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

Appearance: Pours a clear copper. Topped by a sudsy, off-white head that thins to a film, leaving no lace.

Smell: Malty, spice, grassy hops and strong alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, some juicy fruitiness. The finish is a peppery alcoholic spice with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol is very evident.

Overall: This is a pleasant enough beer, but the alcohol really masks a lot of the other flavors and aromas.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Stateline in Maryland. The beer has a bit of foam to the pour which settles quickly. Pale orange in color. Sweet and malty smell. The taste is malty and sweet with a banana-ish flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this may go down too quickly. I have been on a bock kick recently & this is a very good maibock.


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Photo of bruachan
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

luscious off-white head takes its time convening with the golden beer beneath it. very effervescent. from it reaches grainy, rich, decocted pils malts. there's a dusting of nice flowery hops, too, but it's the great malt elements that do the work

the rich mouthfeel reveals soft yet assertive light (light, not lite) lager characteristics. some ethanol warmth cuts through. very slight bitterness; nearly unnoticeable. hop flavor just barely more detectable

in the end it's a solid beer. there's a certain something that falls short with the flavor. good but not outstanding. who am i kidding--nice brew

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a large fizzy head the bursts and bubbles down to a thinner skim, but it takes its time. Fed by lots of bubbles that swim inside a rusty gold color. Decent lacing.

Aroma is big honey and big flowery hops. Malty layer running throughout. There's a juicy, sweet, candy-like essence in the background, giving nice depth. A really attractive smell.

Flavor is pretty much like the aroma, only bolder. Maltier, too, and with a bitterness that keeps things balanced and interesting. A banana-like slickness/mellow sweetness comes in as it warms. Totally juicy pear/peach combo. Creamy mouthfeel is also light, tickling the tongue with polite carbonation. Finishes with a combo of toffee creaminess, apple-pie sweet/spice, and grassy bitterness, plus a pleasant dryness to top it all off. Pretty much one of the best-tasting beers I've ever had, and definitely the greatest lager I've ever had.

This is freaking phenomenal. Kicking myself for not buying more than one bottle. I know the style itself is a seasonal thing, but c'mon, Smuttynose, make this a regular year-round offering. Please!!!???!!!

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Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a big off-white head that sticks around well.

Doughy malt, herbal notes, banana, light floral hops on the nose.

Toasty but not burnt malt taste up front, grassy and floral hops bring up the rear. Yeasty banana-like notes. A bit of spice and booze.

Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is at times distracting but evens out into a nice balance the longer it stays in the glass.

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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 Dewey0603
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden honey amber color with a giant white foamy head that leaves great lacing. The smell isnice with candy sugar,floral hints,sweet malt,and bread yeast. The taste has,like the smell,a candy sweetness with floral flavors,sweet malt, some fruitiness,lemon,and citrus hops. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. Another very good offering from Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. Cheers.

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Photo of edchicma
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon, but with a small head. Smell is sweet, malty, very inviting. taste is similar...sweet, malty, slightly fruity with a nice hop presence at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Beacause of this nice creamy quality, drinkability is very good.

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

Slightly hazy, dark gold with a moderately sized, off-white cap of foam. Good retention with little stickage. Malty aroma was evident as soon as the cap was popped - mostly bready and toasty with a bit of honey. Some fruitiness, herbal hops, and light alcohol made for a well rounded nose. Bitterness was stronger than expected and made its presence known from start to finish. Malty up front, again bready and toasty, with a bit of grassiness in the middle. Spicy alcohol finished things off and lingered on the palate. Body was medium, same with carbonation. Nice texture with pleasant warmth. Quite a solid beer, robust just like the label claims. Very enjoyable and easy going down.

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Photo of mcallister
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Signs of thunderstorms in the forecast is this brew isn't overly clear. Pale off yellow bordering on orangish brown. White head is thin and whispy but large. Moderate retention with more moderate lacing.

Bready cereal malt aromas with hints of toffee. A light floral hoppiness with carbonated aromas.

Nice toffee infused malt but a little off in the alcohol integration as it leaves a unpleasantry in to my liking. Sweet caramel on the finish with really no fruit in the mouth. Butterscotch with a slight chewy ness. Mouth is thick rich and creamy.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a wonderful golden color. VERY foamy head, laces as well. Has a very grassy nose. freshly cut.
Wonderful malt taste. very clean finish, sprinkled w/ a wonderful hops taste. Now most Miabocks I have had don't have the same profile, so this was deinfately an interesting change. Pretty crisp finish, with some malt left on the back of your tounge. Nice representation of the style, try it if you can

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

Here we this is maibock! Pours a hazy golden color. Nice off-white head that just lasts forever.

Great nose of noble hops, german malts.

Upfront sweetness, a velvety feel, then some nice hop balance. Honey, a hint of apricots, lovely balance here.

A very nice representation of style. Full of flavor and balanced - what I love about the style is delivered.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, 2007 edition. Darker golden color, only slightly hazy. Foamy white head that holds well for a bit.

Malty, and floral in the nose. Pretty clean.

Big malt character, a good amount of sweetness. Maybe a bit bready. Seems to have a warming, spicy finish. Pretty big beer. Floral hops round out at the end.

Great body on this one. Pretty clean, but seemed pretty big, which hurts drinkability for me.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a willy-becher the beer was a deep golden bronze color. Lots of carbonation rushing up the glass to meet two-fingers of white sticky head and substantial lacing throughout the sample. Great looking beer.

The nose is a little muted; some doughy malty character.

Malty to start with a semi-robust character and suprisingly phenolic and a good alcohol coming through and remains apparent throughout the sample. Not overly sweet but some traces of sugary sweetness with a noticable hop character to balance.

Medium body, not overly carbonated, a little firm in the mouthfeel as I expected it to be.

Again another interesting twist on style from Smutty. More hoppy than I expected but balance remains and what you would expect from a maibock is certainly there. Suprisingly hot, but again not so much as to detract from the beer drinking experience. I enjoyed this one.

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

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden amber color with a full finger off white head that fades fairly quickly. A swarm of extremely tiny bubbles struggle to keep the foam alive. A good amount of lacing and residual suspended 'bits' observed.

The smell is quite malty, but not overly sweet. A bready malt with a lemon citrus background from the 'variety of continental hops".

Medium bodied, the visible effervescence contributes to a very creamy texture. Smooth and sweet...Nice. All complements the sweet honey flavor.

A really good drinker. The 7.7% ABV is infused quite well. Helles Bells.... having fun with this one! Recommended.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine effort from Smutty; I love their Big Beer Series. Poured into a pilsener glass, the beer was a hazy yellow/orange with a moderate head. Very malty aroma. Strong malt presence in the taste, as well as some fruit and spice. Smooth in the mouth, and very satisfying.

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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 Kendo
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a pilsner glass it pours a clear, deep golden color. No real head, but just a small white film settling on top. Some bubbles rise, but in general it looks kind of flat. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Malt scents -- bready and mildly sweet -- with a hint of hops as well. Not very strong in the nose, however.

T: Sweet and fruity -- berries, perhaps -- with a smoother sweetness that makes me think of honey or even butter. Finishes with a bit of a hop bite that keeps it from being too sweet, however, and the alcohol is noticed at the end as well. Despite the "Big Beer" moniker I didn't expect a maibock to be this strong, ABV-wise, and was surprised when I could taste it.

M: Call it light-to-medium in feel, normal amount of carbonation.

D: Good. A little sweet for my personal preference, but it fits the style and it's not overwhelmingly sweet.

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Photo of mshallah
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Initial head of a 1/4 inch that dissipates to a persistent ring. Bottle boasts an eye-pleasing russet brown color, but this beer is clearly orange, albeit an eye-pleasing orange. Label has new artwork this year. A portrait of a sitting happy couple done in what looks like late Renaissance style. Very classy. Aroma is very bock-like; sweet fresh clean malt, spicey peppery hop and alcohol. Taste is big. Malt is chewy. Hops balance blow for blow with spiciness. Slight bourbon taste. The alcohol is part of the flavor profile and fits in well with the other big flavors. Carbonation is slightly crisp. One bomber of this big beer is usually enough. Treat yourself and pair this with a dinner of roast meat and veggies. This beer also makes a great bourbon chaser so pair it with some Eagle Rare or Makers Mark or any quality bourbon. I live to support local brews.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Smuttynose US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very spicy along with honey, caramelized malts and a touch of hops in the background.

T: The taste is very malty and has strong flavors of honey, citrus and coriander spice. The spice is a bit stronger than any other beers that I’ve had in the style and is such that you’d normally get from a Witbier or Hefeweizen, but it works very well. A mild hops presence provides a very nice balance. The after-taste is bready, spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, excellent representation of style with a big twist, nice strong kick, I haven’t been disappointed yet with the Smuttynose Big Beer Series (I’ve had Big A IPA, Imperial Stout & Farmhouse). Really Old Brown Dog, Wheat Wine & Scotch Style Ale are still to come. Looking at the beer itself, I find it to be an excellent beer and one that I could drink for a whole evening and enjoy the entire time.

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Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrated a new season with this one on 6/3/2007. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a Northampton Brewery pint glass.

A tight skim of carbonation sparks on the edges, and dissipates slowly to create some thin, wispy cirrus clouds. A fair amount of lacing creates a photo negative to the fast lane action steeping under the surface. Yellow gold hue is touched by haze, but with the carbonation it creates a great scene. On the nose, a mixture of lemon zest, honeydew melon, grape leaves, and star anise seem to take center stage. Very clean, crisp orange juice provides a zip on the outer edges of the tongue, with a cooler core of granny smith apples, some candy corn sweetness and a softening, almost an echo of apple jacks. As it warms, a slight tart flavor develops. Medium-light body, very drinkable.

Hadn't had this one in a few years and am glad I revisited it.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a frothy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty and bready with a caramel malty background. A hint of hops show up as it warms.

Tastes mildly sweet upfront leading into a nice yeasty and bready flavor. A faint smokiness appears before a slight hop flavor and bitterness sets in. Finishes rather clean with a slight sweetness.

Medium-full body, creamy texture.

Overall, a solid maibock and another good offering from Smutty. I had no problems finishing the bomber. Certainly worth a try if you have it available to you.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking hazy -- but sunny -- light orange color. Large puffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Looks light and thirst-quenching.

Rich, sweet malty smell. Has a honey-coated sweet scent. Small bit of Belgian pungency. Also a bitter malty German bite. Very complex. Impressive. Hint of oak and woody hops.

Thick and strong. Has a very interesting blend of the Belgian sour and the German bitter. Quite a good combination, actually. Both flavors arm wrestle to a draw. Very strong alcohol presence.

Feels thick and bubbly. Leaves a strong BelGerman hybrid film. Strong and quite drinkable for a 22oz, but one's the limit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malt drinkable treasure followed by an expected malted down bitterness, with caramel. Orange yeast aroma. Orange cloudiness with a good white head. A great example of this style, maybe the best I have had. Great medium mouth drinkability.Delightful with dinner.

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Smuttynose Maibock (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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