Brewed by Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Grafenhausen-Rothaus, Germany
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
To come up with a name for our Zäpfle bottle version of our Märzen Export, we went back to the history of this variety of beer.

Before refrigerators and ice machines existed, the last batches of bottom-fermented beer could only be brewed in March (März) at the latest. It was then cooled with naturally forming ice. To harvest the ice, two processes were commonly implemented. Large blocks of ice were frequently cut from the ice sheets of ponds that were frozen over. They were then stored in the cellars of breweries. The second process is what gave Eiszäpfle (or icicle in English) its name. Large wooden scaffolding was sprayed with water so that icicles would form on the beams. These could then be knocked off and used to cool the beer.

Our Märzen Export also used to be cooled in this way. Today we commemorate this laborious process with the name Eiszäpfle. The name, however, is also intended to inspire a thirst in summer months for this refreshing and aromatic Märzen Export beer, as well as provide comforting pleasure in winter when the icicles hang down outside from the edges of roofs. 13.4%

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oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours a medium golden amber color. Aromas of roast malts, caramel, and some hops. Flavors of sweet malt, wheat bread and some nice hopping.

shrubber85 (11450) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle. Strong grassy hops and light caramel malt aroma. Golden yellow color with small but persistent head. Caramel malt and grass/hay hops flavor. Nicely blended. A spectacular festbier - head and shoulders above other Märzens.

turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2008
Pours light amber with a dissipating head. Grassy aroma. Nice, refreshing bitterness. Good.

sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 30, 2008
enjoyable and smooth a nice spring beer. It is fairly simple and thus makes a good session beer. Nice color and foam but a bit thin. A bit to sweet but otherwise a nice everyday choice.

kappldav123 (6110) - GERMANY - JAN 13, 2008
The bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also. Tastes strong and spicy, really delicious. Almost like a festbier. Well done!

anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o. Pours a clear pale yellow color with a white head. Malty grainy and fruity aroma. Sweet malty grainy and bready flavor. Sweetish malty finish.

Brix (660) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2007
Tasted 2007-12-12. Courtesy of my aunt-in-law. Pours clear, orange/yellow with creamy white head. Almost no aroma. Weak flavour of malts - no bitterness. Too close to pure water, but no off-flavours; At least that’s something.

Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2007
Golden colored, little white head. Sweet Märzen aroma with mild caramel and some papery notes, still ok one. Mild grains also present. Medium bodied. Flavor is same than aroma: sweetness dominates with grains and honey, same papery note comes up also. Aftertaste has convenient drying hops, still too sweet to be in balance.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle at the Magic_dave6 shindig at Chris O’s.
Gold with a slim white head. Straight forward Oktoberfest Marzen stuff all round. Pretty dull. Cardboard notes. Yadda yadda.

DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle at chris_o’s house. I think i opened this thinking it was some sort of xmas dopplebock, oh how wrong was the cad. Alround a sweet, grainy unbalanced over carbonated, slightly skunky beer.

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