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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: 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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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of vfgccp
1.51/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Cola brown with a small white head and a poor lace.

S - Meaty aroma. Touch of malt.

T - Sweet caramel and cola. Some cinnamon spice. Meaty, pork off-flavor in the aftertaste. Likely spoiled.

M - Watery body. No carbonation.

D - Poor flavor and body.

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Photo of sabrills70
1.77/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer number 2 in the "Beers of America" pack. Pours a medium light amber with a 1 finger head that faded quickly and has very little lace. Some mild roasted caramel malt smells, a faint corn/rice aroma (not looking good so far). Taste is a macro with some color added. An awful marzen.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of hopsaplenty
2.06/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This bottle, one of the "Beers of America" series, pours a soft copper, with a small off-white head of small bubbles that thins down. The smell is minimally of soft malt. Light, thin, watery body, almost no hops, and oh so minimal malt sweetness. There is not much here, and the taste was similar to the Tejas. An extremely weak Marzen. I'll be passing along the second bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Part of the Beers of America gift box. Catch up rating. A rather unimpressive marzen as apart of an American Legacy mixed pack, made from historical recipes.

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Photo of joepais
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pored into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that turned to a thin lace. The body of the brew was clear amber with golden highlights.

There was a little bit of grain in the aroma department but not too much else. The flavor was sweet and malty as well with a light sourness to it. Medium bodied with good carbonation for this style.

It is drinkable but again why? There are tons better Marzen's out there.

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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 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 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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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

A-pours a madium amber with orange and gold accents(looks artificial),with some foamy off white head that was in a hurry to leave,no lacing at all

S-a little like candy corn,maybe some grains
(?not a lot going on?)

T- tortilla chips,some caramel malts,it seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place

M-very light and thirst quenching,carbonation is a little much

D-its just not for me,I tried to enjoy it really,I tried

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Photo of kevman527
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me this beer from one of those Beers of America gift packs. I have never bought one of these but I do like the packaging.

A: Bottle pour only produced a tiny bit of head which quickly dissapated. Light brown color with a little light coming through.

S: A faint malt smell but not much else, could not pick up any hop presence.

T: Pretty bland....Not much else I can say.

M: Medium Carbonation, pretty smooth.

D: The one quality of this beer is the ease of drinking it.

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another in the American Beer gift pack. Probably the better of the bunch.

A - Poured a nice copper color with a 1/2 - 1/4 inch head that lasted about half way through then just disk-ka-ma-peer-d

S - Sweet malt with a hint of cinnamon. Pretty nice actually

T - All that build up for this - I had to check the label to see if it said Marzen cuz it sure as hell didn't taste that way. Too bland to be labeled as such.

M - The consistency was very light with almost no bite what-so-ever. The lack of a good head retention made it a bit watery.

D - Overall pretty average, nothing too exciting about it. I wouldn't recommend, there are too many good Oktoberfest out there to waste your time on this one.

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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 jjanega08
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= typical of a marzen. Orangy dark amber color with no head and no lacing
S= very sweet and chocolaty up front followed by soapyness. Ick
T= dirty water of course. I'm starting to really hate this brewery. The only other taste is something like a butterfinger candy bar.
M= light carb and light in the mouth
D= strangly average for the company

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Photo of Winter
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark clear copper with a thin off-white head. Thin aroma has a light maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Disappointingly light in flavor for a Märzen-style beer. There's a nutty maltiness upfront, some diacytel with a thin caramel, pie crust-like finish.

This beer could benefit from a stronger malt presence. To thin to be interesting for the style and not a very enticing beer over all.

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Photo of frazbri
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I received the Hole in the Rock Marzen as a gift. The marzen poured a clean copper color with two fingers of white head built with a some large bubbles. The smell had a hint of bread and fruit, but just a hint. Flavor had a sweet, mild fruitiness. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

I can't say that this had bad flavor or aroma, it just had very little. This shouldn't offend anyone, it's too bland.

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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 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 cooncat
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving from an "American Beers" sampler pack, which includes 6 different styles, all contract brewed by the same brewery (Minhas Brewery of NY). No indication of a 'bottled on' date on the beer.

A vigorous pour produces a copper/amber colored brew, with a thin, foamy head, which leaves behind very minimal lacing on the side of the glass. Head retention is short lived.

The nose is very light for the style, malty, but about the same as you'd expect from a "macro lite" beer ... not a Marzen.

Taste is much the same as the nose, i.e, a bit light for the style. There is a distinct maltiness at the start, and that is pretty much what you get to the bottom of the glass. Hops were apparently an afterthought in this offering. The finish is dry, which is clean on the palate. I found the carbonation to be awkwardly "fizzy", producing a rather strange thin mouthfeel.

I've had quite a few Marzens, and some of them have made quite a favorable impression. This particular offering, unfortunately, cannot be added to that group. Disappointing sums it up.


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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 Gagnonsux
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Beers of America collection. Appearance is dark amber with an average head. The smell has a strange malt aroma, a little bit like roasted coffee, but off-smelling. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's malty, but has an off-tasting roasted flavor. Overall the taste isn't terrible, just off for the style. Something is wrong with the malts here, needs improvement.

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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 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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2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 0z. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass. Bottle has no dating. Part of "Beers of the World" 18-pack that people buy for me knowing that I'm the guy who likes beer. I've had this beer several times over the years.

Appearance: golden bronze or deep honey colored body with a slightly off-white small-bubbled head. Carbonation bubbles are moderate in number. Head breaks down to form some lacing.

Smell: Rather hard to decipher, slight biscuit malts and minor sweetness like a piece of toast crust. Hop bitterness can be perceived in the background.

Taste: light bread crusts and slight hop bitterness. Tastes are rather subdued. This beer needs more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue immediately with a fizzy carbonation. Body is definitely on the watery side. Balance is on the bitterness side in need of more malt balance.

Drinkability: this is not a beer I'll search out. One seems like plenty enough. Nothing terrible, just doesn't seem like a Marzen to me.

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Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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