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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
German Maibock Style: Sweet, fruity malt flavor, light fresh hop aroma, and clean and crisp finish. Brilliant gold color. 18.4°

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As Spring emerges, our Golden Fleece Maibock captures center stage. This fine lager is a pleasurable reward for enduring the doldrums of Erie, Pennsylvania’s harsh lake-effect ice and snow storms. Celebrate the transition into spring. Maibock says “RAM IT!” to winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattShizzle (599) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Light amber color - clear. Excellent! Quite sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Some roasted flavor and hops, but the focus is definitely on the malt. Tastes strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007
The sixer I bought was labeled as the seasonal "Golden Fleece Maibock", which still shows the chunky ram enjoying his mug of beer and bag of chips. I’ve been able to enjoy a handful of different Maibocks this season and I really enjoy the style, this offering is no exception as it is a wonderful beer all around. Fragrant aroma of sweet biscuity malt and honey. I’m reminded of fresh morning flowers with that crisp bouquet and sweet airy aroma. Bright orange-copper pour with a half inch head and moderate lacing. Quick carbonation showing how vibrant this beer looks. Man o’ man the mouth feel is super smooth and silky. Medium body that’s amazingly drinkable, the abv isn’t even noticed. This is fresh and filling. Massive flavor in this Maibock filled with bready malts, caramel, and a ton of honey. There is a subtle nutty dryness and a sugary sweetness that adds to the overall enjoyment. I really enjoy this style of Bock, and this one is a nicely crafted version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
12oz bottle pours bright amber with a foamy offwhite head that stays quite well and leaves a good amount of lace. Aroma of honey, some hazelnut, and some caramel. Flavor is hazelnut, caramel, honey, and some toasted malts. Palate seems rather syrupy but there is a lot of carbonation too which leads to a very unique and somewhat odd mouthfeel. A touch of the alcohol comes through on the finish. While I didn’t find this one offensive I just didn’t think it was all that good either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3237) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2007
This is like drinking alcoholic syrup. Beautiful thick brown pour with a nice 2 finger off white head. Aroma of alcohol and malt. Taste is very sugary. Very little carbonation and the mouthfeel is like a stagnant pond. Syrupy sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2007
nice golden appearance, fruity aroma, has weird aftertaste that was okay, not the best from erie brewing but not the worst.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5309) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
On tap at the Bocktown in the Robinson Twp shopping complex. The pour is brownish orange with a red tinge. The brew is clear and there is barely any head except a froth of white and a girdle around the inside edge of the glass. Decent looking carbonation rising from within the brew. Has a slight fruity and hoppy floral aroma. During the first sip hops are present. It starts smooth and then builds to a medium hop bitterness. This is not the kind of bitterness one would associate with an APA or IPA, much smoother than that. Hoppy, slightly grapefruit rind flavors are fading rapidly in the back of the throat after each drink. Don’t seem to sense much fizz or bubbliness while you’re drinking. Carbonation is almost flat. Finish is interesting in that it begins hard and hoppy then rapidly fades to a medium bitter hoppy back of the throat feeling that lasts for a while after you’re done drinking. Overall, I don’t recall the other heller bocks having so many hops in there. Probably just my imagination. Not quite as good as Nova Paka Valdstejn but on par with Hofbräu München Maibock and Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle from Variety Brew Scranton, PA. I bought this Thanksgiving Eve. The alcohol is not well hidden at all. It has some of the creaminess I associate with Maibocks but is a bit on the wet side. The flavor is unique as it melds fruity apricot, orange and cherry flavors with some hoppy bitterness. What hurts it for me is that malty bitter end which appears in

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Golden color, white head, sweet malty, aroma, flavor is similar, but with notes of toasted malt, and bread, light hop finish. Decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2006
12oz - trade at Hookahville - Aroma of toasted hazelnut, honey, and wet malts. Pours clear orange with medium head and great lacing. Flavor is toasted sprouts, honey, some chewy wet hay, bubblegum, with a bit of alcohol burn. Palate is thin but sticky. Interesting and different, but not something I could drink a lot of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Li beerfest. Pours way too cold just like their other beers. Pours a clear blonde with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit of DMS, sharp tangy sweet pils and bready malts and herbal hops. Flavor is pretty weak overall, tangy hops and malt. sharp finish. Goes down easy. Meh.

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