Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maibocks are a favorite style for me. this is a great beer, huge malt nose, decent hops, and a relatively high ABV compared to most beers.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden color, with a nice, white head, that fades, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good toasty and pale malt aroma. The palate is very polished, with really good toasty, light nutty, and pale malt flavor, on a round clean body. This beer finishes with more of those really great toasty and pale malt flavors, then ends some herbal hop balance to take some of the malty edge off this beer. Very well done, maibock, with really fantastic malt character in aroma and flavor. Great Madri Gras beer! Match this one with a big slice of King Cake, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear dark amber with a small but strong head that slowly disappears but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. lots of bubbles were clinging to the sides of the glass. Head wasn’t large enough and retention wasn’t good enough, but still it did well. Predominately sweet malt with some toasty and spicy notes as well. Clean and quite nice. Good for the style. Wow! It actually tastes like a bock. Even more so than Shiner Bock and this is a Helles. A solid malty flavor with the hops pulling through in the end to a dry and bitter aftertaste. Some toasted and alcoholic notes are also detected. Well balanced and interesting. This is a good representation of the maibock style. Finally! An Abita beer that isn’t too carbonated or watery. I am very particular about mouthfeel, more so than a lot of factors and I had to remind myself I was trying to review the mouthfeel, because I kept going back to the taste. I like it when I don’t have to think about mouthfeel. A nice prickly sensation from the moderate-low carbonation complemented the flavor nicely. My only complaint is that it turned just a tad watery towards the end. This would be my year-round session brew if it weren’t a seasonal. Just downright tasty and I got this stuff really fresh. I didn’t expect it out till January. A great beer for Mardi Gras and football. Well done, Abita. A near flawless stylistic represenation with great attributes that bring it beyond its stylistic descriptions. I really liked this beer and wish that Abita made it a year-round brew since their Purple Haze is awful, their Amber overcarbonated, and their Turbo Dog too watery.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear light gold. Thin tiny bubbled white head. Slow carbonation. Toasty sweet malt aroma laced with spicy hops and spring water notes. Bold and crisp. Nice toasty sweet malt base, spicy alcohol bite and German hop spicy/floral bitterness. Medium body. Clean and easy drinking. Very stylish. Finishes with a pear like juiciness. I was expecting less and this was quite the surprising Helles Bock.
Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Here is a very well done Maibock from a great LA microbrewery. This beer has a nice malty nose, a crisp, clean malt palate, and a sightly warming finish. A good example of a classic German beer style.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - FEB 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good malty aroma and body, but a tiny bit sweeter than I’d like. Still, this is one of my favorite local beers (of the ones that are still around).
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel Malt and very smooth. Thought is was very enjoyable.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Well-balanced, a pleasing amount of that indescribable "bockiness," and generally good appearance.
beerguzzler (31) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 dark amber in color with a fruity - carmel aroma to it. the taste is the same with a good malty finish....best of the abita batch
LAboozehound (47) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic bock, excellent sweet flavor with a light flavor. Clear, golden color.