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Maibock - Hofbräuhaus Newport

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus Newport visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, flavorful Bock to celebrate the coming of Spring. It's noticeably malty and sweet, with a warming alcohol note.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 08-17-2005)
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Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best quality beer that I've had from Hofbrau Brewery. Sampled at a local Beer tasting. Deep copper to amber in color. Fair head retention of off-white color. Laced reasonably well. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, mild fruitness, and a lightly sour note from fermentation. Tastes quite malty in the range of caramel and toffee. Throw in dates, nuts, figs, and plumbs. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Hopped only for balance, light estery flavors are present. Full and round to the mouth. Weakens a bit toward the finish with warming alcoholic flavors. Finishes malty and almost dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 21:07:46 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Durge


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rosy clear light mahogany color with a whispy bit of white fluff on top and good lacing on this chilled goblet served at Jax in Lake Mary, FL. The aroma is nutty with raisin and toffee. The taste brings more toffee and caramel, cherry and mandarine orange alcohol highlights. Very smooth, mellow, politely carbonated. Pretty drinkable. A little bit wine-like. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 03:21:24 | More by Durge
Photo of mcallister


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great pour off this beer. A lovely shade of orangish brown very clear with plenty of carbonation bubbles. A fabulous 2 inch tannish off white head.

Big thick caramel roasted malt aromas. Burnt brown sugar, and slight molasses and toffee.

Big and malty as in the nose. Mainly a caramel roasted malt component. A little hop for backbone but not overly complex. Nice creamy carbonated mouthfeel. A very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 21:47:55 | More by mcallister
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gingerman in Dallas, served in a pint glass. Nice golden amber color with a small head but alright lacing. Grainy, slightly sweet malt aroma. Flavor is mostly malt, but weak at best, some modest caramel, mixed with pleasant but light floral hops. Finish is clean but sweet. Full-bodied.

An alright bock, but by no means exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2007 05:14:22 | More by allengarvin
Photo of bashiba


3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice clear amber with an inch of off white head with mild lacing.

Smell is a nice strong malty odor with hints of cedar and a mild earthy bitterness coming through as well.

Taste is a nice lightly malted flavor with a touch of wooden overtones and a nice slight hop finish for a great balance. Flavors are subdued, but good.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and slightly oily.

A very drinkable beer with its only deterrant in my mind is the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 02:39:35 | More by bashiba
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2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Prunes! Prunes! Prunes!

I think the theme of this beer is dark fruit mainly prunes/plumb and then malted heavily. You can tell it is put together with care and they have acheived what they sought out to do so for that alone I have to give props. Large carbonation. brown color. not for me but I still respect the work it would take to make this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 02:32:29 | More by DogFood11
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3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light coppery color. The aroma is rather low key. I smell carmel with hints of fruit among the maltiness. The taste is a pleasantly smooth beer with nice fruity finish. Mouthfeel is rather robust and enjoyable. I like the fact that it seems to linger on your toungue.

overall an interesting beer. Not great but good. I would get bored with it as an every day beer. But it is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 01:12:25 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of mattcrill


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one...

Aroma: Notes of honey, spices, slightly carmelized malts.

Appearance: Clear orange color with a touch of chill haze and a tight off-white head.

Flavor: More honey, toast, cinnamon, and wheat. Tastes kind of like homebaked bread or a good wheat-based cereal.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, light to medium bodied, with a dry finish.

Overall impression: A decent session offering. Glad I had the chance to sample this one. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 21:30:16 | More by mattcrill
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4/5  rDev +2%

10-22-2013 09:45:50 | More by crbnfbr
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- 2in of cream colored frothy foam atop a golden amber brew. head had good retention but left only a small amount of lace trailing behind.

S- tomato soup, yeasty sourdough bread, spicy pale barley, diacetyl, and maybe some biscuit.

T- tin can, savory spices like tarragon maybe? tomatoes, meuslix cereal, grainy barley husk, dries grass, granola. tastes very german. faint grassy hops with a nutty sweet aftertaste.

MF- medium carbonation, surprisingly refreshing, a little syrupy, and slightly cloying.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:22:23 | More by hustlesworth
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A spring release I found as fall rolled in. No problem as this beer may have six months in the bottle.

It poured just great, good copper rust color. A nice full soft, pillow like head that maintained well. Lace was spotted.

The aroma has wiffs of malty sweetness. Toffee and brown sugar.

The taste is sweet carmalized malts, hints of toffee, with a nice alcohol backdrop that stings the palate. Good abv that allows the beer to be felt and tasted.

The mouthfeel is smooth but left with a slight metalic taste and a mild cotton feel.

Drinkability, very smooth and easy. A good beer to be had. If you can find it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 02:31:39 | More by chilidog
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, very clear this beer is topped by a thick tan head. As the head recedes into the glass, it leaves possibly the most beautiful lace on the glass I’ve ever seen. To me, this beer is just a touch dark for the style, I almost gave it a 5 for appearance. The aroma is heaven for me personally. Strong notes of hops up front. Hallertau and Saaz just sing to me. Maibocks have malt to, and that is displayed as well with some caramel. The hops and malt combine for a nice fruitiness best described as figs. The taste is amazing. How can a beer be this crisp, and yet this sweet. Loads of caramel and fig balanced nicely by the noble hops. Not really citrus, just delivering a gentle bite to the beer. Slick, and full mouth feel. Wonderfully drinkable. Just a great beer,

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 20:12:43 | More by carln26
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4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews of alltime. I just wish it were available year round. Beautiful full head on the pour and an almost dark red/black color. Full bodied, nice caramel malts and possibly some chocolate, toffee, and coffee. Easy to drink, really hammers you and you cannot detect nor care after you taste this one. I love this brew.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-01-2007 01:05:00 | More by bigdeuce
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-24-2014 19:56:20 | More by drdiesel9483
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4/5  rDev +2%

06-02-2013 23:45:59 | More by nineworldseries
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2013 03:42:15 | More by lilnicky068
Photo of clickpush


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Comes out with a beautiful active one and a half finger eggshell color head and a clean amber color beer with a few bubbles and tons of lacings as the head disappears.

Nose: Smells slightly acidic and citric with a light note of hops and an even harder to distinguish scent of malts that add an aura of candy to the overall aroma.

Mouth: Starts with a nice, sweet graininess in the front and a great balance of bitter hops in the back and in the swallow and ending in an herbal breathiness as it goes down the throat. Upon exhaling there are slight notes of the alcohol and an accentuated flavor of warm biscuits as the exhalation touches the entire surface of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 20:23:32 | More by clickpush
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first officially documented Maibock,

Pours a dark golden maple syrup-brown...

good honey, malt, fresh baked cookie aroma...

has a very nice bitterness level...

nicely balanced...

an enjoyable brew that works well in many levels...

i can see this as a staple in a bock lovers fridge...

i will buy afew bottles for my grandpa and uncle (dutch-german backgrounds), bcuz i know they would love this!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 23:05:12 | More by Onslow
Photo of Rootdog316


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceptional pour--good head, head retention, and lacing.. Aroma of fruit, raisins, malts and a weak sting of alcohol. Strong malty body with hops also coming in. Exceptional complex flavor with nice balance of toffee/candy tones and maltWeak sting of alcohol, and palate is quite "soapish" slippery. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 21:28:01 | More by Rootdog316
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear maple colored brew that leaves a huge 3 fingered crown on top. It lasts long and leaves a lasting lace on the glass.
Smelled yeast immediately, wood, and malt came in next.
Malty tasting that continues through out the drink. Dark fruit, and a slight hint of ginger.
Smooth going down, easy to drink and doesn't disappoint.

On a side note I got this for a mere 99 cents from a local corner store. A very good bargain, glad I found it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 22:48:03 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of Budlum


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5L bottle in to a Target brand goblet, expecting a rush of tan, creamy head. This one produces about a finger of head expiring after about 45 seconds. The body is brown, deep orange and highly translucent.

The aromas are bready and sweet with plenty of hops. Fresh oranges and bananas. Very floral and pleasing. After the initial smell of hops, I think this smells a lot like the Juicy Juice fruit punch from my youth.

Sweet breads and candies are immediately noticeable. There is a slight touch of hops, but I expected more from the smell. Very clean with a balanced sweet flavor. The finish is long and dry with many earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is pleasingly effervescent and tingly without feeling artificial. I believe this is best when served very cold. Drinkability is high with the initial tingly rush followed by the long, pleasant finish. A good one to sample but nothing spectacular here.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 00:13:33 | More by Budlum
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2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden yellow with a short lived head and light lacing. The aroma was bready, sweet and malty. The front end of this beer was full bodied and sweet. The middle smoothed a bit, but the finish was sweet and sticky with most of the alcoholic warmth coming out at the end. Slighty cloying aftertaste.

This Maibock does have some problems. It was way too sweet even for a Bock. Maibocks should feature much more bittering and flavor hops in the bill. Maibocks should have a well balanced flavor profile with a dry finish. The sweet aftertaste and general light cloying taste detract from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 18:51:42 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of stockingcpl


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick eggshell head. Deep amber. Excellent overall impression.

Smell: Full sweet malt with spice tones. Moderate strength.

Taste: Moderate length flavor curve with full but not overpowering strength. Spice character early followed by sweet malt and minor noble hop presence. Carbonation adds a "tongue tickle" for totality of the curve.

Mouthfeel: Excellent presence. No aftertaste. All elements are subtle and can be appreciated by the experienced drinker.

Drinkability: High alcohol. HB only serves in 20oz. No Mass servings!!! This brew WILL sneak up on you.


Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 18:02:24 | More by stockingcpl
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-02-2012 03:40:41 | More by profholt82
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-21-2012 02:37:42 | More by brandonati
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Maibock from Hofbräuhaus Newport
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