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RATINGS: 695   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
The beer was a little thin. It was mildly hoppy, with a slightly bitter leave. It wasn't great, but it wasn't offensive either. Good "I'm paying more attention to what I'm eating than what I'm drinking" selection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Pours the color of honey with a small light tan head. Nose is light and sweet. Flavor is sweet at the start followed by a slightly acidic light hop bitterness. Aftertaste is crisp and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
This was not bad, I think I would have enjoyed it more on the draft, but nonetheless. This has all the qualtities of an amber ale, as far as appearance, creamy fizzy head, and a cinnamon/almond like character in the already amber flavor. A little too light in the finish, but I would drink it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2003
LIttle aroma with a nice flavor. Easy on the palate with a clear amber appearance. Had this beer after many others of the night, so it's kinda foggy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1559) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Reddish/brown color. some head. Some malt and hops. Nice smooth taste and a little sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Dark murky brown. Smell of musty corn and malts. Taste is a little too sweet, too soapy of a feel in the mouth. Not too much of a bad corn flavor, but misses points for no body.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
An underwhelming, dumbed-down version of the Marzen-style. It's sad that one of the few widely available examples of this style is such a weak-sauce offering. This has very little carmelized-malt flavor - hell, there's precious little flavor here at all. Slides down as easily and mindlessly as an MGD. Avoid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
manolager (20) - Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2003
On tap at the Palo Alto GB restaurant location. Malty start, sweet finish. Nice color but had a flat head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Bottled on Smarch 20th and quaffed on May 26th (2003). great malty aroma and a good taste. i thought it was a darn good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Bottled on 03/20/03 drank on 05/26/03: Clear amber/orange color, sweet malty aroma. Ends slightly sweet and with a tad of cardboard. Decent, yet boring.

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