Pretzel Stout
Martin House Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #650
Ranked #24,821
3.8 | pDev: 13.16%
Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Pretzel StoutPretzel Stout
Notes: Formerly There Will Be Stout
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 177
Photo of JohnDee
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful opaque brownish black with a thick tan head. Smells faintly of malt. Slightly sweet but overwhelmingly bitter and somewhat lacking in body. No discernible pretzel flavor. Disappointing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.70 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.169/oz) at Total Wine, SATX
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – roasted malt
Head large (Maximum 6.2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to a five mm frothy ring and thin partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt with maybe, possibly, just might be a hint of pretzel. Ends with a slightly burnt taste with a long hang time. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium to full, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation

A passable stout, but not exceptional. Price point makes it something I’d buy again.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown, black body with tan head with ok R&L
S: sweet, roasted chocolate notes
T: sweet, chocolate roasted notes with some balata breast undertones
M: thick and velvety
D: easy drinking but filling

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 12, 2015

16 oz. can, snifter

A – Black, medium ochre, and opaque, though appears to pour clear. Khaki to light brown foam, almost an inch.

S – Chocolate and light caramel, vanilla. A bit of herbal hopping. Nothing too extreme.

T – Same as the aroma with the addition of some toasty bread crust.

M – Slightly sudsy, medium to medium-high carbonation, with a medium-full body. Moderate bitterness on the finish.

O – I’ll never complain (much) about a well-made stout. However, with the name “Pretzel Stout”, I expected a bit of salt or a bit more presence of other aromas and flavors. Still, very good.

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Photo of SanAnMan
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz tall boy can poured into a .5L glass stein.

Been wanting to try this for a while now, fnally found a single available, and decided to give it a shot. Pour has a very thick, creamy head. Retained for a good while. Aroma has lots of roasted flavors, bitter, smoky, dark chocolate, roasted caramel. Taste was more of the same. The pretzel flavor is a little muted, but on the back palate, you can pick up a little bit of the saltiness, and some bready notes from the pretzels. A very surprising, but easy to drink stout. I wouldn't mind picking up more of this in the future. Glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good looking stout, a big brown head topping a black brew and generally being pretty stout-y.

Hmmm... pretzels. Yeah, I'm thinking one of those big soft pretzels you might find in NYC. Don't forget the mustard please! Not sure if the beer screams out pretzels or even tastes like one, but certainly this would be an excellent combo.

A good mix of roasted, toasted, and burnt flavors certainly make for a tasty one. The thick and chewy body is real nice. It almost has some milk-stout qualities to it, especially with the thick body, but I suppose American stout is as good a category as any to put this one in.

Got this as a single 12oz can. Gonna have to see if I can grab a four or six of it (I'd guess it's sold in four-packs, which is fine).

Good job Martin House on this one! Will look for more from this brewery in the future, and Go Texas Breweries for really kicking ass lately! I'm happy to say around 80-85% of the beer I buy these days is local, and going local is a good deal for everybody!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Informal review...

Solid premise. What pairs better together than beer and pretzels?

Brief shallow impressions:

Vigorous pour yields a gorgeous khaki-tan colour. Retains shockingly well -easily for ~8-10 minutes. Mocha. Soft. Appealing.

Dark brown-black of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Mocha. Hazelnut. Cream.

Moderate aromatic intensity.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It's actually delicious, with a creamy soft mouthfeel that absolutely works for its admittedly plain flavour profile. I'm not sure it's pretzel - or anything appropriating pretzel - and I say that as the most devout pretzel lover I know - but I do know that it's tasty.

Gorgeously silky, with a perfect medium body perfectly accentuated by its subtle roasted barley presence. Smooth, wet, refreshing.

Great balance and build. Fantastic depth of flavour. So much better crafted than it needs to be, without coming off artificial or ingenuine by any stretch.

I was sold by the premise, but the execution actually delivered.

A shockingly competent non-gimmicky brew from a brewing company I apparently owe more attention.


I secretly want a case of this delivered to my house.

2nd impressions:

Solid, absolutely. Creamy and medium-bodied, with an authentic baked pretzel taste - subtle and muted and reticent though it may be.

Well-balanced and drinkable, with a well-hidden ABV and plenty of repeat appeal.

Some unwelcome bitterness does creep in on the finish, which does reduce its overall impression. But for the most part, it's balanced and enjoyable, and I'm glad I bought it a second time.

Easily Martin House's best beer.

High B-

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a couple of these at the FS in Ft Worth. I always like to try the local beers and they have at least 20 or so on tap.

Served in a 16 oz. pint glass, the beer is black with a sticky light brown head.

It has a nose of roasted malts and dark fruit.

The beer is slightly sweet with charred malts. There are raisins and very ripe apples. I’m not sure where the pretzels come in, but after drinking a couple, I would like a bowl with some mustard please.

Mouth is thickish and the beer is pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Pete_IV
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Salty and malty. pours black with a dark brown head, the taste is nothing like how it looks, I get a light stout filled with salt, I guess thats the pretzel coming through. Its an interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Another new beer today, the last of the beers my son sent me. Martin House Brewing Co's Pretzel Stout, 'made in Texas by Texans'. Beautiful thick head on the pour, with gradient coloring as it climbed. Coffee aroma rises off the top of the glass. The first sip leaves me with a creamy mustache, and well roasted coffee, chocolate and salty pretzel flavors. The burnt, salty bitterness lingers on the aftertaste. Definitely a bit different then other stouts, and a deeelicious drink to have while eating pretzels and watching football.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint poured some of this and it presented deep dark brown body with a tanned fluffy head. Solid lacing.
Smells like bread, roasted coffee and some dark chocolate and licorice too. All good stuff but somewhat muddled.
Tastes like hoppy roasted coffee, then some chocolate, and it's all backed by the pretzel bread effect that somewhat resembles a pretzel I suppose? Muddled in flavor as well though, because I'm tasting mostly coffee grinds, and somewhat sour at that (after getting past the milk stout-like choco-intro.
Feels medium to lightly carbonated and slick.
Overall it's an ok beer, but I was expecting a strong resemblance to pretzel and I didn't get that. This brewery's Daybreak, which surprisingly lived up to its claim of tasting like breakfast cereal, is what led me to picking up a can of this stout.
Maybe I'll try it again with a different impression. As of now, just ok to me.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

A-dark brown black color with a decent light brown head and little lacing

S-coffee, light chocolate, dark malt

T-coffee, light dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, little blackstrap molasses, light char

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent stout, not getting the pretzels here, but easy drinking

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Dark black, brown head. Nose is bready, chocolate and toasty sweet. Chocolate tast, roast, pretzel, slight toast, mild bitterness. Medium bodied, high drink ability.

It's a great stout, and you can notice the pretzel bread and it works. Delicious.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tall-boy pours an opaque black color with a dense cap of brown head. Excellent retention and interconnecting sheets of impressive-looking stout.

Nose shows a nice balance of hops and malt - chocolate and bread dough mingle with grass and herbs. Smells like it has a bit of sweetness to it, but a fair amount of roast to counter it.

Taste is smoother than I - Im impressed. The chocolate and roast hit first and are followed by a lingering grassy bitterness. The pretzels make a fair much as can be expected at least, there is a certain doughy quality that definitely helps the mouthfeel. This is quite good and certainly more than a mere gimmick brew. I'll be more than happy to pick up another sixer of this.

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Photo of Premo88
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(7/10/14 canning date on label stuck on four-pack plastic "rings" -- I think this is the brewer's first batch of cans for this brew)

L: pours a classic motor-oil look, thick and syrupy with brown head of foam ... not much of a head, just 1/3-inch or so, with no stick and very little lacing; ugly brew, loads of floaties and sediment, but it's so black you have to hold it up to the Texas sun to see any of it. say what you want, Martin House can't be accused of filtering or cleaning out their brews ... ugly but cool

S: burnt malt, burnt hops, burnt wood ... it's roasted and charred. some chocolate and plenty of dark/burnt coffee beans. almost has a black IPA burnt-hop aroma. as it warms, gets a bit sweeter ... vanilla and whiskey. yeah, the vanilla sweet note really shows up as it warms.

T: follows the nose closely ... charred everything. the aftertaste especially showcases a burnt/charred wood taste. very cold, it's not offering much taste beyond the burnt/charred notes, and those are mostly wood and burnt malt. perhaps the pretzels have taken a lot of the sweet out, but it's not replaced with anything so far. as it warms, not much changes.

F: thick and bordering on syrupy, yet plenty carbonation helps lighten the load and make it drinkable. almost slick. it'd be hard to mistake this for anything but a stout.

O: good brew, and the pretzel thing is a cool trick, but honestly, there's not much here that's blowing me away. if the pretzels are doing anything, they're covering up the malt sweetness, which isn't a plus for my tastes.

the 6.5% ABV seems very in-between for the stout family. i've no big opinion on it -- just pointing it out. you don't taste the alcohol one bit.

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Photo of lsiberian
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark opaque black with a strong brown foamy head.

S- Sweet roasted malty chocolate.

t- Sweet on sip followed by malty chocolate bitter that is fantastic. The chocolate malt flavor stay

M- Creamy and smooth.

O- A fantastic stout that brings good malty chocolate flavor.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy black. Not like the black color of a double, but a little lighter. Brown chocolate head. Looks good.

S: Chocolate, malt, roast, and caramel.

T: Was afraid of this being weird and unbalanced, but it's actually pretty nice. I'm not sure what it's like out of the bottle, but it's good on tap. Chocolate, pretzel, graham cracker, roasty malt, peanuts, slight hop taste, and cream.

M: The mouth feel is awesome. Very creamy like a milk stout, and lighter side of thick.

O: This is a good beer, and I think it deserves a better score than what it has. It's balanced and sweet, creamy, and delicious.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: midnight dark with a slight head on the pour

S: This is the strength of this brew with a divergence from the normal straight coffee nose.

T: Slight sour and coffee notes with a bitter after taste.

M: heavy but it is a stout so what do you expect?

O: Worth a try but not my favorite Stout. If you are a big fan of stouts this offers a slight divergence from the traditional with the pretzel.

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