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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 #112 displays moderate bitterness while still maintaining the classic malt character you’ve come to expect from a traditional Festbier. Prost!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jjgmd (2110) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with no head. Taste is sweet and malty, typical and better than most martens. As an ale drinker, uncharasteristic of me to rate a lager, but ok for for the style I suppose . Quaff Score 5 / 10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zgaier (1939) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours a reddish amber with a beige head and aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is sweet, of malt, caramel, biscuit, and toasty bread notes with a sweet malty finish. Solid for the style

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
halfonit (1346) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
On tap at Battleship. Pours brown. Had this a couple of weeks ago so I’m trying to remember how this smelled and tasted. I’ve had quite a few brews since then and I’m drawing a blank. If I remember correctly it was a little bit lower in alcohol content but had a decent roasty session style marzen scent and flavor. Worth trying if you see it. Might be the only time that you will be able to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. Poured a beautiful mahogony color. Nice aroma of vanilla, caramel, hazelnut. Some roasted malt tones and some brown sugar notes. Caramel in taste. Great mouthfeel. One of the better octoberfest beers I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (1004) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Poured light amber in color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel malt, toasted grains, lager yeast. Sweet flavor, light bitterness. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1561) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet and biscuity. Taste is malty sweet with toasted notes finishing with a slightly bitter offset. Nice mild session fest lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6594) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
This one poured a light orange with a whitehead. Aroma was toasted malts and the light cardboard. Flavor was pretty standard auto perfect style caramel malts lightly toasted. Ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkitty (167) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Dark crystal clear ruby amber leaving a nice ring of lacing. A tiny nip of hop and malt on the aroma. Nice maltiness with a bit of caramel on the flavor but not as much as the color would imply. I expected and would have like more hop presence but still a nice Octoberfest guzzler.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours brownish orange with a decent one finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted grains, caramel and toffee sweetness, dash of noble hops and the traditional lager yeast. A little sweet but other than that a textbook fest bier nose.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of toasted grain and caramel sweetness holding strong till the end. A bit of hop bitterness tries to creep in as it warms up but it is crowded out quickly by the more dominate flavors. Finish is pretty clean with only a tiny bit of chewy sweetness clinging to the palate. A touch too sweet for my liking but still solid none the less.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel from start to finish. Quite easy to drink.

O - Another solid fest lager. It won’t knock your socks off or anything but its easy drinking and doesn’t destroy your palate. Nice change of pace after all these IPA’s they have been cranking out recently.

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