Heiner Brau Maerzen - Covington Brewhouse
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4/5 rDev +13%
Received this one as an extra from a kind trader who sent me some beer from Alabama! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/15/2009.
The pour was decent enough, rich dark caramel in color with a light head of off white. Nice clarity revealed some hints of red around the edges. Lots of carbonation bubbling up with this one. Caramel and bready malts lead the way here, seriously big aroma of bread and grain with a light herbal hop note melded in. Smooth even flavor and carbonation with a light feel and smooth, sweet taste that was very easy to drink.
Overall a very solid example of the style. Crisp, clean, refreshing and very well done. I would have no issue with trying this one again.
05-16-2009 00:27:22 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to NewGeneric for sending me yet another obscure southern brew. Served in a pint glass.
A - Pours with two-plus fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap, but fails to leave any lacing. Body is a translucent amber-orange color with lots of tiny bubbles racing upwards.
S - Toffee, bread, nuts, bananas, and lightly toasted grains. A little bit cloying, but otherwise quite nice.
T - Taste is less sweet, and more yeasty, with a hefty amount of bread and dough character. Certainly true to style. There's a tiny but of sourness in the finish that imparts historical accuracy, although I'm not entirely sure it was intentional.
M - Viscous, chewy, but slightly over-carbonated with a bit of burn on the upper lip. The body is sufficiently big to imply a higher-gravity beer meant for aging.
D - I drank a 12oz bottle pretty quickly, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again. Drinks like a meal, and carbonation is slightly off-putting.
05-30-2010 20:12:19 | More by MasterSki
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
Thanks to Americanbrew for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a golden-orange color with a small white head. The aroma is grain, corn and bready malts. The flavor is more of the same. Overall, the smell and aroma of the beer are not very good. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very average beer and not one to seek out.
04-26-2010 23:28:18 | More by Mora2000
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a mildly hazy light copper color with a rapidly dissipating tan head. Leaves a thin sheen and collar with very little lacing left behind.
Nose is mostly sweet bready malts with a bit of toastiness and floral hop character. Pretty decent smelling marzen that is clean and fresh.
Flavor is a bit too toasty for me, combined with a noticeable hop presence makes this one seem very un-marzen. Has some lager yeast flavors as well as a light graininess. A touch too bitter and rough around the edges for me, I like the kolsch better.
04-13-2009 01:52:51 | More by twiggamortis420
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small and short-lived off-white head that dissipates quickly to a small ring and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is a balance of toasted bread and sweet caramel malts with a slight musty hop aroma in the background.
The taste follows the aroma with a big toasted bready malt backbone that has hints of sweetness and earthy hops on top. The finish is very crisp and dry.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with average carbonation and, as mentioned before, dry and toasted in the finish.
This is a decent session beer from Heiner though I probably enjoyed the kolsch a little more.
06-01-2009 14:10:47 | More by gford217
3.4/5 rDev -4%
12 oz. twist-capped bottled; enjoyed several of these on a mid-March trip to Louisiana, this is one of a couple leftovers. Poured to a pint glass.
Side label notes that 'Maerzen' means 'March', but also notes that southern German monks once called it 'Das fluessige Brot', or 'Liquid Bread'.
A: Perfectly bread-like amber pour, a 'toasted crust' that's amply cloudy and shows off a few rapidly-rising carbonation streams. A frothy off-white head builds to a finger, then fades quickly; the end result is a gauzy film and slim ring of fatter bubbles.
S: Hmmm. Modest 'baked bread' aroma, sweet and a touch nutty. Vague fruits, but hardly enough to make a lasting impression.
T: A tangy spice covers a fruitier lager, full of toffee and toasted malt. An odd souring in the finish, not sure if that is intentional. 'Sourdough' describes this well.
M: Moderately crisp, a light-medium body that really doesn't hold it's carbonation in the mouth...though the end result is a burpy/gassy feeling in the gut.
D: Easy enough to drink, a benign and unfiltered version that sips well, but isn't one I'd necessarily seek out again. Maybe worth a try, nothing more.
04-28-2010 02:20:06 | More by msubulldog25
4.22/5 rDev +19.2%
Heiner Brau Maerzen has a creamy, thick, off-white head, which is fairly thick. This beer is only moderately bubbly. It's color is deep amber and just the slightest bit cloudy. Aroma is of grain or vegetable matter. The taste has a barley or vegetable flavor predominating. While this is rather shocking and/or unusual, it is not unpleasant. This beer has a fairly good bite to it. Mouthfeel is medium. Heiner Brau Maerzen starts off smooth and finishes so. Overall, I really liked this one and rate it high.
04-04-2010 02:10:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.33/5 rDev -34.2%
appearance: copper with low head retention
smell: sublte hop aroma, some caramel malts
taste: veggies, like raw sweet potatoe
mouthfeel: light medium bodied
drinkability: proably the weakest marzen Ive had. Just a little werid with the taste of raw veggies
04-08-2011 18:47:29 | More by CampusCrew
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
12oz bottle poured in a pint glass, thanks to theghost3 for this extra!
Pours a deep amber color with a slight reddish color. Smell is very malty and sweet, slightly toasty/bready. No hops here.
Taste is complex, but still light in body, very drinkable which is essential for an Oktoberfest. The maltiness is really just spot on, a very tasty fall beer.
I could totally see myself drinking this by the Liter in Bavaria.
08-29-2009 23:35:10 | More by kingcrowing
2.25/5 rDev -36.4%
Crystal clear amber/copper pour with a quickly receding head. Very musty malt smell, like stale soda crackers. The taste is not an improvement at all, that stale soda cracker aspect is just killing me. Fairly watery also, this one just isn't drinkable.
09-20-2009 22:12:48 | More by alcstradamus
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein.
Look - clear and copper in color. Very little foam, good carbonation.
Smell - a little more malty than hoppy. Slightly sweet smelling.
Taste and Mouthfeel - Sweet in the beginning and middle. More malty in taste, hardly no bitterness at all. This might be considered too sweet for a lot of Bavarian beers. Texture is well-balanced.
Drinkability - Decent brew, but not terribly complex in taste.
12-23-2010 02:42:11 | More by Nerudamann
3.93/5 rDev +11%
Served on tap in a plastic cup at the German beer garden at GretnaFest.
Appearance: amber with a half finger head that quickly dissipates. Lots of lacing
Smell: Malty goodness
Taste: Malts pop up nicely with a clean, hint of hops finish. This is what I look for in an Oktoberfest.
Mouthfeel: Light with good carbonation
Overall: After being dissappointed with Heiner Brau's Kolsch, I was hesitant at first. But my wife had one and I loved it after one sip. Really one of the better Oktoberfests I've tried. Perhaps being on-tap brought out more flavors. You done good, Heiner Brau!
10-14-2011 15:30:24 | More by brewskifan55
3.68/5 rDev +4%
Pours out a dark clear orange amber with a small tan head.
Smell. Smell is light, but still malty. a bit on the sweeter side; i even get some bubblegum. A mild aroma, but nice.
Taste. Malts come out more here, but are still not that heavy. the balance is quite nice as though it isnt bitter, i still get a small floral taste. As it warms in my mouth, i get a bit more of the sweetness. Its not a heavy sweetness, or fruity, just a sugary sweetness. Aftertaste dries up a little and has just a touch of pepperyness.
Mouthfeel. Body is medium, but slick. Carbonation is a little low, but goes nice with this particular beer.
Overall, i do not think this is a good representation of the style- seems a little light, but a very easy one to drink. It has a flavor characteristic similar to other heiner brau's (guessing it could be the yeast). A very easy one to kick back and have a six pack to, but not a typical maerzen.
05-02-2007 01:56:33 | More by acrawf6
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours copper/amber with a nice, long-lived white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of caramel malt and a bit of sulfur (though it blows off after a few minutes). Some light hops. Clean amber malt taste with faint mineral notes. Pleasant light bitterness. It's really hard to fault this one; just a nice, true-to-style märzen.
08-08-2009 23:08:45 | More by philipquarles
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
I have nothing but good things to say about this beer. I was certainly pleasantly surprised. Poured a dark amber color with head that it retained for a while. Aroma was malty, but flavor was just perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was great and drinkability was off the charts. I was really impressed with this. Great session beer.
08-31-2008 23:28:06 | More by biggmike
3.95/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this one is a beautiful clear amber color with about a finger of head. The retention is poor and lacing nonexistent.
The aroma on this one is fantastic. It's rich with amber and caramel malt flavors. Very nice but there really isn't anything complimentary.
The taste is more of the same. It's just a bold malt-bomb of a lager.
It's a little thin given how much malt is there, but still a very enjoyable beer.
A good one, one of Heiner Brau's better beers in my opinion.
06-12-2011 23:10:48 | More by theboozecruise
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Ordered one of these at Buster's just down the street from the Heiner Brau brewery in Covington. Pours an orangy amber with very thin white head. It smells mostly malty with a hint of yeast. The taste is malt, yeast, and some faint hops, kind of bready. Mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of carbonation. This is a drinkable brew, but a little flat for my taste.
12-07-2008 19:47:54 | More by theghost3
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Got this on a trip earlier in the year, that took us to Mardi Gras in NOLA!!
A- This pours a partially cloudy brown color, with rust colored hues mixed in. The head isn't super big, but this does retain quite well, settling down to a puffy layer over the brew. It's clear enough to see the carbonation, and it looks to be of a finer variety. The lacing is quite nice to look at, leaving behind lots of shapely foam patches on the glass....oh do a see a deer?
S- I detect lots of sweet toasty malt going on here in the aroma, that has hints of brown sugar, molasses, and hints of cocoa dusted almonds too! The end has subtle hop presence but nothing much....
T- Much the same here, but the overall flavors are cleaned up and don't lumber as much as the aromas let on. Again, there are delicious tastes of sweet malts, some brown sugar, and some off sweet toffee/molasses. In addition to this, there is a distinct yeasty tone that lingers after the swallow. The finish shows more of the hop bitterness that the aroma teased, leaving this beer with a crisp ending.
M- I'd put the body of this brew in the medium category. The carbonation is more zippy than it looked initially but I don't find it abnormal for the style. At the same time, there is a robust character that makes this feel creamier than other Maerzen beers that I've tried. Very nice overall in this category.
O- This is a cozy, yet refreshing brew that I'm really enjoying as I do this review. The alcohol hides well, whatever the percentage is, and I find this to be a well rounded, quite drinkable beer. Give this a try if given the chance, or when in Bayou Country!
11-29-2011 04:22:56 | More by ChrisCage
Heiner Brau Maerzen from Covington Brewhouse
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.