Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 268
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 04-27-2012

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
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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 268
Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy rich golden color, almost like an IPA.

The aroma hits of sweet crackery malt, pear, a lager note.

The beer hits upfront of a sweet white breadiness and honey, some apple and pear, but then drives away as the hops introduce a bit of flora, pepper, tea-like bitterness. The beer is crisp and clean on the back end with a lingering lager flavor.

A really creamy mouthfeel and beautiful sweetness up front, but then drops away. The 6.5% ABV offers more flavor and mouthfeel, yet still being crisp and drinkable. (545 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World.Pale gold, white head, nice lacing. Faint aroma of Noble Hops. Taste of sweet malt and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is creamy. Good beer. (177 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Yellow straw with 1-plus finger of creamy, white head. Good retention and clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pear, golden apple, white bread, and green tea.

Taste
Pear, golden apple, and biscuit. Fresh baked white bread with dabs of caramel. Hints of green tea with lemon and apricot. Light touches of earthy and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean, and ultra-smooth with a touch of sweetness.

Overall
I'd be hard-pressed to find another beer that drinks as smooth as this. An excellent Maibock! (575 characters)

Photo of kculrich
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a cold pilsner - 1" foamy head that abides. Color looks like a Miller High Life but one sniff and you know it's not - yeasty bread and sharp, herbal hops. T: pretty much how it smells, first you get sweet and yeasty caramel, green grapes maybe? then a little spicy-sharp hops. F: nice carbonation and full-bodied on the tongue.
O: Stupid name; great beer. Two or three months a year is not enough - given the opportunity, I could spend an entire useless summer drinking myself insensate on this lager. (518 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its got a great smooth feel and tastes mellow yellow. The Munichy grapenut really shines through on the pallet. Great carbonation too. Not too fizzy, but will still sneakily bubble up your tongue. (196 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Great representative of the maibock style. Fans of the popular and widely available Rogue Dead Guy should seek this out as a [in my opinion superior] alternative.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter just above fridge temp. A lovely gold brew with less than a finger of head awaits. You get malt aromas up front in addition to pilsner type hop aromas. Also a kind of chardonnay thing that I can't explain but doesn't seem out of place.

The flavors are that of sweet bread, challah comes to mind. Very light peppery finish from the noble hops, and the bottle description isn't kidding when it labels the beer "exceptionally drinkable". One could easily polish off several bottles of this and be happy as a clam.

4 out of 5 would drink again. Will drink again. (807 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malty/bready with a touch of noble hop. Great German lager scent.

T- Sweet grains up front with a slightly bitter finish. Nice.

M- Light to medium body with a crisp, clean finish. Very drinkable beer.

O- A fantastic take on a Maibock. Well done. Recommended. (370 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Slightly cloudy when poured. Amazing nose with bready German malt qualities. True to type and could be a clone of a great German helles bock. (157 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a half liter stein a clear lighter golden with a thinner than expected white head atop.Caramel and toast in the nose with a faint smattering of spicy hops.A little lighter in the feel than most of the style I have come across.Tastes of caramel and German malts with a decent shot of drying sharp hops in the finish.Pretty dry for the style but lacks something to put over the top. (392 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the crystal clear golden brew. Head bubbles down slowly, with sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is balanced, somewhat generic.

Taste is lightly sweet to start, balanced through the middle, lightly prickly, moderately bitter to the close. Smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is awesome. Pretty close to what I would expect from a rep of the style in its original land. (502 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (755 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MORE! (989 characters)

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (411 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep gold. The head is relatively small and formed of large bubbles that recede quickly and leave no lacing. Just a slight haze on the beer that may have been caused by the condensation on the outside of the glass. It was pretty muggy today.

S - Light aromas, but pleasant. Mostly a grassy, flowery noble hop character.

T - Follows the nose, but adds in a biscuit sweetness. Maybe a touch of honey. Very mild, and balanced well with a round bitterness that forms on the finish.

M - Not the soft velvety feel that I get from some other JA beers, but appropriate to the style. It's medium bodied and finishes clean.

O - Insanely drinkable. I could easily put down a growler of this and it reminded me a little of the Sunny Ridge pilsner that I had recently. Highly recommended, but if you want something comparable in flavor grab a growler of the pilsner. These were only available in bottles at the time of purchase. (931 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I hadn't read the label I would say it was a pilsner. Looks, smells, and even tastes like one. Can really smell and taste the sweet malt grain. Smells a little adjunct like- close to a Miller Lite. Taste a lot better than the aroma. A little tart with a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Crisp, very easy drinker. Good solid lager throughout. (341 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a deep golden color, with lots of visible carbonation and a 2 inch head. This fades to a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like lager yeast, grape, and sweet grains.

A very malty maibock here, lots of sweet grape-like malt flavor. Some flavors of lager yeast as well, some grainy sweetness, a slight bit of flower hop character. Not much hop flavor to this one, this one's a story of the malts, which impart a really distinctive grape flavor.

Light to medium boded, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

Another winner from Jack's Abby, this one shows some nice restraint. (682 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Pours a clear golden yellow with carbonation leading to a two finger , big bubble white foam cap. Settles into a decent layering of bubbles with some lacings on the glass.

Aroma of grass and citrus. I get what others are saying about a wine aroma. Bit of pepper spice.

First sip, " oh, that's nice!" Smooth first taste, this beer goes down easy. Nice sweet malt . Gentle hopping with of wisp of bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Carbonation on the back of the tongue. Smooth finish.

Well I just found another Jacks Abbey beer that I will have to stock up on. Eminently quaffable. Great taste, need to fill me up some more of this beer. (672 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a filmy, bright white, clingy head. Aromas of fruit sweetness, roasted notes, and wine-like characteristics. The sweetness does have a grape quality to it. Flavors of toasted grains on the forward tongue, with floral highlights and a subtle fruit sweetness. Tangy sweetness slowly builds as you drink. Smooth, mid-bodied brew that is pretty easy to drink. The aftertaste is roasted, and starts to develop a grassy, floral hops character. Smooth, clean finish. Tasty brew. (553 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, honey, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some honey and caramel sweetness quickly follows. The hops presence is decent for the style and complementary providing a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style. This is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (812 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with my brother.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a decent sized creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet bready malty with hint of spice and fruit with a light spicy earthy hop aroma to round it all out. The flavor holds a creamy bready malty taste with lots of spicy earthy hops to balance it out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Another great brew from Jack's, but not one I would seek out again. (503 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and sister-in-law are at the DMB concert this evening, so on tap tonight are scallion pancakes, chicken bee boong and some good beer (I hope) to go along with Bruins-Hawks and some Arrested Development episodes.

Kicking it off with this one from up and coming Jack's Abby. Pours dark gold with good head. I'm not detecting much of an aroma here, but that's fine because the flavor makes up for it. There's a nice, subtle grape presence here. It's more malty than hoppy, but the hops do shine through at the finish, which is somewhat bitter and crisp. Smooth and easy to drink. Highly sessionable even at 6.5%.

This brewery can do no wrong and I can't wait to try more of their offerings. (697 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (856 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a stemmed goblet.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong, refreshing-looking effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of white foam which didn't hang around too long.

Smell: aroma is a bit light in intensity but the character is of rich malt. It lacks complexity, but seems well-crafted.

Taste: ah, good, more complexity and interest here in the flavor. The rich maltiness combines with a very light fruity character to create something balanced and satisfying. Bitterness is light and there is a hint of earthy, piney hop flavors. This is a relatively subtle brew, but within that subtlety is a lot of good stuff going on.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a big, satisfying creaminess. I actually like it quite a lot.

Overall: I wasn't sure at first because of the aroma's subtlety, but this beer is quite delicious and really grew on me. Recommended. (935 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a light amber with some golden hues. The head is frothy and airy and is a solid two fingers thick.

Aroma: Biscuity, buttery, dry floral hop notes. Wisps of citrus, grape.

Taste: Biscuity and bready in the front that has a light dryness. Somewhat crisp on the palate. Buttery, floral hop dryness. Faint notes of black licorice in the back end.

Notes: Another tasty Lager from Jack's Abby very true to the style and very drinkable. Cheers. (473 characters)

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.