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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
87
very good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WMEugene
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep Amber colour that is clear. The off White creamy head stays around and laces.

S - Sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit and toast.

T - Nice toasted bread notes followed by toffee and fruity malt. The finish is a little dry.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very drinkable beer that is recommended.

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into seidel.

BBE 9 Nov 2011

A- 3 finger creamy head sits atop a deep amber body with excellent clarity. Head retention and lacing are very good.

S- Toasted malts, sweet toffee notes, some Munich malt in there too.

T- Toasted malt backbone throughout. Hints of sweeter toffee notes come and go with a hint of hop in the full finish. Perhaps a suggestion of alcohol strength but this is smooth, no heat.

M- Medium body and carbonation, lager clean finish.

O- The darkest and maltiest maibock i have had. Its a tasty malty brew. The majority of beers in this style i have had before are paler and drier in the finish with not such a strong malt presence. I definitely prefer this flavour profile, its more like a normal bock. Satisfying malt backbone with a lager clean finish, too easy to drink. Prost!

Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Good carbonation, Reddish/Rust Yellow in color; good color and carbonation. Loses point for very slight head and lacing.

Smell- Very light smell, gave it an average for the fact that this style has, in my opinion, a light smell. Smells of toasted malt and very slight burnt sugars.

Taste- I very much liked the taste and think it is a great representation of the style. It starts off with a great taste of German malts and follows into a slight taste of sugar. The ending is awesome, it taste like grass and hops. Very earthy.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, not oily or slick at all, nor is it gritty and tough. Superbly quaffable, like most German beers.

Overall- This has the makings of a great beer. Can't say I've tasted a lot of maibocks but from what I can read; this one is spot on.

Photo of MbpBugeye
1.72/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance
Clear and pale. The beer is a dark, rusted amber. The head is short, but stays at a thick film.

Aroma
Totally lightstruck. Hooray for green glass and no freshness dating. The skunky aroma seems to fade a little bit, revealing some sweet breadiness underneath.

Taste
Sweet bread dough, soft pretzels kick things off. Then things get weird. The hops are much stronger than what I'd expect. They are very medicinal, bitter and chemical. The taste is good for about the first half.

Mouthfeel
I guess this is the only part that isn't ruined. Its smooth and fluffy. Only trouble is that nagging finish.

Overall
Yick, green bottles and the singles rack at Kroger, and I knew better too.

Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear light brown coloration, nice head which displayed some impressive staying power, and even some spotted lacing here and there.

S - Sweet brown sugar, some mild grassy hops, and an overall aroma that reminds me of fresh Spring air.

T - Biscuity malts up front, followed by a sweet body. Nice bitter backing, grassy, with just a touch of lemon.

M - Crisp light to medium body, sharp carbonation level, and a nice, clean finish.

D - Great beer, I can't imagine what it tastes like fresh from the source, hopefully I'll find out one day. Reco.

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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- really nice dark honey gold color. huge head, with complex bubble structure. Surprisingly good lacing. In general this beer has a great appearance.

s- Sweet fruit and white raisins with touches of orange zest and grapefruit. Booze lends some brightness.

t- Sweet malt with a juicy fruitiness. Plums, white raisins, and oranges. Booze warms the flavor profile. Quick, herbal hop accent.

m- Medium body. The tick sweetness is kept in check by a bright carbonation, and help round out the overall mouthfeel.

o- on the sweeter side of things with big booze and fruit.

p- stellar pairing with bratwurst served with a sweet onion sauce.

Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

This pours a dark amber color with a nice off white or very light tan head. Lots of very small bubbles on the carbonation.

The smell has a slightly skunked smell at first reminds me of Heineken, perhaps from the green bottle, also a little grassy and a little bready. The body is medium to light. The initial taste is a little sweet and bready followed by a long bitterness (not quite a good hoppy one, its also slightly metallic), I'm guessing this is skunked which is disappointing. This isn't a bad beer but not great either. If this ever starts to come in a dark brown bottle I'll try it again, otherwise there are just too many better beers to drink to have this again.

-- Edit --
I gave in and tried another one of these and this one wasn't skunked and it is a much better beer, my initial review isn't bad but this is definitely better, a nice caramel / toffee flavor with a bitter after taste, hopefully they change the bottle. I'd change taste on this to 4/5, but I'm going to leave it for now.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.