Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Ratings: 779 |  Reviews: 366
Reviews by OKbrew89:
Photo of OKbrew89
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite mai-bocks,poures a nice reddish/copper color with great blooming head.Nice malty aroma and nutty flavor and somewhat spicey.Alcohol is prevelant but not overpowering,great spring time beer,I get this when ever I can find it,wich is not often enough.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shows a slightly hazy shade of orange and rustic copper on the pour; dingy white head settles quick but retains nicely and leaves some moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is a bit under-powered and leaves much to be desired. Largely comprised of a malt body with a touch of sweetness, the other detectable aromas don't necessarily stand out or make a name for themselves. Some very light herbal and floral notes from the hops, mild earthy spices, albeit vague and hard to identify. On the palate, the beer is pretty thin and crisp, due to pretty liberal carbonation. Some sweet malt, slightly rustic and caramelized with a moderate grain flavor in the background. Some very light fruitiness; orange zest and lemon peels. Earthy, grassy, musky hops leave a little bitter twang on the edges of the tongue. Some detectable yeast, but not really a huge contributor of flavor. Alcohol is apparent, even more so at it warms up, bit not too distracting.

Overall, a decent beer, pretty average on most account, and probably nothing I would go back to. I haven't had too many maibocks, but I would imagine there'd be better ones out there than this.

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Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy & rust colored when poured. Vigorous carbonation gives an inch of thick white head which draws back quickly. Carbonation doesn't seem to last.

Aroma: Very sweet & malty in the nose. Slight roasted caramel with toasted balance. Yeast profile also detected.

Taste: Nice malty, caramel sweet beginning that finishes with a slight hop profile. Finishes clean on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp, clean & fresh in the mouth. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability: Quaffable! Smooth & refreshing. Enjoyable through the bottle. Nice when chilled. I could enjoy a few...

Comments: I liked this marzen better than others I've had. Nicely balances between solid malt profile & slight hop finish. Clean, crisp feeling makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of gemery554
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased two individual bottles 1.69 each.

First time tasting this beer. Thicker than Hofbraü Original, but still very good. Definitely more hops and a more "fully bodied" taste. I don't know if it's better than Original, but still a very good beer and one I would buy again.

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Photo of generallee
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green12oz bottle into my Hofbrau mug. It has a very short description on the back label but there is no mention of abv or a freshness date.

Appearance: Its body has a deep sunset orange hue with very good clarity. Sitting on top of this inviting brew is a tall but fleeting white head. It settles quickly and leaves only a thin filmy covering which needs a slight swirl to maintain.

Smell: The nose is fairly light and simple. I mostly get notes of herbal/mineral like hops with some sweet toffee and brown sugary like bready maltiness for balance.

Taste/Palate: There is a balance here between sweet malt and hop bitterness. Its maltiness matches the nose with notes of sweet bread, toffee and brown sugar. This blends with hop notes that add some crispness and dryness to the finish as well as earthy/leafy and a heavy herbal/mineral flavor notes along the way. The plate has a medium feel with balanced medium carbonation. This gives it excellent drinkability.

Notes: The first few sips are heavy on the mineral notes and are bit distracting. Luckily this fades somewhat as it warms and more of the sweetness comes out. Overall I would call this a good average Maibock.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

Presentation: .5 liter brown bottle with no freshness date, just a lot # which means nothing to the consumer. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Foamy head at the start, thin wispy lace afterwards on top of a sunset red color brew.

Smell: Honey and grassy of malt and hops, sweet bread comes to mind, thick aroma with some hints of alcohol also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Grassy at first with a wild hop and malt mix, hints of very mild fruit and honey come next. Maltiness goes a touch nutty with a slight dextrin character. Malt sweetness is bigger than it actually looks but is modest in character as the hops and alcohol set down on the taste buds. Finishes sweet but still draws on the hops and some toasted grain flavor in the finish.

Notes: This is one yummy Maibock, a ton of flavor packed into each sip.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint,.9oz bottle here. Pours a clear, golden amber body with an attractive, two finger, ivory head that hangs around several minutes. Patch lacing is profuse and coats the glass thoroughly.

Aroma is malty sweet, with caramel and Munich malts in abundance. Hops aren't shy, either, and are assertive in an herbal sense.

Mouthfeel has medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste begins with a major league maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar, and breadiness are quite assertive early on. This Maibock has plenty of hops going on, as well. The hops are spicy and herbal, and lend a nice balance to the assertive malts. The alcohol remains hidden in the complexity of flavors, but is noticeable to the brain a few minutes after the finish.

The first and only time I've seen this particular bier, at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar, in Lexington, Ky, where it was a perfect compliment to curried wurst and German cucumber salad, following a Kostritzer shwarzbier on tap. Nicely balanced and very tasty Maibock that would be very enjoyable on its own.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 litre bottle, pours light amber and clear. Crisp nose of fruit, cherry, and popcorn. Clean malty backbone, lots of fruity notes. Malty, bready, moderatly hopped, great mouthfeel, adds to high drinkability. Very pleasant summer quaffer. Toss a few brats on the barbie and enjoy

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, light brown in color

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: bready toasty malt and toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light bodied, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice malt bomb that that the characteristics I associate with German brews. I could have two or three. A sipper.

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Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear, slightly reddish copper, with a big foamy offwhite head of an inch and a half, dissipates to spotty patches.

Smell: A smell on the sweeter side, sweet bread and some honey, nice maltiness that touches on chocolate muffin.

Taste: Malty with flavors of more sweetbread and a hint of butter (diacetyl), a nice balancing hop bitterness comes quick with an almost tea like taste and some grass, hint at a light chocolate muffin with nuts, finish is mildy sweet for a bit, then slightly bitter grains finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in feel with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: A very tasty Maibock with a great play on the taste buds, exellent balance and multideminsional flavor.

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Photo of Funky-Brewster
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ohmybock
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visited Germany several years ago during the Summer and stopped by the Hofbrau in Munich, but this beer was not on tap. However, I also visted the Chinesischer Turm which also had Hofbrau beers on tap. What really surprised me is that the CT had (this?) Hofbrau bock beer on tap! In my broken German I asked if the bock beer was the Maibock. The server told me it was pretty much the same beer as the Maibock. Accordingly, I will go ahead and review this beer as the Maibock. This brew was incredible! It had all of the "German maltiness" you would expect in a German bock beer. It was soooo drinkable, it was crazy. I long for this beer back in the states, but I doubt we'll ever get the real thing.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper with swelling head that disappears. Leathery aroma with tantalizing spices and earthiness. A creamy malt delight, quite sweet and biscuity but a dynamite dryness enters midway and follows through. Lingering wetness and caramel flavors. The hop spiciness is just right, hints of grass, mint, pepper, and a raw earthy quality that combines perfectly with the toffee sweetness from the malts. Huge alcohol content is invisible. I am getting all kinds of hidden flavors here, I suspect my mind is recalling previous tastes; I have to thank this beer for being so evocative. This is a pleasurable, lighter alternative to a doppel, may even be a neat substitute for your basic bitter or pale ale. I got this for a really low price which I thought was the cashier's mistake; after reading one of the reviews below, I will have to go back and double check. Either way I will buy more of this. Only the 2nd genuine German maibock I have had (after Einbeck).

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example of a fine Maibock.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Hofbräu Maibock pours a lovely amber with copper hues. It's completely transparent with gentle carbonation and spotty lacing. A two finger head of off white bubbles form from a fairly vigorous pour.

The beer has a pretty simple and subdued smell. I get some caramel with bready and fruit malts.

Thankfully, the underwhelming aroma doesn't even compare to the taste. Upon the instant this beer hits the tongue, there is a rush of malts and dark fruits. This then melts away into a sweet caramel which all fades and leaves a very delicate hop flavor and gentle bitterness from the aforementioned hops. Alcohol is hidden for the entire beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, slightly wet with only a slight tickling of carbonation. Slight burn as it goes down once it warms.

If this beer wasn't so high in ABV, it would be excellent in terms of drinkability, especially for a malt lover. However, it does truly limit you. This is an excellent offering from Hofbräu, who usually make good beers. Worth trying in early spring when you're tired of roasted and spiced winter beers but it's still too cold out to break out the golden lemon fizzy stuff.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber hue with a nice sized cream colored head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Caramel tinge to it with herbal clove like hop profile nice sweet bready tone. Taste: Clean tasting with a caramel sweet malt profile and bitey hope profile classic maibock in my opinion. Mouthfeel: My one complaint is the body is a bit thin, leaves me wanting more texture carbonation is solid though. Drinkability: A definite treat for any fans of the maibock style solid, but next time I hope to try this on tap from a biergarten in Munich.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle in FL

Excellent appearance: clear, deep Amber body with plenty of visible carbonation rising to a large, durable off-white head.

Mediocre aroma with better flavor. Smooth and well balanced. About equal levels of hops and malts mid-taste. Finished with a surprisingly hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RickyS
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Cobrabob428
2.88/5  rDev -26%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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