While we are gearing up for the big conference next week, we’d like to slip a review in here. In our ever expanding library of review, we noticed that we have never reviewed a Maibock. These transitional season beers are usually at the forefront for us in the fall, cause we are all suckers for Marzens, but Maibocks (literally meaning ‘May Bocks’) somehow have fallen through the cracks. The traditional Bavarian spring beverages are a little harder to make as it requires the first pull of malts and hops of the season, which produces a slighter greener and lighter taste than it’s fall counterparts. It is also slightly stronger and darker than the Blondes or Singels that hit about the same time. Now, while we are out of the season now, there was one that we enjoyed right at the end and come next season, will be one you should look for.
Maggie Maibock, Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, VA)
Maibock/Helles Bock, ABV: 6.6%, IBU: 22
Presentation: Tap pour into pint glass. Don’t need to get uber fancy with this one. Pilsner glass works just as well.
Appearance: Light bronze to copper in color. Whitish head sits nicely but not too long.
Aroma: Toasted malts and bread notes a plenty with a slight sweetness reminiscent of Marzens.
Taste: Solid toasted malts front throughout, sweetbread kicking in towards the middle and as it warms up. Finishes sweet.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Medium heavy, very crisp, slight lingering sweetness aftertaste. Very little to no ABV or IBU feel.
Overall: This is truly a “May Bock”. It is a traditional beer and might come off as a little heavy at this time of the year. If you DO find this now, it is a sitting inside, A/C brat beer. The hard part is that this is Virginia, and for the past several years we haven’t really had a ‘spring’ to talk about, as it just goes from winter to summer. That should not stop them, or you, from making or enjoying this beer.