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RATINGS: 659   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dfearnley (763) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
Draft to cup A bit of lemon, horse blanket, hay, and yeast. Reddish amber with a creamy tan head. Taste is malty and funky.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
charule (811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured hazy orange white head. Slight honey aroma. Lager spice aroma.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rocketman2013 (102) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Malty aroma. Amber color with little head. Taste is medium sweet. Medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (2719) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Draft sample @Syracuse location. Clear amber in color. Nose is light notes of toffee and caramel. Flavor follow with a light spice note in the finish. It ends lightly sweet with a light body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1024) - Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2013
On draught. Amber color. Sweet sticky caramel aroma, slightly artificial. Quite sweet malt taste with caramel and apple notes.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2013
From tap. Pours a copper color with small head. Aroma was sweet and caramel. Tatse was way too sweet and a little caramel. A little too malt sweetness for me for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
On tap during Ohio Brew Week 2013, taster from Red Brick. Clear orange-gold color. Minimal white head. Just a few loose bits of lace. Wow, that aroma. Bready, wheaty malt profile. Some big wheat type flavor. Lightly creamy. Kind of rich, almost cake-like flavor. Light to medium body. Lighter, crisp carbonation, more dry finish. Amazing aroma and aftertaste, for a marzen. Likely, the best example I’ve ever had. Nice, long, kind of creamy grainy aftertaste. Bitter taste, moderate sweet. For sure, an outstanding marzen.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jehoesefat (229) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Aroma is dull and malty. Pours clear bronze with a thin white head. Taste is a little nutty but bland.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Draught. While this did have some decent maltiness to it it did not have the full on carmel-ness i was after.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a regular glass. A: Pours a darker copper color. There’s a nice head here, four fingers high (due to an aggressive pour) and barely off-white in shade. While it fades quickly, it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The stronger retention away from the edges of the glass suggests a decent hop bill. S: There is some sweet caramel typical of the style. I like the mild yet noticeable noble hopping, otherwise there isn’t much to note here. T: Touches of sweet caramel give way to a raisiny back end. Hops only seem to be here as a cleansing agent, which isn’t really disappointing given its relative lack of freshness. Not bad, but it could use a touch less sweetness. M: A bit heavier and less carbonated than I like from my marzens. The finish could also have less sweetness. It goes down okay. O: Eh. It’s a decent marzen that gets the job done - even still, there are better choices on the market.


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