Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 36
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by pinkano:
Photo of pinkano
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice, very dark orange color
S - bitter and hoppy smell. Simple but really nice.
T - almost as bitter as some IPAs, and very hoppy. Bread tones are also present. Very well hidden alcohol in the beer body.
M - medium to low carbonation, but well balanced with the bitterness
D - very good drinkability. I am still playing with the taste and want to find out more. Very nice and refreshing one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shows a slightly hazy shade of orange and rustic copper on the pour; dingy white head settles quick but retains nicely and leaves some moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is a bit under-powered and leaves much to be desired. Largely comprised of a malt body with a touch of sweetness, the other detectable aromas don't necessarily stand out or make a name for themselves. Some very light herbal and floral notes from the hops, mild earthy spices, albeit vague and hard to identify. On the palate, the beer is pretty thin and crisp, due to pretty liberal carbonation. Some sweet malt, slightly rustic and caramelized with a moderate grain flavor in the background. Some very light fruitiness; orange zest and lemon peels. Earthy, grassy, musky hops leave a little bitter twang on the edges of the tongue. Some detectable yeast, but not really a huge contributor of flavor. Alcohol is apparent, even more so at it warms up, bit not too distracting.

Overall, a decent beer, pretty average on most account, and probably nothing I would go back to. I haven't had too many maibocks, but I would imagine there'd be better ones out there than this.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite mai-bocks,poures a nice reddish/copper color with great blooming head.Nice malty aroma and nutty flavor and somewhat spicey.Alcohol is prevelant but not overpowering,great spring time beer,I get this when ever I can find it,wich is not often enough.

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy & rust colored when poured. Vigorous carbonation gives an inch of thick white head which draws back quickly. Carbonation doesn't seem to last.

Aroma: Very sweet & malty in the nose. Slight roasted caramel with toasted balance. Yeast profile also detected.

Taste: Nice malty, caramel sweet beginning that finishes with a slight hop profile. Finishes clean on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp, clean & fresh in the mouth. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability: Quaffable! Smooth & refreshing. Enjoyable through the bottle. Nice when chilled. I could enjoy a few...

Comments: I liked this marzen better than others I've had. Nicely balances between solid malt profile & slight hop finish. Clean, crisp feeling makes this very drinkable.

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 generallee
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green12oz bottle into my Hofbrau mug. It has a very short description on the back label but there is no mention of abv or a freshness date.

Appearance: Its body has a deep sunset orange hue with very good clarity. Sitting on top of this inviting brew is a tall but fleeting white head. It settles quickly and leaves only a thin filmy covering which needs a slight swirl to maintain.

Smell: The nose is fairly light and simple. I mostly get notes of herbal/mineral like hops with some sweet toffee and brown sugary like bready maltiness for balance.

Taste/Palate: There is a balance here between sweet malt and hop bitterness. Its maltiness matches the nose with notes of sweet bread, toffee and brown sugar. This blends with hop notes that add some crispness and dryness to the finish as well as earthy/leafy and a heavy herbal/mineral flavor notes along the way. The plate has a medium feel with balanced medium carbonation. This gives it excellent drinkability.

Notes: The first few sips are heavy on the mineral notes and are bit distracting. Luckily this fades somewhat as it warms and more of the sweetness comes out. Overall I would call this a good average Maibock.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

Presentation: .5 liter brown bottle with no freshness date, just a lot # which means nothing to the consumer. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Foamy head at the start, thin wispy lace afterwards on top of a sunset red color brew.

Smell: Honey and grassy of malt and hops, sweet bread comes to mind, thick aroma with some hints of alcohol also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Grassy at first with a wild hop and malt mix, hints of very mild fruit and honey come next. Maltiness goes a touch nutty with a slight dextrin character. Malt sweetness is bigger than it actually looks but is modest in character as the hops and alcohol set down on the taste buds. Finishes sweet but still draws on the hops and some toasted grain flavor in the finish.

Notes: This is one yummy Maibock, a ton of flavor packed into each sip.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint,.9oz bottle here. Pours a clear, golden amber body with an attractive, two finger, ivory head that hangs around several minutes. Patch lacing is profuse and coats the glass thoroughly.

Aroma is malty sweet, with caramel and Munich malts in abundance. Hops aren't shy, either, and are assertive in an herbal sense.

Mouthfeel has medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste begins with a major league maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar, and breadiness are quite assertive early on. This Maibock has plenty of hops going on, as well. The hops are spicy and herbal, and lend a nice balance to the assertive malts. The alcohol remains hidden in the complexity of flavors, but is noticeable to the brain a few minutes after the finish.

The first and only time I've seen this particular bier, at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar, in Lexington, Ky, where it was a perfect compliment to curried wurst and German cucumber salad, following a Kostritzer shwarzbier on tap. Nicely balanced and very tasty Maibock that would be very enjoyable on its own.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 litre bottle, pours light amber and clear. Crisp nose of fruit, cherry, and popcorn. Clean malty backbone, lots of fruity notes. Malty, bready, moderatly hopped, great mouthfeel, adds to high drinkability. Very pleasant summer quaffer. Toss a few brats on the barbie and enjoy

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, light brown in color

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: bready toasty malt and toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light bodied, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice malt bomb that that the characteristics I associate with German brews. I could have two or three. A sipper.

Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear, slightly reddish copper, with a big foamy offwhite head of an inch and a half, dissipates to spotty patches.

Smell: A smell on the sweeter side, sweet bread and some honey, nice maltiness that touches on chocolate muffin.

Taste: Malty with flavors of more sweetbread and a hint of butter (diacetyl), a nice balancing hop bitterness comes quick with an almost tea like taste and some grass, hint at a light chocolate muffin with nuts, finish is mildy sweet for a bit, then slightly bitter grains finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in feel with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: A very tasty Maibock with a great play on the taste buds, exellent balance and multideminsional flavor.

Photo of ohmybock
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visited Germany several years ago during the Summer and stopped by the Hofbrau in Munich, but this beer was not on tap. However, I also visted the Chinesischer Turm which also had Hofbrau beers on tap. What really surprised me is that the CT had (this?) Hofbrau bock beer on tap! In my broken German I asked if the bock beer was the Maibock. The server told me it was pretty much the same beer as the Maibock. Accordingly, I will go ahead and review this beer as the Maibock. This brew was incredible! It had all of the "German maltiness" you would expect in a German bock beer. It was soooo drinkable, it was crazy. I long for this beer back in the states, but I doubt we'll ever get the real thing.

Photo of Thrasher
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper with swelling head that disappears. Leathery aroma with tantalizing spices and earthiness. A creamy malt delight, quite sweet and biscuity but a dynamite dryness enters midway and follows through. Lingering wetness and caramel flavors. The hop spiciness is just right, hints of grass, mint, pepper, and a raw earthy quality that combines perfectly with the toffee sweetness from the malts. Huge alcohol content is invisible. I am getting all kinds of hidden flavors here, I suspect my mind is recalling previous tastes; I have to thank this beer for being so evocative. This is a pleasurable, lighter alternative to a doppel, may even be a neat substitute for your basic bitter or pale ale. I got this for a really low price which I thought was the cashier's mistake; after reading one of the reviews below, I will have to go back and double check. Either way I will buy more of this. Only the 2nd genuine German maibock I have had (after Einbeck).

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 BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Hofbräu Maibock pours a lovely amber with copper hues. It's completely transparent with gentle carbonation and spotty lacing. A two finger head of off white bubbles form from a fairly vigorous pour.

The beer has a pretty simple and subdued smell. I get some caramel with bready and fruit malts.

Thankfully, the underwhelming aroma doesn't even compare to the taste. Upon the instant this beer hits the tongue, there is a rush of malts and dark fruits. This then melts away into a sweet caramel which all fades and leaves a very delicate hop flavor and gentle bitterness from the aforementioned hops. Alcohol is hidden for the entire beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, slightly wet with only a slight tickling of carbonation. Slight burn as it goes down once it warms.

If this beer wasn't so high in ABV, it would be excellent in terms of drinkability, especially for a malt lover. However, it does truly limit you. This is an excellent offering from Hofbräu, who usually make good beers. Worth trying in early spring when you're tired of roasted and spiced winter beers but it's still too cold out to break out the golden lemon fizzy stuff.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber hue with a nice sized cream colored head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Caramel tinge to it with herbal clove like hop profile nice sweet bready tone. Taste: Clean tasting with a caramel sweet malt profile and bitey hope profile classic maibock in my opinion. Mouthfeel: My one complaint is the body is a bit thin, leaves me wanting more texture carbonation is solid though. Drinkability: A definite treat for any fans of the maibock style solid, but next time I hope to try this on tap from a biergarten in Munich.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Weird tent-raising spectacle depicted on the label.

This beer pours a crystal-clear, bright golden copper colour, with three fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves nothing beyond some piddly, surface-broaching sudsy islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted, hefty bready caramel malt, an herbal booziness, and some understated earthy, spicy hops. The taste is more big bready, biscuity caramel malt, pleasantly muddled bittersweet orchard fruit, a bit of dry yeast, and prominent earthy, leafy noble hops, all beholden to a well-structured alcohol warmth.

The bubbles are adequate in their all-round, fulfilling representation, the body a mealy medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the somewhat besieged malt aided by that same edgy boozy interloper.

An agreeable enough maibock, especially considering the higher than average ABV, good and malty, fruity, and not overwhelmed by said booze. Unfortunately, given the strength, this is not really worthy of a session at a spare wooden table, as it were.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau- Maibock

A- Light clear amber brown with a thick foamy head. Decent ringed lacing.
S- Light roasted malts and oats. Touch of alc.
T- Sweet caramelized malts dominate throughout. Thick and malty with a boost of alc. in the body.
M- Very sweet with alc. present. Dry finish.

Overall- Nice and sweet. Maybe a tad too sweet though. Another good Spring beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What would springtime be without at least a few Maibocks? Nuthin'! This one is from the homeland and pours a mildly rusted orange with a half-inch head that is remarkably creamy and stays put forever. Gonna give an extra half-point for this fantastic meringue-like head.

Aroma is honey, white pepper, fresh wheat bread and sherry. Alcohol nearly stretches into the solvent-type area, but luckily remains tucked away behind the sweeter, honey-like elements.

This is one maibock that doesn't let you forget it's a lager, with that steamed veggie vibe in the background and an overall clean sensibility. Honey, white and black pepper, cinnamon, bitty wheat bread and not-bitty alcohol (though not cloying either). Grassy/astringent bitterness creeps in, especially in the finish. Doesn't entirely come together and blow me away as other maibocks do, but there's enough to like here. Maybe just a slight dialing down of the alcohol and grassy, and an increase in the honeyed and bready characteristics mighty do the trick.

Good creamy feel, kind of airy but hardly insubstantial. Just an excellent silky glide...wonderful in this category, for sure.

Not the best Maibock I've ever had, and surely much better tapped at the source. But one that I would always welcome in my glass.

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice Maibock.
Throws a golden-amber body, with a creamy head that runs away somewhat quickly.
Big maltiness on the nose. Very bready, and just faintly sweet.
Sweet maltiness, bread, and faint toffee show up in the taste. Then comes a spicy hop kick...WooHoo. Unexpected, but very nice. Peppery delicious in the finish.
Relatively big in the mouth, but still smooth.
Very, very tasty. One of the better Maibocks I've had.

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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy and a beige body. Malty and some hoppy aroma. Easy drinking, a light bitter well malted. Understated carbonation though present. A good example of the style, and while good does not blow me away. Picked up at Eagle Provisions. Better than average a bit.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mellow amber orange with a 1/2 finger cap of white foam. Tons of sticky acrs of lace are laft on the glass, and swirling brings the 1/2 finger head back readily. Nice.

S - Suprizingly smokey and woody. Very nutty and rich smelling.

T - Nutty, dark, rich, and woody. Excellent autumnal flavors play around my tongue. Buring leaves, wood, bark, nuts, and even some fruits drenched in molasses. Very sweet and malty while maintaining a nice brisk hop profile.

M - Full bodied, rich, and creamy. Moderate to high levels of carbonation allow for thirst quenching wetness despite the heavy creamy body. Excellent.

D - Give me more! This could become a regular in the fridge! Come spring I'll be buying more of this wonderful stuff.

Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of caramel. The taste starts out smooth with some malt and finishes with a long slightly bitter hoppiness. Light-medium body with a good dose of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Overall, this is a slightly better than average brew that did not blow me away.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

300ml serving purchased from the Bavarian Bier Cafe, O'Connell St and served into said-sized dimpled stein.

See through, peachy-apricot colored appearance poured with large foam (pushing an inch and a half) that died relatively quickly. Good lacing of the glass.

Smells sweet, coffee and light, sweet cereal malt. Enticing if you.like sweet things.

Flavour is of toffee and caramel, a touch one-dimensional, even for a German beer.

Mouthfeel finishes a little boozy even for the strength if the beer. Body is about right.

Overall, quite ok, sessionable, but the boozy finish will be a constant reminder of how a session is going.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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