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 horshack7
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber it pours a copper color with about one inch of head that is lacey.

Aromas: nice hop nose and slight maltiness. Light hints of dried fruit like dried apples and little hints of cinnamon.

Taste: Out of the gate I taste hints of cinnamon. Still hints of dried apple with a medium body and somewhat of a smooth mouthfeel. Slight sweetness to it but not as much as I thought there might be.

Notes: This is not too bad one of the more unique tasting Maibocks that I have had. Cheers

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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 chinabeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, with notching indicating it was bottle conditioned in 2009. tasted in late may/early june 2009.

orange honey color w amber tones. clear on first pours. big 2-finger light tan head, slowly fades to constant 3mm layer. thin rings of lace at first, getting much thicker further down the glass, and almost even a curtain effect.

aroma: malty with apple hint, but also mixing w something almost fusel or phenolic. not horrible, just unexpected. noble hops with touch of american pine/citrus character.

taste: similar flavors, with something just slightly "off" about the yeast character, giving those phenol/fusel notes. not horrible, but unusual. accentuates a boozy character as a result. bold hopping (noble plus touch of american?) actually helps offset the previously mentioned fusel/phenols. but still seems a little outside the style.

medium body, relatively smooth, some resins and astringency with the alcohol and phenolic note. initially fizzy carbonation calms down to be almost creamy later, but not enough to ignore the apparent phenols.

hmm... seems to have gone astray somewhat. perhaps it needed more lagering time?

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Photo of Pencible
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy copper with white head. It smelled more like a lager than I was expecting, with scents of lemon hops, yeast, and barley. It tasted like very freshly cut barley malt, with clean lemon yeast for a bit of bitterness. It was oily with moderate carbonation and a slightly bitter and malty aftertaste. Overall this was a good quality beer, but not the best flavor for me. It was drinkable but not overly enjoyable.

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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 emsroth
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

App: Medium amber with a frothy head. A nice cap stays on throughout.

Smell: Honey malt with a touch of fruitiness. Sweet alcohol lingers throughout.

Taste: Not much up front. Warming, bitter alcohol in the middle. Ends with a touch of grape and a strong herbal flavor with noticeable bitterness. Lacking the sweetness I associate with the style.

Wonderful body and substantial carbonation.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thought since it was the top rated maibock that I personally had access to, I needed to get around to trying it at some point in time. The appearance is much more pale and pathetic than i would have expected, but it is a lager so I don't know what quite to assume. The aroma has some floral hoppiness and some citrus on what is a rather delicate malt nose. The flavor is good, it's tastes like a regular old lager that any individual would enjoy drinking on a hot summer's day. This beer is refreshing and light, but it doesn't remind me of the Maibock I've had in the past and truly enjoyed. This is a simple lighter lager that seems to have very little imagination and isn't really something that I would consider purchasing ever again. Honestly I'm unsure of why it's rated so highly.

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Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ajcormier
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (2011) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours clear gold with three fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves decent lacing.

S: Floral hops with a touch of earth/spice and lots lightly toasted grains.

T: Tip of the tongue is a spiciness with caramel and grains quickly following. Alcohol is pretty strong right up front. Floral and earthy hops come through a lot cleaner in the middle. Finish is a little bitter from the hops, spicy, with a little more alcohol (though little burn).

M: Almost a full body (took me by surprise), fairly high carbonation, very thick and sweet.

O: While I do enjoy the flavors and spiciness, the alcohol is a little to noticeable and it's way too sweet. I generally like my Maibocks a drier and not as thick and heavy.

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Photo of itchytasty
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden brew with a large foamy head and a thick branches of lacing down the sides of the glass. The head itself is frequently replenished by an armada of bubbles.

S - The beer smells like alcohol, honey and peppery noble hops.

T - The taste is fairly sweet, very malty flavor with a peppery finish. The aftertaste is a faint alcohol warmth and a bit of honey, licorice and

M - Thick, fairly smooth though the bubbles tingle a bit, a little thick and alcoholic to be tremendously refreshing.

D - Pretty good. Yet another solid sampling from Smuttynose. I will probably have this again at some point, but I am not going to rush out and buy another.

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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 jamie2dope
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maibock has in recent times become one of my favorite styles of beer; I only wish it was produced by more breweries. I gave this a rigorous pour in to a large English style pint glass, and was met with an orange colored brew, with a small white head. Carbonation seems lively, as evidenced by the bubbles rising in my glass. Creamy smell, with a lot of complexity going on here; i get some chalky characters, maybe some honeysuckle, and black pepper. First wave from the taste is honey, followed closely by some spicy pepper, and ending on a somewhat boozy alcohol trip. Body is close to viscous; it definitely seems to be intending to pack a malt punch. Still, perhaps the alcohol could be toned down some. One bomber of this was the perfect way to get things going for tonight. Aging this one might be a good idea to let the alcohol subside. Final verdict is that this is a pretty good Maibock that I buy whenever it is released. This year I will make sure to grab one to lay down. Cheers to Smuttynose for brewing this cool German style. I would love to brew one of my own some day.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cheery-looking orange body with a small, white head.

Smell: An aroma filled with honey and spice and everything nice (i.e., dough and lemon).

Taste: Light, sweetish caramel flavor with notes of bee-fresh honey and citrus fruits. Noticeable doughiness. Hop flavor and bitterness remain quite light. Wraps up with a very drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Works for me! A pretty good maibock.

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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 MrSeth
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a 1/4" white head with some lacing on the glass. An amber body. The nose is honeyish, with butterscotch in the mix. Along with that almost grapey "bock" aroma. There is also honey and lightly toasted english muffins in the nose. There is almost an apple juice taste to it. This is an interesting style of beer and another good effort on the part of Smuttynose. Cheers.

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