Altenmünster Maibock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Altenmünster MaibockAltenmünster Maibock

Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2003

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Photo of drmeto
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a clear golden-amber with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-honey,spicy,clove,marzipan,slightly grassy
-Follows the nose plus sweet grains and vanilla
-medium carbonation
-medium,soft body
-alcohol noticeable
This was a real surprise.A very good Maibock

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice maibock, very bread-y in taste, malty in aroma. Clear golden in color with light airy head.Just enough of a snap in taste, with little lingering on the palate. Very drinkable.

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Photo of megu
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very tasty bockbeer. Spring-top opens with a loud pop. It is not too strong for a bock but it leaves an intense, thick lingering sweet honey-like taste. The hops is very subtle and it is not very bitter at all.

Excellent choice for a rather slow drinking experience.

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Photo of samie85
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange color with yeasty looking sediment suspended in the beer with a two and a half finger white head into my masskrug.

S-Smells of sweet and flowery, honey-like malt notes with a bit of spice.

T-Flowery, honey and grainy malt notes with a bitter and slightly medicinal finish.

M-Medium to full-bodied and pretty slick with low carbonation.

D-The mouthfeel plays against the drinkability of this one, but it's overall a pretty beer. The flowery notes are something I'm not terribly used to, but it's an interesting enough departure from what I usually drink

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this for the fantastic 2L swing top growler. $15 bucks, is like the beer is free. The beer is golden with floating sediment. Good head that dissipates to a white dusting. Good lacing. Smells like husky grain, as a good German beer should, but with an added liquorish/clove note. Harvest candy. The taste is husk grain with a sweetness and perfect bitterness. The alcohol is invisible. The carbonation is exquisite. Very soft and pillowy mouth feel. I am finding myself chugging this down...and may find myself on a pillowy cloud if I try and finish the 2L. Das good! 1516 in the house.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeyv35 for this extra. Served in a pilsener glass. 50cl swing-top opened with a huge pop.

A - Pours with a half-finger of quick-dissolving foam that settles to a thin collar and wispy haze, leaving negligible lacing. Slightly hazed dark peach skin body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Toffee, honey-cake, cereal, perhaps some light floral and grassy notes. Appropriately reminds me of springtime. No obvious alcohol.

T - Taste is less sweet than the aroma, with some hearty fresh bread character mingling with the sweeter flavors. Lightly herbal hop bitterness in the finish keeps things from being overly saccharine.

M - Lively carbonation that is a bit much for my taste. Body is medium and extremely sticky throughout. Alcohol remains well-hidden, even though this is at the upper range for the style.

D - A largely inoffensive representation of the style. I had no problem consuming my half-liter, but it lacks sufficient depth for me to seek it out again. I haven't had many Maibocks, but this falls squarely in the middle somewhere.

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Photo of bort11
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz flip-top bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. Mild white and foamy head is only about a half inch and is pretty quick to recede. Small flecks of foam stick to the glass, but over all not much. Body color is a hazy golden amber with active carbonation bouncing around small bit of sediment.

Smell has a nice honey malt sweetness with a mild vanilla-lavender floral aroma. Taste is also very malty, but the floral flavors move to hops. Very sweet, but more like honey than processed sugars. There is a creamy texture and finishes dry. This is quite refreshing and clean, but the 7.5% ABV can sneak up. This is a great beer for when the work is done, not so much for

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Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, golden beer with a strong carbonation. The head fades rather quickly and leaves a small layer of white foam at the side of the glass.

Smell is malty with light dextrinous notes and maybe hints of hay, dough and oatmeal cookies.

Taste is malty and to be quite frank, it tastes most like a underattenuated pilsner. The dextrinous malt and bigger body, make the beer sweet and balance is totally on the malt side. The hops are somewhere there, but bitterness is barely tasted. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sweet, but still at a drinkable level. The beer appears to be fresh. Maybe I am just not the biggest fan of the style.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pale golden amber and hazy with some sediment floating around amidst the rising bubbles. off white head is richer and creamier than other beers of this color and leaves a thin web of lace around the glass. also dig the swing top and label art.

S- somewhat fruity and tart, lightly toasted grains, meaty, fried pork, stewed tomato, some light floral and herbal hops.

T- decent amount of flavor, still savory like pork and tomato, oregano, herbal, mild banana and clove flavors from all the yeast floating around. not as bold and malty as i would expect a maibock to be, but for pale malt there certainly is alot of flavor. fruity apple and pear skin notes come out along with white grape and most of the fruity flavor seems to come from alcohol esters as then blend with hop flavor which to my delight, is up front, floral and spicy like pepper and lemon pith. finishes with pale grain flavor and fading hop bitterness.

MF- nice medium body, carbonation is tenacious until the swallow, where the body smooths out a bit and goes down with a slight creamy feel. alcohol dryness and some hoppy astringency combine to give this one a chardonnay type of feel.

D- this brew is an oddity as far as the way i think of german beers. light in color, pale malty in flavor, yet with good alcohol strength and decent body. it would be easy to drink this away like a helles or the like, not realizing that at 7.5 it packs a lil punch. a nice offering and a cool label at any rate, and a pleasantly unique turn from the style that i've been accustomed to.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect pale golden yellowy hue with a smeared foggy glow. Thickly firm and stacked as a solid finger high of white creamy froth sits and sits and sits. Impressively lasting capping! Lots of thinnly placed sheeting is cast across the glass with might.

Aroma is fairly light but clean of floral hop dust, old sweet bread, pale citrus of lemon, and a titch of soured cereal.

Not much to it in flavor, but it has a lasting tone within its simplicity. Pale breadish malts, offly sweetened with some grassy and floral hints as well as some semi toasted breading or bread crusts. Malt tone could have been much more beefy and overall have more to it. What's there is simple, easy going, and drinkable.

Body is a cleaner mediumish body when tallying up against many other Maibocks there's more malty, bolder, beefier tasters out there and thicker with more complexity.

The perfect Maibock for a beginner if not quite ready for more of the bigger, chewier brews out there. It's a good drinker however and really isn't all that disappointing as a beer in that recognition. Its good, but there's definately better.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a swing top 'pint' bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden straw in color with a half inch of white head. This settles and keeps as a frothy surface cap as the carbonation keeps things interesting.

Smells of bready malts and with a touch of hops with a bit of pleasant and just slightly unexpected sweet funk, especially when agitated. Good and clean. Taste follows and is sweeter than the color might indicate and closer to an English Pale as well. Quite interesting and a rare visit to the style for me. This beer offers a more subtle approach to the bock style in general, and I do like it.

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Photo of spointon
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a brown swingtop bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a clear, light gold color with a 1" fluffy white head. The head slowly dropped to a 1/8" creamy cap and maintained that all the way down the glass. Lots of pretty lacing left behind too.

S= Mild aroma to say the least. Clean with a very muted bit of malt, citrus, and earthiness.

T= Much better than the aroma with a bready malt sweetness, some grassy hops and some caramel notes. I think my bottle was ever so slightly oxidized, but it didn't overwhelm the goodness. Yeast made a quick appearance then faded away into the dry and slightly hoppy finish.

MF= Medium body, chewy, soft, and with a fading carbonation level.

D= A solid Maibock here with the ABV totally hidden. Would gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An old friend from Germany, love the new label!

Flip Top opens with a solid whoosh pours a chill-hazed apricot with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Never quite clears, average head retention & a trace of lacing

S: Some breadyness, peppery & leafy hops

T: Breadyness, herbal & leafy hops plus jammy fruittyness up front. As this warms, the fruittyness turns towards a juicy fruit flavor, along with more herbal & some steely hops, plus a grainy peppery edge. Finishes dry, grainy & with a bit too much fruittyness & a bit of booze nibbling at the roof of my mouth

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty good for the style, but the OTT juicy fruit flavor detracts a bit

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, bright golden color, big, puffy white head...looks like the inside of a sofa cushion.

Cereal husk and alcoholic sting in the sweet malty nose.Alittle flowery, a touch of citrus.

Fruitier in the flavor, more lush, generous malt in the mouth than smelled in the aroma. Creamy and smooth, definitely drinkable. That fusel snap in the nose hides well below the surface in the aroma.
Medium bodied, lingering malty finish, and as we drink on, it gets, to coin a phrase, deliciouser and deliciouser.

Good stuff!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool swing top bottle with ceramic stopper.

Pours a pale orange/yellow with a rocky white 2 finger head.

Aroma of sweet sugar candy, alchohol, fruit esters, pineapple.

Taste is very malty, sweet with light hop taste and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very full and has soft carbonation. This quite a heavy beer but the taste is mild and it goes down very easy.

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Photo of theopholis
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear, rich light, golden color with a good white head. The lacing is slight, but still existent. Very mellow carbonation. Continues to slightly effervesce for quite some time after pouring.

Smell- Very crisp and clean. Aroma has hints of citrus and grassy undertones with a very nice light, grainy aroma.

Taste- Malt dominates (duh!) , with strong hints of floral hops, toffee and rising bread dough. Grassy notes and a slight hop profile linger on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, carbonation is a bit thin, but it works nicely with the flavors. Weird.

Drinkability- A very decent Maibock. I highly recommend.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a rich golden color with a decent white head. The lacing is slight, but still existent. Very mellow carbonation.

S. Aroma is doughy, with hints of citrus and grassy undertones.

T. Malt dominates this beer, with hints of toffee and rising bread dough. Grassy notes and a slight hop profile linger on the finish.

M. Medium to full bodied, this beer coats the palate and the flavors remain for some time.

D. A very decent Maibock. I'm not normally a fan of this style, but this is one I enjoy quite a bit. I recommend it for anyone who is looking for a good exaple of this style.

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Photo of nick76
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty with corn, vegetables, and grassy hops. The appearance is hazy gold-orange with a thin but attractive head. The flavor is like the aroma. The finish mildly bitter. The palate is thin but OK for the style. Overall its just not that good.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a brew club meeting

A - Poured a dark golden almost light red in color, with a creamy 2 fingered head, which dissipated slow.

S - Very doughy with light spicy hops.

T - Again very doughy with a follow of spicy hops.

M - Very creamy and full bodied. Having a hard time believing this is a lagered beer and 7.5%. You would probably need to hit a 1080 OG just to get a 7.5%.

D - Pretty good. Still, I have my doubts about this bad boy.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy , golden hue. Decent head , a little lacing.

Aroma of Noble hops , slight caramel note.

Hops really shine on tasting in a fairly subdued manner. Some malty sweetness balances this pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation.

Overall a dangerously drinkable beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a very interesting and tasty maibock.

A-Pours a dull golden color...minimal head.

S-Very complex and rich smelling...bready but with a big candied green grape fruitiness...some dark fruits as well (smells a little like a dark doppel in some ways)...very impressive

T-Rich and malty in a honied bready way....has some of the dark fruitiness in the taste but milder...also get some pilsner malt in the taste...grassy/herbal hop feel blends nicely..I like how this tastes

M-A little sticky sweet as expected...the 7.5% seems the U.S..they'd call this a blonde doppelbock and it carries less heat than most..

D-I found this quite most american made blonde doppels...a winner...

*Thanks to Bighuge for the fantastic birthday present...

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large off-white head that dissipates quickly except that last bit. Medium amount of lacing.
Orange blossom, malts and a hint of alcohol
Malt and caramel. Finishes with a slight peppery spice.
Light to medium body with a slight creamy texture. Light carbonation
Very easy drinking but I would like a little more hops to give it balance.

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Photo of Overlord
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark goldenish color. Enormous off-white head.

Smells faintly of earthy hops and has a big grainy malty smell to it. Flavor is almost pure grain malt ... not my fave, to be honest. Could have used a bit more bittering/earthiness to it.

We had a big bottle of this. Nice chewy mouthfeel, became unbearable to drink after a while.

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Photo of MillySox
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This lager pours a light golden color yet the big malts make this a solid color. For the alcohol content I would not have expected such smooth taste, and relatively light mouthfeel. Well balanced amount of distinctly German hops.

The only German Maibock I can find in Chicago. Did not disappoint. This is beer is a good option if you want something strong and normally drink pale/light lagers.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden beer with a good thick white head. There is a trace of chill hazing but it doesn't last long.

Smell is intensely grainy with a lesser toasted scent. Smells a bit sweet with a little bit of nuts and some grassy hops.

The taste starts out strongly bitter and very herbal with a much lesser nutty malt flavor. Exceptionally intense hop levels don't give this bock any chance to really be sweet, sweetness remains and aftertaste. After you adjust a bit you get a pecan pie aftertaste from this but I personally LIKE my Bocks hopped to the eyeballs like this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable...if you are a hophead. Nobel hops stomp your taste buds from the very first sip. Personally I love this one a great deal.

Addendum: Malty? My sample was a Nobel Hop Bomb, select a fresh bottle!

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