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

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 08-31-2011

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.
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 10
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 2nd, 2012 at Woodshed Grill & Brewpub.

Beer is a clear coppery caramel color with virtually no head.

Aroma is virtually nonexistent; there is a hint of caramel and nothing else.

Beer is light on flavor; sort of a watered-down brown ale (slight nuttiness and smooth crystal malt) with a little carbonation bite. Smoke taste appears only fleetingly on the finish. Very low bitterness.

This beer is smooth and easy to drink; it's not much of a rauchbier, but it's ok for what it is.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with a creamy white head, good retention and nice lacing.

The aroma was of toast, caramel and very subtle smoke. Low grassy hops in the back.

Light, crisp, and clean malts with bread, toast and caramel with a slight smoky finish.

Creamy, and dry finish.

Nice, but too subtle to call it smoked.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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