Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

very good
368 Ratings
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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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from the 22oz. bottle to my 24oz mug. A clear ruby concoction with orange notes and a small tan head that drops quickly. The nose is big and malty with sweet overtones. The taste is heavy, malty and sweet, almost candy sweetness, though not cloying. Buttery diacetyl, with caramel, and hoppy, smooth finish. The mouth is smooth, slick and rich, almost oily, with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall, a smooth drinking, rich Maibock, easy going down. I look forward to more of this.

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Photo of goz
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a medium sized tan head, mostly diminishing, leaving some lace. Aroma is big & strong - tons of caramel, bread, and some appple and pear, backed with a mild hoppiness that keeps all the malt aromas in check. Flavor starts sweet, like caramel covered apples slapped between a couple pieces of whole grain bread, ends with a pleasant and subtle bitterness. Huge, bombarding mouthfeel, a lot of different flavors mingling about, coating the tongue, and lingering forever. An amazing brew.

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

Package: 1 pt. 6 oz. crowned brown bottle. No date information. Interesting “map” label denoting this as “a robust seasonal lager.”

Cost: $2.49 per bottle at Bottle King

Presentation: glass mug at ~45º.

Appearance: Poured an almost toffee-colored body with a dark bone-colored medium density head, which resolved to medium-heavy lacing.

Smell: Strongly malty, with substantial toasted barley aroma. Nice background chorus of spicy hops and some fruitiness.

Taste: This really hit the flavor bulls-eye. This beer exhibited just the right amount of malty sweetness and caramel, with enough tang to avoid verging on the cloying. The use of hops was very well done; plainly evident but not oppressive or “creatively original.” Spicy elements of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. This one hews pretty closely to the classic Maibock style. Alcohol is also apparent but not obtrusive.

Mouthfeel: A nicely heavy, but not viscid mouthfeel, with a very nice level of carbonation leavening the brew. Very smooth and mouth-filling. Provides a nicely extended finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. I don’t know what the ABV is, but I’d have to guess it is on the upper end of the scale (7.5% or more?); not because the alcohol is oppressive but because the beer is so well-balanced.

Backwash: the best thing I can say about this beer is that after trying one, I went back and bought the rest on the shelf. And, it's a good value! This is another beer that I could see drinking regularly from May through the Fall. Clearly, “robust” doesn’t do this justice; this is a blockbuster lager. One of the best maibocks I’ve had this year, especially considering it was served from the bottle. A big score for New Hampshire!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle, no freshness date.

Pours with a beautiful glowing auburn colour. A disappointingly thin off white head forms & retreats within 1/2 minute.

Big malt aroma! Somewhat bready, with some restrained fruitiness.

Big malt flavour to match that big malt aroma. Some sweet caramel to chase it, followed by hints of cinnamon & apples. Some sublte hopping, shows some spiciness, and keeps it from becoming cloyingly sweet. A little warmth of alcohol at the back of the throat seals the deal.

Somewhere between medium & full bodied. Firm but gentle carbonation tickles the tongue. Crisp & smooth like any good lager bier.

A hearty drink that keeps begging me to sip again. Stonger than it tastes, & very enjoyable. Good in fall just as well as spring.

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

Almost no head at all atop a deep amber golden colored brew. A huge nose of malts and sweet fruitiness leaps straight out of the glass. Molasses kicks you in the face as you lean closer.

Very smooth and rich. The body is pretty full, but not quite full. Lots of malts in the flavor; the aroma did not trick me. Some subtle berry notes here and there. A chewy graininess for the finish. The first few swigs did not impress me, but this one is a great brew and really grew on me.

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

Smuttynose keeps getting better and better. When you can pick up a fresh 22oz bottle of this for $2.50 at the supermarket, life's good. It poured a nice dark orangish color. The taste bordered on a barleywine. Semi-sweet, with a great malts and hops. I hope it's around all summer.

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

A big ol malty nose....smells like a doppelbock...reminds me of Salvator...good breadiness......a deep gold/orangish/brown color...looks the part...mouthfeel is sticky sweet, and full bodied.......big on the malt...feels like a doppelbock...taste is sweet dark fruits....I love the maltiness of this one...the hops are hidden but do provide a tight finish that keeps this from becoming too oversweet....I like this a lot....I suggest they bill it as a doppelbock though because it tastes, feels and even looks like one (Salvator is about the same color)...Thanks again to Bierman9 for hunting this baby down...

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

Brownish amber in color with a small white head that mellowed quickly. The smell is pure malt with a hint of spice. The smell reminds me of a homebrew night in our small kitchen. The taste starts off sharp and crisp. Then fades to something even more sweeter. The alcohol tryies to come in but can't. Reminds me of fall, apple cider and pumpkin pie.

I like it.

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

I'm a big fan of the Smuttynose Brown Dog ale so I thought I'd give some of their other beers a try. The Maibock is another excellent brew worth drinking. It pours a hazy light brown color with a medium bodied tan foam head that dissolves to a collar around the surface. The aroma is very malty with a hint of spicyness. Each sip is packed with flavor. The best way I can describe it is like a low alcohol barleywine. Malt flavors dominate, but there are spices in there too. It finishes with a bit of bitterness and leaves a sticky sweetness behind.

A terrific beer that's packed with flavor. The drinkability isn't as smooth as I expected and the head faded quickly, however I'll be buying another bottle as soon as I can find one.

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Photo of Alewife
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I shared a growler of this with Bierman9, who scoffed some from Smutty at the AOBF.

Color of this beer was a rich bronze, and it was clear throughout. Head started at about 1/4", but shrank and remained a minute white layer. Nose was a touch biscuity, and displayed a bit of floral hoppiness. Fairly smooth on the tongue, with decent body. Had some biscuity, toasty malt flavor to start, with a smidge of residual sweetness. Nicely balanced with a pleasant floral hop finish without any trace of bitterness. This is a real nice beer from Smutty.

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

Very little head, which fades to a skim with a slight rise around the edge. Clear, almost cherry-wood in color (just a bit lighter than cherry, more an orange-red).

Lacing is phenomenal; wherever the head has been it leaves a lot behind, in long loopy patterns like a tie-dyed t-shirt.

Fresh and malty aroma. Not a gigantic aroma, but a pleasant one.

Sweet and slightly chewy taste. Just a little burn. Do I detect maple syrup? Something like it. The aftertaste is a mellow sweetness, like the friendliest Scotch that you could imagine; but, there is no bite to suffer through, just a slick warmth, like the aftermath of a kiss.

As I work through it, it becomes less chewy, but I keep it in my mouth longer. Something in the taste prompts me to keep chewing it.

I am not very experienced with Maibocks, and cannot therefore tell whether this is truly in the style; however, it was a very pleasant, warming, interesting beer that I would definitely recommend and have again.

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Photo of Murph
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice garnet with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a decent lace. Smell is of sweet, smooth malt with some slight caramel characteristics to it. Creamy sweet malt jumps onto your tongue and lets its presence be known. Very smooth malty presence is dead on for the style. Nice creamy mouthfeel is just the slightest bit cloying and brings the drinkability down just a little bit. A very nice maibock. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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Photo of beernut7
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and bold garnet hue, good lacing effect down the glass. Honey malt sweetness in the aroma and flavour with a twang of hops and alcohol. The alcohol has warmth but a lightly toasted biscuity malt melds well and brings out further complexities. A relatively sweet brew with a clean palate.

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

Strong malt with this big beer series, very smooth and easy to drink, excellent flavor too bad it is a seasonal.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The "new" Maibock is out, after a hiatus of 3 to 4 years. Scored one today (16MAY07) at Jaspers here in Nashua. I, for one, am glad to have her back in the Smutty lineup. The label still has the same description on the side, though the main label pic is no longer a map of the Isles of Shoals (now on the Imperial Stout) but a repro of a 16-17th century painting of a European couple... Anyhow, to the Bier!
Russet colored? No way! Now a clear, golden hue, with some sporadic carbo ascending within. Head is thin, fine and stark white, with decent lacing. A nice bready malt sweetness emanates, with a noble hop bite melding in. Body is medium-plus, bordering on chewy, and the Maibock is quite smooth and velvety on the tongue.

Flavor, too is bready, with a touch of toasty malt also blending in well, producing a surefire, light sweetness coating the tongue. Has a honeyish lean to it as well, with a hint of fruitiness. Then some noble-like hop action kicks in, with a bit of spicyness along with some fragrant characteristics. Finish is dry and refreshing. Tastes very good, imho.... Yes, very glad to have my Mai back....

Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Enjoyed this offering both from the bottle (today 14APR02), on 06APR02, on tap... Enticing dark-copper (or, as the label says, "russet") color.... Has a small, creamy head, leaving a ring o' lace down the glass. Malty nose, albeit milder than in years past. It is medium-bodied, and beautifully smooth passing over the tongue.

Lots of maltiness in the flavor... including some caramel... and some flavors I have a hard time describing... reminded me of green-peas smothered in butter... huh? (so I'm weird...). Actually its finish is a pleasant, smooth hoppiness, which gives it a good balance. I enjoy this sucker, feeling it's quite drinkable, overall....! (4.5/4.0/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.40)


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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint and 6 FL oz bottle. Second in Smutty's "Big Beer Series." Old nautical map of the Shoal Isles.

Appearance: Light rusty brown in colour with minimal head retention.

Smell: A definite floral aroma is present from the hops, as well as very slight notes of spice and sweet malt. Ester whiffs from the 7.5% abv give notice to the potency of this brew.

Taste: Extremely malty and sweet with a syrup-chewy mouth-feel due to the high FG (final gravity) which leaves many unfermentable dextrins. A spiciness, almost tingly, from the warming alcohol is present lending to the overall well balanced bitterness.

Notes: This is a HUGE beer, not a "big beer." This bottle was given to us by Peter himself, and bottled within days. Very fresh, flavourful and down right drinkable.

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