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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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363 Ratings

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25%

11-17-2011 02:49:43 | More by benz08
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5/5  rDev +25%

11-28-2011 04:00:23 | More by mrshoes
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5/5  rDev +25%

12-12-2011 21:06:46 | More by tbeq00
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New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +23.8%

This brew is bottled conditioned, so I'm going to put a few in the cellar and try them at 6 month intervals.I found this brew to have bold lacing and a bright amber hue with an exceptional head. I detected a sweet malt aroma with hops, however the alcohol was hardly detectable. It wasn't until I drank two that I realized that this is potent stuff. Very drinkable and enjoyable, you can't go wrong here.

05-26-2008 22:58:35 | More by pabstsmear
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New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +22%

22 oz Bomber. I have to say I was very impressed with this one, being a huge Maibock fan and not seeing a good one very often. And the bottle conditioning is a nice added touch. Pours a nice deep yellow with an orange tint, and a fluffy white head. Aroma is clean and malty that says welcome to Spring, its Maibock time! Flavor is big, bold malty and clean. This certainly beats last years version by a long shot. And because of its strength, you may want to have someone to share the bottle with...

05-03-2004 17:31:22 | More by vladtheimpaler
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Pours a large fizzy head the bursts and bubbles down to a thinner skim, but it takes its time. Fed by lots of bubbles that swim inside a rusty gold color. Decent lacing.

Aroma is big honey and big flowery hops. Malty layer running throughout. There's a juicy, sweet, candy-like essence in the background, giving nice depth. A really attractive smell.

Flavor is pretty much like the aroma, only bolder. Maltier, too, and with a bitterness that keeps things balanced and interesting. A banana-like slickness/mellow sweetness comes in as it warms. Totally juicy pear/peach combo. Creamy mouthfeel is also light, tickling the tongue with polite carbonation. Finishes with a combo of toffee creaminess, apple-pie sweet/spice, and grassy bitterness, plus a pleasant dryness to top it all off. Pretty much one of the best-tasting beers I've ever had, and definitely the greatest lager I've ever had.

This is freaking phenomenal. Kicking myself for not buying more than one bottle. I know the style itself is a seasonal thing, but c'mon, Smuttynose, make this a regular year-round offering. Please!!!???!!!

07-19-2007 22:16:20 | More by Metalmonk
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

04-25-2012 00:37:04 | More by bluntedboywonder

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

07-14-2013 23:13:13 | More by WOLFGANG
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4.68/5  rDev +17%

22oz beautiful bomber bottle conditioned marker as 2011.

Poured into an oversized wine glass a thicker honey orange brown with a huge white cloud-like head that is taking forever to receed. Lacing is beautiful thin microscopic fine & overtly sexified.

Nose on this is amazing! I cant quite place alot of it - very spiced smells like maybe honey, toffee malts, citric zests, touch coriander, a tad of nutmeg maybe? I dont really know, its an orgy of a nose though - very spicy, sweet & fruity.

Taste follows the nose, but decieves the appearance. Such a light hued brew, but damn does this one pack on the complexity! Malty up front with honey citrus zest & coriander is what I'm getting on the mid-palate. Finishes with a little hop & alcohol bite. Malty sweet agglutination on the back of the tongue. Delicious as the honey lingers around.

Body is moderately heavy (7/10) with a touch of carbonation. I was suprised that more carbonation couldnt be detected on the tongue - as the head on this one was enormous. That last statement was most likely an observation taken from a lack of knowledge in the science of brewing. Forgive me.

$7.99 for this one at Total Wine & More - very fair price.

07-16-2011 02:24:15 | More by hoptualBrew
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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

A..Nice, light brown. Not too much head though.

S..Strong on the hops (nice!).

T..Very matly, which I was hoping for and received. A slight sweetness that adds to the overall delicious taste.

M..Very good; pleasing on the palette.

D..I could have a couple of these in a session as this was VERY drinkable. Overall, a wonderful maibock, but more importantly, a wonderful beer.

11-23-2008 01:57:33 | More by bbeerman
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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!

08-04-2010 22:38:58 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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4.58/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a medium sized tan head, mostly diminishing, leaving some lace. Aroma is big & strong - tons of caramel, bread, and some appple and pear, backed with a mild hoppiness that keeps all the malt aromas in check. Flavor starts sweet, like caramel covered apples slapped between a couple pieces of whole grain bread, ends with a pleasant and subtle bitterness. Huge, bombarding mouthfeel, a lot of different flavors mingling about, coating the tongue, and lingering forever. An amazing brew.

10-05-2003 00:47:02 | More by goz
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

I am not all that familiar with the maibock style, but I love this beer.

The smell was so raw and malty that it smelled like a light, prefermented wort with a high gravity. It's like nothing I have ever smelled before out of a commercial brew. It's like I drew it off of the fermenter.

The bottle describes this as a "brown" color and I would totally disagree. It looked to me more like a deep gold color. The head rose and fell quickly leaving light lacing on the glass.

The taste was phenomenal. It has such an earthy bock flavor, but lacks the heavy body of some other brews in the bock clan. That raw wort smell lends well to the taste and gives a flashback to the first time I drew unfermented wort out and tasted it.

It's really something to behold. Smuttynose has never been a beer I go out of my way for, but they really won me over with this one.

Cheers to them for kicking ass.

02-28-2008 03:15:30 | More by cnybrewblog
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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.


08-16-2007 20:01:57 | More by SkinnyElvis
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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

A hard pour reveals a three finger foamy head of gargantuan bubbles, which greedily cling to the side, leaving thick patterned lacing throughout. The brew itself is an initially translucent orange honey color, with visually low carbonation, that becomes cloudy when joined by the bottle's sediment. The aroma is fruity, with apple, orange, and plum as the highlights. The nose is otherwise filled with big, fresh malts, and the tiniest sting of alcohol. The taste's front is exhibited by the malts and fruit from the nose. This is quickly balanced by an enjoyable hoppiness that is both tart and appley. We end on a note that is rich in alcoholic character, which creates a spicy pepper flavoring that takes us into the aftertaste. The brew is medium to full bodied, deliciously creamy, and mildly coating, leaving the mouth satiated. While everything remains inviting about the brew, the abv keeps you from quickly draining your glass.

Overall, what stands out most is the well balanced flavor, between the big malts and the bitter hops. The flavors meld together to form an expertly crafted, creamy brew.

11-17-2010 00:07:58 | More by TheBrewo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

A maple-orange colored brew, hazy & impatient. It seems perfect for the fall season(screw spring!). There's an orange tint in the head, but the head does not last. Only gurgling sea foam remains after just a minute of settling. An army of bubbles march slowly to the surface, never breaking rank. It's absolutely gorgeous when pouring, but the magic sadly dissipates.

Honey, bubblegum, lilac, & melon hit me on the nose, all backed by the comforting heat coming from the alcohol.

I taste more honey, some freshly buttered toast, & enough sugar for four pots of coffee(They sell syringes of insulin over the counter right?). A bitter edge develops in the finish with a suggestion of red lettuce & burnt pretzels.

The body is more creamy then syrupy, but characteristics from both are there. The carbonation is immaculately soft on the tongue, but once it fades, it slithers down a little more slimy then one would like.

The alcohol isn't unnoticeable, but only by the nose. My tastebuds went largely unaware, though right after consumption, my equilibrium soon realized what had transpired. It's delicious. I think I can manage another bomber before naptime sets in. :)

10-20-2007 02:03:22 | More by PEBKAC
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-17-2012 23:20:41 | More by andylipp
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-13-2012 18:47:25 | More by projektyle
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-22-2011 21:57:15 | More by brandoman63
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A big odor of malt, with some sweet element as well.

T: Tasted of sweet malt (which dominates the flavor), caramel, and an acidic fruitiness. Very complex and easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most drinkable maibocks you're apt to find.

05-08-2010 12:13:55 | More by avalon07
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Love the growler. Makes life wunderbar.

This is a fabulous maibock - if you know what maibock can/should offer.

Gorgeous thumb of head topping a hazy, true amber composition. Gifted a streak or two of lacing.

Mucho malty waft. Overtones of musty sour and post-storm funk. Real eau de rustic farm.

Malt wallop with a lazy phenolic tang. Wants to scream band-aid, but luckily only a faint murmur. Underneath the malt malt, supported with artisan metallic sweetness. Substantial and welcoming on the tongue. Hearty and satisfying going down.

Wow, I would drink this anytime, especially on draft. What an insanely drinkable, not at all ridiculously overdone maibock. As close to a bullseye as any domestic version I've had.

07-02-2010 04:42:58 | More by Bouleboubier
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-04-2012 17:15:45 | More by Didier
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-18-2011 06:42:49 | More by eristicrat
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-21-2013 00:37:28 | More by Juice-O
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-24-2012 20:07:36 | More by tjeppaint
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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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