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


on tap

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (7048) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours hazy yellow gold, no head. Aromas are mostly malt and sugar, faint herbal whiff. Taste is sweet. Finish is sticky. Not good at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (943) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2014
,33 bottle. Drank from the bottle, so I couldn’t really see the color. Hoppy aroma. Bitter taste. Decent beer to start Fasching witg

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tayeth (511) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2014
Pours lightly golden with a white head which vanishes quite fast. Smells malty and grassy, a bit like raw potatoes. Medium to low carbonation. Taste is a bit watery, maibly malt with a hint of brown sugar: a fairly standard export.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gueuze (666) - - FEB 26, 2014
Malziges Aroma. Geschmack auch, mit anständiger Bittere im Abgang, die aber nicht lange nachhängt. Vielleicht zu bitter für ein Märzen, aber nicht für ein Export.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (880) - Krakow, POLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Aroma: malty. Appearance: golden color, poor head. Taste: typical marzen with some strange pharmateutical aftertaste. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation. Overall: Poor marzen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beeracoon (452) - - FEB 20, 2014
Typical Märzen aroma. Likewise typical bitter taste and bitter palate. Blandly average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (11679) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig würzig, Geschmack angenehm malzig würzig mit ganz minimaler Bitterkeit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kerenmk (3414) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Clear gold with white head. Deep grainy aroma with faint cardboard. Sweet, a little papery taste. Long, sweet aftertaste, medium body, smooth, hardly any carbonation. Not amazing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sarauckelman (299) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Shiny golden sunshine yellow. Not much head. Very little aroma. Tastes beery, then bitter, then grainy. Watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
uckelman (454) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Pours clear, medium yellow. Small white head with small bubbles. Strong hay aroma. Yeasty flavor with a floral and bready finish. A bit sticky.

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