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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

561 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 24 | 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 bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

"Germany's oldest Maibock" exclaimed the label, so I had t try it. Amber color, slight head. Semi-sweet, no bitterness. Thin, yes thin, but not weak. Pleasant going down but not exciting. I could barely taste the ABV. No noticeable side tastes. A pleasant beer, but not spectacular.

bewareOFpenguin, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of teromous
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%

A: The beer is a rich clear orange color, with a fluffy orange-white head. The head stands very well and leaves lots of lacing.

S: It has the smell you'd expect from a lager, with some malt sweet scents, and a little bit of caramel. I don't pick up any hops.

T: The hops come through a bit more in the flavor, with a light bitterness. There is a pleasant caramel flavor.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. It's wonderful.

O: Overall it's great. I'd love to try it at the HB Haus on draft.

teromous, May 06, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a transparent copper color with a 1 finger white head. Smells of light sweet malts. Taste is Starts with sweet malts, then I get a bit of hoppiness as it gets farther back on my tongue. Mouthfeel is just where it should be, in my opinion, if you don't notice the mouthfeel, it's just right. Overall this is a dang good beer, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would jump at a chance to buy it again.

gkunkle, May 06, 2011
Photo of frosted33
3/5  rDev -22.7%

frosted33, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of MaxOhle
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MaxOhle, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Beer-A-Lot, May 09, 2014
Photo of jaluria
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured an orange-rust color with an inch-thick off-white colored head. The surface was laiden with different sized bubbles. Aromas of honey, alcohol, and ripe fruit. The taste was sweet with strong fruit undertones. A bitter finish with a creamy and refreshing texture. A bit too dry and overly sweet as I neared the bottom of my glass. Overall, this is a flavorful beer with hints of spice and fruit surrounding a sweet, alcohol-enriched core.

jaluria, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of MrKennedy
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

300ml serving purchased from the Bavarian Bier Cafe, O'Connell St and served into said-sized dimpled stein.

See through, peachy-apricot colored appearance poured with large foam (pushing an inch and a half) that died relatively quickly. Good lacing of the glass.

Smells sweet, coffee and light, sweet cereal malt. Enticing if you.like sweet things.

Flavour is of toffee and caramel, a touch one-dimensional, even for a German beer.

Mouthfeel finishes a little boozy even for the strength if the beer. Body is about right.

Overall, quite ok, sessionable, but the boozy finish will be a constant reminder of how a session is going.

MrKennedy, May 11, 2011
Photo of rob99er
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

rob99er, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of SamN
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

A- Great amber tones, with a thick head made of fine tiny bubbles. Lots of bubbles streams keeping things lively. Great color, a solid looking brewski.

S- Crisp clean scents of German hops, slight husky adjuncts and subdued bready malts. Crisp and clean are first in my mind with this aroma. Quite strong, piques my thirst.

T- Great balance here. Alternating tastes of sharp hops, metallic twang and malt, caramel diactyls. Rich taste, finishes smooth and balanced. Quite good, I'm impressed. More complexity than I was anticipating.

M- Just a tad rough on the palette, a little spritzy. Medium body, thicker than I thought it would be.

D- Good. One of the better maibocks I've had, which is not many in all honesty. This may set me on the path, though.

Once again, the Germans do it right.

SamN, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of WMEugene
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a half inch head and very good lacing.

S - Skunk smell up front (green bottles are an affront to all that is good in this world). Once you get past the skunk, it's sweet malts, bread, and caramel. Very faint hops.

T - A balanced blend of hops and malts. A bit biscuity and bready. A little skunked, but not as apparent as the nose. Sweet and nothing too complex.

M - Medium bodied, crisp lager feel. Good carbonation. Smooth.

O - Hofbrau's Maibock was a good beer for the style that I could only imagine would have been a lot better if wasn't slightly skunked due to the stupid decision of putting it in a green bottle. Even in the green bottle, it is still an enjoyable beer. Would love to try on draft or if I could find it in a brown bottle.

WMEugene, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

abrodsky, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of gr0g
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Coppery amber in appearance, not unlike a Vienna. Capped with two fingers of foam. Head retention is pretty good while lace formation is merely OK. Rich toffee, bready notes on the nose, but there's also a bit of a cardboardy smell that you get all too often with German lagers that aren't all that fresh. Noble hops impart a floral aroma that follows the aroma from the grain.

The flavor is rich and malty, while there's just the right amount of hop bitterness to impart a nice balance to the overall character. A solid malt bill imparts a ripened date flavor in addition to the usual caramel/toffee notes. Nothing much to say about the mouthfeel other than the carbonation feels just right and isn't harsh.

This is a good, robust lager that I enjoyed, but Hofbrau's green bottles plus the journey to the US don't help in the freshness department. With a trip to Germany in the cards for sometime next year, this is one beer I'll be looking to have on tap.

gr0g, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

11.2oz bottle into pilsener glass.

A - Clear deep amber with a giant creamy white head.

S - Toasted bready malt, caramel, subtle grassy hops.

T - Sweet caramel, toasted grains, apple juice, light citrus. There is a pleasant nutty flavor throughout. A light hop bitterness balances the sweet malt. Finishes with spicy alcohol, grassy hops, and a slight earthy graininess.

M - Smooth and a bit creamy, medium bodied. Crisp, high carbonation. Slight warming alcohol.

O - Simply put, this is a great beer. It has good balance, flavor, and drinkability. The alcohol is masked well and the hop profile lends a wide array of different flavors.

mooseo, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

This bottle doesn't have the word Altestes anywhere on it. But it says on the label that it's Munich's first bock, so I figure it's the same as this beer listed. So here goes:
It's brilliant clear copper in color with a very large but quickly shrinking fluffy head. A pleasant malty aroma greets along with a touch of alcohol. Sweet maltiness is prevalent and enjoyable in this medium bodied brew. A spicy hop kick comes through in the finish and is masked by the alcohol, leaving the impression of strong maltiness and alcohol. I enjoyed it very much, and with the wonderful single bottle selection I have in Chicago, I will be buying this again at the very cheap price it goes for....definitely a seeker.

AudioGilz, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of olympicgatorade
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

olympicgatorade, May 03, 2012
Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Dark resiny amber color, clear, with one finger of slightly off-white head
S - slight skunk up front, maybe the result of a green bottle, then your typical german malt/hop scents, nothing surprising
T - A great balance of malt and hops...bready sweetness with a clean and crisp finish, maybe a touch of honey...well-balanced. touches of alcohol warmth peek through at times just to remind you there's a little more in there than you might think...tastes distinctly German.
M - Light/medium bodied, smooth and resiny, just a bit of stickiness and a nice crisp finish
O - What a great, well-crafted, clean beer. After being immersed in the world of crazy american craft brew experimentation, sometimes it's just nice to appreciate something that the majority of people would think of as "beer"...just plain beer...but so well done.

josefnewsong, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Nbdreher
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Didier, May 26, 2014
Photo of MooseBoose
4.5/5  rDev +16%

MooseBoose, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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??)

brewmudgeon, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of BitteBier
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

BitteBier, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Dbot
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Dbot, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

fisherbray, Jul 28, 2012
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.