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


on tap

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Malty taste with hints of hops in the back. Average for the style nothing special but good Marzen.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
Got this one in Stuttgart 07. Forgettable beer. Nice golden colour, with sweet malt taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
[Bottle from Alexander.] Golden look with malty aroma and good white head. Nice märzen-taste fatsweet of style and with usual notes of metal, sticky hoppyness and a good mediumlong aftertaste of bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden colour, small white head. Good clean flavour. Medium bitterness, slightly dusty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (11120) - 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 (5616) - 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 (6785) - 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.

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