Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of jahred
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lite orange to reddish-brown color, with a creamy looking, almost-white head. Plenty of very pretty, intricate lace dance around the edges of my glass.

The scent is very malty, though I also notice some slight honey/fruity notes (perhaps from some of the hops?)

The taste is creamy and biscuity. For some reason, this combination - cream and bread - made me think of bagels and cream cheese. Odd. But then the beer warmed a bit and some more of the sweetness broke through, and the bread-like taste became darker (like rye and pumpernickel, perhaps). There are also some citrus notes that broke through.

The transition to the aftertaste is what made this quite a nice brew - the hops are incredibly well balanced and left a fantastic taste lingering in my mouth. The 7.2% ABV was easily noticed, however, taking away from some of the beer's drinkability.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic amber color and a good creamy head that can be coaxed up at a seconds notice. The aroma is as it should be-malt, malt and theraputic more malt-ahhhh Germany, makes me think of the coming of Spring, and spirits happy thoughts into my very being. Creamy and full in the mouth, while not too heavy and not a lightweight, again just as it should be, as a trasitional brew celebrating both Winter and Spring in one big gulp. Flavors are rich, malty, and very clean. The beer finishes long and malty with a tad of bitter. Where is that plate of German grub when you need it!

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Photo of budgood1
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear and dark amber colour, with a fine off-white head. the rings of lace are quite sticky and clinging. the aroma is sublime; thick luscious caramel malts, the sweet smelling maltiness almost bordering on maple syrup and brown sugar. the flavour of this maibock supports all the previous sensory delights by providing a sticky sweet malty joyride of caramel and molasses. the alcohol bite melds well into the slight flowery and spicy hop bitterness to provide a nice dryish finish. while ample bodied, the mouthfeel seems a bit thin for some reason...maybe because it's so smooth and creamy and slides down my throat so easily despite the obvious ABV. this is a well crafted brew and incredibly drinkable. as it warms a bit, the flavours really explode on the tastebuds...apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, etc. incredible. a nice treat for the early days of march. a fine, hearty well lagered german masterpiece.

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Photo of jackndan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Maibock; In thick brown half liter bottle. Pours a deep, deep amber. Nice thick head, with plenty of staying power. Very clear. Woo wee, damn this is a tasty brew. Very sweet and malty, plenty of (almost molasses) flavors right from the first sip, with nice bready malt tastes as well. This beer has an impressive smooth mouthfeel, almost like a barleywine. It does have a bit of an alcohol bite, which is not unpleasant at all. Very nice. Thank the lord for Spring!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber hue with a nice sized cream colored head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Caramel tinge to it with herbal clove like hop profile nice sweet bready tone. Taste: Clean tasting with a caramel sweet malt profile and bitey hope profile classic maibock in my opinion. Mouthfeel: My one complaint is the body is a bit thin, leaves me wanting more texture carbonation is solid though. Drinkability: A definite treat for any fans of the maibock style solid, but next time I hope to try this on tap from a biergarten in Munich.

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz brown bottle with a very cool maypole dance scene on the label.

Beer pours a nice bronze with a massive fluffy white head. Random lacing pattern.

Beer smells very nice. You get a combination of bread, malt and a hint of caramel.

Taste is sweet and smooth with a clear alcohol presence. Slightly roasted malt flavor with a bit of an underlying fruitiness. As you drink more, the beer remains sweet and the alcohol taste comes more to the forefront.

Beer has a nice mouthfeel, but drinkability suffers slightly from the alcohol taste which could be better masked.

Not a bad beer, but I wonder if I have a slightly older bottle.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle, with no freshness date. This wonderful beer poured a nice dark golden colour with a frothy, white head. The aromas were heavily sweet, malty, bready, and quite complex. The taste was just as the nose suggested...malty, spicy, complex, and delicous. Where are they hiding the alcohol in this stuff!? 7.2%, I thought this was a lighter style bock, with like 4 or 5%. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp and the drinkability is awesome! A great spring beer for sure!


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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle reads "Product of Germany" but it is in English so I assume this is the beer. Pours a brownish-amber color with a medium light beige head. Fair lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt. Light to medium-bodied and rather smooth, it has a tart flavor with a strong malt backbone. The finish is a toasty and hoppy. Overall an easy-drinking beer but an average one.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good looking amber brew with a nice off-white head that lingers well and laces with some gusto. The nose is of light hops and bready roasted malt. The feel is mediut-bodied and give a nice creamy sense to the palate. Tangy hop notes linger in the finish. This a very flavorful Maibock that is a bit too alcoholic to be greatly drinkable.

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Photo of TheDM
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a small initial head that is off-white in color with good lacing. The body is a clear amber color. It initially tasted light then built to a small bitterness, something I don't particularly like in my beers. But then I am spoiled by Andechs! Im Himmel gibt es Keine bier darum trinken vir es hier! (In heaven there is no beer that is why we drink it here!)

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the first on-tap review for the Newport location, which opened April 30, 2003. If you haven't had it here, come on down before they swap it out for the next seasonal!

Reddish Iced-tea color. Bubbly, airy 1-finger head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is very malty, slightly sweet.

Taste backs up the smell to a tee. Of course the alcohol presence is more detectable than in the other Newport varieties I've tried tonight. Full, delicious malt flavor, little if any hop bite. Of course, by this time my palate has taken a good beating, if I try this sooner next time I may detect more hop. Great flavor retention on the aftertaste with some caramel in there as well.

Very smooth and full feeling in the mouth, almost chewy. Perhaps the best tasting beer of the night, or maybe it's just that full-bodiedness that I like.

At 7.2%, I don't know how many liters you can expect to salt away. I stopped at one and made a note to myself to try the Dunkel while I could still write. I tried it, but the taste buds were too dulled out to make it worth reviewing. Guess I'll be doing the Dunkel first next time!

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Photo of marburg
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 aaronh
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Thrasher
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper with swelling head that disappears. Leathery aroma with tantalizing spices and earthiness. A creamy malt delight, quite sweet and biscuity but a dynamite dryness enters midway and follows through. Lingering wetness and caramel flavors. The hop spiciness is just right, hints of grass, mint, pepper, and a raw earthy quality that combines perfectly with the toffee sweetness from the malts. Huge alcohol content is invisible. I am getting all kinds of hidden flavors here, I suspect my mind is recalling previous tastes; I have to thank this beer for being so evocative. This is a pleasurable, lighter alternative to a doppel, may even be a neat substitute for your basic bitter or pale ale. I got this for a really low price which I thought was the cashier's mistake; after reading one of the reviews below, I will have to go back and double check. Either way I will buy more of this. Only the 2nd genuine German maibock I have had (after Einbeck).

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Photo of BitteBier
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a floor of bigger-than-usual bubbles that slowly work their way to the thick, off-white head. Active carbonation persists. Sweet, malty notes and breadiness dominate the nose. Malty taste and medium body at the onset. Dries to a warm, spicy finish. A nicely balanced, drinkable bock; worth a return trip.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle doesn't have the word Altestes anywhere on it. But it says on the label that it's Munich's first bock, so I figure it's the same as this beer listed. So here goes:
It's brilliant clear copper in color with a very large but quickly shrinking fluffy head. A pleasant malty aroma greets along with a touch of alcohol. Sweet maltiness is prevalent and enjoyable in this medium bodied brew. A spicy hop kick comes through in the finish and is masked by the alcohol, leaving the impression of strong maltiness and alcohol. I enjoyed it very much, and with the wonderful single bottle selection I have in Chicago, I will be buying this again at the very cheap price it goes for....definitely a seeker.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite mai-bocks,poures a nice reddish/copper color with great blooming head.Nice malty aroma and nutty flavor and somewhat spicey.Alcohol is prevelant but not overpowering,great spring time beer,I get this when ever I can find it,wich is not often enough.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with full white head. Malty scent was faint. Malt dominates with a bit of spicy hop thrown in. Mouthfeel was good, somewhat thick. The ABV seemed rather low, but I'm more of a doppel man. Not a bad beer, but I prefer something with a bit more buzz.

Edit: Wow, thought it was lower ABV than it was. Talk about well hidden!

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Photo of cretemixer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue with a thick ivory colored head. The head disappates to a thin layer leaving a thick clinging lace. Deep roasted malts on the nose with hints of mollasses and honey. Sweet maltiness on the tounge as well. Slight nice bitterness on the finish. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice Maibock.
Throws a golden-amber body, with a creamy head that runs away somewhat quickly.
Big maltiness on the nose. Very bready, and just faintly sweet.
Sweet maltiness, bread, and faint toffee show up in the taste. Then comes a spicy hop kick...WooHoo. Unexpected, but very nice. Peppery delicious in the finish.
Relatively big in the mouth, but still smooth.
Very, very tasty. One of the better Maibocks I've had.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am really not a fan of Mai Bocks, so I ventured into this knowing it would not be my favorite. Very sweet, with a tang, that sort of threw me off. Fruity and smooth. Yet, the overall pciture wasn't too bad; I really enjoyed it. I just cannot imagine myself drinking more of them.

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Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild, slightly floral hops up front, which was fairly sweet. Finished on the slightly bitter-sweet side. Another easy-drinking offering from this brewpub, and a nice accompanyment with dinner.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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