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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 prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a little hazy and a nice looking golden/amber color. Head is light vanilla colored and only a finger and a half deep. Retention was better than expected, though lacing was light.

Smell: It's predominantly sweet and malty smelling. There's a strong honey aspect to it that probably contributes a great deal to the sweet aroma. There's perhaps a touch of lemon that gives it a faint fruity aroma. Very earthy. Hops are notable but not overly strong. Mostly floral. Alcohol is noticeable on the tail.

Taste: It's sweet up front. A little more fruity than the nose indicates. It's mostly lemon. Honey flavor blends extremely well. It is malty and very flavorful. Hops play an interesting role here. They are floral and contribute to its earthy/grainy vibe. They're not very bitter, but play a really nice complementary role. Very well done. A little alcohol taste is there, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and extremely smooth. Carbonation is active and crisp. This goes down way too easy and has an excellent feel. Drinkability is likewise very high. I could drink bomber after bomber of this. Very appetizing.

Smuttynose did a hell of a job with this one. At this point, it's the frontrunner in the Big Beer Series. I still have a few left try, but this one's damn good. I picked a bomber of this up during a recent trip to Virginia. I'm kicking myself in the ass right now...I should've bought a case.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass-

A- Golden brown color with a fluffy little cream colored head which quickly dissipated with every sip that I took.

S- Smell was malty and creamy. Not much hop presence in the nose. Vanilla and swweet scents abundant and highly present.

T- More importantly, the taste is just great. There was an unmistakable fruity presence (strawberry, cranberry?) Hops were there, but not uber-hoppy, just enough to wet my palate. Smooth and malty backbone here with a creamy cake like finish.

M- Nice full body and sticky finish.

D- I could drink 2 bombers of this, I swear. I love it, give me more.

Highly recommended for the amazing taste.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/06/2010:

2009 vintage. 22 oz. bottle at 42* into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: This pours a murky, burnt orange color with 2.5 fingers of "bottle conditioning head".

S: It consists of a fruity alcohol smell, toast, and some herbal/medicinal notes.

T: A lovely blend of bready malts, fruity booze, herbal flavors, and lager yeast. Nice.

M: It's creamy and memorable.

D: It's somewhat "hot" but still flavorful. It's a nice, creative version of a great style.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: mild fruitiness, malt sweetness, and a hint of spiciness is very pleasant.

Taste: nice malt profile with caramel, red grapes, pears, pepper spiciness, nice bitterness, and a bit of earthiness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth throughout. Long malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: nice and flavorful maibock here. Easy to drink. Another good beer from Smutty.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Maibock
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a vibrant mustard yellow with a solid head on top and trails of sticky lace all over the glass.

Sweet aroma with whiffs of pure honey and clean malt.

A juicy, bready malt flavor provides the backbone with hints of honey, fruit, sugar, flowers and cereal. This is a nice beer and quite drinkable.

Yet another great beer from Smuttynose. So good.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden partly cloudy orange, finger head, patchy lacing

S: honey, malt, nice floral nose

T: sweet honey, HUGE malt, floral/earthiness, slight bitter finish

M: med body, prickly tongue, good carbonation,
smooth mouth

O: POW! This is an excellent Maibock
(a very underrated and rarely embraced style).
Smuttynose has delivered a damn fine beer.
The feel and taste make me want to gulp this
refreshing beast, but slight alcohol warmth
refrains me. Highly recommend this and will be
picking this gem up again.


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Photo of JayNH
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy copper with a two finger foamy head.

S- Very buttery. Butterscotch really dominates the nose. A balancing earthy hoppiness and a very mild hint of alcohol.

T- sweet butterscotch malt with a nice balacing earthy/grassy hoppiness. Sweet and buttery but well balanced.

M- smooth, creamy and full-bodied. You could eat this brew with a spoon.

D- Excellent, alcohol is well hidden. No shortage of flavor. A complex, well crafted brew.

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Photo of jtingue
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2011 poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Dark straw yellow in color with a gorgeous finger or so of white head. The head dissipates to a thin lace quickly. Nice alcohol legs, some lacing.

Smell. Both malty and fruity. Fruite dominate with very sweet cherries and other dark fruits. The malt is also very sweet with smells of hard candy and caramel. I could be mistaken, but I do detect some yeast esters as well.

Taste. Starts out with a alcohol tinged, slightly bitter, sweeter malt. Fruits then take over with cherries and dark fruits that were noted in the smell. These flavors linger for a while. The finish is very long and gets drier as it goes on. There are also some lingering citrus flavors. Lots of sweetness throughout, though.

Mouthfeel. Very syrupy with a little bit of carbonation.

Reminds me a lot of many barleywines I've had when it come to malt profile and the amount of sweetness, as well as the body of the beer. Very complex, interesting to drink.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light amber with moderate carbonation and a two-finger creamy off-white head. Thick, sticky sheets/lacing left behind. Great retention.

Smells like bready malts and floral hops. There's an underlying fruity sweetness too. Just a hint of yeast.

Taste is mostly malt: doughy biscuits with a caramel undertone. There's some sweet citrus fruit as well, and some floral hops come through in the finish. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth.

Great drinkability. I could easily knock back a couple of these in one sitting. Another fine offering from Smuttynose!

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium orange color w/ a huge three finger off white head. Massive lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time. Good carbonation as well. Fairly clear in appearance, but not completely clear.

S- Malt, caramel, toffee, fresh bread. Nice nose, but a little on the weak side for me. Everything is pretty balanced though.

T- Wow. Really tasty beer. Pretty much the same profile as the nose, but the taste just explodes in your mouth. Fantastic malt bomb, but it's not overwhelming. Some continental hops in there as well. Really awesome caramel aftertaste coats your throat. Excellent for the style.

M- Big bodied and malty. Fairly smooth as well, although there's a little bite in the beginning- but the malt quickly smooths it out. Nice.

O- Really nice Maibock from Smuttynose. I really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of ericj551
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Maibock pours a clear gold with a frothy head. The aroma is sharp and sweet with a twinge of herbal and slightly metallic hops. The flavor is sweet and crisp, tastes like mostly pale malts. Hops are there with a nice balanced bitterness and a hint of the herbal flavor in the after taste. I think they still have this at my local beer store, so I might have to pick up a few more bottles.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After an 8 month cellar sentance, a cold January evening prompts me to finally give this baby a whirl. Well, it's not really cold but it is still January, and I'm thirsty!

It pours a beautifully clear amber/orange color with big rocky head that settles into a fine veil, leaving clumps of lace as it does. A steady stream of bubbles erupts from the bottem center of my Delerium tulip.

Succulant malt aromas begin the experience; sweet caramel, butter toffee, pears, cherries, and toasted bread. A hot rush of alcohol heightens the delightful nose. If I was blindfolded, I might think this was a barleywine.

Taste is malty as expected beginning with creamy caramel, honeyed pears, brown sugar, plums, cherries, and sugar cookies. Bohemian hops take the rear seat with a subtle spiciness. Again this reminds me of an English style barleywine. Alcohol is not as noticable as I anticipated from the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium to light while remaining creamy and full. Carbonation is perfect and makes it highly drinkable. This is one of the best maibocks I have had the pleasure of embibing. I wish I had purchased more than one because I think it has aged well so far, and could even go longer.

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

Many thanks to wolfsblood for this beauty.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange gold color with a creamy small-bubbled head.

Aroma of malty sweetness, light citrusy hops, candy sugar, toffee, and biscuit.

The taste follows the aroma. Sweet malts, candy sugar, citrusy hops, and biscuit at the finish.

Medium bodied, rich and smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A top notch maibock from Smuttynose. I wish I had more than just this one.

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

I was pleasantly suprised when i walked into my local market to find not the really Old Brown dog ale that had been available previously but the glorious return of the MAIBOCK!! Let's see what this 2007 version is all about:

AP: An abundance of carbonation creates a big-fat and frothy-tight all-white head over a wonderful golden-bronze color that is simply mouth watering. It's not exactly the " Eye-pleasing russet brown" that the lable describes, but it's good looking anyway. The dissipation is slow, very slow...which is good. There is about an 1/8' frothy cap remaining with scattered clumps of lacing.

nose: There is an herbal and veggie scented hop with mild vinegar ellements that i'm picking up on first, then a bold, biscuit-in-the-oven scented malt, sweet bread and a mild fruity sweet whiff.

Flavor: Whoa! This has a wonderfully complex, big and bold sweet-malted barley flavor with buttery bread that coates the tip of your tongue. Even though the malt is dominant and hefty there is balance to be found with the herbal and slightly peppery hops and mildly sour yeast. The finish is a perfect blend of the sweet malt and herbal zing of the hop. i really don't feel the hop effect is overdone...at least for an American Maibock.

Feel: Medium bodied look with a big,full, sticky feel on the lips and tongue. There is a crispness and smooth buttery feel. really nice feel overall.

DA: This might be my favorite 2007 brew next to maybe the sierra Nevada bigfoot Barley wine so far...with big bold flavors and for the ABV % i find it to be extremely drinkable. i actually can't get enough of this right now to satisfy me.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - A very cloudy orange/golden amber honey color. Two-finger thick head that fades into a crown with a thin film over the middle. Moderate lacing.

Nose - Breaded malts, toffee, caramel, honey, spices. Perhaps a fruitiness as well?

Appearance - The nose knows. It's all here in the taste - breaded malts, toffee, caramel, honey and spices. The mysterious fruitiness appears again. I still can't figure out exactly what that is. There's no bitterness or hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied. A bit of a stickiness. Medium carbonation. There's definitely a hint of the alcohol.

Drinkability - Fantastic. I opened this up midway into the second half and was done before the third quarter started. Go Packers!

All in all, a quite interesting taste. Definitely recommend.

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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 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 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 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 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 curasowa
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a golden yellow with 3 fingers of head that took a while to settle and left some nice, chunky lacing. A big, sweet, malty nose mixes with some subtle, floral hop fragrances. The taste is super smooth and nicely balanced. The initial sweetness mixes with nice, mild bitters and then the sweetness returns on the finish. A full, creamy mouthfeel and a pleasing, warming finish make this beer a winner.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange copper with 3 fingers of off white head and patches of sticky lacing.

S - Big sweet malt with hints of honey, bready or biscuity with hints of fruits and earthy floral hops.

T - Big sweet malts with fruits and honey. Toasty bread or biscuity Floral hops with some lemon and earthy grains. Slight alcohol taste is present.

M - Medium to full body and smooth. Slightly crisp.

D - A big heavy Maibock that is fairly smooth and hits on all the flavors/aromas I expect in a Maibock. A touch less alcohol would make this a better regular drinker but as part of the Big Beer Series I understand.

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

Presentation: bomber, from Kappy’s in Peabody

Appearance: Bright amber appearance, lively carbonation. Two inch head with some retention and just a bit of lacing.

Aroma: A malty sweet smell, with spice and hops undertone

Taste and Mouthfeel: smooth, thick mouthfeel. This has a sweet malty taste, with hops and alcohol present as well.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite Smuttynose “Big Beers.” It has a strong malty presence, and is a delicious treat if you are in the mood for a very flavorable, full, sweet and malty brew.

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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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