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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4001) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 23, 2012
leather, floral, roasty, bread, pale, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, full body, creamy, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbierlover (638) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2012
Had it as Rothaus Märzen (bottle). Golden color with a nice frothy white head. Aroma of bread, fresh grains, a bit grassy. Taste is malty-sweet with some nice bitter/hoppy note. One of the best beer I ever had, how could it have only 37 as rating???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinking_77 (84) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2016
On pour, nice clear golden yellow colour with a pretty decent sized foamy white head, a good looking beer. Some lacing. Can hear the carbonation as it fizzes away, magic! Aroma: strong smell of the hops, citrus, very malty, sweet malts Taste: Sweet grainy maltiness at the start. Back end taste of the hops was nice. Felt stronger than the 5.6 for some reason….. A very subtle taste, has a good balance of malts and hops, quite tasty, nothing amazing but boy was it easy to drink…. Perfect balance in flavour, clean, crisp and very refreshing. A very easy beer to drink, very sessionable, could drink a lot of these easy enough as it was very smooth. Liked this beer a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - JAN 23, 2004
sweet malt in the aroma and taste, deep golden colour a hoppy crisp finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10683) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle. Strong grassy hops and light caramel malt aroma. Golden yellow color with small but persistent head. Caramel malt and grass/hay hops flavor. Nicely blended. A spectacular festbier - head and shoulders above other Märzens.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1742) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2011
as Marzen. Very golden colour with a fluffy head. Incredibly grassy and floral. Went down well with the wild cheese I had with this. Love this brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PalCabral (159) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle brought from Darmstadt to me by my lovely wife, thanks Xana. Pours golden, which puts it in the modern category of Märzen, unfortunately. Had hoped for a more traditional type. The head is foamy and stays. The aroma is fresh of grains, very nice. The taste is full, malty and grainy, double decoction brewing? It’s a heavy beer, but very tasty and good backing from the hops in the aftertaste. A bit too carbonated for my taste but a lovely beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaney (2423) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2012
#210 Gutes Aussehen, aber eher verhaltenes Aroma nach Süßmalz. Im Antrunk dann für einen trügerischen Moment neutral, aber dann kommt im Stile eines Holzhammers eine vollmundige Würze, die gegen Ende durchaus herb wird; toller Abgang! Das Label ist bei Rothaus eh schon Kult und das mit Recht! Guter Stoff! Test vom 22.4.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,10,12,13,13,12 - 11,90

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3803) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2002
Good example of a Southern German export marzen. Lots of sweet malt in the aroma and taste, deep golden colour and a hoppy finish that manifests itself after youve drained the glass making you wish you had another bottle in the fridge. Nice label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
500ml bottle at The Rake, 2nd Dec 08 with tashi. Clear amber with a persistent white head. Very strong grain aroma. Definite signature Rothaus aroma and flavour. A simple style done well. Very refreshing and good if you find the Rothaus lager too light.

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