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

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New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
3.93 | pDev: 13.99%
Dec 29, 2016
Aug 31, 2011
Very Good
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.75 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 3 by Brevbin from Louisiana

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by jmryan8 from Louisiana

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by Robyn from South Carolina

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by frlrv1020 from Florida

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by tetu from Louisiana

Jul 22, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by PawPawPepperoni from Louisiana

Jul 02, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by braican from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by WDJersey from Colorado

Mar 09, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by zbkai189 from Washington

Dec 27, 2013
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Reviewed by megahurts4 from Louisiana

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.

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.
Nov 23, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by ChicagoShakeAndBake26 from Illinois

Nov 05, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by nlmartin from Ohio

Oct 25, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by cfaulman from Wisconsin

Oct 19, 2013
Rated: 4 by Jlog7910 from Louisiana

Oct 07, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by MA08 from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by GraniteGuru from Louisiana

Mar 03, 2013
Rated: 5 by jonathaniler from Florida

Dec 15, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by sd123 from Georgia

Dec 14, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by kmahe from Washington

Dec 10, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by mbs11 from Massachusetts

Dec 08, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by Skelton from Georgia

Dec 07, 2012
Rated: 4 by rowyn from New York

Nov 11, 2012
Rated: 4 by ZethOfTheNorth from Louisiana

Oct 15, 2012
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Reviewed by DrinkSlurm from New York

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...
Oct 04, 2012
Rated: 4 by crobinso from Colorado

Jul 19, 2012
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Reviewed by charlzm from California

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.
May 02, 2012
Rated: 3 by LSUPT from California

Jan 19, 2012
Rated: 4 by avenuepub from Louisiana

Nov 28, 2011
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

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.
Nov 27, 2011
Rated: 5 by hpthebull from California

Nov 20, 2011
Rated: 4 by msubulldog25 from Oregon

Nov 16, 2011
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Reviewed by MrHassellYaHurd from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy light copper color with a thin off-white head.

The beer has a slight smokey arOma, but is backed by a sweet crystal malt backbone.

The taste is similar to the smell, a sweet malty backbone with a hint of smoky flavor.

Smoky Mary isn't a terribly complicated brew, but is definitely a solid offering from NOLA.
Oct 18, 2011
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Reviewed by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

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.
Oct 10, 2011
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

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.
Oct 02, 2011
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Reviewed by deleted_user_21035 from Louisiana

4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I'm not a fan of smoked beers, no I am not. However, I will try anything from NOLA brewing, since I live about five blocks from the brewery. Smoky Mary has made me a believer in the power of smoked beers. I find myself craving it.

Beautiful golden-brown color, with a pale beige head.

The base is a fest style-ale, with a hint of smoked malt. You don't get much smoke on the aroma, but it's there on the palate, and it's nicely balanced against the festy maltiness. That's the main thing I like about this beer: the balance. A lot of smoked beers blow out your palate after a couple of sips, but this is one that you can settle down with for a night or two.

Outstanding with a burger.
Sep 17, 2011
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Reviewed by JayS2629 from Alabama

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.
Sep 15, 2011
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Reviewed by Beerbuddha from Florida

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!
Aug 31, 2011
Smoky Mary from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 40 ratings