Modest Maiden Märzen

North Carolina
United States
Modest Maiden Marzen, Big Boss Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our version of the classic German Märzen. Modest Maiden features locally smoked malt from Riverbend. This malt sat in a cloud of peachwood smoke to give a flavorful contract to the chewy malt backbone in this historic style. Prost!

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
48º F
Hops: 
Hallertauer
Malts: 
Two Row, Vienna, Peachwood Smoked
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Modest Maiden Marzen by Big Boss Brewing Co. is a Marzen (BJCP 2015 6A), but due to the use of smoked peachwood it falls under BJCP 2015 guidelines for Classic Style Smoked Beer 32A. This beer pours a brilliant clear deep golden color with some hints of copper and an off-white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is malty and subtly complex – crackery pilsner-like graininess, light toasty melanoidins, soft caramel and a sweet fruity smoke -- without any overbearing character. Beyond the malt is mild spicy/grassy hops and low red apple-like esters, but otherwise clean lager yeast. The flavor is similar to the aroma but with stronger notes of smoke, toasty Vienna malt and a fruity sweetness (peach, apple). The flavor flirts the thin line between festbier and marzen, being more crackery and less rich than most American versions of the latter. It’s a nice twist on a classic style with a low sweet smoke that complements that base well.

Brewery Introduction

Big Boss Brewing Company was founded by Geoff Lamb in 2006 and shipped it first beers in the 2nd quarter of 2007. Local household favorites emerged in the form of Bad Penny Brown Ale and High Roller IPA.  The company continues to expand their portfolio of barrel aged beers, and now canning new... Read More

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