1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

363 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 363
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 76
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) Alström Bros
Ratings: 363 | Reviews: 287 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brheuer
brheuer

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

03-24-2013 20:50:13 | More by brheuer
Photo of JuliusCaesar
JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +7%

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.

02-18-2013 18:46:12 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-28-2013 02:29:27 | More by t0rin0
Photo of thebigbambino
thebigbambino

Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2013 21:32:43 | More by thebigbambino
Photo of ChrisL24481
ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev 0%

01-05-2013 15:29:22 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of brandonati
brandonati

Ohio

3/5  rDev -25%

01-02-2013 02:55:48 | More by brandonati
Photo of cliff1066
cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

12-16-2012 19:38:41 | More by cliff1066
Photo of chippo33
chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -25%

12-04-2012 04:34:09 | More by chippo33
Photo of cciquera01
cciquera01

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-11-2012 20:58:42 | More by cciquera01
Photo of Triglycerides
Triglycerides

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

11-05-2012 04:46:51 | More by Triglycerides
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

10-16-2012 21:49:39 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of jheezee
jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

10-07-2012 21:45:43 | More by jheezee
Photo of Falcone
Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-06-2012 00:42:39 | More by Falcone
Photo of aleslover
aleslover

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-24-2012 23:04:14 | More by aleslover
Photo of fields336
fields336

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-20-2012 03:38:14 | More by fields336
Photo of TechTriumph
TechTriumph

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

07-25-2012 01:37:04 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of Didier
Didier

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-04-2012 17:15:45 | More by Didier
Photo of trevorpost
trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-27-2012 23:07:40 | More by trevorpost
Photo of braican
braican

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2012 00:38:29 | More by braican
Photo of ejimhof
ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-11-2012 00:43:28 | More by ejimhof
Photo of andylipp
andylipp

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-17-2012 23:20:41 | More by andylipp
Photo of olympicgatorade
olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25%

05-01-2012 20:57:02 | More by olympicgatorade
Photo of deadonhisfeet
deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

04-30-2012 22:38:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of bluntedboywonder
bluntedboywonder

New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

04-25-2012 00:37:04 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of erlenmeyer
erlenmeyer

Maine

3/5  rDev -25%

04-16-2012 02:40:41 | More by erlenmeyer
Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.