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


on tap


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RATINGS: 209   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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fonefan (48790) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle 33cl. @ home.
Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, hay, paper. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light light bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20081106]

yespr (44811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a crispy white head. Mild grassy and light malt aroma. Light sweet corn note too. Mild spiced and cornish to malty flavour. Mild bitterness showing through towards the finish. Smooth finish with a light caramel malt note to balance the bitterhops.

Ungstrup (37330) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
The aroma is of a pasta dish and woody. The color is orange and it has a small disappearing head. The flavor is sweet, hoppy, malty, and grainy. Slight alcohol tingling across the tongue.

joergen (27984) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled. Clear yellow coloured with a white head. Aroma of malts and hops. The flavour is dominated by malts with a bit sweetness. Hoppy finish. Typical german beer.

oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2012
Bottled. Deep golden colour, with a small foamy white head. Aroma is grassy, sweet maltyness with mild grains and some herbal notes. Flavour is quite muh the same in a quite nice balance. Also some mild saltwatery notes in the finish as well. Solid Märzen.

anders37 (26257) - 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.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Fully golden, almost a fat pilsner without much head. Quite malty. They’ve obviously used adequate amounts of ingredients. Good harmonious hops. 180804 & 090103

omhper (24980) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2003
Bottled. Golden colour, clear, creamy head. Fruity and pleasantly malty with a minimal hint of paper. Dry grassy bitterish finish. Ordinary but well balanced.

madmitch76 (24511) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2011
April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Shared bottle in the Brown Bear - Aldgate - Cheers Rob! Smooth palate. Pretty strong taste of caraway seeds. Creamy malt. Nice.

Leighton (21092) - 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?

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