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

Added by taez555 on 04-27-2012

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 295
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 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 MJOSullivan12
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small airy head. Very effervescent. Nose is quite sweet and filled with honey notes, biscuits, pancakes w/syrup. Palate is full and thick with a heavy coating on the tongue. Flavors of light grape skins, honey, grassy hops.

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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 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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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 taez555
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear yellow/orange body with a nice bright white head.

Nose is simple, with just a nice fresh grain sort of smell. Nothing over the top, just crisp fresh malt and lager yeast type smell.

Taste is light bodied with a very chewey fresh grain and bread malt flavor. There's a definite hop backbone bitterness and even slight hop flavor, but it's not really distinct. They're just sort of there to give proper balance to the malt without being distracting. White bread, some mild fruitiness, almost has a bubblegum touch (very faint). The insane thing is.... where is the alcohol in this beer? At 6.5% this is one of the most deceiving alcohol's I've ever tasted. It seriously has the alcohol burn of a 3.5% light lager. Crazy! Ends with a nice hop bitterness actually. It really starts to have stronger bitterness as it warms.

JA is an all lager brewery, and for the most part they've been brewing a lot of EXTREME beers that just happen to be made with lager yeast, this however.... is as traditional a German lager as it gets. I'd say it's like their Jabby Brau, but it's not, it's so much closer to the traditional pure German Maibock/Helles style. If I didn't know better I'd say I was sitting in Germany drinking a fresh brau in a liter stine or something. Just a solid, solid, Maibock.

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Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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