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Judge's Review: 87 Rating - Modest Maiden Marzen by Big Boss Brewing Co.

October, 2019
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
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.