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RATINGS: 65   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1387) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
On tap @ the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a frothy off-white head. It has a fairly muted aroma, primarily of sweet malts (caramel) and a faint fruity hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and surprisingly creamy/smooth; quite nice. This is a very smooth and well-balanced beer, with the sweetness of the malts perfectly countered by the bittering hops. I was quite impressed with how consistent it was in flavor from start to finish. I look forward to next year’s batch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Sticky sweet and a bit light for the style, but has a nice caramel malt component. Sweet fruitiness, with a bit of chalky bitterness in the mid palate. Overall a decent bock, but like I said could be a little bigger.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Growler from brewery: Pours an amber red/brown color, decent sized head, white, somewhat diminishing. Very malty aroma, some hops. Malty taste, very sweet, somewat acidic. Nutty, smooth, some citrus. Good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Releases a modest honeyed aroma at pour. Becomes more bock like, with toasty caramelized malts. Quite attractive too, a glowing copperish amber. Whoa! First taste gives a dry crackly smokines, leafy earthiness, but a sweetish, borderline cloying palate soon appears. Thinnish mouthfeel, if soft, feels naturally carbonated, with a velveteen head. Warming alcohol in the chest arises after about 4 oz.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Golden color, white head. Nose is malt and some noble hops, maybe a grassiness. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Dark color, had only a 5oz. sampler at the restaurant. I thought it was quite good. Had a sweetness to it with minimal carbination. Don’t know that I fully understood mouthfeel until this beer...it feels very much at home in my mouth and on the way down, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Deep golden amber hue, deeper than the ESB, with excellent frothing head. Slightly grassy aroma, with caramel and fruit. Earthy and hoppy. Quite astringent to my taste. Not bad; very hoppy for the style?

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