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Portsmouth Maibock | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A celebratory beer that is light amber in color with a rich, malty sweetness & delicate hop flavor.

Added by JohnnyP on 06-05-2003

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Truh
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We tried this on our way north for a holiday meal.

Poured nice and clear with a buttery brown hue, verging on a light butterscotch.

About 1/8 inch velvety head at start, nice and tight, that trimmed down to a thinning cloud over the top.

Up front seemingly coriander nose, balanced with a noticeable and not unpleasant malt presence. Very nice balance, actually.

Gingery notes to taste, with a few heathery aspects. As the ale warmed, we also noted some lemony aspects.

Quite crisp and drinkable. Alcohol was hidden, yet there, but this is something we could have had more than one of were it not for the dinner we had to get to.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured Ruby/Root beer color with a smallish foamy off white head.
An equal balance of sweet malt and floral hop aroma is mild and nice.
The heavy sweet malt is a bit doughy. Caramel and cream.
Ample hop flavors of bitter citrus and mild tea-like taste.
It's Creamy, liquid and sweet. There's some noticeable alcohol taste, but in a good way.

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Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

started out thinking "Wow. I've never been so enthusiastic about a lager before. I've enjoyed dopplebocks and a few good pils, but this is amazing." The color of fresh cherry juice. Carbonation is low and head sluggish. Flavor is all kinds of malt, mostly caramel, but also some funky malt flavors like what you get from Special B. However further into the bomber it started getting to me a bit. The low carbonation (maybe to do with it being bottled in extremely low quantities) kept this beer from reaching it's potential. Also possibly related to the way it was bottled is that it seemed to be showing a few signs of age possibly. I got the impression from Purplehops that this was bottled recently and he hand delivered it so I wouldn't expect any age-related problems though. Still a great lager though.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering at the Portsmouth Brewery is darker than most Maibocks. It is a deep copper color, with even a bit of garnet shimmering within. Head was tan, creamy and about 1/2" to start, yet rapidly receding to a thin, fine layer. A bit of lacing is left in the glass as well.
Nose is mildly sweet and malty, with a trace of caramel. Hop aromas were not easily found here, though.
The Maibock had medium body, and it passed in a smooth fashion over the tongue.
The flavor is good throughout, yet I suggest letting the bier warm a bit to allow them to really shine. Their is a decent, toasty malt start to things, with a subtle sweetness. The hops make their presence known here quite well (as opposed to the nose) and make this a finely balanced bier. They don't overpower you at all, but make for a smooth finishing bier. The abv is at a respectable level, allowing you to enjoy a few in a leisurely fashion without getting hosed. Prosit!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Portsmouth Maibock from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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