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Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-18-2004

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Photo of ZAP
4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This might be the best tasting Maibock I've had. Very malt forward with a honeyed, caramel bready aroma and flavor. Hops lend just a hint of earthy/herbalness but basically just stay out of the way and let the barley malt goodness shine.

Lightly carbonated and that helps shine the spotlight on the great malty flavors. Pretty sweet and some may find it slightly cloying but I'd take another couple liters of this right now if I had more.

Great beer. Instantly in my top 25. Can't wait to buy more.

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Photo of Mmmaibock
4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep gold. Moderate head.

Smell: Rich.

Taste: Extremely smooth.

Feel: Nice body.

Overall: Nectar Of The Gods. I can only assume that low-raters have not experienced this beer at its best.

Serving type: On tap, which is the only way to do this beer justice. Hard to find, but worth the effort. Has appeared at Roman's Pub in Milwaukee.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had recently on tap @ Magouns in Somerville. Found out it was just delivered the previous day & tapped a few hours prior.

Pours a beautiful bright gold into a H-P half lifer. Smells very clean & lager-ish, just a bit sweet. Taste dances on the tongue, a perfect symphony of sweet-ish malt & hops, a bit of bread & subtle caramel. So clean & refreshing, each sip begs another. Pleasant mild candy aftertaste, lacing on the glass is nice too.

What a treat to have on tap. Anxious to drink this again.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for $3.29 (likely on sale) in Oklahoma City. Came in a nice bottle with the ceramic swing opener.

Pours a gleaming crystal clear gold liquid with a generous white head that leaves belgian lace on the glass. Excellent slightly malty/bready/grassy aroma.

Flavor is very well balanced. Some rich malty notes but also some hops. A tiny bit of caramel and some spices. Lots of grain.

Medium-full mouthfeel. Lingering balanced aftertaste.

I like this beer. I wish I bought more than one!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright rich straw to gold color. It has clean rich barley malt flavors and warming alcohol that suggests the those first few warm days of spring that produce puddles for the joy and amusement of little boys. It has good body (moderate which is appropriate to the style) and mouth feel. The Hallertau hops are plentiful but not aggressive and balance the sweetness nicely.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

This is an excellent maibock.

Deep brass, it has a medium off-white head soon thinning to thin lasting foamy top.

Aroma is lots of grain and bread, herb, raisin, wet grass.

Taste is creamy bread dough and grain, caramelised raisiny sweetness with herbal grassy bitterness to balance. The feel is creamy yet lively. It has a nice log finish with lingering aftertaste of all the elements married nicely.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is dated BBD: 08/14.

A loud pop as the seal is broken, it pours foamily into a sturdy mug, showing off a bright saturated amber gold tone. Sparse rising carbonation, long lasting dense soufflé foam resting on the surface, an inch in width.

Sweet bready aromas, bread dough and lightly grassy hops.

Taste is pleasant, malty and smooth with a good dose of grassy noble hops, more than most other Hacker Pschorr brews. Light orange and biscuit notes. Feel is smooth and supple, medium bodied and very drinkable. Lingering grassy hop aftertaste. This is a great bock, only a hint of sweetness, and well balanced with understated hop bitterness. Recommended.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 0.5l glass of this vom Faß (3.60EU) while dining on a great plate of Käsespätzle at the Altes Hackerhaus in downtown München on 24Sep07. Simply referred to as Hacker Hellerbock on their menu.

Clear golden, with agressive carbo. Slightly off-white head, thick and rocky. Lasts well with great stick. Very bready nose; dry, with a touch of floral hops. Smooth tongue, and a solid medium in the body department.

Great bready malt in the flavor arena as well. Lightly sweet, with a hint of fruitiness and some smooth floral hop action bringin up the rear. Lingers well, with honeyish notes. Let it warm a touch, and the flavors are even more engaging. Nice bier! Ahhh.... there's nothing like a solid Hell/Maibock.


overall: 4.25
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which settled in to a thin layer on the top while drinking. Above average active carbonation. Light random lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Light fruit and some grassy hop tones on the front. Solid bready yeast body. Very pleasant buttery notes. Mild peppery spices toward the back end.

Taste: Malty front with airy buttery dough. The body is some potent hops with tones of straw, pine, and light fruits. Bready yeast tones continue throughout and ride into the finish. Lingering hops dance on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Extremely clean mouthfeel. Carbonation is done perfectly. Palate is challenged but this still an incredibly easy drinking brew. Some sticky malt keeps you wanting more.

Overall: An excellent lager. The hop tones add an extra twist which really makes this a memorable brew. A beer you could drink all day long and not get tired of.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Chinesischer Turm yesterday

Pours a beautiful dark straw colour with good head

Smell of honey fresh cut grass malty grains and some bitter hops

Tastes just like it with lots of added malt chracter

Beautiful carbonation one of the more drinkable beers out there

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Rhino, in Toronto.

How very appropriate that Mai bocks exhibit the same sunny brilliance as the month with which the style shares its name. Indeed, one look at this offering brings a similar appeasement and deliverance like the kind experienced in those first few truly warm, clear days of spring. A button-down head encapsulates all that warm radiance.

Anyone who believes that pale bocks don't offer much aromatics of interest is either a) not drinking the right bocks, or b) not using their nose properly. Naturally, the aroma is not as expressive or overt as, say, an IPA or imperial stout, but I wholly disagree with those who say bocks don't smell enticing or pleasurable. This bouquet is subtle, yes, but fantastic.

Often when we attempt to convey the flavour of malt in beer we associate it with 'bread' or 'toffee' or any number of things because they share, to some extent or another, similarities to barley malt. But beer is delectable because it tastes like beer - and barley malt is in itself a very unique flavour. A clean, exceptionally attenuated beer like this highlights that fact and showcases delicious maltiness in all its glory. Behold... MALT!

There's no need to exaggerate things - this is just the finest quality malt and noble hops and German craftsmanship at its best. It doesn't have a ton of flavours - just the maltiness, for the most part - but it asserts and articulates it with exceptional clarity, enthusiasm and tact. Smooth water and a notably neutral yeast preserve that pristine maltiness. Best of all: both sweetness and alcohol almost fail to register entirely.

This is another beer I am so glad not to have reviewed years earlier. What I would have failed to appreciate then, and what many people fail to appreciate now, is that this may be simple lager, true, but it's clean and full-flavoured and brewed with the usual German standards of excellence - and that's about the highest standards in existence.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exquisite and limited German brew pours a fairly light golden-amber in my Hacker-Pschorr stein. Head of carbonation is substantial and lace is lovely and detailed.

Aroma is toasty grains, with a tinge of caramel and bread. Maybe a bit of citrus in there, too. Definitely appealing.

Flavor is more of the same -- toasty bread, yeast, and caramel malts. A hint of hoppy citrus arrives just around the finish, making this a delightful and well-rounded brew. Superb and well worth finding.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, soapy-white head. An excellent, grainy hop aroma. Golden, crystal clear color. Starts with a assertive, dry hoppiness. A welling of malt, slight sweetness. Then more extremely dry, grainy hop bitterness (medium-low). Toasted malt starts to come back through into the finish, lingering over grainy hops. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel.

This is very nice. I like the more assertive graininess of the hops, and I love the aroma (easily the best smelling light bock I've had). A good backing of malt to counter it, too.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz swing top bottle

(A)- Pours a light pear colored amber. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- Big spicy grains meets subtlely sweet yet citrus driven backbone.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Some subtle sweet honey undertones meets a mildly spicy yet bready grain profile. Bits of lemon citrus at the end.

(M)- A light yet nice carbonation level. A nice balance and light bodied. Fairly crisp with a light sweetness.

(O)- Fits the style well enough. Nice and light yet crisp for this time of the year

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Against The Grain in Toronto.

Clear golden colour with a tiny white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet grainy malt with a hint of caramel and stressed yeast esters. Very bready with melanoidins.

Clean smooth malt with a nice fruitiness. Quite bready. Good.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A bready, malty bock with good flavour. A really solid Helles Bock.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, the flavors that deliver me from winter and give a glimpse into spring- this honeyish flavored floral barley beverage does all this with an elegance and grace that only pilsner malt can give.

The pour delivers a classy strong straw or light golden color that display bright clarity with steady streams of carbonation. The creamy and delicate whitish head caps the beer initially while reducing to a thin sheet across the glass before holding firm and lacing reasonably well during the session.

The delicate aromas of classy pilsner malt lead the way with a soft honey character that reminds me more of honey suckle or floral character than that of actual honey. But the forefront of malt is undeniable with the bready, confectionate sweetness of "true" malt.

The flavor sets the same picture as the scent in that the taste relies heavily on malt flavor and sweetness, but in the breediest, honiesh kinda way. The floral overtones turn toward a slightly herbal and tea-like bitterness and grassiness as the beer finishes.

Medium-light in body, the beer is full of pilsner malt weight but yet soft and sweet in texture as a light honey will do. The slight thinning and warmth of alcohol relaxes the taste and allows for a semi-sweet finish of absolute pilsner malt.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft version, advertised as the "Maibock".

Pours a medium golden color with a white head. Aroma is malty with a slight hint of fruit.

The taste is firmly malty with toast and herbal hops showing up in the finish. Well balanced with an almost creamy malt character. Grains and hop flavor and just a hint of alcohol.

Light bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall, a nice light Maibock one of the more drinkable, lighter versions, and one of my favorites in this style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold body with two finger head from constant carbonation. Aroma is a mix of good pils malt with touch of sweetness and breadiness and some dry, floral hops. A light, smooth body with a grainy, bready malt base that has some earthy, floral hops to it and bits of sweetness like caramel or honesy and there is a sharp, crisp finish. A simple but extremely enjoyable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of honey, cracker, bread, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, cracker, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Maibock style. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my 4th bottle of this beer since it came out this spring. Yes, I think I like it.

Flip-top brown .5 liter bottle with ABV and dating very clear; 6.8 and best by 08/14.

A -- Clear, rich gold with a dense white head.

S -- Mildly spicy hops and bready malts make up the aroma with some light honey notes and mild fusel. Not big and bold, but very pleasant and appetizing.

T -- A blend of spicy hops and peppery alcohol hit the palate first, blending into lush, sweetish bready malts. Finish is a character of bread with honey and mildly bitter to spicy hops and peppery alcohol lingering through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft throughout with a dry finish and a light-medium body.

O -- This is a very nice example of a Maibock from one of the old masters. It's rich and flavorful without needing to yell at you that you're drinking beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold with a white head, light retention & lace.

S: Floral & herbal with some sponge toffee & bread.

T: Bready malt, sponge toffee and light caramel are balanced with a nobel hop spicing (floral & slightly herbal), modest bitterness with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: The continental malt shines with a moderately full body but very light residual sweetness.

D: An easy drinker.

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Photo of stephens101
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with a fizzy, near-white froth. Grain, green grass, hint of lemon and orange to the nose. More flavorful than the aroma would lead you to believe with apple, sugar, grain, and cracker, followed by a subtle hop finish. Light to Medium and interesting for a moment, but mostly forgettable, which might be a testament to the par excellence in good beer these days than to the mediocrity of the beer itself.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Served chilled....

A) Golden brew with a nice big white frothy head. Slowly fades to a collar with a ring of lace clinging to the top of the glass.

S) Malty, sweet and bready. Light fruit and grassy, floral hops. Clean refreshing scent.

T) Very much like the nose. A good amount of malty sweetness here. The hops provides some grassy/herbal balance.

M) Deceptive... This is heavier than it looks. Full bodied with lighter carbonation. Fairly thick... Grassy finish...

O) Solid Spring beer option... Likely better than most American offerings in the style, but that's really just a guess. Worth a try...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with just a tiny touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head pours two or three fingers of frothy white foam, retention is quite good. I like it.

Smell: sweet and malty with a light orchardy fruitiness; highly appropriate to the style and quite well-done.

Taste: sweet with a bit of a cidery character and a little maltiness. The flavor isn't quite as clean and enticing as the aroma, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad beer; if the flavor were a bit more like the aroma, though, I think I'd like it a lot better.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A traditional German maibock can be hard to find,it's great to see this Hacker-Pschorr offering here in my area.Pours into a 1/2 liter stein a full rich golden with a full white crown that never really fully settles.Aromas are on the cleaner side with a bit of toasted pilsner malts and a bit of iron.Smooth as all get out...wow that goes down easy,a medium feel with light carbonation.Mildly sweet with a little honey and sweet dough on the palate,a drying light spiciness in the finish.A damn fine pale bock,not overly sweet and alcoholic and pretty balanced for the style.

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Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.