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Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Traditionally brewed for Octoberfest, Russell Marzen is a copper-coloured lager with rich, toasted malt aroma balanced by the clean bitterness of German Hops and distinct noble hop aroma.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (2510) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Decent marzen. Toasty malt aromas. Flavours are smooth and a bit sweet. Easy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1120) - CANADA - NOV 13, 2015
Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with one finger of dense ivory head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel and biscuity malt, earth, grass. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (3/5) Last of the Märzens for the year, I think. Not bad, but apparently a bit out of spec - darker and heavier than normal, with a caramel note that the guidelines specifically warn against. I’m also getting just a hint of butyric that doesn’t make me completely happy. (12/20)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (8627) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle, shared with the gaming group. Medium amber, off white head. Toasty caramel, light grassy hops, a tad thin. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (3144) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
650ml brown bottle. Amber colour with a good finely beaded beige cap. Aroma has caramel and toasted malt. Taste is toasty and grainy, touch of caramel, late bitterness with mild grassy aftertaste. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5185) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
650ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles fairly quickly leaving only spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and dark fruits with some grassy and spicy notes. Taste is a dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness with a grassy and spicy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, darker than a traditional Oktoberfest and has more body and flavour as well. Doesn’t quite fit the style, but still a good brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brleo (78) - - OCT 25, 2014
Nothing bad, but to me, it’s odd for a marzen. The marzens I had abroad in Austria tasted much different than this, and looked it too. Appearance is oddly deep copper, with an attractive fluffy white head. Aroma is slightly spicy with a tiny hint of hops. Taste is spicy, slightly floral with a nice bitter bite and a stronger hop presence than most Germanic beers I’ve had. Palate has a lingering hop bitterness without being offensive. Overall, not bad but odd to me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vadie (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Un ok marzen. Plein du malt un peu sucré et bien équilibré. Un peu du mélasse et sucré brun.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (18608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber color, white head. Aroma of caramel biscuit. Taste is similar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6389) - Utah, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle shared on the RBWG bus
Clear golden with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing. Aroma was floral and caramel. Flavors is floral, caramel, grainy and sweet malts
OK

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
22 oz. bottle shared by a Canadian on the RBWG bus. Pours a cloudy orange with a small eggshell-colored head. Notes of Munich malts, grains, toast, sugars, leaves, and mellow spice. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a malty, dry mouthfeel. Decent marzen.


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