Free State Brinkley’s Maibock

Brewed by Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas USA
6.5% Heller Bock | 88 Ratings | 25 IBU |
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..

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

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Hops
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