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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

533 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-17-2012 18:29:54 | More by abrodsky
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a floor of bigger-than-usual bubbles that slowly work their way to the thick, off-white head. Active carbonation persists. Sweet, malty notes and breadiness dominate the nose. Malty taste and medium body at the onset. Dries to a warm, spicy finish. A nicely balanced, drinkable bock; worth a return trip.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 17:46:59 | More by BitteBier
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fisherbray

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-28-2012 01:04:10 | More by fisherbray
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-08-2012 04:37:49 | More by frosted33
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Spineypanda

Texas

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.

Yum!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:31:06 | More by Spineypanda
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 19:16:12 | More by hmmmbeer10
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

Classic amber color and a good creamy head that can be coaxed up at a seconds notice. The aroma is as it should be-malt, malt and theraputic more malt-ahhhh Germany, makes me think of the coming of Spring, and spirits happy thoughts into my very being. Creamy and full in the mouth, while not too heavy and not a lightweight, again just as it should be, as a trasitional brew celebrating both Winter and Spring in one big gulp. Flavors are rich, malty, and very clean. The beer finishes long and malty with a tad of bitter. Where is that plate of German grub when you need it!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 02:28:58 | More by moulefrite
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three and a half finger head, lively carbonation

Tastes like hop, caramel, spice, toasty, and a dry finish. You don't know this is a high abv beer.

Smells like hops

Mouthfeel is solid, not watery

Overall, it is a great beer, that is surprisingly sessionable. However, its high abv makes it unwise to do so! Understandably, it is not a beer you should consume in a sequence.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 01:28:32 | More by BierStein711
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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-10-2014 00:54:10 | More by MooseBoose
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

hb maibock
3.5 clear light coppery amber. short head quickly drops to a ring. scant lace.

4 distinctive sweet smell. dates and honey.

4 mmm...melanoids? sweet brown bread with honey drizzled over it. toasted crusts. this would be great with various cheeses i bet. tiny bit of bittering hops play a supporting role.

4.5 medium+ body with that special kind of fullness i suspect comes from copious melanoids. carbonation moderate (plenty adequate).

5 this, to me, is a very relaxing beer. it's not about awing you with challenging new flavors (and the first time i tried it i just didn't get it), yet it's rich and embracing, encouraging a slower pace and an appreciation for the abundance of life. a comfortable celebration of spring.
drinkability is particularly through the roof considering the (just read it and am astounded) 7.2%. ( is that correct??)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 01:01:23 | More by brewmudgeon
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear, light tawny in color. Off white head that dissipates to a thick film, leaving delicate lacing.

smell; honey-nut cherios comes to mind; very grainy cereal malts, with blunt nutty aromas, all held together with with a honey sweetness. Bits of grassy hops in there too with the slightest bit of alcohol. Really a lot going on but still subtle, amazing balance.

taste; I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of flavor and the balance. Very much like the smell. Most flavor comes out in the finish. Very malty and mildly sweet, the hops keep the sweetness in check.

mouthfeel; chewy but loose and easy to swallow, quite refreshing, with a wet finish.

overall; not the best Maibock I have ever had but still quality and for the price it can't be beat. I reccomend this gem as a go to example of the style, buy it by the case.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 16:04:58 | More by Sachsenfreude
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nodder

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-22-2014 19:52:00 | More by nodder
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AaronRed

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am really not a fan of Mai Bocks, so I ventured into this knowing it would not be my favorite. Very sweet, with a tang, that sort of threw me off. Fruity and smooth. Yet, the overall pciture wasn't too bad; I really enjoyed it. I just cannot imagine myself drinking more of them.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 04:39:44 | More by AaronRed
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-30-2012 00:50:00 | More by tln13
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-22-2012 19:54:29 | More by Mullinger1980
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

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
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-19-2012 11:14:00 | More by zillo043068
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Didier

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-26-2014 00:38:26 | More by Didier
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber color with a nice small foamy white head. Foam fades fast and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and sweet malts combine to make this an inviting nose.

Taste: A little bitter hops up front with a fruity and pine-like quality, but it's quickly mellowed by a sweet and caramel maltiness. A really satisfying and well-balanced beer.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes clean and semi-sweet on the tongue.

Overall: One of the best Maibock's I've tried (and I've tried many). I love this style, and this one is a perfect example of it. Well balanced with big flavors and a good ABV to match.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 19:40:59 | More by ChopperSmith
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alostplot

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-01-2014 22:33:08 | More by alostplot
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:57:18 | More by MetalHopHead6
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lzepplin01

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-06-2014 01:48:18 | More by lzepplin01
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mcss

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-03-2012 20:18:15 | More by mcss
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-28-2013 14:52:05 | More by livingtodie
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JMD

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:12:39 | More by JMD
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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