shrubber85 (7729) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Rose/berry and malt aroma. Cloudy red amber color with moderate head. Cherry malt flavor primarily with a mild hops finish. Had a strong artificial cherry flavor aftertaste that I didn’t particularly like but otherwise a nice beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look in the dictionary under Maibock, and this is what you will see. Only an incredibly great lager house can make them like this. Handbottled sample from dickinsonbeer, filled completely to the rim. Pours with a nice bubbled head, golden, gets still quickly. Toasted almond aroma, with faint tree bark. Caramel sweetness held in check by a flowery, pencil-shavings noble hops taste, all perfectly melded together so you can’t tell where the malt begins and the hops take over, or is that the other way around? A dash of salt in the flavor, too, which I find n some bocks. Warm and toasty in case your Spring is delayed, this is a true comfort beer. Slightly sticky and oily palate, as prescribed. Delicious.
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Mad Mex in West Philly. Clear brown-orange with a slim white head; leaves lace. Lemon wheat with light pear-apple malts. Smooth, medium light, a bit of carb, sorta sticky. Faint sour lager develops a nice sweetness reminiscent of carrot juice. Bready drying with slight metallic. Solid stuff.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 sampled at the brewery, and had to take a growler of this home with me. Clear amber in color with a medium white head. Aroma is malty, with some earthy and floral hops. Taste is malty, caramel and toffee, very smooth with a light to moderate hop bittering finish. This one was awesome, alcohol well hidden and brewed flawlessly.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-bottle sampled on 8/9/06: Pours a clear light copper bronze with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma has a good authentic sweet German maltiness with a nice lager yeasty profile. Body starts with a sweet, very authentic German bready maltiness finishing slightly earthy and bittersweet. True to style and very flavorful.
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery, this is an amazing beer. Very tasty, with near perfect balance and character. Extremely drinkable for a beer of this strength. My favorite Ramstein brew. Excellent.
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz handbottle, via Dickinsonbeer. Pours a slightly hazy copper colored body under a fizzy one finger white head that fell to a patchy film. Aroma is all sweet munich malt. Light notes of toffee and alcohol. Flavor is of munich and toasted malts, fairly dry for the style, with a light hoppiness up front. Fades to a toffee and lightly alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy in texture, with fairly active fizzy carbonation. Overall, a fairly straightforward and clean Maibock.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of toffee and aged sweet malt. Notes of dried apples. Flavor continued with the toffee notes. Sweet malt. Good taste with a medium body.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a light copper color with a massive head, bartender took 4 times to fill my glass. Aroma was different there was something in there i couldn’t put my finger on and caramel malts and some hops. The flavor was bready and of caramel malts. Mouthfeel was very very smooth."
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
04.29.06 TAPNY, but this is not my first sample of this excellent maibock. Like the Eisbock, this beer from High Point is highly anticipated and consistently outstanding. Unfortunately, it’s just about impossible to get your hands on outside of North Jersey or a couple of select pubs (none of which are EVER at the Jersey Shore). The aroma is one that returns memories of great experiences, those being previous opportunities to sample this very beer. Full of sweet-tart apple aromas and flavor enhanced with vanilla, tropical fruits, and a milky sweetness that lasts throughout. This may be the first time I’ve used ’milky sweetness’ but it truly is that -- sweet like whole milk, almost creamy, and yet never becoming cloying -- it’s not a sugary sweetness. The finish is all malt with the pilsner coming through in a glorious bite of grasses and herbs, touch acid-tart. Lovely beer.