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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (956) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma of spice and pumpkin, orange color not much of a head. Taste of spice and pumpkin. Watery feel with a light spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1952) - - OCT 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-27-13- Served on tap in a pilsner glass Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber color with a head consisting of one finger of just off white foam. The head has a moderate retention, fading over time to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a caramel and toffee like sweetness mixed with some lightly toasted malt and bready smells. Along with these aromas are some other light smells of a grassy and herbal nature, adding a slight hop dimension to the overall sweet and lightly roasted smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and doughty flavor, with the sweet being mainly of a caramel nature. The sweet caramel is joined by some more buttery flavors producing a toffee like flavor on the tongue. At the same time, some roasted flavors come to the tongue as well as a little bit of a lighter fruit flavor of apple and pear as well a very mild spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg. Toward the end, a very light hay and grassy flavor join the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and malty, lightly spiced, Oktoberfest style flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The moderate body is rather nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew; keeping it rather easy drinking, while the slightly lower carbonation keeps it heavier then it really is and matches well the bready and lightly spiced flavors of the brew, allowing them to be fully sensed. Overall – A fairly sweet and malty brew at only 5.7 % abv with a nice easy drinking feel. A very enjoyable, year round Marzen style beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tightslice (327) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pony keg at Evernote. Aroma is cereal grains, some roasted malts. Flavor is thin grains, toast and ultimately severely lacking any depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jspronck (139) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2014
Clear dark amber/red color, off-white head, aromas of yeast, caramel, plums?, slight sourness, average carbonation, short slightly bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2014
A very sweet aroma of caramel, toffee, and red pop. Appears clear copper, lots of bubbles, a thin ring of wjite foam. Flavor is very light of sweet whole grain cereal, practically a bowl of frosted mini wheats. Palate was ordinary. Overall, ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
firstsip (585) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Darkish amber. Little bubbly. Caramel nose. Bright bit of malt followed by toffee and caramel. Not as dark or charred as I’m used to for a marzen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5012) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
On tap at Gordon Biersch, Buffalo, NY. Golden amber with a cream head; malty aroma; sweet fruity caramel malt taste; and a malty finish. Pleasant, but nothing more.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12 oz bottles Gordon Biersh San Jose CA. The older G.B Marzen had a brown and white label with a man examining a poured glass on the label. The newest Label has a Red G and black B with RED and Black Labeling. Nice sweet roasted dark malts with none of the cheaper pine and citrus additive/flavored hops thrown into so many major named breweries products these days. G.B Brewery San Jose has done a great job replicating the classic Marzen however is not using the strong sweet dark malts to cover any flavor changes. Nice to a old favorite taste pretty much the same as old. Auburn colored pour with immediate caramelized malt flavors. Sweet but with just enough hops to balance as not to be to sweet for the style. Probably not going to able to go head to head against A Paulaner Oktoberfest or Munich based brewery dark, however at less than 1/2 the price of other top choices a very respectful example that be enjoyed without draining ones wallet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Travlr (15053) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft. Clear amber color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of caramel. Taste is caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocMcGrain (28) - Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Delicious! You smell the caramel from the start, and it continues through your palate. It sits on the back of your tongue, and it's very pleasurable. I would drink a few of these in a sitting, but not more than a handful, with the sweetness level. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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