Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) | Hofbräuhaus München

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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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Ratings: 752 |  Reviews: 355
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into seidel.

BBE 9 Nov 2011

A- 3 finger creamy head sits atop a deep amber body with excellent clarity. Head retention and lacing are very good.

S- Toasted malts, sweet toffee notes, some Munich malt in there too.

T- Toasted malt backbone throughout. Hints of sweeter toffee notes come and go with a hint of hop in the full finish. Perhaps a suggestion of alcohol strength but this is smooth, no heat.

M- Medium body and carbonation, lager clean finish.

O- The darkest and maltiest maibock i have had. Its a tasty malty brew. The majority of beers in this style i have had before are paler and drier in the finish with not such a strong malt presence. I definitely prefer this flavour profile, its more like a normal bock. Satisfying malt backbone with a lager clean finish, too easy to drink. Prost!

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Good carbonation, Reddish/Rust Yellow in color; good color and carbonation. Loses point for very slight head and lacing.

Smell- Very light smell, gave it an average for the fact that this style has, in my opinion, a light smell. Smells of toasted malt and very slight burnt sugars.

Taste- I very much liked the taste and think it is a great representation of the style. It starts off with a great taste of German malts and follows into a slight taste of sugar. The ending is awesome, it taste like grass and hops. Very earthy.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, not oily or slick at all, nor is it gritty and tough. Superbly quaffable, like most German beers.

Overall- This has the makings of a great beer. Can't say I've tasted a lot of maibocks but from what I can read; this one is spot on.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
1.72/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear and pale. The beer is a dark, rusted amber. The head is short, but stays at a thick film.

Totally lightstruck. Hooray for green glass and no freshness dating. The skunky aroma seems to fade a little bit, revealing some sweet breadiness underneath.

Sweet bread dough, soft pretzels kick things off. Then things get weird. The hops are much stronger than what I'd expect. They are very medicinal, bitter and chemical. The taste is good for about the first half.

I guess this is the only part that isn't ruined. Its smooth and fluffy. Only trouble is that nagging finish.

Yick, green bottles and the singles rack at Kroger, and I knew better too.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear light brown coloration, nice head which displayed some impressive staying power, and even some spotted lacing here and there.

S - Sweet brown sugar, some mild grassy hops, and an overall aroma that reminds me of fresh Spring air.

T - Biscuity malts up front, followed by a sweet body. Nice bitter backing, grassy, with just a touch of lemon.

M - Crisp light to medium body, sharp carbonation level, and a nice, clean finish.

D - Great beer, I can't imagine what it tastes like fresh from the source, hopefully I'll find out one day. Reco.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- really nice dark honey gold color. huge head, with complex bubble structure. Surprisingly good lacing. In general this beer has a great appearance.

s- Sweet fruit and white raisins with touches of orange zest and grapefruit. Booze lends some brightness.

t- Sweet malt with a juicy fruitiness. Plums, white raisins, and oranges. Booze warms the flavor profile. Quick, herbal hop accent.

m- Medium body. The tick sweetness is kept in check by a bright carbonation, and help round out the overall mouthfeel.

o- on the sweeter side of things with big booze and fruit.

p- stellar pairing with bratwurst served with a sweet onion sauce.

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Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

This pours a dark amber color with a nice off white or very light tan head. Lots of very small bubbles on the carbonation.

The smell has a slightly skunked smell at first reminds me of Heineken, perhaps from the green bottle, also a little grassy and a little bready. The body is medium to light. The initial taste is a little sweet and bready followed by a long bitterness (not quite a good hoppy one, its also slightly metallic), I'm guessing this is skunked which is disappointing. This isn't a bad beer but not great either. If this ever starts to come in a dark brown bottle I'll try it again, otherwise there are just too many better beers to drink to have this again.

-- Edit --
I gave in and tried another one of these and this one wasn't skunked and it is a much better beer, my initial review isn't bad but this is definitely better, a nice caramel / toffee flavor with a bitter after taste, hopefully they change the bottle. I'd change taste on this to 4/5, but I'm going to leave it for now.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark resiny amber color, clear, with one finger of slightly off-white head
S - slight skunk up front, maybe the result of a green bottle, then your typical german malt/hop scents, nothing surprising
T - A great balance of malt and hops...bready sweetness with a clean and crisp finish, maybe a touch of honey...well-balanced. touches of alcohol warmth peek through at times just to remind you there's a little more in there than you might think...tastes distinctly German.
M - Light/medium bodied, smooth and resiny, just a bit of stickiness and a nice crisp finish
O - What a great, well-crafted, clean beer. After being immersed in the world of crazy american craft brew experimentation, sometimes it's just nice to appreciate something that the majority of people would think of as "beer"...just plain beer...but so well done.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Green bottles, seriously? I am really disappointed I have to give HB a mediocre at best review, because I have had this on tap and it is hands down fantastic, but the six pack I bought from a reputable store is s-k-u-n-k-e-d. And I know that once beer leaves the brewry care for the beer is out of their hands, but not the effect of uv and no freshness dating. Hoppy beer was invented for the long journey, now it's time for the brown bottle.

I'll try and drink the rest, but you might as well buy a sixer of Heineken if you want this flavor.

I must reitterate if you see this on tap buy a big stein, it is a whole different beer, but I expect HB to get with modern bottle engineering (with a date).

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Photo of Azurescens
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/8/11.

A: Pours a clear orange color with fluffy light tan head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Rather strong aroma of yeast, grassy and herbal hops with honey and bready malt.

T: Really sweet with lots of honey, bready malt, some yeast notes and herbal hops. The strong honey flavor is definitely the highlight of this brew.

M: Smooth medium body with low-moderate carbonation.

O: Refreshing and really drinkable beer, the honey flavor really shines and brings the other flavors together.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A : semi transparent with very thin head

S : caramel, wheat,and fruit, very pleasant

T : smokey caramel sweetish, fruit,hops and faint wheat

M : dry start and medium aftertaste

D : so well balanced, a good drinker, even for a thicker, stronger beer

German bock - the best beer makers, making one of the best beers. I highly recommend trying this one.

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Photo of keithmurray
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - translucent copper color that yielded a tan head that only lasted for about 3 seconds

smell - not pleasant at all, typical euro skunk odor, grass, hay

taste - some more of that euro skunk taste, I can detect a bit of malt and molasses as well

mouthfeel - light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter upfront as well as in the finish

overall - sort of disappointed in this one, also made me think about something, why do breweries even bother putting their beer in green bottles anyways? Everytime I have sampled something from a green bottle, it comes out skunked without fail. I'd love to try this fresh or on tap as this beverage was clearly affected by being lightstruck. If you are new to the style, I wouldn't reccommend starting with this one

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Photo of JayS2629
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich caramel color with a thin white head that fades fast but has nice sea foam lacing. I may have a better review than most since I got it from a fresh tap at the Hofbrau House in Panama City instead of a green bottle. Sweet caramel and honey notes on the nose with a touch of herbal, earthy, noble hops. The taste is on the sweeter side, with rich caramel, honey and toffee notes followed with an earthy, herbal, grassy hop back bite. Very well balanced. My favorite of the Hofbrrau family I tried. Very easy to drink even on the sweet side. Less watery than their other selections. Very easy to drink. Slightly syrupy, but well balanced medium bodied beer.

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Photo of charlzm
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed May 16th, 2011 at BoHo, Hollywood CA.

Medium to light burnished brass color with good clarity. Active carbonation throughout consumption. A small, thin head of extremely fine bubbles tops off proceedings.

Aroma is a bit estery (fruity) and somewhat sweet. Didn't pick up much else.

Flavor is malty / bready and slightly nutty with marked bitterness at the end. A touch of butterscotch (daiceytl) in there is not disagreeable. Melonoidins add a restrained and nicely juicy finish.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I suspect this keg didn't make the journey halfway around the world with all its goodness intact, though it was easy to put away a pint of this beer.

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Photo of gmshedd
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite experiences ever happened because of this maibock. We went to the Hofbrauhaus one evening in May, wanting to try their maibock based on a review, only to be told that they had run out and that we should come back tomorrow. The review mentioned something about "the perfect accompaniment to a mid-morning's snack of wiesswurst," so we came back at 11:00 the next morning. It was a perfect Bavarian day, so we sat in the courtyard under the chestnut trees--just us two and the band members in their lederhosen, getting their instruments out of the cases, and starting their day with the helles for the most part. But we had our wiesswurst and a liter each of maibock and the setting was exquisite and life is seldom more enjoyable.
The Hofbrauhaus Maibock is richly flavored--a mixture of sweetness and malt that lingers, with additional flavors that cut through to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying. The color, as seen through a liter mug, is like that of goldenrod honey--darker and more orange than clover. I can imagine that there might be better maibocks, but I've never had one, and even if I do, it won't displace this one from my memory.

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

The beer's body is auburn-amber but its head is white as a clam. Both features strike me as a little unusual for the style; the majority of Maibocks I've had have been much lighter in complexion (golden) and virtually flat. It may be a spring beer but it has autumn tones. I'm assuming that this extra colour corresponds to an extra dosage of flavour...

By the smell of it, there's a good possibility it might. This grassy, earthy, lightly musty bouquet has a great deal of character, although it is fairly temperate. Alcohol vapors singe the nose hairs a little, but they're far from menacing; their vaguely fruity esters blend well with the toast of the malts. It smells a bit like moldy, toasty bread, albeit in an agreeable way.

Hofbräu takes the style to heights few other breweries are capable of. The secret to their success? Those toasty, rich, bread crust flavoured things they call 'melanoidins'. This beer is replete with the taste of rich European malts and all the browned bread crusts flavour and collected vanilla-y sweetness that comes with them. You can tell a German brewed this.

At over 7% alcohol and a base of almost exclusively pale malts - and no real yeast or hops to help compensate - it's nothing short of impressive how the beer can be so quenching and approachable. It is clean, notwithstanding a low spicy/peppery quality from the alcohol, and has enough body to be gratifyingly rich without being too heavy. Fill the Maß up again!

Hofbräu Maibock not only provides a definition of the style that's worthy of Webster’s, but it is exactly the kind of beer you serve to people who think lagers are a boring waste of time. It is tremendously rich, subtly complex, deceivingly quaffable and brewed with a stringent level of attention to pertinent detail that really only the Germans are capable of.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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