05 May 2010

Mai-Ur-Bock be with you

Another inadvertantly silly name from the home of bock, and yes I know Star Wars Day was yesterday. Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock looks lovely in the glass -- a beautiful reddish gold colour. The name conjures warm, carefree late-spring afternoons. But the fun ends there. This beer goes all out for big German-hop bitterness and winds up musty as all hell (no bilingual pun intended, for once). The hops have a sort of medicinal flavour and a plasticky taste that appears to be highly-prized in certain German beers but which I can't take at all. I suppose the weight -- 6.5% ABV -- is supposed to provide balance, but it just ends up intensifiying the yuckiness.

Definitely not the maibock I'm looking for. Move along, move along.

8 comments:

  1. Gah! My milkman-like neighbour left a bottle of this for me. Your reference to plasticky flavours, which I also cannot abide, has me heartbroken. Well, just a little. Have a few more maibocks to try this month :)

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  2. Sad to see the home of Bock drop so far, Sierra Nevada Glissade I though was nice and can shown what proper handling and shipping can help a beer!

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  3. I'm not at all convinced that it isn't meant to taste like this. I've some Glissade in the beer fridge for a later date.

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  4. "I'm not at all convinced that it isn't meant to taste like this" Ah no, I bet is poor handling or just old product

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  5. have a bottle of this sitting in the fridge and was looking forward to trying it, thanks TBN :-(

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  6. Green bottle = fail. Did it have any type of dating on it? At least it didn't have to go across the Atlantic. Lots of Euro beers suffer from lack of freshness in the US. It's been a while since I've had this beer, but I recall it being a good example of a Maibock.

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