Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 12-07-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by SargeC:
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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of generallee
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SetarconeX
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown, though dark enough that's it's hard to see through. Head that dissipates quickly. Light malty smell, somewhat sweet. Taste is also lightly malty, but with a certain tasty graininess that I quite like. Unfortunately, something about the brew also tastes a bit watery, which I like less.

Look, Marzen's supposed to be a festive beer. This one's somewhat lacking in oomph and passion. It's not a bad brew, really, it's just the brewer really seems to have missed the point. A Marzen should make me want to celebrate life, but this one makes me want to file my taxes.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium pour gave an impressive 2" tan colored head w/equally impressive retention, after 5 minutes still had ½" head, very good lacing, clear amber color. Not much on the nose, a little grassy/malty that's about it. For a Märzen... not bad but just a little thin for the style, not very much on the malt and I swear there may be a little DMS. A little carbonated bite on the mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Not a good representation of a Märzen thus the lower STM #'s but an easy drinking and refreshing beer regardless.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.72/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ihscout426
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Marzen is a term and style I hold dear and for which I have high expectations. Taking Paulaner as the top in the category, I opened this contender. The color was good and the head had promise. The rest was down hill. This beer was just too bland. The nose was faint and the flavor had no wow factor. This is a water downed version of a marzen. It may have been correct for the style but was just to faint to be able to tell. The malt was hidden in there somewhere, but not pronounced or sweet or chewy as it should be. Thanks for trying, but it has some ways to go.

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Photo of beveritt
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: I received this bottle in a mix pack that included a tin ice bucket and a book about the history of beer in America. The label is made to look like an old poster and has a picture of an old riverboat. The beer is described as a "Marzen Style Lager Beer." No freshness date. Poured in a pint glass form a 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 inches of almost white, big-bubbled foam that settles into a 3/4 inch creamy head. The beer itself is a light red/amber and has plenty of activity.

Smell: Vegetal hops smell with a metallic background.

Taste: Feels metallic on the tongue, with a very slight caramel flavor. Maybe a little malt in the finish, if you have an imagination?

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is higher than average. Body is thin.

Drinkability: This leaves a lot to be desired. It might be decent as comapred to a macro lager, but it is definitely not what I would consider a marzen. Where is the caramel? Where is the malt at all? Pass.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received for Christmas as part of a "Beers of America" collection (Sams Club or Costco, not sure which). Label is old brown parchment-looking paper with a lithograph of a steamboat on the river, and "Marzen Style Lager" written in old-style script. "Brewed and bottled by MDII in Monroe, WI.

Pours a reddish copper color, very transparent. Lots of red highlights in the beer when light is behind it. Minimal carbonation and almost no head from the get-go.

Aroma is weak, very malty, roasty, slightly sweet. No obvious caramel or toffee, more bready.

Flavor follows through from the aroma, but the sweetness is stronger than in the aroma. A moderate hops bite at the end, which helps the balance, but isn't remarkable.

A decent brew, worth drinking, but it didn't grab me.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown caramel, served at cellar temps it produces 3 fingers tan head, which settles pretty quick to medium lace across the entire surface. Pretty good head retention here.
Smell - malt, aroma hops, and alcohol. Very clean.
Tastes malty, hops, more hops when you swallow, followed by a mild alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel's full, rolling maltiness. Carbonation level is very comfortable, not overdone, and small bubbles that bring out the flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of thekanna
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the bottles from the "Beers of America" Historical Beer Collection 12-pack.

A: A clear gold bordering on amber with visible effervescent carbonation and a thin, white head.

S: Extremely light and fresh; some faint wheat malts but that's really it. Nothing else to comment about.

T: Sweet adjunct malts (although mostly wheat) with a nice diacetyl finish. Slight caramels poke through and a general toffee flavor.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, although crisp.

D: Generally refreshing and drinkable; nothing offensive here.

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Photo of cookin420
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank this out of a pilsner glass. nice head although bubbles a bit large. Not much retention in head, lasted only half the beer. appearance is very clear, commercially clear, with a nice reddish-golden hew. Smelled like sweat socks and creosote, not strongly offensive but not engaging. Taste is average with vary little if any middle boil hops & very low IBU. It's got a great smooth mouth feel and very drinkable, just a matter of whether you want to fill up on this or somethink that taste great.

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Photo of scooter231
2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange reddish rusty color, very clear, with good head. Appealing. Nose has light malty notes with a baaaarely there bready background and a hint of earthy hops. Taste is lacking in flavor and depth- I get some citrus hops and biscuityness, but nothing fantastic.

Mouthfeel is watered down and thin, but a few bubbles even it out. Overall it's a very light, easy to drink brew, and, like other beers from this brewery, a good starter brew for a new good beer convert. However, oktoberfest this is NOT.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Dark honey colored, virtually no head on pour and what did form quickly dissipated. Slight lacing on surface. Light carbonation with medium bubbles.

S = Light smells, slight trace of lightly toasted wheat bread, some sweet traces almost like honey or caramel.

T = Sweet flavors in the front of the mouth slowly shift to a sour flavor (but not a citrus sour, more a sourdough without the strong yeasty dough) in the finish. Interesting changes as the beer swishes around the mouth. Tastes are relatively light, fresh grains, light hops flavoring.

M = Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, moderate mouthcoating.

D = Not my favorite beer by miles, but I could imagine drinking this happily again in late September. Depending on the ABV (currently not indicated) it might be a decent session beer.

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Photo of drotski
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color, with a nice 1" head. Nice lacing. Very transparent, no haze at all.

Smelled very sweet and malty. Hint of hops. Not too bad overall.

Taste was alright. It was a lot more watery than expected, but besides the "water" flavor, there was a nice malty note, with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Not a bad taste at all, but sort of boring.

Felt a bit on the watery side in the mouth, offset by the carbonation.

Very easy to drink, and definitely not a bad tasting beer. Not a great tasting one either.

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Photo of Krishob
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beers appearance is a deep copper, but also still has sediments that are in it & some peaces are larger then you'd expect. Cloudy in appearance & there is a slight amount of head that appears when poured, but dissipates quickly.

It has a somewhat sweet smell to it w/ slight woody hint as well. them smell will make you want to drink it. If it could have a lil more carbonation the aroma could be stronger & not seem to fade as quickly.

The taste is not bad, kinda of watery. a very small bitter bite up front but fades quickly, but not cleanly. leaves your moth a lil dry and you can still taste it slightly in the back of your throat & tongue.

Not a bad beer, but not one of the best, but for something from a sample pack from a big box store that you get as a gift not bad at all. Would drink it again depending on the variety available.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear brown color with a big rocky head. It had a continuation of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is malty with a slight hint of hops – smells clean but not strong. The taste is where the beer begins to break down. It is cereal and timid – not offensive, but not inviting. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. Overall, this is another beer that isn’t offensive but at the same time lacks character.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biggred1
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber with a fluffy sand colored head that leaves spiderweb lacing on the glass. Sweet and grainy with mild herbal hop notes. Mild, nutty and toffee malt flavors with an herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium light bodied. An easy drinking training wheel O-fest that lacks the chops for the more serious beer drinker.

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Photo of dstc
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark caramel color with thick white head. Head disappears rather quickly leaving little lace but this looks like it's gonna be a good beer.

Ok, it looks better than it smells. Very light and very metallically but still looks good.

Well ok, looks are deceiving. Maybe it's just that all beer looks good to me. This beer however tastes as bad as it smells. Metallic/medicine taste. Bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is watery and lightly carbonated.

I guess I don't care for this beer. I gave it a good shot but it is just not at all impressive. Not recommended.

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Photo of mdm46410
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a shaker. This beer poured a burnt orange hue with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that slightly lasted. Some light, slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of biscuit, caramel, and a mild hop note. The flavor included caramel, toasted grains, and sweet malts. A bit bland. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with moderate to high carbonaiton. Not much to say about this beer. It smelled like a märzen, but it didn't really taste like much of anything.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell in the bottle is refreshing and sweet. Smells like a corn mash sweetness. Poured into a boot the color is amber, the head off-white and strong. Very foamy head holds up well. Taste is sweet with spice-like undertones. A slight a pumpkin taste. This is a "winterey" beer like a hot toddy with cinnamin. Very similar to Sam Adams but a bit more reserved. Very unique. I like it.

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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 73 ratings