Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)
Hofbräuhaus München

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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #8
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,857
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
824
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Hofbräuhaus München
 
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SCORE
88
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mikeinportc from New York

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Code is L013U, so Jan 13, 2021

Clear amber with slight orange tint. Two fingers of pale tan head.

Smell is toffee,caramel, brown bread(/y molasses), and a very slight fruity aroma.

Taste is caramel,toffee, raisin, bread crust, and a hint of roasted pecans. Light bitterness and moderate lingering sweetness.

Feel is light-medium and lightly syrupy. Moderate , very fine, moderately-sharp carbonation, giving a drying finish , that leaves the front of the tongue with a scrubbed feeling.

Overall, pleasant and easy-drinking. Maybe a tad too sweet to session them , but I could see having more than one with something else in between. :)

Apr 26, 2021
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle (BD Jan 21,2021) poured into a pint glass with a deep amber color, quickly receding head and decent lacing. Smells of caramel malt, dark fruit, and spice. Taste follows aroma with notes of fig, sweet malt, toasty bread and some earthy hop spice. Medium body with good carbonation. Clean and crisp with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Highly recommended.

Apr 24, 2021
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officerbill from New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber/gold with a quickly dissolving white head.
malty caramel, mild molasses, some banana, a little date, aaalmost becomes borderline too sweet
A smooth clean finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste
a very nice beer, just a tad too sweet for regular consumption

Apr 24, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is one beautiful beer, it pours a crystal clear pale shade of amber. Head settles into a nice creamy looking layer of white. Some lacing from initial pour still present.

Smells of lightly toasted bread crust, grains, and spice like aromas.

Taste follows the nose rich crusty bread, some subtle roast and grain. There is some baking spice character to it as well.

Medium bodied beer with a rich feel to it, incredibly smooth clean finish. There is this lingering awesome tastes that is there for a second then gone.

Apr 24, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear, dark amber color with some ruby red and purple notes. 1/2 finger off-white head. looks very clean and crisp

s: sweet caramel and dates. brown sugar and fruitcake. cardboard and cardamom. loads of toasted dark bread. a bit of that traditional lager spice in here as well. a touch of fig at the end

t: clean caramel and a huge bready note upfront. sweet grains and a nice lager crispness. toasted bread and sweet fruitcake. a little bit of fig and raisin at the end

m: medium, just about full mouthfeel with medium carbonation

o: really nice Maibock. it's sweet and bready with a nice full mouthfeel. clean and really easy to drink. nice stuff

Apr 09, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light copper color with a nice head but no lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a malt and bready flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Maibock

Apr 02, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is sweet, yeasty, like bread dough but after smelling it for a few seconds a particular dankness begins to come through.

It has a smooth bitter taste up front which is hoppy and dank not bright. That bitterness soon turns into sweet beery bread flavor.

I didn't say bread water because the mouthfeel is to full for that. It's like fizzy suds both a little prickly but still smooth. The finish is long because as soon as you swallow it the flavor left over is bitter again then that fades and you're left with a lasting sweetness.

Overall it's really good. I only had one Maibock to compare it to and even though it's ranked lower, I like it more than Dead Guy. I give it a 4.97258241063 out of 6.

Dec 29, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle:

Pours a reddish brown color, sort of like an old but shiny US penny, with an off-white head that starts about 2 fingers and faces to 1/2 finger. After that, excellent retention and lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Really, really good looking beer.

Smell is a bit sweet, but somehow also a bit hoppy. It’s raisins and malt up front, with hops and a bit of booze in the end to balance it out.

Taste follows the nose but you get a bit more of the malt and some nutty flavors throughout. It actually ends up being sweet overall more than anything else. Finish is long and sweet.

Feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is stronger than expected but not off-putting. Very smooth. To me it drinks like a 5% beer despite being 7.2%.

Overall - yet again I say you cannot go wrong with anything from Bavaria. My wife and I made pork chops tonight and it was the perfect pairing.

Nov 06, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s Amber and filtered in colour and has very few, small bubbles rising in carbonation. It’s topped with four fingers of yellowish head.

The smell of wet dog and cardboard leaves much to be desired.

It tastes of slightly sweet sap, with toasted malts lingering on the pallet.

It’s very smooth feeling this beer.

I got this in Sacramento and I’m having it in Redding California, June 7th, 2020.

Jun 07, 2020
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joeagain from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours darker than anticipated. Color more like an Oktoberfest Marzen in my opinion, certainly darker than in recent years.
Aroma of raisins, slight orange citrus and caramel... in that order!
Nice carbonation, body is on the high end of medium.
First taste smacks of alcohol, followed by very sweet malt, then the raisin and orange come through.
I'm a big fan of Mai bock beers, and having spent a couple years in Germany, was fortunate enough to have many of the style. I have also had Hof's Mai bock before here in the states in past years, and it was much better on all counts.
For whatever reason, this particular batch was disappointing. The words that come to mind are: unbalanced, syrupy and whiskey-ish. Didn't care for it, and Wouldn't buy it again.

Jun 04, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

L: Deep copper in color, clear, large amount of tiny rising bubbles, topped with two fingers of thick, bleached khaki foam.
S: Initially grainy and corn-like but that faded and spicy Noble hop and doughy bread aromas came through.
T: Malt forward and very sweet, restrained bitterness emerging toward the finish, caramel, toast and spice, drawn out finish.
F: Medium body and carbonation, slightly warming, creamy, soft finish, light-medium mouth coating astringency.
O: OK, not a fan of the astringency, seems overly sweet for a Maibock.

Jun 04, 2020
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digitalflood from New York

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

Pours amber red with strong head and good retention to good lacing. Slight carbonation. Aromas of biscuit and malt. Sugar cookies and faint hop wafting off the glass. On the front palette lots of malty biscuits and sugar cookies. Slight bitter hop notes add balance and crispness. Mid-palette excellent maibock malt, syrup, and that familiar German skunking hop that sits between "dank" and "bitter". Finishes crisp and clean with more malt and biscuit. Slight alcohol aftertaste (first time you find it in the tasting note) and dank hops. Very good mouthfeel. Full and thick. Overall just an excellent example of the German Maibock style. So well done.

May 23, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber, verging on ruby, with a lovely tight foam head that lingers and leaves a nice cap all said and done. Guess I don't know bocks well but I thought this was supposed to be the pale version, looking pretty decidedly not pale to me.
Nose is very floral, mix of orchard in bloom and perfumy. Sweet and a little intense frankly.
Taste is filled with a syrupy sweetness, like an excess of caramel malt, and that same almost perfumy flora note that mixes with an earthy, noble hop, herbal bitterness to make a strange overall presentation. I can't tell if I'm repulsed, intrigued, or infatuated.
The feel is thicker than most beers that look this clear and light. Definite syrupy edge that isn't my ideal
Overall this is an interesting introduction to the style for me. I'm intrigued enough to seek out other versions to compare but it's not an instant favorite for me.

May 17, 2020
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scarfacecrowe from Missouri

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.

Oct 19, 2019
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edward_boumil from New York

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).

Jun 20, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Jun 06, 2019
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

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.

May 27, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

May 15, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

May 15, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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

May 06, 2019
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Gadzook from Georgia

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.

Apr 04, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Mar 28, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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.

Jan 01, 2019
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Anacross from Oregon

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!

Dec 22, 2018
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

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.

Aug 18, 2018
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 824 ratings