RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Ordained as the “official Oktoberfestbier,” Fest Märzen is sweeter, more robust and flavorful than your typical Märzen. Specialty malts were used generously adding to the higher, more festive alcohol content. Best enjoyed in leder hosen.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14893) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from a small store in Woodland, CA. As Fest Harvest Lager (7.5%). Pours clear darkish copper with a transient beige head. Malty aroma. Med + body. Flavor is dark roast malt - black or near it , but roasty - with something suggesting earth/herb hop. Seems mildly spicy. Flavor is quite strong, so this is arguably an exceptional marzen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2015
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grain, and wheat bread. Flavor of caramel, orange marmalade, toffee, and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
stronger than their traditional marzen...and consequently less traditional...but a good solid toasty brew. Malts of caramel and bread, very light citrus. Nice if not terribly exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9992) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark amber with an attractive beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8882) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
First rating of 2013. Thanks to my girlfriend Ashley for bringing this back from California. Pours hazy amber with a thin beige head. Malty, as expected, with a level of sweetness appropriate for the style. Some light toasted malts, odder fruity-ish notes, and lighter flowery notes. Well balanced and pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper edges and short lived tan head of loose foam. The light aroma is a mix of caramel, faint mineral notes and even fainter plum and cherry esteriness. The taste isn’t overly sweet, which I like. It offers up a touch of roasted malts, sweet malts and maybe a sweet biscuit note before thin layers of ripe plum, cherry and a slight mineral note come to the surface midway and into the finish. Pretty nice with a tasty balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7922) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep, hazy orange body and a thin, and quick to fade off-white head. Aromas of candy corn, hay and grain. Fresh bagels and caramel. Light iodine on the aroma as well. Flavors of butter, light vegital, grainy, caramel. Not very clean. I do expect a lot better from Sudwerk. I am disappointed (they generally nail a lot of traditional styles). Diacetyl...really no other descriptor. Strong diacetyl. Lively bubbles. Sudwerks can and should do better than this!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7511) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
More like a bock to me than a marzen. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-caramel color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was bock like sour caramel and vegetal malts. The flavor was tangy sour caramel with vegetal malts and a vague fruity presence. Medium length tangy caramel and vegetal finish. Medium body and smooth. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
On tap at the brewery. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is toasty malt with light notes of honey and fruit. The flavor is complex toasty malt with a dry, spicy noble hop finish. Full bodied and satisfying. Clean and finishes dry as a bone. A lot like their regular Marzen. Love it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4761) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2014
On tap at the Barrel Republic. Appearance: Medium amber with a sudsy off-whitehead that leaves streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma: Surprisingly hoppy; although this is mild (and Piney), I expect the malts to dominate. . Flavor: Very good sweet/bitter balance. Mild hopping yet relatively piney/hoppy flavor for style. Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp. O: a West Coast Marzen.

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