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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

363 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 77
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brew our Maibock to be hugely malty & subtly finished with a variety of continental hops, with an eye-pleasing russet brown color. Prosit!

2008 - 6.2%
2009 - 8.4%
2010 - 8.7%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-30-1998)
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Reviews by ken2cart1:
Photo of ken2cart1
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

22 0z bomber poured in my sam adams perfect pint glass

A- pale, yellowish, straw color, big huge 2.5 finger frothy head, good retention , good messy lacing

S- sweet malt, grassy and spicy hops

T- great pale malt backbone, very spicy hops, these hops are so spicy it seams as though some extra spices were added to the beer (possibility, i will look online after this unbiased review). Some earthy/grassyness to the hops as well. There is a lingering spicyness. Highly carbonated beer. Tastes similar to a saison.

M-Smooth, crisp

D- very drinkabe, great summer brew, very light/not too filling, spicyness could become cloying after a while but i love it

ken2cart1, Jun 15, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear deep golden with a hint of amber hue,a tight formed 1/2 finger white head.Somewhat clean aromas just some light caramel malt and some toastiness,fuller flavors starting out sweet and somewhat buttery with a light toastiness a decent herbal-like spicey finishes with some crispness in the finish.A decent mai bock just a little light in the nose.

oberon, May 21, 2007
Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ricksrealm, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Presentation: 1 pint and 6 FL oz bottle. Second in Smutty's "Big Beer Series." Old nautical map of the Shoal Isles.

Appearance: Light rusty brown in colour with minimal head retention.

Smell: A definite floral aroma is present from the hops, as well as very slight notes of spice and sweet malt. Ester whiffs from the 7.5% abv give notice to the potency of this brew.

Taste: Extremely malty and sweet with a syrup-chewy mouth-feel due to the high FG (final gravity) which leaves many unfermentable dextrins. A spiciness, almost tingly, from the warming alcohol is present lending to the overall well balanced bitterness.

Notes: This is a HUGE beer, not a "big beer." This bottle was given to us by Peter himself, and bottled within days. Very fresh, flavourful and down right drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 30, 1998
Photo of steelerguy
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Straw colored, hazy, 1 finger head that fades to a lacing, and moderate carbonation. This should be a clear beer, especially if lagered for awhile.

S - Lots of light malt, straw and lemon grass like aromas.

T - Like the aroma, packs a good deal of malt, the noble hops add a lemon like bitterness. Ends with an alcohol bite, but I like this in a Maibock.

M - Moderate body, the alcohol warmth and carbonation clean it up at the end leaving you ready for the next sip.

O - Good example of German Maibock from a great American brewery.

steelerguy, May 21, 2011
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

SuomiHobbit, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Another fine effort from Smutty; I love their Big Beer Series. Poured into a pilsener glass, the beer was a hazy yellow/orange with a moderate head. Very malty aroma. Strong malt presence in the taste, as well as some fruit and spice. Smooth in the mouth, and very satisfying.

lordofthewiens, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.8/5  rDev -5%

22 oz, poured into sam adams glass

Beautiful gold/caramel color. Not often impressed by appearance, but was with this one.
Smell seems somewhat lacking. I'm not picking up much at all but a bit of sweet malt.
Taste is good, with nice malty flavor, touches of caramel, bit of vanilla. Starts to feel like it might get a bit too sweet, but then that sweetness gets smacked down by the hops right at the end. very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice level of carbonation that seems to lift the heavy malt flavors right off the tongue.
Overall, very drinkable without being too heavy. Even on a 90 degree day, this was very nice.

mbrandon2w, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Slaille
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

Bottle was a 2007 vintage, bought at the brewery in April 2012.

A complex and inspiring beer.
Barley candy joy, but not too sweet. Dry finish.
Malty, splendid. Wish I could have tasted the 2012 version, before aging, just to see what 5 years does to a good brew.

Damn, I only bought one... Next time.

Slaille, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a clear, rustic light brown color with a great head that retains nicely. Smells extremely nutty and of honey. Completely reminds me of that candybar called Bit-O-Honey. I cant stop smelling it. Aromas of biscuits and spicy hops are also present. Taste is also nutty, with some caramel poking through, biscuity malts, more honey flavors, finishing with a nice bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is semi-detectable. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, medium, and semi dry finish. Enjoyable.

Doomcifer, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Bright and bold garnet hue, good lacing effect down the glass. Honey malt sweetness in the aroma and flavour with a twang of hops and alcohol. The alcohol has warmth but a lightly toasted biscuity malt melds well and brings out further complexities. A relatively sweet brew with a clean palate.

Jason, May 05, 2002
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Bomber bottle. Pours a nice looking shade of almond, with copper hues, small white head, some lacing. Nose of malt and some spice. Spicyness comes foward, notes of vanilla, rum, brandy, plums, black pepper. Nice sipper, good strong spring/summer brew. Malty lager, some crisp hops come in late for balance and to dry things. Nice job by the Smutty folks, another fine offering from the BIG A___ line of brews

Billolick, May 02, 2004
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Purchased at Stateline in Maryland. The beer has a bit of foam to the pour which settles quickly. Pale orange in color. Sweet and malty smell. The taste is malty and sweet with a banana-ish flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this may go down too quickly. I have been on a bock kick recently & this is a very good maibock.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of beernooby
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

A: The head recedes quickly with some lacing. The beer is crystal clear with a red-gold tinge.

S: Very faint and light, and nothing remarkable - it actually reminds me of a pale american lager

T: There's a sudden fruity sweetness at the first, turning bitter near the end. It reminds me strongly of grapefruit. The spices are evident in the finish as are the hops, which both live a bitter sort of piney aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Overall it tastes like burnt toast and while the alcohol isn't entirely evident because the spices change it, it comes through as a general bitterness in the beer. It swallows smooth, but the aftertaste is what keeps it from getting top marks in my book.

F: The beer has an excellent feeling. Its level of carbonation is perfect and there's the faintest cream.

D: I enjoy the initial sweetness and it feels fantastic in the mouth... however, the grapefruit-like aftertaste will probably prevent my palette from probing too much further in to this peppery big beer.

beernooby, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev +2%

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice deep golden amber color with a thin white head. Nose is creamy and malty, very nice.

Taste is toasty, creamy, light and very drinkable. Similar to a big oktoberfest. It's got some nice light carbonation with a really smooth mouthfeel. I was really impressed, it's not at the top of my smuttynose list.

kingcrowing, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Kraken
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 6/11/09.

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a 16oz glass. Firm pour evokes 1/8 inch head that falls quickly to a fine skim. No lace to speak of. Color is a clear orange tinged with yellow.

Nose- Interesting, orange citrus and vanilla.

Palate- Whoa. This is fantastic. Notes of sweet orange. Lots of vanilla, tangerine, some caramel doughy notes. Plenty of tasty finishing hops. Long slightly dry bitter finish. Very, very impressive.

Mouthfeel- Little bit soapy, and tart.

Drinkability- Fantastic. Looking into buying a case.

Kraken, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

The bottle declares this to be "hugely malty & subtly finished with a variety of continental hops," and both of these come across well in the nose. On the malt side, there are lovely caramels and brown sugars wafting up from the bottle, accompanied by strong toasted grains. On the hops side, there's a definite grapefruity background, which seems to be set at a perfect level to accompany the malts.

On the tongue, this balance also proves perfectly symbiotic, the malts and hops swirling in a generative dance that leaves the tongue on figurative tip-toes, entranced one moment by sugars and the next by bitterness. Malt flavors tend towards the medium-dark here, the caramels and brown sugars from the nose accompanied by darker toffees, buttered toast, and hints of vanilla bean and chocolate, and the hops come on slightly stronger than expected, but still within reason. These flavors last for the better part of the mouthful, the hops coming on stronger in the final moments, and largely dominating the aftertaste. A slightly heavy alcohol tang permeates throughout, but doesn't seem out of place or overpowering.

Overall, this is a solid contribution to the Maibock style, and worth a try.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%

Amber honey colored with a light beige head that disappears quickly. Very light aroma of malt and fruit. Flavor is not too complex, very light. A little biscuity, a little doughey, not hoppy at all. Some hints of floral flavors, and some butter. Smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol definitely makes itself known.

far333, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

After much searching I finally foud this little grail. Straight from the cellar, served at room temp. Pours an optic grade, clear copper, with a formidable eggshell colored head. Like a good set of lingerie, it's nicely laced. Smells deeply fruity and cherry. Almost bordering on a cough syrup smell. Hugely malty and sweet. Lots of deep ripe red fruit here. Sweet till the last drop. Caramel fades in and out in the background. Slightly less than crisp mouthfeel, but still good. Goes down like butter. Alcohol is felt early for me. If I had a keg I could kick it.

yankeeheel, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%

Very nice brew from Smuttynose from start to finish. Pours a slightly hazy burnt gold color with a big fluffy white head.

The nose is blended nicely with light spice, banana, cakey malts and farmhouse funk. No ingredient overpower another.

The taste follows the aroma, with additional light fruit hints and sweet caramel malts.

Creamy even with very active carbonation that gives it a crisp finish. ABV% hidden and almost non-detectable.

This beer is a real treat and damn near perfect!

ThreeDimesDown, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with decent amounts of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and sweet malt flavors dominate up front, and are joined midway through the sip by faint hints of spices that carry through until the slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. This has a great thickness with solid carbonation - very smooth.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without much problem and could drink a few of these over the course of a few hours.

Overall this is a solid maibock that has a bit more spiciness than I've seen in my brief encounters with other maibocks. Worth a shot.

glid02, May 22, 2009
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

ST: 1 Pint 6 fl ozs bottle

A: The label promised russet brown and the reviews seemed to indicate a brownish tinge. However, mine came out on the darker tinged golden side, cloudy with a head that hat one minute retention. When held to the light the beer was cloudy gold, though one could see through the glass, with steady carbonation. The bubbles were small and pleasant. As it sat, the beer took on a bit of a darker color.

S: In the first whiff, aromas from the hops are prevalent. Citrus and some pine quickly give way to sweet malt, a tinge of honey, the smell of a backed cake, and spice with a nutty elements.

T: The citrus from the hops are present on the tip of the tongue. By mid-palate, the sweetness of the malt comes forward along with some spice. The finish has syrup-sweetness with a nutty spice that lingers though does not overbear. There is some taste of alcohol that stays in the back of the throat and warms the blood.

M: Starts lighter and crisp but quickly changes to a heavier syrupy creaminess.The steady carbonation stops the beer from being too heavy.

D: It is a Big Beer series for a reason. It has 8% abv and some syrup heaviness, it is is not meant for multiple consumption. However, the finish it relatively clean making the beer smoother than expected.

Overall: I am happy with this beer and sometimes that is the best reason to buy a beer or not to buy a beer. Am I happy that I spent my money to drink this beer? That is the main question and the rest is just hammering out the details. This beer offers great flavor and manages to avoid becomes sticky sweet. Considering the cost, I only paid $5.99, and the quality, this is a beer to buy. I think I would have had more fun with it in the spring with some cool breeze and I would have enjoyed trying it when it was a bit fresher, however, that will have to wait until next year.


M:

ianjsullivan, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of rdilauro
3.28/5  rDev -18%

Poured a golden amber with very little head. The aroma was far from appealing. I couldn't quite grasp what aromas and bouquet was coming through. It wasnt yeast or malt.
The taste basically followed the smell. It was a little off in taste. I sort of had a hint of an old apple.
As you can tell, this is not one of my favorite styles

rdilauro, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Mmmmm...lots of caramel in the nose...very fresh and clean.

Taste is again caramel, roasted amber malts, and light citrus hops in the finish.

Aftertaste is clean and smooth with the citrus hops drying the mouth and making the entire experience excellent.

Good job.

IntriqKen, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Bright orange glow, with shades of golden brown under a white fine, almost creamy looking head. Too slick for spotty lace to hold. Smell is full of creamy bock-like maltiness with flowery, outdoor aromas, and some citrus + cranberries. Smell is delicate and entertaining. Nicely sniffable. Taste is similar in most ways but has some grape skin dry characteristics, and orange rind flavors. Light and steadily bitter. I'm drinking this a little after the season but its still good. The hops might be more crisp + obvious in May. Mouthfeel is how I would expect for a hoppy bock, just dryer. Creamy, medium on the full side body, and tingly with carbonation. Enjoyably easy to drink.

tastybeer, Feb 24, 2008
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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.