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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiolager
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) 11.2 oz green bottle $1.69(OH)

11.2 oz green bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. Bottling codes are on back label at bottom.

Pours a clear amber color. Two fingers of thick peach-white head, that lasts a good time. Gives way to nice spiderweb like lacing.

The aroma is nice. A malted backbone with noble hop smells. Smells like an original hofbrau but stronger, more malty, and zero skunk. Those noble hops smell beautiful.

Taste follows the nose. A nice malty character, an amazing hit of noble hops, finishes crisp and dry like a noble hop brew should. Hints of apples or grapes towards the middle and end. The 7.2 ABV is Uber well hidden. Only taste a tad stronger than original Hofbrau.

Mouth feel is great. Absolutely no complaints. Perfect carbonation. Crisp and clean from start to finish. Dry like a noble hop brew should be. A noble hop coppery feel clings nicely to your palate.

Overall. Better and stronger than original Hofbrau. The noble Hops are stronger but so are the malts. But its perfectly balanced. Has a nice red/amber color. Head retention is great. Lacing is good. Smell and taste are excellent. I would buy this any day. Where has it been hiding? Better than the original.

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Photo of aaronh
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

This beautiful beer fills my .5L Munich Pils glass perfectly! Deep amber color sparkles like a fine gemstone. It's topped by a cream colored rocky head that shows great staying power. Nice lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very clean, with a touch of sweetness and a crisp grassy hop note. The taste is crisp, with a roasted caramel flavor that is quickly replaced by a smotthly assertive hop prescence, only to reappear just before the finish. The finish reveals a good bitterness, with just a touch of the roasted flavor intermingling with the hops on the aftertaste. A faint alcohol note is also present. The mouthfeel is solid, peppered with lively carbonation. The drinkability is very good. I feel like I robbed the store I bought this from, because at $1.79 a bottle, this is a great bargain. Should have bought much more of this.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark resiny amber color, clear, with one finger of slightly off-white head
S - slight skunk up front, maybe the result of a green bottle, then your typical german malt/hop scents, nothing surprising
T - A great balance of malt and hops...bready sweetness with a clean and crisp finish, maybe a touch of honey...well-balanced. touches of alcohol warmth peek through at times just to remind you there's a little more in there than you might think...tastes distinctly German.
M - Light/medium bodied, smooth and resiny, just a bit of stickiness and a nice crisp finish
O - What a great, well-crafted, clean beer. After being immersed in the world of crazy american craft brew experimentation, sometimes it's just nice to appreciate something that the majority of people would think of as "beer"...just plain beer...but so well done.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got a pint at Wunder Garten, DC at their Fruhlingfest.
Copper color, great malty back, but also some strange metal taste. Balanced hoppiness. Deceptively weak, but it's 7.2%.
A great brew for spring!

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/21/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big toast, biscuit, honey, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice maibock. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright clean amber with moderate carbonation and a quick fading head of white leaving very little lace.

Earthy hops at the forefront followed by flinty esters, then the malt shows in ways of baked bread, toffee, and caramel. Overall the aromas seem slightly restrained.

Ahh there we go. Nice nutty character with a good dose of earthy, bittering noble hops drying things out quickly on the finish. Toffee and caramel, stale bread, flint, slate, light acidity, walnut, and brown sugar. Carbonation is lively in the middle leaving the palate at attention through the finish.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with full white head. Malty scent was faint. Malt dominates with a bit of spicy hop thrown in. Mouthfeel was good, somewhat thick. The ABV seemed rather low, but I'm more of a doppel man. Not a bad beer, but I prefer something with a bit more buzz.

Edit: Wow, thought it was lower ABV than it was. Talk about well hidden!

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Photo of JMD
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear copper color with hints of bright orange. Big creamy white head that fades slowly.

S: Sweet aroma of carmel malt, fresh fruit, and some honey. Faint floral hops as well.

T: Sweet and malty, with notes of carmel and honey. Fresh apples and some bread. Light citrus hops as it finishes. Alcohol not present at all.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

D: This is a great example of the style. Fresh and flavorful, these go down very easy. The ABV is not detectable at all.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clean, golden pour, crystal clear. An average looking slightly off-white head.

S: Light fruity esters, sweet soft-roasted malts, something of an almost 'canned pineapple' aroma? A little floral scented, as well.

T: Malts are a little more pronounced. A floral hoppy bitterness, and a little bit of fruitiness comes through towards the finish.

M: A Medium-light body... finishes semi-dry with enough for a little refreshing edge in there.

D: Not a bad brew at all... enough oomph to show it has some attitude, but rather easy for the style.

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Photo of nickynick
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Maibock poured a nice amber color, but had no head what so ever, and just ok lacing. The smell was nice with caramel and hints of hops. On lighter side, which lost it some points. Taste was very nice, filled with caramel and brown sugar, and very nice hop back. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sticky side, but was ok. Drinkability was nice. Overall I found this to be a nice beer. I will buy this again.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich caramel color with a thin white head that fades fast but has nice sea foam lacing. I may have a better review than most since I got it from a fresh tap at the Hofbrau House in Panama City instead of a green bottle. Sweet caramel and honey notes on the nose with a touch of herbal, earthy, noble hops. The taste is on the sweeter side, with rich caramel, honey and toffee notes followed with an earthy, herbal, grassy hop back bite. Very well balanced. My favorite of the Hofbrrau family I tried. Very easy to drink even on the sweet side. Less watery than their other selections. Very easy to drink. Slightly syrupy, but well balanced medium bodied beer.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a copper/amber color with a light tan head and minimal lacing.

S- Caramel with some maltiness, sweetness, and some faint hops.

T- Very similar to how it smelled...fair amount of malt, sweet, slight alcohol on the finish. Very nice.

M- Smooth and full bodied for the style,

D- Very drinkable, lives up to the Hofbrau standard...good example of the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a two-finger, tan, bubbly head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with a nice bitter grassy bite. A little boozy alcohol flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and vary sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied brew with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty good maibock. Another quality brew from Hofbrau that I'd like to try fresh on tap in Germany.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper red with a big foamy white head.

The smell is earthy, sweet malts, toffee and caramel.

The taste is sweet malts, toffee, nutty, dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is chewy, full bodied.

Overall a big malty beer without being overly sweet. Doesn't try to hide it's abv.

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Photo of maibock1023
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brassy/golden color with a quickly thinning head with slight lacing.Smells of medium malt with noble hops lingering.
The taste is fantastic! great balance of Munich malt tempered with a slight hop finnish.You could find maibocks with thinner mouthfeel, but...why bother, Hofbrau probably was one of the first breweries to produce maibock, and you'd be hard pressed to find better versions. Which begs the question, why is this the first time I've ever seen it in the US.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle L068P:
Pours brown with an orange tint, clear with a large and very light beige head. Ok lacing.

Nose is of medium toast with a hint of blackberry jam. There is a noble hop grassy/floral ambient smell as well.

Taste starts a little sweeter malt than the smell, more like a raisin bread with browns sugar/cinnamon swirl. There is a little of that jam - though an indistinct fruit - just a little fruity lean to the sweet notes (I keep thinking apple butter, but that's not quite it).

The lighter body helps wash the malt over the palate leaving a clean slate for the lightly spicy, floral hops to introduce themselves. I get a little grass note in some sips, though it could be the lingering toasted malt. Carbonation is somewhat light, but leading to more of a smooth feel than a flat one.

A nice offering that I believe is fairly fresh. There's a nice mix of flavors, mostly malty but with a slightly bitter back end.

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Photo of YayBeer2020
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - very nice amber with clear pour creating minimal froth
Smell - small skunk when temps rise but carries an overall hint of sweet bready malt.
Taste - initial balanced taste with a rise of sweet malt that lingers afterwards
Feel - initial crisp from the medium light carbonation and the medium body leaves a smooth feel on your tongue.
Overall - Very enjoyable German Beer. Makes you wish it were a year round brew.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Letting the bottle warm for fifteen minutes and then pouring, the beer produces a large, dense head of small off-white bubbles. This gradually recedes, leaving trace amounts of lacing on the sides of glass. Dark, deep golden orange colored body, quite transparent and apparently with robust carbonation levels.
Clean malt and yeast smells, medicinal scent, mild fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol. Sweetness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Alcohol is more present in the taste than expected, but mixed in spirals with base and caramel malts. A diacetyl flavor creeps out as the beer warms, which reminds one almost of a doppelbock. Taste deepens and becomes more complex as beer warms, some spices creep out (cloves, coriander) as does some bread-crust flavor. Aftertaste of bred crust and grassy hops.
Medium light body with a light carbonation effect of foaming the beer in the mouth, letting it release its bouquet of flavors easily. Moderately dry finish, crisp and full on the palate. This comes across, to me, as a lighter (but still malty) and hoppier doppelbock, a good transition from the doppels I was drinking earlier in spring to the warmer weather beers I'll be drinking shortly.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 743 ratings
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