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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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85
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full bodied fest beer, amber colored, very smooth.
"One of my Top 24 Favorite American Beers!" Beer Critic Michael Jackson
An amber-red lager fest beer, aromatically malty, brewed in the spring. Uses 2-Row malted barley and a combination of roasted malts. One of beer critic Michael Jckson's "Top 24 Favorite American Beers."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002)
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Reviews by unit555:
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unit555

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this annual offering at the Penn brewery over the weekend and I was really impressed. It arrived with a nice amber color and an excellent head that persisted well into the glass.

The smell was light but had a sweetness to it. Nice full taste in the mouth that was slightly malty and only lightly hopped. This was abeer you could drink easily and enjoy a couple in the afternoon.

A most excellent sign of spring. The Martzen has arrived.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2005 13:24:25 | More by unit555
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DougAppleby

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-02-2014 00:04:02 | More by DougAppleby
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep reddish amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading rather quickly to leave some light levels of foamy island lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and malty with tons of caramel and doughy smells. Along with the caramel are other sweet smells with lots of toffee and some brown sugar. Other aromas of a light earthy and grassy nature are there as well, but these are quite light, with the overall smell being rather sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel flavor mixed with a rather decent sum of a lightly toasted bready taste. Toffee flavors are present upfront as well, but these seem to fade as the taste advances. Like the toffee, the roast seems to fade a bit as well, being replaced by flavors that are a bit more biscuit like in nature. While these transitions occur some light hop flavors of an earthy and grassy flavor also come to the tongue. The caramel surges a bit at the end, with the other flavors mellowing a little bit, to leave a moderately sweet and malty Marzen flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average, to maybe just above average, side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is quite nice for the sweet and bready/biscuit flavors of the brew, while the average to slightly thicker body also upholds the malty and sweet nicely, but all the while do not take away from the drinkability of the brew. Overall, the mouthfeel is rather nice.

Overall – While not super extraordinary, this is a rather tasty Marzen. Very easy drinking, affordable and tasty. This brew actually seems like a better football weather brew to me as it is sweet, malty but not too big on abv. A nice one to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 01:09:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25%

05-27-2014 21:24:39 | More by Durandal_777
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-13-2014 13:22:20 | More by outoffocus
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-10-2014 19:33:55 | More by ramrod666
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tbraun1

Maryland

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, copper colored, with minimal carbonation. Slight lacing on the glass as enjoyed.

S - Biscuity, sweet malts.

T - Nice, biscuity flavor. Minimal alcohol taste. Sweet malts, low hop.

M - Light mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

O - I enjoyed this fest beer. Easy to drink, right on the middle road. Little bit of sweet malt, just enough carbonation, pleasant aftertaste. Would be easy to down a few of these without the palate being overwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:26:00 | More by tbraun1
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-22-2014 04:08:23 | More by Lehighace06
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-18-2014 21:58:06 | More by dmorgan310
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Twal

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

("One of my Top 24 Favorite American Beers!" Beer Critic Michael Jackson )

Unfortunately Micheal Jackson died prior to better examples of american versions existing.

Did they really need to say that he liked it twice? It really doesn't soften the blow...

The beer was unbalanced plain and simple,malt sweetness was overpowering,over the top biscuity/ toasted sesame,toffee ,slightly fruity w/ slight bitter aftertaste.
Considering the manner in which I acquired the beer I know it's fresh.
Poor example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:22:34 | More by Twal
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes forth from the bottleneck rocking a lovely shade of auburn copper with good clarity and a sizzling head that rushes up and simmers down to a thin cap. Lacing is a stretch.

Toasty and semi-sweet with caramel malt grains, toffee notes, and earthy hop. A touch of praline to note with a malt base that exudes streusel crumble and a yeast note that depicts salty pear. Not too shabby.

Taste is a little drier than the nose, but follows suit. Quality two-row barley with generous toastiness and a hint of caramel. Some apple/pear esters and a good staunch bitterness, affected by German hop varietals. These offer earthy and nutty notes alomg with a wink of citrus. Finishes short, but the middle has burliness. Carbonation is good and sears the back of the throat with fizz. Body can just keep up with its medium viscosity. It drinks damn fast, and quit enjoyably so. A great Marzen. Fresh as hell, and a great homage to real German spring lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 16:05:33 | More by thecheapies
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spedprof

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-07-2014 19:13:21 | More by spedprof
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king75

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-13-2013 18:48:48 | More by king75
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squirreljr

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-26-2013 19:57:50 | More by squirreljr
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-20-2013 18:25:48 | More by Griggsy
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-03-2013 22:54:48 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-29-2013 14:56:49 | More by dgherm
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billbeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-22-2013 18:20:37 | More by billbeers
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rjcoy06

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-05-2013 19:17:20 | More by rjcoy06
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BenderRodriguez

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-29-2013 22:12:39 | More by BenderRodriguez
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Aosemidey

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

04-13-2013 17:28:45 | More by Aosemidey
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campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-04-2013 14:32:46 | More by campfirebrew
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Tryumphestartsfl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-24-2013 16:18:26 | More by Tryumphestartsfl
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-10-2013 18:13:20 | More by MarvinSnyder
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-14-2013 01:47:38 | More by randylangford
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Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.