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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 661
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 40
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 and 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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure about the green bottles, but I haven't had any of the Hofbrau ones before.

It pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over a very clear copper orange color.

The nose has lots of nice toasty and meaty malts, plenty of Munich malt, toasty bock style malts, some light sweet malty aromas, some nice crisp lager, and some nice fruit with raisin and other darker fruits.

THe taste is nice and crisp, with plenty of toasty malts again, similar to the nose. Some toasty lager flavors, a little wheat, plenty of Munich malt and Bavarian lager like flavors. Some sweetness, a little thick, and more of the fruit. A touch of warming booze. It almost has a chewy feel to it. The finish has lingering sweetness with more malts, and a little syrupy, touch of bitterness here as well.

THe mouth is medium bodied with a little syrupy and chewy feel with decent carbonation.

IT has a pretty good drinkability for being 7.2%abv. It has some nice crisp lager flavors, but a little sweet as well, and just a hint of warming booze.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramel, light malts, some lager yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and a touch of fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a 4 fingers sand colored head. Good lacing & Head retention

Slight maltiness & caramel

Taste: caramel & slight smokiness, along with unexpected hop bitterness. As it warms caramel asserts, followed alcohol notes. Finishes malty & "caramelly"

MF: Chewy, but needs mroe carbonation

Drinks okay, just not complex enough to get excited about

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/21/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head that settles slowly. Very little lace (a couple of spots here and there). The color is a deep gold and is nearly clear.

Powerful, sweet caramel aroma. Gentle and soft--it has an element of plum to the nose.

Round flavor/feel of an ale. Reminds me of a Scotch Ale. Lots of caramel, but the swallow is nicely balanced with a notable hop spice. Interestingly the aftertaste is sweetness (brown sugary). Very rich body, almost like whole milk. Carbonation is also above average, making this a great mouthfeel. Overall, one of the nicest Bocks I've ever had.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a head that quickly fizzles to a lasting patch.

The smell is of caramel and other sweet malt. A touch of mustiness is present.

The taste is malty - caramel, barley and other sweet malts - balanced by a nutty flavor. Pretty steady throughout. Slight warming alcohol comes through in the finish.

It has a coating, medium body.

This is a nice maibock - will get more of this in the Spring. Tasty, though gets to be too sweet after a while. A classic maibock.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I threw back a bottle of this at Adam's while hanging out and brewing a helles. Thanks man!

The beer is transparent and light orange colored, with a small white head. Pockets of carbonation are visible throughout the beer. The aroma smells of a sweet lager with hints of fruit. The beer has a mild earthiness about it. The flavor brings a distinctive German lager character, with light fruit and a present sweetness. One is plenty for me, as the sweetness slowly becomes cloying. A decent brew and a solid example of the style, I would have it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I hadn't had this before but I guess I was wrong, let's see how the bottle version is! Poured into a tall pilsner style glass.

A real gorgeous bronze amber color and rising carbonation in a few places. Head forms off white, quite soapy, but with some good staying power. Love this body color real gorgeous.

This smells a lot better than I remember. Not as much yeast, but sort of a crisp sweet malt, dry powdered faint cinnamon in the background. Smells solid.

Taste though still lets me down. Slightly water palate seems like a bigger disappointment from the nose that hinted of what is to come. Water malt body, even a bit grassy. Hot finish leaving a sort of powdery and strange bitter aftertaste that doesn't seem to hint of hop but more as if medicinal.

Overall, it's a little more tolerable and I could do worse, but I am done with this beer.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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