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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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523 Ratings

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | 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 tippebrewcrew2


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +8.5%
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 +4.9%
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 -1.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +15.7%
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 +3.6%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.3%
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%
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%
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 -1%
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 -0.3%
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 +4.1%
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
Photo of CMW


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark brown with lighter carbonation than I expected. Two finger off white head formed but dissapeared quickly.

S - Roasted malt and some mild nuttiness. A very slight skunky smell was a turn off.

T - While the roasted malt is still the strongest flavor, the alcohol is much more present than others in this style. The nutiness is also present but fades into the background.

M - The light carbonation almost makes this taste a little of the watery side, but not bad.

D - The higher alcohol makes this a little harder to drink than others in the style, but still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:53:26 | More by CMW
Photo of nickynick


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 homebrewhawk


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear copper with two fingers of off white head. Rich malty aroma, not really caramel, but that distinctive German malt aroma. Also some faint noble hops. The flavor is not as malty as the aroma might suggest, but there is a good malt base. On the lighter side of medium bodied. There is a bit of hop bitterness in the middle. Not sweet at all for all the malt, actually finishes fairly dry. Very drinkable to me. Nice bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 22:17:11 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of julian1117


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual Appeal: poured into a bock glass, beautiful amber, rising carbonation seen through glass, 1-2 finger head

Smell: very lager-like smell, mild malt smell

Flavour: marvelously reminiscent of a wintry bock, excellent malty flavour

Mouthfeel: creamy and yet strong effervescence

Drinkability: stronger ABV, but you don't taste the alcohol, very drinkable

I picked this up in one of the PA distributors (yeah, PA--the state with the f*cked up case law) near my job. I got it just as the German season for drinking it is coming to a close, but I feel I got there in time. Just before the Helles Lagers take over for summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 21:29:46 | More by julian1117
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a copper/amber color with a light tan head and minimal lacing.

S- Caramel with some maltiness, sweetness, and some faint hops.

T- Very similar to how it smelled...fair amount of malt, sweet, slight alcohol on the finish. Very nice.

M- Smooth and full bodied for the style,

D- Very drinkable, lives up to the Hofbrau standard...good example of the style

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 02:28:43 | More by Goldopelgt
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a clear copper, foamy yellowish beige head is full of bubbles and air pockets. settles down to a thin ring pretty fast, but leaves some great looking wispy lace behind. unfortunately the lace slides away and disappears.

S- sweet caramel, and fruity tartness, tomato sauce like acidity, toasty and grainy, brown sugar, somewhat floral hops, marshmallow, and a touch of soft milk chocolate and cocoa butter.

T- rich dessert flavor, mocha cappuccino, huge toasty grain flavors with burnt caramel and toffee, deeply toasted nuts and sunflower seeds, ripe red fruits, berry, melon, brandy, grapes, burnt marshmallow. grain quantity and flavor easily masks the alcohol content. nice hop flavor towards the end, earthy and herbal with hints of fruit blossom. into the finish, things get woodsy and soil, very toasty and earthy, some sulphur like radish greens. lingering crisp noble hop flavor in very nice.

MF- juicy and a little oily, gets syrupy as it warms. nice almost full body. low carbonation, leaves a somewhat waxy feeling on the cheeks.

D- a satisfying brew, malty and quite hoppy, like a german IPA if you will. big grain flavors and hop bitterness is awesome but something just gets out of whack with the MF for me. however it is nice to have a traditional maibock. wish i could find one from the super bestest brewery ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:53:05 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of MillRat


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz (green, why?) bottle into a Sam Adams glass. High but short-lived off-white head on top of a golden-orange brew. Aroma of fresh-baked sweet bread and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is all about a fresh-grain malty goodness. A nutty melanoiding flavor is present, with just enough alcohol and background hop bitterness to keep the finish on the dry side. Seems to be medium bodied, though it probably comes in a little heavier than it seems. All in all a dangerously sessionable beer that shouldn't be sessioned. I was thinking this deserved to be listed as an exemplar of the style by BJCP, and it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:04:00 | More by MillRat
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a two-finger, tan, bubbly head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with a nice bitter grassy bite. A little boozy alcohol flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and vary sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied brew with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty good maibock. Another quality brew from Hofbrau that I'd like to try fresh on tap in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 19:15:15 | More by zeff80
Photo of billybob


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks the color of tea with a short quickly fading beige head and almost no lace to speak of. sweet aromas of sugar and caramel candy. sweet toasted malt, touch of caramel, hint of fruit, maybe raisin, sweet tea middle ending with a slightly bitter tea. medium body and slightly chewy mouthfeel. very easy beer to drink, hides the 7.20 abv very well this one could sneak up on you very quickly. so far i have had three styles of beer from hofbrau and all have been above average beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 03:20:32 | More by billybob
Photo of Domingo


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if the Maibock and Ur-bock are the same thing, but my review is for the Ur-Bock served at the Englischer Garten in Munich. It seems a little too dark and the flavor profile doesn't match any Munich maibock I know of. If they're the same, I'd say it definitely leans in the normal straight-up bock direction more than the pale heller-bock variations from Spaten, Augustiner, Andechs, etc.
Poured from a keg, is a deep copper color with a head that is a hint smaller than the usual helles or dunkel pours, but is still well over 2" tall. Looks pretty good.
The smell reminds me a little of an old-school marzen. Caramel, toasted grain, a little hops, lager yeast.
Tastes a little like a spezial up front (stronger pale lager), but then the caramel and sweet toasty flavors start to kick in in the middle. The finish has molasses and gingerbread notes, but those flavors are mild. Very clean and not too punchy, especially for a bock strength beer.
Not bad. I finished a 1L of one of these a few years ago although this review was only of a 1/2L. Moreso than before I noticed lots of of people enjoying this brew as well.
It's a really good "normal" bock that's very drinkable and flavorful with without being too boozy.

EDIT: I've had the bottled Maibock and I'm still not sure it's the same beer. Maybe it's similar, but the draft version is more of a malt bomb, while the bottled version is hoppier. Their dunkel is the same way, but with this brew the difference is a mile wide. On tap this is an absolute delight and one of my Munich favorites. From a bottle it's so-so.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 14:01:00 | More by Domingo
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.