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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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318 Reviews

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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 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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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer is bronze with amber highlights. It is capped with an inch of creamy, tan head.

S - It has a really sweet caramel smell. It also has a bread smell. I also get a little bit of spiciness.

T - The caramel malt kicks things off. There is a noticeable hop presence to balance this beer out. I was expecting a sweet mess. I get very little skunk. I was expecting a lot since this beer comes in green bottles.

M - Moderate to medium

O - This beer is on the sweet side, but it was pretty good. There were enough hops to balance out the finish.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Hofbräu Maibock pours a clear, copper color. A half-inch of light beige head tops the brew and settles slowly. Caramel and bready malt aromas dominate the nose as lighter hop and yeasty aromas provide some more depth. Bready to begin with, sweeter caramel malt flavors move in with hints of honey and nuts swirling into a slightly hoppy and alcoholic finish. This classic example of the style is moderately carbonated with a medium body.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont, IL

A - Pours a carmel-ish brown/red color with 1 finger of white head

S - Sweet malt, fresh baked bread

T - I was expecting some alcohol bite at 7.2% ABV, but there isn't much at all. Very smooth and easy drinking. You get a bit of honey / malty sweetness up front, with a bit of bready banana yeast flavor. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied and maybe slightly thicker than traditional German beers

O - I normally reach right for the hefeweizen at a German brauhaus, but since this was in-season I gave it a shot - and I'm glad I did. It is slightly sweet, but not cloying at all and very easy to get carried away drinking.

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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 TheMultiYeast
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden yellow with a finger of white head and bubbly effervescence.

Biscuity malts and ripe red apples are strong in nose, toffee sweetness, grassy grains.

Sweet, malt forward with a bit of fruity hops. Mild toasted character takes it to the next level.

Very drinkable Maibock.

Would pick this up again. Glad I tried it.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.