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Smoked Märzen - Jack's Abby Brewing

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released recently but no bottling date. No ABV for that matter. WTF?

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber. Tall and fluffy light tan head. Great head retention and moderate fluffy little chunks of lacing.

S: Smoky, smoky, smoky. Not acrid, it's a smoky wood with decent sweet bready malt to balance it.

T: Smoke and more smoke. Kind of a sweet smokiness like a smoked bbq sauce. Very similar in fact, you even get a little umami like bbq'd chicken. Some mildly sweet caramel in the finish. There is a lightly acrid bitter smoke in the finish.

M: Somewhat light bodied. Unsure of ABV but I'm guessing 5-6%. Fairly smooth, slightly acrid at times.

O: Pretty simple and to the point. It's a smoked marzen. Period. Pretty tasty even though I'm not a fan of smoked beers. This isn't super bitter or acrid at all which makes it tolerable. Jack's Abby somehow makes the best smoked beers on top of everything else, who'da thunk it?

Dope, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

TimBeaulieu, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dogfishandi, Jun 15, 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

acurtis, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a light copper gold with a slightly yellowed head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Immediate smokiness is noticeable as soon as you put your nose to the bottle. Campfire smoke and burning wood combine with a slightly sweet carmely malt.

T: As with the aroma there is a serious smokiness to this beer. Doesnt overwhelm as much as some rauchbiers can instead it maintains a nice balance. A bit of sweet malts make up the backend.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. Pretty easy drinking beer for all the flavor.

Overall I went in unsure and am pretty impressed. Real smooth flavor with a smokiness that adds depth.

CloudStrife, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sammy, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 03, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Pours with a medium off-white head, but it dissipates quickly. A few bubbles pop up on the surface, but nothing sustains. Not even a collar.

Smell - The smoke dominates. It's not a burnt smell. More meaty. Some caramel malt back there.

Taste - Not anywhere near as smokey here. Much more caramel malt. Nutty. Kinda toasty. Sweet, really. In the middle, a little bit of that meaty smoke comes out, but some sugars quickly oppress it and it's back to malt and a bit of bitterness. The smoke comes out in the aftertaste, though. When the other flavors die down, smoke is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but I think it's a little too sugary. Makes it a bit sluggish. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I'm enjoying it, but it's more of an investment than I expected.

Alieniloquium, Jul 10, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

The pour is a cloudy copper-amber with a small off-white head that lingers for awhile.

I love the way smells and am not afraid to give it the top grade for that. Smoke, smoke, and more smoked malts, which is the way I like my Smoked beers to beer. So totally satisfying as far as I am concerned.

The body is a bit better than medium but it is also smooth.

While the smoked malts are the main force in the taste, the clean hop finish plays up a bit. I enjoyed this one but it is a style that is high my list of favorites.

puboflyons, Jun 06, 2014
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MarkJBurch, Apr 29, 2014
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Smoked Märzen from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.