Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
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
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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
4.04/5 rDev +4.9%
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
4.9/5 rDev +27.3%
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
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
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
Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.