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: 752 |  Reviews: 355
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 4/3/12

Pretty, deep honey color; golden at the stem. Somewhat hazy, making for a robust appearance. The head reaches nearly three fingers before starting to fall slowly. Thin, patchy retention. Lace is good, though.

Toasted bread, buttered biscuit, light fruits and hints of honey tug at the aroma. Suggestions of earth and pollen waft about, too. The flavors are mildly fruity, modestly grassy and quite bready. Hops are tame, but gather toward the finish. This critter is malty like is ought to be. The medium body is smooth and ripples with moderate carbonation, carrying to a slightly bitter finish.

I'm finding some good things to appreciate in this beer; I'm glad I pick up a bottle, though it might not be the freshest. Worth a shot.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter (This is just for tasting. Ordinarily, I'd drink a bock beer out of a nice big mug.) Appearance is clear, dark orange with a nice fluffy head. Nice nose of rich, sweet malt, nuts, and some pepper.

The beer is medium-bodied with a predominantly sweet flavor. I get rich, chewy, bready malt flavors up and down my palate. A pleasant bit of peppery spiciness comes in at mid-palate. The hop profile is very mellow and subdued, as is proper for this style. This beer is all about the malt! I wouldn't call it complex, but I would definitely call it ``bread in a bottle''.

In my opinion, this is a world-class beer. It's insanely drinkable, yet complex enough to keep you coming back to it over and over. Want a tasty maibock to celebrate the spring or acknowledge your German heritage? This is a really good one. It's not extreme. It's just a good, strong, substantial brew. Nice!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of grannaniwa
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, with a good looking pure white head. Has a Euro lager bite to the aroma. Crisp and clean nose, with a little bit of bread.

Taste is much maltier than I expected from the nose. Slow-building, round flavor with a little bit of alcohol heat and hop bitterness at the back of the mouth. Strong, but not overbearing. Very well-balanced!

Overall: A-, looking forward to have this again!

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I hadn't had this before but I guess I was wrong, let's see how the bottle version is! Poured into a tall pilsner style glass.

A real gorgeous bronze amber color and rising carbonation in a few places. Head forms off white, quite soapy, but with some good staying power. Love this body color real gorgeous.

This smells a lot better than I remember. Not as much yeast, but sort of a crisp sweet malt, dry powdered faint cinnamon in the background. Smells solid.

Taste though still lets me down. Slightly water palate seems like a bigger disappointment from the nose that hinted of what is to come. Water malt body, even a bit grassy. Hot finish leaving a sort of powdery and strange bitter aftertaste that doesn't seem to hint of hop but more as if medicinal.

Overall, it's a little more tolerable and I could do worse, but I am done with this beer.

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

This beer pours a clear copper color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small ring of lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, and biscuits. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a lot of complex malty characters in both the taste, and aroma of this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a good maibock that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of rangerred
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a two finger white head.

Aroma is very malty with a nutty and buttery aroma. Some caramel is in there as well.

Flavor is somewhat buttery at first yielding to some grassy hop flavors along with caramel from the malt. There is a fairly heavy sweetness throughout with hop bitterness only coming towards the finish. Very sticky mouthfeel.

Overall I was somewhat disappointed with this beer. Too much butter and not enough bitterness. I will say that the six pack I bought was marked way down and is probably from last year but nonetheless, it wasn't too great.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WMEugene
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a half inch head and very good lacing.

S - Skunk smell up front (green bottles are an affront to all that is good in this world). Once you get past the skunk, it's sweet malts, bread, and caramel. Very faint hops.

T - A balanced blend of hops and malts. A bit biscuity and bready. A little skunked, but not as apparent as the nose. Sweet and nothing too complex.

M - Medium bodied, crisp lager feel. Good carbonation. Smooth.

O - Hofbrau's Maibock was a good beer for the style that I could only imagine would have been a lot better if wasn't slightly skunked due to the stupid decision of putting it in a green bottle. Even in the green bottle, it is still an enjoyable beer. Would love to try on draft or if I could find it in a brown bottle.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep Amber colour that is clear. The off White creamy head stays around and laces.

S - Sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit and toast.

T - Nice toasted bread notes followed by toffee and fruity malt. The finish is a little dry.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very drinkable beer that is recommended.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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