Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Hole In The Rock  Marzen Style LagerHole In The Rock  Marzen Style Lager

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by TastyTaste on 12-07-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear carmel body, small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a partial covering of creamy white foam on top of the beer. Smell is very sweet of carmel malts and breadiness. Taste is sweet and creamy, with bitterness added in a very complimentary manner. Malt presence is very full and satisfying. A very drinkable, excellent example of a marzen, and probably the best of this beer sampler

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fine pale and light crystal malt scent along with a dry, yet fruity lager yeast aroma. It has a moderate hop character; pretty tame. The taste is good. It has a solid malt balance. It's sweet with pale and caramel malts along with a fruity yeast finish. It is silky smooth on the way down and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine Marzen. It's nothing flashy, but it drinks well and has excellent all around character.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick, pillowy head over a clear, light orange color. Darker than a normal lager and very clear.

Has a sweet, malty, lager-y smell. Rather bold and interesting. Has a strong, pungent Belgian-ish accent in the aroma.

Strong lager taste with a sour finish, and that's a good thing. Just a hint of Belgian goodness behind the otherwise standard formula. It's a lager with a little secret.

Watery but with a thicker feel than most lagers. Has a foamy afterfeel, and a little bite at the end. This is a very excellent and drinkable lager. Has a German bite, but also smoothness. Has the German bitterness but the Belgian sourness. A good Kraut beer by way of Flanders.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice label. Poured in Great Dane glass, also given as a gift. Many thanks for that too.
Sweet malt aroma that marks it as a marzen. Not strong, but clearly marking its style. Simple and straightforward.
Brilliantly clear of dark amber towards orange. Respectfully creamy off white head. Dripping but prominent lacing.
Flavor is right and good, just a tad aqueous, which will increase it's drinkability, but take away from flavor. Enough drying to say what it is, but leaves nice flavors of malt. Tasty touch of sweetness up front.
Not too drying or too rich (what I often find excessive with Am. versions). Full with quite fine carbonation, preventing over filling feeling.
This drinks very well. It goes down nice and soft. The decrease on richness leaves the desire for more. I'll enjoy the other two, very much, thank you.
Part of Beers of America collection and received as a gift. The book that accompanies this isn't bad either. Thanks Dad.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to amber color with a finger of head that falls rather rapidly to a solid coat over top. Modest lace stick as the head recedes. Nose is lightly doughy with a nice simple sugary sweetness, not caramel, but just general malty sweetness laying in there as well. Flavor is fairly right on with the nose. Doughy with a base sweetness from german malt. Light toastyness plays in as well as just a touch of herbal hop and light bitter on the finish. Of all the beers in the pack, this is by far the best. Feel is on the thicker end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. A fair representation of the style. Its pretty clean and really doesn't have anything that strikes me as outstanding but also nothing that is awful. Not too shabby.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Hole In The Rock was amber in color with a white head. The head was large at first, but soon dissipated to a thin layer, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was malty. The taste was good and malty with a fairly dry finish. It was medium in both body and carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a good tasting very drinkable beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber color on the pour, tannish head that disspipated quickly. maklty aroma with a trouvch of hops. I had this with a pizza (ok, maybe not a pure taste test), but thought it went well. I could see drinking several of these some night, and give it a good rating. Most drinkable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
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 SetarconeX
3.62/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rust orange with amber edges. A modest number of bubbles rise through the pristine liquid and make contact with the underside of a several finger cap of lightly creamy foam, while thick strands of sea foam lace adhere to the upper third of the glass. Nothing out of the Oktoberfest ordinary.

I would probably be able to pick the correct style if blinded, but then again, maybe not. Lightly toasted grain with a minor Munich malt earthiness greets my nose with a subtlety unbecoming of the style. It had better be more bold on the palate, that's all I have to say.

It is... and is a decent version, albiet one that falls on one of the lower, lighter rungs of the style ladder. The flavor profile is a fair approximation of the nose with the same toasted nutty notes and the same Munich malt influence. It's a trifle fruity as well, as if an ale yeast was used rather than a lager yeast.

This is one of those beers whose sweetness and bitterness seem to cancel one another out rather than being additive. As is usually the case, slightly sweet is favored early and slightly bitter is favored late. The finish is spotlessly clean and is impressively dry. I don't have much to say about the body/mouthfeel. It's as light as the flavor when style is taken into consideration.

Hole In The Rock is okay beer that would make a great starter Oktoberfest for those macro drinkers who are curious about the style. Any serious aficionado, however, will want to stick with the German originals and the better domestic versions. Unfortunately, this one, while somewhat enjoyable, can't be counted as a member of the latter group.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second beer from the Beers of America gift set. Another well made, middle of the road brew. Poured out to a dark orange color with a large white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of fresh malts, rotten husk and corn, spices and some notes of sweet yeast are appealing. Taste is quite nice; roasted nuts, full malts, some sweetness. Blends rather well on the palate. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still appropriate for the style. Drinkability is just north of average. Better than most macro made Märzen beers i've had. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.41/5  rDev +14%
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 +13.7%
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 mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of magnj
3.31/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a few from this brewery I got as a gift.

A - deep copper body, off white head is thin and drops to just a ring quickly.

S - Malty vegetable like aroma with caramel and pumpkin. Smells pretty good.

T - Similar to the smell, caramel, pumpkin and other deepish malt flavors that are a little off but much like most other marzens I've had.

M/D - Medium to full body, easy to drink. The best of the pack so far, still not great.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
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 drotski
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
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 jeschaefer
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.2/5  rDev +7%
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 whartontallboy
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep reddish amber, clear with a thin, fizzy white head that holds okay.

Smell is lightly malty, with a little hint of caramel, and some subdued sweet fruitiness. Not much hoppiness, even for the style. Smell is pretty light overall, which has been a running theme with this variety pack.

Tastes nice enough, though, light caramel malts, a light-medium body, and a little nutty flavor and some very light toasted grains. Just a tad weak, but still not terrible.

Overall: All of these beers, except for the all-malt lager, have just been kind of okay. Definitely not bad, but I'd put them about one notch below, say, one of the regular Saranac mixed packs.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I received this brew in an 18 pack of "Beers of America" as a gift.
For an Octoberfest this brew doesn't rate. It's not a bad brew, but I was surprised to see it in the Marzen/Octoberfest category.

I poured a cold bottle into a frosted mug. It poured a medium amber color with a nice light caramel colored head with minimal lacing.

The smell was pretty good, you can smell some hops and other spices here, maybe some fruit flavor, too.

The taste is okay, nothing special, but nothing to pour down the sink either.

This is an okay brew, but not what I'd be looking for in an Octoberfest.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma has a fruity core and hints of malt and caramel. It pours a pretty clear amber with a fluffy, if typical, white head. Flavor has fruity and malty tones with a hint of caramel - not remarkable, but definitely drinkable. Smooth texture has average body and average fizziness. Not outstanding, but still enjoyable. A good party beer.

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Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair representation of the Märzen / Oktoberfest style. Pours clear medium copper into my favorite pint glass and displays a quick falling 2 fingered head that reduces to a ring of fine bubbles that sheets the side of the pint glass as I tilt a pint glass to taste. Little aroma - light caramel sweet malt and a similar taste follows with some nuttyness along with a bready yeast. Starts sweet gets in the obligatory middle hops and a clean finish. Medium body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. It has a nice amber color with very little head.
It smelled of corn and grains.
The taste had some bitter hoppy flavors mixed with a hint of caramel.
A very soft mouthfeel.
It is drinkable but it simply does not compare to other Marzen/Oktoberfest beers.

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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.99 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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