Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by laintringulis:
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark caramel/creme soda color with large off white head that thins quickly into a faint ring. Moderate amount of small, bubbling carbonation.
Smells of carmel dipped bananas, sweet malt, light cloves, and warm homemade bread.
Taste: Pleasantly malty, vague and brief caramel and banana flavor on the initial, that progresses into a little more earthiness and spice; it is similiar to the spice mixture in good quality herbal chai tea. Finishes with a nice fruit finish, plums, I think.
Medium mouthfeel on the initial; slightly syrupy, but finishes feeling like a light plus body. I would have preferred just a little more hop flavor in the finish. Very easy to drink. Sessionable and tasty. It was much better than I expected.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2007 14:19:26 | More by laintringulis
More User Reviews:
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 65 ratings.