Brewed by Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Grafenhausen-Rothaus, Germany
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
To come up with a name for our Zäpfle bottle version of our Märzen Export, we went back to the history of this variety of beer.

Before refrigerators and ice machines existed, the last batches of bottom-fermented beer could only be brewed in March (März) at the latest. It was then cooled with naturally forming ice. To harvest the ice, two processes were commonly implemented. Large blocks of ice were frequently cut from the ice sheets of ponds that were frozen over. They were then stored in the cellars of breweries. The second process is what gave Eiszäpfle (or icicle in English) its name. Large wooden scaffolding was sprayed with water so that icicles would form on the beams. These could then be knocked off and used to cool the beer.

Our Märzen Export also used to be cooled in this way. Today we commemorate this laborious process with the name Eiszäpfle. The name, however, is also intended to inspire a thirst in summer months for this refreshing and aromatic Märzen Export beer, as well as provide comforting pleasure in winter when the icicles hang down outside from the edges of roofs.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (11054) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2006
330ml bottle. Clear, pale golden. White head quickly diminishing. Malt character aroma. Light sweet flavour of pale malts. Buttery notes. Some bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Not memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2006
(0.33L Bottle) Pours golden with off-white head. Sweet. Light body and cloying aftertaste. Distinct floral tastes with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlanFord (31) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2006
Bottled, 0,33l, pale golden lager sweet with a quality hoppie taste, nice cloudy head anda a fruity finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5556) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 Bottled. Clear golden/orange pour with carbonation and a whitish head. Crisp and mildly hoppy taste, just a touch of malt sweetness. Aroma and taste are grassy and grainy. Slightly bitter finish. Bit of a disgusting aftertaste after ten minutes. This isn’t a Pilsner? Update: Also, oily and herby with light bready notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. A pale golden coloured lager with a sweet, buttery aroma. The taste is also on the sweet side with reasonable malt tastes and a hint of the alcohol. Not over tasty but acceptable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jonas (6699) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Bottle, thanks to Secret Santa Nat
Green golden, low visible carbonation, low creamy lacing head. Sweet malty aroma with flowery traces. Chevy sweet malt, light herbal counterpoint - nourishing, but overall a bit too sweet and cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Fully golden, almost a fat pilsner without much head. Quite malty. They’ve obviously used adequate amounts of ingredients. Good harmonious hops. 180804 & 090103

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle. Golden colour with large white head. Aroma is hoppy, malty and sweet. Clean and crisp, with a dry and bitter taste. Light to medium bodied. Pretty good; for a Märzen it is a better pilsner than a lot of pilsners.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (10100) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 16, 2005
Botlle: Pale golden coloured, medium -sized, lasting head; slightly malty nose, some traces of citrus; moderate sweet flavour, bitter-sweet aftertaste; not so aromatic, but quite full-bodied and well rounded. Pleasant, good mouthfeel......

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2005
Blond color. Very light hop aroma. Simple body, with some smoothy sweetness, quite high ending bitterness. Very common.

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