Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by barczar:
3.64/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2012 18:13:37 | More by barczar
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3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2013 00:23:48 | More by Groomsy
Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.