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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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89
very good
286 Reviews
Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
368
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 368
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 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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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.
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