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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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533 Ratings

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | 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 FSUplumber


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 04:29:26 | More by FSUplumber
Photo of jsh420


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 22:25:51 | More by Scrapss
Photo of drtth


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dimpled Hofbrau mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear copper color with a ½" head that soon recedes to a small ring and a very thin layer of foam. Sipping leaves a ring and speckles of lacing that quickly slide back down the sides of the glass. Most all of the foam and lacing are gone by about mid-way through the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a pleasant caramel malt with a trace of earthy character from the hops.

Taste: The flavors include a rich slightly sweet caramel malt with some background bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some earthy balancing bitterness from the hops. The finish is medium long and begins in the caramel sweetness. But the sweetness soon fades away into a dry, earthy, slightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer and I could easily have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 01:03:13 | More by drtth
Photo of soju6


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

Had on-tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Beer is a bright amber color with a decent head. The aroma reminded me of mostly of roasted nuts. The taste was sweet but clean. The feel was a creamy smooth and went down way too easy. Very drinkable beer, but not too many due to the higher ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 13:44:27 | More by soju6
Photo of mtnbikerpa


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass with about an inch of head. Light tan/amber color. Scents of roasted nuts, malty bread-like biscuits. Amazing tastes sweet, smooth lager. Some dry white bread flavors. Malts, and sweet caramel, nutty flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, be careful the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 18:27:46 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of WhiteOak


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright copper with a moderate foam.

S- Caramel malt, rich toasted hazelnut, tropical fruits and dark dried fruits.

T- A very inviting toasted hazelnut & fruit granola structure is complemented by complex, seductive, fruity flavors of dark sweet dried fruits, figs, dates, and tropical fruits like dried papaya. Leaves a pleasant lingering finish of chocolate covered roasted hazelnuts.

M, D- Balanced, beautifully integrated, and very drinkable. A pleasant touch of light, fresh tartness works together with the sweetness of the malt.

On tap, the Hofbräu Maibock is not to be missed, and offers a great degree of complexity and "liveness". (From the bottle, I found this beer to be much less complex in aroma and flavor, an a touch less sweet.)

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 02:08:50 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Spineypanda


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, Helles. Nice head but does not last long.
Smells of the German hops (Hallertauer). Basically like a German Pilsner.
Tastes smooth as water. Has the hops taste but also the slight sweetness of a bock. Has a nice mouthfeel, enough carbonation not to be too harsh.


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:31:06 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of silentjay


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an amber copper with a big, frothy white head that clings to the glass with big bubbles.

smells of noble hops with some sweet bread, toasty, malt. some honey, lemon, and pepper in there, too.

taste follows the aroma, hoppier than i would have thought. herbal, spicy hops give way to a bit of caramel, white bread, and toast-flavored malt. sweetens up to provide a strong caramel finish that lingers for a while.

small sips provide plenty of carbonation tingling and a medium mouth feel.

goes down smooth. hints of alcohol don't come in the way of a pretty refreshing and tasty beer. well-balanced between the herbal, spicy hops and the sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:02:38 | More by silentjay
Photo of tippebrewcrew2


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- pours a golden amber orange with a very long sustaining frothy off white head with great lacing.

S- Sweet grain and a slight fruit presence.

T- Light body with a light alcohol presence and a mildly bitter long finish.

F- Light feel with a hop presence

D- Great drinkability as a session beer. Enjoyable and a great spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 17:24:25 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber with a off white foam. Decent retention that recedes to a layer of foam.

Aroma is caramel malts, sweetness. I can get a hint of a hop profile as well.

Taste is sweet upfront, earthy and a slightly bitter finish from the hops to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Very drinkable as it has a good taste, good mouthfeel and a moderate ABV level (that you can hardly taste anyways. 7.2%? Really? Can't detect that at all).


Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:22:01 | More by kshankar
Photo of Zekezilla


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Herbal, looks like spring sunshine in a glass. Perfect beer for spring or summer. Slightly sweet, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation, very smooth. Hints of malt, nuttiness, lemon and herbs. Would definitely buy again. Pair this with fish/chips, with plenty of malt vinegar, with a dash of horseradish on the side.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:04:10 | More by Zekezilla
Photo of baos


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fluid ounces into Cool Cat glass.

A: 4 finger creamy white head rests atop an orange-amber body with perfect clarity. Head stick around pretty well and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: A bit of noble hops then sweet bready hops.

T: Nice noble? hop presence. The bitter balances out the sweet bread malts pretty well. Alcohol presence is masked pretty well. With the slightest vodka notes at the back end of the swallow.

M: Very nice creamy feel.

D: Very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 19:25:39 | More by baos
Photo of WakeandBake


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

A clear amber color pour with a two finger foamy white head , lively carbonation. Aroma is nutty , roasty with hints of caramel and spicy hops. Flavor is crisp and clean like the mouthfeel , bread crust grassy spicy hops with a dry roasted grain finish lightly sweet with a mild bitterness , medium body , a good sessionable drinker and a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 20:28:42 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of david18

New York

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

I love it when a bar gets a new beer and that beer comes with its own glasses. When Hofbrau Maibock came to the Amsterdam Ale House on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, it came with classic german half liter steins.

And at 7.2 percent ABV, one of these glasses goes a long way. Very good dark golden color, not a lot of aroma but the flavor is excellent. A great way to ease into the lighter german beers of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 21:27:46 | More by david18
Photo of Frosty80


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: brilliantly clear, slightly deep copper

Smell: very clean. good Pils malt aroma with low toast and melanoidins, low spicy hops and very low DMS

Taste: rich, sweet and clean malt flavor dominates with low levels of melanoidins and spicy hops. bitterness is somewhat low but surges in the finish. finish is slightly dry with some alcohol warmth and good balance of bitterness and grainy Pils malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: low-medium to medium body with mdoerate carbonation

Notes: great strong, malty sweet brew a just enough spicy hops for character

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 20:05:06 | More by Frosty80
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 Gambrinus1184


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

Served on-tap in my 1-liter Das Boot at East Side Restaurant in New Britain, Conn.

A: A very clean-looking golden copper color with a burnt orange look. Sported a creamy head of ivory foam and carbonation was ample throughout the body.

S: Smells slightly floral and herbacious. A light lemon zest and honey wafts up as well.

T: This maibock is super clean and semisweet at first. A little bit of toasted caramel malt is given extra dextrose to add body. Herbal hop flavors meld with the light spicing of white pepper, honey and lemongrass. Finishes clean, slightly herbal and bitter with a mild alcohol sting.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, sweet, yet with a slight creamy flavor.

D: A really nice beer and another score for Hofbrau. Great to pair with spicy or gravy-laden dishes and quite satisfying on its own. The alcohol might get to your head quickly if you keep up with them, but it's best enjoyed in moderation anyway, right?

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 23:46:46 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Tone


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, yeast, pale malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, sweet malt, and pale malt. Overall, a totally different beer on draft than in bottle - very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 04:51:14 | More by Tone
Photo of Rayek


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Chinesischer Turm in Munich. Served in a Hofbräu seidel.

A: Deep copper with garnet highlights. A soapy cream head starts small, but does stick around for a bit. Leaves bits of lace.

S: A vinous combination of dark fruits dominates. A bit of pepper adds a nice bite. Alcohol is just present enough to be smelled.

T: Again, quite vinous. Grapes, plums and cherries dominate the palate. Bitterness provides a pepper and grass bite that's just strong enough to keep the beer from being cloying. Alcohol warmth comes on late and adds to the wine-like sensations. Finishes warm, with lingering dark fruit and pepper flavors.

M: The medium body is slightly syrupy. The carbonation feels perhaps a touch high.

D: This was a nice change of pace from the Weizens and Festbiers that dominated my drinking on this trip. The slight warmth made for good contrast to a cool late summer evening. Of the Hofbrau beers I've had, this is easily my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 19:46:31 | More by Rayek
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a copper color brew with a nice foamy head. leaves bits of spotty lacing.

S: flour dough, peanut butter, and a noticeable earthiness

T: rich malt(caramel) and fruitiness(green apples) up front that finishes peppery with a slight hop bite.

M: medium body with a refreshing carbonation. has a drying finish and bite that soon fades.

Overall, WOW! My first maibock ever and I'm hooked! This is alot lighter than your average dopple. My favorite part is the overall refreshing qualities this beer has. I can see how this bock was made for the Spring season. Everything in great balance here without sacrificing any complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 02:29:51 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of Cs1987


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish amber, 2 fingers of bubbly head which reduced to nothing well before I finished the glass.

Smell - Surprisingly, sweet and fruity hops seem to stand out in the odour, with the malts in the background.

Taste - Very earthy, which comes from greater hop character than most bocks. Fortunately this also has a significant roasted malt flavour to make it pretty drinkable. The taste improves noticeably as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Inexperienced drinkers might struggle with this, but bock lovers will find this very drinkable.

Overall - The quick disappearance of the head is the main fault of Hofbräu Maibock. This is not the sort of beer you should introduce to inexperienced drinkers, but enthusiasts will certainly find it enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 05:34:32 | More by Cs1987
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at just above fridge temperature in a stange. Freshness code on the back label reads L 016 H.

Appearance- Gorgeous burnished russet, the head stands two fingers tall and has a tight, condensed look. The creamy, orange-tinted crown laces in rings.

Smell- The aroma is saturated with a balanced display of rich, deep malt and delightful hops. There is most certainly a smoke character on the verge of rauchbier territory that's really impressive.

Taste- Decadent with juicy malts and a bittering hop finish, it's designed to complement heartier foods like sausage or a strong cheese. This style has always been an enigma to me, certainly not a favorite but a curiosity that continues to expand.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick and creamy in the mouth, the gentle prickle is outstanding and the highlight of this beer's review. If I have the opportunity to sample this again, it will be with a traditional German breakfast or lunch of bratwurst with potato pancakes.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 03:57:25 | More by yelterdow
Photo of LittleCreature


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Pours two fingers of yellow-beige head over an amber to copper coloured body. Poor head retention and no lace loses marks.

Smell - 4.5
A tempting aroma of hard toffee, rich malt loaf, a little spice, pepper and a little ripe fruit.

Taste - 4.0
A lovely, rich malt Bock, flavours of hard toffee, caramel, biscuity malt and burnt raisins. Alcohol presence is very high, peppery, leafy hops provide a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Full bodied, moderately carbonated and slightly oily.

Drinkability - 4.0
Too strong to be sessionable, but quite moreish, particularly as it warms.

A lovely beer, too strong for more than one 500mL bottle at a time, but I would definitely cough up the $ to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 09:08:50 | More by LittleCreature
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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