Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München
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Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at local establishment.
A-Dark but some translucence, burnt orange brown, big head that faded quick,
some lacing when swirled in glass.

S-Faint dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, bread, no hint of alcohol despite the abv.
T-Toffee, raisins, bread, a complex blend of mildly sweet & mildly bitter.
M-Decent carbonation & creaminess.
O-Pretty tasty & very easy drinking!

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Photo of acelin
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber, quite clear. On tap at an Austrian restaurant in Kansas City.

Rich maltiness with slightly fruity overtones in the nose.

Rich dark caramel/honey? That's probably not the right way to describe it. Toasted bread with a light molasses spread over it, yet not overly sweet. Mild fruitiness.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel. Overall a great beer I'd drink time and time again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle in FL

Excellent appearance: clear, deep Amber body with plenty of visible carbonation rising to a large, durable off-white head.

Mediocre aroma with better flavor. Smooth and well balanced. About equal levels of hops and malts mid-taste. Finished with a surprisingly hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours big white head with a amber body
S - skunky ,grass
T - sweet, malty, yeast
F - light coat, light carbonation
O - good over all brew. Typical smell of German lagers, pilsners, Helles, etc. Taste far exceeds the smell.

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Photo of harleyridr63
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An extremely pleasing rich full flavor.It has a golden honey hue that emits a toffee/caramel smell.Has no bitter hop taste.One of my favorites to date.

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Photo of James954
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: clear amber with hardly any lacing, slow but visible carbonation
S: Weak, but mostly sweet grass and malt
T: Very subjective. Sweet raisiny action with prunes and a touch of bread/malt (like Spaten Optimator but not so aggressive and overly sweet.
F: good mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall: Not my favorite style, but it's competition would be the likes of Spaten's Optimator. I would prefer this as it is lighter sweetness and not syrupy like Optimator.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 330 ml green bottle. Sampled on August 22, 2015.

It pours a handsome amber-mahogany under a large off-white head and excellent clarity.

Those burnt and sweet roasted malts take control of the aroma.

Medium and smooth body.

The malt sweetness is front and center as it leads to a mild and lower profile hop bitterness. A lovely traditional maibock.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Pours a clear dark copper, with a large fluffy beige head which fades into a disc on the surface and leaves good lacing. Nose is sweet malt. Taste is caramel and malt, with a moderate mouth feel and a short, sweet finish.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber pour with thin beige head. Light aroma aromas of cooked sugar and mild earth hop. Flavor is malty with a slight tang. Pretty tasty stuff, and well balanced for the abv.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a healthy 2+" off white head which drops quickly with a bit of lacing. Color is clear copper with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich malty sweetness, caramel, and some floral hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, resiny and a bit chewy with a moderately dry finish.
Flavor: toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, raisins, a bit of citrus rind, alcohol is detectable but mild considering the ABV
Overall: extremely good, can't find anything to criticize in this brew.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After so many ales, this is a refreshing alternative. The opening aroma shouts Bavarian beer, and the taste is rich and mellow. This is a fine beer for a summer afternoon, fresh and clean. No aftertaste. Poured into a tall Pilsner glass in order to enjoy the rich Amber, almost copper color. Fine head settles to a off-white layer of foam. Carries its 7.2 alcohol well. No burn.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. The Carmel just brings it in this one. But I'm not surprised because every beer that Hofbräuhaus makes is phenomenal in my opinion. A fantastic helles beer!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of HofBrau's Maibock last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new Maibock and I'm interested to see what Hofbrau can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the bottling date. Poured from a green 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok. it's pretty typical looking for this brewery and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber color that took on more of a red hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice pale malt, grainy, bready and bread crust like aromas. Up next comes a slight skunky aroma that leads into the hops which impart a nice herbal hop aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I could do without the light skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspect that they did in the aroma, but this time it has a little bit of a toasted aspect to it with more of those bread crust aspects showing up. Up next comes the hops which impart the same herbal aspect that they did in the aroma, but this time it's also a little grassy. On the finish there's a hardly any bitterness with a little bit of sweetness taking it's place and it had a nice clean malt aftertaste with a little bit of those hops coming through. This is a good tasting beer and it's just what I would expect for the style.

M Smooth, well hidden alcohol, crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a good mouthfeel that's just what I expect for the style.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a really nice example of the style, it has all the aspects that I look for in a good Maibock and it has the drinkability that I expect from this style. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it and it's nice for the warmer weather. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, it's got everything I want in a Maibock. What I like the least about this beer was the lightly skunky aroma, they should really switch to brown bottles. I would buy this beer again and I think I'll have to stock up on this before it's all gone. I would recommend this beer and it's a must try if your a fan of this style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I was a little impressed, they proved that when it comes to this style the germans really know what they are doing. So far it's one of my favorite beers from this brewery and it's the best Maibock I've had. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/21/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber in color with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Bready, with hints of dark fruits and caramel on the nose.

Dark fruits are up front on the sip, followed with a bready maltiness and finishing with a carmel sweetness.

Dry, with medium amount of carbonation.

I've not had many beers within this style but i enjoyed this brew and will certainly have this one again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really solid maibock, lovely shades of amber, nice lingering foam, lager yeast nose with a touch of sweetness, palate has, again, a nice sweetness but never veering into cloying territory. Pretty darn nice.

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Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear copper with a big,quickly dissipating,frothy white head
-high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose with a clinging sweetness and a bready finish
medium body,medium carbonation
Stronger and maltier than a typical Maibock.
Good Brew nonetheless

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Photo of hophead723
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to see this beer at my local liquor store because I like to try and review new beers. I poured it into a goblet from a very fresh bottle. Here we go.

Look: It pours a vibrant fiery orange with a luscious off-white head which settles to a thin veil. The light shines through it making it glow and cast dancing tendrils of light. There is a constant stream of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. This beer is strikingly beautiful!

Smell: Rich and pungent aroma of nutty malt, fruity yeast, and and burlap. The aroma really jumps from the glass which hinted at the flavor extravaganza to come.

Taste: Big, rich, nutty malt flavor that is extremely satisfying. It isn't too sweet but there is mild sweetness along with a hint of the alcohol. Grassy herbal noble hops also provide a backbone.

Feel: Excellent carbonation and smoothness at the same time, almost creamy. There is a bit of astringency and the flavor lingers like the warmth of stone that has received sunlight.

Overall: This beer surprised me how nutty and delicious it is. Definitely one of the best bottom fermenting beers I have ever tried. It is simply high quality and well deserving of the outstanding rating it has achieved. Beifall!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours sparklingly clear amber with a large off white head. Dense and rocky with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Head persists for a while.

Initial skunky aroma (green bottle), but that seems to blow off a bit. Rich caramel malt. No real fruity esters. Toast and melanoidins. Rich and bright aroma. Some spicy/grassy hops.

Rich somewhat sweet caramel malt in the flavor. Very clean lager character, no esters. Toasty and complex without being heavy. Decent hop bitterness but low hop flavor.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Full on the palate without being heavy. Finish is quite dry leaving some hop bitterness and a mild toasty bitterness.

Refreshing with lots of malt character. Distinctly German.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear amber with a thick cap of off white head that lasts well after the pour. The aroma is light malt with out much else at first but opens up with a little time. The taste does more, with nice light bready notes and a hint of hops on the finish. The body is moderately thick with a nice smooth feel all the way through.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aiight. Time for a review on this beer that has been staring at me every time I open the fridge.

Appearance : Pours a copper-amber glow with 80% transparency. The head is large and porous, a couple fingers tall, and leaves specs of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma : I could smell it as I poured it and it was kinda skunky. Upon closer examination, there's lots of yeast and toasted malts going on, and some wee-heavy-like caramel. In fact it reminds me quite a bit of a Scotch Ale. There's also harvest vegetables - spaghetti squash, zucchini, gourd. There's some dark, damp, dirty smells in there too. It's kind of a toss up for me in this category, really.

Taste : Initially watery, very cleansed... and then the dry roasted malt profile hits the palate along with caramel and a slight yeast character. There's also nuts - cashew, walnut; and some sourdough action going on here. It's not bad tasting, but the hit of water at the front really destroys the anticipation for whatever comes next.

Mouthfeel : Medium bodied, smooth, caramelly, zingy carbonation. Ends slightly dry and pasty.

Overall : Still disappointed with Hofbrau. For every beer they make, someone makes it better. I haven't found it in Maibock yet, but I'm sure it's out there as the style can't be this incredibly boring.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On Draft @ Munich Haus

Appearance- Dark amber color, relatively clear, and a soapy two finger head.

aroma- Bready, caramel, nutty, and rich sweetness.

taste- Starts off with a rich/bready/toffee flavor, some herbal hops in the middle, and finishes pretty clean with some residual malt sweetness.

feel- Medium/full bodied, chewy at first, clean in the finish, and mild carbonation upfront.

overall- This is an amazing world class beer. The flavors are blend perfectly, the balance is great, and at 6.9% its way too easy to drink. Definitely a must try german beer.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Date: 8/28/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Light amber to dark gold near its edges. Some haze. Decent head with good retention. The carbonation clings to the edges like the beers life depends on it.
Aroma: Smells like a mini bakery in the glass. Wafts of wheat bread and light toast. The wheats seem to overpower the rest of the beer. The hop aroma is slightly floral and in the background. A little bit of DMS as well.
Taste: Again the flavors are swinging into bakery mode. Clear pils flavor covers over a faint hops flavor with light bitterness. Light DMS flavor hides in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready malts. Taste is malts, biscuits, some sweetness, alcohol is present as well, just a touch of hops.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.60):
Clear, red tinged amber with a large, foamy white head & dome shaped head about 5cm tall with little movement and some lacing.

Quite lager like initially, albeit a slightly stronger smelling with some solid malts and hints of sweetness. There is some background fruit & a pleasant freshness to the beer with some subtle grassy hops and very faint hints of alcohol too.

Malty taste combined with some sweetness & spice. Clean & fresh with some bitterness towards the end but in truth this is minimal. Grassy hops feature from about the middle on & are fairly subtle with the balanced malt taste dominating.

Clean, well balanced & full bodied beer with quite light carbonation & bitter aftertaste. The beer is smooth & goes down very easily.

Quite an enjoyable one from Hofbräuhaus despite the fact that there wasn't exactly a whole lot going on with this one other than the balance malts throughout. The beers most appealing aspects were the full bodied and smooth taste as well as how easy it was to sip away at.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.