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


on tap

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   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.

foles' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foles (45) - - DEC 24, 2012
A typical modern pale Oktoberfest style beer. A little sugary in the malt profile. But overall fairly decent and goes down well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piw (534) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2015
330ml Flasche. Klar und golden. Kleine Schaumkrone. Wenig aromatisch. Milder Geschmack, runder Abgang.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (6519) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. Pale golden yellow coloured pour with a small white head. Aroma is sweet nutty grains, light paper, earthy, light berry, Flavour is composed of sweet nutty grains, cereal, pils grains, earthy spicy hop. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, Clean German yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle split in the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Fergus, 20/10/15. Clear golden with a moderate off White covering. Nose is pale malt, straw, grain, grassy vibes, light citrics. Taste comprises bready malt, caramel, straw, light vanilla. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Fergus. Pours perfectly clear gold with a foamy white head. Light toasty cereal in the nose, bread, hints of caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor, more cereal grains, caramel, bread, minimal bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Sugary finish, hints of paper, faint caramel, simple bread, cereal. Good stuff. What more would you want out of a marzen?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (10037) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle thanks to clear pale gold with a medium white head. The nose is soft, grain, dull peach, paper, orange muffin, apricot, candy and honeysuckle. The taste is crisp, bitter, quite light, tangerine, sweet orange, bread, oily, sticky sweetness, grainy and some toasty grass with a short, toasty finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Simple, but not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle @ Haworth Old Hall, Haworth. Amber-gold with no head. Lager malt aroma, similar in taste with an enjoyable crispness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daanminator (378) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2015
In eerste instantie mis ik de schuimkraag. Bier zelf is wat vlak van smaak. Niet echt iets speciaals helaas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kto (390) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2015
pours clear light golden colour with a small white head and a nice lacing. not much aroma, malts, bread, very faint floral hops. sweetish taste, hay, bread. smooth texture, practically no bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rayaron (877) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Very clear and light golden with small off-white head and lots of big bubbles. The aroma is grainy with notes of white wine, hay and horse farm, a bit alcoholic. Very clean flavor, light malty sweetness, light bitterness, notes of white wine and herbs, quite alcoholic. Lively carbonation, light-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvsn (1189) - ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2015
Draught. Clear yellow orange with a creamy head. Smell of toasted malt and grass. Sweetish malty flavors, notes of bread, cereals and herbal bitterness. Light-medium bodied, smooth and quite drinkable.

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