Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)
741 Ratings
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Ratings: 741 |  Reviews: 351
Photo of bashiba
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a thin dark tan head that quickly became a tan ring around the glass.

The smell was very full with a big sweet malt smell with hints of molasses and honey.

Has a big full malt flavor with great hints of cedar, molasses, and brown sugar. Has a lightly bitter earthy hop finish with a musty basement like finish along with a touch of alcohol.

Has a thick full bodied mouthfeel with a lingering oily finish.

Very solid and drinkable Maibock.

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Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewery on March 20, 2006. It came in a 1 L Mass, for 6.20 Euros.

A: Clear copper, fluffy white head, good retention and lace.

S: Not much aroma, but a pleasant bready malt.

T: Caramel, bread, a little nut, hint of spice. It's a little sweet up front & a little bitter in the end.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: 1 Litre... damn!

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Photo of Jame515
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured clear amber in color with a two finger-sized head that took a long time to fade away. A moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with sweet malty aromas with notes of caramel; some hints of alcohol are also detectable.
T: There is a bit of sweetness in the overall taste, which primarily contains flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth given the amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to consume and highly sessionable. The alcohol is very well masked from the taste.

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Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dimpled Hofbrau mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear copper color with a ½" head that soon recedes to a small ring and a very thin layer of foam. Sipping leaves a ring and speckles of lacing that quickly slide back down the sides of the glass. Most all of the foam and lacing are gone by about mid-way through the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a pleasant caramel malt with a trace of earthy character from the hops.

Taste: The flavors include a rich slightly sweet caramel malt with some background bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some earthy balancing bitterness from the hops. The finish is medium long and begins in the caramel sweetness. But the sweetness soon fades away into a dry, earthy, slightly bitter ending.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer and I could easily have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color that is slightly hazed. Off white head with good retention and some good lacing. Nose is loads of malt with a tiny bit of hop and spice. Taste is malty with some light fruits lingering in the background. A slight yeast character is present as well. Body and carbonation are a little off, but overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of pinkano
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice, very dark orange color
S - bitter and hoppy smell. Simple but really nice.
T - almost as bitter as some IPAs, and very hoppy. Bread tones are also present. Very well hidden alcohol in the beer body.
M - medium to low carbonation, but well balanced with the bitterness
D - very good drinkability. I am still playing with the taste and want to find out more. Very nice and refreshing one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle. Pours a soid ambered dark tea brown color . A finger of off-white head falls to a healthy coat over top. Clarity is excellent and a moderate cascade of bubbles keeps the head maintained. Nose is nicely rounded with melanoidan toastyness with very light hints of raisin and a very light butteryness. Flavor is definately more raisiney than the nose. Toasty notes are there, but hidden well behind the raisin. There is almost a bit to the fruityness that takes a little away from this one. There is also a touch of metallic on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the light end of moderate with a light carbonation that matches well. This is an okay beer. I think it is a little too fruity and not enouth of the toastyness. Fruityness is more in line with one of the bigger members of the bock family. That being said, its tasty and is worth a look. Enjoyable spring brew.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rydev24
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Penny copper, slim head, active carbonation.

S: Pachysandra. Straight up pachysandra. Brings me right to my grandparents house in Randolph, NJ.

T: Tough to pinpoint, close to a light lager.

M: Smooth light-medium body, light-medium carbonation.

O: My first Maibock, and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of bluehende
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMD71
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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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 741 ratings
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