Altenmünster Maibock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"Brewed & bottled by Allgäuer Brauhaus" appears on the neck label, even so, this beer appears twice in the BA database. Front label matches the photo above. From a .5L swingtop bottle, label depicting a green, inebriated goat.

Deep golden pour, head billows above the rim of the glass, forming a cartoony convex surface. Lace forms, and the head sticks around for awhile.

Cooked corn, vegetal aroma, bad DMS. This *just* arrived in the US market, can't imagine the brewer intended it to smell like canned vegetables.

Taste is not so great either, metallic notes, with butter and cooked vegetables again. Decent carbonation, but the flavors are just obviously off. Astringent corn & butterscotch. Yum.

Honestly I couldn't finish this one, and that is certainly rare.
I was seduced by the cool bottle and label...don't be a sucker!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured a bright and nearly glowing brownish-orange in color with a big, white head.

Smell - The malt base, which defines the style, is a bit grainy. I'm getting a moldy smell that puts me off and the richness that I've come to expect from superior examples of the style is completely absent.

Taste - It tastes a bit better than it smells. The mold is gone but the malts are still rough. Sometimes I enjoy a rough, grainy flavor, such as with a light American Lager, but here it flies in the face of the classic German style. One expects the malt of a helles to be less substantial than that of a regular bock, but this just doesn't even come close to making the grade.

Mouthfeel - Here is the only strong aspect of the effort. The body is light with moderate but pleasant carbonation and the beer itself is somewhat smooth. Not enough to redeem but certainly enjoyable.

Drinkability - The only thing that kept this out of the sink is the relative obscurity of the style. There are only a few good Maibocks on the market in the US today that are stellar, Ramstein and Einbecker come to mind, so I'll relish this sub-par offering.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of megu
4.95/5  rDev +34.1%
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 Superbadsteve
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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 HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 bashiba
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a huge thick fluffy head.

Smell was very light with just a hint of grain and touch of copper.

The flavor was light and sweet with some honey notes mixing with the clean malt flavor. Finished with a slightly metallic hop taste being both lightly bitter and tinny.

Mouthfeel was very creamy with a bit of oilyness.

A decent Maibock, but on the plain side, with the as much of the price going towards the slick packaging then the beer.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Altenmünster Maibock pours up neatly with a compact whitish head that crowns the deep golden-sunglow body. The sweet, grainy aroma has a soft breadiness and light toasted (honey graham cracker) maltiness. Some underlying fruitiness (clementines, orange marmalade) with just a whisper of floral spiciness from the Noble finishing hops. Very clean, fresh, low fruitiness, no diacetyl or DMS. The flavor is mellow, malty, and finishes with some toasted (melanoidin) maltiness that's remarkably well balanced by a pleasant spicy hop bitterness. This medium-full bodied lager finishes remarkably smooth with some alcoholic warmth & complexity. This is a finely crafted maibock from one of Germany's top specialty breweries. Enjoy this one paired with some traditional Knabber Nossis (dried sausage) and buttery Grinzing cheese accompanied by freshly baked European sweetbread.

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of theopholis
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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 nocheinsbitte
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one is a half litre bottle with the swing top. Sam's Wine also had the 2 litre monstrosity but I held off...

A: Nice pour, medium golden color with a frthy head that stayed for awhile. Good lacing on the glass. Heavily carbonated.
S: Roasted nuts, Not strong, pleasant.
T: A very smooth and rich tasting Maibock. Almost creamy in nature. It blends the right amount of bitterness with a nice creaminess that really makes this bier a joy to drink.
M: Very nice, creaminess makes it go down very easy.
D: I am very happy I found this Maibock. It isn't as bitter or alcohol-tasting as others. Too often you can really taste the higher alcohol content. In this one, it is hidden and makes it a good bier to drink. I would gladly recommend this bier to anyone who likes Maibocks and you will not be disappointed.

Enjoy one, Prosit!

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Photo of Raymond69
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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 drmeto
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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 samie85
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Phoodcritic
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 OttoPeeWee
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of bort11
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Sixpoint
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterClean
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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 rredshift
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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