Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Maibock Hurts Like HellesMaibock Hurts Like Helles

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BA SCORE
87
very good

257 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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:
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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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jondeelee
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its got a great smooth feel and tastes mellow yellow.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle from Charles St. Liquors. April '12 batch. Poured into a short, brand-less mug.

Big, soapy, whitewash head. Hazy mellow gold body.

Leafy & peppery, crisp scent. Faint fruit, but delivers hope to those wishing for something on the drier side.

Snappy & bittersweet upfront. Dry cracker, chewy dough. Pithy & earthy. Yeasty/grainy finish. Though all in all, pretty dry.

Thin, slightly gritty mouthfeel. So-so carbonation. Alcohol comes through in a bit of a hurry.

Dry for the style, & I love it. :D

Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of MJOSullivan12
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small airy head. Very effervescent. Nose is quite sweet and filled with honey notes, biscuits, pancakes w/syrup. Palate is full and thick with a heavy coating on the tongue. Flavors of light grape skins, honey, grassy hops.

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold, white head, nice lacing. Faint aroma of Noble Hops. Taste of sweet malt and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is creamy. Good beer.

Photo of LeRose
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half-liter bottle poured into lager glass,

Appearance was a slightly hazy, deep golden color. Ample head - frothy three fingers, very persistent, laced in clumps (just looked weird, but OK).

Smell was malty/biscuity, maybe a touch yeasty? Hops aroma was stronger than I expected - grassy/straw/floral aromas, Mild hints of citrus and what seemed like grape (very faint). Pleasant enough, but seems very laid back.

Taste - very grainy with very little fruitiness on the initial taste and quite bitter when first sipped. Malty/bready and hoppy following the nose. The bitterness faded (a little slowly) and leaves a sweet/grape flavor that lingered pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, not highly carbonated. Found it astringent/drying.

Overall, this took some patience. First impression was not the one to go by - grew on me as I drank it. Interesting how the flavor profile works - bitter spike that cascades down slowly to be replaced by the sweetness and grape-like flavors.

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow body into a large pint glass I use when camping. Big foamy white head forms to about two to three fingers. Retention is good. A large coat of creamy lace around the glass.

S- Mostly just some lager yeast with notes of bread, grass, citrus and spicy hops. Not getting a whole ton.

T- Follows the nose and I definitely get the grape like fruit they mention on the bottle. Euro noble hops lend grass, spicy, herbal and bitter notes. Some light malts and bread as well.

Mf- Highly carbonated body with a moderately thick overall consistency. Creamy silky texture. Clean bitterness on the palate.

Flavorful and unique, has a great hop and yeasty mix. Liking this brewery more and more by the brew, good local lagers.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, only the second review.

Pours a light creamy looking 1/2 finger head which is a bit surprising with the type of conical bottle, fades at a med pace but leaves some nice lacing, over crystal clear golden pale yellow quite clear colored beer. A bit too light colored.

Nose starts with some sweet smelling juicy malts, light pilsner malts, light toasty straw and grainy, then crisp lager aromas, fruity lager, a big lager aroma, and hint of grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose, starting with more lager, plenty of toasty pilsner malts, sweet juicy lager malts and a light acidic malt, and some wheat, a bit grainy. lager comes crisp and fruity. Then hops, a fairly biter bite with some earthy slight herbal grassy hops, and some earthy almost spices and bock like flavors from the yeast as well. Theres also a bit of an almost booze bite but barely. Finish is drier but not as much as I expected, quite bitter and almost astringent, light lager fruit and wheat like grainy malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, a bit gritty and abrasive, touch of booze.

Overall not their best, seems a bit of a mess and they weren't sure where to go with it, booze and bitterness seem more than they should be, lager isn't bad but malts go a bit in the wrong direction, but all things considered still a pretty decent beer.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head from the bartender. Leaves ring lace with some drizzle streaks going down the glass. Settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Gold color, clear.

Fresh pale malt start to the smell. I note some sweet cream.

Mildly sweet with a creamy touch. The finish has some hop appear as a spice. The aftertaste features more lactose taste. The body is surprisingly rich; the carbonation muted. A superbly refreshing beer that reminds me more of a Kölsch than a Maibock.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maibock Hurts Like Helles pours a hazy straw yellow with a small fizzy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of biscuit and floral hop notes and some white grape mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with firm carbonation. The flavor is crisp and begins with biscuit and sweet cereal malt. That's followed by hoppy floral flavors, light fruit (grape) and some grassy bitterness at the end. It reminds me of a German import. Once gone the fruit notes and some of the bitterness lingers on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a German import. Very tasty and a good example of the style.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.