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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ordained as the “official Oktoberfestbier,” Fest Märzen is sweeter, more robust and flavorful than your typical Märzen. Specialty malts were used generously adding to the higher, more festive alcohol content. Best enjoyed in leder hosen.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from a small store in Woodland, CA. As Fest Harvest Lager (7.5%). Pours clear darkish copper with a transient beige head. Malty aroma. Med + body. Flavor is dark roast malt - black or near it , but roasty - with something suggesting earth/herb hop. Seems mildly spicy. Flavor is quite strong, so this is arguably an exceptional marzen.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep, hazy orange body and a thin, and quick to fade off-white head. Aromas of candy corn, hay and grain. Fresh bagels and caramel. Light iodine on the aroma as well. Flavors of butter, light vegital, grainy, caramel. Not very clean. I do expect a lot better from Sudwerk. I am disappointed (they generally nail a lot of traditional styles). Diacetyl...really no other descriptor. Strong diacetyl. Lively bubbles. Sudwerks can and should do better than this!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper edges and short lived tan head of loose foam. The light aroma is a mix of caramel, faint mineral notes and even fainter plum and cherry esteriness. The taste isn’t overly sweet, which I like. It offers up a touch of roasted malts, sweet malts and maybe a sweet biscuit note before thin layers of ripe plum, cherry and a slight mineral note come to the surface midway and into the finish. Pretty nice with a tasty balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark amber with an attractive beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2013
First rating of 2013. Thanks to my girlfriend Ashley for bringing this back from California. Pours hazy amber with a thin beige head. Malty, as expected, with a level of sweetness appropriate for the style. Some light toasted malts, odder fruity-ish notes, and lighter flowery notes. Well balanced and pretty drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
More like a bock to me than a marzen. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-caramel color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was bock like sour caramel and vegetal malts. The flavor was tangy sour caramel with vegetal malts and a vague fruity presence. Medium length tangy caramel and vegetal finish. Medium body and smooth. Ok.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
16 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. It is also bottled in 6 packs at the brewery to go. The aroma is rather sweet with more caramel malts and less roasted malts than the regular marzen. Some spicy notes are detected along with scant metallic hints. The aroma is a bit faint. Transparent amber body with a medium-small off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. Starts sweet and caramelly with some chewy maltiness. A good amount of fruity yeast esters then follow. Light nuttiness late with some more lingering sweetness. Ethanol is well-hidden, but this gets a bit cloying as the glass empties. Otherwise, this is fairly easy-drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
On tap at the brewery. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is toasty malt with light notes of honey and fruit. The flavor is complex toasty malt with a dry, spicy noble hop finish. Full bodied and satisfying. Clean and finishes dry as a bone. A lot like their regular Marzen. Love it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
14 Feb 2013, bottle. light orange/dark pink, faintly hazy, thin foamy head. nose is sweet, wet bread, maybe faint banana, some yeast. thin body and fizzy. some yeasty notes, red ale malt, slightly toasty. nicer taste than aroma. decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Bottle from Valley Farm. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of fruitiness. Flavor is fairly malty with a good amount of sweet. Finish has a little hop bitterness. Pretty rich and full bodies. Reminds me of a bock.


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