1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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

532 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 532
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | 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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) Alström Bros
Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 299 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerWithMike


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/12/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle that I bought at Spirit World in Omaha for $2.19 a few weeks back. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a German .5L glass.

Pours a nice medium amber in color with a about a half finger off-white head. Left some very nice 'spider web like' lacing. The aroma is of malts and hops with NO 'skunky' smell that is very common with brews in green bottle for some reason. The taste is very smooth actually with the malts and hops blended nicely with a very light 'hoppy' finish which wasn't bad and didn't linger at all. Perfect carbonation. Goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 00:59:20 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Hallce2


4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-04-2012 16:29:54 | More by Hallce2
Photo of ryanpj


4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-15-2013 00:08:31 | More by ryanpj
Photo of JoeMans

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-29-2014 19:40:28 | More by JoeMans
Photo of jera1350


4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-19-2014 02:38:10 | More by jera1350
Photo of brandon911


4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-28-2014 12:51:32 | More by brandon911
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-08-2011 19:35:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of wmc0005


4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-04-2012 20:16:02 | More by wmc0005
Photo of maxpower


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright amber-copper color with a nice foamy lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Has a sweet fruity and nutty aroma. Sweet and malty roasty caramel, honey flavors that has a sweet lasting finish, medium body with a slick and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 22:06:10 | More by maxpower
Photo of FlussigkeitMut


4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-09-2014 01:33:04 | More by FlussigkeitMut
Photo of TwoForty


4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-02-2013 02:28:23 | More by TwoForty
Photo of BeerOps


4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-12-2014 00:37:07 | More by BeerOps
Photo of Sturmthis


4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-25-2013 20:35:49 | More by Sturmthis
Photo of SkinniePost


4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-18-2014 00:58:09 | More by SkinniePost
Photo of BigJaws


4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-13-2012 22:54:57 | More by BigJaws
Photo of bacasnax


4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-02-2013 00:32:02 | More by bacasnax
Photo of aaronh


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

This beautiful beer fills my .5L Munich Pils glass perfectly! Deep amber color sparkles like a fine gemstone. It's topped by a cream colored rocky head that shows great staying power. Nice lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very clean, with a touch of sweetness and a crisp grassy hop note. The taste is crisp, with a roasted caramel flavor that is quickly replaced by a smotthly assertive hop prescence, only to reappear just before the finish. The finish reveals a good bitterness, with just a touch of the roasted flavor intermingling with the hops on the aftertaste. A faint alcohol note is also present. The mouthfeel is solid, peppered with lively carbonation. The drinkability is very good. I feel like I robbed the store I bought this from, because at $1.79 a bottle, this is a great bargain. Should have bought much more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 12:20:35 | More by aaronh
Photo of nickynick


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Maibock poured a nice amber color, but had no head what so ever, and just ok lacing. The smell was nice with caramel and hints of hops. On lighter side, which lost it some points. Taste was very nice, filled with caramel and brown sugar, and very nice hop back. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sticky side, but was ok. Drinkability was nice. Overall I found this to be a nice beer. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 14:49:57 | More by nickynick
Photo of cnbrown313


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont, IL

A - Pours a carmel-ish brown/red color with 1 finger of white head

S - Sweet malt, fresh baked bread

T - I was expecting some alcohol bite at 7.2% ABV, but there isn't much at all. Very smooth and easy drinking. You get a bit of honey / malty sweetness up front, with a bit of bready banana yeast flavor. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied and maybe slightly thicker than traditional German beers

O - I normally reach right for the hefeweizen at a German brauhaus, but since this was in-season I gave it a shot - and I'm glad I did. It is slightly sweet, but not cloying at all and very easy to get carried away drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 17:11:43 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of twilight


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle pours a grassy orange with stuff floating in the beer. It's not noticeable unless you hold it up to the light. The aroma is this nice maltiness that's almost bready. The taste is big malt with a slight bitterness and a small alcohol aftertaste that finishes with that earthy hop tone.

Drinking this beer is like smelling fresh earth in the morning and noticing there's a licorice plant hundreds of feet away wafting its aroma to you. Grassy, earthy, almost like a bitter, but with that "I'm bock" assertiveness.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 18:49:33 | More by twilight
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Maibock pours a clear chestnut amber color. The head thins out to a mere collar from what was initially a full inch of creamy tan. Occasional lacing, but really spotty at best. The liquid is clear and features little if any visible carbonation bubbles.

A nice deep scent of sweet caramel and dough wafts immediately as I pour. An enjoyable fruity presence and slight hint of spices are evident as well. Hops are fairly understated, but balance the nose.

The taste is very similar to the nose with a great caramel and nutty quality. The spicing that seemed only a whisper in the nose grows towards the finish and melds well with the hops to create a proper balance and finish.

Fairly light carbonation and mouthfeel approaches the lighter side. Ridiculously drinkable given the firm alcohol content. One of the better Maibocks I've had and follows the German tradition closely. Recommended with general German dishes. The spicing should allow this beer to hold up to the more assertive dishes as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:52:17 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of drabmuh


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a half liter Hofbrau stein at Stubbies, the greatest glassware bar anywhere, ever.

Beer is red and clear and heavily carbonated with a good head with some nice retention, some lacing.

Aroma is malty with a mild yeast character that fills it out nicely.

Beer is heavier in body that I expected but tastes nice. The beer leads off with this mild sweetness and a bitterness on the end with a mildly dry finish. Mouthfeel is good and the flavor is nice, if you are looking for a slightly heavier maltier lager that's highly drinkable, here you go. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 00:28:09 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Haybeerman


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear red/gold color. Poured a two finger slightly off-white head that dissipated to a generous slkin. Good, stick thin lace all the way down. Slowly decanted continuously.

S: Nice balance of sweet bready malt and hops.

T: Bready, slightly sweet malts with a light citrus undertone. Finish with bittering hops.

M: Meduim/full body. Nice balace with carbontion. Clean, slightly warning finish.

D: Very tasty, balance, easy going down...nuff said.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 20:54:59 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of silasdc


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) a deep red/gold. Great carbonation, thick but not retained head, somewhat clear

S) sweet almost citrus smell (just a hint). Definitely smell the fruit/birch

T) you can taste the malt, but not until a few seconds in. Sort of a resiny/sweet flavor with a bit of roast and a more bitter after taste. Definitely a 2-phased flavor

Mf) A thicker, chewy feel, but much more chewy than thick. Certainly not "heavy". More on the high carbonated end, almost too much so, but not quite... but almost

D) Easy to drink. Certainly a rich flavor but it wouldn't be tought to have a few more. Wouldn't want to spend my night on it though

It's a good beer. Sweet without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:41:45 | More by silasdc
Photo of merlin48


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint,.9oz bottle here. Pours a clear, golden amber body with an attractive, two finger, ivory head that hangs around several minutes. Patch lacing is profuse and coats the glass thoroughly.

Aroma is malty sweet, with caramel and Munich malts in abundance. Hops aren't shy, either, and are assertive in an herbal sense.

Mouthfeel has medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste begins with a major league maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar, and breadiness are quite assertive early on. This Maibock has plenty of hops going on, as well. The hops are spicy and herbal, and lend a nice balance to the assertive malts. The alcohol remains hidden in the complexity of flavors, but is noticeable to the brain a few minutes after the finish.

The first and only time I've seen this particular bier, at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar, in Lexington, Ky, where it was a perfect compliment to curried wurst and German cucumber salad, following a Kostritzer shwarzbier on tap. Nicely balanced and very tasty Maibock that would be very enjoyable on its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 23:20:05 | More by merlin48
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.