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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cards04 (1758) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11066) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6497) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (3722) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
(On draught at sun devil). Pours hazy amber with white head. Malty sweet with some bitterness. Almost cloying. Thin bodied with sticky texture. Smooth finish. Sweet, bit ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Clear reddish amber with a creamy off white head. Malty aroma and taste with a watery palate and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
944play (350) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Rich toasty malt and nectar are apparent but low in profile. Flavor is less impressive, with watery simple juice and sweet tea. Wafer thin body and soda cracker finish. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrmartin (669) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Pours a clear deep copper with little head. lightly toasted and caramel malts all the way through. creamy medium body-verging on the viscous/buttery. lingering sweet finish. not really my thing but its an easy drinker.

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