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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 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 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 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 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 largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Brilliantly clear pale gold, perhaps a shade darker than their helles. Pours with an inch of head that leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Lot of malt on the nose, honey-drizzled bread and a little stonefruit. Fairly sweet with a reserved yeast character. Pleasant.

Malt heavy on the tongue, stewed peaches and honey, along with a surprising alcohol kick up front. Light bodied, actually fairly balanced and easy to drink, save for the slight booziness. Drying in the finish with a zesty hop kick that balances some of the initial sweetness. Helles bock tends to be one of my least favorite styles of German beer, but I found this fairly enjoyable - worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 mothman
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a new limited edition series.

White head. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Flavor profile: Bready/biscuity malts. Very grassy and earthy hops. Clean, noble hops. Some caramel malts, but very light on that. Maybe a slight note of some kind of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Lighter bodied. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, an decent bock, but nothing over the top. I feel like schells maifest competes with this at 1/4 of the price.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small cream head that immediately dissipates into spotty surface bubbles.

Aroma is subtle, predominantly grainy malt and crackers with a hint of sweetness. Not much to speak of in the way of hops.

The flavor is more interesting, with a tangy grain opening, leading to a more robust malt profile full of caramel sweetness, toasted bread, and a fairly dry finish. A fairly significant bitterness clears the palate. Nuttiness emerges as it warms. I pick up a lemony citrus flavor throughout that could be attributed to a prior beverage.

Body is moderately light, with a moderate amount of carbonation, finishing slightly warm with alcohol.

Definitely different than any bock I've had before. The pilsner malt adds a crisp, dry finish, overcoming the typical malt sweetness found in the style. Yet the malt retains interesting complexity.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL flip-top bottle, Best Before 08/14
L - rocky white head caps a golden body, excellent clarity, good head retention, chunky lacing
S - fresh, woodsy, grain, lager yeast, faint spicy noble hop
T - biscuity grain, grass, spicy noble hops, yeast, quite astringent
F - light-medium body, finishes very dry and crisp with a spicy aftertaste
O - for 6.8% abv, this goes down really easily. I just wasn't crazy over it.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Served a straw golden colored brew with a one finger white head. The head had a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall and is mainly of a sweeter caramel smell mixed with some grainy aromas. Mixed with these smells is a light bit of floral hop in the nose.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty taste with a rather moderate amount of a caramel sweetness. Some other fruity flavors come to the tongue more toward the middle, with their nature being of lighter fruits, such as apple and pear. More toward the end the caramel fades a bit while the bready and some slightly grainy flavor of the brew are met with an arrival of a lightly herbal and floral hop flavor that leave a nice, still sweet, and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation that is on the average to slightly lower side. Both do well for accentuating the malts and grain quite well, but yet do not sacrifice the drinkability and smoothness of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty, quite easy drinking, malty and somewhat sweeter bock. A good one to try.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-litre mug in Berlin. The (English) menu listed it as "Thomas Bock von Hacker-Pschorr," but I assume it's the same, as it's the only bock Hacker-Pschorr makes and the other reviews track with my own.

A: Unimpressive. Very clear yellow-amber with two-fingers of light head.

S: Smells nice. Sweet malty scents mingle with something grainy.

T: Thing. Mostly sweet with a tinge of bitter hops most of the through the taste. Aftertaste is smooth and light, sweetish with a bitter kick. Not bad.

M: Feels like beer.

D: Good and drinkable. Might appeal to a large variety of people. Though it's good enough, it's not a beer I'd seek out again.

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