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


on tap

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RATINGS: 192   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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jonas (6405) - 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 (25068) - 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 (2052) - 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 (9728) - 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 (17458) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2005
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a medium white head. Malty light hoppy aroma and a light sweet malty light hoppy taste. Medium body and a light sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2005
Clear yellow colour with a white head. Malty and grainy aroma with a light fruityness. Cookie flavor, some spices and a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled. Clear yellow coloured with a white head. Aroma of malts and hops. The flavour is dominated by malts with a bit sweetness. Hoppy finish. Typical german beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
Bottle. Ever so slightly sticky/sweet (doughy/bready malts), but with some slightly grassy hops to balance it out a bit, sweetish, but pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MoritzF (9015) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2005
(bottle) Slight amber coloured with foamy medium white head. The aroma is malty and a bit sour and fruity. Light to medium bodied, grainy maltiness with a dry, bitter and quite lasting aftertaste, almost astringent. Good for a decent Pilsener, but rather weak for a Märzen, but I somewhat liked it, because of its slim but crispy character. My sample bottle was just before the expiry date and therefore quite “ripe”.

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