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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

571 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy and a beige body. Malty and some hoppy aroma. Easy drinking, a light bitter well malted. Understated carbonation though present. A good example of the style, and while good does not blow me away. Picked up at Eagle Provisions. Better than average a bit.

Sammy, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some burnt caramel aromas. Taste is very much the same with a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too memorable.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color that is slightly hazed. Off white head with good retention and some good lacing. Nose is loads of malt with a tiny bit of hop and spice. Taste is malty with some light fruits lingering in the background. A slight yeast character is present as well. Body and carbonation are a little off, but overall this is a pretty good beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

metter98, May 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color; decent head that leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Sweet, caramel malty nose with bready overtones and some noble hops coming through

Taste: Caramel malt dominates (rather bready) but is nicely balanced by the hops; ulitmately, the malt overcomes the bitterness until it is finally replaced by the warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability: a very nice Maibock

brentk56, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blazing bonfire orange with Sunkist highlights. The cap is the color of tangerine mousse and is at least as creamy. As the rumpled surface of the head slowly sinks, small scraps of sea foam lace appear on the glass. What's not to like?

For one thing, the aroma is underpowered. For another, what reaches my nose isn't all that compelling. It's earthy and herbal and musky at once, with no real identifiable personality. In fact, I'd have a hard time identifying Maibock as a maibock at all.

Although it makes something of a comeback on the palate, I've had much better versions. The basics are these: mostly pale malt with more than a hint of sweet caramel, dried orange peel (especially on the finish) and earthy, grassy hops of the German persuasion. I'm pretty sure this bottle is from *this* spring, but it lacks the flavor focus that I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be for a beer of this style. Good points include a gem-like smoothness coupled with very little carbonation. This lager is a cinch to drink, I'll give it that. Only the ABV keeps it from being sessionable (for most people).

I have yet to be blown away by a beer from Staatliches Hofbrauhaus (their helles lager and their hefe are decent). I'm sure I'd feel differently if I was able to experience it fresh from the tap in Munchen... "I'd like to be seated in the beer garden please, it's such a nice day"... but the bottled product doesn't meet my expectations. This is still a worthwhile purchase if you love the style.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon second tasting, it's over strained grain flavor gave off an apparent astringency and harsh bittering. Light caramelizing can't mask.

Looks brightly golden and straw. Active carbonation forms a white head that faded to a trace, but laced nicely. Smells sweet malty. Spiciness and lightly fruity. A bit grainy and yeasty to the nose. Tastes sweeter than expected. Sweet fruits of pears and plumbs arise. Spiciness or coriander and ginger hide behind. Thin, resinous sweetness of honey and powder sugar remain throughout. Firm, consistent body holds mild hop flavor and round mild textures. Finishes clean and slick. Alcohol persists in the aftertaste.

BEERchitect, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kylehay2004, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite mai-bocks,poures a nice reddish/copper color with great blooming head.Nice malty aroma and nutty flavor and somewhat spicey.Alcohol is prevelant but not overpowering,great spring time beer,I get this when ever I can find it,wich is not often enough.

oberon, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's getting warmer, which means it's maibock time, folks! This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises biscuit, light honey, and a decidedly light bit of dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra helpings of grass and flowers, and a vague fruitiness pervading the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice maibock, one of the base staples of the style in my eyes.

TMoney2591, May 03, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago.

Half-liter sample in a dimpled HB mug. Arrives with a frothy head of foam, atop the tawny amber Bock. It's slightly darker in tone than other bocks, namely Spaten which was also on tap here. Presentation in the appropriate glassware gets points, it just looks so appetizing.

Aroma of green apple, light caramel malt.

Big smooth caramel on the palate, punctuated by a green apple tartness. This is rounded out by a gentle hop in the finish. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. A step up from a Pils, but a shade less chewy than a Dopplebock.

Insanely drinkable. 2 liters later, you could find yourself in some trouble...

Edit: Just had a bottled sample, which would rate much lower than the tap version. Look for this on tap...bottled, it ain't anything special.

2nd Edit: Don't know if the keg from Resi's was different somehow, but 2 tap samples i've tried since then haven't been the same (possibly going downhill with age). More flat and bready, not much apple or fruity notes at all. Oh well...May is over afterall, better luck next year!

emerge077, May 09, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

zeff80, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Weird tent-raising spectacle depicted on the label.

This beer pours a crystal-clear, bright golden copper colour, with three fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves nothing beyond some piddly, surface-broaching sudsy islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted, hefty bready caramel malt, an herbal booziness, and some understated earthy, spicy hops. The taste is more big bready, biscuity caramel malt, pleasantly muddled bittersweet orchard fruit, a bit of dry yeast, and prominent earthy, leafy noble hops, all beholden to a well-structured alcohol warmth.

The bubbles are adequate in their all-round, fulfilling representation, the body a mealy medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the somewhat besieged malt aided by that same edgy boozy interloper.

An agreeable enough maibock, especially considering the higher than average ABV, good and malty, fruity, and not overwhelmed by said booze. Unfortunately, given the strength, this is not really worthy of a session at a spare wooden table, as it were.

biboergosum, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a classic german maibock. this one pours a nice amber to indian brown color, with a nice white head to the top of the glass. smells very german malty, sweet but light, perfect for spring. flavor is definitely malt driven, with some caramel undertones and a mild tartness at the end. feel isnt bad, a little flat in my opinion. i think this beer suffers from green bottle syndrome, but who knows. lighter and very drinkable despite its hefty alcohol content. even though this is the standard, i like a lot of the american maibocks better from a mouthfeel standpoint.

StonedTrippin, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:
http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: .5 liter brown bottle with no freshness date, just a lot # which means nothing to the consumer. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Foamy head at the start, thin wispy lace afterwards on top of a sunset red color brew.

Smell: Honey and grassy of malt and hops, sweet bread comes to mind, thick aroma with some hints of alcohol also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Grassy at first with a wild hop and malt mix, hints of very mild fruit and honey come next. Maltiness goes a touch nutty with a slight dextrin character. Malt sweetness is bigger than it actually looks but is modest in character as the hops and alcohol set down on the taste buds. Finishes sweet but still draws on the hops and some toasted grain flavor in the finish.

Notes: This is one yummy Maibock, a ton of flavor packed into each sip.

Jason, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber hue with a nice sized cream colored head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Caramel tinge to it with herbal clove like hop profile nice sweet bready tone. Taste: Clean tasting with a caramel sweet malt profile and bitey hope profile classic maibock in my opinion. Mouthfeel: My one complaint is the body is a bit thin, leaves me wanting more texture carbonation is solid though. Drinkability: A definite treat for any fans of the maibock style solid, but next time I hope to try this on tap from a biergarten in Munich.

WVbeergeek, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice off white head on an amber-orange body with excellent clarity.

S - Aroma of malt and mild spicy hops, otherwise clean.

T - Quite malty with some fruity characteristics. Moderate hop bitterness with a solventy alcohol bite. Slightly peppery in the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - The somewhat hot alcohol flavor combines in an unfortunate way with the harsh hop bitterness to create an unpleasant taste that overwhelms the malt characteristics. Not particularly drinkable.

nickfl, Apr 05, 2008
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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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