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Smoked Märzen - Jack's Abby Brewing

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Caution! This is an intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew’s malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. A large proportion of Munich malts were used to create a Fest style beer with amber hue. We used specially smoked barley from Valley Malt. Prost!

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 02-15-2014)
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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +2.6%

I come to this beer biased. I've not liked most of the smoked beers I've tried, but I love a good marzen/Oktoberfest and I'm a fan of Jack's Abbey (they know how to do lagers!).

A: Impressive head builds in my glass, only to quickly fade. Deeper color than most other Marzens, and a good deal cloudier.

S. WHOA! Camp fire! Huge smoke bouquet. Like barbeque over a wood fire. The only natural response is salivation, or there's something wrong with you. The smoke overwhelms the nose. I get some grain and some biscuit and cracker, but it's hard to tell with the smokiness. It's overwhelming, but not overpowering, if that makes sense. Like good barbeque.

T: The smoke hits the pallet first and last and carries everything through the middle. I've never had a smoked beer with such great balance. The middle brings forward the bready, cracker, and biscuit flavors. The grain is there, with a full, round character, that is nicely framed by the smokiness. The finish is long, with deep resinous smoke, slowly fading into a doughiness. Great.

M: Typical for a marzen, on the lighter side, but very smooth. Clean, were it not for the pleasant "dirtiness" of the smoke, which almost bring a gritiness to the table.

O: Great brew and a nice twist on a standard marzen. If you are going camping in fall, this is the brew to take with you!

logicalparadox, Friday at 03:19 AM
Photo of dangermusic
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dangermusic, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of nkelley77
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

nkelley77, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of wreck
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

wreck, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Skerrigan
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Skerrigan, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev +9%

The smoke and tart toffee are a great combo in this beer. The ABV isn't listed on the .5 liter bottle, however, the body is fairly light and leads to high drinkability. If you're looking for the run of the mill Marzen, then pass this by. It's more Rauchbier, which I happen to have enjoyed.

beerdedking, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mikemikemike, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of frosted33
4/5  rDev +2.6%

frosted33, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Reegze79
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

An absolutely fantastic rauchbier/ marzen. Pours slightly hazy orange, copper color with nice carbonation levels. Rich smokey, malt aroma that is just a hint of what is to follow. The beer is medium body and you are immediately hit with the intense smokey flavor that segues to the sweet mealtimes you expect in the Oktoberfest. I believe that the tastes evened out a bit and were less aggressive once the beer warmed up in the glass for 10 minutes or so. Nice smokey aftertaste; won't need a cigar after this beer

Again, I greatly admire the guys in Framingham that continue to expand their lager offerings and interpretations of Classic German styles.

Reegze79, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +9%

RichD, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of jlussier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jlussier, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

WoostaBia, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

paulish, Sep 05, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

pspagna623, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

LutherBrau, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Sweffin, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

cavemanlawyer1999, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kuhndog, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sammy, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

HookerBrews, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper color with red highlights and a low orangey-yellow head that rises up minimally and settles out quickly. Low aroma of phenolics and smoke, a faint yeast note.

Rich flavor of bready, biscuity malt punctuated with distinct smokey flavors. Some noticeable phenols, a little meaty even, but very well balanced with the malt. Even mouthfeel, somewhat full and satisfying. Like being in Bamberg. Great beer.

far333, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Theheroguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smokey flavors and smells have conquered this beer. It is like being immersed in a smoke house. I'm not the kind of person who can tell you what tree this woody flavor is from just that it is very prominent. Sweet malts come through on the nose but the flavorwise the malt is primarily bready. The body is light approaching medium. I'm getting a little spicyness from the hops. I want to say it is tettnanger but in reality I don't have enough information to know for sure. I would appreciate this beer more if the smoke flavor backed off a fair amount and if the hops and breadyness were more pronounced. Its a good beer. Not exceptional but good.

Theheroguy, Jul 27, 2014
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Smoked Märzen from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.