Maibock Hurts Like Helles | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by taez555 on 04-27-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
21.36%
 
 
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21
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Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maibock Hurts Like Helles (bonus points for cleverness) opens to a sweet, grainy nose, the sugars and breads immediately apparent. The sweet side includes a nice selection of orange, berry, apricot, and cherry fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and even a smidgen of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and the breads bring peppery brown breads, floury baguettes, and yeasty rising wheat dough, as well as touches of wet wheat and hay. There’s also a light lemony overtone, as well as shades of pink grapefruit. As a whole, the nose is very nicely balanced, and the interplay between sugars and breads is very nice, the only fault being a slight overall weakness.

On the tongue, the beer brings the same sugar-and-bread interplay, the former bringing apple, cherry, berry, orange, white grape, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, small threads of vanilla, and a good dose of caramel, and the latter adding peppery brown breads, floury baguette, toast crust, and cracker. Lemon and grapefruit overtones from the hops add citrus, the light 25 IBUs combining with the peppery breads to faintly sizzle the tongue. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with a bit more peppery and, here, tart breads, and a larger white grape and grapefruit presence, lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the tongue sizzle.

Overall, this is very nice beer, and excellent summer fare, the lightness and crispness of the fruits mixing well with the breads and citrusy notes. The aftertaste is a bit heavy on grape and grapefruit, the tartness a bit unexpected and clashing with the main mouthful, but this is easily fixed with another sip.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +5.8%
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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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: fresh grass and light toasted malt

Taste: grass dominates with caramel, and slight honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slightly bitter backbone, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A nice sessionable lager thatis great for the price. I have had better maibocks and better from Jack's Abbey but I would look for this one again

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Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a hint of a head. Then nothing. Flat looking golden body. Very clear.

Smell - Earthy hops. Some fruitiness. Pale malts.

Taste - Much more aggressively hopped than the nose. Very grainy. Earthy, bitter, malty.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter. Grainy. Decent.

Overall - Clean and flavorful, but it's a maibock, so it's really never going to be that interesting.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bjlps
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
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