Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)
Hofbräuhaus München

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German Maibock
Ranked #7
Ranked #12,563
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Hofbräuhaus München
Very Good
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)
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Photo of scarfacecrowe
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a clear copper color with 2 fingers off white head. Smells of Toffie and some sort of sweet bread like carrot cake, also some honey. Picking up flavors of date and malt and unfortunately sulfur which pretty much ruins this beer for me. Mouthfeel is a little dry. Even though this is 7.2 abv the alcohol really behaves in the mouth.

I like everything about this beer except the taste and that unfortunately is the most import aspect of beer.

This was an updated review, I initially gave the beer high marks but the more I drink it the less I like it.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brew.
Looks great in a pint glass, burnt orange color, great head retention, pretty see-through.
Smell is very malt forward, cola-like sweetness, very grainy, like granola, burnt sugars, caramel. Very hearty aroma
Tastes good too, very balanced. Not overly complex, but likewise with enough nuance to be interesting. Taste is repeat of nose with stronger hop notes. Grassy and herbal with a slight bitter bite. Sweet but balanced out by bitterness.
F: tad on the heavier side (or maybe I’ve just been gravitating toward lighter beers) but overall very smooth and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is overall silky but has prickly carbonation.
O: excellent beer, but ABV is well hidden which could be dangerous (learned that the hard way).

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Photo of Lucular
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. I haven't had many maibocks, but if this is what they're supposed to taste like then sign me up for more. Complex maltiness without being sweet, a firm German noble hop bite, and a creamy, perfectly carbonated mouthfeel. Fantastic.

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbräu Maibock, on draft at Hofbräuhaus in Chicago. Nice look with darker than expected amber, smell is best aspect of this beer, with strong grain and malt aroma and smells just very natural. The flavor lacks some of the complexity one would hope for. Mostly sweet, not hoppy or spicy at all. Overall nice beer, but for a Maibock, maybe keep with Einbecker instead.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is another one of those German beers I picked up from Koppa's when I lived across the street on Milwaukee's East Side. East Sidaz come back! Anyways, the label for the 6 pack is cool, old school German girls dancing and shit.

Pours a darker color than expected, more cola like than yellow/gold beer feels. 3/4" off white head. Aroma is a mild lager yeast with ample amounts of nuttiness, cola, toffee and slight hint of alcohol. If you like your bocks strong, this seems geared in your direction.

Taste brings a darker, heavier breadiness to the table, uptick in booziness. Caramel and toffee jam on the toast, unsweetened. I think this is a decent option for your friend who doesn't like hoppy, dark or sour beers. Its that relatively smooth and malty beer that doesn't have a high roast quality of a stout or porter.

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Photo of jkblr
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded L 036 S (bottled 2/5/19 - 3 months old) poured into a .3 liter Hofbrau mug at fridge temp 7.2% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is barely sweet toasted bread with a slight earthy hop note. The taste is more toasted bread, caramel and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, excellent. This is a very nice example, fairly fresh & in a brown bottle. Hearty without being sweet or heavy, and no apparent alcohol in the aroma or taste.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft, in a half liter HB mug

clear, amber colored, cream colored head that fades. malty aroma, bready and a touch of caramel. similar taste, but not too sweet. medium in body

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Photo of Gadzook
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a nice clear amber with about two fingers of bubbly head with little retention and almost no lacing.

S: You get some malt, a bit of hop at the end (very slight), bread, and a metallic tinge. There's a bit of spice in there, but it was overwhelmed by the coppery aroma.

T: Malty, bready, a slight hop bitterness at the end with a mild peppery bite. It's very drinkable. Spice picks up as it warms some.

F: Feel is good. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Mouthfeel is clean and fairly dry.

O: Solid maibock. I still think I may prefer Dead Guy Ale, but that could be just the age of the six-pack I picked up. Still tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color. A vigorous pour produced a large foam head with average retention.
Aromas of toasted malts and spiced bread. Hops aromas yields spicy and floral notes.
The taste opens sweetly and highlights toasted malts and flavors of brown bread. Well hopped with bright hops flavors that are spicy, floral and a touch of citrus. There is some bitterness and dryness in the finish. There are clean alcohol flavors and spices that add balance.
Medium bodied and crisp. The finish is dry with a touch of bitterness and alcohol spice. Moderately carbonated and well balanced.
Clean but flavorful. Good example of the style.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The classic German bock. Copper color, not terribly full-bodied, but a nice, deep malt flavor that lasts long after your sip. The German Purity Law provides yet another simply enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Anacross
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You can never go wrong with Hofbräu Brewery. They make some of the best german beers in every style possible and always deliver a good experience.
Pours as a dark red liquid, with a good amount of foam. Spicy nutty flavor and smell with a nice amount of alcohol.
Body is very well balanced with decent carbonation and a refreshing flair. Way to go again, guys!

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Maibock - 7.2% ABV - 31 IBUs
Date: Code L045
Appearance: Burnt orange in color with a pillowy off white head that takes a few moments to die down and a steady stream of carbonation.
Aroma: German yeast hits first with nice toasted malts close behind. Based on the nose, this one is fairly well balanced between sweet and bitter.
Taste: Toasted bread like malts are up front with touches of Christmas spices which lead into a good amount of slightly floral hop bitterness before giving way to the sweeter side with a honey baked bread crust finish. Though it may sound sweet, and to be fair it is a bock, it balances the hops and malts extremely well, never yielding to either side too much. This maibock has a nice medium full mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation. As the beer warms, the beautiful malt and yeast aromas only continue to intensify, and a wonderful uncooked biscuit dough flavor comes through. This is truly a somewhat unexpectedly complex and enjoyable beer.
Biased comments: This is a truly well made and well rounded beer that I will seek out in the future. Frankly, I find most craft marzens to be too sweet and many German marzens to be too lite in body and ABV, but this is a nice middle ground. Also, I believe this was brewed in February for May celebrations, but even with the age it has on it, its still dinking very well. If you are a fan of Ayinger Doppelbock, but want something a bit less malt forward and less filling, then Hofbrau Maibock is a good bet.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful light brown/amber color to this beer. Smells and tastes extremely malty and delicious, while retaining a super clean flavor and feel. One of my favorites.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tap at the Panama Beach Hofbräuhaus, it was poured a modestly dark amber with a nice off-white head. The head lasts a bit. The smell is lightly malty and so is the taste, smooth and easy drinking. Yum!

From the bottle, it pours a lovely darker amber with a nice head, that lasts. Yum!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter glass no discernible bottled on date or best by date.

A: Small tiny bubbled slightly off white head that settles to a film. Body is a copper amber color with great clarity.

S: Nice doughy sweet malts and a light bit of skunkiness alcohol is detectable in the nose. Some light toffee and caramel intermingled through out.

T: Lots of nice doughy sweet maltiness a little bit of a burnt sugar taste on the finish.

M: Medium bodied without be syrupy just fairly smooth light carbonation but enough there.

O: this drinks a lot like a lighter doppelbock, although for the slight difference in alcohol This is a much easier drinking than a doppelbock. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into Perfect Pint
L030R date code
L- pours a bright amber with huge off-white head
S- caramel, yeast, floral notes
T- sweet and doughy, followed a bitter and almost sharp follow and finish
F- crisp yet doughy and chewy, unique
Overall aroma is like a clasdic Vienna Lager, taste is more unique

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Photo of Kanjified
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of flavor for a traditional German beer. Heavy on the malt, and the large amount of Noble hops gives it a perfume like fragrance. There is a dry alcoholic finish that goes well with the malt sweetness. Light body despite the big flavor. Overall, this is close to a perfect party beer. My only complaint is that these three flavor components: Malt, hops, alcohol, don't balance as well as they could. Otherwise it's a great Springtime seasonal by a legendary brewery.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber with a thick, creamy white one-finger head.

Smell: Sweet dough, a little citrus and grass.

Taste: Bitter hops mixed almost equally with bread dough and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and minimal carbonation.

Overall: A decent and drinkable spring lager.

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Photo of TH28
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 cl bottle. No clear code dating. Appearance: Light Amber brown, brilliant clarity, with low lying off white head
Aroma: Lightly toasted bread crust maltiness dominates. No real hop character.
Taste: Moderate bready malt sweetness, strong toast and bread crust, with a touch of caramel and cracker. Moderately strong hop bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a brisk carbonation
Finish: Very crisp and clean, with only a lingering bread crust maltiness
Overall: Well balanced, crisp, clean maibock that properly focuses on the rich malt character of toasted bread and crusts, balanced by a fairly strong bitterness

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Impression from a brown glass bottle. Runs $10 a sixer in the U.S.A.

Bread crust and bready malts dominate. Lacks overt hop flavour.

Hides its ABV well and drinks easy for what it is.

B- (3.42) / WORTHY

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - no legible freshness date
Bright, clear amber color with a 1/2" off white head. Head falls to a thick cap and hangs there. Huge stream of carbonation racing to the top to keep it active.
Candy sweet. Grainy malt. Spicy hops.
Grain/feed store, some faint spice. Not complex at all but delicious. Well made and a benchmark for the style.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Never sweet in the end, it finishes dry.
So good, a long time favorite.

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Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber with a 2.5 finger white head. The aroma features bread, toffee and caramel, banana and dark fruit, hints of honey. The flavor is sweet with caramel and toffee, fig, banana, has a nice breadiness with some honey. The feel is medium bodied with creamy, softer carbonation. Pleasant and enjoyable Maibock.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-clear amber bottle pour with a thin foam cap. The aroma is of sweet malt. Flavors include caramel and a light woody note, beech perhaps. This is a flavorful quaff with a clean flavor and finish, and a somewhat light body.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Orders eat brown with plenty of carbonation in a creamy, off white head. Smells of wonderful caramel malt and slight hop. Baseball was the nose and which the mouth feels incredibly smooth. Just love the stuff.

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Photo of aleigator
2.49/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a haselnut color with a big, spongy head.

Aromas are pretty muted - there is a faint hint of crushed grains, toffee malts and wet straw to be found on the nose.

Has a lower carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel, not justifying the higher abv, while finishing watery with an alcoholic harshness.

Tastes of loads of toffee, a note of earth and barley and a bright mineralic quality, creating a very sweet tasting beer. Develops a faint, late hop dryness, which settles atop the otherwise watery nothingness, lending a herbal whiff to the overly sweet malts.

This is a bad tasting Bock, too sweet and one-dimensional with not enough going on to suffice. Also its mouthfeel is a huge letdown, next to its low carbonation it feels almost like drinking alcoholic fountain water.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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