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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

564 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

bkbeer17, Jun 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

scottmurs, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of ohmybock
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

ohmybock, May 29, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

ZCW, Mar 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

tfsimpkins, Jun 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

zbloom, Aug 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

currysmegs, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decent off-yellow hue, 1/2 inch white bubbly head, maintains it's presence throughout. Caramel everything on the nose; also some notes of green apple and Saaz hops. A rather impressive front. Toasty and oily malts; some charcoal notes come through as well (?). Large carbonation and a near rib-sticking affect. The body rounds off nicely; the aformentioned Saaz hops turn sweet and aromatic. Kisses of alcohol are noted near the end with sweet bready-like malt offerings. Clearly one of the best maibocks out there.

GeoffRizzo, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of ribby
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a very clear brownish amber, with maybe a finger and a half of foam. The aroma is not too strong, just a bit of alcohol and a bit of maltiness.

I found this to be a very tasty brew. This has a strong backbone maltiness, with a bit of nuttiness, just about perfectly balanced by the hops.

Imported by Hofbrauhaus of America, Vasser, MI.

ribby, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of arguemaniac
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a nice dark copper color with noticeably amber hues as well (especially when held up to a light). A nice thick head with only moderately decent retention, as it quickly turns into a thin but persistent lace.

Smell: A very sweet aroma with strong notes of honey and a hint of alcohol. Hop aroma is present too, but only barely.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is honestly THE smoothest Bock I have ever had. Despite being strong and full-flavored, it is remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is moderately thick (not oily, but not runny and thin either). Toffee and caramel flavors come through very clearly. The taste of honey is present too, but it more noticeable in the beer’s aroma really. Finally, both a strong hint of alcohol and a much more subtle hop bitterness become noticeable in the after taste.

This is seriously one of the best Bocks I have ever had. What makes it so exceptional is that it so rich, with such a robust and delicious flavor BUT, at the same time, it is so unbelievably smooth and drinkable! This one is a real treat!!!!

arguemaniac, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like Mabocks...and I LIKE this one...pours a clean, deep gold color....soft white head....nose is fantastic...sweet bready maltiness....also hints of honey and vanilla....Taste is big on the maltiness....more toasty in taste...crisp....some spicy hoppping finishes the deal....High ABV is mostly hidden...slightly noticable on the long finish but it adds to the spicy finish..

This is one of the best Maibocks I've had....perhaps the BEST maibock I have had...I love the way it smells and tastes....a high quality beer worth seeking out...

Big giant thanks to Budgood1 for this top notch Maibock experience..

ZAP, Apr 19, 2004
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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent maibock, flavourful, with a well-rounded character and nice complexity of balancing elements.

Reddish copper, it has a medium-large off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin permanent top and leaving a little weak lace.

The aroma is a rich, wonderful maibock character: strong sweet toasted bread, whole wheat, thick raisiny-fruity alcohol, leaves and brown sugar.

The taste is similar: rich, dark raisiny alcohol and spiciness, rich sweet toasted bread, leaves (faintly tea-like), dried fruit. It has nice full sweetness with a light spicey-leafy bitterness and dried-fruit spiciness. The elements balance nicely and last, maintaining lasting character and it has a full, frothy feel.

Offa, May 12, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the first on-tap review for the Newport location, which opened April 30, 2003. If you haven't had it here, come on down before they swap it out for the next seasonal!

Reddish Iced-tea color. Bubbly, airy 1-finger head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is very malty, slightly sweet.

Taste backs up the smell to a tee. Of course the alcohol presence is more detectable than in the other Newport varieties I've tried tonight. Full, delicious malt flavor, little if any hop bite. Of course, by this time my palate has taken a good beating, if I try this sooner next time I may detect more hop. Great flavor retention on the aftertaste with some caramel in there as well.

Very smooth and full feeling in the mouth, almost chewy. Perhaps the best tasting beer of the night, or maybe it's just that full-bodiedness that I like.

At 7.2%, I don't know how many liters you can expect to salt away. I stopped at one and made a note to myself to try the Dunkel while I could still write. I tried it, but the taste buds were too dulled out to make it worth reviewing. Guess I'll be doing the Dunkel first next time!

brewdlyhooked13, May 29, 2003
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4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maibock is one of my favorite styles. This Maibock delivers great aroma, beautiful color and ample carbonation. Poured from a (green!) bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: OMG. wow. Beautiful amber with bubble carbonation. Nice two finger head that quickly dissipates into a 1/8" disk. wispy lacing.

S: No sign of green bottle stigma. Slightly caramel malty with what I can only describe as the smoothest mild hop smell.

T: smooth draught with a bit of bite, then malty biscuit sweetness. Lightly bitter finish.

M: not overly filling, medium carbonation. velvety smooth and slightly sweet.

D: I could sip this all day if I had the time. Love it!

Scrapss, Apr 30, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whew! This is as close to perfect as a Maibock can be!

Dark, but not too dark, a strong urine-y DMS presence, but not too much, enough earthy noble hops to make their presence known without overpowering the malt, malt, malt of this brew.

Whew! And the alcohol is nowhere in sight. Deliciously complex in its simplicity, there is something for everybody here.

Wow.

Wow.

Well done.

shbobdb, May 31, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones last night, and it was so tasty, I had two. Medium clear amber when served, no head. Sweet, very pleasant biscuity aroma. Mouthfeel is outstanding: medium to full, with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet form the malt, and you get this nice little hop bite in the finish. Very good, I had two in a row and would get again.

PatandDavid, Apr 01, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Beer21, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

grahuba, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

wollefdoogylloj, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: brilliantly clear, slightly deep copper

Smell: very clean. good Pils malt aroma with low toast and melanoidins, low spicy hops and very low DMS

Taste: rich, sweet and clean malt flavor dominates with low levels of melanoidins and spicy hops. bitterness is somewhat low but surges in the finish. finish is slightly dry with some alcohol warmth and good balance of bitterness and grainy Pils malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: low-medium to medium body with mdoerate carbonation

Notes: great strong, malty sweet brew a just enough spicy hops for character

Frosty80, Mar 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

MooseBoose, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

icannonball, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Alemmon3, Aug 23, 2014
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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.