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Maibock Hurts Like Helles | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Maibock Hurts Like HellesMaibock Hurts Like Helles

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

I enjoyed this 500 ml in a willybecker chilled

The coolor is resplendent golden with light haze and visibly carbonated liquid with 2 1/2 fingers of snowy white head with thick rings of lace left on the glass and very fine bead. The aroma has plenty of malt with very light herbal hop accenting and moderately yeast driven smell with german lager aromas w/ slight sweet/spicy juxtoposition of malt and hop esters. The feel is excellent with lots of sweet and toasted malt layers with a nice subtle hop spice that balances w/ medium high carbonation and gentle creaminess from yeast with slight mineral quality and semi-dry finish with mild alcohol.

The taste is great- lover the way the malt and hop flavors express themselves and unfold simultaneously with subtle peppery taste from the yeast with gentle alcohol giving a nice amount of balance to the flavor w/ mild malt sweetness adding to the complexity and toasted pilsner malt character with mild breadiness and light floral hop accents adding to the taste. Overall a very good and traditional take- practically flawless with excellent drinkability. I really enjoy this interpretation of the style: wonderful.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head from the bartender. Leaves ring lace with some drizzle streaks going down the glass. Settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Gold color, clear.

Fresh pale malt start to the smell. I note some sweet cream.

Mildly sweet with a creamy touch. The finish has some hop appear as a spice. The aftertaste features more lactose taste. The body is surprisingly rich; the carbonation muted. A superbly refreshing beer that reminds me more of a Kölsch than a Maibock.

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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 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 smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 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 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 dar482
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this Mai-bock while I watch an old episode of Beer Hunter celebrating Bavaria and the style noted here.

A pillowy light bright white head forms like whipped egg whites. Slowly collapses on it’s own weight. S deep golden color with a touch of escaping carbonation. Bits of sticky lace cling.

Aroma is great. Some light grain, grassy. A freshness here that’s very nice.

Well, it’s here that I reveal that Mai-Bock is a very underrated style to me. It flies under the radar and whenever I have one, I love it. This is no exception. Great balance here. Initial sweetness and a slight fruit /grain/bread flavor gives way to a nice assertive hop finish. Then at the end there is a softness to the flavor that quite nice. A touch of black pepper in the background. On the edge of doughy and bready. Nice actually.

Body is soft and round. I’ve heard this style referred to as bread in a glass and I think the body fits the style nicely. Even the carbonation is soft. Just brings a pop to the flavor..

Very enjoyable beer and spot on for the style.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up Saturday ($4.99) and enjoyed it later that same day (19MAY12). Odd note on their label; at one point it talks about the biers "deep golden color..." and then it later says "Don't be fooled by its light color..." Which is it? ;-) No freshness data found, though...

Poured into a nonic glass, it was a yellowish, medium golden color. It was a touch hazy, and had steady streams of carbo within. The head was white and thin, most bubbles hanging at the edges, though lacing was decent. Aroma had some nice toasty malt, while a smidge of hopping showed up. It was about medium in body, and was mostly smooth on the tongue, just with a bit of bubbliness.

Flavor? It had some crackery, bready, malt sweetness leading off, like a good Maibock should. Following that was some light fruitiness, suggesting pear and/or green apple. Bringing up the rear was noble hop florality. All in all, a solid rendition of the style. Prosit!!

4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

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

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

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.

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

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

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maibock Hurts Like Helles pours a hazy straw yellow with a small fizzy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of biscuit and floral hop notes and some white grape mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with firm carbonation. The flavor is crisp and begins with biscuit and sweet cereal malt. That's followed by hoppy floral flavors, light fruit (grape) and some grassy bitterness at the end. It reminds me of a German import. Once gone the fruit notes and some of the bitterness lingers on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a German import. Very tasty and a good example of the style.

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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 OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a good foamy white head. no lace, but nice retention.

Nice malty nose, even a little candied sweetness.

Dried out malt, with a touch of sweetness that turns to light toasted grain. SOme good bread and light bread crust and yeast. Dries right out with some light grassy bitterness and palate clearing astringency. This is nice lager.

Medium body.

Overall, another winner from these guys. Nice complexity to make this highly drinkable.

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite local breweries.

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