Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

263 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of LeRose
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 WanderingFool
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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 ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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 jondeelee
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 brureview
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Gushue3
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

April '12 bottle poured into Alchemist pint glass, <$4 a bottle this is a steal

A Beautiful 3 finger white foamy head quickly rises above a slightly hazy straw yellow body. Lots of carbonation bubbles are rushing toward the head that is staying around and now looks quite frothy. Great retention on the head and ample lacing is left around the glass. Really nice.

S Light malt/grain sweetness and light fruit, maybe white grape?. A light earthy green hop scent is comes out along with some doughy yeast. Not pungent but whats there smells good.

T Sweeter light malts come out upfront with a medium noble hop bitterness in the middle. Nice jump from light sweetness to light bitterness. The hops fade to the finish which is crisp and clean.

M Lighter feel on the tongue with a medium to heavier carbonation. Really refreshing beer right here.

O Another nice lager put out by Jack's Abby. Perfect drink for spring/late summer.

Photo of Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 gfreed
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fads in beer brewing are easy to spot: three years ago everyone began selling overloaded, over-hyped, over-hopped beer; two years ago everyone was screaming about beer in cans; last year began the sticky march of fruity beer; this year it appears that lagers are the target. I like a really good lager, especially a nice clean maibock, but I'm not sure this one qualifies as "really good." It's decent but it seems like it's trying to be an ale: the body, aroma and taste are all very dense; it's rather flatly carbonated and has a yeasty, bready, doughy grip that just doesn't have much of a lager lean to it. Thinning it out a bit and jettisoning some of that yeasty freight would make it much more attractive.

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Photo of MJOSullivan12
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Dope
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.