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Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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very good

207 Ratings

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews by Gushue3:
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

April '12 bottle poured into Alchemist pint glass, <$4 a bottle this is a steal

A Beautiful 3 finger white foamy head quickly rises above a slightly hazy straw yellow body. Lots of carbonation bubbles are rushing toward the head that is staying around and now looks quite frothy. Great retention on the head and ample lacing is left around the glass. Really nice.

S Light malt/grain sweetness and light fruit, maybe white grape?. A light earthy green hop scent is comes out along with some doughy yeast. Not pungent but whats there smells good.

T Sweeter light malts come out upfront with a medium noble hop bitterness in the middle. Nice jump from light sweetness to light bitterness. The hops fade to the finish which is crisp and clean.

M Lighter feel on the tongue with a medium to heavier carbonation. Really refreshing beer right here.

O Another nice lager put out by Jack's Abby. Perfect drink for spring/late summer.

06-28-2012 21:18:09 | More by Gushue3
More User Reviews:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-11-2014 22:24:57 | More by warnerry
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-25-2013 18:54:02 | More by JakerLou
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2014 02:23:27 | More by Jason
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: fresh grass and light toasted malt

Taste: grass dominates with caramel, and slight honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A nice sessionable lager thatis great for the price. I have had better maibocks and better from Jack's Abbey but I would look for this one again

07-02-2012 13:08:40 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-19-2013 03:05:22 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-02-2012 08:44:55 | More by standardcherry
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Maibock Hurts Like Helles (bonus points for cleverness) opens to a sweet, grainy nose, the sugars and breads immediately apparent. The sweet side includes a nice selection of orange, berry, apricot, and cherry fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and even a smidgen of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and the breads bring peppery brown breads, floury baguettes, and yeasty rising wheat dough, as well as touches of wet wheat and hay. There’s also a light lemony overtone, as well as shades of pink grapefruit. As a whole, the nose is very nicely balanced, and the interplay between sugars and breads is very nice, the only fault being a slight overall weakness.

On the tongue, the beer brings the same sugar-and-bread interplay, the former bringing apple, cherry, berry, orange, white grape, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, small threads of vanilla, and a good dose of caramel, and the latter adding peppery brown breads, floury baguette, toast crust, and cracker. Lemon and grapefruit overtones from the hops add citrus, the light 25 IBUs combining with the peppery breads to faintly sizzle the tongue. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with a bit more peppery and, here, tart breads, and a larger white grape and grapefruit presence, lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the tongue sizzle.

Overall, this is very nice beer, and excellent summer fare, the lightness and crispness of the fruits mixing well with the breads and citrusy notes. The aftertaste is a bit heavy on grape and grapefruit, the tartness a bit unexpected and clashing with the main mouthful, but this is easily fixed with another sip.

05-04-2013 17:47:06 | More by jondeelee
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-20-2013 01:08:40 | More by Janeinma
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-13-2014 04:09:08 | More by butters_mcgee
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-31-2014 17:02:20 | More by timontheroad
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-14-2014 23:45:42 | More by acurtis
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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-23-2012 03:51:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-21-2013 12:44:04 | More by tenacioustomato
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +26.9%

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a beautiful slightly orange golden color with a creamy two finger head, decent retention, and some nice lacing. Can't be any better.

Pale barley malts and yeast in the nose. Maybe a little bit of noble hops.

Tastes fantastic- amazingly smooth and light. Cascades of pale malt sweetness roll over the tongue with an undercurrent of white grapes, yeast, and floral noble hops. Hops finish out slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is also fantastic- medium light body with moderate carbonation. This one's a keeper. Nothing to say but good things about Jack's Abby.

05-13-2012 00:24:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a hint of a head. Then nothing. Flat looking golden body. Very clear.

Smell - Earthy hops. Some fruitiness. Pale malts.

Taste - Much more aggressively hopped than the nose. Very grainy. Earthy, bitter, malty.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter. Grainy. Decent.

Overall - Clean and flavorful, but it's a maibock, so it's really never going to be that interesting.

05-13-2013 23:27:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-03-2013 15:36:05 | More by Bjlps
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2014 16:11:34 | More by Kmlund
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-21-2013 23:37:31 | More by kirkse
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-01-2014 21:23:50 | More by Bnjmnlws
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-09-2013 03:32:24 | More by trevorpost
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-20-2013 01:17:12 | More by wesley14
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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
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