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RATINGS: 668   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Märzen (Mayrt-zen) was historically brewed in Bavaria from March through the end of October. It was brewed dark and strong, using dark roasted Munich and caramelized Munich malt to help cover up flavor changes from the lack of refrigeration (ice in those days) used to keep the beers cold in the cellars during the warm summer months. It was also the beer served at the Original Oktoberfest celebration, which originated as a wedding reception for the King Ludwig I and Maria Theresa. Bavaria was a very poor country and had little cause for celebration, so the King and Queen invited the entire population of Bavaria to the reception. They showed up that year and every year thereafter, and the event evolved into the modern day Oktoberfest. Gordon Biersch Märzen accentuates the flavors of the dark roasted imported malted barley and exhibits a caramel malt aftertaste, while downplaying the hop level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2163) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Draught at DCA. Poured a nice reddish brown. Smooth caramel malts and a light grassy finish. Pretty decent marzen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iphonephan (3028) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
From a bottle at Whole Foods Beer School. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Malty biscuit nose with some caramel flavors. Crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theOptimator (283) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Aroma is complex malt forward. Appearance is crystal clear copper orange with small tan head. Taste is pleasant malt sweetness with moderate hop bitterness following. Palate is medium light and quite crisp and clean. Overall a nice clean enjoyable beer. Lacking some depth though and comes across a bit watery. Also a bit less hop bitterness might help the malt and I don’t feel it would be missed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap. Clear, amber brown pour with a froth of off-white foam. Toasted caramel and sweet malt in the aroma. Taste is clean grain, sweet malt, and light toast. Lightly coating mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Bolingbrook, IL). My first time into a Gordon Biersch, and while the currently available beers were a bit of a downer, this fit the task. Poured a gorgeous deep copper ruby hue, essentially transparent with a deep reddish penny and chestnut glow throughout. A frothy offwhite head atop dies down to a small layer, laces ok as it sticks around. Aromas are a bit nutty, carmelized and toasty. Some bready malts, gentle earthy hops and faint spiciness. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter, with some biscuity malts, pretzel and carmelized grains. Some gentle dark fruit flashes subtly into the middle. Gentle toast, dryness, earthy hops kick a bit. More carmelized elements meet back up as we round the corner. Solid stuff, a touch sweet, but really fit the bill for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft to taster at the Atlanta brewpub. Looks solid; a transparent full gold with foamy off-white head. Smells of dough, malt, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Sampled on draft at the Virginia Beach brewpub this beer poured a rich caramel-amber color with a large foamy white head that faded and left minimal lacing. The aroma was very faint sweet malts - almost nonexistent. The flavor was very smooth and very mild with just a hint of sweet malts, caramel and honey. Very faint overall. No finish. Medium and smooth body. Amazingly bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beergeek23322 (2133) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2013
7/22/2011. From tap. Amber color with a white head. Caramel aromas with malt, honey. Seem a bit thin or diluted. Malty flavors with light hops. Boring at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Draft at GB-Reagan Airport. Light amber with medium offwhite head. Bread and grains, malt and some grass. Average to below-average marzen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (293) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
My favorite Gordon so far. Maybe the best part is the lacing, and the corresponding creaminess. But the flavor is delicious.

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