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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 303
Photo of amiles
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet just for fun...

A: Pour produce a nice thick 3 finger white head, medium amber colour. Nice looking beer, though the bottle had a couple floaties so I marked it down a bit.

S: I was in Germany last month and this is how I remember things smelling there for some reason. Sweet, and mild hops.

T: Again, sweet... almost too much. Some carmel thrown in there, with malts.

M: Carbonated nicely, though it feels uninteresting apon entering the mouth.

D: Not feeling this beer. That's all I've got to say.

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice off white head on an amber-orange body with excellent clarity.

S - Aroma of malt and mild spicy hops, otherwise clean.

T - Quite malty with some fruity characteristics. Moderate hop bitterness with a solventy alcohol bite. Slightly peppery in the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - The somewhat hot alcohol flavor combines in an unfortunate way with the harsh hop bitterness to create an unpleasant taste that overwhelms the malt characteristics. Not particularly drinkable.

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clean, golden pour, crystal clear. An average looking slightly off-white head.

S: Light fruity esters, sweet soft-roasted malts, something of an almost 'canned pineapple' aroma? A little floral scented, as well.

T: Malts are a little more pronounced. A floral hoppy bitterness, and a little bit of fruitiness comes through towards the finish.

M: A Medium-light body... finishes semi-dry with enough for a little refreshing edge in there.

D: Not a bad brew at all... enough oomph to show it has some attitude, but rather easy for the style.

Photo of TheSarge
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a stein, this beer presents itself quite well. I poured this initially into a pint glass, and that was a mistake. This brew has lots of light tan colored head, that sticks around for a good while. The body is clear and is copper in color.

This smells a little doughy and copper like at the same time. I detect hints of sweet bread too.

Hofbräu Maibock is a bit spicy and bitter, but is quite tasty. The flavor is mostly biscuit with tartness like grapefruit.

Photo of gmfessen
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading that this beer is a spring release (Maibock duh!) and I bought this in mid February doesn't sound good. Also, at the LHBS this green bottle was stored directly under the lighting... but alas. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear amber-orange color with a fine bubbly, one-finger head. The smell is malty sweet, slight fruitiness and obvious skunking (which I had expected from above). The taste is very much the same, malty backbone - slightly toasted, very skunked and no perceivable hop flavor but there is some perceived bitterness. The mouthfeel is light in body with a minimal amount of mouth-tingling carbonation. Drinkability is still relatively decent because of the light mouthfeel and low carbonation but that doesn't make it desirable. I would love to try this a little fresher, I'm sure it's much MUCH better. Also, for 7.2% it's not really very noticeable - even in full skunk form.

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, into a mug glass. It pours a light reddish amber with a modest but consistent head. Very light malt aroma with some grassy hops lurking at the edge. Flavor is a bit bland and disappointing. Even for a maibock, the malt is fairly light on the palate. More bitterness might make things a bit more interesting. Does have a nice body and mouthfeel.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. L 031 G 1512 is printed on rear label. Some kind of production code?

Appearance: coppery orange body with beige 3/4" head after vigorous pour. Head quickly dies off and mild lacing clings to sides of glass when swirled. Clean, refreshing looking beer.

Smell: faint scent of pitted dark fruit, maybe plums or figs. Sweet honey and slight graininess. Alcohol is definitely in the nose, but no hops. Scents become more apparent upon warming.

Taste: upfront sweet fruit, grains and honey followed by alcohol and balanced nicely by hop's bitterness. In the background is a alkaline hard water taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with gentle carbonation and slickness. Hops give a bit of a bite and alcohol a warming sense.

Drinkability: nice balance of taste and gentle carbonation makes for easy consumption. I would drink several of these at any one sitting.

Photo of HardTarget
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recovered from old BJCP notes, lost where I got this one from.

Aroma: A mild noble hop scent on a grainy malt base.

Appearance: Orange glass with great clarity and a thin white cover that dropped but held as a thin sheet.

Flavor: Good malt base with some slight orange blossom notes, some tea flavors, and a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation and a slow fading finish.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable! A well balanced beer that shows off both malt and hop.

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

Appearance: poured from a green bottle, attractive amber color, good sized head. mediocre retention. surprised to see a few floaties.

Smell: fairly light aroma. some grassy hops. light malt.

Taste: Bit of honey, grassy hops. Some malty sweetness and a hint of toast. Slightly medicinal, alcoholic, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly quaffable. Sessionable, surprising to see it's so high in alcohol.

Photo of Absumaster
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, copper beer with an easy-going stream of carbonation.

Smell is very malty with a very fine yeast profile. A bottom fermenting yeast that gives a rather clean profile, but in this case also a nice accentuation of the malt, which is biscuity and light caramellic.

Taste is very malty and pretty bitter, more bitter than I expected. The malt is biscuity and light caramellic. Again the yeast gives this beer such a great extra boost of balance, every sip is enjoyed. The beer is a bit sticky, but not overly sweet. Drinkability is great, especially for it's 7,2%.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish golden color with a small 1/8" head of small off white bubbles that faded pretty quickly into a lasting ring around the beer on top. There is a pretty steady procession of bubbles rising to maintain the ring.

Aroma: The aroma is really malty with some evident sweetness and a noticeable melanoidin presence. There is some alcohol there as a mild spice, but the malt is in charge. There is a caramel presence that mixes with toasty notes to give the aromatics of the beer a pleasing overall presentation. As the beer warms a bit, there is a subtle floral hops aroma coming out.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely in that there is a strong malt presence and some melanoidin. I don't really get much in the way of hops in the flavor, but the alcohol is there is a subtle spice and an even more subtle warming. The overall flavor presentation is pretty nice and well balanced malt with plenty more malt to back it up. The finish has some dryness from attenuation and a subtle hop bitterness, but the malt is the force in charge. The dryness is there, but the beer finishes on the palate pretty heavy with the mouthfeel.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. It is seriously malty, and that is not a bad thing. It leaves me a bit wanting for some floral noble hops to taste. I am not saying that this is out of style, but the Maibock's that I am used to making, I normally have a bit more flavor hops myself...but I am not advocating that a Maibock be hoppy, but I like a mild floral presence to compliment the malt.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no date evident into a pilsner. Clear, pale ruby red color with plenty of carbonation streams. Thick, craggy off-white head. On the nose, solid, big, bock-characteristic malts, perhaps just a hint of alcohol. Plenty of malt on the mouth as well, counterpoised against a not-insignificant amount of dry, bitter hops. Finishes off on a dry, hoppy note. Some boozy, malt-liquor like alcohol presence. Semi-thick mouth, full carbonation and slick on the palate. Drinkability is good; it’s tasty and enjoyable, though not especially sessionable at 7.2%.

Overall: A good maibock/helles lager, tasty and substantial. Worth a try.

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

Pours copper in color with an off-white head. Malty aroma with a hop spiciness to it. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Sweet bready maltiness starts things off. The middle has a pleasant hoppiness to it that combines with a slight fruitiness. The finish is mildly dry with some alcohol detected toward the back. Overall all this was a really solid example of the maibock style offered from Hofbräu.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blazing bonfire orange with Sunkist highlights. The cap is the color of tangerine mousse and is at least as creamy. As the rumpled surface of the head slowly sinks, small scraps of sea foam lace appear on the glass. What's not to like?

For one thing, the aroma is underpowered. For another, what reaches my nose isn't all that compelling. It's earthy and herbal and musky at once, with no real identifiable personality. In fact, I'd have a hard time identifying Maibock as a maibock at all.

Although it makes something of a comeback on the palate, I've had much better versions. The basics are these: mostly pale malt with more than a hint of sweet caramel, dried orange peel (especially on the finish) and earthy, grassy hops of the German persuasion. I'm pretty sure this bottle is from *this* spring, but it lacks the flavor focus that I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be for a beer of this style. Good points include a gem-like smoothness coupled with very little carbonation. This lager is a cinch to drink, I'll give it that. Only the ABV keeps it from being sessionable (for most people).

I have yet to be blown away by a beer from Staatliches Hofbrauhaus (their helles lager and their hefe are decent). I'm sure I'd feel differently if I was able to experience it fresh from the tap in Munchen... "I'd like to be seated in the beer garden please, it's such a nice day"... but the bottled product doesn't meet my expectations. This is still a worthwhile purchase if you love the style.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber brown color. Medium head that didn’t last very long with some lacing afterwards.

Smell: Malt.

Taste: Hops bitterness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very nice tasting beer but a tad bit heavy. Not a session beer but definitely worth trying.

Photo of ohmybock
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visited Germany several years ago during the Summer and stopped by the Hofbrau in Munich, but this beer was not on tap. However, I also visted the Chinesischer Turm which also had Hofbrau beers on tap. What really surprised me is that the CT had (this?) Hofbrau bock beer on tap! In my broken German I asked if the bock beer was the Maibock. The server told me it was pretty much the same beer as the Maibock. Accordingly, I will go ahead and review this beer as the Maibock. This brew was incredible! It had all of the "German maltiness" you would expect in a German bock beer. It was soooo drinkable, it was crazy. I long for this beer back in the states, but I doubt we'll ever get the real thing.

Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear, slightly reddish copper, with a big foamy offwhite head of an inch and a half, dissipates to spotty patches.

Smell: A smell on the sweeter side, sweet bread and some honey, nice maltiness that touches on chocolate muffin.

Taste: Malty with flavors of more sweetbread and a hint of butter (diacetyl), a nice balancing hop bitterness comes quick with an almost tea like taste and some grass, hint at a light chocolate muffin with nuts, finish is mildy sweet for a bit, then slightly bitter grains finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in feel with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: A very tasty Maibock with a great play on the taste buds, exellent balance and multideminsional flavor.

Photo of BucBasil
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good beer, pure and simple. Poured this from a bottle into a conical pint glass. The appearance is a nice amber color. My only gripe here is that it's hard to get a good head on the beer, although that didn't detract a lot from my rating. Smells ranged from fruity to floral, which matched the "spring" characteristics this beer is supposed to have. And they're right, this beer fits right in for drinking in May - I had this relaxing on a late spring day in hot Florida, and it really hit the spot. The real draw here is the taste, which was really good in my opinion. Some people have likened the taste to warm bread, which I tend to disagree with, although I guess I can see where they get it from. There is some bread in the taste, but it was a bit sweeter than I expected. It hits your mouth with an interesting richness and just slides down your throat, leaving a nice sweet aftertaste. The beer is incredibly drinkable, but the alcohol content will slow you down a bit. I had 3 in one sitting, and was really feeling it after, but in a really good way... I'll recommend this beer for anyone looking to unwind after a long hot day, but I'm not sure I'll pick it up again anytime soon, especially out of season.

Photo of boxofepilepsy
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

featured for steal the glass night at Capital Ale House in Richmond.

on tap in a half liter tall glass. frothy head on dark, hazy red-orange.

smell is solid. thick sweetness (honey) balanced very well by hop character. a bit nutty and some fruit i can't really recognize.

tasty beer. not overly sweet but big on malts. caramel and hazelnut up front really well balanced with bitterness of hops. finishes with hops and a subtle alcohol warming. medium bodied with a fairly small presence of carbonation.

dangerously drinkable. balanced very well and alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago.

Half-liter sample in a dimpled HB mug. Arrives with a frothy head of foam, atop the tawny amber Bock. It's slightly darker in tone than other bocks, namely Spaten which was also on tap here. Presentation in the appropriate glassware gets points, it just looks so appetizing.

Aroma of green apple, light caramel malt.

Big smooth caramel on the palate, punctuated by a green apple tartness. This is rounded out by a gentle hop in the finish. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. A step up from a Pils, but a shade less chewy than a Dopplebock.

Insanely drinkable. 2 liters later, you could find yourself in some trouble...

Edit: Just had a bottled sample, which would rate much lower than the tap version. Look for this on tap...bottled, it ain't anything special.

2nd Edit: Don't know if the keg from Resi's was different somehow, but 2 tap samples i've tried since then haven't been the same (possibly going downhill with age). More flat and bready, not much apple or fruity notes at all. Oh well...May is over afterall, better luck next year!

Photo of Vancer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A spicy aroma has me wondering about this one from the get go. Then the change to woody and vinous for the quaff. This is one maibock that I didn’t expect. The semi-harsh wood finish just doesn’t get this one much past the starting gate, although it does mellow by mid-bottle. Still a sweetish mid-taste supports the brew.

A nice clear amber beneath a smallish white head. Nothing remarkable. Not worth the high dollar import fee – around $10 a sixer for me.

Photo of Maerzen
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do love this time of year. Appearance was a nice caramel color with a creamy head which quickly turned to nice lace. The smell was a little sweet but not distracting. The mouthfeel had a nice, lightness but with substance. It's great to drink a Mai Bock that tastes like a Mai Bock should.

Photo of beeragent
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a deep copper, forming a creamy 1/2 inch head. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is very skunky, with a little bit of malt coming through. The taste is a little better. Light sweet malt flavoring, a hint of citrusy hops, alcohol, but overall, an uneasy wheaty taste. Its hard to describe, but this tastes like all the other beers that I've had that have come in green bottles. If its green, it always seems to have a very skunky smell and taste. Maybe I'm just not used to the styles, but they just dont do it for me.

Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of caramel. The taste starts out smooth with some malt and finishes with a long slightly bitter hoppiness. Light-medium body with a good dose of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Overall, this is a slightly better than average brew that did not blow me away.

Photo of jnelson54
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a pale amber with a thin white head a slight smell of malt and hops. The head failed quickly all the remained is a thin white ring around the glass. Malty on the nose the finish is hoppy with a little buscuit. Very nice replication of the style except for the carbonation. good but not outstanding. very drinkable

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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