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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

366 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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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 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.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Slaille
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of MikeW51
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of projektyle
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of greencovesteve
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy orange with a nice head and lacing.

S: bubblegum. Sweet grape, strawberry fruit blend.

T: mild and malty with a fruity center and a near peppery end. Allot going on here.

M: solild carbonation generates a building peppery heat with bitter semi-dry ending.

O: solid. I like the maibock.

Photo of tjeppaint
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ScaryEd
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light very hazy beautiful golden color. Looks inviting.
Smells sort of like sweet caramel and candy with both hoppy and malty notes mixed. I cant even describe what it smells like exactly but this smells AMAZING.
The taste does NOT disappoint! Im getting some alchohol but mixed very well with all the scents described above. Doesnt stray from an actual beer taste at the same time.
The mouthfeel fits this one great. Very BIG. SOme carbination but that doesnt take away from the heavy smoothness.
Overall its a little different than most maibocks Ive had before but that doesnt mean its not a great beer that shouldnt at LEAST be tried!!

Photo of btesta
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Nicolaos
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Turbodog666
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of eristicrat
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +25%

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