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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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 67
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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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 MSchae1017
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer pours an amber color with a frothy head. The smell is faint and of sweet barley. The taste is also fairly sweet and has a little bit of hop bitterness but also might have some corn in it. There is a good mouthfeel and overall it is a decent beer but not that great.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light but weak for the style. A decent lager, sweet and malty. Watery. I wouldn't suggest serving this to someone that's really hankering for a good German beer, but this may serve well as a tool for transition from overly mass produced beer to the world of craft beer.

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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 frazbri
2.69/5  rDev -10%
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 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 scooter231
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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 shirfan
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium orange in color with a thin, quickly-fizzing head.

Aroma of oktoberfest-style malt, caramel, and a hint of apple juice.

Taste -- Light, dry and a bit watery. Just a little bit of toasty malt shines through an otherwise macro-lager profile. Little if any hop flavor, and a finish something like the dust on baseball-card pack bubblegum. Poor excuse of a marzen, it's more like a bad amber lager / yeungling knock off.

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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 tgbljb
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My fifth selection from the Beers of America Collection. Poured a medium amber color with white puffy head. Smell has some faint notes of caramel, but little else. Taste reveals caramel, and some roasted malt.Finished with more malt, but nothing great. I still think they are putting different labels on the same beer.

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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 hopsaplenty
2.06/5  rDev -31.1%
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 sabrills70
1.77/5  rDev -40.8%
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 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 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 Gagnonsux
2.81/5  rDev -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 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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Hole In The Rock Marzen Style Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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