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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JeremyLykins (1) - Topeka, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2013 does not count
Absolutely delicious! I tried this beer because Free State was giving free samples at my local liquor store and it’s my new favorite beer. I’m a Newcastle drinker, and this beer has all of the Newcastle goodness plus a sweet, chocolately flavor that doesn’t leave any aftertaste but leaves you craving more. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Draft: Lacy whisp of foam atop a clear light pumpkin shade. Pale, straw-like malt characteristics atop a fresh blanket of delicate, green, lightly floral hallertauer and subtle notes of soil, leaf, and caramel. Soft, prickly carbonation. Flavors start with the classic hallertauer fresh green, spiciness and delicate earthiness. Beautiful transition to a deep, raw caramel, pale malt middle, which concludes with a wallopingly balanced, complex finish. A very hoppy example, and with them being of the German noble family, it's tough to find anything wrong with this fine beer.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Very hoppy, I could taste every one of the 30 IBUs...the first sample I had of this brew. The second was more earthy and malty, and less flowery. Subtle fruitiness at first. Color of ripened wheat, golden orange. Very little aroma, I'm beginning to wonder if Free State has figured that the smokiness of the brewery will cover up any aroma hops added...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2757) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2001
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Review for 5/2001 batch: Not much in the way of aroma for this beer, but what is there is pleasant enough. Tempting golden amber color. Flavor is very unusual for a maibock, this is the hoppiest maibock I’ve ever had, by far. Sort of goes against the description here, and precedent for Free State. The sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops create a remarkable interplay on the tongue, as both are fairly intense. A very intriguing and tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Clear amber colored pour with a tint of caramel. Small white head that persists and leaves a bit of lacing behind. Huge malty aroma. Some notes of grainy bread and a slight hint of caramel. Taste is a malt bomb. Delicious and sweet. A tinge of bitterness in the back. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1376) - - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Huge malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Pours dark amber colored with a good white head and decent lacing. Big sweet malt flavor with caramel notes. Finishes dry with the bocky, slightly bitter bite at the end. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3784) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle received in trade from Bigtreebrewing, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a smallish quickly receding bone white head. Sweet sugary malts with hints of bread and fruit with just a touch of earthy spice to counter. Decent sipper.

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