Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Reviews: 347 | Ratings: 728
Photo of harleyridr63
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An extremely pleasing rich full flavor.It has a golden honey hue that emits a toffee/caramel smell.Has no bitter hop taste.One of my favorites to date.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
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 GeoffRizzo
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decent off-yellow hue, 1/2 inch white bubbly head, maintains it's presence throughout. Caramel everything on the nose; also some notes of green apple and Saaz hops. A rather impressive front. Toasty and oily malts; some charcoal notes come through as well (?). Large carbonation and a near rib-sticking affect. The body rounds off nicely; the aformentioned Saaz hops turn sweet and aromatic. Kisses of alcohol are noted near the end with sweet bready-like malt offerings. Clearly one of the best maibocks out there.

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Photo of ZAP
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like Mabocks...and I LIKE this one...pours a clean, deep gold color....soft white head....nose is fantastic...sweet bready maltiness....also hints of honey and vanilla....Taste is big on the maltiness....more toasty in taste...crisp....some spicy hoppping finishes the deal....High ABV is mostly hidden...slightly noticable on the long finish but it adds to the spicy finish..

This is one of the best Maibocks I've had....perhaps the BEST maibock I have had...I love the way it smells and tastes....a high quality beer worth seeking out...

Big giant thanks to Budgood1 for this top notch Maibock experience..

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Photo of Offa
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent maibock, flavourful, with a well-rounded character and nice complexity of balancing elements.

Reddish copper, it has a medium-large off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin permanent top and leaving a little weak lace.

The aroma is a rich, wonderful maibock character: strong sweet toasted bread, whole wheat, thick raisiny-fruity alcohol, leaves and brown sugar.

The taste is similar: rich, dark raisiny alcohol and spiciness, rich sweet toasted bread, leaves (faintly tea-like), dried fruit. It has nice full sweetness with a light spicey-leafy bitterness and dried-fruit spiciness. The elements balance nicely and last, maintaining lasting character and it has a full, frothy feel.

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Photo of ribby
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a very clear brownish amber, with maybe a finger and a half of foam. The aroma is not too strong, just a bit of alcohol and a bit of maltiness.

I found this to be a very tasty brew. This has a strong backbone maltiness, with a bit of nuttiness, just about perfectly balanced by the hops.

Imported by Hofbrauhaus of America, Vasser, MI.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a nice dark copper color with noticeably amber hues as well (especially when held up to a light). A nice thick head with only moderately decent retention, as it quickly turns into a thin but persistent lace.

Smell: A very sweet aroma with strong notes of honey and a hint of alcohol. Hop aroma is present too, but only barely.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is honestly THE smoothest Bock I have ever had. Despite being strong and full-flavored, it is remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is moderately thick (not oily, but not runny and thin either). Toffee and caramel flavors come through very clearly. The taste of honey is present too, but it more noticeable in the beer’s aroma really. Finally, both a strong hint of alcohol and a much more subtle hop bitterness become noticeable in the after taste.

This is seriously one of the best Bocks I have ever had. What makes it so exceptional is that it so rich, with such a robust and delicious flavor BUT, at the same time, it is so unbelievably smooth and drinkable! This one is a real treat!!!!

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

Maibock is one of my favorite styles. This Maibock delivers great aroma, beautiful color and ample carbonation. Poured from a (green!) bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: OMG. wow. Beautiful amber with bubble carbonation. Nice two finger head that quickly dissipates into a 1/8" disk. wispy lacing.

S: No sign of green bottle stigma. Slightly caramel malty with what I can only describe as the smoothest mild hop smell.

T: smooth draught with a bit of bite, then malty biscuit sweetness. Lightly bitter finish.

M: not overly filling, medium carbonation. velvety smooth and slightly sweet.

D: I could sip this all day if I had the time. Love it!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the first on-tap review for the Newport location, which opened April 30, 2003. If you haven't had it here, come on down before they swap it out for the next seasonal!

Reddish Iced-tea color. Bubbly, airy 1-finger head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is very malty, slightly sweet.

Taste backs up the smell to a tee. Of course the alcohol presence is more detectable than in the other Newport varieties I've tried tonight. Full, delicious malt flavor, little if any hop bite. Of course, by this time my palate has taken a good beating, if I try this sooner next time I may detect more hop. Great flavor retention on the aftertaste with some caramel in there as well.

Very smooth and full feeling in the mouth, almost chewy. Perhaps the best tasting beer of the night, or maybe it's just that full-bodiedness that I like.

At 7.2%, I don't know how many liters you can expect to salt away. I stopped at one and made a note to myself to try the Dunkel while I could still write. I tried it, but the taste buds were too dulled out to make it worth reviewing. Guess I'll be doing the Dunkel first next time!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whew! This is as close to perfect as a Maibock can be!

Dark, but not too dark, a strong urine-y DMS presence, but not too much, enough earthy noble hops to make their presence known without overpowering the malt, malt, malt of this brew.

Whew! And the alcohol is nowhere in sight. Deliciously complex in its simplicity, there is something for everybody here.



Well done.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear copper with a large head. The aroma features wheat bread, almond, brown sugar, banana, and figs. The flavor has notes of caramel, butterscotch, fig, banana, wheat bread, and walnut. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy, subtle carbonation. Overall this is lovely beer - full flavored, layered, buy quiet and never showy.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: brilliantly clear, slightly deep copper

Smell: very clean. good Pils malt aroma with low toast and melanoidins, low spicy hops and very low DMS

Taste: rich, sweet and clean malt flavor dominates with low levels of melanoidins and spicy hops. bitterness is somewhat low but surges in the finish. finish is slightly dry with some alcohol warmth and good balance of bitterness and grainy Pils malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: low-medium to medium body with mdoerate carbonation

Notes: great strong, malty sweet brew a just enough spicy hops for character

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Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into seidel.

BBE 9 Nov 2011

A- 3 finger creamy head sits atop a deep amber body with excellent clarity. Head retention and lacing are very good.

S- Toasted malts, sweet toffee notes, some Munich malt in there too.

T- Toasted malt backbone throughout. Hints of sweeter toffee notes come and go with a hint of hop in the full finish. Perhaps a suggestion of alcohol strength but this is smooth, no heat.

M- Medium body and carbonation, lager clean finish.

O- The darkest and maltiest maibock i have had. Its a tasty malty brew. The majority of beers in this style i have had before are paler and drier in the finish with not such a strong malt presence. I definitely prefer this flavour profile, its more like a normal bock. Satisfying malt backbone with a lager clean finish, too easy to drink. Prost!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear light amber, one finger head.

S- Sweet caramel malts with a hint of noble hops.

T- Sweet caramel transitioning to a toasted malt caracter, with a smooth noble hop finish.

M- Smooth, rich, and nicely carbonated.

D- Quite drinkable.

A great example of the style. This is a truly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones last night, and it was so tasty, I had two. Medium clear amber when served, no head. Sweet, very pleasant biscuity aroma. Mouthfeel is outstanding: medium to full, with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet form the malt, and you get this nice little hop bite in the finish. Very good, I had two in a row and would get again.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a healthy 2+" off white head which drops quickly with a bit of lacing. Color is clear copper with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich malty sweetness, caramel, and some floral hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, resiny and a bit chewy with a moderately dry finish.
Flavor: toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, raisins, a bit of citrus rind, alcohol is detectable but mild considering the ABV
Overall: extremely good, can't find anything to criticize in this brew.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. The Carmel just brings it in this one. But I'm not surprised because every beer that Hofbräuhaus makes is phenomenal in my opinion. A fantastic helles beer!

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Photo of teromous
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a rich clear orange color, with a fluffy orange-white head. The head stands very well and leaves lots of lacing.

S: It has the smell you'd expect from a lager, with some malt sweet scents, and a little bit of caramel. I don't pick up any hops.

T: The hops come through a bit more in the flavor, with a light bitterness. There is a pleasant caramel flavor.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. It's wonderful.

O: Overall it's great. I'd love to try it at the HB Haus on draft.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Draft @ Munich Haus

Appearance- Dark amber color, relatively clear, and a soapy two finger head.

aroma- Bready, caramel, nutty, and rich sweetness.

taste- Starts off with a rich/bready/toffee flavor, some herbal hops in the middle, and finishes pretty clean with some residual malt sweetness.

feel- Medium/full bodied, chewy at first, clean in the finish, and mild carbonation upfront.

overall- This is an amazing world class beer. The flavors are blend perfectly, the balance is great, and at 6.9% its way too easy to drink. Definitely a must try german beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a custom made glass mug. Maybe it was a lame pour or the fact that the beer was slightly above the proper serving temperature, but this beer foamed up a huge head with enough carbonation to reserect the Hindenburg. The liquid is an amazing luminescent clear dark amber that throws out shafts of colored light like a kaleidoscope.

Smell is of LOTS of malt I say lots of maltz and light fruit notes.

Taste is bold, of malt and bitter hops this is a beer tasting beer for guys that like Beer. Bitey after taste just like the one I had in Munchen in
May 2 years ago. This beer is fresh. Makes me want to sing.

Der Mai ist gekommen, die Bäume schlagen aus.
Da bleibe, wer Lust hat, mit Sorgen zu Haus !
Wie die Wolken dort wandern am himmlischen Zelt,
so steht auch mir der Sinn in die weite, weite Welt.

Mouthfeel is strong and bitey chewy and coating. Carbonation fades a little.

Drinkability is very high. This is a bold yet unoffending beer.very delicious.

Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, Helles. Nice head but does not last long.
Smells of the German hops (Hallertauer). Basically like a German Pilsner.
Tastes smooth as water. Has the hops taste but also the slight sweetness of a bock. Has a nice mouthfeel, enough carbonation not to be too harsh.


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Photo of hoplover82
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear copper color with a nice creamy to light medium sized head that sticks around pretty good.

A very nice aroma of spicy hops and malts. Very balanced aroma.

Flavor of malt and a little spicy hops. Some good spicy bitterness.

Kinda light on the palate. A little effervecent. Nice lingering bitterness. A little dryness in the end.

Very, Very drinkable. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid maibock pour. Translucent milk chocolate brown with a tight, retentive white head.

Smells of crisp, very sweet malt and some pleasantly skunked hop. The malt is chocolatey and biscuity. Not really what I expect out of a bock but still a nice profile, blends really well with the skunked hop (while I don't think that a more traditional bock malt would work very well at all).

Tastes pretty much the same as it smells, just as sweet and skunky and just as well balanced. The malt dominates the front, the hops rush in at the end and they move from skunk to floral spice pretty quickly, leaving a generic fruit aftertaste with a nice little kiss of alcohol that clues you in to this beer's otherwise completely hidden strength. 7.2%!?! Even though I'm catching quite the buzz off of my first few sips, I still can't believe it.

I'm giving this beer a fairly high score because it is just so exceptionally brewed. It hits every note it's supposed to without having a single off node. It's simultaneously light and heavy, crisp and airy but still complex and flavorful. It's like a good one act play, one that's about a clown or a dog or something (not a writer or a woman who was just raped). You think "uhh, this is gonna be too much right now, why didn't I just stay home and watch TV" but then you laugh your ass off and don't get too emotionally involved. But, still, when it's over you're sad. You've been affected. It had a message and you received it. That's what this beer is like.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hofbrau Maibock has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly copper appearance, and some lacing rings left behind. The aroma is quite strong and gamy, with a cloying, turned fruit, roasty malt and sickly sweetness. Taste is of brown bread, cloying sweetness, caramel, toffee, brandy, dark-roasted malt, and a touch of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hofbrau Maibock finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, alcohilic, smooth, and unique. Overall, this is strong and not for the faint of heart, but it’s supremely delicious and sublime in so many ways. I love it. Please check this out!


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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice Maibock.
Throws a golden-amber body, with a creamy head that runs away somewhat quickly.
Big maltiness on the nose. Very bready, and just faintly sweet.
Sweet maltiness, bread, and faint toffee show up in the taste. Then comes a spicy hop kick...WooHoo. Unexpected, but very nice. Peppery delicious in the finish.
Relatively big in the mouth, but still smooth.
Very, very tasty. One of the better Maibocks I've had.

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