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RATINGS: 691   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1527) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Reddish/brown color. some head. Some malt and hops. Nice smooth taste and a little sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8341) - 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.

1.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

2.6
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Has this one in Seattle at the Gordon Biersch downtown brewpub. The atmosphere was great, the food was ok and the beer mediocre.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 10, 2003
very light fest. amber color , thin head. malt and honey dominate, very light palate, wouldbe a good session beer

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
This is a pretty Bavarian style beer. Aroma is really, really excellent, I like the deep amber color and the nice, off-white to brown head. Very bready/malty with a sweet finish. Zehr gut!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2263) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
Aroma reminded me of a Bavarian Dunkels...malty and somewhat bready. Small, off-white head. Amber body with good carbonation. Malty, very malty in taste. True to its aroma, this is very German in style and taste. Not a big malt guy, but for those who are, this beer's for you.


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