Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Style:
German Maibock
Ranked #29
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,333
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.42%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
168
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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 168
Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light amber with a small amount of light white head. Not much retains, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Medium malty sweetness, with a grainy note.

T: Medium sweetness again. It's not a unique or flashy flavor, but it's good, and well made.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solidly executed maibock. It's nothing too out there, but it's good, and that's all it's trying to be.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 oberon
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A traditional German maibock can be hard to find,it's great to see this Hacker-Pschorr offering here in my area.Pours into a 1/2 liter stein a full rich golden with a full white crown that never really fully settles.Aromas are on the cleaner side with a bit of toasted pilsner malts and a bit of iron.Smooth as all get out...wow that goes down easy,a medium feel with light carbonation.Mildly sweet with a little honey and sweet dough on the palate,a drying light spiciness in the finish.A damn fine pale bock,not overly sweet and alcoholic and pretty balanced for the style.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my 4th bottle of this beer since it came out this spring. Yes, I think I like it.

Flip-top brown .5 liter bottle with ABV and dating very clear; 6.8 and best by 08/14.

A -- Clear, rich gold with a dense white head.

S -- Mildly spicy hops and bready malts make up the aroma with some light honey notes and mild fusel. Not big and bold, but very pleasant and appetizing.

T -- A blend of spicy hops and peppery alcohol hit the palate first, blending into lush, sweetish bready malts. Finish is a character of bread with honey and mildly bitter to spicy hops and peppery alcohol lingering through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft throughout with a dry finish and a light-medium body.

O -- This is a very nice example of a Maibock from one of the old masters. It's rich and flavorful without needing to yell at you that you're drinking beer.

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Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold body with two finger head from constant carbonation. Aroma is a mix of good pils malt with touch of sweetness and breadiness and some dry, floral hops. A light, smooth body with a grainy, bready malt base that has some earthy, floral hops to it and bits of sweetness like caramel or honesy and there is a sharp, crisp finish. A simple but extremely enjoyable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of honey, cracker, bread, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, cracker, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Maibock style. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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 RoamingGnome
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Served chilled....

A) Golden brew with a nice big white frothy head. Slowly fades to a collar with a ring of lace clinging to the top of the glass.

S) Malty, sweet and bready. Light fruit and grassy, floral hops. Clean refreshing scent.

T) Very much like the nose. A good amount of malty sweetness here. The hops provides some grassy/herbal balance.

M) Deceptive... This is heavier than it looks. Full bodied with lighter carbonation. Fairly thick... Grassy finish...

O) Solid Spring beer option... Likely better than most American offerings in the style, but that's really just a guess. Worth a try...

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is dated BBD: 08/14.

A loud pop as the seal is broken, it pours foamily into a sturdy mug, showing off a bright saturated amber gold tone. Sparse rising carbonation, long lasting dense soufflé foam resting on the surface, an inch in width.

Sweet bready aromas, bread dough and lightly grassy hops.

Taste is pleasant, malty and smooth with a good dose of grassy noble hops, more than most other Hacker Pschorr brews. Light orange and biscuit notes. Feel is smooth and supple, medium bodied and very drinkable. Lingering grassy hop aftertaste. This is a great bock, only a hint of sweetness, and well balanced with understated hop bitterness. Recommended.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exquisite and limited German brew pours a fairly light golden-amber in my Hacker-Pschorr stein. Head of carbonation is substantial and lace is lovely and detailed.

Aroma is toasty grains, with a tinge of caramel and bread. Maybe a bit of citrus in there, too. Definitely appealing.

Flavor is more of the same -- toasty bread, yeast, and caramel malts. A hint of hoppy citrus arrives just around the finish, making this a delightful and well-rounded brew. Superb and well worth finding.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which settled in to a thin layer on the top while drinking. Above average active carbonation. Light random lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Light fruit and some grassy hop tones on the front. Solid bready yeast body. Very pleasant buttery notes. Mild peppery spices toward the back end.

Taste: Malty front with airy buttery dough. The body is some potent hops with tones of straw, pine, and light fruits. Bready yeast tones continue throughout and ride into the finish. Lingering hops dance on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Extremely clean mouthfeel. Carbonation is done perfectly. Palate is challenged but this still an incredibly easy drinking brew. Some sticky malt keeps you wanting more.

Overall: An excellent lager. The hop tones add an extra twist which really makes this a memorable brew. A beer you could drink all day long and not get tired of.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 barnzy78
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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 SunDevilBeer
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had recently on tap @ Magouns in Somerville. Found out it was just delivered the previous day & tapped a few hours prior.

Pours a beautiful bright gold into a H-P half lifer. Smells very clean & lager-ish, just a bit sweet. Taste dances on the tongue, a perfect symphony of sweet-ish malt & hops, a bit of bread & subtle caramel. So clean & refreshing, each sip begs another. Pleasant mild candy aftertaste, lacing on the glass is nice too.

What a treat to have on tap. Anxious to drink this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, the flavors that deliver me from winter and give a glimpse into spring- this honeyish flavored floral barley beverage does all this with an elegance and grace that only pilsner malt can give.

The pour delivers a classy strong straw or light golden color that display bright clarity with steady streams of carbonation. The creamy and delicate whitish head caps the beer initially while reducing to a thin sheet across the glass before holding firm and lacing reasonably well during the session.

The delicate aromas of classy pilsner malt lead the way with a soft honey character that reminds me more of honey suckle or floral character than that of actual honey. But the forefront of malt is undeniable with the bready, confectionate sweetness of "true" malt.

The flavor sets the same picture as the scent in that the taste relies heavily on malt flavor and sweetness, but in the breediest, honiesh kinda way. The floral overtones turn toward a slightly herbal and tea-like bitterness and grassiness as the beer finishes.

Medium-light in body, the beer is full of pilsner malt weight but yet soft and sweet in texture as a light honey will do. The slight thinning and warmth of alcohol relaxes the taste and allows for a semi-sweet finish of absolute pilsner malt.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small cream head that immediately dissipates into spotty surface bubbles.

Aroma is subtle, predominantly grainy malt and crackers with a hint of sweetness. Not much to speak of in the way of hops.

The flavor is more interesting, with a tangy grain opening, leading to a more robust malt profile full of caramel sweetness, toasted bread, and a fairly dry finish. A fairly significant bitterness clears the palate. Nuttiness emerges as it warms. I pick up a lemony citrus flavor throughout that could be attributed to a prior beverage.

Body is moderately light, with a moderate amount of carbonation, finishing slightly warm with alcohol.

Definitely different than any bock I've had before. The pilsner malt adds a crisp, dry finish, overcoming the typical malt sweetness found in the style. Yet the malt retains interesting complexity.

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Photo of Mmmaibock
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep gold. Moderate head.

Smell: Rich.

Taste: Extremely smooth.

Feel: Nice body.

Overall: Nectar Of The Gods. I can only assume that low-raters have not experienced this beer at its best.

Serving type: On tap, which is the only way to do this beer justice. Hard to find, but worth the effort. Has appeared at Roman's Pub in Milwaukee.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Against The Grain in Toronto.

Clear golden colour with a tiny white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet grainy malt with a hint of caramel and stressed yeast esters. Very bready with melanoidins.

Clean smooth malt with a nice fruitiness. Quite bready. Good.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A bready, malty bock with good flavour. A really solid Helles Bock.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Rhino, in Toronto.

How very appropriate that Mai bocks exhibit the same sunny brilliance as the month with which the style shares its name. Indeed, one look at this offering brings a similar appeasement and deliverance like the kind experienced in those first few truly warm, clear days of spring. A button-down head encapsulates all that warm radiance.

Anyone who believes that pale bocks don't offer much aromatics of interest is either a) not drinking the right bocks, or b) not using their nose properly. Naturally, the aroma is not as expressive or overt as, say, an IPA or imperial stout, but I wholly disagree with those who say bocks don't smell enticing or pleasurable. This bouquet is subtle, yes, but fantastic.

Often when we attempt to convey the flavour of malt in beer we associate it with 'bread' or 'toffee' or any number of things because they share, to some extent or another, similarities to barley malt. But beer is delectable because it tastes like beer - and barley malt is in itself a very unique flavour. A clean, exceptionally attenuated beer like this highlights that fact and showcases delicious maltiness in all its glory. Behold... MALT!

There's no need to exaggerate things - this is just the finest quality malt and noble hops and German craftsmanship at its best. It doesn't have a ton of flavours - just the maltiness, for the most part - but it asserts and articulates it with exceptional clarity, enthusiasm and tact. Smooth water and a notably neutral yeast preserve that pristine maltiness. Best of all: both sweetness and alcohol almost fail to register entirely.

This is another beer I am so glad not to have reviewed years earlier. What I would have failed to appreciate then, and what many people fail to appreciate now, is that this may be simple lager, true, but it's clean and full-flavoured and brewed with the usual German standards of excellence - and that's about the highest standards in existence.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Derek
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold with a white head, light retention & lace.

S: Floral & herbal with some sponge toffee & bread.

T: Bready malt, sponge toffee and light caramel are balanced with a nobel hop spicing (floral & slightly herbal), modest bitterness with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: The continental malt shines with a moderately full body but very light residual sweetness.

D: An easy drinker.

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Photo of cratez
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at The King Edward. Pours a bright golden yellow with a sliver of white froth and spots of lacing on the lager glass. Lots of bubbly carbonation in the body. Smell is sweet and bready malts, huge treacle aroma, prunes, alcohol, white grape skin, yeast esters, fresh cereal grains, and barley. Taste is sweet, sugary, and bready malts, fruity middle imparts red grapes and plums, slight boozy sting precedes an estery and spicy hop finish with some grain husk on the cough. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, foamy and spicy carbonation, drying finish with a vanishing aftertaste. A flavourful, refreshing, and warming maibock, and an appropriate 'transition' beer as we weather the last few snowfalls and anxiously welcome the spring season. Thanks for getting this in Rich!

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