Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-18-2004

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -19%

500 ml "Limited Edition" bottle consumed near BB date on bottle.
Tastes like a cross between a strong Marzen and a typical Euro-bock. Alcohol is not at all hidden. Lingering bready aftertaste with less hops than expected given the ample hop load earlier on.

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Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Listed as Hacker-Pschorr Mai Bock. I'm assuming it is the same.
Pours a deep, clear golden orange with a squat beige film.
Aromatic of honeyed pears, golden raisins, dinner rolls, and dried flowers.
Initiates sweet in the mouth, full of those same canned pears-in-heavy-syrup, and golden raisins from the nose, but also towing pineapple juice, and dried dates. A light breadiness provides base, but even it turns honeyed after a moment. The hop add trace amounts of peppercorn and crushed flowers, but are overridden by all things sweet that precede them.
It begins fairly rapidly carbonation, but quickly settles out and flattens. The remaining liquid is on the grabby sweet side, if not overly thick.
It's not a total loser Maibock, but it could use more grace and balance.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden pour with minimal head, aroma is just sweet / pale malt. Pretty standard fare, biscuit malt with a tinge of sweetness, end note is a adjuncty, but overall good beer

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16.9oz flip-top bottle, best before 1/2016.

Dark yellow hued with a lovely white head. The head built steadily, but did not get out of control, with a creaminess not usually associated with the style. It melts away slowly, leaving behind a good ring and small white cap.

Grainy, standard lager crispness, a little earthy hop bite.

Rich, whole grain cracker, a little buttery, with a spicy finish. That more distinct hoppiness is present, as is a very rich maltiness. The finish fights between sweet and buttery and crispness backed up by the hop bite.

The body is quite full. The finish is still crisp, but it has an unexpected weight.

It certainly smells like a lager, but has too much sweetness and seems to have unusual levels of esters. To me it gets old quickly because of the sweetness.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy with tight bubbles then faded slowly to nice thin layer... sporadic carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet spicy malts, light biscuity notes, pretty strong fruitiness (pineapples, over ripe bananas, some lemons, apples), sugary / honey sweetness, some light corn / macro type notes, peppery hops, some vanilla notes, faint oak traces...

Taste – Sweet grainy pale malts, strong honey / syrup sweetness, spicy fruits (apples, pineapples, some light figs), definite creamed corn hints, pretty noticable alcohol, some breadiness, light spicy hops struggle to cut through the sweetness, some faint medicinal notes...

M&D - Pretty smooth.. Light / medium bodied. Couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting due to the sweetness...

Overall - A very average bock - much too sweet... just about worth a try once...

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Photo of philbertk
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Brauerei Munich, Germany --Maibock 6.80% ABV. 20 IBU's. Foamy lacy white head. Clear thin bright light yellow gold color. Bavarian Noble hop front. Sweet stanky thin textured Pale malt crisp rich German Fest body. Dry mild sweet mild hop end. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/25/2010.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

appearance; straw color, with lots of evident carbonation in the beer, very thin white head.

smell; an intensified version of the typical mild bread yeast/ faint malt german pilsner smell.

taste; typical pilsner, but stronger, light yeast, white bread flavor, faint malt. with a punch of alcohol.

mouthfeel; light body, strong carbonation.

overall; unique experience, flavors didn't blend too well though. wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Gambrinus. Absolutely transparent sparkling gold, with a billowing cloud of foam, leaving sticky lace. Very biscuity, grassy, a bit spicy like citrus zest, with an alcoholic and doughy malty profile. Sweet, but drying at the same time. Loads of biscuit malt and grassy/hay like hops bitterness with a sting of alcohol. Medium/full bodied, creamy, not an easy drinker, but an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Served a straw golden colored brew with a one finger white head. The head had a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall and is mainly of a sweeter caramel smell mixed with some grainy aromas. Mixed with these smells is a light bit of floral hop in the nose.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty taste with a rather moderate amount of a caramel sweetness. Some other fruity flavors come to the tongue more toward the middle, with their nature being of lighter fruits, such as apple and pear. More toward the end the caramel fades a bit while the bready and some slightly grainy flavor of the brew are met with an arrival of a lightly herbal and floral hop flavor that leave a nice, still sweet, and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation that is on the average to slightly lower side. Both do well for accentuating the malts and grain quite well, but yet do not sacrifice the drinkability and smoothness of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty, quite easy drinking, malty and somewhat sweeter bock. A good one to try.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-litre mug in Berlin. The (English) menu listed it as "Thomas Bock von Hacker-Pschorr," but I assume it's the same, as it's the only bock Hacker-Pschorr makes and the other reviews track with my own.

A: Unimpressive. Very clear yellow-amber with two-fingers of light head.

S: Smells nice. Sweet malty scents mingle with something grainy.

T: Thing. Mostly sweet with a tinge of bitter hops most of the through the taste. Aftertaste is smooth and light, sweetish with a bitter kick. Not bad.

M: Feels like beer.

D: Good and drinkable. Might appeal to a large variety of people. Though it's good enough, it's not a beer I'd seek out again.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. This was the replacement for the Spaten Bock which was one of my favorite bocks so to follow up with this was a little disappointing.

Good light brown color with good carbonation. Malty bock character with a malty aroma. In general a good beer but not my favorite.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Fancy bottle...reasonable price. Aroma had a very pungent "beer" smell...quite pleasing...but no indication
of bock style malt aroma. Poured a small head....lighter in color...a good bite. The hops are a little more
distinctive than a typical bock...not at all overbearing...probably just about right for a maibock.
Tasted like a full bodied lager that had been mixed with a little German style bock. Not bad at all...
but then again, not really a full flavored bock.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

500ml bottle - $4.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, golden-hued body with a thin sliver of orange to it. Smallish, near-white head.

Smell: Subtly bready, a little sweetish spiced honey tone edged with notes of apple and sulphur.

Taste: Lightly bready, grainy malts conjoined with a modest tanginess and honeyed sweetness. Touch of dried, astringent herb and crisp appleskin. Very, very low accent from the warming alcohol. Semi-dry, soft finish with a slight, lasting sulphury accent on the back half.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fairly tidy, sufficient bock.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden color with medium white head. Strong yeast esters, but not especially pleasing...like when homebrew ferments at too high a temp. Rising dough that's been left out too long. Flavor has nice malt, but again an off flavor. A bit of alcohol bite and warmth. Overall, didn't care for it.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Brilliantly clear pale gold, perhaps a shade darker than their helles. Pours with an inch of head that leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Lot of malt on the nose, honey-drizzled bread and a little stonefruit. Fairly sweet with a reserved yeast character. Pleasant.

Malt heavy on the tongue, stewed peaches and honey, along with a surprising alcohol kick up front. Light bodied, actually fairly balanced and easy to drink, save for the slight booziness. Drying in the finish with a zesty hop kick that balances some of the initial sweetness. Helles bock tends to be one of my least favorite styles of German beer, but I found this fairly enjoyable - worth a try.

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Photo of popery
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top. Pours a pale, bright gold. Very good clarity, which is super important to me. Small to medium white head. Fades rather quickly, leaving just a bit of lacing. Aroma has some rich pilsner malt sweetness, mild grassy hops and some mineral character. Little bit of apple cider. Pears, very light lemons, mild floral note. It's a clean bock with a bit more sweetness than appley sweetness than expected. The taste has more of the same sweet pilsner malt flavor with that sweet apple note. It finishes drier than I would have guessed based on the aroma. Simple sugar. Mild grass hops, again. Mild bitterness in the finish, which could stand to be a bit cleaner. Sweet and simple breadiness. Relatively low carbonation. Round mouthfeel, almost a bit much given the lack of complexity. Fun to see a one-off from Paulaner in the US, but it's still just a decent bock. I can't complain. I'd love to see more German specials around.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL flip-top bottle, Best Before 08/14
L - rocky white head caps a golden body, excellent clarity, good head retention, chunky lacing
S - fresh, woodsy, grain, lager yeast, faint spicy noble hop
T - biscuity grain, grass, spicy noble hops, yeast, quite astringent
F - light-medium body, finishes very dry and crisp with a spicy aftertaste
O - for 6.8% abv, this goes down really easily. I just wasn't crazy over it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2014.

Pours a clear light golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, fruit, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

we so rarely get these seasonal and special german releases here in the states, especially in colorado, so its real nice to have something like this. even though the beer isnt supreme itself, the experience of drinking it always is from a brewery like this. the color is crystal clear bright golden. visible and aggressive carbonation amassing a sudsy bone white head that sticks around. the nose is sweet, odd for a long and cold fermented lager, but the grain sweetness remains. true in flavor too, oddly sweet for the style, but there arent enough blonde bocks around, so i appreciate this uncommon mix of pale grain and lager yeast, good and sturdy too. lots of body for the style, and well hidden but certainly detectable in buzz alcohol content. not as decisively german as the other stuff these guys make, less intense grains really, but a well made beer. doesnt get here quite as fresh as i wish it did, i think its probably insanely good over where its made, but here there is a slight staleness that hangs over it, lowering it to lower quality beer status. i can see through that though, and like this one a lot. glad i got to have it, and hope to have more of the limited german beers, its a category we just dont get enough of.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep golden amber. Quite hazy. Bright white head is relatively smooth and tight, but also shows some big chunky bubbles. Decent lacing. Sticks around a bit.

Nose: great big malty notes of caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, and a faint hint of lemon. Get plenty of slightly hot CO2 here too. Maybe a touch of fusel.

A medium (lighter than expected) body and average-low carbonation lead the way to a very crackery, bready, malt-heavy flavor. A touch of grassiness and earthiness on the tail end as well as a faint bit of citrus. Little heat on the breath.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. Yeast stays out of the way for the most part to my palate. A lot of chewy maltiness coming through here and barely-detectable hops. Overall, I'd probably reach for a different maibock before getting this one again, but it's rich and clean enough to keep my interested.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and starts with flavors of bready malts underscored with notes of spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable compared to other beers in the style but seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other maibocks.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a new limited edition series.

White head. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Flavor profile: Bready/biscuity malts. Very grassy and earthy hops. Clean, noble hops. Some caramel malts, but very light on that. Maybe a slight note of some kind of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Lighter bodied. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, an decent bock, but nothing over the top. I feel like schells maifest competes with this at 1/4 of the price.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: crisp gold, little carbonation as far as looks are concerned, white head rising to roughly half an inch.

Smell: smell is light caramel and hops, very light though.

Taste: surprisingly complex, might've a been little sweet but offset with slight bitterness.

Mouth: Medium and very smooth. After taste sticking very well.

Overall: the reality is , is that this beer is good but it is your tastier pilsener...that's not a bad thing it is something more for you're adventurous side.

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Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant pale golden-straw in color, topped with a rocky off-white head. Plenty of lace clinging to the glass as the head drops.

Nose is malt-focused and very earthy, grassy, and with almost a cheese-like ferment to it. Gives me the impression of what an 'Imperial Helles' would smell like if there were such an animal. ; )

Unlike many contemporary, domestic examples there's not much in the way of an overt hop presence -- Noble or otherwise. This one is all about subtlety. A little bit more alcoholic warmth and astringency as this one warms.

On the first sip this is sweet and light and gently-scrubbing on the palate, with a definite Helles malt profile assisted by a rather gentle bitterness. Hops profile is as on the nose -- subtle. Some biscuit malt character, some lighter fruit character (green grapeskin, kiwi), and even a hint of oxidation. Broader and more pronounced character is of a sweet and lightly-bitter profile.

This one is a smooth and rather light drinker -- seems "thin", in fact, but this is not too out of character for the style. Reminds me a little bit of the newer, 'Wiesn' style of Oktoberfest bier (Paulaner's at least), but with more bitterness and astringency -- just as I prefer in a lager of this type.

Overall it's a nice beer, on-style, and very good for what it is, but all things considered it's neither a style nor an rendition that will "WOW!" any of today's hops-crazy "Extreme!" style chasers -- and that's the bulk of America's Craft Beer newcomers, ultimately.

It's just a nice, sweet-ish (but balanced by a nice bitterness) and easy drinking beer. Might be a little bit on the strong side for casual drinking, but I'd reckon it to be a good, versatile beer to pair up with some hearty German cuisine.

Best by date: 08/14

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Photo of Zorro
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light brown colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells intensely of toasted whole grain bread. Scents of nuts and raisins. Scent of pistachio nuts.

Starts out lightly sweet and tasting of caramel, nuts and raisins. There is a vague taste of raisin bran here. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good Bock.

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