Maibock | Hofbräuhaus Newport

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Hofbräuhaus Newport
Kentucky, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich, flavorful Bock to celebrate the coming of Spring. It's noticeably malty and sweet, with a warming alcohol note.

Added by BEERchitect on 08-17-2005

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rootdog316
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceptional pour--good head, head retention, and lacing.. Aroma of fruit, raisins, malts and a weak sting of alcohol. Strong malty body with hops also coming in. Exceptional complex flavor with nice balance of toffee/candy tones and maltWeak sting of alcohol, and palate is quite "soapish" slippery. Not bad at all.

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Photo of bashiba
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice clear amber with an inch of off white head with mild lacing.

Smell is a nice strong malty odor with hints of cedar and a mild earthy bitterness coming through as well.

Taste is a nice lightly malted flavor with a touch of wooden overtones and a nice slight hop finish for a great balance. Flavors are subdued, but good.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and slightly oily.

A very drinkable beer with its only deterrant in my mind is the mouthfeel.

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Photo of fclaugus
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pungent aroma and mouth feel with hints of spices and fruitiness. Character is what one should expect from a decent bock. One of the best bocks I’ve had, but just average when compared to other beers. Overall a good try, but not my beer of choice as I like dark ales much better.

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Photo of tARsh
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, very clear this beer is topped by a thick tan head. As the head recedes into the glass, it leaves possibly the most beautiful lace on the glass I’ve ever seen. To me, this beer is just a touch dark for the style, I almost gave it a 5 for appearance. The aroma is heaven for me personally. Strong notes of hops up front. Hallertau and Saaz just sing to me. Maibocks have malt to, and that is displayed as well with some caramel. The hops and malt combine for a nice fruitiness best described as figs. The taste is amazing. How can a beer be this crisp, and yet this sweet. Loads of caramel and fig balanced nicely by the noble hops. Not really citrus, just delivering a gentle bite to the beer. Slick, and full mouth feel. Wonderfully drinkable. Just a great beer,

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden yellow with a short lived head and light lacing. The aroma was bready, sweet and malty. The front end of this beer was full bodied and sweet. The middle smoothed a bit, but the finish was sweet and sticky with most of the alcoholic warmth coming out at the end. Slighty cloying aftertaste.

This Maibock does have some problems. It was way too sweet even for a Bock. Maibocks should feature much more bittering and flavor hops in the bill. Maibocks should have a well balanced flavor profile with a dry finish. The sweet aftertaste and general light cloying taste detract from the drinkability.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Ahhdball
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear maple colored brew that leaves a huge 3 fingered crown on top. It lasts long and leaves a lasting lace on the glass.
Smelled yeast immediately, wood, and malt came in next.
Malty tasting that continues through out the drink. Dark fruit, and a slight hint of ginger.
Smooth going down, easy to drink and doesn't disappoint.

On a side note I got this for a mere 99 cents from a local corner store. A very good bargain, glad I found it.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JrDeutschen
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of stockingcpl
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick eggshell head. Deep amber. Excellent overall impression.

Smell: Full sweet malt with spice tones. Moderate strength.

Taste: Moderate length flavor curve with full but not overpowering strength. Spice character early followed by sweet malt and minor noble hop presence. Carbonation adds a "tongue tickle" for totality of the curve.

Mouthfeel: Excellent presence. No aftertaste. All elements are subtle and can be appreciated by the experienced drinker.

Drinkability: High alcohol. HB only serves in 20oz. No Mass servings!!! This brew WILL sneak up on you.


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Photo of hustlesworth
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- 2in of cream colored frothy foam atop a golden amber brew. head had good retention but left only a small amount of lace trailing behind.

S- tomato soup, yeasty sourdough bread, spicy pale barley, diacetyl, and maybe some biscuit.

T- tin can, savory spices like tarragon maybe? tomatoes, meuslix cereal, grainy barley husk, dries grass, granola. tastes very german. faint grassy hops with a nutty sweet aftertaste.

MF- medium carbonation, surprisingly refreshing, a little syrupy, and slightly cloying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best quality beer that I've had from Hofbrau Brewery. Sampled at a local Beer tasting. Deep copper to amber in color. Fair head retention of off-white color. Laced reasonably well. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, mild fruitness, and a lightly sour note from fermentation. Tastes quite malty in the range of caramel and toffee. Throw in dates, nuts, figs, and plumbs. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Hopped only for balance, light estery flavors are present. Full and round to the mouth. Weakens a bit toward the finish with warming alcoholic flavors. Finishes malty and almost dry.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Prunes! Prunes! Prunes!

I think the theme of this beer is dark fruit mainly prunes/plumb and then malted heavily. You can tell it is put together with care and they have acheived what they sought out to do so for that alone I have to give props. Large carbonation. brown color. not for me but I still respect the work it would take to make this beer.

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Photo of Budlum
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5L bottle in to a Target brand goblet, expecting a rush of tan, creamy head. This one produces about a finger of head expiring after about 45 seconds. The body is brown, deep orange and highly translucent.

The aromas are bready and sweet with plenty of hops. Fresh oranges and bananas. Very floral and pleasing. After the initial smell of hops, I think this smells a lot like the Juicy Juice fruit punch from my youth.

Sweet breads and candies are immediately noticeable. There is a slight touch of hops, but I expected more from the smell. Very clean with a balanced sweet flavor. The finish is long and dry with many earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is pleasingly effervescent and tingly without feeling artificial. I believe this is best when served very cold. Drinkability is high with the initial tingly rush followed by the long, pleasant finish. A good one to sample but nothing spectacular here.

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Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great pour off this beer. A lovely shade of orangish brown very clear with plenty of carbonation bubbles. A fabulous 2 inch tannish off white head.

Big thick caramel roasted malt aromas. Burnt brown sugar, and slight molasses and toffee.

Big and malty as in the nose. Mainly a caramel roasted malt component. A little hop for backbone but not overly complex. Nice creamy carbonated mouthfeel. A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of clickpush
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Comes out with a beautiful active one and a half finger eggshell color head and a clean amber color beer with a few bubbles and tons of lacings as the head disappears.

Nose: Smells slightly acidic and citric with a light note of hops and an even harder to distinguish scent of malts that add an aura of candy to the overall aroma.

Mouth: Starts with a nice, sweet graininess in the front and a great balance of bitter hops in the back and in the swallow and ending in an herbal breathiness as it goes down the throat. Upon exhaling there are slight notes of the alcohol and an accentuated flavor of warm biscuits as the exhalation touches the entire surface of the mouth.

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Photo of profholt82
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rosy clear light mahogany color with a whispy bit of white fluff on top and good lacing on this chilled goblet served at Jax in Lake Mary, FL. The aroma is nutty with raisin and toffee. The taste brings more toffee and caramel, cherry and mandarine orange alcohol highlights. Very smooth, mellow, politely carbonated. Pretty drinkable. A little bit wine-like. Good stuff.

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Photo of NolateM
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my favorite local bar/restaurant, a few different times. Pours amberish medium-brown with a fantastically thick creamy white head, and very slight lacing. Pretty malty, kind of lagerlike, with a very apparent nutty flavor... my friends and I compared it to a nuttier, stronger version of a Sam Adams Boston Lager - but even more drinkable (and I am a Sam fan). It doesn't even taste like it's 6.8% really - I had it in a very large mug and it was not remotely difficult to finish, each time I had it. Definitely worth a try, or two, or three.

NOTE: I have no idea if this was actually from the Newport Hofbrauhaus or one of the other millions of Hofbrauhauses. Hofbrauhausen?

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews of alltime. I just wish it were available year round. Beautiful full head on the pour and an almost dark red/black color. Full bodied, nice caramel malts and possibly some chocolate, toffee, and coffee. Easy to drink, really hammers you and you cannot detect nor care after you taste this one. I love this brew.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of strattor
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich amber color with a cream-colored head.

Light caramel aroma, not too deep, but pleasant.

Yes, this is what a maibock should be. Light caramel flavors and sweetness cut by hoppy spiciness and an overall dryness. So many maibocks are just too sweet, and a few are too hoppy, but this one is just right.

Very lively carbonation that assists in drying out the maltiness.

I could down this one all day, though with this ABV, I would probably start feeling it pretty hard after a few.

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