Maibock Hurts Like Helles
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #14
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,691
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
316
From:
Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  22
Gots
  24
SCORE
87
Very Good
Maibock Hurts Like HellesMaibock Hurts Like Helles
Notes: True Story! Running a brewery can be "bock" breaking. It's all worthwhile when you have the opportunity to share beer like this. Our Maibock/Helles Bock is deep golden in color with an intense malty almost grape like aroma and flavor. A light noble hop character balances the smooth sweet finish. A long lagering time makes this beer exceptionally drinkable for its strength. Don't be fooled by its light color.

25 IBU
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a golden amber with a larger white head that does last a bit. In the nose, it is clean and malty. In the mouth, it is smooth, creamy and lightly malty, not what I would expect from a Maibock(of course it might be my tastebuds today), but pretty good overall. Nice and recommended!

Sep 02, 2019
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, probably the best beer name I've ever heard. I'm a big Jack's Abbey fan based on the 4-5 beers I've had from them. They are always solid, well made, and very reasonably priced beers. This beer was really tasty. I don't have much Maibock experience since no one seems to make them but I really enjoyed it. Good full flavor with plenty of bite and even a touch of sweetness. yb

Jul 26, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned on 4/29/19.

Deep gold in color with a slight haze to it. A large, fluffy white head eventually settles down to a thin layer of foam.

Big, grainy and cereal aroma. Just enough lemony floral hops in there for balance. Maybe a hint of DMS.

Deep malt flavor. Heavy on the grains, as a bock should be. It's sweet but has enough hop bitterness to keep it from becoming too much so. Medium-full bodied. Very smooth.

This is a very good Helles Bock, all around. Firm malts, ample bitterness, strong yet smooth. A nice beer for the change of seasons, but a little heavy for repeatable summer drinking.

Jul 19, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of green grapes are present in the nose along with faint hints of floral and grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of green grapes along with underlying notes of breads and pale malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and somewhat chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer also coats your mouth.
O: I really enjoyed the chewiness and mouth-coating qualities of this beer's mouthfeel. I thought that the aromas and flavors of green grapes were very unique for the style and shared some semblance to a Kölsch.

Serving type: can

Jun 18, 2019
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Glider from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden with nice white head that lasts for a good while. Smell is bready malts with a slight tang of tart apples. Taste is not as malty as I expected, but more rounded, restrained bitterness, and does finish with an almost fruity tang and sourdough flavor. Medium bodied and smooth. The 6.5% abv is perceived as a bit of sharpness on the finish.

Overall I quite like this. Seems well made, but I prefer the flavor of their House Lager.

Jun 17, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average pour from a 16-oz. can (4/29/19) yields a finger of creamy off-white foam with long retention and arches of sliding lace. Hazy translucent golden-straw color, orange-straw in front of light. Strong smell of bready yeast, sweet malt and mild hops. A rich taste of toasted malt is welcomed as a bitter hop bite increases. Average bitterness and a mild juicy sweetness of melon, pineapple and faint citrus. Medium rich body, average carbonation, alcohol is masked. Another winner from the Kellerbier series.

Jun 11, 2019
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johnreggie from New York

4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz can purchased at Beer Culture in NYC, can date 5/19. Pretty close to a perfect Maibock. Big malty flavor with some grape tones and delicious breads malt. Head dissipates quickly, but great carbonation and sticky lacing persist. I enjoy these seasonal brews, and there aren’t all that many, but this is truly near perfection.

Jun 06, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into the test glass.
A - Slightly hazy, honey color, near perfect carbonation feeds a 1/2" white cap.
S - Sweet malts, a bit of earthy hops, excellent cracker, cereal in there as well
T - Follows the nose quite well, add a touch of grassy, earthy, hint of lemon grass.
M - Light to medium on the palate, semi sweet throughout, excellent finish
O - A very good Maibock example, malty enough but avoids the sweet side. nice linger.

May 20, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a nice looking hazy yellow color with a super light carbonation seen rising to fill a quickly dieing white foamy head. Adequate foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass in a messy sort of way. The smell had a rich sweet malts, somewhat like sticky bready candy and a light crisp spicy edge to it. The taste was mainly the sweet malts through a sweet crisp biscuit-like edge. There’s a nice light sweet sticky aftertaste leading to a sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionable quality about it. There’s a nice soft creamy texture rolling over my tongue. Overall, this was a wonderful take on a Maibock Lager. I would definitely do this again.

Jun 17, 2017
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a visible carbonation through a clear golden color. The head was quite large and took a long time to dissipate, leaving a thick retention and some patchy lacing on the sides. Aromas included an herby, earthy spice mixed with some fruity hops. Taste is really sweet with hints of honey wrapped some fruits, like apples, and hops. Great carbonation throughout drinking this beer; consistent visible carbonation and light body made this incredibly drinkable. Overall, a really good beer in terms of appearance, taste, and mouthfeel.

May 08, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
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This is a big, bold, beautiful, mellow, malty bock beer that I truly enjoyed. It pours a crystal clear copper with an enormous bone white head that you can practically take bites out of. Very good retention; rings and puffballs of lacing specks as you drink it. The aroma is layered sweet and slightly grainy malt with a tinge of spicy backdrop that honestly may come from the malt as well. The flavor is the next step of this progression. Layers of intermingled hay, cereals, toasted/spicy malt, a touch of caramel, some molasses. The beer is light-medium bodied and quite drinkable with a super clean finish and medium carbonation that gives it a rich feel.

This is a very good beer in my opinion. Honestly reminded me of the first time I had Heady Topper. Not because it is the most shocking or big beer, but because there are so many facets of the showcased ingredient (malt here). Layers melting into one another, but easily distinguishable. A good many malt flavors and aromas, stopping just short of anything resembling roast. Looks, smells and tastes like a German beer (not that that specifically is the measure of a good beer) but definitely is bold and impressive. It really "pops." That said, I probably would rate it a touch higher on the whole if it wasn't quite as sweet. That is just my tastes, but after a while the sweeter end of the spectrum of malt on display made it a TINY bit less enjoyable to me than it would have been otherwise. Luckily it is a little spicy/dry/bitter at the tail end and that helped.

May 04, 2016
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look; golden with some nutty brown and amber hues, 1 1/4" white head, good retention and lacing, very pretty
smell; saltine, hint of pilsner malt/noble hops, tiny hint of pear and balsamic vinegar, very subtle nose but good
taste; fruity honey molasses malt, wet kiss of hops, delicious
feel; medium bodied,very smooth, creamy with a crisp finish, very nicely balanced, tiny bubbles, not overwhelming carbonation
overall; very nice maibock

Apr 22, 2016
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PJCarnell from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy gold, hues of nutty brown, with a long-lasting head

Smell: Very fruity and floral, almost wine-like, with hints of bread, tea, pears, and grapes

Taste: Initial taste was shocking, leaving what I can only describe as a "pickle" taste in the mouth. Subsequent tastes were less intense, bringing out pears, apples, and honeyed tea with a not-too-bitter finish

Feel: Very creamy and smooth, with no acidic bite or aftertaste, especially shocking because, seriously, the initial pickle taste kind of caught me off guard.

Overall: Very nice and smooth, would not mind having again.

Nov 06, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle int o a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep lemon with hues of chestnut brown to it, and a bit of faint orange for the body color. Real nice lengths of carbonation through the glass, Head is creamy to fluffy white, with a nice island puck in the middle, light bits of pill like lacing scatter all around, and nice retention on a solid three finger creation of the pour.

Nice bouquet. Light malty aroma, and a hint of mild clove and toast notes. Clean smelling, a faint whiff of brown sugar but far less sweeter smelling. Toasty but lighter and with less caramel sweetness. Very solid.

Palate is quite surprising. Excellent fruited note in the mid palate that hints at tangerine like citrus juicy qualities. Mild sensing caramel with a nice mellow and clean crisp sweetness on the finish. Excellent dry and crisp mouthfeel, light as described, but also giving to bock flavors and density of the sweet malts.

Overall really nice take and aptly described, and very well executed.

Aug 14, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy rich golden color, almost like an IPA.

The aroma hits of sweet crackery malt, pear, a lager note.

The beer hits upfront of a sweet white breadiness and honey, some apple and pear, but then drives away as the hops introduce a bit of flora, pepper, tea-like bitterness. The beer is crisp and clean on the back end with a lingering lager flavor.

A really creamy mouthfeel and beautiful sweetness up front, but then drops away. The 6.5% ABV offers more flavor and mouthfeel, yet still being crisp and drinkable.

May 14, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World.Pale gold, white head, nice lacing. Faint aroma of Noble Hops. Taste of sweet malt and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is creamy. Good beer.

May 11, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Yellow straw with 1-plus finger of creamy, white head. Good retention and clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pear, golden apple, white bread, and green tea.

Taste
Pear, golden apple, and biscuit. Fresh baked white bread with dabs of caramel. Hints of green tea with lemon and apricot. Light touches of earthy and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean, and ultra-smooth with a touch of sweetness.

Overall
I'd be hard-pressed to find another beer that drinks as smooth as this. An excellent Maibock!

May 07, 2015
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a cold pilsner - 1" foamy head that abides. Color looks like a Miller High Life but one sniff and you know it's not - yeasty bread and sharp, herbal hops. T: pretty much how it smells, first you get sweet and yeasty caramel, green grapes maybe? then a little spicy-sharp hops. F: nice carbonation and full-bodied on the tongue.
O: Stupid name; great beer. Two or three months a year is not enough - given the opportunity, I could spend an entire useless summer drinking myself insensate on this lager.

Apr 21, 2015
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its got a great smooth feel and tastes mellow yellow. The Munichy grapenut really shines through on the pallet. Great carbonation too. Not too fizzy, but will still sneakily bubble up your tongue.

Apr 15, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Great representative of the maibock style. Fans of the popular and widely available Rogue Dead Guy should seek this out as a [in my opinion superior] alternative.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter just above fridge temp. A lovely gold brew with less than a finger of head awaits. You get malt aromas up front in addition to pilsner type hop aromas. Also a kind of chardonnay thing that I can't explain but doesn't seem out of place.

The flavors are that of sweet bread, challah comes to mind. Very light peppery finish from the noble hops, and the bottle description isn't kidding when it labels the beer "exceptionally drinkable". One could easily polish off several bottles of this and be happy as a clam.

4 out of 5 would drink again. Will drink again.

Mar 27, 2015
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nodder from New York

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malty/bready with a touch of noble hop. Great German lager scent.

T- Sweet grains up front with a slightly bitter finish. Nice.

M- Light to medium body with a crisp, clean finish. Very drinkable beer.

O- A fantastic take on a Maibock. Well done. Recommended.

Mar 22, 2015
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Slightly cloudy when poured. Amazing nose with bready German malt qualities. True to type and could be a clone of a great German helles bock.

Oct 30, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a half liter stein a clear lighter golden with a thinner than expected white head atop.Caramel and toast in the nose with a faint smattering of spicy hops.A little lighter in the feel than most of the style I have come across.Tastes of caramel and German malts with a decent shot of drying sharp hops in the finish.Pretty dry for the style but lacks something to put over the top.

Oct 19, 2014
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the crystal clear golden brew. Head bubbles down slowly, with sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is balanced, somewhat generic.

Taste is lightly sweet to start, balanced through the middle, lightly prickly, moderately bitter to the close. Smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is awesome. Pretty close to what I would expect from a rep of the style in its original land.

Sep 05, 2014
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CloudStrife from New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a white head on top. A bit too opaque to see any visible carbonation. A touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initial malty aroma lends a bready and carmely character. The hops lend a bit of citrus and spiciness. Touch of alcohol on the backend.

T: Well balanced mix of maltiness and hop flavor. Starts off with that sweet bread like malt flavor before giving way to a mild hop bite.

M: Very smooth and easy drinking. The finish on this is very crisp considering the amount of flavor in the brew.

Overall certainly a great representation of the style. A nice malt profile that doesnt overpower and a hop compliment. Can always trust Jacks Abby to brew up a good lager.

Jul 25, 2014
Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 316 ratings