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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 28
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on draft at the Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee. The overly sweet maltiness was not really for me, and it is significantly sweeter than other maibocks I've had (Summit in recent memory). Blasphemy I know, but I really preferred the Kindl Weisse.

Appearance was a sparkling mahogany brown in a dimpled mug with good head formation. Aroma and flavor were both quite sweet. Mouthfeel was slightly sticky. This beer was rather drinkable.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy and a beige body. Malty and some hoppy aroma. Easy drinking, a light bitter well malted. Understated carbonation though present. A good example of the style, and while good does not blow me away. Picked up at Eagle Provisions. Better than average a bit.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice bock, it's one the first available (the groundhog just barely popped his head up).
I remember when all the marcos produced a bock beer each spring and this is a taste similar to those.
This has a higher abv but it's hidden well in the taste.
I like this bock and will have to wait a month or so for other bocks to become available but won't mind drinking this in the mean time.
Good color, reddish brown little head and/or lacing
Smell is nice slight hint of alcohol.
Taste is very good, I like bock beer!
It's nice going down and I think I'll have another.

Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a head that quickly fizzles to a lasting patch.

The smell is of caramel and other sweet malt. A touch of mustiness is present.

The taste is malty - caramel, barley and other sweet malts - balanced by a nutty flavor. Pretty steady throughout. Slight warming alcohol comes through in the finish.

It has a coating, medium body.

This is a nice maibock - will get more of this in the Spring. Tasty, though gets to be too sweet after a while. A classic maibock.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mellow amber orange with a 1/2 finger cap of white foam. Tons of sticky acrs of lace are laft on the glass, and swirling brings the 1/2 finger head back readily. Nice.

S - Suprizingly smokey and woody. Very nutty and rich smelling.

T - Nutty, dark, rich, and woody. Excellent autumnal flavors play around my tongue. Buring leaves, wood, bark, nuts, and even some fruits drenched in molasses. Very sweet and malty while maintaining a nice brisk hop profile.

M - Full bodied, rich, and creamy. Moderate to high levels of carbonation allow for thirst quenching wetness despite the heavy creamy body. Excellent.

D - Give me more! This could become a regular in the fridge! Come spring I'll be buying more of this wonderful stuff.

Photo of nortmand
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red and crystal clear with a two finger white head.

Caramel aromas dominate the nose, reminds me of a small doppelbock. Also some alcohol presence in the nose.

Sweet and tangy on the tip of the tongue. Rich and malty midtongue. Leaves kind of a dirty dog hair aftertaste, along with a tiny slap of hop bitterness.

Medium to full bodied, not super exciting, but fairly drinkable.

Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with a thin head that fizzles out, leaving tiny blotches of lacing. Smell is malty, bready, and nutty, with hints of sulphur. Mild hop presence. Taste tons of bready, sweet malts with dried fruits and floral hops. Some roasty and toasty flavors linger on as well. Alcohol is not even detectable. Clean and not cloying considering its sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty ideal: sturdy, not too viscous, and with sufficient carbonation that pricks lightly but doesn't overwhelm. Highly drinkable.

Photo of techdiver
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark amber/copper color with a sizeable head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is odd, to me almost musty to non-existent. Nice malty start with a hoppy ending, but well balanced. Medium to full bodied, it goes down smooth enough, but for my taste - I'd rather have a Dead Guy.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decent off-yellow hue, 1/2 inch white bubbly head, maintains it's presence throughout. Caramel everything on the nose; also some notes of green apple and Saaz hops. A rather impressive front. Toasty and oily malts; some charcoal notes come through as well (?). Large carbonation and a near rib-sticking affect. The body rounds off nicely; the aformentioned Saaz hops turn sweet and aromatic. Kisses of alcohol are noted near the end with sweet bready-like malt offerings. Clearly one of the best maibocks out there.

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

Appearance: Dark golden in color, with a large snow-white head, scattered patchy lacing, and little carbonation.

Aroma: Rich malty notes, with a pronounced toastiness, and a mildly assertive hop character.

Taste: Opens with a mild, toasted nutty caramel malt note, followed by fairly intense herbal hop flavors, and some mild fruit; the middle of the taste is mildly sweet, finishes dry, with a slight metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and quite full, with a dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of the style.

Photo of granger10
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice burnt amber color with a creamy head atop. Smell is a touch too spicy and acidic but the deep caramel intenseness and fruity esters make up for it. Taste is similar. Just a great fresh off the tap maltiness. Sweet but the yeasty flavors add a dry fruityness. Finish gets a touch too alcohol spicy, but it helped me restrain from drinking this too fast and not enjoying it completely. Mouthfeel is the best I've ever had for a Maibock. Big, robust, full yet creamy. Sweetness and spice with a dry overall feel. I could see this losing a lot when translated to the bottle. Try to get it on tap.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- color is a very clear amber. But when held to the light, it reminds me of Summer days eating orange Ice-ee push pops. Almost a bright orange with one strand of bubbles making its way to the top of a small ring o' foam.

Smell- A bright crystal like malt aroma. But I know its not crystal malt. Its a bit of something else. No aromatic hops noticed. A little sweat bready too.

Taste- Pretty clean malt palate. The color and the flavor make me think about ambrosia for some reason. A medium bodied amber malt with equally medium sugar. Makes me think of a lightly glazed carrot.

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a 4 fingers sand colored head. Good lacing & Head retention

Slight maltiness & caramel

Taste: caramel & slight smokiness, along with unexpected hop bitterness. As it warms caramel asserts, followed alcohol notes. Finishes malty & "caramelly"

MF: Chewy, but needs mroe carbonation

Drinks okay, just not complex enough to get excited about

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy & rust colored when poured. Vigorous carbonation gives an inch of thick white head which draws back quickly. Carbonation doesn't seem to last.

Aroma: Very sweet & malty in the nose. Slight roasted caramel with toasted balance. Yeast profile also detected.

Taste: Nice malty, caramel sweet beginning that finishes with a slight hop profile. Finishes clean on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp, clean & fresh in the mouth. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability: Quaffable! Smooth & refreshing. Enjoyable through the bottle. Nice when chilled. I could enjoy a few...

Comments: I liked this marzen better than others I've had. Nicely balances between solid malt profile & slight hop finish. Clean, crisp feeling makes this very drinkable.

Photo of skizziks
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5liter bottle into a weizen glass. The pour gives a 2" light beige head, fine and creamy with moderate lacing. The beer itself is a nice reddish amber, a really lovely color.

Aroma is very malty with some caramel. No hops I could detect.

The taste is more of the same. Heavy with malt and caramel, some mild hop bitterness and a long sweet sticky finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, somewhat cloying. It reduces the drinkability a bit but it is what I expect from a maibock and it is a nice rich delicious beer. Definitely buying more, and soon.

Photo of jaluria
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange-rust color with an inch-thick off-white colored head. The surface was laiden with different sized bubbles. Aromas of honey, alcohol, and ripe fruit. The taste was sweet with strong fruit undertones. A bitter finish with a creamy and refreshing texture. A bit too dry and overly sweet as I neared the bottom of my glass. Overall, this is a flavorful beer with hints of spice and fruit surrounding a sweet, alcohol-enriched core.

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. into a pint glass, or I tried. I had to stop pouring (momentarily) for fear of overflowing my glass. Big head, off white and fluffy! Body was a nice amber/copper color and consumed with carbonation bubbles.

Smell was of sweet grain and ash (?). As it warmed it smelled of bread dough.

Taste was a bit sweet malts up front. A bit tart, mild bitterness, crisp and sweet. Carmel and alcohol. Anise.

Mouthfeel was full bodied and rounded in texture.

I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, too sweet for me.

From what I have read it pretty much defines a maibock but I prefer a hoppier beer.

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since this beer is in green bottles I took the sixpack from a sealed case box and refrigerated it for later consumption.

Poured robustly it produced a large off-white foam that slowly dissipated to tiny rocky heads covering a clear amber brew. Tiny bubbles slowly rise up to aid in a fair lacing of the glass.

Toffee and caramel are present in the aroma with no discernable hops. Malt and alcohol combine to resemble a scotch whiskey.

Medium to full body gives a pleasant mouthfeel as the taste of roasted malts takeover yielding it's sweetness. This lasts until vanilla shows up a moderate bitterness sets in to finish.

Maibocks are generally paler and have more hop flavor but some breweries like to keep this style similar to fall or winter bocks.

It's quality and I enjoy it!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a custom made glass mug. Maybe it was a lame pour or the fact that the beer was slightly above the proper serving temperature, but this beer foamed up a huge head with enough carbonation to reserect the Hindenburg. The liquid is an amazing luminescent clear dark amber that throws out shafts of colored light like a kaleidoscope.

Smell is of LOTS of malt I say lots of maltz and light fruit notes.

Taste is bold, of malt and bitter hops this is a beer tasting beer for guys that like Beer. Bitey after taste just like the one I had in Munchen in
May 2 years ago. This beer is fresh. Makes me want to sing.

Der Mai ist gekommen, die Bäume schlagen aus.
Da bleibe, wer Lust hat, mit Sorgen zu Haus !
Wie die Wolken dort wandern am himmlischen Zelt,
so steht auch mir der Sinn in die weite, weite Welt.

Mouthfeel is strong and bitey chewy and coating. Carbonation fades a little.

Drinkability is very high. This is a bold yet unoffending beer.very delicious.

Zum Wohl! MK

Photo of shbobdb
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whew! This is as close to perfect as a Maibock can be!

Dark, but not too dark, a strong urine-y DMS presence, but not too much, enough earthy noble hops to make their presence known without overpowering the malt, malt, malt of this brew.

Whew! And the alcohol is nowhere in sight. Deliciously complex in its simplicity, there is something for everybody here.



Well done.

Photo of ChuckD
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of KlausKinski
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  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.

Photo of scottoale
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
87 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.