Rauchtoberfest | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stakem on 10-12-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 9
Photo of akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled on 22-Oct. In a tumbler.

A: The marzenbier is a dark amber color, plenty of darker brown hues alongside autumnal orange. Still clear, though, I give the beer credit for not getting to thick. A plentiful white head hung around on earlier pours; the last pour was headless.

S: The festbier is smoky in a pleasantly sweet kind of way, a mild Bamburger aroma that is at once meaty and malty sweet. The sweetness of the bready malts is still evident, paired nicely with the soft smoke.

T: Plenty of smoke but I'm surprised at how nicely the oktoberfest maltiness comes to the surface. The smoke is meaty, flavorful without a lasting thickness. The meatiness transitions nicely to the sweeter, bready malts. This last glass is sparse on the carbonation, allowing the smoke to last just a little while longer. That added element sets up the sweet malts quite nicely, an all-around sweet beer that carries a great deal of baggage with it.

M: Incredibly mild, I had three plus glasses earlier this week with no side effects. The flavor profile runs wide, bringing a meatiness and plenty of malts to the table.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

Hazy reddish brown color with light fizzy head.

Nose brings plenty of smoke, smoked meats and cheese and some dark malts, hint of caramel and toffee, but the smoke isn't overpowering either.

Taste has more of the smoke flavor, smoked meats and cheeses again, smoked wheat, light lager fruits, bit of caramel and toffee, light brine salty finish from the big smoke flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice smoke flavors and aromas, nice malts, a bit of a briney salty finish is the only real downfall of it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 11/14/10. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear deep amber, topped with a thin covering of bright-white head. This stays foamy on the edges, leaving back a nice looking cascade of creamy foamy richness back. The smoke here has a very nice presence to it. It's flavorful but there is enough of an earthy hop character to cut and keep it from becoming overpowering. Sweet notes of caramel and bread rise up from underneath and adds an equally solid malt base to the nose. Some fruity and citric tones runs the middle of this as well.

The taste starts with a smooth backbone of toffee sweetness and toasted bread that is well balanced by a solid dose of zippy feeling earthy hops. The smoke is much more subtle here, lingering more on the breath after each sip than actually being felt in the profile itself. This finishes with dry earth and spice that hangs on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creaminess to it that rides along on the roof of the mouth but then lays some sharpness down on the tongue and gives this an excellent crisp presence in the mouth. The very smooth and drinkable body here is a winner.

I wasn't quite sure what to make of it when Brewer Paul first told me that he had a smoked Oktoberfest in the tanks but MAN, this turned out nice! The smoke is in the nose, right where you want it, while only giving a hint of itself in the taste and allowing that well built Märzen profile to shine. Just a ridiculously crisp, yet clean and smooth body on this, that really ratcheted the drinkibility up. I killed this rather large mug in no time flat! I'd love to see this one return next fall.

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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"A traditional German festival beer brewed with 50% malt smoked over Beechwood chips that impart a subtle smoke flavor and aroma that compliments this beers malt character."

Review from notes taken at the brewpub on 10/9/10.

Appears a clear deep amber color with less than a finger of slightly offwhite head. Small spotty/patchy lace clings to the glassware.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of smoked malts mixed with some caramel malty sweeetness. Nicely blended between a mild sweetness and smoke.

Taste is malty caramelized mild sweetness blended through a pleasant smokey malt flavor that lingers in the mouth. Finishes crisp with a smokey flavor lingering in the mouth with a mild herbal hops bitterness present with flavor.

Medium bodied with a mild level of carbonation. Super drinkable, there are no problems finishing the glass and looking for another. This brew was executed perfectly. It is a balance/blend of two styles. Both characteristics of the rauch and marzen style are accented by each other and really work well together.

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Rauchtoberfest from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
4.06 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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