Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of honey, some caramel, sweet malt, flowers, earthy. Tastes of light spice with some earthiness to it. Decent.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Honey dipped cardboard on the nose. Perhaps a touch of diacetyl. Definite grassy and earthy hops. Grainy and slightly vegetal. Pours a fairly clear bright gold with a thin lasting white head producing spotty lacing. Flavor is almost like a hopped pale lager with some added corn syrup. Thin to medium bodied with an incredibly intense grainy finish. Thanks Nelson.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a clear pale orange, and amber color. there is not much of a head to it, but it does have some nice laceing around the glass. It has a honey and mildly earty aroma to it which is very hard to pick out since it is not that strong. this initial flavor is very bitter and hoppy. There is alsom a nice citrus after taste, but the palate is very weak not much to it the flavor tends to fade rather quickly. Although the flavor is rather spicy like pepper the palate is very weak.
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out clear golden colour with a foamy off-white head with moderate retention and spotty lacing. The nose really pops with bright hoppy citrus notes, honey and slightly earthy caramel. The flavour is fruity, slightly bitter hops and a bit of peppery spice and even some smoke. The malt presence is more subdued than hidden. The dry hopping doesn’t seem intense enough to overcome what would have been a solid malt backbone, especially at a modest 28IBU’s. I can’t deny that it is refreshing and that the mouthfeel is effective in being quenching and relatively full for the style. A nice offering overall. Needs some eathiness.
doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden translucent color, slighly hoppy smell but reminiscent of a macrobeer. peppery bite, mild bitterness somewhat soapy aftertaste-was looking for more maltiness
DaveW (9) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 19, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 The guy pouring samples said, "Not a traditional Maibock. We dry-hopped it - sort-of Americanized it". I really like this brew and kudos to the guys at BBB for breaking out of their "traditional styled" brewskies. Plenty of up front lemony, citrus dry-hopped character with almost no malt aroma at all. On the palate, a sweetness of malt that is overbalanced by a pleasant hop-based resin-like flavor. I assume this is from the Liberty dry hopping. Finishes with a playful sweet/bitter/sweet flavor and ultimately ends dry with a lingering but pleasant bitterness. I’ll admit that I am a dry-hop brewsky fan and this is a great American Maibock!
NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 I had the bottled version, as well as a sample of BBB’s MaiBock at the brewery. The aroma is delicious - hops are floral with light pine notes. Not overpowering for the style and mingle nicely with a light malty nose.
Color is a crystal clear, deep straw yellow. The bright white head faded quickly, but left some nice lacing on the glass.
This MaiBock’s flavor is intense, but not pleasantly so. The subtlety of this beer’s aromatics don’t translate to the flavors. This beer is way too bitter for a mai bock. Whatever maltiness exists in this beer is covered by a harsh hop bitterness that sits on the tongue. This beer is not gentle on the palate either. A grainy astringency combined with the hop bitterness overpowers any malt sweetness and body that this beer might have.
This beer tastes more like a pilsner on steroids, rather than a traditional Mai Bock that highlights a delicate dance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.