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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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Hopdaemon39

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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cavemanlawyer1999

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

02-24-2014 00:36:07 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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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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butters_mcgee

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-27-2013 18:21:02 | More by WhitmansNiece
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wisegreensoul

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-24-2014 04:28:04 | More by wisegreensoul
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markeyri

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-18-2012 22:57:11 | More by markeyri
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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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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-15-2012 21:37:01 | More by jwps214
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-30-2013 23:56:35 | More by PatGreer
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +13%

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.

06-04-2013 01:46:03 | More by horshack7
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

06-02-2013 22:47:34 | More by WanderingFool
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured in a stein: the beer has a light golden color with a 2+finger head.

There is a delightful fruit-malt aroma from the head. Possibly some Cinnamon.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- a puckering mouth feel felt at the back of the tongue.

The aroma carries to the taste: fruit, mostly grape, which becomes pronounced with warming.

The finish is pleasantly bitter.

Wonderful beer. It's important to use good glassware to appreciate this style: a stein enhances the flavor and brings the best quality of the beer. Serve colder: 45F.

05-02-2013 02:18:17 | More by brureview
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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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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

06-15-2013 23:02:36 | More by Celtics76
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MJOSullivan12


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

05-12-2012 01:46:29 | More by MJOSullivan12
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

About $2.50 for a 500ml bottle...incredibly affordable.

A: Beautiful clear, golden color with a short off-white head. No lace or retention. Becomes cloudy if you pour the whole bottle so if you don't like yeast, don't pour the last ounce or two.

S: Light fruit, yeast, malt. Very German.

T: Cloves, yeast, fruity, malt. German, again.

M: Good carbonation, clean, crisp. Tons of flavor. A pleasure to drink.

O: Extremely well crafted. Love their lagers!

Update: drank another bottle dated 4/10/13 on 5/7/13 and it's just as good as I remember! Fantastic German lager flavor, super fresh, and crisp and clean as expected. Top notch for the style, especially from an American brewer.

06-20-2012 01:09:32 | More by Gatch
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-23-2012 03:51:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-20-2013 20:18:26 | More by st9647v3
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brunop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-18-2013 17:21:20 | More by brunop
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-16-2014 00:22:01 | More by bigred89
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Mikecap

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-11-2013 13:35:41 | More by Mikecap
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-29-2013 19:40:52 | More by mre0683
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stomioka

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-15-2014 19:22:22 | More by stomioka
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ajkmetron

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2013 23:32:17 | More by ajkmetron
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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.