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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

606 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 34
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Ratings: 606 | Reviews: 309
Photo of hophead723
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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 thing 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 I normally only find in an aromatic IPA so this is top notch.

Taste: Big, rich, nutty malt flavor that is extremely satisfying. It isn't too sweet but there is 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!

Photo of gizmo_ber
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and malty, but packs that punch. Easy to drink on a warm night after a long day at work.

Photo of sjccmd
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example of a fine Maibock.

Photo of warrenglo03
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Great Beer!

Photo of CTbrew32
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Bright amber, caramel color and slightly hazy. Pours a one finger fizzy head that quickly dissipates within a minute or two.

Aroma- Bright fruits like berry/grapes, sweet caramel, slightly toasted malts.

Taste- Very sweet caramel malts upfront along with fruity flavors and a very mild hop presence. Malty sweetness lingers to the finish and kind of balanced by a toasty malt flavors.

Feel- Not sure how old this beer is, but it doesn't seem very carbonated. Maltiness gives a smooth finish, but lingers slightly longer than needed.

Overall- A sweeter beer than I generally prefer and I definitely have some questions regarding the freshness of the beer (L 046 m on the back, not sure what it means). Regardless, in its current condition it's still a solid beer that I'd gladly give another shot. ( 82/100).

Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Chessmaster
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into German dimple beer mug

A: Pours a rich amber-orange -- caramel like -- color with a creamy white head that
is about 3 inches wide but slowly dissipates to a cap. Some light lacing around glass. Beer is very clear and looks pleasant in the glass

S: A whiff of caramel/malt sweetness. Not much else going on, but very nice

T: A delicious, crisp, clean malt/caramel taste with a lingering bitterness on the finish.
A bit of toasty/biscuity notes. Tasty

M: Medium mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation

O: This is an excellent beer. I would definitely buy it again. In fact, I had 3 of these today :-) I can't comment on the how this fits the Maibock style -- I am familiar with
the darker bock/doppelbock styles but this is the first maibock I've had. Without knowing the style, I can just say that I enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear medium golden brown with a modest ivory head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is floral and lightly nutty, with a mineral quality. Flavor reveals more mineral and earthy hops, with a touch of toasted malt and a slightly sour note with a bitter finish. Expected much more malt character. The sour taste is offputting.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A pretty, very beery beer...lacy head goes down quickly. I pulled the 6 pack fresh from the case---as the green glass sitting in a well-lit store will skunk it up quick--no skunk aroma at all this way---BUT the Germans would not call it fresh either. All malt, no hops in the aroma--which is correct for the style.

The hops give it a clean, fresh aftertaste, cutting through the heavy caramel malts. Extremely well balanced--to be expected of German beers, something American brewers should learn--if their taste buds are not hop-burned-out already. This is NOT an IPA drinkers beer--as the flavor is all about the quality malt--with hops only as an accent. A great Spring beer--after a long hot day, looking forward to summer, this beer goes down very well-- with a mouth-feel almost like a meal, but not as meat-and-potatos as say double bock or dark ales.

Maibock is one of my favorite styles, with Einbecker Mai-Urbock my first and favorite of the genre. This one is close, but not quite as light....still a super high-quality beer, for those who know quality beer is more about malt, than hops.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into a mug. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of roasted malt with slight berries. Tastes of slight fruit nice malt, sweet but not too sweet. Beer is lightly carbonated, light bodied, crisp finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of TippedMixology
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A self-acclaimed springtime beer.

Appearance - Beautiful amber blonde. Little head. Very nice to pour.

Smell - Smells exactly like Sugar in the Raw... took me forever to figure out that one.

Taste - Sweet, definitely similar to the smell, but not as overpowering. Slight banana that many German beers have, but it's well balanced with a little hops and some grainy malt.

Mouthfeel - Slight carb. would have liked a little more. Almost too sweet on the tongue.

Overall, very nice Hofbrau. Well balanced with no one flavor overpowering any other. Light, crisp, sweet, and full all at the same time.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber color with a nice small foamy white head. Foam fades fast and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and sweet malts combine to make this an inviting nose.

Taste: A little bitter hops up front with a fruity and pine-like quality, but it's quickly mellowed by a sweet and caramel maltiness. A really satisfying and well-balanced beer.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes clean and semi-sweet on the tongue.

Overall: One of the best Maibock's I've tried (and I've tried many). I love this style, and this one is a perfect example of it. Well balanced with big flavors and a good ABV to match.

Photo of Grayson
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drunk from a Weizen glass.

A: Dark, amber/copper. One finger of head dissipates to a quarter inch within a minute.

S: Very hoppy, full flavor. Fruity.

T: I tasted notes of caramel. Very hoppy, much flavor. A bit of a bitter finish, but that's not a negative note.

M: Deep and heavy that lingered all around mouth.

O: I was impressed! Dark, flavorful, hoppy with fruity notes. A favorite.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/12/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle that I bought at Spirit World in Omaha for $2.19 a few weeks back. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a German .5L glass.

Pours a nice medium amber in color with a about a half finger off-white head. Left some very nice 'spider web like' lacing. The aroma is of malts and hops with NO 'skunky' smell that is very common with brews in green bottle for some reason. The taste is very smooth actually with the malts and hops blended nicely with a very light 'hoppy' finish which wasn't bad and didn't linger at all. Perfect carbonation. Goes down easy.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer at Total Wine in West Orange last week, having never had this before. Even though it's been disgusting out here this week, I wanted to give this a go since spring had finally sprung here this week and I was hoping that this beer would suit the season nicely. Indeed, this did and it was a great and easygoing example of this style, with a well-recessed alcoholic presence and a nice flavor profile.

Good pour to this, as this beer had a nice almond brown hue, frothy head, and just a hint of lacing that slid down the side of my pint glass after each sip. Lots of dark bread and apple in the nose, which were more pronounced in the taste. Slightly chewy and cloying, there was a good amount of bite and bread to the malt A good amount of champagne-like yeast and carbonation kept this light and only a hint of stickiness lingered after this went down. The alcohol was quite recessed but by the end of the bottle, I could feel it just a bit.

Sure, this was a bit strong but it never felt it and the old saying of "the original being the best" held true here to a large extent. The dry finish ensured that the flavors lingered nicely for a while and this had a pretty easygoing nature to it like a good Maibock should. Great for this time of the year or for anyone unaccustomed to this style. Another solid offering from Hofbrau.

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased two individual bottles 1.69 each.

First time tasting this beer. Thicker than Hofbraü Original, but still very good. Definitely more hops and a more "fully bodied" taste. I don't know if it's better than Original, but still a very good beer and one I would buy again.

Photo of Ohiolager
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) 11.2 oz green bottle $1.69(OH)

11.2 oz green bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. Bottling codes are on back label at bottom.

Pours a clear amber color. Two fingers of thick peach-white head, that lasts a good time. Gives way to nice spiderweb like lacing.

The aroma is nice. A malted backbone with noble hop smells. Smells like an original hofbrau but stronger, more malty, and zero skunk. Those noble hops smell beautiful.

Taste follows the nose. A nice malty character, an amazing hit of noble hops, finishes crisp and dry like a noble hop brew should. Hints of apples or grapes towards the middle and end. The 7.2 ABV is Uber well hidden. Only taste a tad stronger than original Hofbrau.

Mouth feel is great. Absolutely no complaints. Perfect carbonation. Crisp and clean from start to finish. Dry like a noble hop brew should be. A noble hop coppery feel clings nicely to your palate.

Overall. Better and stronger than original Hofbrau. The noble Hops are stronger but so are the malts. But its perfectly balanced. Has a nice red/amber color. Head retention is great. Lacing is good. Smell and taste are excellent. I would buy this any day. Where has it been hiding? Better than the original.

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Penny copper, slim head, active carbonation.

S: Pachysandra. Straight up pachysandra. Brings me right to my grandparents house in Randolph, NJ.

T: Tough to pinpoint, close to a light lager.

M: Smooth light-medium body, light-medium carbonation.

O: My first Maibock, and I enjoyed it.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green bottle (!) into an Oktoberfest mug. This lager is an orange-amber color with some off-white to tan foam. Smells exceeding malty, with caramel, toasty, and nutty elements. Body fairly heavy and this brew is quite sweet with a moderate degree of carbonation. Taste is very malt-forward, with caramel and bread crust flavors combining with the buttery mouthfeel to yield a waffles and dark syrup effect, quintessential German malt. There is also a fermented honey sweetness and the hops are more assertive than expected, herbal and minty. I'd rate the flavor higher were it not for traces of a metallic skunked flavor due to the packaging. I feel fortunate though ... This example must have been protected quite well from light, as the skunk was a minor nuisance than did not ruin the entire experience. I can imagine than this would be sublime on tap. Shitty to put such a great malt showcase in a green bottle. Bad call probably based on marketing but do not be dissuaded from trying this if you are a fan of classic German sweet malts. The malts are plenty assertive but the hops also get their licks in ... Well done.

Photo of BrandonBahula
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

First thing I noticed was how the bitterness in this doesn't blend well with the rest of the beer. Ignoring the bitterness the yeast also has a strong flavor that adds to the sharpness in flavor. Its that slight sourness I get from certain lagers but really strong in this one. The very toasty breaded malty flavor does please my buds.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.