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Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
True Story! Running a brewery can be "bock" breaking. It's all worthwhile when you have the opportunity to share beer like this. Our Maibock/Helles Bock is deep golden in color with an intense malty almost grape like aroma and flavor. A light noble hop character balances the smooth sweet finish. A long lagering time makes this beer exceptionally drinkable for its strength. Don't be fooled by its light color.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 04-27-2012)
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mynie

Indiana

4.66/5  rDev +20.7%

The kind of beer that's such a sun shiney perfect exemplification of a underrated style that I had to actual sit down and write a review for it, instead of just going "derpa-DOW" and punching the "Hads" button, as has become my recent want. (And yes, jerks, I make a sound effect every time I tick off a Had. You would, too, if you were a real Beer Man.)

Anyhow, this is every goddamn thing I look for in a Helles. It tastes like light. There are dandelion bits floating in it. Dry, sweet barleycorn mixed with weedy yellow hops and all kinds of weird verdant nodes so--to exhaust a descriptor I've been using dumbly for almost a decade--it tastes like a walk through a field at sunset. It's not quite as out-there pollen-y as New Glarus' dead, gorgeous Zwickle, but it's easily one of the very best American-made examples of its style that I've ever had.

06-10-2013 22:17:33 | More by mynie
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xICooRsYIx

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-28-2014 22:49:38 | More by xICooRsYIx
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GeneralChewy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-28-2014 17:04:37 | More by GeneralChewy
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jdejoannis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pure bourbon nose. Strong whiskey flavor like a barley wine.

08-23-2014 21:56:17 | More by jdejoannis
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-18-2014 23:20:49 | More by spycow
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nh2032

New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-17-2014 22:57:12 | More by nh2032
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Bwag


2.28/5  rDev -40.9%

08-17-2014 22:50:51 | More by Bwag
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-17-2014 06:51:34 | More by Dicers
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-13-2014 16:35:58 | More by tom10101
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j0hnc2468

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-06-2014 19:51:05 | More by j0hnc2468
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2014 13:21:57 | More by Durge
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-01-2014 21:58:29 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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earlholman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-28-2014 13:30:26 | More by earlholman
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CloudStrife

New York

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a white head on top. A bit too opaque to see any visible carbonation. A touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initial malty aroma lends a bready and carmely character. The hops lend a bit of citrus and spiciness. Touch of alcohol on the backend.

T: Well balanced mix of maltiness and hop flavor. Starts off with that sweet bread like malt flavor before giving way to a mild hop bite.

M: Very smooth and easy drinking. The finish on this is very crisp considering the amount of flavor in the brew.

Overall certainly a great representation of the style. A nice malt profile that doesnt overpower and a hop compliment. Can always trust Jacks Abby to brew up a good lager.

07-24-2014 23:00:55 | More by CloudStrife
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-19-2014 03:33:17 | More by PHBoiler
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2014 16:11:34 | More by Kmlund
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-17-2014 00:05:42 | More by brother_kenneth
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-15-2014 14:29:00 | More by Davepoolesque
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paresis

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-14-2014 01:13:22 | More by paresis
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butters_mcgee

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-13-2014 04:09:08 | More by butters_mcgee
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xacidx

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-05-2014 19:34:52 | More by xacidx
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-05-2014 10:21:50 | More by jbaker67
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

I enjoyed this 500 ml in a willybecker chilled

The coolor is resplendent golden with light haze and visibly carbonated liquid with 2 1/2 fingers of snowy white head with thick rings of lace left on the glass and very fine bead. The aroma has plenty of malt with very light herbal hop accenting and moderately yeast driven smell with german lager aromas w/ slight sweet/spicy juxtoposition of malt and hop esters. The feel is excellent with lots of sweet and toasted malt layers with a nice subtle hop spice that balances w/ medium high carbonation and gentle creaminess from yeast with slight mineral quality and semi-dry finish with mild alcohol.

The taste is great- lover the way the malt and hop flavors express themselves and unfold simultaneously with subtle peppery taste from the yeast with gentle alcohol giving a nice amount of balance to the flavor w/ mild malt sweetness adding to the complexity and toasted pilsner malt character with mild breadiness and light floral hop accents adding to the taste. Overall a very good and traditional take- practically flawless with excellent drinkability. I really enjoy this interpretation of the style: wonderful.

06-30-2014 13:44:59 | More by Slatetank
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utopiajane

New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours beautiful light amber. In the natural light it is hazy and yellow, pale and with light yellow hues. In the light of the room it has golden amber hues and a firey yellow deep in the center. A stream of bubbles is climbing to the top but it is not effervescent. It is merely organized there in the center The head is cream colored and thick. It lasts and leaves some lace. Does not fall completely because why should it?

Nose is clean and rich with malt. Depth without too much sweetness. Beautiful grain you can imagine that it is as golden as the color of this beer. No hop scents.

Taste is sweet grain. deep and never ending but not heavy. There is but a drop of honey on this one and it is the natural sweetness of the grain that seems to filling the palate with it's it's light toastiness. There is a faint bit of the white grape sweetness on this and to the delight of the palate - a bit of pepper.! SPLENDID! Creamy mouthfeel with a nice little bite from carbonation.

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06-26-2014 19:39:45 | More by utopiajane
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HuskyHawk

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

A. Pours a straw yellow, almost clear despite being unfiltered. Thin head, consistent lacing.

S. Smells bready, a little earthy, very typical of what you'd expect of a German lager.

T. Crisp, a little bitterness and not a lot of complex flavors. Rather generic, surprisingly.

M. Nice, medium body, perhaps from the higher abv.

O. Just Ok. Wouldn't seek it out, but then perhaps this just isn't my style.

06-20-2014 00:14:15 | More by HuskyHawk
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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.