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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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The tradition of the Maibock beer began in the 14th century in Einbeck, Germany. This bock beer style was so popular the brewmaster was lured away by the Bavarians to replicate the style. Gordon Biersch Maibock is rich and full-bodied, emphasizing dark roasted, caramelized Munich malt and brewed in accordance to the German Purity Law of 1516.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Tap at McLean, VA. Pours clear amber with a medium-short, fizzy white head, short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, nutty), light hops (spicy), and no esters with a clean lager character and notes of dates. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, nutty), light hops (spicy), and no esters with a clean lager character and notes of dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle, poured into a standard pint glass. Clear amber/orange color with an average small off-white head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly. Mostly malty aromas. Mix of bready, caramel and some sweet dark fruit smell peeking through. Taste is sweet malts. Some of that dark fruit flavor showing up. Perhaps a little too sweet. A tiny hint of hops kind of shows up in the finish. but it’s not really that noticeable. Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and moderate finish. I don’t know. I don’t really love the beer. It’s not fantastic and there’s nothing exciting about this beer. Then again I don’t hate it either. Just nothing I’d ever buy again. Distributors must’ve started pushing this beer around here about a year ago. It seemed like every bar or liquor store was getting this stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap
By the time I got to this last sample I had the sense that the brewmasters at Gordon Biersch do not try very hard. They obviously know how to make decent beer. However they also want the same experience across all their restaurants. Much like other national chains it seems that the draw is in this predictability. Personally I won’t be coming back.

Aroma / Appearance - Semi-opaque bubbles of bronze liquid eased to the top. Warm and inviting as it was the nose was messy and unfocused. Malts and hops blend seamlessly but carelessly. The wheat finish is fresh from the oven and the only good aspect.

Flavor / Palate - Unsalted sourdough pretzels dry out the throat. Warmth tickles the edges of the palate. However the total result is again boring and within two sips I had lost all interest. I can’t imagine it would get any better with a full pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theOptimator (288) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Aroma is clean caramel malt, herbal hops. Appearance is reddish orange with small white head. Crystal clear. Very attractive beer. Taste is very malty. Caramel, bread crust, minerally, tangy herbal hops finish off mixed with mild roasty flavor. A sweet beer, not cloying, but almost. Palate is medium +.Very crisp even with the nearly full body. Sweetness and roasty hops bitterness linger. Impressive beer, great definition of the style IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Comparatively light-bodied, yet malty and sweet. Moderate hop bitterness mid-palate, with a pleasant floral touch. Alcohol was noticeable and perhaps wouldn’t have been with a fuller, richer body; however, it did not detract from the overall flavor of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Clear light amber with a fluffy white head. Sweet caramel bread aroma and taste with some slight lemon notes and a thick caramel finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2009) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Caramel orange in color... Sweet bready aroma, notes of caramel... Flavor is bready, sweet, notes of fruit, raisins... Finish is light hops... Well done beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Draft. Pours a an amber body with an off white head and light retention. Caramel and malty body with hints of raisins, and light fruit tones. Apple and malted notes, with a light sweetness. Decent helles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1359) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Appearance: coppery-amber, with a nice foamy head. Aroma: sweet cereal and malt, with some mild hops. Taste: crisp, light and bready, good amount of malt sweetness. Finish: long, sweet cereals. Notes: Sweet, refreshing and enjoyable. I do really enjoy this style of beer. The alcohol was well-hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2010
A golden amber bock with a thick lacing off white head. In aroma, nice herbal malts, with light solvent points. In mouth, a good malty bock with light sweet and nutty points, a bit lighter than expected, but very quaffable. On tap at GB Cleveland airport, Sept. 6 2010.

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