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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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366 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 75
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of beernut7
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bright orange colored brew last night from a tap. The head dissipated before I received it. Aroma was very sweet and a bit earthy. Alcohol and sweet malts tastes very apparent. A little too sweet for my taste, but the finish was wuite smooth with just a bit of roasty aftertaste.

Photo of darklordlager
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Maibock

A: Pours a cloudy peach colour with red highlights, nice 1/2" butter coloured head. I would give it a perfect 5 except for the opacity.

S: Wow, that was a lot more hop character than I was expecting--Bright, skunky hops with an earthy undertone, and a sugary smell. Crusty sweet bread.

T: The bones of this beer are in the malt presence. A smooth bitterness is built upon it, as well as a nice fruity flavour imparted by the yeast. Not as "fruity" as some Maibocks I have tried, and a little bit sweeter as well. Opens up nicely as it warms. Still, the sweetness lacks a bit of depth.

M: Medium-high carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

D: An enjoyable beer from Smuttynose. Overall though, it is a bit to "sugary sweet" and is lacking depth. If they tweaked the sweetness to have more biscuity malt flavour, and I would be more inclined to pick this up again.

Photo of porterwoobie
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2009 edition, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: golden amber color, clear, huge white head which slowly dissipated, some lacing

S: it has a big malty nose. there is a breadlike character and some fruity sweetness. slight alcohol aroma also.

T: malty and biscuity. no hop bitterness/flavor is detected as the malt overpowers and stands out. it has a honey like sweet finish to go with a moderate alcohol warming.

MF: full bodied, medium carbonation, has a lingering sweetness.

Drinkability: at 8.4%ABV, i agree it fits their big beer series. i would enjoy this much more if it were closer to 6%, cause i want to drink much more of this. the underlying malt flavor is awesome, but the alcohol bite didn't blend well with the taste.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lightly hazed, bright, vibrant orange with just the slightest hint of a brown hue. Huge, foamy white head with moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Big toasty malt aroma with lots of fresh baked bread. Faint straw-like earthiness and hints of fruit as the beer warms.

T - Bready malts up front with a light toastiness. Fruitiness comes through mid-drink but is very mild. Light earthy hoppiness comes through late in the drink to provide some balance to the maltiness but is very limited. Certianly a malt-centric brew.

M/D - Light to medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Still surprisingly noticeable given the moderate ABV.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malt drinkable treasure followed by an expected malted down bitterness, with caramel. Orange yeast aroma. Orange cloudiness with a good white head. A great example of this style, maybe the best I have had. Great medium mouth drinkability.Delightful with dinner.

Photo of kbm
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pleasant translucent amber/straw with a generous and lingering white head. Healthy lacing.

Smell: The smell is a little faint, it took getting my nose right in the glass a few times to distinguish flavors. Sweet hoppiness, light citrusy hops and apple cider.

Taste: Up front there's a sweet maltiness that gives way to big bitter hops on the back end. Maybe a smattering of clove and cinnamon. Virtually none of the citrus and apple cider promised in the smell. All and all, better than average to good taste.

Mouthfeel: Very sharp carbonation moderate, almost creamy mouthfeel but at times it feels a touch thin.

Drinkability: It's fairly drinkable but the assertive hops makes it a little less drinkable to other maibock. However, given that this beer advertised as a "big beer" the minor deficit in the drinkability should be expected.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the Smuttynose Big Beer series. Some great beers coming from the series, so here's another one.

A: Ginormous airy head about 50% of the glass. It slowly pops its way down and still leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Brilliantly clear with a light amber orange yellow color. I can see perfectly through this, watching the movie Road Warrior with a light pale yellow hue.

N: MMmm toasty... malts, toasty malts that is. Some earthy toasted malts to be even more specific. A light sweet candi sugar like aroma also seems to come out. Mostly it has a nice malty nose, similar to a big red ale or nice amber style. I also get a slight creamy fruit, almost like peach with whipped cream on top.

T: Starts like a really good Oktoberfest. Lots of earthy toasted malts, and a huge red ale like malt slap. Tastes like quite a few different malts, even European malts. Pretty sweet and decent alcohol presence for being 6%. It has that sweetness converted to alcohol taste and heavy feel. The bottle conditioning adds a slight spicy and fruity quality from the yeast. More creamy flavors, and more very light fruit. Perhaps a bit too sweet as it never seems to fade.

M: Semi thick and pretty heavy with malt presence. A nice warming alcohol which really makes me balk that it says 6%, feels more like 8-9%. High carbonation.

F: More sweetness on the finish, and it didn't dry off like I thought it would. An interesting bitterness hits at the finish, can't tell it ifs from some nicely added hops or the mixture of malts and yeast. The lingering malt thickness and alcohol like flavor seems to sit around for a while too, mingling with an earthy flavor.

Final thoughts: A pretty heavy Oktoberfest/red ale taste with nice heavy malts, sweetness. Alcohol presence is higher than it is labelled. It's biggest downfall is its sweetness. A nice thick semi heavy beer for Autumn, not the best in the Big Beer Series, but its going up against some heavy hitters, and it stands its own pretty well.

Photo of TequilaSauer
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a sudsy, frothy bronze. The head explodes and almost comes right out of the glass. Lots of head and it retains itself for some time.

Smells of fresh produce, wheat, and yeast. Not too much going on. I'm not crazy about it, but it's nice enough.

Lots of flavor, though. I was surprised given the smell and appearance. Attacks with pure brown sugar, almost maple syrup. Some light caramel and hazelnut take over and fade into a mild hoppy vegetal flavor.

It's a strange brew as it packs a wallop flavor-wise, but seems very mild in the mouth and light. Considering that 6.2 ABV, this is quite an impressive drinking beer with all that flavor.

However, that sweetness prevents that drinkable mouthfeel from coming to fruition.

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- from a bottle to a pint glass this was a hazy golden color with a thick 1 inch head and some lacing that was very good but didn't stay the whole time.

S- malts and a little sour, very sweet.

T- the first taste being some nice floral hops surprized me because I didn't smell any. The malts were mostly present. Carmel, toffee, candy, butter, rasin, pear. Wow that's a lot, this is kinda complex.

M- medium body, coats the tounge a little, very somth and buttery. and some well done small bubbles.

D-ok drinkability, maybe a little cloying after a while.

Photo of patrick802
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, 2007 edition. Darker golden color, only slightly hazy. Foamy white head that holds well for a bit.

Malty, and floral in the nose. Pretty clean.

Big malt character, a good amount of sweetness. Maybe a bit bready. Seems to have a warming, spicy finish. Pretty big beer. Floral hops round out at the end.

Great body on this one. Pretty clean, but seemed pretty big, which hurts drinkability for me.

Photo of eberkman
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in the 'Ham. A pleasant surprise -- it had been a while since I'd seen anything new on the shelves other than their house-brand pilsner. I don't imagine this will be there long.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden orange into a pilsner glass leaving a big, tight khaki head that reduces to a finger in a couple of minutes. The one-finger head sticks around a long time, leaving some sticky lacing on the side.

Sweet malty aromas with some pungent fruitiness but accompanied by a strange, subtle sausage or bolognalike smell.

A very honeystung brew with tatstes of sweet, mildly toasty, biscuity cookielike malts with some citrus leading to a somewhat hoppy but not at all bitter finish. Finishes clean with few lingering taste trails.

Mouthfeel of crisp carbonation. Not a particularly strong tasting beer, but the sweetness and high ABV would keep it from being one you're going to pound all night.

Nonetheless, a very refreshing spring beer. Not cheap ($4.49 at Trader Joes for a 1.6 pint bottle) but another winner for the Smutty Big Beer Series. Me likey.

Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured a gold like color with a big fluffy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. The head faded to a thin layer but remained through drinking it and left some moderate lacing.

The aroma has a nice mix of grassy, peppery, herbal hops and grainy, bready malts. I get a little alcohol to it as well. Pretty nice mix of flavors, it felt relatively balanced as well.

The taste also has a lot of the herbal, peppery, grassy hop flavors to it throughout the beer. Some big grainy, bready flavors come out as well and lead into some sweetness in the finish. Again a little alcohol is present, but not too bad and seems to fit with the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty good beer with some very interesting flavors. It had a nice balance to it which definitely helped the drinkability out. It was probably the biggest version of the style I've had, which was apparent at times with the alcohol showing through though. Overall it was pretty good beer.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This orange to copper colored brew gives way to an abundantly fluffy, white head with big bubbles of carbonation and plenty of sticky lacing.

A sweet or citrus aroma is first to appear, accompanied by toasted malt, and a bit yeasty. Beyond that, I am struggling to identify anything else specific on this brew. After a good 20 minutes + of warming, it actually takes on a slightly milky aroma as well.

Much deeper flavor, starting with sweet malt, caramel, a toasted or biscuit presence and a pleasant alcohol burn to finish. The malty sweetness really becomes more pronounced as this beer warms, and the slight hop finish also arises.

Medium to fuller in body, medium carbonation, and really a great palate as you reach the bottom.

This becomes a very drinkable beer, be careful not to serve too cold, as it seemed to hide some of the character until it warmed a bit, but now there is a great hop/malt/alcohol balance.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light brown color. White head is holding nicely.

Smell is subtle, but what I can smell is appealing.

Roasty lager. I feel like I can taste wheat which would explain the haziness as well. Taste good. Really interesting, it a bit hard to accurately describe because I haven't had too many beer like this one.

It didn't say on the bottle, but I am not surprised to see that this beer was 8.7% ABV. It was drinkable, but the alcohol was quite noticeable.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very malty with caramel, dark fruits and hints of hops.

T- The aroma is a lot of sweet caramel malt and dark fruits with a mild hop bitterness in the finish that helps balance out the sweetness.  

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, this is another solid brew from Smuttynose that is reommended!

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a near-buttercup straw hue with potent effervescence yielding a solid two-finger head with moderate retention and ample lace.

aroma is sweet with undertones of earthy malts and a hint of spice. some crisp apple, a bit of grass, some herbal overtones and more honey sweetness.

taste is potently malty with a pungent grassy, herbal hop blast. for some reason reminds me of a helles lager kicked up to 11. boozy, rich caramels, fruit, toffee, lots of herbal and grassy notes with a potent finish that has a lingering bitterness.

mouth is smooth, almost slick but not quite. ample carbonation helps cut through, as does a good bit of bitterness that trails in the finish.

all in all, an impressive interpretation of the style. a touch boozy for my liking, but that's just me. the flavors are interesting, the mouth solid, and hell - it looks great. so I'd take another in a heartbeat.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my first dip into smutty's big beer series, and while i wasn't blown away, i was impressed with the effort here. the maibock pours a nice amber colour with a decent lasting head, it has an immediate malty, caramel smell which is echoed in the taste and finishes with a hoppy flavouring. the main concern here was that at times this sweetness and caramel flavour was a bit too pronounced. also, there was a metallic/sulfur taste at times, which may have been a hint of the beginning of a skunked beer, but it wasn't consistent enough for me to get a reading on it. strange nonetheless.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I missed this round last year but snagged a few at Julio's yesterday. As the season finale of 24 winds down, I crack the cap on this deal and bring it to the Portsouth snifter since I can't find my friggin' Smutty pint glass.

Now that's the first beer with real head I've seen all friggin' evening. 1 1/2 fingers of buttery-eggshell hue atop a honey-colored cloudy note of goodness. Is crystal clear with only faint, slow wisps of carbonation rising through the utter viscosity of it all.

Now I don't know a whole lot about Maibocks but I didn't expect the huge silage bite of Saaz upon my generous olfactory. Downright stewy with some bitter German qualities along with a dire muscat plea for help. There's a dry, evaporating note of honey syrup that has an astringent quality.

Much, much, much lighter in body than expected. So crisp but the driest honey anyone could imagine...alongside the corny, silagey Saaz-ish presence. Maybe not so much clean as unadulterated. For something with solid weight it has a nice dryness that must be harvested and enjoyed. There;s carbonation that helps it along but light honey and that silage deal makes a high-maintenance yutz such as myself need a little more clarity.

Sweetness is there. It's layered, though...you have the Saaz stewy mess underneath as well as some astringency. Finish is dry with a little booze burn. Am a little upsset that I sent a few things in trade before trying them first. This is good but I should enjoy it more.

Smutty puts together solid product. This is solid. It should have a little more meat on the bone, but it's still good.

Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.