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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 brewerburgundy
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16.9oz flip-top bottle, best before 1/2016.

Dark yellow hued with a lovely white head. The head built steadily, but did not get out of control, with a creaminess not usually associated with the style. It melts away slowly, leaving behind a good ring and small white cap.

Grainy, standard lager crispness, a little earthy hop bite.

Rich, whole grain cracker, a little buttery, with a spicy finish. That more distinct hoppiness is present, as is a very rich maltiness. The finish fights between sweet and buttery and crispness backed up by the hop bite.

The body is quite full. The finish is still crisp, but it has an unexpected weight.

It certainly smells like a lager, but has too much sweetness and seems to have unusual levels of esters. To me it gets old quickly because of the sweetness.

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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 captaincoffee
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden color with medium white head. Strong yeast esters, but not especially pleasing...like when homebrew ferments at too high a temp. Rising dough that's been left out too long. Flavor has nice malt, but again an off flavor. A bit of alcohol bite and warmth. Overall, didn't care for it.

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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 biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor. May has dropped (and so has some fucking hail today), so I guess it's time to appreciate me some Maibock!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and kind of creamy dirty white head, which leaves some broadly splattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy, and sweetly grainy pale malt, red apple skins, pithy pear, maybe a hint of citrus rind, ethereal petrol and nail polish remover astringencies, and further earthy, leafy noble hop meanderings. The taste is more heady doughy and bready pale malt, the suggestion of caramel/toffee sweets, a now blended orchard fruit bowl, lessened gasohol, but with correspondingly heightened notes of acetone, and the same generic old-world earthy, weedy and predictably underwhelming hops.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its genially-rendered frothiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, only the complex booziness sticking in an unwanted probe. It finishes on the sweet side, but well moderated by a lazy, fading fruitiness, and more aptly, the sneaky, hard to pin down elevated alcohol measure.

I tried a sample of this earlier today, and only got a sense of generally well-made German lager. Now, under my personal microscope fiefdom, a few cracks appear - nothing earth-moving, I assure you, but enough to remind me of why Maibocks are something that must tiptoe around my gentle palate - a feat, given the typically untethered booziness herein.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

500ml bottle - $4.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, golden-hued body with a thin sliver of orange to it. Smallish, near-white head.

Smell: Subtly bready, a little sweetish spiced honey tone edged with notes of apple and sulphur.

Taste: Lightly bready, grainy malts conjoined with a modest tanginess and honeyed sweetness. Touch of dried, astringent herb and crisp appleskin. Very, very low accent from the warming alcohol. Semi-dry, soft finish with a slight, lasting sulphury accent on the back half.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fairly tidy, sufficient bock.

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%

500 ml "Limited Edition" bottle consumed near BB date on bottle.
Tastes like a cross between a strong Marzen and a typical Euro-bock. Alcohol is not at all hidden. Lingering bready aftertaste with less hops than expected given the ample hop load earlier on.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Fancy bottle...reasonable price. Aroma had a very pungent "beer" smell...quite pleasing...but no indication
of bock style malt aroma. Poured a small head....lighter in color...a good bite. The hops are a little more
distinctive than a typical bock...not at all overbearing...probably just about right for a maibock.
Tasted like a full bodied lager that had been mixed with a little German style bock. Not bad at all...
but then again, not really a full flavored bock.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and starts with flavors of bready malts underscored with notes of spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable compared to other beers in the style but seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other maibocks.

Serving type: bottle

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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 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 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 joe1510
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml Swingtop
Binny's - Willowbrook

A bright golden liquid pours from the glass and shines like pure gold. Orange hues run the sides of the glass A touch of haze infiltrates the body while a pillowy white foam nearly pours from the stein. The head is tightly bubbled, has strong staying power, and sticks in big clumps along the glass.

There's a nice floral hoppiness right off the bat, before even the maltiness hits. The malt picks up, cereal grains first, freshly cracked barley shortly behind, and white bread shortly thereafter. There is what seems like hard water minerality and a spiciness on the backend. Very inviting and comforting.

I have to say, the flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma. The cereal grain sweetness is a little more pronounced but not by much and the spiciness is a little more robust but those are really the only differences and they are minor. The spiciness lingers after each drink and I can welcome that.

The finish dries up quickly leaving behind a floral and spice bitterness that balances the soft grainy sweetness well. The body weighs in around moderate with an active carbonation that adds silkiness and speed. Drinkability is off the charts high.

Hacker-Pschorr did a nice job with Hubertus Bock. It's dry with great balance between sweet and bitter, the finish lingering bitter actually, and the drinkability is sky high. I would purchase this again and, if you like maibocks, recommend you do the same.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2014.

Pours a clear light golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, fruit, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of popery
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top. Pours a pale, bright gold. Very good clarity, which is super important to me. Small to medium white head. Fades rather quickly, leaving just a bit of lacing. Aroma has some rich pilsner malt sweetness, mild grassy hops and some mineral character. Little bit of apple cider. Pears, very light lemons, mild floral note. It's a clean bock with a bit more sweetness than appley sweetness than expected. The taste has more of the same sweet pilsner malt flavor with that sweet apple note. It finishes drier than I would have guessed based on the aroma. Simple sugar. Mild grass hops, again. Mild bitterness in the finish, which could stand to be a bit cleaner. Sweet and simple breadiness. Relatively low carbonation. Round mouthfeel, almost a bit much given the lack of complexity. Fun to see a one-off from Paulaner in the US, but it's still just a decent bock. I can't complain. I'd love to see more German specials around.

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Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light amber with a small amount of light white head. Not much retains, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Medium malty sweetness, with a grainy note.

T: Medium sweetness again. It's not a unique or flashy flavor, but it's good, and well made.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solidly executed maibock. It's nothing too out there, but it's good, and that's all it's trying to be.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

we so rarely get these seasonal and special german releases here in the states, especially in colorado, so its real nice to have something like this. even though the beer isnt supreme itself, the experience of drinking it always is from a brewery like this. the color is crystal clear bright golden. visible and aggressive carbonation amassing a sudsy bone white head that sticks around. the nose is sweet, odd for a long and cold fermented lager, but the grain sweetness remains. true in flavor too, oddly sweet for the style, but there arent enough blonde bocks around, so i appreciate this uncommon mix of pale grain and lager yeast, good and sturdy too. lots of body for the style, and well hidden but certainly detectable in buzz alcohol content. not as decisively german as the other stuff these guys make, less intense grains really, but a well made beer. doesnt get here quite as fresh as i wish it did, i think its probably insanely good over where its made, but here there is a slight staleness that hangs over it, lowering it to lower quality beer status. i can see through that though, and like this one a lot. glad i got to have it, and hope to have more of the limited german beers, its a category we just dont get enough of.

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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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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 Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant pale golden-straw in color, topped with a rocky off-white head. Plenty of lace clinging to the glass as the head drops.

Nose is malt-focused and very earthy, grassy, and with almost a cheese-like ferment to it. Gives me the impression of what an 'Imperial Helles' would smell like if there were such an animal. ; )

Unlike many contemporary, domestic examples there's not much in the way of an overt hop presence -- Noble or otherwise. This one is all about subtlety. A little bit more alcoholic warmth and astringency as this one warms.

On the first sip this is sweet and light and gently-scrubbing on the palate, with a definite Helles malt profile assisted by a rather gentle bitterness. Hops profile is as on the nose -- subtle. Some biscuit malt character, some lighter fruit character (green grapeskin, kiwi), and even a hint of oxidation. Broader and more pronounced character is of a sweet and lightly-bitter profile.

This one is a smooth and rather light drinker -- seems "thin", in fact, but this is not too out of character for the style. Reminds me a little bit of the newer, 'Wiesn' style of Oktoberfest bier (Paulaner's at least), but with more bitterness and astringency -- just as I prefer in a lager of this type.

Overall it's a nice beer, on-style, and very good for what it is, but all things considered it's neither a style nor an rendition that will "WOW!" any of today's hops-crazy "Extreme!" style chasers -- and that's the bulk of America's Craft Beer newcomers, ultimately.

It's just a nice, sweet-ish (but balanced by a nice bitterness) and easy drinking beer. Might be a little bit on the strong side for casual drinking, but I'd reckon it to be a good, versatile beer to pair up with some hearty German cuisine.

Best by date: 08/14

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