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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Autumn is an insanely popular season for beer releases. Perhaps the most famous, long-standing fall beer style of all is the Märzenbier, or more commonly known simply as “Festbier.” To commemorate the annual German tradition of Oktoberfest, we once again offer our take on this classic German style. With origins dating back to 16th century Bavaria, the original Märzen style was touted as “dark brown, full-bodied, and bitter.” Typically brewed during the warmer spring months, the beer was often stored in cellars before finally being served during Oktoberfest. Boasting a notable hop presence, Scratch #157 displays moderate bitterness while still maintaining the classic malt character you’ve come to expect from a traditional Festbier. Prost!

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3.5
adrian910ss (2595) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 6, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep clear copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, grains and toast. Taste of toasty and caramel malts and grains. Above average Octoberfest.

3.3
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pours copper with splotchy head. Caramel malt and honey in the nose, Wheaties in the taste, more caramel, honey, caro syrup. Not sure why this is out now, in March.

3.3
alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Clear copper pour with caramel, toasted malt, and grain aroma. Toasted malt flavor with grain, and some caramel sweetness and touch of hops. Nice beer.

3.5
mansquito (6902) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Rattle ’n’ Hum, NYC tap: Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt and actually a nice bit of hops. Taste is mostly sweet and malty, but there is a nice little bitter undertone. This doesn’t try to do anything crazy, but it succeeds pretty well at being a nice Marzen.

3.1
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
12oz bottle. Poured an amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Earthly, dirt, toasted grains, and a lighter fruitiness.

3.1
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is faint...malty with dry leaves and toasted caramel notes. Flavor follows suit...Nice and toasty...reminiscent of Blue Point Toasted Lager but with a bit more earthy hoppiness/bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is toasty and earthy.

3.1
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Tap at brewery. Tube lager glass. Pours amber brown. Two finger head, nice lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel and bready. Taste is sweet with just a touch of earthy bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Mouth feel is a little thin. Finishes rather dry with notes of toffee, caramel and grass. Just OK for me.

3.5
Braudog (6835) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Copper-colored beer. Drinks with a very smooth character, but about all I can think to say about it is it’s a plain ol’ amber lager. Well balanced and clean. (#5760, 9/29/2014)

3.5
orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours a touch hazy with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of laceing on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted gains, caramel and toffee sweetness, dulled earthy hops and a touch of fruitiness.

T - Starts off much like the nose does with the toasty grains and mild caramel sweetness slowly being joined by the dulled hop bitterness and some light fruitiness. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, bready feel with a good amount of dryness after each sip.

O - A decent enough Oktoberfest lager. It has everything it should but lacks the extra something to keep me coming back for more.

3.9
matty (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark gold color with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of malt with some yeast. Picking up some light toasted bread aromas as well. Medium-full body, the malt is the main attraction here. Bitter finish. I could go for several of these! Good beer!


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