Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 267
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (607 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 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 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 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)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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. (678 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 brureview
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (539 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 Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (686 characters)

Photo of MJOSullivan12
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (256 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 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 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 mlazzaro
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spent roughly $3.5 on a 500ml bottle - (4-2012)
Served chilled in Sam Adams glass.

Clear golden color. Good foamy head with decent retention. Looks like a good lager.

Smells crisp and light. Lager yeast aroma, very clean smelling. Not much to it, but quite appetizing.

Pilsner malt mixed with light yeasty flavor. Light hopping for bitterness and flavor. Slightly spiced hop character. Really thin body, comes off nice a refreshing.

In terms of flavor profile, this beer should be highly accessible to anyone. Is delicious and simple. Above average lager. Proud that its brewed here in Massachusetts. (606 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this Mai-bock while I watch an old episode of Beer Hunter celebrating Bavaria and the style noted here.

A pillowy light bright white head forms like whipped egg whites. Slowly collapses on it’s own weight. S deep golden color with a touch of escaping carbonation. Bits of sticky lace cling.

Aroma is great. Some light grain, grassy. A freshness here that’s very nice.

Well, it’s here that I reveal that Mai-Bock is a very underrated style to me. It flies under the radar and whenever I have one, I love it. This is no exception. Great balance here. Initial sweetness and a slight fruit /grain/bread flavor gives way to a nice assertive hop finish. Then at the end there is a softness to the flavor that quite nice. A touch of black pepper in the background. On the edge of doughy and bready. Nice actually.

Body is soft and round. I’ve heard this style referred to as bread in a glass and I think the body fits the style nicely. Even the carbonation is soft. Just brings a pop to the flavor..

Very enjoyable beer and spot on for the style. (1,061 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 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 CheezyBlaster
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another expertly crafted beer from these guys. I just started trying Jack's Abby stuff this week, and I've been impressed with everything.

Beautiful hazy golden pour, beautiful nose -excellent grass, mild green apples, a touch floral.

Subtle biscuit, honey, grass, lemon, all come together well. Solid drinkability and smooth, refreshing too. I'm sooo glad to have a solid lager maker emerge in the Boston area.

To craftsmanship! A! (438 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 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 jondeelee
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,746 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (475 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 taez555
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear yellow/orange body with a nice bright white head.

Nose is simple, with just a nice fresh grain sort of smell. Nothing over the top, just crisp fresh malt and lager yeast type smell.

Taste is light bodied with a very chewey fresh grain and bread malt flavor. There's a definite hop backbone bitterness and even slight hop flavor, but it's not really distinct. They're just sort of there to give proper balance to the malt without being distracting. White bread, some mild fruitiness, almost has a bubblegum touch (very faint). The insane thing is.... where is the alcohol in this beer? At 6.5% this is one of the most deceiving alcohol's I've ever tasted. It seriously has the alcohol burn of a 3.5% light lager. Crazy! Ends with a nice hop bitterness actually. It really starts to have stronger bitterness as it warms.

JA is an all lager brewery, and for the most part they've been brewing a lot of EXTREME beers that just happen to be made with lager yeast, this however.... is as traditional a German lager as it gets. I'd say it's like their Jabby Brau, but it's not, it's so much closer to the traditional pure German Maibock/Helles style. If I didn't know better I'd say I was sitting in Germany drinking a fresh brau in a liter stine or something. Just a solid, solid, Maibock. (1,318 characters)

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
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