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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Märzen (Mayrt-zen) was historically brewed in Bavaria from March through the end of October. It was brewed dark and strong, using dark roasted Munich and caramelized Munich malt to help cover up flavor changes from the lack of refrigeration (ice in those days) used to keep the beers cold in the cellars during the warm summer months. It was also the beer served at the Original Oktoberfest celebration, which originated as a wedding reception for the King Ludwig I and Maria Theresa. Bavaria was a very poor country and had little cause for celebration, so the King and Queen invited the entire population of Bavaria to the reception. They showed up that year and every year thereafter, and the event evolved into the modern day Oktoberfest. Gordon Biersch Märzen accentuates the flavors of the dark roasted imported malted barley and exhibits a caramel malt aftertaste, while downplaying the hop level.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a regular glass. A: Pours a darker copper color. There’s a nice head here, four fingers high (due to an aggressive pour) and barely off-white in shade. While it fades quickly, it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The stronger retention away from the edges of the glass suggests a decent hop bill. S: There is some sweet caramel typical of the style. I like the mild yet noticeable noble hopping, otherwise there isn’t much to note here. T: Touches of sweet caramel give way to a raisiny back end. Hops only seem to be here as a cleansing agent, which isn’t really disappointing given its relative lack of freshness. Not bad, but it could use a touch less sweetness. M: A bit heavier and less carbonated than I like from my marzens. The finish could also have less sweetness. It goes down okay. O: Eh. It’s a decent marzen that gets the job done - even still, there are better choices on the market.


2.5
pkbites (946) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Tap. Brownish gold color. Sweet aroma. Some light toffee but otherwise grainy as hell. Not sure why this style doesn’t thrill me as much as I’d think it would. This is rather mediocre.

3.9
PugUglyBrewer (653) - - APR 27, 2017
Clean garnet color with a creamy heady of white foam. Caramel, soft dried stone fruit and fig, and whole grain cereal aromatics and flavors. Finishes smooth, sweet, and fruity.

3.6
Luneylane (191) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - JAN 18, 2017
Draught from GB’s in Xin Yi. Aroma: cherries, tobacco, caramel, it smells delicious. Appearance: medium brown, opaque with minimal head. Palate: full bodied, quite a thick texture, average carbonation, a complex and satisfying, tasty finish. Taste: sweet, predominently caramel, plus lightly bitter. Well-balanced, I really enjoyed it.

2.8
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Draft: Poured a orange brown with white head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is grain and small hints of malts. Sweet sugary finish.

3.2
jsporrer (1026) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Sample on tap @ the brew house restaurant in Baltimore, MD. Pours a deep rusty orange with a thin white ring. Not much aroma but big on flavor. Nice caramel malty taste. Pretty enjoyable.

2.8
DenverLogan (1213) - LA, California, USA - AUG 29, 2016
From a bottle into a Free State beer glass. Pours amber with small head and lace. Aroma of roasty malts, caramel, grains. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, grains, straw hops, rye, minerals, copper oxide. Overall rich, flavorful but with a slight metallic finish.

2.5
deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
On tap at Gordon Biersch. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has sweet grains and sweet bread with a touch of caramel. Flavor is similar with sweet grains, caramel and a bit of sweet bread.

3
BlackHaddock (7329) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
12oz bottle on my daughters patio, 21st May 2016. Autumnal orange in colour, large off-white head. Malty molasses rule the nose and flavour of this sweet tasting brew. Decent enough even if it is on the sweet side of things.

3.1
bigbish (712) - California, USA - APR 21, 2016
An easy drinking example of this style. Nothing crazy or over the top, sweet malt with a hint of hop flavor. Nice beer.

3.8
drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - APR 18, 2016
5.8%ABV. Märzen. Tapped out deep amber. 18ºSRM. Nose has some sweet, alcoholic, phenolic aromas. Beery and just happy with the promise of a proper Munic welcome. There is some fresh nut aroma in the nose as well. Very very welcoming. Mouthfeel is soapy., Palate has ample roasted malt with dark wheat toast, caramel, toasted almonds and hazelnuts. Some raw walnut body, especially in the tail end of the palate. No hops. The finish is so very very pleasant and very smooth. For an airport tap, this was likely one of my more memorable experiences! Why? It had a full-bodied malty backbone, some clean bitter hops and enough alcohol to round off the entire palate with some faint stone fruit sweetness and fruitiness, Goes on Favorites List!


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