Maibock Hurts Like Helles
Jack's Abby Brewing

Maibock Hurts Like HellesMaibock Hurts Like Helles
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Style:
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #35
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,341
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
315
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Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 315
Reviews by dd43:
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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.

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Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The kind of beer that's such a sun shiney perfect exemplification of a underrated style that I had to actual sit down and write a review for it, instead of just going "derpa-DOW" and punching the "Hads" button, as has become my recent want. (And yes, jerks, I make a sound effect every time I tick off a Had. You would, too, if you were a real Beer Man.)

Anyhow, this is every goddamn thing I look for in a Helles. It tastes like light. There are dandelion bits floating in it. Dry, sweet barleycorn mixed with weedy yellow hops and all kinds of weird verdant nodes so--to exhaust a descriptor I've been using dumbly for almost a decade--it tastes like a walk through a field at sunset. It's not quite as out-there pollen-y as New Glarus' dead, gorgeous Zwickle, but it's easily one of the very best American-made examples of its style that I've ever had.

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Photo of TheDoctor
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a beautiful slightly orange golden color with a creamy two finger head, decent retention, and some nice lacing. Can't be any better.

Pale barley malts and yeast in the nose. Maybe a little bit of noble hops.

Tastes fantastic- amazingly smooth and light. Cascades of pale malt sweetness roll over the tongue with an undercurrent of white grapes, yeast, and floral noble hops. Hops finish out slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is also fantastic- medium light body with moderate carbonation. This one's a keeper. Nothing to say but good things about Jack's Abby.

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Photo of Corkykab
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brureview
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a stein: the beer has a light golden color with a 2+finger head.

There is a delightful fruit-malt aroma from the head. Possibly some Cinnamon.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- a puckering mouth feel felt at the back of the tongue.

The aroma carries to the taste: fruit, mostly grape, which becomes pronounced with warming.

The finish is pleasantly bitter.

Wonderful beer. It's important to use good glassware to appreciate this style: a stein enhances the flavor and brings the best quality of the beer. Serve colder: 45F.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 315 ratings