Maibock Hurts Like Helles | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Maibock Hurts Like HellesMaibock Hurts Like Helles

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 295
Photo of gfreed
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fads in beer brewing are easy to spot: three years ago everyone began selling overloaded, over-hyped, over-hopped beer; two years ago everyone was screaming about beer in cans; last year began the sticky march of fruity beer; this year it appears that lagers are the target. I like a really good lager, especially a nice clean maibock, but I'm not sure this one qualifies as "really good." It's decent but it seems like it's trying to be an ale: the body, aroma and taste are all very dense; it's rather flatly carbonated and has a yeasty, bready, doughy grip that just doesn't have much of a lager lean to it. Thinning it out a bit and jettisoning some of that yeasty freight would make it much more attractive.

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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 HuskyHawk
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a straw yellow, almost clear despite being unfiltered. Thin head, consistent lacing.

S. Smells bready, a little earthy, very typical of what you'd expect of a German lager.

T. Crisp, a little bitterness and not a lot of complex flavors. Rather generic, surprisingly.

M. Nice, medium body, perhaps from the higher abv.

O. Just Ok. Wouldn't seek it out, but then perhaps this just isn't my style.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent gold with a 2.5 inch, rocky, bright white head that collapses into a solid 1/8th inch cap. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose expresses grains and a hint of grapes. Taste reveals light malts, some fruity esters, sour mash, a strong noble hops presence and a light, lingering skunky quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slight oiliness and an even carbonation that falls just short of lively. Overall, not my favorite offering from these guys - hops are too forward and fruit is too much in the background, in my opinion, for the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, honey, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some honey and caramel sweetness quickly follows. The hops presence is decent for the style and complementary providing a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style. This is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a filmy, bright white, clingy head. Aromas of fruit sweetness, roasted notes, and wine-like characteristics. The sweetness does have a grape quality to it. Flavors of toasted grains on the forward tongue, with floral highlights and a subtle fruit sweetness. Tangy sweetness slowly builds as you drink. Smooth, mid-bodied brew that is pretty easy to drink. The aftertaste is roasted, and starts to develop a grassy, floral hops character. Smooth, clean finish. Tasty brew.

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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 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 LeRose
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half-liter bottle poured into lager glass,

Appearance was a slightly hazy, deep golden color. Ample head - frothy three fingers, very persistent, laced in clumps (just looked weird, but OK).

Smell was malty/biscuity, maybe a touch yeasty? Hops aroma was stronger than I expected - grassy/straw/floral aromas, Mild hints of citrus and what seemed like grape (very faint). Pleasant enough, but seems very laid back.

Taste - very grainy with very little fruitiness on the initial taste and quite bitter when first sipped. Malty/bready and hoppy following the nose. The bitterness faded (a little slowly) and leaves a sweet/grape flavor that lingered pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, not highly carbonated. Found it astringent/drying.

Overall, this took some patience. First impression was not the one to go by - grew on me as I drank it. Interesting how the flavor profile works - bitter spike that cascades down slowly to be replaced by the sweetness and grape-like flavors.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I hadn't read the label I would say it was a pilsner. Looks, smells, and even tastes like one. Can really smell and taste the sweet malt grain. Smells a little adjunct like- close to a Miller Lite. Taste a lot better than the aroma. A little tart with a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Crisp, very easy drinker. Good solid lager throughout.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color. Big, doughy, white head. Head leaves full rings of bubbled froth along my mustache glass.

S-A mix of hoppy nobility and light skunk. Airy cracker malt. Cooked grains.

T-More of the same. Strong noble hoppiness (skunk now gone) I also begin to get some pleasant citrus. The malt balances but is not incredibly complex.

M-Very drinkable; A Jack's Abby trademark.

O/D-Didn't expect to love this due to the style. Yet, I will try any and all things from my favorite MA brewery. Obviously well crafted but not my suit.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, only the second review.

Pours a light creamy looking 1/2 finger head which is a bit surprising with the type of conical bottle, fades at a med pace but leaves some nice lacing, over crystal clear golden pale yellow quite clear colored beer. A bit too light colored.

Nose starts with some sweet smelling juicy malts, light pilsner malts, light toasty straw and grainy, then crisp lager aromas, fruity lager, a big lager aroma, and hint of grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose, starting with more lager, plenty of toasty pilsner malts, sweet juicy lager malts and a light acidic malt, and some wheat, a bit grainy. lager comes crisp and fruity. Then hops, a fairly biter bite with some earthy slight herbal grassy hops, and some earthy almost spices and bock like flavors from the yeast as well. Theres also a bit of an almost booze bite but barely. Finish is drier but not as much as I expected, quite bitter and almost astringent, light lager fruit and wheat like grainy malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, a bit gritty and abrasive, touch of booze.

Overall not their best, seems a bit of a mess and they weren't sure where to go with it, booze and bitterness seem more than they should be, lager isn't bad but malts go a bit in the wrong direction, but all things considered still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Clear, bright golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head retain very well in the narrow glass. Clumpy lacing.

S: Biscuity and cracker pilsner malt. Hint of grape skin. Pleasing noble hop aromas of grass, wildflowers, and a light citrus zest. Very clean.

T: Grain, biscuit, and cracker. Lightly toasted. Slight grape skin character. Hops are grassy, but also show a decidedly herbal edge that wasn't apparent on the nose. Slight spike of spicy alcohol comes through. Grain and herbal hop in the finish, slightly peppery.

M: Medium/light body. Full with a slight firmness. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not quite as polished as the truly great examples of the style, but certainly a worthy attempt.

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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 GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a deep golden color, with lots of visible carbonation and a 2 inch head. This fades to a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like lager yeast, grape, and sweet grains.

A very malty maibock here, lots of sweet grape-like malt flavor. Some flavors of lager yeast as well, some grainy sweetness, a slight bit of flower hop character. Not much hop flavor to this one, this one's a story of the malts, which impart a really distinctive grape flavor.

Light to medium boded, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

Another winner from Jack's Abby, this one shows some nice restraint.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow body into a large pint glass I use when camping. Big foamy white head forms to about two to three fingers. Retention is good. A large coat of creamy lace around the glass.

S- Mostly just some lager yeast with notes of bread, grass, citrus and spicy hops. Not getting a whole ton.

T- Follows the nose and I definitely get the grape like fruit they mention on the bottle. Euro noble hops lend grass, spicy, herbal and bitter notes. Some light malts and bread as well.

Mf- Highly carbonated body with a moderately thick overall consistency. Creamy silky texture. Clean bitterness on the palate.

Flavorful and unique, has a great hop and yeasty mix. Liking this brewery more and more by the brew, good local lagers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. No dating information located on the bottle, but assume this is pretty darn fresh. Poured it into my Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color. About a finger of bright white head.

S: Smells grainy and lightly citrusy. Light and airy. Touch of toasted light malt in there.

T: Crisp. Light. Refreshing. This is a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then a very smoothing malt bill evens it out. Almost buttery and/or nutty.

M: Light to medium.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a stemmed goblet.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong, refreshing-looking effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of white foam which didn't hang around too long.

Smell: aroma is a bit light in intensity but the character is of rich malt. It lacks complexity, but seems well-crafted.

Taste: ah, good, more complexity and interest here in the flavor. The rich maltiness combines with a very light fruity character to create something balanced and satisfying. Bitterness is light and there is a hint of earthy, piney hop flavors. This is a relatively subtle brew, but within that subtlety is a lot of good stuff going on.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a big, satisfying creaminess. I actually like it quite a lot.

Overall: I wasn't sure at first because of the aroma's subtlety, but this beer is quite delicious and really grew on me. Recommended.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a pilsener glass.
'Brewed/bottled' in April 2012.

Deep straw in color beneath a creamy white head with pretty stable retention. Very active, noticeable carbonation. Thick, but minimal lacing.

Sweet honey with a thick, yet clean diacetyl and cream aroma. Floral hops with clean grain that balance the moderate malt sweetness.

Toasted malt sweetness; bready with a mild diacetyl flavor. Real clean malt profile with no astringency. Clean wheat, grains, and toasted oats with just a very mild floral hop addition. A clean finish with notes of lightly burnt toasted oats and white grape in the aftertaste.

A lighter shade of medium bodied. Smooth, a very subdued creamy texture. Remarkably clean both in flavor and texture for the style.

A pretty solid version of the style. Remarkably clean which is the real highlight of this Maibock.

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Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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 johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with my brother.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a decent sized creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet bready malty with hint of spice and fruit with a light spicy earthy hop aroma to round it all out. The flavor holds a creamy bready malty taste with lots of spicy earthy hops to balance it out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Another great brew from Jack's, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

April '12 bottle poured into Alchemist pint glass, <$4 a bottle this is a steal

A Beautiful 3 finger white foamy head quickly rises above a slightly hazy straw yellow body. Lots of carbonation bubbles are rushing toward the head that is staying around and now looks quite frothy. Great retention on the head and ample lacing is left around the glass. Really nice.

S Light malt/grain sweetness and light fruit, maybe white grape?. A light earthy green hop scent is comes out along with some doughy yeast. Not pungent but whats there smells good.

T Sweeter light malts come out upfront with a medium noble hop bitterness in the middle. Nice jump from light sweetness to light bitterness. The hops fade to the finish which is crisp and clean.

M Lighter feel on the tongue with a medium to heavier carbonation. Really refreshing beer right here.

O Another nice lager put out by Jack's Abby. Perfect drink for spring/late summer.

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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 fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy light gold pour. Huge effervescent white head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving behind pretty decent lacing.

S: Toasty bread with some grass. Grainy. Pleasant but subtle.

T: Grassy up front with maybe a little bit of earthy and herbal tones. Very nice toasted malt throughout. Grainy too. Finishes almost nutty along with the toasted malt. Almost combines to be a toasted peanut butter sandwich sometimes. Strange, I know, but I don't mean that in a bad way.

M: Super clean, smooth and crisp.

O: A simple yet tasty and very drinkable brew. It pretty much craps on every other maibock I've tried before (included dead guy ale). That's saying something.

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
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