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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 71
Avg: 2.94
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-07-2004

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma has a fruity core and hints of malt and caramel. It pours a pretty clear amber with a fluffy, if typical, white head. Flavor has fruity and malty tones with a hint of caramel - not remarkable, but definitely drinkable. Smooth texture has average body and average fizziness. Not outstanding, but still enjoyable. A good party beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
1.51/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Cola brown with a small white head and a poor lace.

S - Meaty aroma. Touch of malt.

T - Sweet caramel and cola. Some cinnamon spice. Meaty, pork off-flavor in the aftertaste. Likely spoiled.

M - Watery body. No carbonation.

D - Poor flavor and body.

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Photo of Krishob
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beers appearance is a deep copper, but also still has sediments that are in it & some peaces are larger then you'd expect. Cloudy in appearance & there is a slight amount of head that appears when poured, but dissipates quickly.

It has a somewhat sweet smell to it w/ slight woody hint as well. them smell will make you want to drink it. If it could have a lil more carbonation the aroma could be stronger & not seem to fade as quickly.

The taste is not bad, kinda of watery. a very small bitter bite up front but fades quickly, but not cleanly. leaves your moth a lil dry and you can still taste it slightly in the back of your throat & tongue.

Not a bad beer, but not one of the best, but for something from a sample pack from a big box store that you get as a gift not bad at all. Would drink it again depending on the variety available.

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Photo of magnj
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a few from this brewery I got as a gift.

A - deep copper body, off white head is thin and drops to just a ring quickly.

S - Malty vegetable like aroma with caramel and pumpkin. Smells pretty good.

T - Similar to the smell, caramel, pumpkin and other deepish malt flavors that are a little off but much like most other marzens I've had.

M/D - Medium to full body, easy to drink. The best of the pack so far, still not great.

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Photo of biggred1
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber with a fluffy sand colored head that leaves spiderweb lacing on the glass. Sweet and grainy with mild herbal hop notes. Mild, nutty and toffee malt flavors with an herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium light bodied. An easy drinking training wheel O-fest that lacks the chops for the more serious beer drinker.

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Photo of Brettster
3.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice clear amber color with a two finger thick foamy head. I cannot pick much up in the smell, maybe I have a cold. Maybe it smells a little grainy. Similar to the other "Beers of America Collection." Well, the taste is kind of lacking much like the smell. Not much of a Marzen. There is maybe a slight hop finish, that's hit. Very light bodied mouthfeel. Just okay. Not the best of the pack.

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Photo of vdread
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hole in the Rock

the last in the 'beers of america' pack, i'm relieved to have finished them all. while these beers were not the best, they weren't horrible either. the 'beers of america' would probably do good for someone dipping their toes into craft. not for somebody expecting a true 'marzen', 'porter', etc.

i would use the words 'weak', 'buttery', and 'boring' to describe this beer.

amber color with a thick foamy white head that leaves a few spots of lace. it looks pretty, at least. i can't say as much about the smell and taste, which are weak at best, and, like all the other 'beers of america', are backed by that dirty water and diacetyl taste.

smells of grains and light malt, sugary sweetness

tastes of dirty water, grains, sweetness. slightly hoppy, very buttery.

mouthfeel thin, light, watery

i could see this being enjoyed in a different setting. perhaps to wash down a pimento cheese sandwich or two. just so i don't choke on any pimento cheese. i won't be drinking 'beers of america' again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another offering from the historical beers of America gift set.

Pours a mostly clear light copper color with about two fingers of light beige head. Keeps a pretty good lace and leaves a ring or two on the sides of the glass.

Smell is a bit on the weak side but has both the toasted grain and caramel sweetness that I look for in a marzen. Soft buttery quality to it.

Taste is a bit grainier than the smell and is on the watery side. Some lightly sweet caramel and a bit of toastiness, but it's too thin. Flavor is decent but is too watery.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and much too watery. I'd like more robustness of flavor and a bit more body.

This is a pretty pedestrian marzen. Like the others from this gift set it may well be a good representation of what the style was in America 100 years ago. I'm just glad we as consumers demand more flavor than our ancestors.

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Photo of thekanna
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the bottles from the "Beers of America" Historical Beer Collection 12-pack.

A: A clear gold bordering on amber with visible effervescent carbonation and a thin, white head.

S: Extremely light and fresh; some faint wheat malts but that's really it. Nothing else to comment about.

T: Sweet adjunct malts (although mostly wheat) with a nice diacetyl finish. Slight caramels poke through and a general toffee flavor.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, although crisp.

D: Generally refreshing and drinkable; nothing offensive here.

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Photo of generallee
2.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has an amber color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation. On top sits a light fluffy white head that quickly fades to a very thin covering that make some spotty slick lace on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is very light and there is little to describe. I only noticed a very faint malty sweetness in the nose.

Taste/Palate: There is a light sweet malty grain and husk flavor with some corn or cooked vegetable notes and just a hint of diacetyl. This is balanced by a touch of grassy hops and an odd astringent flavor as well. It finishes dry and clean. The palate has a fairly light body with an average borderline fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This was a rather bland marzen style beer and it had very similar flavors to all the other beers in the mixed pack. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of joepais
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pored into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that turned to a thin lace. The body of the brew was clear amber with golden highlights.

There was a little bit of grain in the aroma department but not too much else. The flavor was sweet and malty as well with a light sourness to it. Medium bodied with good carbonation for this style.

It is drinkable but again why? There are tons better Marzen's out there.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed eighteen pack.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a mug. The beer is a slightly hazy orangy-copper color. My pour produces a off white head about 1/2 inch in height. Head fades to nothing, with no lacing.

Smell: One dimensional, with mostly malt aromas, nothing hop related. Not totally unexpected, but the scent was still weak.

Mouthfeel: In line with the scent, sweeter malty taste, caramelly and toffee and a touch biscuitty. No hop bitterness just a lightly sweet maltyness, overall not overwhelming, but not terrible.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit thin and watery. Moderate carbonation keeps it from feeling too bland.

Drinkability: A fairly easy drinking, underwhelming beer, which is likely the goal of the mixed pack. Just bet them to try it. Not something I would seek out to purchase.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= typical of a marzen. Orangy dark amber color with no head and no lacing
S= very sweet and chocolaty up front followed by soapyness. Ick
T= dirty water of course. I'm starting to really hate this brewery. The only other taste is something like a butterfinger candy bar.
M= light carb and light in the mouth
D= strangly average for the company

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice label. Poured in Great Dane glass, also given as a gift. Many thanks for that too.
Sweet malt aroma that marks it as a marzen. Not strong, but clearly marking its style. Simple and straightforward.
Brilliantly clear of dark amber towards orange. Respectfully creamy off white head. Dripping but prominent lacing.
Flavor is right and good, just a tad aqueous, which will increase it's drinkability, but take away from flavor. Enough drying to say what it is, but leaves nice flavors of malt. Tasty touch of sweetness up front.
Not too drying or too rich (what I often find excessive with Am. versions). Full with quite fine carbonation, preventing over filling feeling.
This drinks very well. It goes down nice and soft. The decrease on richness leaves the desire for more. I'll enjoy the other two, very much, thank you.
Part of Beers of America collection and received as a gift. The book that accompanies this isn't bad either. Thanks Dad.

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Photo of kevman527
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me this beer from one of those Beers of America gift packs. I have never bought one of these but I do like the packaging.

A: Bottle pour only produced a tiny bit of head which quickly dissapated. Light brown color with a little light coming through.

S: A faint malt smell but not much else, could not pick up any hop presence.

T: Pretty bland....Not much else I can say.

M: Medium Carbonation, pretty smooth.

D: The one quality of this beer is the ease of drinking it.

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Photo of Procrastinator
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 0z. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass. Bottle has no dating. Part of "Beers of the World" 18-pack that people buy for me knowing that I'm the guy who likes beer. I've had this beer several times over the years.

Appearance: golden bronze or deep honey colored body with a slightly off-white small-bubbled head. Carbonation bubbles are moderate in number. Head breaks down to form some lacing.

Smell: Rather hard to decipher, slight biscuit malts and minor sweetness like a piece of toast crust. Hop bitterness can be perceived in the background.

Taste: light bread crusts and slight hop bitterness. Tastes are rather subdued. This beer needs more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue immediately with a fizzy carbonation. Body is definitely on the watery side. Balance is on the bitterness side in need of more malt balance.

Drinkability: this is not a beer I'll search out. One seems like plenty enough. Nothing terrible, just doesn't seem like a Marzen to me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber in color, with a small off-white head, which retains fairly well, thin, scattered lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet caramel aroma, with slight herbal hops. The caramel notes are almost cloying and mask and grain aroma that might be present.

Taste: Slightly sweet at the open, with roasted grain and earthy notes, as the taste progresses, herbal hop notes appear, and the earth flavors become more prominent. Finishes dry with a mild, lingering hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Fairly drinkable, but not exemplary for the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Thanks to HardTarget for graciously sharing this example.

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Photo of mdm46410
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a shaker. This beer poured a burnt orange hue with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that slightly lasted. Some light, slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of biscuit, caramel, and a mild hop note. The flavor included caramel, toasted grains, and sweet malts. A bit bland. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with moderate to high carbonaiton. Not much to say about this beer. It smelled like a märzen, but it didn't really taste like much of anything.

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Photo of Winter
2.64/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark clear copper with a thin off-white head. Thin aroma has a light maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Disappointingly light in flavor for a Märzen-style beer. There's a nutty maltiness upfront, some diacytel with a thin caramel, pie crust-like finish.

This beer could benefit from a stronger malt presence. To thin to be interesting for the style and not a very enticing beer over all.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a madium amber with orange and gold accents(looks artificial),with some foamy off white head that was in a hurry to leave,no lacing at all

S-a little like candy corn,maybe some grains
(?not a lot going on?)

T- tortilla chips,some caramel malts,it seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place

M-very light and thirst quenching,carbonation is a little much

D-its just not for me,I tried to enjoy it really,I tried

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Photo of scottblaze
3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium pour gave an impressive 2" tan colored head w/equally impressive retention, after 5 minutes still had ½" head, very good lacing, clear amber color. Not much on the nose, a little grassy/malty that's about it. For a Märzen... not bad but just a little thin for the style, not very much on the malt and I swear there may be a little DMS. A little carbonated bite on the mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Not a good representation of a Märzen thus the lower STM #'s but an easy drinking and refreshing beer regardless.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I received this brew in an 18 pack of "Beers of America" as a gift.
For an Octoberfest this brew doesn't rate. It's not a bad brew, but I was surprised to see it in the Marzen/Octoberfest category.

I poured a cold bottle into a frosted mug. It poured a medium amber color with a nice light caramel colored head with minimal lacing.

The smell was pretty good, you can smell some hops and other spices here, maybe some fruit flavor, too.

The taste is okay, nothing special, but nothing to pour down the sink either.

This is an okay brew, but not what I'd be looking for in an Octoberfest.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got it from the Beers of America 18 pack.

Pours a clear amber color with a good size head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is pretty weak, slight whiff of caramel malt.

Taste is very bland, not much spice for a märzen, only a slight caramel malt taste, does have a good crispness with the right amount of carbonation though.

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Photo of Durge
3.14/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A clear dark yellow-copper color brew with hardly a hint of head and similar lacing. Looks pretty dead all around but it has a sweet toffee aroma with a hint of floral hop maybe. Pretty flat bodied just as appearances suggested. Malt and honey flavored with some peppery accents. Overall sweet with some bitterness to help rescue it from overkill. Refreshing enough and drinks like water. Taste isn't bad but not something I'm much attracted to. Better than some but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Dark honey colored, virtually no head on pour and what did form quickly dissipated. Slight lacing on surface. Light carbonation with medium bubbles.

S = Light smells, slight trace of lightly toasted wheat bread, some sweet traces almost like honey or caramel.

T = Sweet flavors in the front of the mouth slowly shift to a sour flavor (but not a citrus sour, more a sourdough without the strong yeasty dough) in the finish. Interesting changes as the beer swishes around the mouth. Tastes are relatively light, fresh grains, light hops flavoring.

M = Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, moderate mouthcoating.

D = Not my favorite beer by miles, but I could imagine drinking this happily again in late September. Depending on the ABV (currently not indicated) it might be a decent session beer.

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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.