Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

BA SCORE
87
very good
730 Ratings
Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
730
Reviews:
347
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
90
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 730 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy and a beige body. Malty and some hoppy aroma. Easy drinking, a light bitter well malted. Understated carbonation though present. A good example of the style, and while good does not blow me away. Picked up at Eagle Provisions. Better than average a bit.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some burnt caramel aromas. Taste is very much the same with a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too memorable.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a classic german maibock. this one pours a nice amber to indian brown color, with a nice white head to the top of the glass. smells very german malty, sweet but light, perfect for spring. flavor is definitely malt driven, with some caramel undertones and a mild tartness at the end. feel isnt bad, a little flat in my opinion. i think this beer suffers from green bottle syndrome, but who knows. lighter and very drinkable despite its hefty alcohol content. even though this is the standard, i like a lot of the american maibocks better from a mouthfeel standpoint.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon second tasting, it's over strained grain flavor gave off an apparent astringency and harsh bittering. Light caramelizing can't mask.

Looks brightly golden and straw. Active carbonation forms a white head that faded to a trace, but laced nicely. Smells sweet malty. Spiciness and lightly fruity. A bit grainy and yeasty to the nose. Tastes sweeter than expected. Sweet fruits of pears and plumbs arise. Spiciness or coriander and ginger hide behind. Thin, resinous sweetness of honey and powder sugar remain throughout. Firm, consistent body holds mild hop flavor and round mild textures. Finishes clean and slick. Alcohol persists in the aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Weird tent-raising spectacle depicted on the label.

This beer pours a crystal-clear, bright golden copper colour, with three fingers of bubbly and loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves nothing beyond some piddly, surface-broaching sudsy islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted, hefty bready caramel malt, an herbal booziness, and some understated earthy, spicy hops. The taste is more big bready, biscuity caramel malt, pleasantly muddled bittersweet orchard fruit, a bit of dry yeast, and prominent earthy, leafy noble hops, all beholden to a well-structured alcohol warmth.

The bubbles are adequate in their all-round, fulfilling representation, the body a mealy medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the somewhat besieged malt aided by that same edgy boozy interloper.

An agreeable enough Maibock, especially considering the higher than average ABV, good and malty, fruity, and not overwhelmed by said booze. Unfortunately, given the strength, this is not really worthy of a session at a spare wooden table, as it were.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color; decent head that leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Sweet, caramel malty nose with bready overtones and some noble hops coming through

Taste: Caramel malt dominates (rather bready) but is nicely balanced by the hops; ulitmately, the malt overcomes the bitterness until it is finally replaced by the warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability: a very nice Maibock

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago.

Half-liter sample in a dimpled HB mug. Arrives with a frothy head of foam, atop the tawny amber Bock. It's slightly darker in tone than other bocks, namely Spaten which was also on tap here. Presentation in the appropriate glassware gets points, it just looks so appetizing.

Aroma of green apple, light caramel malt.

Big smooth caramel on the palate, punctuated by a green apple tartness. This is rounded out by a gentle hop in the finish. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. A step up from a Pils, but a shade less chewy than a Dopplebock.

Insanely drinkable. 2 liters later, you could find yourself in some trouble...

Edit: Just had a bottled sample, which would rate much lower than the tap version. Look for this on tap...bottled, it's not anything special.

2nd Edit: Don't know if the keg from Resi's was different somehow, but 2 tap samples i've tried since then haven't been the same (possibly going downhill with age). More flat and bready, not much apple or fruity notes at all. Oh well...May is over afterall, better luck next year!

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice off white head on an amber-orange body with excellent clarity.

S - Aroma of malt and mild spicy hops, otherwise clean.

T - Quite malty with some fruity characteristics. Moderate hop bitterness with a solventy alcohol bite. Slightly peppery in the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - The somewhat hot alcohol flavor combines in an unfortunate way with the harsh hop bitterness to create an unpleasant taste that overwhelms the malt characteristics. Not particularly drinkable.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
3.9 out of 5 based on 730 ratings.
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