1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

Not Rated.
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

564 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 564
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) Alström Bros
Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 301 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

falconxman, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of lzepplin01
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

lzepplin01, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hendrick24, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Bluegrass49
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Bluegrass49, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Dcunicelli, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tommy5, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

OnryAndMean, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

civicm87, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Zaphog, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, May 10, 2014
Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

abrodsky, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Drk93TT, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

KornWallace, Aug 29, 2014
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.