Maibock | Straub Brewery

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Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Darkmagus82 on 04-02-2013

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Photo of Dogleg
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigdeuce
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug. Nice looking deep copper colored pour. Two finger head that is an oft-tan hue. Great lacing down the glass. Scents of apricot and plush apples. A bit lacking on the nose, however except for sweet caramel. Medium bodied with almost a belgian-candi type sweetness but the sweetness is quickly removed with a massive dash of hops on the wash. Tea leaves come through. Some apricot noticeable, as well. Pretty clean and piney, a bit too much for the style. Very drinkable and a nice stab by a macro brewery at the style. Will buy again.

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Photo of classixIII
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 011515 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing average – few narrow reefs and archipelagoes of tiny bubbles
Body amber, clear
Flavor of lightly toasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of SWPA_Brew
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Maibock. Not too sweet but had a decent touch of hop to it. Another solid offering from Straub. I've been very impressed with them lately.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvnheet
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

this is a pretty good beer and a tough style to find in PA, price point is excellent at below 30 skins. Very creamy and malty with notes of molasses and honey a little light on the ABV for a Maibock, but very tasty.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kyrojack
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I updated my review on this one. The 2016 version seems better than I remembered. First off the clarity is impressive. It starts with a nice head and the lacing is improved over years past. Thick rings down the glass that stick with each sit. Bold sweetness up front gives way to a floral hop bitterness and dry bread on the back end. Over all I would put this version of a less tackled style by American brews up against the Germans on this one. I like most Straub beers but this is the one that they should be most proud of! Great stuff!

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Photo of Tbrookchris
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Adastra
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of curmudgeon236
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Thin lacing but it stays, Harvest moon amber hue show off its clarity. Big malty nose with faint honey on top of a massive breadiness, clean with a hint of alcohol. Slightly sweet upfront, then a loaf of bread on the palate. Healthy dose of hopping all around with a balancing bitterness and grassy resin middle to finish. Nutty graininess with a hint of grape-skin rounds out the semi-dry end.

A real treat being not many US brewers tackle this style, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Snagged a bottle from my house of 1,000 beers. Into a pub glass.

A - Very little head if any just a lace ring that fades out rather quickly. Color is a nice honey maple brown.
S - Well it smells like a souped up Oktoberfest, a lot of grainy body, caramel sweetness, and some hoppy smells to boot.
T - Well its not bad kind of boring in a way its balanced caramel taste and hoppy bite is just meshed with the grainy body of the beer. Maybe its just me but it comes off tasting like average homebrew.
M - Light to medium kind of watery really. The hard water taste is kind of distracting.

Overall its pretty on Par with their IPL and in a way it is quite good but it made me wish for a cleaner taste, maybe more carbonation?

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

No beer speaks the language of spring more than Maibock. That traditional yet stronger German lager with subtle savory flavor and a floral upstart. Straub Brewing boldly have their hand with the style, bringing a taste of Germany to America.

The pour of deep goldenrod has peach ribbons that sliver though its lightly hazy body. As a delicate and creamy froth builds on top of the beer, it has a light champagne-like bubbly appearance. Its light speckled lace rounds out the beer's muted foam character.

The beer's delicacy extends into aroma with high floral scents. As the hops meet the grainy-sweet malt aromatics, the notion of honeysuckle waft about. Its lightly bready, lightly yeasty character finishes with grassy spice and mild sulfur.

And as the taste ensues, its grain and malt sweetness offers a raw whole-grain flavor, backed with honey and light toastiness that shies away from caramel. Savory in its taste, the middle palate is rounded by the herbal and pleasantly grassy flavor before finishing with a spicy bite and a return of sulfur and mineral.

Its medium-light body is creamy and smooth to start but develops quickly to a spritzy finish with light grain-derived astringency and minty alcohol warmth. Its minerally aftertaste gives a sense of plaster late.

Giving Strab a lot of credit, only the level of succulence from malt and heightened floral character could bring their Maibock better in line with the classic versions from Bavaria.

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Photo of mmmbeermmm
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A rough pour into a Phish pint glass.

A: Clear burnt orange in color with a bisque head that was three fingers deep, after a rough pour, that diminished steadily to concentric lacing.

S: Earthy with tinge of metal. Not much in the nose.

T: Starts sweet, subtle hints of roasted caramel and, alcohol is evident midway through. Finishes with a lingering bitterness, but seems intrusive. I have forgotten what initially crossed my lips.

M: Light cream.

O: Overall a lot more than I expected from Straub. I'm not a big fan of their other beers, but I loves me the Maibock and gave it a whirl. The 6.9 ABV is nice, but there are much tastier Maibock options out there. (for $5 more/case, the Hoffbrau MB is head and shoulders above this one.)

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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