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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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554 Ratings

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 24
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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 MetalHopHead6


3.88/5  rDev 0%

Hofbräu Maibock is bubbly, sweet, and metallic.

It poured an artificial-looking near-orange, with champagne-like cascading bubbles, and a short and short-lived head. Little-to-no lace was left on the glass. The smell was all nondescript malt and the flavor was very sweet, with a touch of cherry, and a metallic aftertaste. The feel was crisp and clean with a pleasant dry finish. It was extremely refreshing.

Hofbräu Maibock hit the spot after a long bike ride on a cool late-summer day. Although not complex or overly-memorable, it is sweet, but not syrupy and has a great finish.

09-12-2010 21:57:18 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of jamie2dope


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

I grabbed one of these in a mixed six pack the other day at Martys in Newton. The color on this brew is a dark orange, almost amber, with a large crown of frothy white head. Musty nose brings forth butterscotch, fresh grains, brown bread, and something almost egg like. Taste is full of flavors such as white cake, herbs and floral notes, more fresh grain etc. The mouthfeel is much lighter than I would have expected, which jacks up the drinkability by a notch or two. Although this tastes like a sessionable Maibock, the alcohol that is listed makes me think otherwise. I love big lagers like this one.

08-24-2010 22:08:36 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of TB2


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Nice color (Copper Penny). Looks very nice in the glass.

S: took a whiff and then simply said: Mmmm

T: MALTAMAINIA! Tastes very good.

M: Heavy for me. The malt flavor seems to seep under the tongue and linger there for awhile.

D: Not that drinkable for a guy who favors light beers BUT if you are looking for a good German Bock Beer you could prob. drink this all day!

A Great Beer.

Well Done.

08-17-2010 03:45:40 | More by TB2
Photo of Swill5786


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

I wouldn't have purchased this if I had noticed the green bottle. Too many bad skunky beer experiences - I swore off anything but brown bottles... Well, here goes...

A - Deep amber with two finger, long lasting head. Carbonation bubbles rise steadily.

S - Fruity/spicy hop aroma dominates. Slight traces of yeast and alcohol. No skunkiness. :)

T - Sweet bready start. Traditional bock "alcohol at the back" and hop bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, carbonation rides the middle, dry finish.

D - Decently refreshing and quaffable. Pleasantly surprised by the experience.

08-14-2010 23:57:55 | More by Swill5786
Photo of tronester


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a clear reddish orange with a big creamy tan head. Spicy clove aroma. Taste is pumpernickel bread up front, with a spicy, herbal hop middle and finish. A hint of alcohol can be tasted. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, low carbonation. Drinkability is average, one of these per session is good, the flavors get a bit cloying after about 10 oz.

08-11-2010 02:40:07 | More by tronester
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Hofbrau Maibock poured a copper color that was almost red, with a small white head that bearly lasted. It smells spicey and a little bit hoppy. It has a very smooth and slightly hopy slightly spicey taste. The flavors werent too strong, but still very present. It was very easy to drink, and I could easily drink another. Overall I found it a good beer, very smooth, and just enjoyable.

08-07-2010 22:39:40 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of DrJay


3.38/5  rDev -12.9%

Clear amber with a coppery hue and a short, cream coloured cap. Fair head retention with a bit of short-lived lace. Malty aroma, toasted marshmallow, caramel, bread. Slight hop smell, a bit fruity and floral. Low bitterness with strong malty sweetness. Toasted and caramel notes were evident up front, slightly grainy, followed by light hop presence. Alcohol flavour and warmth linger in the finish. Medium bodied with carbonation that was on the creamy side. Light dryness, but with a slightly slick texture. I liked the aroma, but I'm not sold on this beer based on the flavour. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to based on the smells I picked up initially.

07-31-2010 20:47:14 | More by DrJay
Photo of BranfordBound


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

11.2 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Hofbräu Maibock pours a lovely amber with copper hues. It's completely transparent with gentle carbonation and spotty lacing. A two finger head of off white bubbles form from a fairly vigorous pour.

The beer has a pretty simple and subdued smell. I get some caramel with bready and fruit malts.

Thankfully, the underwhelming aroma doesn't even compare to the taste. Upon the instant this beer hits the tongue, there is a rush of malts and dark fruits. This then melts away into a sweet caramel which all fades and leaves a very delicate hop flavor and gentle bitterness from the aforementioned hops. Alcohol is hidden for the entire beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, slightly wet with only a slight tickling of carbonation. Slight burn as it goes down once it warms.

If this beer wasn't so high in ABV, it would be excellent in terms of drinkability, especially for a malt lover. However, it does truly limit you. This is an excellent offering from Hofbräu, who usually make good beers. Worth trying in early spring when you're tired of roasted and spiced winter beers but it's still too cold out to break out the golden lemon fizzy stuff.

07-12-2010 21:59:37 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, light brown in color

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: bready toasty malt and toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light bodied, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice malt bomb that that the characteristics I associate with German brews. I could have two or three. A sipper.

07-06-2010 16:46:38 | More by tigg924
Photo of BeerShirts


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

A- Beautiful Copper coloring that just shines in the light with a two finger head right after the pour that dropped to one shortly after

S- a Carmel malty smell with a light hop sweetness.

T- Much like the smell you get the malt up front with a light sweet hop flavor after.

M- It is very smooth when it first gets to you mouth but then you have a light tingly feeling

D- I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and will probably buy more in my next stop.

07-02-2010 21:53:28 | More by BeerShirts
Photo of SamN


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-30-2010 02:33:39 | More by SamN
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A rich reddish brown in color with a light khaki head and some lace.

Aroma is very malty with just a tinge of tettnang hops.

Taste follows the nose with a very malty beer. Caramel and roasted malt flavors abound. Herbal hop provides some balance. A nice bready, malty german Maibock that is readily available.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. A bit chewey. Smooth enough with a decent level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. Hofbrau produces a good range of tasty beers and I have yet to be disappointed.

06-24-2010 03:13:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ribby


4.72/5  rDev +21.6%

This pours a very clear brownish amber, with maybe a finger and a half of foam. The aroma is not too strong, just a bit of alcohol and a bit of maltiness.

I found this to be a very tasty brew. This has a strong backbone maltiness, with a bit of nuttiness, just about perfectly balanced by the hops.

Imported by Hofbrauhaus of America, Vasser, MI.

06-15-2010 02:33:22 | More by ribby
Photo of MrIncognito


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Pours a clear copper body with a very thick and fluffy 2-finger white head that retains for a good long time and leaves great lacing.

S - Malty and biscuity with that cherry smell that comes with bocks. Light alcohol notes that mostly drowned out by the biscuity, caramelly malts.

T&M - Much like Einbecker's Maibock but with a bit more malt punch and deeper flavors. Caramel malts dominate with biscuit notes and cherry flavors. I really don't notice the alcohol much except for nice warming sensation.

D - Great flavors from this Maibock and one I'd like to drink a few of. It's crisp yet refreshing with no "off" flavors.

06-09-2010 18:46:31 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

I had this one on-tap at the Hofbräuhaus in Pittsburgh. The maibock is the only beer that isn't brewed in house; they import it directly from the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. Served to me in a half liter mug, but only because they refuse to serve full liters of the maibock due to the 7.3% ABV.

The body is a somewhere between brown and very deep, dark red. It's slightly hazy also. The tan head is thick and creamy, leaving some nice lacing on my glass.

The aroma is very malty, with German hops and a bit of fruitiness.

The flavor is great. A bunch of malt characteristics that include a graininess, a pale sweetness and some caramel malt. The middle has a good fruitiness. The finish has a nice punch of noble hops that are earthy, spicy, and balance out the rich malt body. Just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth comes through in the finish.

The body is creamy and fully, but the active carbonation balances that out. Very nice.

This is probably the best beer I have tried from the Hofbräuhaus. That includes the fresh drafts brewed in Pittsburgh and the imported bottles from Germany. I have to say, every Hofbräuhaus beer is infinitely better from a fresh keg than it is bottled, and this beer is definitely not an exception to that rule.

06-05-2010 13:27:09 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

What would springtime be without at least a few Maibocks? Nuthin'! This one is from the homeland and pours a mildly rusted orange with a half-inch head that is remarkably creamy and stays put forever. Gonna give an extra half-point for this fantastic meringue-like head.

Aroma is honey, white pepper, fresh wheat bread and sherry. Alcohol nearly stretches into the solvent-type area, but luckily remains tucked away behind the sweeter, honey-like elements.

This is one maibock that doesn't let you forget it's a lager, with that steamed veggie vibe in the background and an overall clean sensibility. Honey, white and black pepper, cinnamon, bitty wheat bread and not-bitty alcohol (though not cloying either). Grassy/astringent bitterness creeps in, especially in the finish. Doesn't entirely come together and blow me away as other maibocks do, but there's enough to like here. Maybe just a slight dialing down of the alcohol and grassy, and an increase in the honeyed and bready characteristics mighty do the trick.

Good creamy feel, kind of airy but hardly insubstantial. Just an excellent silky glide...wonderful in this category, for sure.

Not the best Maibock I've ever had, and surely much better tapped at the source. But one that I would always welcome in my glass.

06-03-2010 22:48:46 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of JMD


4/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Crystal clear copper color with hints of bright orange. Big creamy white head that fades slowly.

S: Sweet aroma of carmel malt, fresh fruit, and some honey. Faint floral hops as well.

T: Sweet and malty, with notes of carmel and honey. Fresh apples and some bread. Light citrus hops as it finishes. Alcohol not present at all.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

D: This is a great example of the style. Fresh and flavorful, these go down very easy. The ABV is not detectable at all.

05-31-2010 22:12:39 | More by JMD
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

A: It poured clear amber in color with a two finger-sized head that took a long time to fade away. A moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with sweet malty aromas with notes of caramel; some hints of alcohol are also detectable.
T: There is a bit of sweetness in the overall taste, which primarily contains flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth given the amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to consume and highly sessionable. The alcohol is very well masked from the taste.

05-28-2010 00:56:04 | More by metter98
Photo of turkob


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

05-25-2010 02:16:42 | More by turkob
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

A- on a hardy pour it hits the glass and leaves a nice hardy off white/cream color head. the thick head hangs for alil then dissipates quickly. transparent copper color.

S- nothing to special just a mild malt scent. no hops are noticed.

T- hops hitting the malt to blend it just right. has the slightest bubblegum taste which to me is a good thing.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

D- for 7.2% abv you can keep slamming them until the abv catches up.

Overall- this brew is pretty damn good. if you come across this pick it up! some basic (staple) german brews i feel like they still have that macro lager taste where the carbonation is alil to much but not this one. a truely solid brew.

05-18-2010 06:25:27 | More by claminat420
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a copper color with a light tan head that falls to a ring and a skim

Smell is of rich malt, roasty and bready

The taste was of rich malt, molasses, some fruitimess. A crisp dry finish.

Mouthfeel was nice - Crisp carbonation and a medium body. Quite nice.

Overall it was a pretty good maibock.

05-15-2010 02:55:05 | More by ThirstyBird
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

I bekieve this is the first Maibock I have ever tryed. It had a nice deep coppec color and a thin tan head that faded fairly guickly. a very malty nose that lasted right to the tounge, with a touch of noble hops in the back ground. A heavy carmal sweatness that stayed on the tounge for a long time, a very relaxing beer that I woll by agian.

05-04-2010 04:29:26 | More by FSUplumber
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

pours dark copper almost carmel with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells of bready malts grassy hops and some booze

taste is just like the nose - this is a strong lager and the booze works so well - the slightly sweet fruity bready malts are balanced with a great earthy grassy hop bite

mouthfeel - has a medium body that rich and smooth and as crisp as one brew could get being on the full body side

drinkability - this style is quickly becoming a personal fav and this beer is one if not the best i have had

05-03-2010 02:26:10 | More by jsh420
Photo of boss302


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

I had this brew in a Hofbrau Haus in the states. This beer has a beautiful deep cooper color and crystal clear, but overall the flavor isn't as nice as the color. It lacks aroma, but is true to the style with very little hops and lots of caramel. You can feel the warmth from the alcohol, and the finish is sweet. Not a bad beer and a good endeavor for those looking for something more than pale lager. However, it won't inspire those that are used to bolder flavors.

05-01-2010 21:36:18 | More by boss302
Photo of Scrapss


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

Maibock is one of my favorite styles. This Maibock delivers great aroma, beautiful color and ample carbonation. Poured from a (green!) bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: OMG. wow. Beautiful amber with bubble carbonation. Nice two finger head that quickly dissipates into a 1/8" disk. wispy lacing.

S: No sign of green bottle stigma. Slightly caramel malty with what I can only describe as the smoothest mild hop smell.

T: smooth draught with a bit of bite, then malty biscuit sweetness. Lightly bitter finish.

M: not overly filling, medium carbonation. velvety smooth and slightly sweet.

D: I could sip this all day if I had the time. Love it!

04-30-2010 22:25:51 | More by Scrapss
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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