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


on tap


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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
charlotte (5296) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2007
Golden colour with head who stays,aroma of hops and malt mild and light bitter finish metallic mouth feels but o.k beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 23, 2007
Bottel.33cl. An ok Oktoberfest but not more than that. Sweet and light, no head, medium body, very light color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
[bottle] Nice malty aroma but not without plenty of German hops. Very faint banana when I swirled it around. Bright golden beer with a nearly pristine cover that laces the glass. The flavour is of nice sweet base malt that is thankfully not overwhelmed by hops bitterness, however there is a significant ethanol flavour that dominates the second half of the tasting experience, drawing too much of the resiny flavour aspect out of the hops. This beer reminds me very much of the Tegernseer Spezial, which had the same flaw, but also had more bitterness, making the latter beer a little bit less appealing. Medum to light body and warming from alcohol. Clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (10045) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2007
(33 cl bottle) Pale yellow color, small white head. Sweet malty scent, grainy and some corn. Malty, acidic and metallic taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Bottle. A clear golden with a medium white creamy head. Aroma is sweet and malty with just a citric hoppy side to it. Okay mouhtfeel. Flavour is far too sweet, it is not balanced nearly enough by any hops. Not good at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Malty taste with hints of hops in the back. Average for the style nothing special but good Marzen.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
Got this one in Stuttgart 07. Forgettable beer. Nice golden colour, with sweet malt taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
[Bottle from Alexander.] Golden look with malty aroma and good white head. Nice märzen-taste fatsweet of style and with usual notes of metal, sticky hoppyness and a good mediumlong aftertaste of bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (15452) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden colour, small white head. Good clean flavour. Medium bitterness, slightly dusty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (12063) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2006
330ml bottle. Clear, pale golden. White head quickly diminishing. Malt character aroma. Light sweet flavour of pale malts. Buttery notes. Some bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Not memorable.

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