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Smoky Mary - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
We’ve stepped out of the boxcar and created our own take on a German Rauchbier (Smoke beer). Instead of using Beechwood, we have selected the indigenous pecan wood and smoked a munich malt in our homemade malt smoker.

The Smoky Mary has a subtle smoked flavor that pairs well with barbeque and just about anything off of the grill. She clocks in at 5.3% alcohol by volume, which makes it a nice sessionable smoked beer.

(Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 08-31-2011)
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jonathaniler

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-15-2012 02:15:41 | More by jonathaniler
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hpthebull

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-20-2011 00:32:53 | More by hpthebull
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twarin

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a fan of smoked beers, no I am not. However, I will try anything from NOLA brewing, since I live about five blocks from the brewery. Smoky Mary has made me a believer in the power of smoked beers. I find myself craving it.

Beautiful golden-brown color, with a pale beige head.

The base is a fest style-ale, with a hint of smoked malt. You don't get much smoke on the aroma, but it's there on the palate, and it's nicely balanced against the festy maltiness. That's the main thing I like about this beer: the balance. A lot of smoked beers blow out your palate after a couple of sips, but this is one that you can settle down with for a night or two.

Outstanding with a burger.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 21:57:00 | More by twarin
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOLA Brewing Smokey Mary
On draft

Appearance: orangish amber, good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: very nice sweet caramel apple.

Taste: caramel apple smokiness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice smoke beer. The smoke is not over bearing like some smoke beers I've had. It is nice and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 04:02:33 | More by megahurts4
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a nice golden amber with little to no head. Lacing present throughout however.

Smell: Nice aroma of toasted bread, caramel and an ever so subtle smell of smoke.

Taste: Nice malty sweetness which is balanced perfectly with a slight smokiness. Didn't really detect a whole lot of hop bitterness. Maybe a slight hoppiness but your mouth is drawn to the smokiness of the beer more than anything. A lot of "smoked" beers are just too much. Thankfully this one is not assertive and is an easily drinkable "smoked" beer. It's like they smoked an Oktoberfest style beer only it's an ale not a lager. Confused? Me too. Either way it's a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Once again NOLA Brewing continues to amaze with their specialty beers. Would love to see this one in 22oz bottles!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 21:53:29 | More by Beerbuddha
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kmahe

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-10-2012 01:00:31 | More by kmahe
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champ103

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Walk Ons in Lafayette, LA.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color. A bubbly white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt with a light caramel sweetness. Smoke is very apparent, but is never over barring. Very nice.
T: Toasted malt, caramel, smoke all intermingle. Smoked meat, wood. Just incredibly balanced. Everything seems to compliment each other perfectly.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Impressively, silky smooth. The ultra smoothness and incredible balance makes this a treat to drink.

I am not a fan of Rauchbiers but this is excellent. Plenty of smoke, but incredible balance. Well done and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 23:09:11 | More by champ103
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at the brewery. What a great bunch of folks there. If you're in New Orleans on a Friday, drop by about a quarter to two in the afternoon and enjoy the very liberal samples.

Served in a pint glass

Appearance: orange/amber with a 2 finger head; decent lacing.

Smell: Malts with a burnt pecan wood smell.

Taste: malts and caramel come through with an almost bacon-y smoke taste. Much smoother than other smoked beers I've tried. So naturally, I kept heading back to the tap.

Mouthfeel: medium; decent carbonation

Overall: So far, my favorite from the NOLA folks. Very sessionable. Perfect for a fall weekend when da Saints and dem Tigers chug down victories.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 23:43:43 | More by brewskifan55
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tetu

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-22-2014 18:32:32 | More by tetu
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PawPawPepperoni

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-02-2014 20:41:11 | More by PawPawPepperoni
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-05-2013 22:02:27 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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GraniteGuru

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-03-2013 21:06:56 | More by GraniteGuru
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-08-2012 01:21:45 | More by mbs11
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Jlog7910

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-07-2013 04:29:35 | More by Jlog7910
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rowyn

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-11-2012 16:42:00 | More by rowyn
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-18-2012 23:08:25 | More by crobinso
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avenuepub

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2011 14:01:58 | More by avenuepub
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-16-2011 00:29:47 | More by msubulldog25
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-15-2012 14:33:40 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-09-2014 01:55:00 | More by WDJersey
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

Poured from tap into pint glass at Bulldog Midcity. Pours a slight brown color with slight foamy head. Some smokey/bacon aromas, with sweet malts. Taste is really nice smokey and bacon, mixed with great sweet malts. It super well balanced and not so harsh. Maybe my fav smoked brew I ever had...and I usually dont like smoked brews. Overall, nice brew and great Rauch brew...

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 03:43:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint a NY Pizza on Magazine St. in New Orleans. I had the odd urge to eat this beer, the mix of spice and smoke with toasty malt and caramel reminds me of food. Or at least it'd make a great pairing with anything spicy. This is surprisingly complex for an amber, or smoked ale, with a great balance between the smoke and malt. Find this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 22:24:41 | More by tempest
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy light copper color with a thin off-white head.

The beer has a slight smokey arOma, but is backed by a sweet crystal malt backbone.

The taste is similar to the smell, a sweet malty backbone with a hint of smoky flavor.

Smoky Mary isn't a terribly complicated brew, but is definitely a solid offering from NOLA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 01:07:23 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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cfaulman

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-19-2013 22:29:08 | More by cfaulman
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-25-2013 20:21:46 | More by nlmartin
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Smoky Mary from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
88 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.