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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewery on March 20, 2006. It came in a 1 L Mass, for 6.20 Euros.

A: Clear copper, fluffy white head, good retention and lace.

S: Not much aroma, but a pleasant bready malt.

T: Caramel, bread, a little nut, hint of spice. It's a little sweet up front & a little bitter in the end.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: 1 Litre... damn!

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2006 00:06:12 | More by Derek
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

The bottle markets itself as "Munich's first maibock". The marketing worked on me.

Pours a clear (extremely clear) copper color, with OK looking foamy head. The smell is very malty, almost smells like fresh wort. The taste is completely sweet, maybe just a touch of hop bitterness in the after-taste.

A really good maibock, maybe my favorite. At $0.99 per 0.5L bottle (on sale at Kenny Road Market in Columbus) this beer is a really good value too. I completely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 22:19:51 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of bigdeuce


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very malty, then hoppy kickback. This beer has to be what dead guy ale was aiming for, even though this beer is quite different. I feel that the Hofbrau was a little smoother, though has a little more kick, and it is noticeable. But, an excellent brew overall. Meaty body, rich and dark. Nice initial head, fruity esthery malts and an outstanding maibock. I recommend this beer and it is moderately priced.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 01:06:25 | More by bigdeuce
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden amber with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice caramel aspect and a Vienna/Munich malt character. The malty sweetness coupled with the light fruity aspect was toasty and inviting.

The flavor was lightly metallic with a malty backbone, but not overly sweet. The malt was nutty and toasty with a nice caramel component. The beer dried out quickly with a good balance between hop bittering and malt.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of metallic flavor and malt impression. The body was medium and nicely done but the carbonation was a bit on the low side. A good solid Maibock with no appreciable alcohol presence except for a very slight warming after consumption.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 23:31:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Mitchster


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

Pours out to a brilliantly clear copper, forming a spongy and pancake-y beige head with very good retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is intoxicating. Absolutely beautiful....thick and malty with tons of glorious fruity esters, like overripe apples, bananas, raisins, and dates. The mouthfeel is smooth at first, biting in the middle, and medium bodied. The taste is an echo of the aroma...the amber malts are bold and beautiful. There is some peppery alcohol towards the middle which stings a bit and roughens up the mouthfeel. The malts are lightly balanced by some slightly chemical non-descript bitterness and apple-juice ester sweetness. Malts linger on the tongue in the finish.

This is a wonderful beer, but it would be even better without the alcoholic blast in the middle. More enjoyable as it warms. Not as overwhelming as a dopplebock might be, but quite rich and satisfying. Reccomended

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 00:33:29 | More by Mitchster
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous, creepy scarlet amber colored with a modest head and lacing pattern.

Husky grain and noble hops on the nose; light twinge of oxidation, slight fruitiness among the beefy malt tones. A coarse caramel base with rough, almost bourbon-burning edges.

Somewhat hard to finish...with no freshness dating I have no idea if I have a bad example or i'm just not privy to this. I will try this again thought as everything else i've had from this brewery has been basically masterful...

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 00:23:24 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: .5 L tall bottle. Short description of the beer and an indecipherable freshness code on the back.

Appearance: Pours red with a great head. Head sticks around quite a while and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and a slight toasted bread aroma.

Taste: Starts off sweet, with the same slight roasted flavor from the aroma. Hops come in gently in the middle, balancing it out. Finishes relatively sweet as well.

Overall impression: Even in the time of Oktoberfest, this is a tasty beer. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 23:07:08 | More by rowew
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5 L. Great deal for about $2. Pours out darkish red with a small head. Sweet, malty aroma. This beer has a slighty nutty malt flavor that I associate with Maibocks. Bitter hops in the finish, combined with a nice spiciness. Full mouthfeel. The alcohol is very noticable. I don't think it's as well hidden as some people think. Pretty good drinkability. This is a pretty interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 00:47:50 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Upon second tasting, it's over strained grain flavor gave off an apparent astringency and harsh bittering. Light caramelizing can't mask.

Looks brightly golden and straw. Active carbonation forms a white head that faded to a trace, but laced nicely. Smells sweet malty. Spiciness and lightly fruity. A bit grainy and yeasty to the nose. Tastes sweeter than expected. Sweet fruits of pears and plumbs arise. Spiciness or coriander and ginger hide behind. Thin, resinous sweetness of honey and powder sugar remain throughout. Firm, consistent body holds mild hop flavor and round mild textures. Finishes clean and slick. Alcohol persists in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 16:50:04 | More by BEERchitect
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with nice bright white foam that settles fairly quickly, leaving a little lacework. There's a light floral aroma punctuated by biscuity malt smell. This beer is smooth and firm bodied. I love how the honeyish malt flavors mingle with the bittering hops towards the finish, which is just slightly tawny, assuring that you are drink a bock beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 01:20:37 | More by marcobrau
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright amber-copper color with a nice foamy lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Has a sweet fruity and nutty aroma. Sweet and malty roasty caramel, honey flavors that has a sweet lasting finish, medium body with a slick and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 22:06:10 | More by maxpower
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.Pours a clear light brown brew with a near nonexistent head.

Smell is sweet malt with a prominent biscuit scent. Faint herbal hops in the smell.

Taste is malty but not sweet. Clean grain flavors and a stout bi8tterness in the finish that clears away the malt. Faint flavors of butter, molasses and biscuit.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable Bock beer. Tasty and non-tiring. Flavorful without any soy sauce taste or other defects that can appear in high malt beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 22:10:00 | More by Zorro
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce (500ml) standard Teutonic brown glass bottle. Bronzed Copper edged crown cap has the blue, white & gold HB logo on it. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database. Labeled as “Hofbräu Maibock” and described as “Munich’s first Maibock”. Lot No. L041E 0846. No strength or discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Lovely looking clear body, a dark red sunset glows with a medium brown depth. Foamed-up frothy off-white head sits well on the base beer. Reasonable amounts of lacing on the straight sided glass sides. ¼” head stays with a full covering throughout, though it thin at times. Low carbonation levels that are nevertheless resilient.

Smell: A mild dark yet fresh fruity aroma mixes in well with sweet malts. Wholemeal bread and some wheat sides well with a low key crisp toasty malt ending.

Taste: Fresh malty start with a little sweetness that stays restrained. Hints of dark fruits rumble in the background as the ending twinkles with a little spice. Dry finish has a touch of malt sweetness which provides a nice rounded ending. Hints of alcohol rise to the surface in the swallow, some sweet breaded malts retain a hold on the palate, but only for a short time.

Mouthfeel: I’m surprised that this be listed as 7.2%, feels more like around 5%. Still, the soft conditioning means that the mouthfeel has an attractive thick shagpile carpet character that is as comfortable as a pair of old slippers.

Drinkability: All of the above strengths combine to create one of the easiest going Maibocks that I have yet had the pleasure to drink. Lovely Jubbly!

Overall: A very tasty and exceptionally easy drinking Maibock. I will pick up more of these. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 04:04:24 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark amber with a thick, frothy white head that holds extremely well and leaves a nice lace. Quite a nice looking beer with lots of carbonation swirling in there.

Smell is doughy and biscuity with hops and a prominent alcohol on top of a solid malt base.

Flavor is a malty base with a spicy alcohol kick on top of it. Lots of crisp apple fruit flavors in there as well. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but it does have a very crips fruitiness that's interesting.

Mouthfeel is relatively light with a fairly good drinkability for the ABV. Nice stab at it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 00:25:47 | More by whartontallboy
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, quite nice, but lighter than others of the style I've seen. Almost no head until I did a hard pour at the end. Nice off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film.

Aroma is gentle, roasty malt, not terribly sweet- a bit of hops are in there.

Flavor- hey this is pretty nice! A definite roasty malt presence is the basis of the flavor, with light milk chocolate and a bit of cinnamon? There is a hop finish that is very nicely balanced with the rest of the beer. The ABV is well hidden (which I always like).

Maibock isn't one of my favorite stles, but hey, it's May still, so let's try one. And overall, it's pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 02:05:02 | More by Dukeofearl
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear amber, little in the way of fizz, a one finger white head that dissipates in about a minute. Nose is very sweet, carmel and honey with ethers, reminds me of Samichlaus. Tast is amazingly complex, all of that sweetness and honey that the aroma promised, well supported by herbal hops and a nice spiciness. Some alcohol is detectable but that's not surprising considering the high abv. The feel is crisp, which is great considering its medium to heavy weight. Finish is long and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 06:28:45 | More by droomyster
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review vom Faß - sampled 18SEP06. Visited the Chinesischer Turm Biergarten in München and was surprised to find this on tap. They referred to it here as "Urbock", though an email to Hofbräu marketing indicated to me that it was the same Bier. I opted for a Maß, costing me 7.00EU... Poured a rich, clear dark-golden color (almost amber), with a fluffy, off-white head and excellent lacing. Nose was very malty, with a touch of toast and some floral hoppage. It was medium bodied, with a touch of prickliness on the tongue, though not enough to detract. Lots of malt also present in the flavor. Lightly sweet, with some pleasing, robust, floral hop action at the end. The finish was super, with mild fruity notes in a lingering aftertaste. Goes damn damn nicely, so much so that I had me-self another Maß!


overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

Bottle review from 24APR05 - It's getting to be that time of year when get a real hankerin' for Maibocks.... and I was pleasantly surprised to find some of this at Blanchards in Allston yesterday. After having a couple of Spaten Maibocks at the Sunset, buying more Mai was an easy choice. There is some sort of code (L041E 1019) on the back label which I cannot decipher, so I wonder a tad whether this is a fresh batch, or a 2004 leftover...

Poured into a Spaten stange, it has a vibrant, rich, deep golden color. It is a clear bier, with an energetic procession of carbonation rising within. The head is a light tan hue, quite creamy and fine, with decent stick to the sides of the glass. The nose has mild bready/toasty malt notes, with a hint of grassiness. The body bordered on medium, with a respectable smoothness on the tongue in spite of the abundant carbonation. The flavor is replete with bready malt with toasty qualities as well, like the aroma. The finish is quite dry, with the hops lending a touch of spiciness. I found it interesting that the label lists wheat malt, along with barley, as one of the ingredients. All in all, a decent brew from the originator of the style. Zum Wohl!! (4.5/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 - 4.00)


Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 18:47:42 | More by Bierman9
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a winner. Poured into a flute from a 500 ml bottle. Dark golden yellow, with a foamy off-white head. Big bubbles in the foam with a half-dozen active columns of bubbles. Some lacing after the head dissipates. Nose is mild, slightly malty and bready. This starts off crisp and smooth with some fine malty bubbles on the tongue. Finish has some bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a full coating of flavors. This goes down smooth and has a lot of interest for the palate. Having a couple of these would make for a nice spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 00:32:45 | More by pentathlete
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4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a nice dark copper color with noticeably amber hues as well (especially when held up to a light). A nice thick head with only moderately decent retention, as it quickly turns into a thin but persistent lace.

Smell: A very sweet aroma with strong notes of honey and a hint of alcohol. Hop aroma is present too, but only barely.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is honestly THE smoothest Bock I have ever had. Despite being strong and full-flavored, it is remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is moderately thick (not oily, but not runny and thin either). Toffee and caramel flavors come through very clearly. The taste of honey is present too, but it more noticeable in the beer’s aroma really. Finally, both a strong hint of alcohol and a much more subtle hop bitterness become noticeable in the after taste.

This is seriously one of the best Bocks I have ever had. What makes it so exceptional is that it so rich, with such a robust and delicious flavor BUT, at the same time, it is so unbelievably smooth and drinkable! This one is a real treat!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 23:08:30 | More by arguemaniac
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, that is highlighted by brilliant red tints. Head is about 1", with good retention. Smell is slightly grassy, with brown sugar and roasted malts.Flavor is very malty, with a tiny hops finish. Liquor is noticable, but it only adds to the experience of this fine beer. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 21:56:17 | More by TastyTaste
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer came in a 16.9oz brown bottle. apearence is a medium amber with a nice rocky head that falls to patchy cloud-like forms. smell is sweet and malty. taste is all malt with an alcohol note. also something slightly bitter and mediciney that is taking away from the experience. alright overall. mouthfeel is slightly heavy and thick which is appealing. drinkabilty is ok if you can get over the medicine/bandaid flavor. not bad but would pass up next time. maybe if i saw it on tap i'd give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 22:34:37 | More by ramrod666
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color; decent head that leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Sweet, caramel malty nose with bready overtones and some noble hops coming through

Taste: Caramel malt dominates (rather bready) but is nicely balanced by the hops; ulitmately, the malt overcomes the bitterness until it is finally replaced by the warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability: a very nice Maibock

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 22:12:33 | More by brentk56
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a reddish-light brown color with a huge beautiful head. The smell is pure malt. Sweet and clean.

The taste is again very similar. The taste starts off a bit lacking. Just seems to be a bit sweet and nothing else. Then the middle and more towards the end the flavors really open up. Huge malt backbone with hints of hops. I also pick up some hints of alcohol but nothing overpowering.

I can only imagine how amazing a beer like this must be when it is on tap in Germany. Unless I read it I would have never known it was 7.20%.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:48:34 | More by CharlesRiver
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 14:45:08 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint,.9oz bottle here. Pours a clear, golden amber body with an attractive, two finger, ivory head that hangs around several minutes. Patch lacing is profuse and coats the glass thoroughly.

Aroma is malty sweet, with caramel and Munich malts in abundance. Hops aren't shy, either, and are assertive in an herbal sense.

Mouthfeel has medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste begins with a major league maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar, and breadiness are quite assertive early on. This Maibock has plenty of hops going on, as well. The hops are spicy and herbal, and lend a nice balance to the assertive malts. The alcohol remains hidden in the complexity of flavors, but is noticeable to the brain a few minutes after the finish.

The first and only time I've seen this particular bier, at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar, in Lexington, Ky, where it was a perfect compliment to curried wurst and German cucumber salad, following a Kostritzer shwarzbier on tap. Nicely balanced and very tasty Maibock that would be very enjoyable on its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 23:20:05 | More by merlin48
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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