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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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 24
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 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 Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JrDeutschen
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of pretext
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of crbnfbr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nineworldseries
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brandonati
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of profholt82
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tARsh
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 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 chilidog
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A spring release I found as fall rolled in. No problem as this beer may have six months in the bottle.

It poured just great, good copper rust color. A nice full soft, pillow like head that maintained well. Lace was spotted.

The aroma has wiffs of malty sweetness. Toffee and brown sugar.

The taste is sweet carmalized malts, hints of toffee, with a nice alcohol backdrop that stings the palate. Good abv that allows the beer to be felt and tasted.

The mouthfeel is smooth but left with a slight metalic taste and a mild cotton feel.

Drinkability, very smooth and easy. A good beer to be had. If you can find it, try it.

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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 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 Onslow
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first officially documented Maibock,

Pours a dark golden maple syrup-brown...

good honey, malt, fresh baked cookie aroma...

has a very nice bitterness level...

nicely balanced...

an enjoyable brew that works well in many levels...

i can see this as a staple in a bock lovers fridge...

i will buy afew bottles for my grandpa and uncle (dutch-german backgrounds), bcuz i know they would love this!

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

On tap at the Gingerman in Dallas, served in a pint glass. Nice golden amber color with a small head but alright lacing. Grainy, slightly sweet malt aroma. Flavor is mostly malt, but weak at best, some modest caramel, mixed with pleasant but light floral hops. Finish is clean but sweet. Full-bodied.

An alright bock, but by no means exceptional.

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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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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 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 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 mattcrill
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one...

Aroma: Notes of honey, spices, slightly carmelized malts.

Appearance: Clear orange color with a touch of chill haze and a tight off-white head.

Flavor: More honey, toast, cinnamon, and wheat. Tastes kind of like homebaked bread or a good wheat-based cereal.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, light to medium bodied, with a dry finish.

Overall impression: A decent session offering. Glad I had the chance to sample this one. Worth a try for sure.

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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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Maibock from Hofbräuhaus Newport
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