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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored body with a thick, foamy white head. Light caramel and toasted grain aroma; honey. Bright, toasted malt flavors with a good combination of hop bitterness and a twinge of alcohol bite. Tingling feel on the tongue; sugary yet dry feel.

A pleasant little bock beer. It's a bit on the sweet side but has enough malt and hop goodness, tempered with a mild alcohol background, that things just seem to gel into one delicious lager.

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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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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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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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Photo of macrosmatic
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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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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Photo of thecheapies
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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Photo of gr0g
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber in appearance, not unlike a Vienna. Capped with two fingers of foam. Head retention is pretty good while lace formation is merely OK. Rich toffee, bready notes on the nose, but there's also a bit of a cardboardy smell that you get all too often with German lagers that aren't all that fresh. Noble hops impart a floral aroma that follows the aroma from the grain.

The flavor is rich and malty, while there's just the right amount of hop bitterness to impart a nice balance to the overall character. A solid malt bill imparts a ripened date flavor in addition to the usual caramel/toffee notes. Nothing much to say about the mouthfeel other than the carbonation feels just right and isn't harsh.

This is a good, robust lager that I enjoyed, but Hofbrau's green bottles plus the journey to the US don't help in the freshness department. With a trip to Germany in the cards for sometime next year, this is one beer I'll be looking to have on tap.

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Photo of mooseo
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into pilsener glass.

A - Clear deep amber with a giant creamy white head.

S - Toasted bready malt, caramel, subtle grassy hops.

T - Sweet caramel, toasted grains, apple juice, light citrus. There is a pleasant nutty flavor throughout. A light hop bitterness balances the sweet malt. Finishes with spicy alcohol, grassy hops, and a slight earthy graininess.

M - Smooth and a bit creamy, medium bodied. Crisp, high carbonation. Slight warming alcohol.

O - Simply put, this is a great beer. It has good balance, flavor, and drinkability. The alcohol is masked well and the hop profile lends a wide array of different flavors.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer is bronze with amber highlights. It is capped with an inch of creamy, tan head.

S - It has a really sweet caramel smell. It also has a bread smell. I also get a little bit of spiciness.

T - The caramel malt kicks things off. There is a noticeable hop presence to balance this beer out. I was expecting a sweet mess. I get very little skunk. I was expecting a lot since this beer comes in green bottles.

M - Moderate to medium

O - This beer is on the sweet side, but it was pretty good. There were enough hops to balance out the finish.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Hofbräu Maibock pours a clear, copper color. A half-inch of light beige head tops the brew and settles slowly. Caramel and bready malt aromas dominate the nose as lighter hop and yeasty aromas provide some more depth. Bready to begin with, sweeter caramel malt flavors move in with hints of honey and nuts swirling into a slightly hoppy and alcoholic finish. This classic example of the style is moderately carbonated with a medium body.

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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 TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's getting warmer, which means it's maibock time, folks! This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises biscuit, light honey, and a decidedly light bit of dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra helpings of grass and flowers, and a vague fruitiness pervading the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice maibock, one of the base staples of the style in my eyes.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hofbrau Maibock has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly copper appearance, and some lacing rings left behind. The aroma is quite strong and gamy, with a cloying, turned fruit, roasty malt and sickly sweetness. Taste is of brown bread, cloying sweetness, caramel, toffee, brandy, dark-roasted malt, and a touch of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hofbrau Maibock finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, alcohilic, smooth, and unique. Overall, this is strong and not for the faint of heart, but it’s supremely delicious and sublime in so many ways. I love it. Please check this out!


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Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shows a slightly hazy shade of orange and rustic copper on the pour; dingy white head settles quick but retains nicely and leaves some moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is a bit under-powered and leaves much to be desired. Largely comprised of a malt body with a touch of sweetness, the other detectable aromas don't necessarily stand out or make a name for themselves. Some very light herbal and floral notes from the hops, mild earthy spices, albeit vague and hard to identify. On the palate, the beer is pretty thin and crisp, due to pretty liberal carbonation. Some sweet malt, slightly rustic and caramelized with a moderate grain flavor in the background. Some very light fruitiness; orange zest and lemon peels. Earthy, grassy, musky hops leave a little bitter twang on the edges of the tongue. Some detectable yeast, but not really a huge contributor of flavor. Alcohol is apparent, even more so at it warms up, bit not too distracting.

Overall, a decent beer, pretty average on most account, and probably nothing I would go back to. I haven't had too many maibocks, but I would imagine there'd be better ones out there than this.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent honey color with a moderate beige head. Aroma smells of caramel and clean, floral hops. A tinge of skunk may be noticeable in the aroma as well, doubtless on account of the green bottle. Flavor matches the aroma almost exactly, though the sweetness of the caramel malt is a tad cloying in the finish. The honeyed flavor vacillates between malt and hop in a way that eludes true balance. I find the hop flavor less palatable than the aroma. Mouthfeel could use a bit more body, but it's not bad.

I have no experience with Maibocks, but to me this tastes comparable to an oktoberfest with above-average bitterness. Drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle: best before 11 Jan 2013. Poured into the only Hofbräu glass I possess: their huge 'Munchner Kindl' Weisse vase.

Actually the beer seemed pleased to see a mate from the brewery and it looked happy in the wrong glass: bright, amber and clear, on top a full, lasting head of white bubbles. Plenty of carbonisation bubbles rising through the beer 'Weisse' style: no wonder the beer and glass got on so well together!

Sweet nose and taste: gentle malty feel to everything, caramel and nutty. Nothing overboard, just subtle flavours to coast you along the 7.2%ABV road to sleep. Far too easy to drink for the strength: I love the strong, sweeter, uncomplicated brews and this fits the bill nicely.

My only advice is to try and drink it slower than I did!

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Photo of texantiff
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balanced malt with very low hops. Clean, no esters,

Dark gold, crystal clear, head doesn't stick around.

Spicy clean lager finish. Moderate malts with low hops to balance. More pils malts than Munich/crystal. Sweet,

Good body, medium carbonation, creamy.

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Photo of shigg85
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Kaizerhof in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a glass stein. Whiskey-hued clear brew with a beautiful foamy white head... love the appearance of this beer. Roasted hops dominates the palate in this brew. Delicious but not very layered in flavors or smell. Overall, this is a great drinking beer, but not exactly a complex number worth talking about too much. I enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of burnstar
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pretty clear copper with a large head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is toasted malt with a little herbal and grassy hops. Fairly standard. Taste is huge toasted malt. Balanced by tons of hops. Herbal and spicy. Smooth and full bodied. Nicely carbonated. Great mouthfeel. This was absolutely great on tap at Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh with German food. So balanced and tasty and drinkable. This is also fast becoming one of my favorite styles- nice strong hoppy german beer for spring time.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at cellar temp into a pint glass. Stopper gave the bottle to me recently and its finally time to drink it.
Pours a clear chestnut hue with frothy eggshell white head foaming up and fading to nothing fairly rapidly.
Aroma is some caramel and toffee with a bit of grainy malt too. A little spicy hop presence in the background, but this is a sweet malty nose to be certain.
First sip reveals a clean body with fine tingly carbonation that tickles my palate on each swallow. Crisp texture adds to the drinkability of this beer.
Flavor is malty with caramel and toffee but I do get a bit of spicy and wet grass hops on the finish. The beer actually finishes dry and with just a little bite, which I didnt anticipate from the nose. No real hint of alcohol and a very easy drinking clean beer. Nothing too complex or to get excited over, but certainly enjoyable and not flawed.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/07/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Over an inch of off-white carbonated head with decent retention; Light amber in color with a crystal clear appearance; No real lacing left behind

S - Aroma is a bit on the light side; Notes of herbal hops, esters, clove, bready sweetness, and faint grains and fruits

T - Faint alcohol comes through just slightly in the beginning and mid-taste; Also present are bready, yeasty, and some grainy flavors that come across as sweet and a bit syrupy at first; Herbal, grassy, and minty hops step forward a bit toward the finish and linger with a slight bitterness

M - Moderate and zesty carbonation; Just under medium bodied; A bit syrupy in the mouthfeel; Leaves the mouth feeling a touch dry

O - This is definitely a staple for Maibocks, having no real weaknesses and is just a solid, all-around, good beer. It packs quite a bit of flavor, yet is still very drinkable and satisfying, especially on this cool, early Spring day. Without a doubt, this is a brew that I'll be enjoying again during next year's Spring season.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the East Side Restaurant in New Britain, Connecticut this is a dark amber color with a decent off-white cover and hearty lacing. The aroma is deep nutty malt and woodsy wheat. Very definitive and tasty. The flavor brings out more delicious malt grain with a herbal hop kiss. This is earthy stuff with a beautiful sweet molasses theme that is easy drinking in this medium bodied brew. Carbonation is relatively modest but it has a smooth feel that ends with just a hint of dryness. This is a wonderful malt flavorfest. Very enjoyable.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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