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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München
Germany | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 699
Photo of seedyone
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Head quickly dissapates leaving sparse lacing. The aroma is unique. I detect a slight metallic/copperish smell which probably doesn`t exist but reminds me of how copper tastes. It's just enough for intrigue. The taste, more malt than hops, lingers to the point of demanding a cutting agent like sauerkraut......MMMMMM....sausage....

The texture nudges me more to a winter filing, but it's so tasty I'd welcome it anytime...but probably just one in summer's heat.

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Photo of YayBeer2020
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - very nice amber with clear pour creating minimal froth
Smell - small skunk when temps rise but carries an overall hint of sweet bready malt.
Taste - initial balanced taste with a rise of sweet malt that lingers afterwards
Feel - initial crisp from the medium light carbonation and the medium body leaves a smooth feel on your tongue.
Overall - Very enjoyable German Beer. Makes you wish it were a year round brew.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of an 11.2 green tinted bottle into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a very clear, light to medium amber color with a big, fluffy white head that's initially at least 2 inches thick when first poured into the glass that settles fairly quickly to some fairly think, big fluffy swirls of foam on the beer's surface along with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing either. Aromas of bready, slightly toasted, caramel malt sweetness along with some toffee hints and a bit of graininess too. A slight earthy hop aroma rounds out the nose here. Has a nice bready, slightly toasted, somewhat grainy, caramel malt sweetness taste that is followed by a hint of toffee and rounded out with a touch of earthy hop bitterness. Well balanced flavor profile overall, but, unsurprisingly, the malty and sweet aspects of the flavor profile certainly dominate here. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied motufeel with moderate carbonation. Has a very clean finish, and the malty sweet ntoes linger nicely on the after taste. This is quite an enjoyable beer all around. Worth a try for sure.


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Photo of Jacobob10
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle.

I took my chances with an exposed 6-pack, which was a risky move after the horribly light-struck 6-pack of HB Oktoberfestbier I purchased last year, but I'm happy to say there were no issues with skunking here.

Deep amber in color with a large, frothy off-white head. Brilliant clarity showing off the lagering process. Tons of rich, bready, toasted malt aroma and flavor. Maybe even a little caramel. Earthy hops are there in background, but the balance is decidedly towards the malt. The alcohol is very noticeable to me. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Stronger than I expected but it's still smooth going down.

This is traditionally served in the Spring in Germany during the transition from Winter to Summer, but I have to admit I find it a little out of place. It's heavy enough to hold its own during cold fall or winter nights. Its strength is not hidden very well, but it manages to be clean and smooth enough to stay drinkable. Also, the green bottles have to go. It's time.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, spicy, herbal, caramel, toffee, toasted, biscuity, and grainy malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice sweetness, chewy notes, and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and light bitterness.

Overall: Got to love this beer. Another solid beer from this traditional German brewery.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

All-around solid maibock, definitely has the sweeter caramel malt flavors, light noble hop bitterness underneath, maybe a little bready on the mouthfeel for a lighter german but overall good

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at local establishment.
A-Dark but some translucence, burnt orange brown, big head that faded quick,
some lacing when swirled in glass.

S-Faint dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, bread, no hint of alcohol despite the abv.
T-Toffee, raisins, bread, a complex blend of mildly sweet & mildly bitter.
M-Decent carbonation & creaminess.
O-Pretty tasty & very easy drinking!

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Photo of acelin
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber, quite clear. On tap at an Austrian restaurant in Kansas City.

Rich maltiness with slightly fruity overtones in the nose.

Rich dark caramel/honey? That's probably not the right way to describe it. Toasted bread with a light molasses spread over it, yet not overly sweet. Mild fruitiness.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel. Overall a great beer I'd drink time and time again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle in FL

Excellent appearance: clear, deep Amber body with plenty of visible carbonation rising to a large, durable off-white head.

Mediocre aroma with better flavor. Smooth and well balanced. About equal levels of hops and malts mid-taste. Finished with a surprisingly hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours big white head with a amber body
S - skunky ,grass
T - sweet, malty, yeast
F - light coat, light carbonation
O - good over all brew. Typical smell of German lagers, pilsners, Helles, etc. Taste far exceeds the smell.

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Photo of harleyridr63
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An extremely pleasing rich full flavor.It has a golden honey hue that emits a toffee/caramel smell.Has no bitter hop taste.One of my favorites to date.

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Photo of James954
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: clear amber with hardly any lacing, slow but visible carbonation
S: Weak, but mostly sweet grass and malt
T: Very subjective. Sweet raisiny action with prunes and a touch of bread/malt (like Spaten Optimator but not so aggressive and overly sweet.
F: good mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall: Not my favorite style, but it's competition would be the likes of Spaten's Optimator. I would prefer this as it is lighter sweetness and not syrupy like Optimator.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 330 ml green bottle. Sampled on August 22, 2015.

It pours a handsome amber-mahogany under a large off-white head and excellent clarity.

Those burnt and sweet roasted malts take control of the aroma.

Medium and smooth body.

The malt sweetness is front and center as it leads to a mild and lower profile hop bitterness. A lovely traditional maibock.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Pours a clear dark copper, with a large fluffy beige head which fades into a disc on the surface and leaves good lacing. Nose is sweet malt. Taste is caramel and malt, with a moderate mouth feel and a short, sweet finish.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber pour with thin beige head. Light aroma aromas of cooked sugar and mild earth hop. Flavor is malty with a slight tang. Pretty tasty stuff, and well balanced for the abv.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a healthy 2+" off white head which drops quickly with a bit of lacing. Color is clear copper with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich malty sweetness, caramel, and some floral hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, resiny and a bit chewy with a moderately dry finish.
Flavor: toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, raisins, a bit of citrus rind, alcohol is detectable but mild considering the ABV
Overall: extremely good, can't find anything to criticize in this brew.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After so many ales, this is a refreshing alternative. The opening aroma shouts Bavarian beer, and the taste is rich and mellow. This is a fine beer for a summer afternoon, fresh and clean. No aftertaste. Poured into a tall Pilsner glass in order to enjoy the rich Amber, almost copper color. Fine head settles to a off-white layer of foam. Carries its 7.2 alcohol well. No burn.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. The Carmel just brings it in this one. But I'm not surprised because every beer that Hofbräuhaus makes is phenomenal in my opinion. A fantastic helles beer!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of HofBrau's Maibock last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new Maibock and I'm interested to see what Hofbrau can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the bottling date. Poured from a green 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok. it's pretty typical looking for this brewery and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber color that took on more of a red hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice pale malt, grainy, bready and bread crust like aromas. Up next comes a slight skunky aroma that leads into the hops which impart a nice herbal hop aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I could do without the light skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspect that they did in the aroma, but this time it has a little bit of a toasted aspect to it with more of those bread crust aspects showing up. Up next comes the hops which impart the same herbal aspect that they did in the aroma, but this time it's also a little grassy. On the finish there's a hardly any bitterness with a little bit of sweetness taking it's place and it had a nice clean malt aftertaste with a little bit of those hops coming through. This is a good tasting beer and it's just what I would expect for the style.

M Smooth, well hidden alcohol, crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a good mouthfeel that's just what I expect for the style.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a really nice example of the style, it has all the aspects that I look for in a good Maibock and it has the drinkability that I expect from this style. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it and it's nice for the warmer weather. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, it's got everything I want in a Maibock. What I like the least about this beer was the lightly skunky aroma, they should really switch to brown bottles. I would buy this beer again and I think I'll have to stock up on this before it's all gone. I would recommend this beer and it's a must try if your a fan of this style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I was a little impressed, they proved that when it comes to this style the germans really know what they are doing. So far it's one of my favorite beers from this brewery and it's the best Maibock I've had. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/21/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber in color with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Bready, with hints of dark fruits and caramel on the nose.

Dark fruits are up front on the sip, followed with a bready maltiness and finishing with a carmel sweetness.

Dry, with medium amount of carbonation.

I've not had many beers within this style but i enjoyed this brew and will certainly have this one again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really solid maibock, lovely shades of amber, nice lingering foam, lager yeast nose with a touch of sweetness, palate has, again, a nice sweetness but never veering into cloying territory. Pretty darn nice.

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Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear copper with a big,quickly dissipating,frothy white head
-high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose with a clinging sweetness and a bready finish
medium body,medium carbonation
Stronger and maltier than a typical Maibock.
Good Brew nonetheless

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Photo of hophead723
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to see this beer at my local liquor store because I like to try and review new beers. I poured it into a goblet from a very fresh bottle. Here we go.

Look: It pours a vibrant fiery orange with a luscious off-white head which settles to a thin veil. The light shines through it making it glow and cast dancing tendrils of light. There is a constant stream of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. This beer is strikingly beautiful!

Smell: Rich and pungent aroma of nutty malt, fruity yeast, and and burlap. The aroma really jumps from the glass which hinted at the flavor extravaganza to come.

Taste: Big, rich, nutty malt flavor that is extremely satisfying. It isn't too sweet but there is mild sweetness along with a hint of the alcohol. Grassy herbal noble hops also provide a backbone.

Feel: Excellent carbonation and smoothness at the same time, almost creamy. There is a bit of astringency and the flavor lingers like the warmth of stone that has received sunlight.

Overall: This beer surprised me how nutty and delicious it is. Definitely one of the best bottom fermenting beers I have ever tried. It is simply high quality and well deserving of the outstanding rating it has achieved. Beifall!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours sparklingly clear amber with a large off white head. Dense and rocky with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Head persists for a while.

Initial skunky aroma (green bottle), but that seems to blow off a bit. Rich caramel malt. No real fruity esters. Toast and melanoidins. Rich and bright aroma. Some spicy/grassy hops.

Rich somewhat sweet caramel malt in the flavor. Very clean lager character, no esters. Toasty and complex without being heavy. Decent hop bitterness but low hop flavor.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Full on the palate without being heavy. Finish is quite dry leaving some hop bitterness and a mild toasty bitterness.

Refreshing with lots of malt character. Distinctly German.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.