Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

very good
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Ratings: 741 |  Reviews: 350
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 22/7/13

A crystal clear light copper with just a few bubbles and a finger of foam sits around for a few sips leaving no lace

S hay, dried fruit, bread, faint nutty notes and a little herbal spice

T cereals and spicy hops, not far off the nose with some caramel, decent flavors with just a hint of booze

M medium bodied, more bubbles then I could see in the glass, grassy finish

O good example of the style and easy to drink for 7.2%, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it

not my favorite style but this one works well for me today, might hurt ya on a hot summer day if you were to session this but one or two would treat you well

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small, rotund Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Stark white head of small bubbles about a finger thick sits atop a body of brassy golden-amber. It's so crystal-clear that the liquid magnifies the bubbles of condensation on the other side of the glass. Head dissipates after a minute or two.

Smell - Crisp barley and grain, with notes of dried alfalfa and grass from the hops. Perhaps a hint of the malty sweetness.

Taste - Clean, like the smell, with more bready grain characteristics, now on a bed of caramel and bittersweet. Hops are present, but remain in the background, providing a mild bittering balance.

Mouthfeel - Slightly chewy, with medium body and moderate carbonation. Semisweet finish.

Overall, a great beer. I've certainly had maibocks that I liked better, but it's a nice, crisp change-up with a fuller body for some heft.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a orangish brownish copper. Medium high carbonation. Light off white sticky foam clings to the glass in dots. Very clear.

S: Light roasty malts. Wheat and oat. Nutty peanut notes. Minor amount of alcohol.

T: Crisp grain notes start off. Tastes of flour and crackers. Some yeast flavors push through but are nice and mellow. A sweetness prevails through with the grain. A touch of tree sap and woodiness. Tangy mineral with steel and copper on the finish.

M: Thin, smooth crisp and refreshing. Minor mineral aftertaste that mellows quickly.

O: I like the full amount of flavor, but not a huge fan of the metal/mineral flavor. Nice and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of scotorum
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another of my Frankenmuth (Michigan) Lager Mill purchases from almost four weeks ago. Not that hard to find elsewhere however.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 11.2 oz. bottle.

a: A beautiful clear deep amber forms an inch plus white head which rounds out above the top of the glass without streaming down. Eventually a thin foam surface film is surronded by a heavy foam ring and some lacing. Very impressive!

s: mildly malty

t: Odor gave a hint. Tasty malt with just enough hops to provide balance from the malt sweetness. Easy drinking and very enjoyable.

m: Smooth and tasty with light to moderate heft.

o: A top notch brew! I'm more a malt and yeast than hop fan, and this one made me a fan of Hofbrau.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: This pours a beautiful copper, almost crystal clear, with a two-finger creamy white head that lasts quite well, and curtains of small bubbles moving upwards. Excellent.

S: Biscuit malts, lager yeast, mild noble hop bitterness, mild sulfur/DMS aroma. Overall, not a big aroma at all.

T: Powerfully malty flavor - pilsner and light biscuit malts with accompanying light sulfur flavor. A decent amount of grassy hops in the middle that fade into the hang, but there is more malt sweetness after the swallow.

M: Average body for a maibock. Despite all the visible bubbles, it has almost a slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: This seems to be a decent example of a style that isn't a personal favorite, but one that I'm trying to explore. However, this one is more sweet than it should be for style, especially on the finish. Still, not altogether unenjoyable. I wouldn't refuse another, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one either.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of HowlingTurkey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peachy red-brown with a dense, but thin, layer of foam--beige, in color.

Nice malty nose with minerally earthy notes. Straight German maibock aromas with no frills. Semi-fruity with pomme and stone fruit wafts.

Deliciously tangy strong bock. Fruity peach, apple, raisin, and grape. Lightly roasted grains pushing through creamy yeast notes. Faint clove/bubble gum notes whoosh away in sweet finishing booze.

Bigger-bodied. Creamy and lightly sizzling with tight effervescence. Mellow booze. A dull strength that I like.

Tasty and satisfying. I'd say, stop overlooking this beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
3.89 out of 5 based on 741 ratings.
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