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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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568 Ratings

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

scruffwhor, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of charlzm
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

charlzm, May 24, 2011
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of rlshep
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

rlshep, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Azurescens
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Azurescens, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

TMoney2591, May 03, 2013
Photo of turkob
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

turkob, May 25, 2010
Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

macrosmatic, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

beergoot, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

timontheroad, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jmccraney, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.