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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
freretoc (1586) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 28, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la brasserie, couleur blonde, mousse blanche et grosse effervescence. Goût pain, pain de mie à l’américaine et grain juste malté.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1621) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 27, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Nez sur la céréale. Palais sur le grain, une légère amertume. Sucre légèrement present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdg (153) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Golden color; clear; white head - definite malt aroma, grains, hay, grass hops, sugar, biscuits - medium sweet taste - medium body, thin and smooth texture, average carbonation - long, sweet finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cristal-clear golden with small white head. Aroma is malty, loads of pilsner malt, bread, some sweet corn and caramel. Taste is malty, corn and cooked veggies, carrot. Only subtle bitter finish. Nice bottle although. Bvdr.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alexanderdahl (131) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours very clear gold. Very thin looking. Smells bready, sweet and notes of diacetyl. Malty, sweet taste. Easy drinking, but not very exciting..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fisler (385) - Bamberg, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2015
Süffiges Märzen, leicht süß und bitter im Abgang. Nicht spektakulär aber durchaus lecker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Several bottles of this when in Freiburg. Solid refreshing beer with a good malty body. Enjoyed it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (1353) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml served in a weizen glass. A: Pours a clear dark yellow golden color forming a solid bubbled white head with good retention and some lacings left in the glass S: Very grainy. Sweet grains, flowery hops and bready Lager yeasts T: Very grainy as the nose. Slightly sweet. Strong notes of malts. Quite bready. Mild hoppy bitter end. Flowery hops M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy aftertaste O: Excellent drinkablility. Great german Lager [ BA Review @ 3/28/2013 ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mircoas (293) - ITALY - OCT 7, 2014
33cl @ Bottle. Ricordo della foresta nera. Come la maggior parte delle birre tedesche non mi fa impazzire, ma si fa bere. Birra da pranzo/cena.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kingvit (409) - - AUG 17, 2014
Aroma: bread, hay Appearance: clear urine, small foamy head Taste: slight sweetness, sight bitterness, slight sourness Palate: light body, watery texture, average carbonation, abrupt finish Too dilluted beer, without particular characteristics, enough hops for a Marzenbeer but the maltiness is too weak. Easy to session, very thin. Disappointing.

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