Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by patpbr:
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
A - dark copper color that looks even better held up in front of the sunlight washing thru my window. with a small head and good amount of carbonation bubbling up.
S - smells somewhat malty
T - hint of sweetness, cherry and chocolate
M - Medium body that finishes smooth with a little lingering after taste.
O - worth trying. Will seek this out on tap and see what its like.
10-03-2011 21:37:32 | More by patpbr
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4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
08-25-2008 22:08:19 | More by pwoods
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-19-2012 14:44:30 | More by Brenden
3.95/5 rDev +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!
02-26-2008 20:13:11 | More by GimmeAles
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-19-2009 22:37:55 | More by scottyshades
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-29-2010 14:02:27 | More by Brent
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
09-22-2012 16:48:04 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
10-05-2008 00:13:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
09-21-2010 02:44:28 | More by chefkevlar
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
10-22-2010 01:34:56 | More by Landfill21
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
09-01-2013 00:23:48 | More by Groomsy
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
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!
11-14-2009 21:48:57 | More by VaTechHopHead
Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest Marzen from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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