Maibock Hurts Like Helles
Jack's Abby Brewing

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #34
Ranked #14,199
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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: 314
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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 utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful light amber. In the natural light it is hazy and yellow, pale and with light yellow hues. In the light of the room it has golden amber hues and a firey yellow deep in the center. A stream of bubbles is climbing to the top but it is not effervescent. It is merely organized there in the center The head is cream colored and thick. It lasts and leaves some lace. Does not fall completely because why should it?

Nose is clean and rich with malt. Depth without too much sweetness. Beautiful grain you can imagine that it is as golden as the color of this beer. No hop scents.

Taste is sweet grain. deep and never ending but not heavy. There is but a drop of honey on this one and it is the natural sweetness of the grain that seems to filling the palate with it's it's light toastiness. There is a faint bit of the white grape sweetness on this and to the delight of the palate - a bit of pepper.! SPLENDID! Creamy mouthfeel with a nice little bite from carbonation.


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Photo of HuskyHawk
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep gold. The head is relatively small and formed of large bubbles that recede quickly and leave no lacing. Just a slight haze on the beer that may have been caused by the condensation on the outside of the glass. It was pretty muggy today.

S - Light aromas, but pleasant. Mostly a grassy, flowery noble hop character.

T - Follows the nose, but adds in a biscuit sweetness. Maybe a touch of honey. Very mild, and balanced well with a round bitterness that forms on the finish.

M - Not the soft velvety feel that I get from some other JA beers, but appropriate to the style. It's medium bodied and finishes clean.

O - Insanely drinkable. I could easily put down a growler of this and it reminded me a little of the Sunny Ridge pilsner that I had recently. Highly recommended, but if you want something comparable in flavor grab a growler of the pilsner. These were only available in bottles at the time of purchase.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 REVZEB
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On first pour and aromas I was excited for this one. Malts have a nice juiciness to them in the nose, with yeasty and amber tones underneath. But the taste feels confused, with my wanting the malts to be more caramel forward, but instead is almost orange forward with way more yeast than the nose indicated. So ok maibock

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Pours a clear golden yellow with carbonation leading to a two finger , big bubble white foam cap. Settles into a decent layering of bubbles with some lacings on the glass.

Aroma of grass and citrus. I get what others are saying about a wine aroma. Bit of pepper spice.

First sip, " oh, that's nice!" Smooth first taste, this beer goes down easy. Nice sweet malt . Gentle hopping with of wisp of bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Carbonation on the back of the tongue. Smooth finish.

Well I just found another Jacks Abbey beer that I will have to stock up on. Eminently quaffable. Great taste, need to fill me up some more of this beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Celtics76
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and sister-in-law are at the DMB concert this evening, so on tap tonight are scallion pancakes, chicken bee boong and some good beer (I hope) to go along with Bruins-Hawks and some Arrested Development episodes.

Kicking it off with this one from up and coming Jack's Abby. Pours dark gold with good head. I'm not detecting much of an aroma here, but that's fine because the flavor makes up for it. There's a nice, subtle grape presence here. It's more malty than hoppy, but the hops do shine through at the finish, which is somewhat bitter and crisp. Smooth and easy to drink. Highly sessionable even at 6.5%.

This brewery can do no wrong and I can't wait to try more of their offerings.

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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 flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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 horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a light amber with some golden hues. The head is frothy and airy and is a solid two fingers thick.

Aroma: Biscuity, buttery, dry floral hop notes. Wisps of citrus, grape.

Taste: Biscuity and bready in the front that has a light dryness. Somewhat crisp on the palate. Buttery, floral hop dryness. Faint notes of black licorice in the back end.

Notes: Another tasty Lager from Jack's Abby very true to the style and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of LeRose
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 WanderingFool
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -1%
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 smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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 jondeelee
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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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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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 314 ratings