Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

very good
738 Ratings
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: 738 |  Reviews: 350
Photo of ramrod666
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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 GRPunk
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 aaronh
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -10.5%
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 +2.8%
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 Quafftastic
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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 hustlesworth
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +15.7%

Photo of thebeers
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a large, airy, three-fingered light tan head.

Sweet aroma with a lightly-skunked, Euro-lager quality, some light caramel and some honey wheat bread.

Almost none of the skunked character comes over to the taste. It's light caramel, honey and bread. Quite delicate. Mildly sweet.

Light to medium bodied with a touch of creaminess and moderate carbonation.


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Photo of MaxOhle
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -1.5%
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 MisterClean
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 -3.6%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 billybob
4.24/5  rDev +9%
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 scottoale
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of entenduintransit
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hunteraw
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured from a green bottle, attractive amber color, good sized head. mediocre retention. surprised to see a few floaties.

Smell: fairly light aroma. some grassy hops. light malt.

Taste: Bit of honey, grassy hops. Some malty sweetness and a hint of toast. Slightly medicinal, alcoholic, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly quaffable. Sessionable, surprising to see it's so high in alcohol.

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Photo of Zraly
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful bread and fruit with a smattering of fresh hay aroma. Very inviting. Amber colored and two-finger white head that holds up for a bit.

Very malt forward --- toffee and a hint of nuttiness. Clean and crisp, but with a nice, sweet backbone. There is a bit of a "tin" note in the finish, but this gets muted by by the soft, spicy hops and the very tasty malt presence. Very good. Comparing to the wine world, It's like a good chianti classico --- complex, fruity and smooth. The alcohol is definitely well-hidden and will surprise you!

Quite a wonderful beer. The heft of the malt and cleanliness of the finish would pair well with flavorful pork dishes. Why not have some with your Easter ham?

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
3.89 out of 5 based on 738 ratings.
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