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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bock beers are not always dark and Maibocks are blonde bock beers. "Mai" means May in German, and Maibocks are traditionally brewed for May 1st festivals that celebrate the end of winter. This beer has a very full and complex flavor that is best enjoyed slowly, allowing the different flavors time to develop on your tongue. You will find that it changes as you progress from the first taste to the lingering finish. The Malty sweetness is well balanced and blended with hop bitterness giving a full, rich blend of flavors. A generous quantity of pilsner malt is joined with a little bit of caramunich for color and some carapils for body along with plenty of Munich malt for flavor and aroma. This beer is fairly lightly hopped with Yakima perle and German hallertau hops. Most people in this part of the world are familiar with the darker Bock styles that are most commonly brewed outside of Germany. These dark Bocks are only a small part of the full range of traditional Bock beers. Bocks range in color from a very dark brown to a light golden like ours. The main requirement being that they be malty beers with a pleasant, but not overpowering hop bitterness. This makes for very robust full bodied beers. The traditional symbol for Bock beers of all varieties is the Billy goat.

This is the reason that we named the Maibock after Dr. John R. Brinkley, a.k.a. "The Goat Gland Doctor". In 1920’s Kansas, Brinkley gained notoriety for his alleged cure for infertility that involved the surgical implantation of Goat glands in the affected individuals. Some farmers are even said to have brought along there own goats because they felt them to have superior sexual prowess.Brinkley was also one of the pioneers of early radio. He used his very powerful station (it’s range covered most of the western U.S.) as a tool for political advancement, and by most accounts won the Kansas governors race, even though he was never granted the office. Brinkley also used his powerful station to amass a fair fortune selling his services and a variety of mail order medicines. With the advent of the F.C.C. and regulation of radio power and ethics, Brinkley was closed down in Kansas. Not easily daunted however, Brinkley moved his operation just across the Mexican Border where he began broadcasting again with a newer, even more powerful station outside the grasp of the F.C.C..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OzarkElmo (295) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Consumed April 29, 2011. Growler from brewery. Pours a clear amber with light beige head. Good lacing throughout. Inviting aroma with a bit of caramel malt along with floral hops. The taste is very well-balanced, more malt at the front, then finishing just a bit dry. A tasteful, refreshing brew and was perfect to unwind with at the end of the work week - Prost!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2010
On tap at Barley’s Brewhaus. Pours clear deep golden with white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, malts, and floral hops. Flavors of sweet caramel, malts, light bread, and light hops. Decent bock but not overly flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a clear, deep golden-orange colored body with an inch thick, creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is soft and a bit muted with some lightly sweetened pale malts and hints of caramel. Some citrus fruitiness and toast with a light, earthy hopping. Flavor is better. Soft and well balanced. Some caramel and a light toast with an easy, earthy hopping. Some fruity citrus before this finishes dry and crisp with a light malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a medium body and soft, moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, not bad. An easy drinking, well balanced beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Sampled at the 2009 Parkville microbrew festival. Pours dark gold with a thick off-white head. Has a good malty palate. The finish has a bit of a husky roasted grain. This is thick and strong. A really nice interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2608) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Pours a thin head with slight lacing over a clear golden orange (SRM 15) body....nose is floral....tasteis sweet with slight hop finishing bitterness.....mouth feel is light......overall not as rich as anticipated, and rather light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Shaker pour @ brewpub. Has a clear reddish copper color. Aroma is musky, lagered malts that are lightly sweet. Otherwise a pretty unassuming aroma. Taste is a lightly sweet maltiness and I swear I get just a hint of vomit at the very end of the flavor (I know weird). In general pretty herbal in a vegetal way and not interesting at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Pours a clear copper color. Full malty flavor. Very creamy texture with a smooth finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Tasted on the 2009 May 1 release of this year’s batch. Peach/copper pour, lovely dense white head. Floral and delicate bread crust aroma. Spicy, refined herbal hops, crisp, firm underlying malt backbone, a bit of plum skin/grape bite in the finish. This is fantastic beer. With 90% or more of the beer I drink and brew being ales, I forget how subtly brilliant a well-crafted lager can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Amber with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, yeast, lightly hoppy. Taste is toffee with a light hoppiness, light maltiness, and caramel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Growler. Pours amber with an off white/tan head. Aroma is a light citrus hop with pilsner malt. Flavor is light hops, some floral notes, lightly toasted, some malt. Crisp finish.

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