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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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In the days before refrigeration, brewing was difficult or impossible in the warm summer months, and March was the time a big brew was made as a supply for summer. This March or marzen beer was brewed to a fairly high gravity for protection against spoilage as it was stored away in cool cellars or caves. At the end of the summer, when the new brewing season began, any beer left in storage was ceremoniously consumed. The pouring of this special marzen coincided with the fall harvest festival, making for one big party. The traditional German marzen is a medium-strong, reddish amber lager, with a malty body and aroma, which has been lagered, or conditioned, an unusually long time. Our Fest Bier is offered in honor of the old ways. We brewed it in early January with German Pilsner and Vienna malts, hopped it with German Hallertaus, and fermented it at low temperatures with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. It fermented for weeks in our "cellar," then, in March, it was bottle-conditioned and moved to cold storage for further aging, until its release in late summer. The reddish Vienna malts in this beer provide a spicy sweetness and some caramel notes that perfectly complement roast or grilled chicken, pizza, or pasta with red sauce. 7 % alcohol by volume.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Hazy copper with a thin white foam cap. Biscuity nose with a little toasted English muffin and sweet honey coated cereal grains. The flavor is big and full with a lot of honey and toast and sweet cereal grains. Very smooth and sweet with a good honey PPP that’s very distinctive from other marzens. A wee bit grainy and biscuity but overall, this is basically a Honey Oktoberfest.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1112) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2014
The color of this beer is a slightly hazy amber color with a medium white head. The aroma belnds yager yeast and lighter malts that are reminiscent of toast. The taste is slightly sour, a touch bitter, and a touch sweet, creating a very crisp flavor. The aftertaste is fairly abrupt, but the bite from the average carbonation does linger on the tongue. Also, the beer has a medium-light body and a slick texture.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1956) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Draught: med gold pour with thin head. Aroma is toasted marshmallow, caramel and light fruity hop. Flavour is toasted malt, light grainy bitterness, medium body. Pleasant enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6843) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Tap at Wurst in Fargo. Pale yellow pour with a large head. Grains and malt, some toffee like sweetness. Kind of muted overall. Not great.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cards04 (1827) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy honey color. Aromas are very muted... Some grainy malt... That’s it. Nice malty flavors. average.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11389) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Tap at University of Beer. Pours hazy amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is mildly fruity. Med body. Flavor is roast malt, light stone fruit with hints of spice and earth. Not really sweet and barely bitter. Drinks decently. Growing on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6704) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
On tap at Kupros, Sacramento. Pours cloudy amber with a modest beige head and a smoky toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied vienna malt flavor with lots of carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (3819) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Draft at Vino Rosso. Surprisingly hazy, orange-amber with a small ring of bubbles. Faint aroma of grain and caramel. Taste is sour apple, caramel and a touch of dry grass. Medium body is tingly, lightly astringent, and well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2011
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a clear amber color with a medium size off white head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor is toasted malt and light esters. Medium body. A nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Tap. Poured a ruby red color with a very small white head. Aroma was malts, caramel, and bread. Flavor was sweeter. Caramel, and sugars . Malty backbone. A very mild hop aftertaste. Nothing to special.


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