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

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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Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 pmcadamis
2.72/5  rDev -9%
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 treehugger02010
3.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I also found this in my refrigerator and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A watered down translucent amber body with a tan head that leaving a bit of thin lacing and not very good retention.
Smell: A candy malty aroma that was pretty nice.
Taste: An almost sherry skunked taste, but not off putting. The overuse of toasted malt flavor might have dumbed down the sherry.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and pleasant but not above average.
Drinkability: Ok, but as far as Oct-fest goes, no where near the best.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of beveritt
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
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 JimFalzone
2.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like the concept this brewery is promoting by contract breweing historic American beers.

However. this Marzen is not that great. It has an unpleasant smell which is cross between moldy corn and battery acid - but more subtle.

The taste is drinkable like a Pabst Blue Ribbon, which is a back-handed but sincere compliment.

This may be how the classic recipe originally tasted, but it's not a great beer.

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
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 scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper with little to no foaming and bubbles. Very light carmel malt aroma and maybe even light fruit syrups. The taste is an ok rendition of a classic marzen. Good caramel and even sometight crystal and pale malts. A little tartness that refreshes after a rough day at work. A pretty easy beer.

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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 cookin420
2.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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 cooncat
2.76/5  rDev -7.7%
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 dstc
2.41/5  rDev -19.4%
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 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 Mdog
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber, decent head.

Smell: Biscuit, some caramel sweetness.

Taste: A little sweetness, then earthy tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth.

Drinkability: Not great, not bad, smack dab in the middle.

Finished off the beers of America pack from Minhas with this one. Another average offering, not bad but not great. Maybe drinking all these tea/earthy/metallic beers will at least expand my pallette!

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Photo of daliandragon
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yet another January marzen for me, although considering the September weather we're currently having now in NC, I guess it is in season..strange. Pours a handsone full copper amber with a thin cap of head and a malty but weak nose with a few faint notes of caramel.

Mostly caramel malts in the taste with nutty and chocolate hints. Hops make a brief late appearance. Mouthfeel is carbonated well enough but unexciting in the finish and rather mediocre. The water seems off somehow. This isn't a terrible marzen but not one to go out of your way for.

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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 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 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 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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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 oelergud
2.89/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Transparent deep amber/ruby body. Slightly rocky yet creamy looking off-white head. Low carbonation and decent lace and retention.
The smell is molasses and ripe bananas with some bread notes. Caramel comes through as it warms abit but dont take an unagitated whiff as it'll almost gag you.
Flat suryp with off hop flavors. Aftertaste is a burnt fruit like flavor. Sounds interesting but alas, it's not.
Much too dry and not true to the style at all. Some coating and slightly slick.
Too many better examples of the style to have this one again.


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Photo of schoolcb
3.16/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in the series of "Beers of America". This bottle also says it was brewed and bottled by MDII Rochester NY. Bottle says it is a "Marzen Style Lager Beer".

Pours a nice deep amber, but does not support the head you would expect. Faint malt aroma. Flavor is a nice malt sweetness, but not too sweet. Not a bad attempt at a marzen for a beer that has been marketed to the masses. As good as the German variety, not even close, would I drink 'nother? Heck ya!

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Photo of ihscout426
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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