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


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Germany’s most popular fall beer, this "Oktoberfest-Brau" is brewed in the traditional marzen style. Pleasant toffee-like flavours, medium body and low hopping make this a seasonal lager worthy of celebration. Prosit!

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pootzboy (1735) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 Got 4 bottles of this as an Oktoberfest present from my Halifax Beerpal ...Thanks Kev! Pours a Deep amber lager in the HB Stein, Moderate white cap, fair retention and lacing. Aroma is of Munich amber malts - toasty but with lightly sweet undertones, hops offer a woodsy aroma. Malt forward profile, alternates between toasty and sweet...hops insufficient to compliment... this brew needs Spalters or Tettnangers, the brewers gold are too understated.. Clean malty finish. Nice firm amber quaffing lager but not really a close approximation of a Bavarian fest marzen.

Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
500ml bottle. 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear amber/orange with fluffy tan head that leaves a nice ring of lace. Heavy cereal grain on the nose with a weird, sour/funk edge that shouldn’t be there and a little caramel once you get past that. A surprising bitter entry that flows out to cereal grain and then some sweet appleness. Not half bad.

mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 24, 2012 [2858-20100501] Bottle. General grains aroma, not much. Clear, amber brown body with a quick off-white head. Fruity grains flavour has a long sweet finish and a mild pineapple tang sweet fruit aftertaste. Medium body. Possibly old but not bad.
(Vintage 2009; c/o tupalev, w/ him, jerc)

[4329B-20120311] 500mL bottle. Mild corny metallic grains aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a quick foamy light yellow head. Light gourd grains flavour has a sweet finish. Medium body. Meh. (6/3/5/3/11) 2.8
(w/ jerc)

jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 2012-03-11. Crisp dark amber body with a nice beige head that fades quickly. Mild aroma, toasty lightly grainy malt character. Flavour is similar, sweet malt base with toasty malt and caramel accents, lightly grainy malt touch. Light grassy touches to the hops. Average to light bodied palate. Average example of a style I am not a huge fan of. Quaffable but a bit dull. 6/3/6/3/14 - 3.2 Bottle courtesy of OKBeer

2010-05-01. Copper amber body with a modest head. Aroma is mild, light malt with touches of toasty malt. Flavour alternates between sweet and dry malt, toasty notes and brief caramel touches. A light tangy malt undercurrent hints at the fact that the bottle has been waiting for me in Tupalev’s fridge for a while. Average plus palate. Okay. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 Bottle shared by Tupalev

DuffMan (10421) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of OKBeer. Pours a bright copper with a low creamy golden head. Aroma of sponge toffee, slightly buttery. Nice sweet toffee malt flavour, perhaps a bit of orange peel. Not terribly complex, but I thought it captured the appropriate malty essence I expect in a traditional Marzen style. Quite nice.

JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Rerate: deep amber pour with a tight head. The aroma is quitr nice. This sample presents a clean, lightly toasty aroma. A bit of sweetness and some lit herbal hoppiness. Moderate body with a bit of soft sweetness. A touch of lingering toastiness on the back. Much better than the first time I had it. Thanks to gethinbeer for this one. Deep amber pour with a nice creamy white head. The nose is a little bit dirty with a bit of light acetaldehyde and a bit of toasted malt. There is a touch of light fruitiness and soft sweetness. A kiss of toffee as well. Could definitely have been lagered a lot longer. There is an odd sort of celery vegetal flavour. As it warms up the malts come out a bit more but it still doesn’t have as much depth of character as it should. Meh... it could have been so much more.

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle, thanks Colin and Kendra. Copper pour, small murky off white head. Aroma has some tinny malt, some sweetness, mild. Taste is ok - more tinny malt, body is too light and very thin, taste has a bit of odd lactic aftertaste. Sweet and some nice hoppiness up front. Some Garrison house yeast characteristic as well. Not bad, but one bottle is enough for me.

TaktikMTL (7786) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez ANBL (Caraquet, N-B). Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel avec une pointe de noix. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel avec une très légère pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2794)

EastCoaster (122) - USA - DEC 18, 2009
Although I am usually impressed with the breweries offerings this particular release lacked anything to distinguish it as being relatively exciting. I bought two and left one in the fridge until I could pawn it off on a unsuspecting visitor.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Lenient caramel malt flavors benefit from subtle toasty undercurrents in this very drinkable but somewhat lackadaisical Oktoberfest.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy deep amber.
-The mouthfeel is lean and the malts don’t offer much depth or crunch.
-An orangey fruitiness lingers. From the discreet hops perhaps?
-The finish is forgettable, not offering much in the way of hop bitterness, for example.

Bottle; merci Marc!

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