Mai Bocks are a sure sign of spring and summer to come, especially in Minnesota: They’re released in March, and you start looking forward to the Hefeweizens and Saisons–and then wham! you get 8 more inches of snow. I’ve been ready to leave the bock season for a couple weeks now, including the 2 or 3 I brewed myself, so it’s hard to finish this Mai Bock. With that, I think this nails the style. Strong, yet easy to drink with a nice sweet aftertaste. I have found that I prefer the darker bocks like dopples, so while I drank the entire bottle of Summit Maibock, I didn’t enjoy it!
Summit Maibock smooths the transition from Winter Ale to Summer’s Scandia Ale. It’s a refreshing, if somewhat uninteresting, stop on the Summit seasonal tour. Maibock is a little sweet and easy to drink. It has the feel of Summit’s popular EPA without the hops.
I love this beer. In fact, I drank about 10 of them on tap somewhere in Apple Valley….things are foggy now… It was very tasty and I can’t wait to have a few more. Spring is here! Somewhere….
First… this isn’t my favorite style. Second… that being said, I think this is one of the better examples of the style. Rogue’s Dead Guy is probably one of the more well-known domestic examples, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Maifest. The beer is very clear and golden in color with a nice white head. I smell floral hops as well as some toasty (biscuit?) malt. More of the same comes through in the flavor along with some caramel sweetness. If I loved maibocks, I’d drink this often.