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Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

Maibock Hurts Like HellesMaibock Hurts Like Helles

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%

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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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:29:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 12:39:06 | More by jlindros
Photo of smcolw


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 19:45:31 | More by smcolw
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:52:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a stemmed goblet.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong, refreshing-looking effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of white foam which didn't hang around too long.

Smell: aroma is a bit light in intensity but the character is of rich malt. It lacks complexity, but seems well-crafted.

Taste: ah, good, more complexity and interest here in the flavor. The rich maltiness combines with a very light fruity character to create something balanced and satisfying. Bitterness is light and there is a hint of earthy, piney hop flavors. This is a relatively subtle brew, but within that subtlety is a lot of good stuff going on.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a big, satisfying creaminess. I actually like it quite a lot.

Overall: I wasn't sure at first because of the aroma's subtlety, but this beer is quite delicious and really grew on me. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 17:20:42 | More by flagmantho
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with my brother.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a decent sized creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet bready malty with hint of spice and fruit with a light spicy earthy hop aroma to round it all out. The flavor holds a creamy bready malty taste with lots of spicy earthy hops to balance it out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Another great brew from Jack's, but not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:47:46 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:27:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhode Island

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent gold with a 2.5 inch, rocky, bright white head that collapses into a solid 1/8th inch cap. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose expresses grains and a hint of grapes. Taste reveals light malts, some fruity esters, sour mash, a strong noble hops presence and a light, lingering skunky quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slight oiliness and an even carbonation that falls just short of lively. Overall, not my favorite offering from these guys - hops are too forward and fruit is too much in the background, in my opinion, for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:54:49 | More by Jwale73
Photo of mynie


4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 22:17:33 | More by mynie
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up Saturday ($4.99) and enjoyed it later that same day (19MAY12). Odd note on their label; at one point it talks about the biers "deep golden color..." and then it later says "Don't be fooled by its light color..." Which is it? ;-) No freshness data found, though...

Poured into a nonic glass, it was a yellowish, medium golden color. It was a touch hazy, and had steady streams of carbo within. The head was white and thin, most bubbles hanging at the edges, though lacing was decent. Aroma had some nice toasty malt, while a smidge of hopping showed up. It was about medium in body, and was mostly smooth on the tongue, just with a bit of bubbliness.

Flavor? It had some crackery, bready, malt sweetness leading off, like a good Maibock should. Following that was some light fruitiness, suggesting pear and/or green apple. Bringing up the rear was noble hop florality. All in all, a solid rendition of the style. Prosit!!

4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 13:20:33 | More by Bierman9
Photo of tigg924


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 13:08:40 | More by tigg924
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color. Big, doughy, white head. Head leaves full rings of bubbled froth along my mustache glass.

S-A mix of hoppy nobility and light skunk. Airy cracker malt. Cooked grains.

T-More of the same. Strong noble hoppiness (skunk now gone) I also begin to get some pleasant citrus. The malt balances but is not incredibly complex.

M-Very drinkable; A Jack's Abby trademark.

O/D-Didn't expect to love this due to the style. Yet, I will try any and all things from my favorite MA brewery. Obviously well crafted but not my suit.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:36:28 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:06:46 | More by Reagan1984
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:29:35 | More by cbutova
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a good foamy white head. no lace, but nice retention.

Nice malty nose, even a little candied sweetness.

Dried out malt, with a touch of sweetness that turns to light toasted grain. SOme good bread and light bread crust and yeast. Dries right out with some light grassy bitterness and palate clearing astringency. This is nice lager.

Medium body.

Overall, another winner from these guys. Nice complexity to make this highly drinkable.

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite local breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 23:56:04 | More by OtherShoe2
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy light gold pour. Huge effervescent white head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving behind pretty decent lacing.

S: Toasty bread with some grass. Grainy. Pleasant but subtle.

T: Grassy up front with maybe a little bit of earthy and herbal tones. Very nice toasted malt throughout. Grainy too. Finishes almost nutty along with the toasted malt. Almost combines to be a toasted peanut butter sandwich sometimes. Strange, I know, but I don't mean that in a bad way.

M: Super clean, smooth and crisp.

O: A simple yet tasty and very drinkable brew. It pretty much craps on every other maibock I've tried before (included dead guy ale). That's saying something.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 06:03:34 | More by Dope
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. No dating information located on the bottle, but assume this is pretty darn fresh. Poured it into my Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color. About a finger of bright white head.

S: Smells grainy and lightly citrusy. Light and airy. Touch of toasted light malt in there.

T: Crisp. Light. Refreshing. This is a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then a very smoothing malt bill evens it out. Almost buttery and/or nutty.

M: Light to medium.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 14:34:35 | More by inlimbo77
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a pilsener glass.
'Brewed/bottled' in April 2012.

Deep straw in color beneath a creamy white head with pretty stable retention. Very active, noticeable carbonation. Thick, but minimal lacing.

Sweet honey with a thick, yet clean diacetyl and cream aroma. Floral hops with clean grain that balance the moderate malt sweetness.

Toasted malt sweetness; bready with a mild diacetyl flavor. Real clean malt profile with no astringency. Clean wheat, grains, and toasted oats with just a very mild floral hop addition. A clean finish with notes of lightly burnt toasted oats and white grape in the aftertaste.

A lighter shade of medium bodied. Smooth, a very subdued creamy texture. Remarkably clean both in flavor and texture for the style.

A pretty solid version of the style. Remarkably clean which is the real highlight of this Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:01:12 | More by NEhophead
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:47:34 | More by WanderingFool
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2012 21:34:40 | More by taez555
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Clear, bright golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head retain very well in the narrow glass. Clumpy lacing.

S: Biscuity and cracker pilsner malt. Hint of grape skin. Pleasing noble hop aromas of grass, wildflowers, and a light citrus zest. Very clean.

T: Grain, biscuit, and cracker. Lightly toasted. Slight grape skin character. Hops are grassy, but also show a decidedly herbal edge that wasn't apparent on the nose. Slight spike of spicy alcohol comes through. Grain and herbal hop in the finish, slightly peppery.

M: Medium/light body. Full with a slight firmness. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not quite as polished as the truly great examples of the style, but certainly a worthy attempt.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 16:28:02 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 17:47:06 | More by jondeelee
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:09:32 | More by Gatch
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4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 06:42:54 | More by PEBKAC
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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
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