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RATINGS: 700   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer had a small sized ivory head that contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminshed.The body of this beer was clear with some fizzy carbonation.The hue was orange and the nose was a light malt and lightly hopped.The flavor was hoppy from start to finish and the mouthfeel was smooth and light bodied.This beer had good lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 24, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine off-whote mostly diminishing bubbles that left a good lacing and a softly carbonated transparent orange brown colored body behind. It had a very nice caramel malt aroma with an initially smooth mouthfeel that ended with a mildly bitter finish. Its flavor contained notes of orange, malt and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2003
This is right on par with other Marzen's Ive had. Amber color with a moderate head. Sweet malty flavor with a sticky mouthfeel. Thin palate. Doesn't offer much but it isn't bad either.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2015 My original rating for this was from the bottle a dozen years ago. I got this sample on draft int he brewpub in Taipei and I must say either it has gotten way better, was way fresher or my tastes have changed a whole lot. This is definitley a nice take on the style. It’s perfectly clear amber in color w/ a head of fine white bubbles. It’s got a big malt character but only a touch of sweetness, lots of toffee and toasted malt character w/ a nice touch of floral hops for balance and complexity. It’s medium bodied with gentle carbonation and finishes clean w/ some lingering malt notes.

Original rating (2.7): Nice amber color. No head. Sweet malts mostly dominate but are balanced by some hop bitterness. A bit thin on the palate with some metallic notes even on draft. Not exactly wonderful.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Deep amber-auburn color. Decent malty slightly sweet taste. Not too exciting however.

2.6
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   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.

2.9
   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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Reddish/brown color. some head. Some malt and hops. Nice smooth taste and a little sweet.


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