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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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365 Ratings

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Ratings: 365
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:
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 seplo
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

seplo, May 21, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light brown/ golden color.

S: Malt and toffee aroma.

T: Sweet caramel, malt and spices. Also, a touch of banana and cloves. Alcohol on the finish.

M: Moderately heavy and a bit sticky.

Overall: A very rich and delicious beer. Really nice desert flavors with warming alcohol. This is a favorite.

JuliusCaesar, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

ChrisL24481, Jan 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

brandonati, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

cciquera01, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Triglycerides
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz 2010 vintage poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark straw/light brownish colour with a large, impressive head. Leaves a bit of lacing along the side of the mug.

Smell: Definitely has a heavy malt presence on the nose, with some breadiness. There's also a hint of mixed fruit in the background (grapes,apples, pears)

Taste: Tastes very sweet with a bit of sweet malt and fruitiness going on. Mildly hoppy finish finish with some alcohol. There's definitely a lot of complexity here, and it all works quite well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit syrupy, but delightfully smooth. Carbonation helps to offset the weight of this brew. As a whole it's pretty well fit to the beer.

Overall: This is a very good and complex beer. Certainly one to take your time with, since there's a lot going on here. Cheers to Smuttynose for another nice brew.

Triglycerides, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

jheezee, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Falcone, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

aleslover, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of fields336
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage

A: medium caramel amber, with 2 finger thick off white head, lacing is great, carbonation is amazing, clarity is awesome

S: apple, biscuit, honey, freshly baked bread, caramel, yeasty twang, citrus

T: apple pie, honey, bread, caramel, malty, citrus, spice, pepper.

M: medium body, low carbonation, sweet finish, lingering taste

O: pretty good beer, wouldn't have reviewed it but others have reviewed 2011 recently, so i figured why not. Picked it up for 2.99 which was a steal in my opinion.

fields336, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 04/19/12:
Bottle conditioned in 2011; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Over one inch of off-white fluffy head that shows pretty good retention; Darker shade of brass in color with a fairly clear appearance and visible carbonation bubbles rising up the glass; Decent lacing at first, but much less later

S - Lots of yeasty fresh bread, but fairly sweet too, with accompanying apple-like fruits and floral, herbal and spicy hops

T - Pretty subtle alcohol comes through up front, but it's quickly consumed by a nice yeasty/bready flavor and very mild sweetness; Also coming forward are freshly sliced apples, lingering herbal/spicy hops, and some honey - very tasty

M - Moderate and zesty carbonation; Definitely feels like a heavier brew, but the carbonation cuts into it some to provide a bit of a crisp feeling as well; Finish is fairly dry, leaving a bit of syrupy coat in the mouth; A little warmth can be felt at the end of each sip

O - Having tried several Maibocks lately, I've determined that this one is my favorite thus far. As far as the flavor and aroma goes, this beer does an excellent job of packing lots of sweet, bready, and Noble Hop character with a somewhat hefty body to go along. It's obviously a bit different from the German Maibocks, and quite a big beer for the style, but it's also a very satisfying interpretation that will likely be my go-to Maibock in the future.

TechTriumph, Jul 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Didier, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

trevorpost, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

braican, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ejimhof, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

andylipp, May 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

olympicgatorade, May 01, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.53/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a great big mug. The pour is apricot-orange in color and very cloudy. It doesn't even look like a Maibock, except that there is a beautiful big head on the mug. I get a nice toffee-like aroma with hits of malt, but there's a citrus-like component that doesn't belong.

The flavor is far too sweet and the mouthfeel is too syrupy. In addition to the malt, I get slight fruit-like notes lingering at mid-palate that seem out of place. There is no trace of bitterness or spiciness to balance out the sweetness. I found it to be borderline undrinkable.

This beer was a huge disappointment. I had read good things about it, but I feel is was vastly inferior to just about every authentic German Maibock I have tried. What exactly is it? An American take on a German Maibock or an attempt to duplicate a classic style? No way I'm buying this again. It doesn't even deserve to be called a Maibock. It tastes more like Sunny D and Everclear.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 30, 2012
Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.