Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev +17.1%
Rust orange with amber edges. A modest number of bubbles rise through the pristine liquid and make contact with the underside of a several finger cap of lightly creamy foam, while thick strands of sea foam lace adhere to the upper third of the glass. Nothing out of the Oktoberfest ordinary.
I would probably be able to pick the correct style if blinded, but then again, maybe not. Lightly toasted grain with a minor Munich malt earthiness greets my nose with a subtlety unbecoming of the style. It had better be more bold on the palate, that's all I have to say.
It is... and is a decent version, albiet one that falls on one of the lower, lighter rungs of the style ladder. The flavor profile is a fair approximation of the nose with the same toasted nutty notes and the same Munich malt influence. It's a trifle fruity as well, as if an ale yeast was used rather than a lager yeast.
This is one of those beers whose sweetness and bitterness seem to cancel one another out rather than being additive. As is usually the case, slightly sweet is favored early and slightly bitter is favored late. The finish is spotlessly clean and is impressively dry. I don't have much to say about the body/mouthfeel. It's as light as the flavor when style is taken into consideration.
Hole In The Rock is okay beer that would make a great starter Oktoberfest for those macro drinkers who are curious about the style. Any serious aficionado, however, will want to stick with the German originals and the better domestic versions. Unfortunately, this one, while somewhat enjoyable, can't be counted as a member of the latter group.
10-04-2006 13:35:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.2/5 rDev +7%
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. It has a nice amber color with very little head.
It smelled of corn and grains.
The taste had some bitter hoppy flavors mixed with a hint of caramel.
A very soft mouthfeel.
It is drinkable but it simply does not compare to other Marzen/Oktoberfest beers.
07-04-2006 15:15:48 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +33.8%
The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fine pale and light crystal malt scent along with a dry, yet fruity lager yeast aroma. It has a moderate hop character; pretty tame. The taste is good. It has a solid malt balance. It's sweet with pale and caramel malts along with a fruity yeast finish. It is silky smooth on the way down and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine Marzen. It's nothing flashy, but it drinks well and has excellent all around character.
01-04-2006 01:58:00 | More by WesWes
3.05/5 rDev +2%
Pours a medium copper with little to no foaming and bubbles. Very light carmel malt aroma and maybe even light fruit syrups. The taste is an ok rendition of a classic marzen. Good caramel and even sometight crystal and pale malts. A little tartness that refreshes after a rough day at work. A pretty easy beer.
12-20-2007 04:26:58 | More by scruffwhor
3.23/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-25-2012 01:14:26 | More by Cyberkedi
1.5/5 rDev -49.8%
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.
02-09-2011 04:38:02 | More by vfgccp
3.15/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
02-08-2008 05:25:49 | More by Durge
3.23/5 rDev +8%
Pours out a deep reddish amber, clear with a thin, fizzy white head that holds okay.
Smell is lightly malty, with a little hint of caramel, and some subdued sweet fruitiness. Not much hoppiness, even for the style. Smell is pretty light overall, which has been a running theme with this variety pack.
Tastes nice enough, though, light caramel malts, a light-medium body, and a little nutty flavor and some very light toasted grains. Just a tad weak, but still not terrible.
Overall: All of these beers, except for the all-malt lager, have just been kind of okay. Definitely not bad, but I'd put them about one notch below, say, one of the regular Saranac mixed packs.
11-24-2005 16:54:40 | More by whartontallboy
3/5 rDev +0.3%
My fifth selection from the Beers of America Collection. Poured a medium amber color with white puffy head. Smell has some faint notes of caramel, but little else. Taste reveals caramel, and some roasted malt.Finished with more malt, but nothing great. I still think they are putting different labels on the same beer.
12-06-2005 01:27:22 | More by tgbljb
2.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Part of the Beers of America collection. Appearance is dark amber with an average head. The smell has a strange malt aroma, a little bit like roasted coffee, but off-smelling. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's malty, but has an off-tasting roasted flavor. Overall the taste isn't terrible, just off for the style. Something is wrong with the malts here, needs improvement.
01-08-2005 03:56:02 | More by Gagnonsux
3.9/5 rDev +30.4%
Pours a deep copper to amber color with a finger of head that falls rather rapidly to a solid coat over top. Modest lace stick as the head recedes. Nose is lightly doughy with a nice simple sugary sweetness, not caramel, but just general malty sweetness laying in there as well. Flavor is fairly right on with the nose. Doughy with a base sweetness from german malt. Light toastyness plays in as well as just a touch of herbal hop and light bitter on the finish. Of all the beers in the pack, this is by far the best. Feel is on the thicker end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. A fair representation of the style. Its pretty clean and really doesn't have anything that strikes me as outstanding but also nothing that is awful. Not too shabby.
01-18-2006 03:18:34 | More by kmpitz2
3.88/5 rDev +29.8%
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.
12-26-2008 20:59:41 | More by garymuchow
3.08/5 rDev +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.
06-29-2008 00:17:30 | More by Pegasus
4.18/5 rDev +39.8%
Crystal clear carmel body, small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a partial covering of creamy white foam on top of the beer. Smell is very sweet of carmel malts and breadiness. Taste is sweet and creamy, with bitterness added in a very complimentary manner. Malt presence is very full and satisfying. A very drinkable, excellent example of a marzen, and probably the best of this beer sampler
12-07-2004 18:15:17 | More by TastyTaste
3.68/5 rDev +23.1%
Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager arrives in a 12oz longneck bottle. Pours out into my tulip glass a dark amber color with a half inch of bubbly white head that manages to leave some sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas begin with toasted malts accented by a touch of caramel. Nutty scents with roasted grain. A subtle herbal hop is present as well. Enjoyable.
First sip brings a mellow toasty maltiness with a dash of caramel and some nutty flavors as well. Flows down with a bit of a grainy feel and a finishes off with just a slight hoppiness on the way down. Overall, a nice lager that I can say I enjoyed.
Mouthfeel has a nice body and goes down easily. A fairly nice marzen style lager that's easy drinking and a nice change of pace from the bigger beers. Out of this Beers of America 12 pack this is probably my favorite so far. I could have a few of these in a sitting no problem.
06-15-2006 03:12:32 | More by orbitalr0x
2.68/5 rDev -10.4%
A - This one is clear, and looks like the color of a light brown wood stain. The head is a one finger khaki affair, and stays around for a few minutes.
S - Caramel, brown sugar, and rootbeer hard candy. Some grape notes are there too...like hard grape candy. This smells nice.
T - More caramel and brown sugar. Tastes like it smells. It's not bad, but sort of boring and bland.
M - Light bodied, watery, and weak.
D - Smells and looks nice enough, but it gets boring once you take a sip. Very amateurish stuff here. I've been very disappointed with this whole mixed pack so far.
01-09-2008 05:46:56 | More by pmcadamis
3.45/5 rDev +15.4%
My second beer from the Beers of America gift set. Another well made, middle of the road brew. Poured out to a dark orange color with a large white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of fresh malts, rotten husk and corn, spices and some notes of sweet yeast are appealing. Taste is quite nice; roasted nuts, full malts, some sweetness. Blends rather well on the palate. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still appropriate for the style. Drinkability is just north of average. Better than most macro made Märzen beers i've had. Worthy of a try.
12-26-2005 00:06:47 | More by Frozensoul327
2.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Yet another January marzen for me, although considering the September weather we're currently having now in NC, I guess it is in season..strange. Pours a handsone full copper amber with a thin cap of head and a malty but weak nose with a few faint notes of caramel.
Mostly caramel malts in the taste with nutty and chocolate hints. Hops make a brief late appearance. Mouthfeel is carbonated well enough but unexciting in the finish and rather mediocre. The water seems off somehow. This isn't a terrible marzen but not one to go out of your way for.
01-06-2007 01:17:43 | More by daliandragon
2.73/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
02-09-2008 02:49:06 | More by deltatauhobbit
2.45/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
10-13-2009 22:56:25 | More by generallee
3.1/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-29-2009 02:32:24 | More by number1bum
2.6/5 rDev -13%
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
12-31-2008 21:14:01 | More by jjanega08
3/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Clear amber, decent head.
Smell: Biscuit, some caramel sweetness.
Taste: A little sweetness, then earthy tea-like bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light, smooth.
Drinkability: Not great, not bad, smack dab in the middle.
Finished off the beers of America pack from Minhas with this one. Another average offering, not bad but not great. Maybe drinking all these tea/earthy/metallic beers will at least expand my pallette!
01-07-2007 18:34:48 | More by Mdog
3.75/5 rDev +25.4%
Good amber color on the pour, tannish head that disspipated quickly. maklty aroma with a trouvch of hops. I had this with a pizza (ok, maybe not a pure taste test), but thought it went well. I could see drinking several of these some night, and give it a good rating. Most drinkable.
07-06-2006 00:58:59 | More by kimcgolf
Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.