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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

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!

2007 - 7.0%
2008 - 6.2%
2009 - 8.4%
2010 - 8.7%

Added by Bierman9 on 04-30-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 368 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of yankeeheel
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After much searching I finally foud this little grail. Straight from the cellar, served at room temp. Pours an optic grade, clear copper, with a formidable eggshell colored head. Like a good set of lingerie, it's nicely laced. Smells deeply fruity and cherry. Almost bordering on a cough syrup smell. Hugely malty and sweet. Lots of deep ripe red fruit here. Sweet till the last drop. Caramel fades in and out in the background. Slightly less than crisp mouthfeel, but still good. Goes down like butter. Alcohol is felt early for me. If I had a keg I could kick it.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this is a malty one alright.

Serving 22 oz, big bottle.

Pours a hazy copper with shrot lived white head. Left some thick scattered lacing as consumed.

Smell is caramel malt with floral hop notes.

Taste is rich caramel malt with some saccharin notes and a mild hop bittering that finishes salty sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Very drinkable, very malty. Excellent bock beer.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown to the amber/red side, topped with a foamy one finger tan head, leaves bits of sticky lacing.
Nice strong malty aroma, noble hops. Earthy and 'green', floral bouquet.
Bready malt taste, caramel, light touch of earthy noble hops, but this is almost all malt, some flowers. sweet overall.
Medium-full bodied, very smooth. The only downside is malty beers get tiring to me.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange amber, very clear with a 1 finger fizzy head that fell pretty quickly. The aroma was full-on German hops but with a hint of toasted malts. Taste was great; Mildly fruity, spicy, toasty and sweet with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, slightly oily with good carbonation, which lent to a smooth and creamy feel. The ABV is definitely more noticeable than in other higher ABV Maibocks I've had but doesn't detract from the taste; in fact, the warming is nice. All in all, this is a well balanced, great Maibock... a good representation of the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, rich amber color, big head of active foam atop, quick to crumble.
Nose is soft, dry, vegetal/herbal, leaning into a certain sweetness. Very stately and assure.
Taste is rich and full, fresh with a bright fruity quality, berries and apples, and such, but that loses hold, as the flavor feels more coppery and buttery at swallow's end. Maltiness reigns supreme here, and hops entertain a mere tingle at the fore. Body is medium, at best, and the finish is long, flavorful, and ultimately dry.
An interesting maibock, one that I think I like...this is sophisticated, truly mature, not oversome in flavorful and sweet, buttery malt, but, rather, like Baby Bear's hand-me-downs, ju-ust right.
Good balance, good taste, just plain ol' good...and that's good!
Very happy to have a full 22 ounces all to myself, (this should cover me for the night)...and I must give thanks to the Bierman #9 for it!
Now, I just lean back and enjoy the rest, scrutinization over and done!

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Photo of wyllder
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange-amber with a small ivory head.

The nose is a pleasant candied caramel malt smell with a bit of apple behind it.

Fresh from the fridge, this is really too closed up and has a bit too much carbonated bite. Until it warms up some, very little of the flavor comes through. Even warmed, I didn't get a lot off this until the aftertaste which is a pleasant mild caramel with just a bit of a husky bitterness to it.

Drinkability and mouthfeel are both above average, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, not bad.


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Photo of deejaydan
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wyllder for this bottle.

It is a nice looking bottle... pours a nice lucious light amber color, with a short head. Wonderful color.

Aroma rich of Malts

Taste... well, This beer should be served at 45 degress or so. I tried it first fridge cold, and it had a very spicy, dry finish that didn't sit well with me. As it warmed, the malts came more into play.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and clingy... and very nice

Drinkablity... as long as it's warmed slightly, it's good.. but served too cold.. that dry finish just rubs me wrong.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, dark amber color with some copper tones. A nice fluffly white head appears about an inch high leaving a slight lace. Aromas of multiple malts bringing out some caramel, some dark fruits, and a bit of a hop aroma. For taste, this beer is super malty up front, with dark fruits and a bit of carob sneaking its way into the picture. There's a slight spiciness to this beer which also lingers on the tongue, but overall there is just a certain smoothness to this beer which makes it great. There's a bit of hops in the end which lets this beer not turn about to be too sweet, but just right. A crisp carbonation helps this Maibock truly special, along with its nice medium chewy body.

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy, gut quenching model of a beverage. Loaded with dry, crispy malt vanilla-tinged deliciousness... dry but thick on the palate. Fresh hops and predictable, vanilla cream flavored mouthfeel make this a slightly vacant rendition of a classic style. For sweet-toothed amcraft geeks, this must be heaven. For me, it is merely recognizable as premier quality. This is what everyone drinks in Blue Velvet. PBR nowithstanding.

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Photo of carln26
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color: Brown to golden, as I’ve said, I prefer my Maibock’s to be gold. This pours nice, with a reasonable head, and a lace that retains for a time. The malt does come through on this, as it should for all Maibock’s, but it just doesn’t last. Smuttynose does great Ales, but their lagers need improvement. This is a good beer, not a great one. I don't want to drink another, and another, as I do with their ales.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the Big Beer Series: *' A robust seasonal lager'

Appearance: Mellow, off white head that settles slowly to the glass' sides. Very impressive, sticky lacing that's stubborn to recede into the lager.
A bright peach/glowing amber color.

Smell: Large malty nose with a range of fruit aromatics. The ones I can immediately detect are apple and pear tones with an additional faint lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet malty flavor balanced very nicely with the pear/apple/ and even kiwi tanginess that is immediately present. A very nice sourness not often so boldly present in other lagers of the style. Noticeable bitterness in the aftertaste that works well given the broad range of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice smoothness given the tart flavors and slight bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a beer that is a treat for your tastebuds. Drinkable but after a 22 oz. bottle of it, the 7.7 %abv sneaks up on you. A very nicely crafted maibock.

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Photo of kennyo
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle says "russet Brown" but the beer is a dark gold. pours with a big head that stays for a while. Aroma - beer, not much there. Malty sweet taste. After drinking the 22 oz bottle, you can tell that there is a nice amount of alcohol. In my opinion, not one of their best beers.

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Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber honey colored with a light beige head that disappears quickly. Very light aroma of malt and fruit. Flavor is not too complex, very light. A little biscuity, a little doughey, not hoppy at all. Some hints of floral flavors, and some butter. Smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol definitely makes itself known.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of carbonation leads to a giant, froathy, cream colored head leaves a thin lace pattern. Underneath lies a highly active, clear amber colored beer. Mildly sweet malt aroma, a bit yeasty, and some fresh hops. Beer feels light on the tongue, smooth but too light to be creamy. Mild flavor, some caramel malt, a little doughy banana, and a splash of sweet hops. Bitterness picks up half way through, nothing too strong, then melds back in for a nice finish.

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, carbonated rich amber. Several fingers of light tan head build quickly and melt away slowly to a foamy pillow. Loops of lacing slide slowly down the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a light, berry-sweet lilt of malt, with a flashing hint of honey. A very muted spiciness mingles with the earth tones of the yeast. A mellow bitter trace sways about at the close.

Upon sipping, a tide of toasted grain carries the essence of baked dough along with a gentle rock-candy sweetness that settles around the back of the tongue. Understated traces of berry and melon cavort with a sneaky creek of alcohol in the middle. The sweetness makes another strong play toward the end, this time bearing a distant banana aura, before a vague hoppy bitterness lingers dryly at the finish. Sweet, earthy, and fruity, it comes across as fresh and lilting.

Medium bodied, the almost syrupy sweetness helps slide the components across the palate. The sweetness and carbonation combine to leave a lively presence in the mouth.

This is a seasonal that makes waiting for Spring a tough thing to do, but it's certainly worth that wait. It lays down a lush malty sweetness that's crisp and sassy enough to avoid ever becoming cloying or heavy. As mentioned, the ABV seems sneaky, but it's no real obstacle, and a repeat engagement is a done deal. It seems each new Smuttynose I try inspires more regard, and this one is definitely no different.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a gorgeous deep orange color with a good deal of white fluffy head. Lace is rather non existant. Smell is fruity and wheaty (with hints of corn), definately a lager smell. Kind of moist and stale smelling. The taste is a bit stronger than the flavor would suggest, with an off-alcoholic flavor mixed with barley and corn, bananas, and some spices. No hops really, though. Mouthfeel is light in body, with light carbonation. This beer is uneventful and disappointing overall, but maybe that would be different if i werent so tired... But hey, nothing like a beer or two to put you right back to sleep

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid seasonal lager offering by Smuttynose, but it is remarkably light on everything but the carbonation. It pours an average amber with a light, thinnish head that recedes quickly. The aroma is clean, crisp, and spicy--the most refreshing part of the experience. The taste, alas, is disappointing; there's some slight banana and peppermint spiciness, but otherwise, not much. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Good, but not special.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent that is enhanced with a little bit of light crystal malt. It seems to be refreshing with a dry finish. The taste is good. It has a warming, yet flavorful pale and light crystal malt taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine seasonal lager. It has good flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber nectar with a very minor head with spotty lace.
Aroma is caramel and toffee with some oliy and resiny hop notes.
Flavor is caramel with some dark citrus fruits and a resiny, citric hop profile.
Mouthfeel is sweet, malty and lightly spiced with some citrus fruit feel.
Drinkability is very high. Hard to believe this is a lager. Smooth and beautiful.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. Pours a nice looking shade of almond, with copper hues, small white head, some lacing. Nose of malt and some spice. Spicyness comes foward, notes of vanilla, rum, brandy, plums, black pepper. Nice sipper, good strong spring/summer brew. Malty lager, some crisp hops come in late for balance and to dry things. Nice job by the Smutty folks, another fine offering from the BIG A___ line of brews

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Photo of StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Purchased Sept. '03, drank March '04.
Shiny dark copper. Big fluffy white head. Clinged to the glass in clumps then scattered in large iceberg looking coating to the body.
Sweet toasted malt smells, fresh buttermilk biscuits, and loads of malt everywhere. Small whiffs of alochol as well.
Taste was toasty, sweet, nearly syrupy and loaded with malty goodness. Flavors were very reminiscent of a dopplebock. That rich. Moderate alcohol esters, thin the body and supply a subtle hint of heat. Full bodied, nearly chewy for a Maibock then a more subdued finish toward the end.Finish doesn't linger as much. more dry. I think a nice abv thins it out a bit, but nothing detracts. Easy to drink and a very good treat. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with a nautical map that includes”Smuttynose Island.”
The liquid is a very clear, dark reddish-brown. It’s a little darker than I expected for a Maibock, with very little head. The aroma is fantastic…never-ending waves of malt and caramel smells. The smell is a mix of bread and sweetness, with no hop aroma and slight alcohol. Also, there’s a tangy sour-apple smell in hidden in the back of the aroma. Foretaste is sweet and big, followed by a pleasant hop and alcohol finish….the hops provide nice balance, but seem a little misplaced for the style. It’s smooth, luxurious, and extremely drinkable. Despite its being slightly off-style, I found this brew is extraordinarily enjoyable, challenging, fun, and delicious.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like maibocks. Thanks to chaduvel for this bomber. Pours an orange-red with a creamy, light tan head. Very appetizing...
Smells of spiced carrot cake, and mild spicy hops. Rather nice. Taste is caramelly, sweet, with more of the carrot cake maltiness. Alcoholic, lightly bitter finish. A bit sweet perhaps, but I'm just nit-picking. Medium-bodied, yet chewy feel. I happily drink this in December.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out into the glass with a bright ivory head that settles to a thick luscious half-inch layer of compacted foam, sitting atop clear deep russet/amber liquid. The nose is that of a dopplebock...it's that intensely malty, bready and sweet smelling. The taste is no less malty than the nose, only an underlying hoppy bitterness cuts through the sticky and thick malt base. Finishes on a long and sweet note, this is indeed "liquid bread"!

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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 368 ratings
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