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

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Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest MarzenChristian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TheBierBand on 08-20-2007

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper caramel color with a solid half inch khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is fairly subtle, with lightly toasted, bready caramel malt dominating the profile. Hints of melanoidins and floral hops add character.

Flavor is sweeter than anticipated from the aroma, with caramel malt taking center stage. There's a bit of toasted breadcrust. The finish is slightly dry, reminiscent of pilsner malt cracker character. Floral hops are subtle. A hint of fruitiness is present and distracting.

Body is moderate to slightly heavy, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is obvious.

Overall, lacking in character for the style. There's just not a whole lot there. Very drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of GimmeAles
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of chefkevlar
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Landfill21
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Groomsy
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pouring a burnished copper color, Moerlein's marzen is topped by a thin eggshell head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Lively carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Standard appearance for the style

Fairly mild aroma, though typical of style – toffee, big caramel sweetness, baked bread, and a dash of earthy/floral hops. Not outstanding, but solid.

Moerlein's take on the style is interesting. It's definitely on the sweeter side – lots of caramel and toffee with a nearly syrupy sweetness from the malt, but not cloying or artificial. There is more hop presence than one might predict; the sweetness is held in check by a supporting bill of floral and tea-like hops.

Smooth mouthfeel that is refreshing on the palate. The finish is sweet with a bit of hop flavor for balance.

Absolutely drinkable and sessionable. As far as “textbook” examples of the style go, you can't go wrong with this. Another solid lager from Moerlein.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great color, a deep mahogany brown and dark red. Eggshell white head but hardly lasts and not much lacing.

S - Not much of a head so it was hard to get a good aroma but it did have a very nice caramel malt/vienna lager smell. Light toffee and an unusual sour note like cherries or apples in the background.

T - Not a traditional oktoberfest in my opinion when it comes to flavor but it still has lots of malty sweetness and a nice maple sugar note. It has a dark belgian sugar like flavor and it's a little tart/sour at the end like fermented raisins or cherries. Not much hop presence so that maybe could contribute to the different flavors (under-hopped?)

M/D - Medium-light body with average carbonation and very smooth on the palate. Overall very drinkable.

This is a very good beer but very different for it's style. I think it's closer to a Belgian strong ale w/out the high alcohol due to the flavors present. Whatever it is it makes for a fun beer!

Photo of kels
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This marzen pours into my pint an opaque ruddy brown with a short, 1 finger creamy white head. The head fades quickly, but retains well at a thick skim. Washes of lace cling to the sides of the glass and slip back into the liquid.

Not much aroma to speak of from this one. There's the faintest hint of slightly caramelized malts, with a little bit of spent grain essence.

Overall enjoyable and hearty flavors in this one. It possesses a dry sweetness from the toasty and caramelized malts. The grains have a real crispy toastiness to them that keeps the beer light yet full. There's a slight appley hop presence that barely creeps through and what tastes like rye, though I don't remember that being in this brew. The only drawback is a distinct metallic aftertaste that hangs around in the stickiness on the palate awhile. Feel is very nice; moderately mouthfilling with good carbonation and light stickiness.

Very highly drinkable. Low abv pairs well with full yet light flavors. Tasty and smooth.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - solid orange-tinted amber, a nice creamy tan cap. Active beading makes for a nice looking beer. Minimal lacing, but otherwise a great start.

Aroma - nice bouquet of toasty malts, some decent spiciness and light diacetyl. Nice balance for the style and good staying power too.

Taste - sweet malts nicely roasted, diacetyl, and a certain alcohol presence even. The swallow reveals a nice little shot o' hops in step with the malt. Finishes a tad warming with equal parts malt, hops, sweetness, and roastiness. A superb example of the style.

Mouthfeel - decent smoothness, medium-bodied, complements the flavor appropriately.

Drinkability - a perfect choice as the days cool down. Delicious with LaRosa's pizza tonight and bound to be paired with plenty more chow this autumn.

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very nice caramel / amber coloration. The head was white and quickly resolved to a layer of foam. The carbonation is active.

Smell: The beer has a very nice toasted nutty malty aroma. A bit of lemon and spicey alcohol are present.

Taste: This beer delivers a very pleasing light toasted caramel flavor. The beer has a fruity flavor at the back end of the flavor. This gives way to a spicey finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body; however, the body of the beer is broken up by carbonation. The beer was satisfying and easy to drink. My wife and I killed a sixer of this Saturday morning after work. Overall this is a solid call for a sessionable beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christian Moerlein's dedication to traditional German ales and lagers keeps everything old new again. It's authentic flavor is desperately needed as the beers from this brewery arrives much fresher than those requiring import. This is especially true for this delicate and highly rewarding style.

As you'd expect from the Oktoberfest-style of beer, the lager displays a light copper, or strong gold hue with supple carbonaiton that calmly forms and retains solid foam character atop. Decorative lacing reaffirms the quality of the beer that's being enjoyed.

Appetizing aromas remain soft but pull from the rudementary pilsner malt scent and starting to borrow notes of bread crust, lightly baked grain, light starchy-sweet character, and an overall envelope that seems almost of caramel. Floral hops make a steady impact and give the modest sweet nose a lift with complements of herbal teas and light fragrant grasses.

Its flavor is squarely malt-focused but the sweetness is moderate, only seeming so because of restrained hop bitterness. The almost-caramel sweetness weaves into the starchier taste of Vienna-type malts with its taste of crusted bread, almost-biscuit, and softer pilsner flavor. Backed by the flavor of noble German hops, the beer opens up a flowery-herbal taste that reminds me of honeysuckle before developing a late arrival of hop bitterness that rides the higher end of balance.

With its medium-light body, the body is elegant and sly as it washes the mouth with mild malt richness and creamy carbonation. As the carbonation lifts, the grainy-sweet taste of malt remains which concludes in a bitter finish of lemon, minty warmth, and slight grain bite.

Where the beer is no standout in terms of complexity or power, its more finesse elements are greatly appreciated because of its attention to quality, freshness, and impeccable balance. It's a great way to start a session or wash down those brawtwurst of the upcomming Oktoberfest celebrations.

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is actually the second time I've gotten to review this beer as my account was accidentally erased a few weeks ago. I have to admit though, it wasn't too disappointing to have drink this again to review it as I thought it was really a solid beer. Review is from notes taken on 11/12/09 and was poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep coppery color with mild ruby highlights; starts with a one finger head that fades quickly to a ful, yet uneven skim; body is clear and shows moderate carbonation; uneven and spotty lacing is left trickling down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very lager-esque (if that's a word - I feel like I should put it in quotation marks); nice and toasty graininess and sweet maltiness; simple, yet strong and very apparent.

Taste: Oh so solid! Nice and toasty grains, just like in the smell; a nice malty sweetness balances it all out; it almost seems a little syrupy-sweet towards the end, but it's still a damn good and straight forward offering.

Mouthfeel: Nice and even a little chewy; carbonation is soft and smooth, yet lively enough to keep it interesting and it's far from flat; slightly sticky finish.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all day. It's perfect for the fall, but I could definitely drink this year-round; great and simple flavors and it's satisfying as well as inexpensive.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright coppery amber, very clear with a frothy whitish head which fades quickly leaving oily lacing.

Smell is bready yeast, caramel and a hint of orange.

A strong malt backbone is present as expected for the style,bready, malty sweet but bitter is also present too on the finish. Some butterscotch and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, nicely carbonated and a little oily.

Very drinkable and good with food. I'm glad I unexpectantly got the chance to try this very good Ohio beer when I found it locally!

Photo of becktone
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: The brew looks great. The body is a clear and lively looking orange copper with golden yellow highlights. The head has good retention and lacing and is a dirty yellow white in color with a creamy texture. They don't get much better than this.

Nose: Very potent aroma, I've not even pointed my nose in the direction of the glass and I can tell that there are some sweet malt aromas here, a bit of diacetyl too. Very, very rich aroma. This brew's nose is packed with malty sweetness, lots of caramel, and as I mentioned before a little buttery. Great aroma overall. Reminds me a bit of Jack Daniels, that is when I cook with it, the way it smells and tastes after a small amount of heat is applied is somewhat similar to the aroma here. I would normally give fault for diacetyl in a lager but I think that it works here.

edit: Ahhh! there it is the aroma I couldn't put a finger on, a bit of vanilla!(or so it seems to me)

Tongue: Pretty much the same as the aroma, huge malt character, bits of buttery flavors, some vanilla type flavor, and also a bit of graininess at the end. Rich flavor overall with toasty grains right at the end which give some balance to the sweet malts. Very clean taste, finishes on the drier side. This is a great brew, I think that I'll pick some more up later this week granted that I can still find it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: What we've got here is quite a full bodied beer, which is the way he wants it, well he gets it, and I like it just as much as you do. HAHA some Cool Hand Luke adaptation for you. As I said the brew is full bodied with lower carbonation that is just right for this specific brew, and a very clean and somewhat dry finish. This is a brew that I'll definitely be picking up again.

Photo of seeswo
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First keg tapped in Cincy, I'm told. Pours light orangey-brown with a small whitish head. Smell is mildly boozy and a touch nutty sweet. Not much going on there. The taste is overly sweet caramel malts and a touch watery. No balance. Barely recognizable as an Oktoberfest beer. I wanted to like this, but as someone who has enjoyed overly malt forward beers like Capital Autumnal Fire, this beer does not come together in a positive way. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. I would go with an OTR over this if offered another.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 14 oz.Mug

A : hazy cooper with a thin creamy head

S : roasted malt and a hint of sweetness

T : yeast and malt, strong at first, hops and sweet carry to a medium finish

M : a bit of an assault, but mellows

D : It's character makes it a good taster, but not as drinkable as many festival beers

This is a good Oktoberfest and I would love to make the festival in cincy

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a thin white ring.

S-Toasted malt with a hint of citrus sourness.

T-Very toasty with a generous amount of caramel malt and a hint of sweetness on the front. Some floral hop notes in the finish.

M-Crisp, a bit dry with moderate carbonation

D-Hell, yeah. Tasty, light in ABV. I could have a few.


Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen pours a copper color with a thin off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice malty aroma. The flavor is malty, caramel is evident. There isn't much in the way of hops though. Easy drinking, worth a try.

Photo of fitrock2112
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fifth and Vine Oktoberfest from Moerlein

A- cloudy light orange to reddish hue

S- maltiness with a touch of hops

T- Smooth refreshing taste of lightly roasted malts, touch of toffee or carmel and a pinch of hops. I love the balance of this beer

M- medium body to this one, with medium carbonation, adds perfect smoothness

O- One of the best Octoberfest beers out there, If you like this style its worth a try.

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