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.

UDBeernut's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2690) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
One .5L with lunch. Amber capped by a small head with slight retention. Nose of cereals. Bread and cereal, mild bitterness and grass. Good full body. One did just fine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (740) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Sample on tap @ the brew house restaurant in Baltimore, MD. Pours a deep rusty orange with a thin white ring. Not much aroma but big on flavor. Nice caramel malty taste. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2016
From a bottle into a Free State beer glass. Pours amber with small head and lace. Aroma of roasty malts, caramel, grains. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, grains, straw hops, rye, minerals, copper oxide. Overall rich, flavorful but with a slight metallic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
On tap at Gordon Biersch. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has sweet grains and sweet bread with a touch of caramel. Flavor is similar with sweet grains, caramel and a bit of sweet bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6377) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
12oz bottle on my daughters patio, 21st May 2016. Autumnal orange in colour, large off-white head. Malty molasses rule the nose and flavour of this sweet tasting brew. Decent enough even if it is on the sweet side of things.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - APR 21, 2016
An easy drinking example of this style. Nothing crazy or over the top, sweet malt with a hint of hop flavor. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - APR 18, 2016
5.8%ABV. Märzen. Tapped out deep amber. 18ºSRM. Nose has some sweet, alcoholic, phenolic aromas. Beery and just happy with the promise of a proper Munic welcome. There is some fresh nut aroma in the nose as well. Very very welcoming. Mouthfeel is soapy., Palate has ample roasted malt with dark wheat toast, caramel, toasted almonds and hazelnuts. Some raw walnut body, especially in the tail end of the palate. No hops. The finish is so very very pleasant and very smooth. For an airport tap, this was likely one of my more memorable experiences! Why? It had a full-bodied malty backbone, some clean bitter hops and enough alcohol to round off the entire palate with some faint stone fruit sweetness and fruitiness, Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2016
(En fût à Gordon Biersch Mission Valley San Diego): Des pommes cuites, de la terre humide et une veine caramélisée non déplaisante. Bien exécuté.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4412) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Tap @ Gordon Biersch, Taipei. Bright orange, reasonable head. Mild spicy toffee malt aroma. Big sweet malty flavour. Smooth with boiled sweet aftertaste. Too sweet & sickly for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cristobal37 (812) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 15, 2016
On tap at Detroit airport. Caramel malts and sweet cookies. Different from the original German versions which tend to be ligjter. Its much darker, amber brown, and quite strong too. Dry and nutty, but very refreshing. More like a vienna lager than a marzen, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arthree (48) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2016
1/6 on a flight at the Glendale location. Clear copper colour with minimal head. Aroma of caramel, tangy sweetness, grass. Malt forward, light toffee flavors, grassy earthy hops in the background, dry finish. Not bad, on style, but forgettable.

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