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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 25 | 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 ultralarry2006
2.13/5  rDev -45.2%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 19, 2006
Photo of maibock1023
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 15, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

.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%

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%

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%

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%

.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%

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
Photo of whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

whartontallboy, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Dukeofearl, May 25, 2005
Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

droomyster, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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)


Bierman9, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

pentathlete, Apr 24, 2005
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.