Staatliches Hofbräuhaus Hofbrau Maibock & Dunkel

On Saturday we took my brother-in-law out to dinner for his birthday. Dave and his wife Michelle (my wife’s sister) had been dying to go to Jacob Wirth in Boston. Yes, the restaurant is good, but more importantly, they carry Hofbrauuhaus beer. Dave and Michelle went to Europe for their honeymoon and Hofbrau Lager was the best beer they had in Germany. Since I started the blog they have ranted about how we needed to make it to Jacob Wirth and try it. Apparently the brew is virtually impossible to find.

Jacob Wirth Boston

And Saturday night was no exception. Despite calling ahead to ensure that Hofbrau Lager was on tap, we found the kegs had gone dry once we arrived. Foiled! So we had to fall back to other Hofbrau options they had. We ordered a pitcher of the Hofbrau Maibock.

Hofbrau Maibock Pitcher and Glasses

The Maibock was good. Caramel in color with limited head. A surprising 7.2% ABV, which is completely masked by sweet brown sugar and caramel flavors. The brew isn’t complex by any means, but it was good nonetheless!

Dave liked it, but lamented that he really wished that they had the lager on tap.

Fried Pickles

The food was excellent at Jacob Wirth. I had the cod special – a HUGE slab of broiled cod sitting on top of grilled asparagus and blue cheese-infused mashed potatoes (a.k.a deliciousness sent from heaven). I would be remiss if I failed to mention the awesome appetizers as well. We tried the soft pretzels that came with spicy mustard dipping sauce and the fried pickles (pictured above). Freakin great, albeit heart attack inducing!

Hofbrau Dunkel

After we kicked the pitcher of Maibock we gave the Hofbrau Dunkel a whirl. I found it much less interesting. It was darker in color, which I would have expected from a dunkel. Significantly less sweet. Less character than the Maibock. 5.5% ABV.

Both the Maibock and the Dunkel went down incredibly fast. They had basically zero aftertaste and as mentioned before, little overall character. Great drinking beers though. I can see why they serve them in 32oz servings during Oktoberfest!

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.