Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 747 |  Reviews: 351
Photo of dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ZachKelly
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ATPete
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a crystal clear copper orange color with a small white head that dissipates to nothing but a thin ring within seconds of the pour. Rich malts in the nose, husky, with a hint of a fruity hop character. Good balance in flavor, rich, semi sweet malts right away coat and linger in the mouth a brighting hop bite appears just before the finish and hangs out long into the aftertaste. Toffee, a little nutty and a small hint of chocolate, good malt structure here no doubt. This is by far the best bottled beer ive had to date from Hofbräu. Outstanding drinkability, im having a hard time believing that this is 7.2%. Light/medium in body, a bit sticky, mild carbonation. Good beer, almost sessionable, i think the sweetness would become cloying after a few...

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Photo of dasenebler
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L, best before 11/22/11.

Pours a lovely, coppery amber, very translucent. The head is modest but stays creamy and laces well.

Lots of sweet malts on the nose.

The flavor is richly doughy and bready, but also with a very sturdy bitterness, especially for the style. Faint notes of toast, cookies and cake. The mouthfeel is too carbonated at first, but settles in nicely. Alcohol content is noticeable in flavor.

This bottled version is good, but the HB Maibock was FAR better on-tap in Munich. Zum Wohl!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It was a deep golden color with medium carbonation, a 2 finger off-white head that turned to a nice lace that left good sticky spots on the glass.

S- It had a really pleasant mix between doughy malts and flowery hops that comes across as very clean.

T- As the nose suggests, there was a lot of hearty, doughy flavor mixed with refreshing (citrus?) hops and some lighter fruity flavors.

M- The feel was good and solid with medium carbonation. It felt really clean.

D- It was tasty enough to easily enjoy more than 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of mwar
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of ramrod666
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer came in a 16.9oz brown bottle. apearence is a medium amber with a nice rocky head that falls to patchy cloud-like forms. smell is sweet and malty. taste is all malt with an alcohol note. also something slightly bitter and mediciney that is taking away from the experience. alright overall. mouthfeel is slightly heavy and thick which is appealing. drinkabilty is ok if you can get over the medicine/bandaid flavor. not bad but would pass up next time. maybe if i saw it on tap i'd give it another try.

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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 tronester
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish orange with a big creamy tan head. Spicy clove aroma. Taste is pumpernickel bread up front, with a spicy, herbal hop middle and finish. A hint of alcohol can be tasted. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, low carbonation. Drinkability is average, one of these per session is good, the flavors get a bit cloying after about 10 oz.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont, IL

A - Pours a carmel-ish brown/red color with 1 finger of white head

S - Sweet malt, fresh baked bread

T - I was expecting some alcohol bite at 7.2% ABV, but there isn't much at all. Very smooth and easy drinking. You get a bit of honey / malty sweetness up front, with a bit of bready banana yeast flavor. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied and maybe slightly thicker than traditional German beers

O - I normally reach right for the hefeweizen at a German brauhaus, but since this was in-season I gave it a shot - and I'm glad I did. It is slightly sweet, but not cloying at all and very easy to get carried away drinking.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden yellow with a finger of white head and bubbly effervescence.

Biscuity malts and ripe red apples are strong in nose, toffee sweetness, grassy grains.

Sweet, malt forward with a bit of fruity hops. Mild toasted character takes it to the next level.

Very drinkable Maibock.

Would pick this up again. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of billybob
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks the color of tea with a short quickly fading beige head and almost no lace to speak of. sweet aromas of sugar and caramel candy. sweet toasted malt, touch of caramel, hint of fruit, maybe raisin, sweet tea middle ending with a slightly bitter tea. medium body and slightly chewy mouthfeel. very easy beer to drink, hides the 7.20 abv very well this one could sneak up on you very quickly. so far i have had three styles of beer from hofbrau and all have been above average beers.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hustlesworth
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a clear copper, foamy yellowish beige head is full of bubbles and air pockets. settles down to a thin ring pretty fast, but leaves some great looking wispy lace behind. unfortunately the lace slides away and disappears.

S- sweet caramel, and fruity tartness, tomato sauce like acidity, toasty and grainy, brown sugar, somewhat floral hops, marshmallow, and a touch of soft milk chocolate and cocoa butter.

T- rich dessert flavor, mocha cappuccino, huge toasty grain flavors with burnt caramel and toffee, deeply toasted nuts and sunflower seeds, ripe red fruits, berry, melon, brandy, grapes, burnt marshmallow. grain quantity and flavor easily masks the alcohol content. nice hop flavor towards the end, earthy and herbal with hints of fruit blossom. into the finish, things get woodsy and soil, very toasty and earthy, some sulphur like radish greens. lingering crisp noble hop flavor in very nice.

MF- juicy and a little oily, gets syrupy as it warms. nice almost full body. low carbonation, leaves a somewhat waxy feeling on the cheeks.

D- a satisfying brew, malty and quite hoppy, like a german IPA if you will. big grain flavors and hop bitterness is awesome but something just gets out of whack with the MF for me. however it is nice to have a traditional maibock. wish i could find one from the super bestest brewery ayinger.

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Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into a mug. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of roasted malt with slight berries. Tastes of slight fruit nice malt, sweet but not too sweet. Beer is lightly carbonated, light bodied, crisp finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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

Pours copper in color with an off-white head. Malty aroma with a hop spiciness to it. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Sweet bready maltiness starts things off. The middle has a pleasant hoppiness to it that combines with a slight fruitiness. The finish is mildly dry with some alcohol detected toward the back. Overall all this was a really solid example of the maibock style offered from Hofbräu.

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Photo of marburg
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of pennies with the reddish glow of maple syrup in the light. Thin head dissipates quickly but leaves some bubbling and lace around the edges of the glass. A very earthy aroma of bread, weeds, and natural sweetness -- musty. The taste is largely the same with the malt flavor heavy and obvious, especially up front. The end is just a tiny bit of hops with a moist bread flavor. Straightforward malty and simple but deliciously so.

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Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BucBasil
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good beer, pure and simple. Poured this from a bottle into a conical pint glass. The appearance is a nice amber color. My only gripe here is that it's hard to get a good head on the beer, although that didn't detract a lot from my rating. Smells ranged from fruity to floral, which matched the "spring" characteristics this beer is supposed to have. And they're right, this beer fits right in for drinking in May - I had this relaxing on a late spring day in hot Florida, and it really hit the spot. The real draw here is the taste, which was really good in my opinion. Some people have likened the taste to warm bread, which I tend to disagree with, although I guess I can see where they get it from. There is some bread in the taste, but it was a bit sweeter than I expected. It hits your mouth with an interesting richness and just slides down your throat, leaving a nice sweet aftertaste. The beer is incredibly drinkable, but the alcohol content will slow you down a bit. I had 3 in one sitting, and was really feeling it after, but in a really good way... I'll recommend this beer for anyone looking to unwind after a long hot day, but I'm not sure I'll pick it up again anytime soon, especially out of season.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Style of the month at homebrew club meeting

A - Pours a pure orange, with a 2-fingered orangish white head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S/T - Honey, toffee, and caramel. Bittering hops almost non-existant.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. There is a slight bit of alcohol warmth in the mouthfeel.

D - Wow, damn good. Exemplary for the style.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Toasty malt with fruity grape aromas.

Deep apricot color, good clarity and a fine-textured little nitro-looking head.

Full of malty goodness! Tart perfume-like hop bouquet. Tight balance.

Medium-to-medium-thick body with just enough carbonation.

This is a truly super beer, one of my new favorites.

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Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of scottoale
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml.brown bottle pours a dark copper-brown with a 1/4inch off-white head and leaves just dots of lace. Mild carbonation.

Smells of malty,malt, malt and more malt. Honey sweet selling malt and that's about all.

Sweet malt with notes of fig and honey. Very little from the hops come through, just enough to taper off the sweetness a bit. Lightly roated malt is what you get with this Maibock.

Medium body, with some alcohol and low carbonation give a smooth, watery mouthfeel. Easy to drink, nice malt flavor, it's worth a try.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 747 ratings
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