Smoked Märzen | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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!

Added by CloudStrife on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt sienna, left a small fizzy white head that dissipated quickly, leaves minimal lacing behind.

Powerful smokey scent, I can't believe this is coming off of a beer.

Compared to the scent, the smoke in the flavor is much more balanced and not overpowering one whit. Has a biscuity finish, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied, leaves a very light residue, alcohol is completely hidden.

A very good brew in my book, but I prefer their Smoke and Dagger.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish light brown color, with a large frothy off white head. There is good carbonation and quite a big of lacing. The odor is intensely smoky, almost a salty ham, spices, malty, woods, slightly bread like. The taste is unique for me, very smoky, again almost ham/bacon like, herbal, very malty sweet on the back, not bitter at all.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

I come to this beer biased. I've not liked most of the smoked beers I've tried, but I love a good marzen/Oktoberfest and I'm a fan of Jack's Abbey (they know how to do lagers!).

A: Impressive head builds in my glass, only to quickly fade. Deeper color than most other Marzens, and a good deal cloudier.

S. WHOA! Camp fire! Huge smoke bouquet. Like barbeque over a wood fire. The only natural response is salivation, or there's something wrong with you. The smoke overwhelms the nose. I get some grain and some biscuit and cracker, but it's hard to tell with the smokiness. It's overwhelming, but not overpowering, if that makes sense. Like good barbeque.

T: The smoke hits the pallet first and last and carries everything through the middle. I've never had a smoked beer with such great balance. The middle brings forward the bready, cracker, and biscuit flavors. The grain is there, with a full, round character, that is nicely framed by the smokiness. The finish is long, with deep resinous smoke, slowly fading into a doughiness. Great.

M: Typical for a marzen, on the lighter side, but very smooth. Clean, were it not for the pleasant "dirtiness" of the smoke, which almost bring a gritiness to the table.

O: Great brew and a nice twist on a standard marzen. If you are going camping in fall, this is the brew to take with you!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

The smoke and tart toffee are a great combo in this beer. The ABV isn't listed on the .5 liter bottle, however, the body is fairly light and leads to high drinkability. If you're looking for the run of the mill Marzen, then pass this by. It's more Rauchbier, which I happen to have enjoyed.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Reegze79
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

An absolutely fantastic rauchbier/ marzen. Pours slightly hazy orange, copper color with nice carbonation levels. Rich smokey, malt aroma that is just a hint of what is to follow. The beer is medium body and you are immediately hit with the intense smokey flavor that segues to the sweet mealtimes you expect in the Oktoberfest. I believe that the tastes evened out a bit and were less aggressive once the beer warmed up in the glass for 10 minutes or so. Nice smokey aftertaste; won't need a cigar after this beer

Again, I greatly admire the guys in Framingham that continue to expand their lager offerings and interpretations of Classic German styles.

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Smoked Märzen from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 137 ratings