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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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533 Ratings

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 299
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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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
Photo of merlin48


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

Great bronze colored beer with a wonderful orange glow. The head was fairly creamy and there was a nice amount of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Nice malty and sugary aroma. Without even taking a sip you can tell it is going to be sweet tasting. There is a burnt sugar taste and a pretty dry finish. This is a solid brew that comes in a nice pint-sized bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 01:18:30 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of twilight


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle pours a grassy orange with stuff floating in the beer. It's not noticeable unless you hold it up to the light. The aroma is this nice maltiness that's almost bready. The taste is big malt with a slight bitterness and a small alcohol aftertaste that finishes with that earthy hop tone.

Drinking this beer is like smelling fresh earth in the morning and noticing there's a licorice plant hundreds of feet away wafting its aroma to you. Grassy, earthy, almost like a bitter, but with that "I'm bock" assertiveness.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 18:49:33 | More by twilight
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear bronze tone. Slight, creamy long-lasting white head. Lacing is pretty decent. Pretty sweet nose. Honey and malts. A little corn syrup. Also a little bready yeastiness. Upon tasting, I notice that breads are evident on the palate as well. And sweet munich malts. A little caramel characteristic as well. A very slight, dry herbal touch of hops. Thick, full body. Lightly carbonated. All in all, a pretty nice maibock.

Thanks to the Man from Fargo...Budgood#1.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 04:19:48 | More by Bighuge
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New York

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

.5 litre bottle, pours light amber and clear. Crisp nose of fruit, cherry, and popcorn. Clean malty backbone, lots of fruity notes. Malty, bready, moderatly hopped, great mouthfeel, adds to high drinkability. Very pleasant summer quaffer. Toss a few brats on the barbie and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 00:48:11 | More by Billolick
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

Presentation: .5 liter brown bottle with no freshness date, just a lot # which means nothing to the consumer. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Foamy head at the start, thin wispy lace afterwards on top of a sunset red color brew.

Smell: Honey and grassy of malt and hops, sweet bread comes to mind, thick aroma with some hints of alcohol also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Grassy at first with a wild hop and malt mix, hints of very mild fruit and honey come next. Maltiness goes a touch nutty with a slight dextrin character. Malt sweetness is bigger than it actually looks but is modest in character as the hops and alcohol set down on the taste buds. Finishes sweet but still draws on the hops and some toasted grain flavor in the finish.

Notes: This is one yummy Maibock, a ton of flavor packed into each sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:46:07 | More by Jason
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4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like Mabocks...and I LIKE this one...pours a clean, deep gold color....soft white head....nose is fantastic...sweet bready maltiness....also hints of honey and vanilla....Taste is big on the maltiness....more toasty in taste...crisp....some spicy hoppping finishes the deal....High ABV is mostly hidden...slightly noticable on the long finish but it adds to the spicy finish..

This is one of the best Maibocks I've had....perhaps the BEST maibock I have had...I love the way it smells and tastes....a high quality beer worth seeking out...

Big giant thanks to Budgood1 for this top notch Maibock experience..

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 00:09:42 | More by ZAP
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle.
It pours a deep golden amber with a full off-white head and a smattering of lacing.
A hay-like and sweet malty aroma dominates. A faint smell of citrusy and spicy hops is in the background.
Full bodied caramel and sweet biscuity malt lay a solid foundation for the citrus and spicy hops. A slight metallic taste develops late, as does a vodka-like alcohol hit.
Supposedly, this is a taste of an original style from 1614. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 02:15:42 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This maibock poured a clear, red-amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was modest but a bit of mild malt aroma could be detected. The taste was very nice: bread, biscuit, slightly sweet malt, with a bit of Munich malt in the middle, and mild hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and malty with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was pleasantly malty. This was a very nice maibock, and made me want to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2004 00:05:40 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones last night, and it was so tasty, I had two. Medium clear amber when served, no head. Sweet, very pleasant biscuity aroma. Mouthfeel is outstanding: medium to full, with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet form the malt, and you get this nice little hop bite in the finish. Very good, I had two in a row and would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2004 13:35:48 | More by PatandDavid
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lite orange to reddish-brown color, with a creamy looking, almost-white head. Plenty of very pretty, intricate lace dance around the edges of my glass.

The scent is very malty, though I also notice some slight honey/fruity notes (perhaps from some of the hops?)

The taste is creamy and biscuity. For some reason, this combination - cream and bread - made me think of bagels and cream cheese. Odd. But then the beer warmed a bit and some more of the sweetness broke through, and the bread-like taste became darker (like rye and pumpernickel, perhaps). There are also some citrus notes that broke through.

The transition to the aftertaste is what made this quite a nice brew - the hops are incredibly well balanced and left a fantastic taste lingering in my mouth. The 7.2% ABV was easily noticed, however, taking away from some of the beer's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 00:44:22 | More by jahred
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic amber color and a good creamy head that can be coaxed up at a seconds notice. The aroma is as it should be-malt, malt and theraputic more malt-ahhhh Germany, makes me think of the coming of Spring, and spirits happy thoughts into my very being. Creamy and full in the mouth, while not too heavy and not a lightweight, again just as it should be, as a trasitional brew celebrating both Winter and Spring in one big gulp. Flavors are rich, malty, and very clean. The beer finishes long and malty with a tad of bitter. Where is that plate of German grub when you need it!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 02:28:58 | More by moulefrite
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear and dark amber colour, with a fine off-white head. the rings of lace are quite sticky and clinging. the aroma is sublime; thick luscious caramel malts, the sweet smelling maltiness almost bordering on maple syrup and brown sugar. the flavour of this maibock supports all the previous sensory delights by providing a sticky sweet malty joyride of caramel and molasses. the alcohol bite melds well into the slight flowery and spicy hop bitterness to provide a nice dryish finish. while ample bodied, the mouthfeel seems a bit thin for some reason...maybe because it's so smooth and creamy and slides down my throat so easily despite the obvious ABV. this is a well crafted brew and incredibly drinkable. as it warms a bit, the flavours really explode on the tastebuds...apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, etc. incredible. a nice treat for the early days of march. a fine, hearty well lagered german masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 22:39:59 | More by budgood1
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Maibock; In thick brown half liter bottle. Pours a deep, deep amber. Nice thick head, with plenty of staying power. Very clear. Woo wee, damn this is a tasty brew. Very sweet and malty, plenty of (almost molasses) flavors right from the first sip, with nice bready malt tastes as well. This beer has an impressive smooth mouthfeel, almost like a barleywine. It does have a bit of an alcohol bite, which is not unpleasant at all. Very nice. Thank the lord for Spring!

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2004 06:02:12 | More by jackndan
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West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber hue with a nice sized cream colored head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Caramel tinge to it with herbal clove like hop profile nice sweet bready tone. Taste: Clean tasting with a caramel sweet malt profile and bitey hope profile classic maibock in my opinion. Mouthfeel: My one complaint is the body is a bit thin, leaves me wanting more texture carbonation is solid though. Drinkability: A definite treat for any fans of the maibock style solid, but next time I hope to try this on tap from a biergarten in Munich.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 20:31:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz brown bottle with a very cool maypole dance scene on the label.

Beer pours a nice bronze with a massive fluffy white head. Random lacing pattern.

Beer smells very nice. You get a combination of bread, malt and a hint of caramel.

Taste is sweet and smooth with a clear alcohol presence. Slightly roasted malt flavor with a bit of an underlying fruitiness. As you drink more, the beer remains sweet and the alcohol taste comes more to the forefront.

Beer has a nice mouthfeel, but drinkability suffers slightly from the alcohol taste which could be better masked.

Not a bad beer, but I wonder if I have a slightly older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:53:03 | More by Redrover
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle, with no freshness date. This wonderful beer poured a nice dark golden colour with a frothy, white head. The aromas were heavily sweet, malty, bready, and quite complex. The taste was just as the nose suggested...malty, spicy, complex, and delicous. Where are they hiding the alcohol in this stuff!? 7.2%, I thought this was a lighter style bock, with like 4 or 5%. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp and the drinkability is awesome! A great spring beer for sure!


Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 18:13:19 | More by francisweizen
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle reads "Product of Germany" but it is in English so I assume this is the beer. Pours a brownish-amber color with a medium light beige head. Fair lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt. Light to medium-bodied and rather smooth, it has a tart flavor with a strong malt backbone. The finish is a toasty and hoppy. Overall an easy-drinking beer but an average one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 17:53:30 | More by Dogbrick
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good looking amber brew with a nice off-white head that lingers well and laces with some gusto. The nose is of light hops and bready roasted malt. The feel is mediut-bodied and give a nice creamy sense to the palate. Tangy hop notes linger in the finish. This a very flavorful Maibock that is a bit too alcoholic to be greatly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:46:04 | More by AtLagerHeads
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2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a small initial head that is off-white in color with good lacing. The body is a clear amber color. It initially tasted light then built to a small bitterness, something I don't particularly like in my beers. But then I am spoiled by Andechs! Im Himmel gibt es Keine bier darum trinken vir es hier! (In heaven there is no beer that is why we drink it here!)

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:10:10 | More by TheDM
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the first on-tap review for the Newport location, which opened April 30, 2003. If you haven't had it here, come on down before they swap it out for the next seasonal!

Reddish Iced-tea color. Bubbly, airy 1-finger head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is very malty, slightly sweet.

Taste backs up the smell to a tee. Of course the alcohol presence is more detectable than in the other Newport varieties I've tried tonight. Full, delicious malt flavor, little if any hop bite. Of course, by this time my palate has taken a good beating, if I try this sooner next time I may detect more hop. Great flavor retention on the aftertaste with some caramel in there as well.

Very smooth and full feeling in the mouth, almost chewy. Perhaps the best tasting beer of the night, or maybe it's just that full-bodiedness that I like.

At 7.2%, I don't know how many liters you can expect to salt away. I stopped at one and made a note to myself to try the Dunkel while I could still write. I tried it, but the taste buds were too dulled out to make it worth reviewing. Guess I'll be doing the Dunkel first next time!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2003 20:26:53 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of pennies with the reddish glow of maple syrup in the light. Thin head dissipates quickly but leaves some bubbling and lace around the edges of the glass. A very earthy aroma of bread, weeds, and natural sweetness -- musty. The taste is largely the same with the malt flavor heavy and obvious, especially up front. The end is just a tiny bit of hops with a moist bread flavor. Straightforward malty and simple but deliciously so.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 13:44:58 | More by marburg
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

This beautiful beer fills my .5L Munich Pils glass perfectly! Deep amber color sparkles like a fine gemstone. It's topped by a cream colored rocky head that shows great staying power. Nice lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very clean, with a touch of sweetness and a crisp grassy hop note. The taste is crisp, with a roasted caramel flavor that is quickly replaced by a smotthly assertive hop prescence, only to reappear just before the finish. The finish reveals a good bitterness, with just a touch of the roasted flavor intermingling with the hops on the aftertaste. A faint alcohol note is also present. The mouthfeel is solid, peppered with lively carbonation. The drinkability is very good. I feel like I robbed the store I bought this from, because at $1.79 a bottle, this is a great bargain. Should have bought much more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 12:20:35 | More by aaronh
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper with swelling head that disappears. Leathery aroma with tantalizing spices and earthiness. A creamy malt delight, quite sweet and biscuity but a dynamite dryness enters midway and follows through. Lingering wetness and caramel flavors. The hop spiciness is just right, hints of grass, mint, pepper, and a raw earthy quality that combines perfectly with the toffee sweetness from the malts. Huge alcohol content is invisible. I am getting all kinds of hidden flavors here, I suspect my mind is recalling previous tastes; I have to thank this beer for being so evocative. This is a pleasurable, lighter alternative to a doppel, may even be a neat substitute for your basic bitter or pale ale. I got this for a really low price which I thought was the cashier's mistake; after reading one of the reviews below, I will have to go back and double check. Either way I will buy more of this. Only the 2nd genuine German maibock I have had (after Einbeck).

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 16:55:37 | More by Thrasher
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.