Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München
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Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into German dimple beer mug

A: Pours a rich amber-orange -- caramel like -- color with a creamy white head that
is about 3 inches wide but slowly dissipates to a cap. Some light lacing around glass. Beer is very clear and looks pleasant in the glass

S: A whiff of caramel/malt sweetness. Not much else going on, but very nice

T: A delicious, crisp, clean malt/caramel taste with a lingering bitterness on the finish.
A bit of toasty/biscuity notes. Tasty

M: Medium mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation

O: This is an excellent beer. I would definitely buy it again. In fact, I had 3 of these today :-) I can't comment on the how this fits the Maibock style -- I am familiar with
the darker bock/doppelbock styles but this is the first maibock I've had. Without knowing the style, I can just say that I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear medium golden brown with a modest ivory head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is floral and lightly nutty, with a mineral quality. Flavor reveals more mineral and earthy hops, with a touch of toasted malt and a slightly sour note with a bitter finish. Expected much more malt character. The sour taste is offputting.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A pretty, very beery beer...lacy head goes down quickly. I pulled the 6 pack fresh from the case---as the green glass sitting in a well-lit store will skunk it up quick--no skunk aroma at all this way---BUT the Germans would not call it fresh either. All malt, no hops in the aroma--which is correct for the style.

The hops give it a clean, fresh aftertaste, cutting through the heavy caramel malts. Extremely well balanced--to be expected of German beers, something American brewers should learn--if their taste buds are not hop-burned-out already. This is NOT an IPA drinkers beer--as the flavor is all about the quality malt--with hops only as an accent. A great Spring beer--after a long hot day, looking forward to summer, this beer goes down very well-- with a mouth-feel almost like a meal, but not as meat-and-potatos as say double bock or dark ales.

Maibock is one of my favorite styles, with Einbecker Mai-Urbock my first and favorite of the genre. This one is close, but not quite as light....still a super high-quality beer, for those who know quality beer is more about malt, than hops.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into a mug. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of roasted malt with slight berries. Tastes of slight fruit nice malt, sweet but not too sweet. Beer is lightly carbonated, light bodied, crisp finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of TippedMixology
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A self-acclaimed springtime beer.

Appearance - Beautiful amber blonde. Little head. Very nice to pour.

Smell - Smells exactly like Sugar in the Raw... took me forever to figure out that one.

Taste - Sweet, definitely similar to the smell, but not as overpowering. Slight banana that many German beers have, but it's well balanced with a little hops and some grainy malt.

Mouthfeel - Slight carb. would have liked a little more. Almost too sweet on the tongue.

Overall, very nice Hofbrau. Well balanced with no one flavor overpowering any other. Light, crisp, sweet, and full all at the same time.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Grayson
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drunk from a Weizen glass.

A: Dark, amber/copper. One finger of head dissipates to a quarter inch within a minute.

S: Very hoppy, full flavor. Fruity.

T: I tasted notes of caramel. Very hoppy, much flavor. A bit of a bitter finish, but that's not a negative note.

M: Deep and heavy that lingered all around mouth.

O: I was impressed! Dark, flavorful, hoppy with fruity notes. A favorite.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/12/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle that I bought at Spirit World in Omaha for $2.19 a few weeks back. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a German .5L glass.

Pours a nice medium amber in color with a about a half finger off-white head. Left some very nice 'spider web like' lacing. The aroma is of malts and hops with NO 'skunky' smell that is very common with brews in green bottle for some reason. The taste is very smooth actually with the malts and hops blended nicely with a very light 'hoppy' finish which wasn't bad and didn't linger at all. Perfect carbonation. Goes down easy.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer at Total Wine in West Orange last week, having never had this before. Even though it's been disgusting out here this week, I wanted to give this a go since spring had finally sprung here this week and I was hoping that this beer would suit the season nicely. Indeed, this did and it was a great and easygoing example of this style, with a well-recessed alcoholic presence and a nice flavor profile.

Good pour to this, as this beer had a nice almond brown hue, frothy head, and just a hint of lacing that slid down the side of my pint glass after each sip. Lots of dark bread and apple in the nose, which were more pronounced in the taste. Slightly chewy and cloying, there was a good amount of bite and bread to the malt A good amount of champagne-like yeast and carbonation kept this light and only a hint of stickiness lingered after this went down. The alcohol was quite recessed but by the end of the bottle, I could feel it just a bit.

Sure, this was a bit strong but it never felt it and the old saying of "the original being the best" held true here to a large extent. The dry finish ensured that the flavors lingered nicely for a while and this had a pretty easygoing nature to it like a good Maibock should. Great for this time of the year or for anyone unaccustomed to this style. Another solid offering from Hofbrau.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased two individual bottles 1.69 each.

First time tasting this beer. Thicker than Hofbraü Original, but still very good. Definitely more hops and a more "fully bodied" taste. I don't know if it's better than Original, but still a very good beer and one I would buy again.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) 11.2 oz green bottle $1.69(OH)

11.2 oz green bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. Bottling codes are on back label at bottom.

Pours a clear amber color. Two fingers of thick peach-white head, that lasts a good time. Gives way to nice spiderweb like lacing.

The aroma is nice. A malted backbone with noble hop smells. Smells like an original hofbrau but stronger, more malty, and zero skunk. Those noble hops smell beautiful.

Taste follows the nose. A nice malty character, an amazing hit of noble hops, finishes crisp and dry like a noble hop brew should. Hints of apples or grapes towards the middle and end. The 7.2 ABV is Uber well hidden. Only taste a tad stronger than original Hofbrau.

Mouth feel is great. Absolutely no complaints. Perfect carbonation. Crisp and clean from start to finish. Dry like a noble hop brew should be. A noble hop coppery feel clings nicely to your palate.

Overall. Better and stronger than original Hofbrau. The noble Hops are stronger but so are the malts. But its perfectly balanced. Has a nice red/amber color. Head retention is great. Lacing is good. Smell and taste are excellent. I would buy this any day. Where has it been hiding? Better than the original.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Penny copper, slim head, active carbonation.

S: Pachysandra. Straight up pachysandra. Brings me right to my grandparents house in Randolph, NJ.

T: Tough to pinpoint, close to a light lager.

M: Smooth light-medium body, light-medium carbonation.

O: My first Maibock, and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green bottle (!) into an Oktoberfest mug. This lager is an orange-amber color with some off-white to tan foam. Smells exceeding malty, with caramel, toasty, and nutty elements. Body fairly heavy and this brew is quite sweet with a moderate degree of carbonation. Taste is very malt-forward, with caramel and bread crust flavors combining with the buttery mouthfeel to yield a waffles and dark syrup effect, quintessential German malt. There is also a fermented honey sweetness and the hops are more assertive than expected, herbal and minty. I'd rate the flavor higher were it not for traces of a metallic skunked flavor due to the packaging. I feel fortunate though ... This example must have been protected quite well from light, as the skunk was a minor nuisance than did not ruin the entire experience. I can imagine than this would be sublime on tap. Shitty to put such a great malt showcase in a green bottle. Bad call probably based on marketing but do not be dissuaded from trying this if you are a fan of classic German sweet malts. The malts are plenty assertive but the hops also get their licks in ... Well done.

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Photo of BrandonBahula
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

First thing I noticed was how the bitterness in this doesn't blend well with the rest of the beer. Ignoring the bitterness the yeast also has a strong flavor that adds to the sharpness in flavor. Its that slight sourness I get from certain lagers but really strong in this one. The very toasty breaded malty flavor does please my buds.

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Photo of dgilks
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small offwhite head. Fair head retention.

Moderately malty but with distinct metallic and vegetal overtones. Not amazing.

Malty with a lightly caramelised note. Slightly fruity from yeast stress. Moderately metallic.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Okay.

Not a great beer but in the guidelines for style.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored body with a thick, foamy white head. Light caramel and toasted grain aroma; honey. Bright, toasted malt flavors with a good combination of hop bitterness and a twinge of alcohol bite. Tingling feel on the tongue; sugary yet dry feel.

A pleasant little bock beer. It's a bit on the sweet side but has enough malt and hop goodness, tempered with a mild alcohol background, that things just seem to gel into one delicious lager.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 22/7/13

A crystal clear light copper with just a few bubbles and a finger of foam sits around for a few sips leaving no lace

S hay, dried fruit, bread, faint nutty notes and a little herbal spice

T cereals and spicy hops, not far off the nose with some caramel, decent flavors with just a hint of booze

M medium bodied, more bubbles then I could see in the glass, grassy finish

O good example of the style and easy to drink for 7.2%, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it

not my favorite style but this one works well for me today, might hurt ya on a hot summer day if you were to session this but one or two would treat you well

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small, rotund Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Stark white head of small bubbles about a finger thick sits atop a body of brassy golden-amber. It's so crystal-clear that the liquid magnifies the bubbles of condensation on the other side of the glass. Head dissipates after a minute or two.

Smell - Crisp barley and grain, with notes of dried alfalfa and grass from the hops. Perhaps a hint of the malty sweetness.

Taste - Clean, like the smell, with more bready grain characteristics, now on a bed of caramel and bittersweet. Hops are present, but remain in the background, providing a mild bittering balance.

Mouthfeel - Slightly chewy, with medium body and moderate carbonation. Semisweet finish.

Overall, a great beer. I've certainly had maibocks that I liked better, but it's a nice, crisp change-up with a fuller body for some heft.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a orangish brownish copper. Medium high carbonation. Light off white sticky foam clings to the glass in dots. Very clear.

S: Light roasty malts. Wheat and oat. Nutty peanut notes. Minor amount of alcohol.

T: Crisp grain notes start off. Tastes of flour and crackers. Some yeast flavors push through but are nice and mellow. A sweetness prevails through with the grain. A touch of tree sap and woodiness. Tangy mineral with steel and copper on the finish.

M: Thin, smooth crisp and refreshing. Minor mineral aftertaste that mellows quickly.

O: I like the full amount of flavor, but not a huge fan of the metal/mineral flavor. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of scotorum
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another of my Frankenmuth (Michigan) Lager Mill purchases from almost four weeks ago. Not that hard to find elsewhere however.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 11.2 oz. bottle.

a: A beautiful clear deep amber forms an inch plus white head which rounds out above the top of the glass without streaming down. Eventually a thin foam surface film is surronded by a heavy foam ring and some lacing. Very impressive!

s: mildly malty

t: Odor gave a hint. Tasty malt with just enough hops to provide balance from the malt sweetness. Easy drinking and very enjoyable.

m: Smooth and tasty with light to moderate heft.

o: A top notch brew! I'm more a malt and yeast than hop fan, and this one made me a fan of Hofbrau.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A: This pours a beautiful copper, almost crystal clear, with a two-finger creamy white head that lasts quite well, and curtains of small bubbles moving upwards. Excellent.

S: Biscuit malts, lager yeast, mild noble hop bitterness, mild sulfur/DMS aroma. Overall, not a big aroma at all.

T: Powerfully malty flavor - pilsner and light biscuit malts with accompanying light sulfur flavor. A decent amount of grassy hops in the middle that fade into the hang, but there is more malt sweetness after the swallow.

M: Average body for a maibock. Despite all the visible bubbles, it has almost a slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: This seems to be a decent example of a style that isn't a personal favorite, but one that I'm trying to explore. However, this one is more sweet than it should be for style, especially on the finish. Still, not altogether unenjoyable. I wouldn't refuse another, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one either.

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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 thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peachy red-brown with a dense, but thin, layer of foam--beige, in color.

Nice malty nose with minerally earthy notes. Straight German maibock aromas with no frills. Semi-fruity with pomme and stone fruit wafts.

Deliciously tangy strong bock. Fruity peach, apple, raisin, and grape. Lightly roasted grains pushing through creamy yeast notes. Faint clove/bubble gum notes whoosh away in sweet finishing booze.

Bigger-bodied. Creamy and lightly sizzling with tight effervescence. Mellow booze. A dull strength that I like.

Tasty and satisfying. I'd say, stop overlooking this beer.

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Photo of gr0g
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mooseo
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.