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RATINGS: 675   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2003
This pours a great amber color with a nice white head. Aroma of grain and malt sweetness leads into a nicely balanced and very clean tasting lager. One of the few good beers from our local Gordon Biersch.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Great color. Didn't get much of an aroma out of it. Tastes good, a little light for my taste.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1863) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Bottled version. Somewhat amber in color. Not much of an aroma. Decent enough taste, though. A good drinking beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Another yellow, on the orange side. decent head but dissipated quickly. Mild aroma, even after it warmed up a bit. Good toasty flavon, decent balance. Short rimple finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Tempe, AZ. Brilliant amber color, decent off-white head. Malt and caramel with delicate hops in the aroma. Sweet flavor dominated by malt and caramel, a little hops in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Definitely the best beer at the restaurant and overall a good Marzen.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Dark reddish-amber, small tan head. Malty sweet aroma, and slight hops on the end. Pretty nicely balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Bright amber with a big bubbled light tan head that dissipated. Malt and caramel aroma. Touch of metal on first sip but subsides quickly. Nice malt profile with caramel, toffee and toast. Somewhat sharp hop bite and a touch of rose. Clean finish that makes you wonder what you have been drinking. A mid to upper echelon marzen.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Lots of carbonation. Quickly diminishing head. Not much aroma to speak of. Fairly hoppy.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Very translucent amber color. No head and overall quite flat. Malty aroma slightly peaks through. Astringent and not full-bodied as well. On the watery side.


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