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Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-12-2013 00:24:19 | More by Kelp
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-11-2013 22:26:21 | More by mmmaaattt
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Mikecap

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-10-2013 13:18:00 | More by HawkIPA
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sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-09-2013 02:03:02 | More by sirsteve42
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-07-2013 14:17:31 | More by dunix
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bpk59

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-06-2013 15:16:04 | More by bpk59
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-05-2013 21:05:46 | More by Goldfishman
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-04-2013 23:26:17 | More by mattparsons
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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
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abeaulieu

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-04-2013 02:14:46 | More by abeaulieu
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-29-2013 23:14:45 | More by Massbmx
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-29-2013 20:47:08 | More by goldenM13
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-27-2013 12:56:25 | More by KeithThompson
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jboyer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-27-2013 08:45:54 | More by jboyer
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-27-2013 00:28:48 | More by ElGallo
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-25-2013 18:54:02 | More by JakerLou
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-23-2013 00:13:18 | More by markgoodman10
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-21-2013 23:37:31 | More by kirkse
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-21-2013 12:44:04 | More by tenacioustomato
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

04-21-2013 01:36:28 | More by VelvetExtract
Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.