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Church Street Itascafest Marzen


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Church Street’s first fall seasonal. A truly traditional German Marzen/Oktoberfest featuring a pure amber clarity, a subtle, toasty aroma with a hint of caramel, and a rich, deep malt character, fully fleshed out with our first double decoction mash and Weyermann’s world class German malt. Prost!


1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Woodman’s in Rockford, IL, consumed around cellar temp from a pint glass. Largish fizzy head dies almost instantly - like soda - over a clear bronze body, leaving not a trace of foam....sweet, lightly smoky, caramel malts, a hint of oregano on the nose...body is overly sweet at the front, with a bit of burnt/caramelized malt coming through in the middle, somewhat dry and smoky finish...syrupy mouthfeel, almost no carbonation - flat and cloying. Unless this is from last year’s batch there’s no reason this should be so flat, apart from being improperly capped or just badly brewed. No date on the bottle, of course...as is, undrinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2016
The beer pours copper with an off white head. N the aroma is fairly mellow with roasty malt, bread and fairly sweet. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is like a watery version of the aroma along with some mild hops. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pub glass, a clear reddish copper colour with off-white foam which quickly subsided but would kick up a new head whenever swirled. At first it struck me as a just-okay caramelly lager along the lines of Shiner Bock, Negra Modelo, Killians, etc, more so than a classic Oktoberfest/Märzen. But, it got better and more complex as it warmed. Malty, nutty, toasty. Medium body and carbonation, thin mouthfeel, smooth finish. Tasty and approachable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (2312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
From BandC. Quite bready and malty. A little sweet for my tastes. Serving: Bottle

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
355ml bottle. A bit on the low end in abv for this style. It pours quite a dark amber, fizzy quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is heavy on roasted chestnut, hazelnut, and some floral hops. Flavor is heavy on the maillard notes, very similar to the Sierra Nevada product I had last night though noticeably less vegetal. This one verges into the woy territory but not all the way keeping it a subtle nuance. OVerall it is dryer than most in the style but holds the same overall flavor despite being 5.1% abv. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear caramel amber with some spitty, white head. Malty nose, orange, yeast, honey. Flavor is malty, honey, yeast, orange, carrot, metal. Clean finish. Not really a Marzen.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3715) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
On tap in the brewery’s tap room, and dispensed to a house pint glass showing a clear, coppery amber color, a modest layer of off white head foam that faded rather quickly to a ring & film, and deposited only some light lacing on the glass. The aroma offered light graininess, moderate toastiness, some Munich malt scent, and just a hint of toffee/malt sweetness. The flavor remained nicely toasted, the body was medium, carbonation was suitable, and the moderate hop bitterness possessed a lingering quality, with a touch of earthy astringency, leading to a clean & dry finish. A very sessionable example of this fall favorite!


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