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Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 272
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 21.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Dope
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.