Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Märzen, which means "March" in German, is a classic German beer style created before the invention of refrigeration. Back then, brewers weren't able to brew lagers during the summer months the temperatures were too high for the lager yeast to ferment properly. So in March, brewers would stockpile beer which was cellared in cold, dark caves during the summer. In October, when temperatures had cooled, and it was time to brew again the remaining beer was pulled from the caves and enjoyed by the towns people in a celebration we now call Oktoberfest. Russell Märzen is copper-coloured lager which rich, toasted malt aroma balanced by the clean bitterness of German Hops and distinct noble hop aroma. Perfect for paring with roasted meats and harvest vegetables.

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Ferris (17981) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle - Caramel and dark toffee with a touch of twig. Deep amber with a decent white head. Toffee, some dark malts and cocoa.

Brettsky06 (538) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
Pours a copper color. Nice malty aroma. Taste is malty with some sweet biscuit. Very smooth. Light hop finish

northropfrye (3753) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
Dark red body. White head. Sweet biscuit and dried fruit aroma. Taste is rich sweet malts, grains, dried fruit, with a hint of hoppy bitterness. This is actually quite a nice marzen. Impressed.

Kobold (41) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Appearance: One finger of jubilant, thick froth pixelating into ragged suds. The colours are reddened tree bark and abandoned rusty saws. Aroma: Spicy floral notes announce the opening, followed by subdued orange and pineapple. Syrup shuffles on the edge of the parade watching the fanfare from afar. Bready hands quietly applaud while even vaguer acerbic tensions flit at the horizon. Taste: Earthy molasses and spiced marmalade spread across a piece of day old brown bread. There is also a languid clash of halberds releasing some sharp mineral flintiness. Not unnoticed is also the sticky sweat scent from such labours. Palate: Not pudding fully formed but rather pudding nearing its congealed state when it is both thick and malleable. Overall: After a few quaffs, a nascent stout dream sends its tangled tendrils into this deep lager. It is a beer of mutability expanding through dark malts after having begun tucked away in spiced floral fields.

cards04 (2962) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Decent marzen. Toasty malt aromas. Flavours are smooth and a bit sweet. Easy to drink.

UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 13, 2015
Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with one finger of dense ivory head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel and biscuity malt, earth, grass. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (3/5) Last of the Märzens for the year, I think. Not bad, but apparently a bit out of spec - darker and heavier than normal, with a caramel note that the guidelines specifically warn against. I’m also getting just a hint of butyric that doesn’t make me completely happy. (12/20)

DuffMan (10983) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle, shared with the gaming group. Medium amber, off white head. Toasty caramel, light grassy hops, a tad thin. Not bad.

pintbypint (4015) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
650ml brown bottle. Amber colour with a good finely beaded beige cap. Aroma has caramel and toasted malt. Taste is toasty and grainy, touch of caramel, late bitterness with mild grassy aftertaste. Pretty good.

reebtogi (6488) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
650ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles fairly quickly leaving only spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and dark fruits with some grassy and spicy notes. Taste is a dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness with a grassy and spicy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, darker than a traditional Oktoberfest and has more body and flavour as well. Doesn’t quite fit the style, but still a good brew.

brleo (78) - - OCT 25, 2014
Nothing bad, but to me, it’s odd for a marzen. The marzens I had abroad in Austria tasted much different than this, and looked it too. Appearance is oddly deep copper, with an attractive fluffy white head. Aroma is slightly spicy with a tiny hint of hops. Taste is spicy, slightly floral with a nice bitter bite and a stronger hop presence than most Germanic beers I’ve had. Palate has a lingering hop bitterness without being offensive. Overall, not bad but odd to me.

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