Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 718   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Starts with a thin rush of caramel that gets eaaten up by the prickly carbonation - didn't thicken up much after warming, either. Finishes with a slightly metallic hop bite, a hint of sourness, and a final spot of caramel. I probably wouldn't have it again, except maybe with pizza

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Watery, slight notes of caramel, a little too sweet, quicky dissapating head, smooth, I bought a 12er and shouldn't have any trouble finishing it, but it might be the last time I buy it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
Too thin and oddly sweet for me. Caramel colour and flavour with a slightly bitter aftertaste - but not in a good way. Average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Very clean and crisp beer. Slight nuances of carmel. Sweet malty aroma. Pretty amber color thin head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsquire (4165) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Clear copper out of the bottle with a foamy off white head and a very faint sweet nose. Very little to this beer with mostly refined sugar sweetness. Some burnt carmel flavor, but mostly just beer. Good with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Tap: I really like their Blonde Bock so I was expecting some sweet maltiness with this beer. No sweetness, no depth, and an American standard aftertaste to boot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
At $5.99 a six pack this is one of the most interesting beers available at the local Kroger store. Rich, malty and enjoyable. Nice amber color with a full, frothy head on top. Nice warming quality to this brew. Though not the greatest Marzen I've ever had this is certainly worth enjoying from time to time...especially at this price. Hell, Heineken, Corona and Becks cost much more and they can't touch this beer on flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Las Vegas airport, draught: Orangey amber color, light caramelized aroma. Flavor: holy diacetyl batman. Lots of butterscotch, a little caramel. Interesting at first but quickly becomes distracting and unpleasant. <P> Bottled beer: Much less diacetyl but still present. Better caramelized flavors but not true Munich melanoidin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reid (2333) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Ok bought in the 12 oz brown bottle "auburn lager". In appearance this is a rather handsome auburn brown as stated on the label..nice sized white frothy head..leaves a nice lace. Smell is pretty nondesript and subdued..some faint malt and a littlehops. mmm not a bad tasting beer really..nice malty profile, with a wee hop bite at the end. It's pretty much average on the palate..not bad. A quite drinkable beer, its a nicely done marzen but far from the best of this class. I would think that this would be a good beer for a Killians Red drinker..to discover micros

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Sampled on tap at the brewery in San Jose.
A clear ruby color topped by a thin tan head. The aroma is hoppy and dry. This is a nice clean lager. Has a good malt backbone, which mixes with a slight spiciness from the hops. Finishes with a nice bitterness. This is a solid Märzen (very good example of this style).

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