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Grand Teton Mammoth Maibock

Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Heller Bock
Victor, Idaho USA
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
In Germany, strong lagers are called “bocks” or “bock biers.” There is some dispute over the origin of the designation. “Bock” in German also means goat, and that animal often appears on labels as a symbol of the style. Some say bocks are brewed for the season of Capricorn, which includes Christmas, while others say simply that the beer has the kick of a goat.

The historically-minded among us at Grand Teton like to credit the originators of the style, the people of Einbeck, in Northern Germany. The beers that gave Einbeck the nickname “City of Beer” were first brewed in the 14th and 15th centuries. They were brewed very strong because they were sent long distances, fermenting on the way. Before long, Einbeck, pronounced Ein-bock by the southerners of Bavaria, became famous for its strong beers, which came to be known simply as “bocks.”

Einbeck is a beautiful medieval city, architecturally distinctive for the one story--or taller--arches that grace each house. These arches allowed entry of the town brew kettle, which passed from house to house according to a lottery held each year on May 1st. A pale bock brewed to commemorate the lottery became the city’s most celebrated beer—Maibock.

Our version is squarely in the Einbeck tradition. We used German Pilsner malt for a clean, slightly sweet flavor, then subtly spiced the brew with German Hallertau hops. We fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich, and allowed it to ferment and condition for more than two months for a smooth yet crisp character.

Try Mammoth Maibock as an aperitif to stimulate the taste buds, or with any flavorful fish, such as trout or salmon. 6.8% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2839) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Poured from a one liter bottle. This is showing its age. Big caramel maltiness. No Hop character. Big and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours a bright amber color. Aromas of caramel, malt, and berry. Flavor has a touch of roast toffee taste, some caramel/toffee, and a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2010
Poured a light golden amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some dark fruits, nuts and earthy. Flavor was much the same with the sweetness kind of dominating. Still came across well though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2010
Big ass 1 liter flip top bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of earthiness, leafy, grains, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Goddess bless beer tastings. I wouldn’t have explored a fraction of the different beers that I have so far if it wasn’t for the generosity of my fellow Ratebeerians and our regular Throwdowns.

Pours golden orange with a touch of haze while a small head fades into a ringlet of off-white hues. She doesn’t leave much lace, but she practically glows in my glass, a fitting tribute to her namesake: Maibock. Mai is German for May, the month of spring, life, and revitalization after suffering long hard months of cold dismal grays. Her nose bursts with oranges steeped in alcohol; not as rough as grain alcohol, but definitely on the high-test side. Cantaloupes, pineapple, coconut, and mango tango with some hearty yeast for a touch of spice and warm doughy bread for a spiced fruity nose. My first quaff is lighter than her nose implied and immediately mouthcoating. I always find it fascinating when a brew can both coat and fill while proceeding to dry my palate at the same time. She hits fast and big then fades just as quickly; expect no long finish with the Cellar Reserve Mammoth Maibock. There is a touch of fresh grass while tropical fruits, skins attached, steep in a bath of booze while feisty yeast peppers my breath. Maibocks are traditionally meant to be session brews which, despite her strength, she manages to do.

Overall, quite tasty. A bit different than what I was expecting, but I enjoyed what the Grand Teton Cellar Reserve Mammoth Maibock showed me. I wouldn’t go so far as to say she was great, but she was definitely a solidly good brew. The way her fresh tropical fruits oozed booze made me think of fresh orangecello or lemoncello, though in her case, it would be fresh tropicalcello.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Thanks to douglas88 for the bottle. Hazy dark gold pour. Sweet malt, toffee and grains aroma. Taste is smooth earthy hops and a nice malt body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4112) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
1L swingtop with a "Bitch" to carve off wax coating; is this a version of their Bitch Creek ESB? Bottle from Odeed’s cellar, tag date Feb 1, 2007. Nose is toffee, "kraeusening" yeast, and some sweet caramel. Murky orange amber with a very small off white head. Flavor is old and slightly oxidized with caramel and light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of earth, tea, some sweet caramel. Tastes of caramel and boozy with a toasty hint and a peppery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3561) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle shared by dchmela @ otakudens Vero Beach Throwdown. Pours dark honey color with off white head. Cararmel and bready aromas. Sweet caramel flavor with a slight amout of alcohol burn. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Thanks to dchmela for the bottle at the VB throwdown. Soft cloudy amber color. Smells of toffee and a little hoppy. Taste is sweet and yeasty with very little carbonation.

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