Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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584 Ratings

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small, rotund Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Stark white head of small bubbles about a finger thick sits atop a body of brassy golden-amber. It's so crystal-clear that the liquid magnifies the bubbles of condensation on the other side of the glass. Head dissipates after a minute or two.

Smell - Crisp barley and grain, with notes of dried alfalfa and grass from the hops. Perhaps a hint of the malty sweetness.

Taste - Clean, like the smell, with more bready grain characteristics, now on a bed of caramel and bittersweet. Hops are present, but remain in the background, providing a mild bittering balance.

Mouthfeel - Slightly chewy, with medium body and moderate carbonation. Semisweet finish.

Overall, a great beer. I've certainly had maibocks that I liked better, but it's a nice, crisp change-up with a fuller body for some heft.

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

A- Great amber tones, with a thick head made of fine tiny bubbles. Lots of bubbles streams keeping things lively. Great color, a solid looking brewski.

S- Crisp clean scents of German hops, slight husky adjuncts and subdued bready malts. Crisp and clean are first in my mind with this aroma. Quite strong, piques my thirst.

T- Great balance here. Alternating tastes of sharp hops, metallic twang and malt, caramel diactyls. Rich taste, finishes smooth and balanced. Quite good, I'm impressed. More complexity than I was anticipating.

M- Just a tad rough on the palette, a little spritzy. Medium body, thicker than I thought it would be.

D- Good. One of the better maibocks I've had, which is not many in all honesty. This may set me on the path, though.

Once again, the Germans do it right.

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

The color of pennies with the reddish glow of maple syrup in the light. Thin head dissipates quickly but leaves some bubbling and lace around the edges of the glass. A very earthy aroma of bread, weeds, and natural sweetness -- musty. The taste is largely the same with the malt flavor heavy and obvious, especially up front. The end is just a tiny bit of hops with a moist bread flavor. Straightforward malty and simple but deliciously so.

Photo of Cs1987
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish amber, 2 fingers of bubbly head which reduced to nothing well before I finished the glass.

Smell - Surprisingly, sweet and fruity hops seem to stand out in the odour, with the malts in the background.

Taste - Very earthy, which comes from greater hop character than most bocks. Fortunately this also has a significant roasted malt flavour to make it pretty drinkable. The taste improves noticeably as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Inexperienced drinkers might struggle with this, but bock lovers will find this very drinkable.

Overall - The quick disappearance of the head is the main fault of Hofbräu Maibock. This is not the sort of beer you should introduce to inexperienced drinkers, but enthusiasts will certainly find it enjoyable.

Photo of cbn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks good, clear, rosy-amber color body with a large off-white head that patiently retreats leaving dots of lace alng the way.

Yeasty and somewhat vinous aroma.

Sweet, buttery, caramel malt. Combination bright and musty, bitter hop flavors with a pronouced hop bite.

Medium to light body with good carbonation, soft, slightly creamy with a clean bite, not watery or slick.

Refreshing, fairly clean with well hidden alcohol, good drinkability.

Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red and crystal clear with a two finger white head.

Caramel aromas dominate the nose, reminds me of a small doppelbock. Also some alcohol presence in the nose.

Sweet and tangy on the tip of the tongue. Rich and malty midtongue. Leaves kind of a dirty dog hair aftertaste, along with a tiny slap of hop bitterness.

Medium to full bodied, not super exciting, but fairly drinkable.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep Amber colour that is clear. The off White creamy head stays around and laces.

S - Sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit and toast.

T - Nice toasted bread notes followed by toffee and fruity malt. The finish is a little dry.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very drinkable beer that is recommended.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 ATPete
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a crystal clear copper orange color with a small white head that dissipates to nothing but a thin ring within seconds of the pour. Rich malts in the nose, husky, with a hint of a fruity hop character. Good balance in flavor, rich, semi sweet malts right away coat and linger in the mouth a brighting hop bite appears just before the finish and hangs out long into the aftertaste. Toffee, a little nutty and a small hint of chocolate, good malt structure here no doubt. This is by far the best bottled beer ive had to date from Hofbräu. Outstanding drinkability, im having a hard time believing that this is 7.2%. Light/medium in body, a bit sticky, mild carbonation. Good beer, almost sessionable, i think the sweetness would become cloying after a few...

Photo of baos
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fluid ounces into Cool Cat glass.

A: 4 finger creamy white head rests atop an orange-amber body with perfect clarity. Head stick around pretty well and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: A bit of noble hops then sweet bready hops.

T: Nice noble? hop presence. The bitter balances out the sweet bread malts pretty well. Alcohol presence is masked pretty well. With the slightest vodka notes at the back end of the swallow.

M: Very nice creamy feel.

D: Very drinkable indeed.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- color is a very clear amber. But when held to the light, it reminds me of Summer days eating orange Ice-ee push pops. Almost a bright orange with one strand of bubbles making its way to the top of a small ring o' foam.

Smell- A bright crystal like malt aroma. But I know its not crystal malt. Its a bit of something else. No aromatic hops noticed. A little sweat bready too.

Taste- Pretty clean malt palate. The color and the flavor make me think about ambrosia for some reason. A medium bodied amber malt with equally medium sugar. Makes me think of a lightly glazed carrot.

Photo of charlzm
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed May 16th, 2011 at BoHo, Hollywood CA.

Medium to light burnished brass color with good clarity. Active carbonation throughout consumption. A small, thin head of extremely fine bubbles tops off proceedings.

Aroma is a bit estery (fruity) and somewhat sweet. Didn't pick up much else.

Flavor is malty / bready and slightly nutty with marked bitterness at the end. A touch of butterscotch (daiceytl) in there is not disagreeable. Melonoidins add a restrained and nicely juicy finish.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I suspect this keg didn't make the journey halfway around the world with all its goodness intact, though it was easy to put away a pint of this beer.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good looking amber brew with a nice off-white head that lingers well and laces with some gusto. The nose is of light hops and bready roasted malt. The feel is mediut-bodied and give a nice creamy sense to the palate. Tangy hop notes linger in the finish. This a very flavorful Maibock that is a bit too alcoholic to be greatly drinkable.

Photo of rlshep
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild Pilsner malt. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Light gold in color. Poured thick creamy white head. Good lacing. Very clear. Lots of bubbles.

Flavor: Clean. Medium maltiness. Some toastiness. Very slight hint of sulfur. Medium low bitterness, enough to support the bigger beer. Not tasting any hop character other than bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. It is not so sweet it lays on the tongue, dry but not astringent. Medium high carbonation. Alcohol is warming.

Overall: A good beer, shouldn't be off-putting to anyone that drinks it. I would score this higher, but I think the beer is lacking pizazz. A definite step up from BMC.

Photo of Azurescens
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/8/11.

A: Pours a clear orange color with fluffy light tan head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Rather strong aroma of yeast, grassy and herbal hops with honey and bready malt.

T: Really sweet with lots of honey, bready malt, some yeast notes and herbal hops. The strong honey flavor is definitely the highlight of this brew.

M: Smooth medium body with low-moderate carbonation.

O: Refreshing and really drinkable beer, the honey flavor really shines and brings the other flavors together.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's getting warmer, which means it's maibock time, folks! This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises biscuit, light honey, and a decidedly light bit of dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra helpings of grass and flowers, and a vague fruitiness pervading the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice maibock, one of the base staples of the style in my eyes.

Photo of turkob
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice two finger head. Golden amber, nice and clear.

S: Beautiful malt aroma. Clean and sweet though not bready. A little fruit.

T: Full flavored, rich malty flavor with a hoppy finish, though not dry. The malts linger, though the hops come across as a little bitter. I'd say this beer doesn't quite have the ideal balance, though the malts are nice and rich.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Lingers on the back of the tongue.

O: At first I really liked but, but the hop flavor seemed off on the finish.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A: This pours a beautiful copper, almost crystal clear, with a two-finger creamy white head that lasts quite well, and curtains of small bubbles moving upwards. Excellent.

S: Biscuit malts, lager yeast, mild noble hop bitterness, mild sulfur/DMS aroma. Overall, not a big aroma at all.

T: Powerfully malty flavor - pilsner and light biscuit malts with accompanying light sulfur flavor. A decent amount of grassy hops in the middle that fade into the hang, but there is more malt sweetness after the swallow.

M: Average body for a maibock. Despite all the visible bubbles, it has almost a slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: This seems to be a decent example of a style that isn't a personal favorite, but one that I'm trying to explore. However, this one is more sweet than it should be for style, especially on the finish. Still, not altogether unenjoyable. I wouldn't refuse another, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one either.

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored body with a thick, foamy white head. Light caramel and toasted grain aroma; honey. Bright, toasted malt flavors with a good combination of hop bitterness and a twinge of alcohol bite. Tingling feel on the tongue; sugary yet dry feel.

A pleasant little bock beer. It's a bit on the sweet side but has enough malt and hop goodness, tempered with a mild alcohol background, that things just seem to gel into one delicious lager.

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lzepplin01
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.