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Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TheBierBand on 08-20-2007

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 106
Reviews by Landfill21:
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3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this beer while watching Roy Halladay throw a no hitter against my reds.

Has a really nice dark brown appearance with a nice finger and a half head that laces down the glass as you drink it.

Smells of some berries, raspberries, cherries and malts.

Tastes of malts with a really nice finish.

Has a med/light mouthfeel.

This beer has a really nice drinkability, unfortunately Roy Halladay killed my spirits so I only had 12.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light copper with perfect visibility. 1 finger worth of lightly tinted head forms and falls within a minute or so. Some fleeting lacing.

S: Lots of toasty and nutty malts. Some good caramel corn scents as well as a hint of vanilla in the back. Light floral hops to balance.

T/M: Similar to the nose. Much richer on the caramel and nutty tastes. Hops are a bit stronger, too, lending light bitterness and plenty of earthy and grassy notes. Body is medium to medium light with controlled carbonation. Finishes on the dry side.

D: Average ABV, tasty, and easy enough to drink. I didn't like this so much last year but I don't think I got to try it until around November. Obviously much much better fresh.

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Photo of BFC84
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a clear brew a bit darker than amber and lighter than copper, landing somewhere in between. A compact tan head forms on to and, while retention is good, not much lacing manages to stick to the glass despite the effort.
This beer is a good representation of the style, offering the breadiness and caramel notes of the malts along with the balance that comes with it, as light hops bitterness allows for a maltier beer overall. The hops take on almost a vinous character, but the dryness also balances very nicely with the sweetness as well as the breadiness. A touch of toast and a bit of toffee are drawn out of the malts as well. There is a light fruity sort of element underneath also.
The body is great, as the medium body holds it all together well and carbonation is just right, keeping it going without being overdone. Crispness never fades off, even as a creamy, even velvety smoothness manifests.

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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, this fine example from the wonderful Moerlein brewery pours a bright copper orange with a thin white head that dies down to a nice ring and light lacing. Nose of caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and mild floral hops. Flavors are sweet up front without being cloying. Caramel malts and nice biscuit flavors to the sides and back followed by light hops making for a fantastic balance brew nicely within the style limits. Nice wet finish; highly sessionable. Awesome.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GimmeAles
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a cheap, random find from my local Grocery Outlet. $4.99 a sixer, what the heck.

Clear, coppery amber produced big head which subsided to a 2cm sheet which stayed and eventually receded to faint wisps. Seems in decent condition, though I have no idea how it made it all the way out here into a 2nd-hand grocery store.

Lager funk is in the aroma, cracked, toasted barley and a sweet, caramely, butterscotchy aroma. If it's diacetyl, it doesn't hurt this beer in my opinion.

A sturdy caramely malt-backbone which has light candy sweetness balanced by a firm, grassy, slightly spicy hoppiness. There's some faint plum and berry fruitiness as well which is quite nice.

Crisp and dry mouthfeel is on the thin side, but just slick enough to have a nice, drinkable, body.

A solid, very quaffable MarzenO-Fest beer (one of the few Lager styles to interest me), which paired very well with Clams and Linguine. Recommended!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color that produces a slightly off-white head that retains pretty well and leaves little lacing

S: Toasted malts, caramel, very sweet nose in general. Spices also present.

T: Sweet malts, light toasted malts, spices, caramel, honey. Nice and malty

MF/D: A nice choice during October, even better during the warmer days in the year. Very refreshing, and a good session brew.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid example of the style, if perhaps a bit hoppier than average (which, as far as I am concerned, is not a bad thing). Poured an appropriately caramel brown. Up front a quick punch of hops, quickly backing off and letting a moderately sweet, caramel malt character emerge. Quite easy to drink, but perhaps a bit bigger in body than the average. Overall, nicely done.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter for tasting purposes. For full enjoyment, this should be consumed from a mug. The beer pours a nice clear coppery-orange color with a slight golden tint. Head is a bit small though. Very traditional nose. You smell toasted malt and a little bit of peppery spice.

The flavor is pretty spot-on for this style. You get a medium to full body, a nice rich, chewy mouthfeel, and loads of sweet, bready, clean malt flavor. There is a bit of a lemony citrus hop note on the finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable.

Some things are not to be trifled with, and this style is one of them. This is an excellent example of a festival lager. It is rich and enjoyable, though I prefer those with a peppery note on the finish instead of a lemony note. Still a good choice for a celebration of the fall.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with not much head at all. Smell is malty and a bit spicy. Taste is very malty, much more than in the nose. A good amount of hops in the taste as well. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of bitterness. Very good and easy drinking. Not bad.

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Photo of chefkevlar
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown color with a slight hint of red. The head is fairly low and quickly receeds to a thin layer on top.

S: Chocolate and cherries are upfront on the nose, with hints brown sugar and toasted bread

T: Taste is very complex with flavors or cherry, chocolate, raspberry, a bit of honey and toast. It's a bit sweeter than what I'm used to in a Marzen but not overly so.

M: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation create a very nice mouthfeel

D: Highly drinkable, although as mentioned it's a bit sweet.

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Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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