Smuttynose Maibock Beer Review

My very first helles bock (a.k.a maibock) ever, and what a treat! Not sure what makes up this type of brew? Check out Deron’s Top 5 Maibocks / Helles Bocks post.

Smuttynose MaibockSmuttynose Brewing Company hails out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. When I lived in Portland, Maine, I was merely 45 minutes from this picturesque town, but unfortunately at that time, was not into beer like I am now. Luckily for me now, I have the opportunity to pick up any of their brews just down the road from the office. If that wasn’t the case, I’d be kicking myself for not having enjoyed them while I could, locally.

Smuttynose Maibock

Smuttynose brews a big maibock, pouring a medium burnt orange color with a light haziness. Its creamy head stands about 1 inch tall with rather good retention. It offers a honey sweet, deep aroma with an essence of fruit.

Its big malt taste lends a sweetness that creates a smooth sip from beginning to end. Hops are evident in the finish, adding a kick to the brew, felt especially in the sides of the tongue. Smuttynose maibock is perfectly balanced with a huge taste and a medium, chewy mouthfeel. I love a beer with some weight to it. I could see myself enjoying this again and again.

A special “Thank You” to Deron for asking me to pick up a bottle for him. If he hadn’t I wouldn’t have treated myself either. I’ll definitely be trying other maibocks as well now, too.



  • Jon Brooks April 30, 2009 @ 9:18am

    Sounds like I’m going to look for this while I’m up in the NJ, NY, MD area..
    Look forward to it!

  • Hannah April 30, 2009 @ 9:32am

    You must! And if you make over in the WNY / Buffalo / Niagara Falls area I’ll buy you a pint!

  • Deron April 30, 2009 @ 11:19am

    Awesome post, awesome review. Such a delicious beer!

  • Hannah April 30, 2009 @ 11:33am

    Thanks Deron, and thanks for suggesting it to me! You never let me down 🙂

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