Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock)

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Ratings: 779 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of sjrider
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiteHendrix
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear copper with a large head. The aroma features wheat bread, almond, brown sugar, banana, and figs. The flavor has notes of caramel, butterscotch, fig, banana, wheat bread, and walnut. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy, subtle carbonation. Overall this is lovely beer - full flavored, layered, buy quiet and never showy.

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

Poured a beautiful copper/amber color with a frothy 3 finger light khaki head. Heavy lacing was present. Buttered bread aroma. Doughy and malty taste with a balanced hop bitterness on the tail. Nice caramel aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. A very nice Maibock with 7.2 abv that is not overpowering but lets you know it is there. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with khaki, two-finger head. Rich carmel aromas along with toasted malt. Tastes of sweet caramel, buttery toffee, bready malt, and slifhr bitterness in the finish. Lighter bodied with sweetness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got a pint at Wunder Garten, DC at their Fruhlingfest.
Copper color, great malty back, but also some strange metal taste. Balanced hoppiness. Deceptively weak, but it's 7.2%.
A great brew for spring!

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Photo of MNAle
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date code L 016 Q 07:43, which apparently means bottled in mid January, 2017. Reviewed April 8, 2017. Bready aroma with spice. Deep golden color with tiny carbonation bubbles. An impressive looker. Topped (after a vigorous pour) with a tall, bubbly, off-white just nudging toward tan head, leaving thick lacing, but in no hurry to recede. Substantial to moderate feel with tingling on the tongue. Bready, toasty, and slightly spicy. Moderate bitterness asserts in the middle and finish, fading quickly. Leaves a pleasant sweetish malt or even caramel taste on the tongue and in the mouth. Malty, pushing toward but not to the point of being sweet. Balanced by the spiciness and moderate to light bitterness ("moderate to light" in the context of American craft beer, not in the context of traditional German lagers). This is excellent.

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Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel color - completely clear, crisp, and effervescent. Thin off-white head dissipates slowly.

Aroma is bready initially, but gives way to some spicy earthy hops on the nose with a peppery yeast - its not like a belgian yeast, but there is a spice to it.

Flavor is very bready with some caramel malts, doughy yeast, and a spicy hop finish. A touch of sweetness is there, but in a background complimentary way. The hops really pop in this when fresh.

Feel is fuller yet very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall a really well made mai-bock a very good example of the stye particularly for examples available in the states.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Maibock, 7.2% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and burnt orange, with a two finger off-white head. Nose is sweet, malty, and bread, taste follows, with slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle L068P:
Pours brown with an orange tint, clear with a large and very light beige head. Ok lacing.

Nose is of medium toast with a hint of blackberry jam. There is a noble hop grassy/floral ambient smell as well.

Taste starts a little sweeter malt than the smell, more like a raisin bread with browns sugar/cinnamon swirl. There is a little of that jam - though an indistinct fruit - just a little fruity lean to the sweet notes (I keep thinking apple butter, but that's not quite it).

The lighter body helps wash the malt over the palate leaving a clean slate for the lightly spicy, floral hops to introduce themselves. I get a little grass note in some sips, though it could be the lingering toasted malt. Carbonation is somewhat light, but leading to more of a smooth feel than a flat one.

A nice offering that I believe is fairly fresh. There's a nice mix of flavors, mostly malty but with a slightly bitter back end.

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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 GrumpyGas
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a Becker glass displays a light copper/dark gold amber colored body and floats a fluffy creamy yellow head that falls to barely an edge hugging ring. Spotted lacing.

Aroma is bready; it's all about the malt.

Flavor is bread, a hint of caramel, nutty almost.

Medium, leaning light, with a slick feel and clean finish.

Really tasty. If I liked futbol, this would be what I spilled in jubilation.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a clear, deep gold color and produced a substantial frothy head that had great retention. The second pic is about 5 minutes in. The aroma reminds me of a Lowenbrau. Fairly skunky, like a lot of Euro lagers. As it warms up I can notice toasted bread crust and a floral note. It has decent amount of peppery flavor up front with some flowery and grassy hops. There is a hint of orange-lemon citrus too. Just when you think it is going to be more hop forward like a pilsner, a sweetness balances it out. A caramel and honey flavor with sourdough bread. It has a lingering toast like flavor with a surprising amount of bitterness.

It is pretty full bodied, and I feel like it is probably on the very upper end of Maibocks/Helles in that regard. This is very nicely balanced, easy drinking, and excellent in my opinion.

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Photo of matcris
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, amber, with a million very slow rising bubbles. Aroma- I perceive this as mild skunk or sulfur. Sunflower seeds, corn husk, & bready.
The flavor is bready, slight sweet caramel, and the sulfer/skunk has all but vanished, in the taste. Nice thick lacing down the glass. Medium thin body, a little slick up front, but, drying on the finish, and, above average carbonation.

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Photo of SSGCujo
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 VoxRationis
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Weissbier vase; production information unclear.
A: Pours a clear, copper color with a one half inch, egg-shell white head and modest lacing.
S: Floral bouquet with surprisingly lightly citrus and toast notes initially, but more caramel and mocha aromas as it warms.
T: Caramel to molasses flavor, nicely balanced with hoppy bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with robust effervescence.
O: When had fresh, this is a nicely constructed and executed Maibock. It is a shame that Hofbrauhaus offerings continue to be a green bottle beers, as they are too often skunked before consumed. In their original form, they are really very good.

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

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 Seanecy
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with great clarity and transparency; fluffy light khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of caramel, toffee and fresh nuts. The aromas follow the nose. More caramel and toffee. There's a nice nutty vibe going on. It's very earthy. It's very bold with a subtle warmth in the finish, but it's absolutely nothing to worry about. There's also a subtle spiciness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with fluffy active carbonation. It's very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is an awesome maibock. The craftsmanship is very impressive. It's very bold, clean, crisp and refreshing. It's fun to drink and has alot going on. Well done. Highly recommended.

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Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgido759
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 779 ratings