pours clear orange-auburn with a modest white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is bready caramel malt. Honey sweetness, mineral character, with a touch of spicy hop.

Taste is sweet caramel malt up front. Pleasant light fruit - melon and apricot. Nutty, metallic, with earthy hop and lingering alcohol in the musty dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slick and slightly syrupy with very little carbonation.

Nothing to get excited about, but not bad. Very mild flavor. Worth a try.

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quick rush of bubbles flows into a one-finger light tan head which hangs around for a few seconds before it fades with no lacing left behind. Color is brown, with hues of orange. Smells of wheat, hops and a bit of caramel. Tastes a bit fruity at first, with some more malts and some hops which are very reluctant to show themselves. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. This one's easy to drink, and fairly tasty. I could get to a few of these any time.

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

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Below average head retention & zero lacing

S: Breadyness, apricots & honey

T: Breadyness, grainyness, dryness, apricots & honey malt up front. A touch of cornyness, plus pears as this warms, but only a bit, plus some metallic & herbal hops & honey. Finishes dry with leafy hops & nice fruittyness, fairly crisp; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with fairy assertive carbonation

Drinks easy enough, not a bad stab at the style, much room for improvement. This would do in a pinch. Too bad the head retention & lacing weren't up to snuff

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

The appearance of this beer seems pretty average to me. It is a deep gold to copper looking but lacks much head and head retention.

The aroma has a lot of sweet malts and a bit of floral hops.

The taste is crisp, clean with a good sweet bock character. A bit thin in the mouthfeel, but a good overall beer that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of kickapoodude
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a distinct Miabock that makes me long for the days when point released thier bock year round. It is light, highly carbonated, straw colored and high is alc. It tatses a bit like sorgum, celery and malt. About what you would expect. It is a good attempt at a maibock...just not mai-scene.

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Photo of biggred1
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey blonde with a slight, off white head that quickly settles into a thin collar of foam, decent looking lace. Very herbal smelling, somthing I can't put my finger on but not entirely unpleasant. Some roasty caramel aromas. Tastes a little thin for a maibock but good nonetheless, malty sweetness with a touch of hops to balance. Tastes kind of like an import. Medium watery mouthfeel with sharp carbonation. Worth checking out.

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Photo of colts9016
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Dark amber color with hues of browns and red
Nose: A caramel malt, a bit yeasty, and notes of citrus.
Taste: Caramel, toasted malt, with a bread and notes of citrus.
Body Medium not watery
Finish: Clean and simple with a bit of acidity
Overall a very tasty beer to sit down, drink and watch the game

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Photo of Saunapoika
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super-clear orangish-abmer color with a quickly receding one finger white head. I expected something a little darker but what a good looking gem this is!

S: Slightly floral, very crisp, clean aroma. Noble hops are in the bouquet. Maybe some wheat tones in there as well. Moderate maltiness is noticeable.

T: Excellent! Extremely refreshing. Malt is well balanced with bitterness from the hops. From start to finish, balanced is the word. Finish is dry and slightly sweet. I like it.

M: Slightly overcarbonated for my tastes but leads to a crisp, dry finish.

D: I need to find more of this delicious brew. Stevens Point has blossomed from my college days. I wouldn't have expected something so good from them. Wow, nicely done!

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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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Einbock from Stevens Point Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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