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


on tap


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RATINGS: 204   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tokyo9 (250) - GERMANY - JUN 8, 2016
Very fresh malt aroma
Lasting bitter finish
At the same time slight sweet stickiness
Thick in taste

A great German pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (8341) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Bottle. Yellow in colour with a decent, white, head. Bready malts, straw, a hint of stone fruit and suggestion of grassy hops, before a moderately bitter finish. A good lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinking_77 (107) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2016
On pour, nice clear golden yellow colour with a pretty decent sized foamy white head, a good looking beer. Some lacing. Can hear the carbonation as it fizzes away, magic! Aroma: strong smell of the hops, citrus, very malty, sweet malts Taste: Sweet grainy maltiness at the start. Back end taste of the hops was nice. Felt stronger than the 5.6 for some reason….. A very subtle taste, has a good balance of malts and hops, quite tasty, nothing amazing but boy was it easy to drink…. Perfect balance in flavour, clean, crisp and very refreshing. A very easy beer to drink, very sessionable, could drink a lot of these easy enough as it was very smooth. Liked this beer a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thomas_W1 (700) - Rastatt, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2015
Flasche 0,33l: Goldgelb, klar, kräftige Schaumbildung; Frische, leicht süßliche Nase, gemälztes Getreide, leichte Hopfennoten; im Körper leichte Süße, malzig, leichte Frucht- und Hopfennoten; im Nachgang angenehme Bitterkeit mit malziger Süße

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (1926) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 13, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Clear golden color with white head that dissipates quickly. Bread crust and honey sweetness on the aroma. Taste starts sweet with malt, bread crust and a hint of honey. Gets more balanced towards the finish. Body is medium with crisp carbonation. Overall it’s quite drinkable in spite of the sweetness. One of my least favorite beer styles but I think this is one of the better Märzen beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piw (1028) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2015
330ml Flasche. Klar und golden. Kleine Schaumkrone. Wenig aromatisch. Milder Geschmack, runder Abgang.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (10860) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. Pale golden yellow coloured pour with a small white head. Aroma is sweet nutty grains, light paper, earthy, light berry, Flavour is composed of sweet nutty grains, cereal, pils grains, earthy spicy hop. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, Clean German yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18424) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle split in the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Fergus, 20/10/15. Clear golden with a moderate off White covering. Nose is pale malt, straw, grain, grassy vibes, light citrics. Taste comprises bready malt, caramel, straw, light vanilla. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20128) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Fergus. Pours perfectly clear gold with a foamy white head. Light toasty cereal in the nose, bread, hints of caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor, more cereal grains, caramel, bread, minimal bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Sugary finish, hints of paper, faint caramel, simple bread, cereal. Good stuff. What more would you want out of a marzen?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (13736) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle thanks to clear pale gold with a medium white head. The nose is soft, grain, dull peach, paper, orange muffin, apricot, candy and honeysuckle. The taste is crisp, bitter, quite light, tangerine, sweet orange, bread, oily, sticky sweetness, grainy and some toasty grass with a short, toasty finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Simple, but not bad.

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