Maibock Hurts Like Helles | Jack's Abby Brewing

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297 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

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
Ratings:
297
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of smb71481
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PJCarnell
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy gold, hues of nutty brown, with a long-lasting head

Smell: Very fruity and floral, almost wine-like, with hints of bread, tea, pears, and grapes

Taste: Initial taste was shocking, leaving what I can only describe as a "pickle" taste in the mouth. Subsequent tastes were less intense, bringing out pears, apples, and honeyed tea with a not-too-bitter finish

Feel: Very creamy and smooth, with no acidic bite or aftertaste, especially shocking because, seriously, the initial pickle taste kind of caught me off guard.

Overall: Very nice and smooth, would not mind having 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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Happy01
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattymystique
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodlavers
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of muggsybouges3
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LehighAce06
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 GreenMind
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World.Pale gold, white head, nice lacing. Faint aroma of Noble Hops. Taste of sweet malt and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is creamy. Good beer.

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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 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.

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

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

Taste
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.

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

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

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burkbom23
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jfcaa193
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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