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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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568 Ratings

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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Photo of ChuckD
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Somewhat delicate lacing atop a deep reddish copper body.

To the nose, sweet grains, plums and fresh bread-like aromas. Not much of a floral character to mention.

In the mouth, the malts are verified in layer and layer of sweet, juicy fruits, mixed with honey. The malts are very prevalent and offer various complexity of flavors as it warms. A slight hop nature settles down nicely with the sweetness to balance it.

The feel is full and covers the mouth. Nice, tight carbonation creates a lightness that goes quite well with the malt body. It finishes dry, and organically clean.

Musings: A nice Maibock indeed. Different approach than others with the over the top malt character - but it still tends to be highly drinkable.

ChuckD, May 29, 2006
Photo of KlausKinski
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color with a little read touch. Head is ok, nice, big and foamy.
The beginning is quite average, but the aftertaste is very unusual for the style as this one isn't really sweetish, but has a lot of spicy hop aroma. Very unusual, though not that bad. It has a high drinkability though, but it is not totally rounded and not smooth enough.
An interesting, but not totally satisfying example of the style.

KlausKinski, May 23, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Letting the bottle warm for fifteen minutes and then pouring, the beer produces a large, dense head of small off-white bubbles. This gradually recedes, leaving trace amounts of lacing on the sides of glass. Dark, deep golden orange colored body, quite transparent and apparently with robust carbonation levels.
Clean malt and yeast smells, medicinal scent, mild fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol. Sweetness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Alcohol is more present in the taste than expected, but mixed in spirals with base and caramel malts. A diacetyl flavor creeps out as the beer warms, which reminds one almost of a doppelbock. Taste deepens and becomes more complex as beer warms, some spices creep out (cloves, coriander) as does some bread-crust flavor. Aftertaste of bred crust and grassy hops.
Medium light body with a light carbonation effect of foaming the beer in the mouth, letting it release its bouquet of flavors easily. Moderately dry finish, crisp and full on the palate. This comes across, to me, as a lighter (but still malty) and hoppier doppelbock, a good transition from the doppels I was drinking earlier in spring to the warmer weather beers I'll be drinking shortly.

falloutsnow, May 16, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml.brown bottle pours a dark copper-brown with a 1/4inch off-white head and leaves just dots of lace. Mild carbonation.

Smells of malty,malt, malt and more malt. Honey sweet selling malt and that's about all.

Sweet malt with notes of fig and honey. Very little from the hops come through, just enough to taper off the sweetness a bit. Lightly roated malt is what you get with this Maibock.

Medium body, with some alcohol and low carbonation give a smooth, watery mouthfeel. Easy to drink, nice malt flavor, it's worth a try.

scottoale, May 15, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

German for sure. Pours out to a reddish/brown amber color with a head of about 1/8 of an inch that quickly bubbled away. Medium low carbonation, no lace. Aromas of rotting hops and roasted malts fill the nose, with traces of grass and grain. Taste was fair and medium/full bodied; lots of roasted malt, vinegar like hops, a definite note of alcohol and some fermented grain. Not bad. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy and the carbonation played a fair role in the experience. Drinkability is average. This brew is probably best fresh from the source.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: An unimpressed Benjie left the brew on it's own. Peaches was intrigued with the odd complexity, and happily comsumed her and her brother's portion.

Frozensoul327, May 14, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.13/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. This left a one finger head that quickly dissipated and left sketchy surface skim. Color is a dark orange-amber.

Smell - Diacetyl ,and more diacetyl ,some phenols, odors of dried dark fruits.

Taste - like the smell. Dominated by diacetyl. some dark dried fruit liked dates, dried plums. A little bit of phenol taste. I do not like diacetyl taste heavy beers, and this is no exception.

Mouthfeel - thin, fluid, medium carbonation.

Drinkabilty - this goes done with some difficulty for me, and I would avoid this.

ultralarry2006, May 08, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright, clear copper color with a fluffy off-white head. The head didn’t last all that long, but there was a nice display of champagne bubbles rising to renew it. The nose is dominated by caramel malt. Light notes of toffee come across in the middle of the nose. The finish has just a little citrus and floral hop. The flavor is again dominated by malt. Caramel, toffee, and figs abound throughout the entire flavor, but the hops show through. More of just a mild bitterness than anything else although there is just a bit of mild floral hops. Nice smooth mouth feel. Extremely drinkable beer.

carln26, May 06, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an a very light orange/copper color. Almost bordering on gold. Very thick, fluffy white head. Clarity was exceptional - I have not seen a beer this clear. Smell had some mild floral aroma. Taste had some slight bitterness to it. Taste reminded me of Genesee, but in a good way. That is not a bust on this beer but a complement. I think it has something to do with the carbonation. Had a medium body feel and some dryness. Drinkability was pretty good, but not great. Overall a very good beer that I would recommend.

jhu1995, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle. Pours a soid ambered dark tea brown color . A finger of off-white head falls to a healthy coat over top. Clarity is excellent and a moderate cascade of bubbles keeps the head maintained. Nose is nicely rounded with melanoidan toastyness with very light hints of raisin and a very light butteryness. Flavor is definately more raisiney than the nose. Toasty notes are there, but hidden well behind the raisin. There is almost a bit to the fruityness that takes a little away from this one. There is also a touch of metallic on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the light end of moderate with a light carbonation that matches well. This is an okay beer. I think it is a little too fruity and not enouth of the toastyness. Fruityness is more in line with one of the bigger members of the bock family. That being said, its tasty and is worth a look. Enjoyable spring brew.

kmpitz2, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that appeared to be brown in color from a distance, but the bottle is actually is a beautiful green bottle. :-) The front label had nice picture of German people during Oktoberfest playing a pole game. The game where you pick a string and run around a pole. The back label had the history of the Maibock style, the usual US information, and no date but a bin bottle number.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer was a nice golden amber color with plenty of carbonation bubbles racing through out the glass. I got a big 2 finger white head of foam that left some lace and plenty of rings around the glass. The rings will last the entire duration of drinking. Excellent!

Smell: Not the best aroma, but good nonetheless. The aroma was grassy with some fruits, little malts, and some bitter hops in the background.

Taste: There was the taste of toasted and sweet malts up front, then the nice taste of different kinds of fruits, and this all ended with a pleasant taste of somewhat piny bitter hops. I was quite surprised by the taste, I was expecting this beer not to be this flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer is at 7.2% ABV, I thought this beer was quite light, I couldn't feel or taste that 7.2%ABV. There was also a slight aftertaste of toasted malts and hops.

Drinkability: To me this had session beer written all over it. Light, flavorful, and somewhat cheap. A top notch German beer!

AltBock, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of plaid75
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep copper hue with a one finger head. There was no head retention and no lacing.

The aroma was obviously malty with hits of hop and grass. An overall neutral aroma.

The flavor was consistent with the aroma. Sweet and malty with a hint of hop finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit sticky.

I enjoyed this beer for what it was - an authentic representation of perhaps the world's oldest seasonal beer.

plaid75, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of maibock1023
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brassy/golden color with a quickly thinning head with slight lacing.Smells of medium malt with noble hops lingering.
The taste is fantastic! great balance of Munich malt tempered with a slight hop finnish.You could find maibocks with thinner mouthfeel, but...why bother, Hofbrau probably was one of the first breweries to produce maibock, and you'd be hard pressed to find better versions. Which begs the question, why is this the first time I've ever seen it in the US.

maibock1023, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Derek, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

bigdeuce, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Mitchster, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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...

GreenWBush, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

rowew, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

beveragecaptain, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

marcobrau, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

maxpower, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Zorro, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 15, 2005
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.