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Saranac Marzenbier

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Bigger...Richer...Smoother, are all ways to describe how a Marzenbier compares to its, a Vienna or Amber Lager, look for a toasted malt character balanced with slight hop bitterness. Marzenbiers are traditionally aged for months and unveiled to great celebration. We hope you'll celebrate with ours. Cheers!


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Great looking beer. Not too amber, not too golden. Just right. Generous head on this beer. Somewhat citrusy nose - very orange, or orange peel. Mediocre on the palate. Nothing special, just very light flavored, easy drinking marzen. Rather light bodied for a marzen I might add.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 There’s an interesting blend of hops and malt in this beer. Pours a copper color, topped with a small head and not much lacing. The aroma was malty with some spicy characteristic. The flavor starts malty, followed by a crisp hoppy bitter bite. Pretty good and smooth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
The bottle poured a crystal clear amber colored beverage with a small light tan head that was mostly diminishing and left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma has a slightly sour maltiness that combines with the aromatic hops and yeast to form an interesting come-on. The body was medium to light with average carbonation and a slightly watery texture. The flavor seems well balanced and starts off with sweet malt and a bit of spicy hop. The finish is long with a slight alcohol warmth and a mild hop bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Wow, Saranac’s signature flavor is written all over this beer. Seems to have that same hop character, gentle, only mildly bitter. Malts are lightly caramely and sweet, but overall, this just doesn’t seem like much of a Märzen to me. Or more accurately, it seems like an Americanized version of the style, lacking in malt strength and character, and balanced with relatively too much hops. There’s a modest cardboard flavor in the finish, and that just drags ther beer down further. Light-to-medium in body, fairly clean, but fails to stimulate the palate at all. The beer is a bright copper color, crystal clear in appearance, and is topped by a small off-white head that quickly fades into oblivion. No lacing at all. An inoffensive, bland, boring, generic microbrew here, although I’m offended that they call this a Märzen.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours a clear copper with a 1/4 inch ivory head. No lace to speak of. Smells malty and lightly hoppy. A tart fruitiness in the nose. Taste is a fruity maltiness and the tart apple again, Some nice floral hops offset the maltiness. There’s no caramel or nuttiness in this brew, not what you would expect from a marzen. Medium bodied and lightly chewy and sticky. It’s OK but not very Marzen-like and not remarkable enough to overlook that. Take a pass. The Eleventh Beer of Christmas.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I liked this one! A good head sat on the deep amber brew. It had a kinda nut-like taste. It was stronger than the typical Marzen and the just right hop blend gave it a nice aftertaste. Gotta go back for more.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 30, 2005
In the bottle. The last of my 12 sampler pack. Probably a mistake to leave this one for last. Just an average attempt at festbier. Pours a light copper to an orange-gold in color with a medium head. Slight flowery and malty aroma but not very pronounced. Finish is a little burnt and bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - APR 30, 2005
bottle 4/30/05. Medium white head, likght orange color that becomes more yellow as it gets closer to the top of the glass. Wheaty caramel aroma. Slight bitter hop taste, a little bland for my liking. Overall a solid brew. I’ve seen better Octoberfest beers, slightly disappointing but still good.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2005
Light orange colored body with traces of a head on top. The aroma is rich caramel with a hint of Golden Delicious apples. The taste is caramel and apples along with rich bread and some wood. A little too sweet for me. Also, a thin body, even for the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 11, 2005
Copper/red color that’s quite clear with a nice lacing quality. Very thin for an oktoberfest. I sense the toasty malt character only a little bit, it seems to be overpowered by the floral-hoppyness of it. Seems a little off character for an Oktoberfest but still tasty.


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