Maibock

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Maibock
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Gordon Biersch Maibock achieves its rich malty flavor from dark roasted caramel malt, and lots of it. Originally brewed in the 14th century in the town of Einbeck, Germany, it quickly became a favorite style in Bavaria. One of the Bavarian brewers actually enticed a brewer from the North to move to Bavaria where the style was popularized. Maibock is a great beer to accompany robust flavors. The rich flavor from the dark-roasted caramel malt complements the moderate level of bitterness to create a perfect balance.

Profile

ABV: 
7.3%
IBUs: 
25
Served at: 
40°
Hops: 
Hallertau Aroma
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Munich, Caramunich
Judges Review 
Phil Farrell's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This clear light amber beer sports a thick, cream-colored head. The aroma is clean with toasted malt and a touch of spicy hop character. I detect a hint of bready yeastiness and sulfur notes, which is consistent with a well lagered beer. The flavor is very homogenous from start to finish with toasted malt, light fl oral hop and a fi nal touch of sweetness. The malt lingers in the aftertaste with just a whisper of alcohol. Other than the malt richness, it would be diffi cult to discern this beer was any stronger than a typical amber lager. Recommended for those who want to step up to something more interesting than a traditional pilsner.