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RATINGS: 667   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a regular glass. A: Pours a darker copper color. There’s a nice head here, four fingers high (due to an aggressive pour) and barely off-white in shade. While it fades quickly, it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The stronger retention away from the edges of the glass suggests a decent hop bill. S: There is some sweet caramel typical of the style. I like the mild yet noticeable noble hopping, otherwise there isn’t much to note here. T: Touches of sweet caramel give way to a raisiny back end. Hops only seem to be here as a cleansing agent, which isn’t really disappointing given its relative lack of freshness. Not bad, but it could use a touch less sweetness. M: A bit heavier and less carbonated than I like from my marzens. The finish could also have less sweetness. It goes down okay. O: Eh. It’s a decent marzen that gets the job done - even still, there are better choices on the market.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Yeesh. So this is what we’ve come to. The basic McDonalds cheeseburger of beers. No glory here. Orange, astringent and along the road towards undrinkable. Tap at DC brewpub.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippieFee (48) - - JUN 28, 2014
Draft - No head and a nice red/brown color to it. Dry flavor with a little taste of hops and some sweetness. Well balanced with no overwhelming taste profile in either direction.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
alexsdad06 (5262) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Draft as part of the sampler. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bready malts, light caramel, light fruit, grass, a hint of bitterness to the finish. Boring typical stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
moderrnlifeiswar (50) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2014
.................................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (74) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Draft. Malty aroma and flavor. Color is dark Amber with a brownish tint. Nice beer. I like, and would have again, actually.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimHabib (114) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle pour. Clear copper with decent light brown head but fades quickly. Light malty aroma. Light to medium body. Malty taste with a slight toffee aftertaste. Not a bad beer to drink, but not a lot going on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7928) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Keg at the Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma, 28/04/14. Clear amber with a moderate off white swirl. Nose is biscuit, fruit rinds, light caramel, straw. Taste comprises toffee, biscuit malt, bread dough, straw, dark fruit notes. Medium bodided, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok Marzen.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Malaclemys (360) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2014
Tap pours burnt copper with a white head. Aroma is caramel, nut, herbal, honey, and slight fruit. Taste is nut, caramel, lightly hoppy. Sweet finish with a medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (477) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2014
Draft. Pours amber medium white head. Mild toasty caramel aroma. Taste is on the sweet side, medium body at most. Mild hop presence in the finish. Overall easy drinking lager a little thin on flavor for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nero55 (637) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2014
Draft. Amber with beige head. Strong aroma of caramel, honey malt, and some fruit esters. Light/medium body with sweet toffee notes, caramel, and a malt finish.


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