Smoked Märzen
Holy City Brewing

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #76
Ranked #22,971
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: When the weather is right, there’s nothing like an Oktoberfest/Märzenbier and all its malty glory. But why make yet another Märzen that gets lost in the shuffle? We decided to include some smoked malt, actually a part of some traditional Märzen recipes, to set ours apart. There’s still a rich, sticky-sweet malt chararcter, and a deep ruby color, but the smoked edge adds a fun turn to the flavor profile and also dries out the mouthfeel a bit.

26 IBU
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by avalon07:
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of malt and a slight smoky tinge.

T: Tasted of malt, mild hops, and the aforementioned smokiness. There's a little bit of a nutty quality buried in the flavor, which adds something interesting. A good flavor, though the advertised smokiness wasn't was prevalent as I would have thought.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A generally well done, slightly different Marzen. Drinkable.

Jan 21, 2012
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JISurfer from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Jun 22, 2014
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crwrunner from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Nov 03, 2013
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whitekiboko from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Feb 03, 2012
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Bung from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, Draft at Smokey Oak tap room.
Darker amber pour, two fingers of off white head. Pretty nice.

Aroma, Malty caramel and bread. Very very light smoke, maybe just a nuttiness.

Taste, Nice malty marzen. Some tea, yellow rainin. Caramel lingers nicely. Smoke is barely noticeable to the point I'm not sure why they mention in.

Some carbonation appears to have been lost in the pour, but there is still enough. Drinks pretty easy, 6.3% makes it borderline sessionable to me though. Pretty solid, just nothing in the way of smoke.

Feb 12, 2012
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GRG1313 from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jun 28, 2014
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Oct 19, 2013
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garuda from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.3%

Aug 08, 2013
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jsanford from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler freshly filled at the brewery

Pours a fairly clear, dark mahogany with a dense bone-coloed head that settles to a soapy cap, leaving craggy lacing clinging to the glass. Really nice aromas of meaty, Shlenkerla-esque smoked malt, caramel, and just a touch of cocoa. Reminds me of Schlenkerla, and that's the highest compliment I can pay a smoked beer. Taste is equally smoky, with flavors of caramel, amber malts, a touch of chocolate, and pork BBQ (mmm...pork BBQ). Comparable to Schlenkerla, but not as complex. Still, really tasty Smoked Marzen. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable, with a touch-over-medium-body and good carbonation. Great beer from Holy City, perfect for the season.

Oct 22, 2012
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dec 05, 2013
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CarolinaKev from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jan 23, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Sep 07, 2013
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icehawk from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Aug 08, 2013
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ADTaber from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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UnderPressure from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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GTB from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jun 06, 2013
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jocain916 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Feb 09, 2012
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HazardousBrewer from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Oct 21, 2012
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LukeRfour from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Jun 18, 2013
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 20, 2015
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Tatuchris from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Jul 06, 2013
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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Wiseaxe from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Nov 06, 2014
Smoked Märzen from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 24 ratings