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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Ratings: 733 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of Extrajoker00
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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 -26.4%
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 +1.8%
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 -3.1%
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%
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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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber colour with slightly off-white head, not much bead, not much retention. Lace is alright. Doesn't amaze me, but it does just look lagery and a bit heavy.

Smell is very grainy, quite sweet with vanilla, lots of puffed rice and barley notes. Enjoyable enough, but very simple.

Taste is similar; lots of grain upfront, barley with puffed rice, vanilla notes and some booziness that doesn't have much character, just kind of hot with not much flavour. Could use longer, more complex graininess. As it is, it's a bit simple and unbalanced, sweet upfront and hot on the back and nil in the middle.

Feels okay, but with a bit of a syrupy texture, could use more carbonation to cut through.

It's decent as far as style is concerned, but not really a masterful palate. The beer just doesn't really interest or impress me.

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Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright clean amber with moderate carbonation and a quick fading head of white leaving very little lace.

Earthy hops at the forefront followed by flinty esters, then the malt shows in ways of baked bread, toffee, and caramel. Overall the aromas seem slightly restrained.

Ahh there we go. Nice nutty character with a good dose of earthy, bittering noble hops drying things out quickly on the finish. Toffee and caramel, stale bread, flint, slate, light acidity, walnut, and brown sugar. Carbonation is lively in the middle leaving the palate at attention through the finish.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

300ml serving purchased from the Bavarian Bier Cafe, O'Connell St and served into said-sized dimpled stein.

See through, peachy-apricot colored appearance poured with large foam (pushing an inch and a half) that died relatively quickly. Good lacing of the glass.

Smells sweet, coffee and light, sweet cereal malt. Enticing if you.like sweet things.

Flavour is of toffee and caramel, a touch one-dimensional, even for a German beer.

Mouthfeel finishes a little boozy even for the strength if the beer. Body is about right.

Overall, quite ok, sessionable, but the boozy finish will be a constant reminder of how a session is going.

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Photo of Thads324
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a clear and vibrant copper with a big thick off white head. Super clear and honey colored makes very inviting.

S : very light aroma of biscuits drizzles with honey. A sweet malt back with a musty and earthy hop finish.

T : sharp and sweet at first, with a bready body and finish of sweet malts. There is a hop bite right after the sharp Munich yeast flavor. After a few sips you notice a slight hop at the tail end that is slightly citrusy and blends nicely with the mild sweetness.

M : highly carbed makes it carry flavor throughout. Good solid lingering on the tongue and cheeks.

Heavier than most American beers of the style but by no means heavy. Super flavorful and easy to drink. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I threw back a bottle of this at Adam's while hanging out and brewing a helles. Thanks man!

The beer is transparent and light orange colored, with a small white head. Pockets of carbonation are visible throughout the beer. The aroma smells of a sweet lager with hints of fruit. The beer has a mild earthiness about it. The flavor brings a distinctive German lager character, with light fruit and a present sweetness. One is plenty for me, as the sweetness slowly becomes cloying. A decent brew and a solid example of the style, I would have it again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head that settles slowly. Very little lace (a couple of spots here and there). The color is a deep gold and is nearly clear.

Powerful, sweet caramel aroma. Gentle and soft--it has an element of plum to the nose.

Round flavor/feel of an ale. Reminds me of a Scotch Ale. Lots of caramel, but the swallow is nicely balanced with a notable hop spice. Interestingly the aftertaste is sweetness (brown sugary). Very rich body, almost like whole milk. Carbonation is also above average, making this a great mouthfeel. Overall, one of the nicest Bocks I've ever had.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a 1 finger white head. Smells of light sweet malts. Taste is Starts with sweet malts, then I get a bit of hoppiness as it gets farther back on my tongue. Mouthfeel is just where it should be, in my opinion, if you don't notice the mouthfeel, it's just right. Overall this is a dang good beer, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would jump at a chance to buy it again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light bread, flavor is malty bread with hints of sweetness but hops are there. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.69 for a 330ml bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L, best before 11/22/11.

Pours a lovely, coppery amber, very translucent. The head is modest but stays creamy and laces well.

Lots of sweet malts on the nose.

The flavor is richly doughy and bready, but also with a very sturdy bitterness, especially for the style. Faint notes of toast, cookies and cake. The mouthfeel is too carbonated at first, but settles in nicely. Alcohol content is noticeable in flavor.

This bottled version is good, but the HB Maibock was FAR better on-tap in Munich. Zum Wohl!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a half liter Hofbrau stein at Stubbies, the greatest glassware bar anywhere, ever.

Beer is red and clear and heavily carbonated with a good head with some nice retention, some lacing.

Aroma is malty with a mild yeast character that fills it out nicely.

Beer is heavier in body that I expected but tastes nice. The beer leads off with this mild sweetness and a bitterness on the end with a mildly dry finish. Mouthfeel is good and the flavor is nice, if you are looking for a slightly heavier maltier lager that's highly drinkable, here you go. I'd have it again.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(bottle ~ April 2011)

Appearance: Rich Amber color. Crystal clear. Moderate paile straw head that persists a good while. You could put a pint of this next to the word "Beer" in an illustrated dictionary. (Aside from all the lighter and darker styles)

Smell: Rich cereal notes that just keep coming. Toasted notes in the background. A solid nose. Not a whiff of hops I could detect.

Taste: Initial rich malt and toasted cereal waves swap back and forth. Cereal wins out in the end. Mild hop bitterness appears in the middle as a pleasant surprise. Finish is long and toasty bitter. Dry. Simultaneously rich yet palate refreshing. A type-specimen of the style indeed.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp on the tip of the tongue. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Very session-able.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Almost a perfect session beer, if not for the higher ABV number. A perfect transition between winter and summer beers?

Highly recommended.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy amber-brown with creamy short light beige head with good retention and some crusty lacing.

S: Light herbal noble hops aromas and not a lot of maltiness in the nose, only some mild caramel notes

T: A pleasant bock but a little low on personality overall. The caramel sweetness is light and matches well with the light herbal. I was very surprised to find that this was 7.2%. Very drinkable beer.

M: The body is mid-range for the style but pretty smooth overall. Carbonation is medium and the finish is coating and not very dry.

O: A decent bock that could use some more malt complexity but is pleasant and a nice afternoon treat, as long as the ABV doesn't catch up with you.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear, light tawny in color. Off white head that dissipates to a thick film, leaving delicate lacing.

smell; honey-nut cherios comes to mind; very grainy cereal malts, with blunt nutty aromas, all held together with with a honey sweetness. Bits of grassy hops in there too with the slightest bit of alcohol. Really a lot going on but still subtle, amazing balance.

taste; I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of flavor and the balance. Very much like the smell. Most flavor comes out in the finish. Very malty and mildly sweet, the hops keep the sweetness in check.

mouthfeel; chewy but loose and easy to swallow, quite refreshing, with a wet finish.

overall; not the best Maibock I have ever had but still quality and for the price it can't be beat. I reccomend this gem as a go to example of the style, buy it by the case.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a green12oz bottle into my Hofbrau mug. It has a very short description on the back label but there is no mention of abv or a freshness date.

Appearance: Its body has a deep sunset orange hue with very good clarity. Sitting on top of this inviting brew is a tall but fleeting white head. It settles quickly and leaves only a thin filmy covering which needs a slight swirl to maintain.

Smell: The nose is fairly light and simple. I mostly get notes of herbal/mineral like hops with some sweet toffee and brown sugary like bready maltiness for balance.

Taste/Palate: There is a balance here between sweet malt and hop bitterness. Its maltiness matches the nose with notes of sweet bread, toffee and brown sugar. This blends with hop notes that add some crispness and dryness to the finish as well as earthy/leafy and a heavy herbal/mineral flavor notes along the way. The plate has a medium feel with balanced medium carbonation. This gives it excellent drinkability.

Notes: The first few sips are heavy on the mineral notes and are bit distracting. Luckily this fades somewhat as it warms and more of the sweetness comes out. Overall I would call this a good average Maibock.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, deep alluring amber body with sticky lacing. Lacing hangs onto the glass during your enjoyment.

S - Some mild sweet grains in the nose. Fresh and crisp but not a ton of scent notes here.

T - This beer has an unexpected level of flavor. I was expecting something much milder, maybe based on its clarity and color. Some sweet grains and malts but not too sweet or syruppy. To me this beer had a nice bite of starchy corn that seemed to fade out some towards the bottom of the glass. Throw a little mild spice in the mix to top it off.

M - Very smooth and clean on the palate and very drinkable. Great ratio of flavor:drinkability in this maibock.

O - A very refreshing and unexpected splash of flavor. Highly enjoyable and a nice style of beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a 1L stein at Hofbrau Las Vegas. Clear, caramel/amber color with a light tan head. Bready, doughy, malty, caramel, lightly sweet aroma. Nice amount of carbonation helped keep some lacing on top of the beer as I drank it. Lots of malty caramel flavor, bisquit, a bit of bitterness mid palate keeps it in balance. Light mouthfeel, dry finish.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Flute glass. Pours a nice light amber color with about an inch of nice foamy white head that dissipates rapidly for the most part. The beer is mostly transparent with a slight cloudiness and a very large amount carbonation bubbles which can be seen bubbling through the beer from the bottom up. These carbonation bubbles help to maintain the small amount of head that lingers at the top of the brew. There is very little lacing (residual foam left on the glass) with this beer, which, as I understand it is typical of the style. The beer has a very nice overall scent of a nice sweetness, possibly similar to dark fruits, and a very slight molasses note. This brew has a very pleasant taste with an initial underlying sweetness similar to grapes and a nice deep malty finish that lingers on the back of the palate. The Hofbrau Maibock, although it is 7.2%, seems to have absolutely no alcohol burn which really makes it easy to drink. The deepness of the brew really helps the overall taste, but does hurt how easily it drinks. Overall, I found it to have a simple taste, smoothness on the palate, and nice depth.

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Photo of pinkano
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice, very dark orange color
S - bitter and hoppy smell. Simple but really nice.
T - almost as bitter as some IPAs, and very hoppy. Bread tones are also present. Very well hidden alcohol in the beer body.
M - medium to low carbonation, but well balanced with the bitterness
D - very good drinkability. I am still playing with the taste and want to find out more. Very nice and refreshing one.

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

Poured 11.2 oz green bottle into a snifter. Lacy white head that subsides fairly quickly. Bread in the nose, and fruit, but not the huge banana bread nose of a Korbinian or bigger and cloudier doppelbock.

Hofbräu Maibock is incredibly clear and the balance is tightrope steady.

Their hoppy zestiness is right on the money style, but you don't lose the maltiness or breadniess on the tongue. Glad this one comes in 6 packs, fantastic beer if you're in the mood for a classic big bock.

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Hofbräu Maibock (Urbock) from Hofbräuhaus München
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