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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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86
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is back this week after a long hiatus.Perfect color and perfect smell. The taste is light and sweet slightly creamy this is what a Maerzen should taste like. Drinkability is off the charts this is what it's like to be at the real Octoberfest. I could drink this one all night long. So glad they decided to bring this one back.

Photo of Bronowicz
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of charleygreene
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of BenderRodriguez
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must make this clear, that of all the Penn Brewerey products I have tasted (Pilsener, Dark, Gold, Maibock, Weizen) the Marzen is my all time favorite. It pours with a copper amber tone to it, along with a thin white head that leaves a lace as the glass empties. From the aroma, I am getting fruit tones (grapefruit?) or something citrusy possibly the hops and a load of sweetness from crystal, caramel malted barley. The flavors spiral around my tongue sending sensations of sweetness wrapped with the perfect amount of bitterness to create some beer nirvana. The medium body and the great chewy texture all add to this beer, making it an amazingly drinkable beer. Very good, all around!!!

Photo of mjc410
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint mug

Appearance: Beautiful reddish-amber-copper color. Unfortunately, even with an aggressive pour, the head is restricted to a very thin foam, which quickly dissipates to a small ring around the outside of the glass. No lacing, either.

Smell:Definitely malty. Smell gains strength with warmth. It's pretty plain, but it smells great.

Taste: Malt in the forefront. You have to search for the hop bite, but it's really hiding in the background. Leaves an aftertaste that becomes increasingly acidic, but rather than being negative, it urges you to take another sip to start the cycle all over again. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without a doubt. Definitely not watery. Carbonation perfectly matches the thickness of the liquid.

Drinkability: I could drink this year-round! If this is how all Marzenbiers taste, I'm moving to Germany. Then again, I think I'll just move to Pittsburgh. The beer is smooth and light enough to encourage everyone to down a sixer.

This is my first marzen, and I'm so happy that I bought one. It's going to feel very bad when this sixer is gone.

Photo of StretchZep
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Alchemist
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is what Oktoberfest style beers should be like.Penn Marzen has the deeper color than its brother beer Oktoberfest from likely a greater addition of Munich malt. This is a malty beer,but probably lacks the overall biscuity nature of some of the German examples. Compared to other American examples of the style, I think that it is an excellent choice. Penn makes very good beers based on German styles.

Photo of mccarltone
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of aaronh
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my third year of enjoying this brew from the Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh. The dark copper beer pours with a thin, off-white head. It displays average retention, and fades to a thin layer of foam. The aroma is very strong on malt sweetness, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is almost all malt, with caramel, roasted malt, and just a hint of hop bitterness. The beautiful sweetness caresses the tongue, while the piney hops clean the palate. The mouthfeel is full and robust, almost feels like you could chew this beer. Just a hint of malt alcohol sweetness lingers on the finish. This beer is just a bit more robust than the Penn Oktoberfest, but just as drinkable. I could drink this beer all day long. I have but two problems with this beer: It's only available briefly in the spring and I only have six of them (so far!). Truly a great beer for malt lovers.

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

Penn Marzen pours a deep copper body with dark amber highlights beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The nose offers floral and gently spicy hops over a gently sweet and toasty malt base. Not surprisingly, the flavor delivers the same, but with more depth. It's very clean, and a hint of sulphur suggests lager yeast. The Vienna malt does lend an edge of sublime fruitiness to it though. It's slightly honeyish, but mainly grainy and softly toasty; and well balanced by the spicy and floral hops. The median bitterness simply lies underneath the malt and hops, acting as ballast but never interupting. Very well balanced, and supremely drinkable.

Photo of unit555
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.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With all the hoopla over big hoppy beers, I'm happy to say that I'm a dedicated malt head, and this beer fits my tastes wonderfully.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color. Head is a thin layer of foam, no real lacing to be seen.

Smell: Malt. Maybe a hint of a dark bready smell. Smell isn't as good when the beer was cold as it is now that it has had a chance to warm slightly, it's now a bit more complex and has improved a bunch.

Taste: Wonderfully malty, it's sweet without being too sweet, bitterness is there, but is definitely in the background. Doesn't really have much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a hint of sharpness at the onset. Full bodied but not overpowering. Carbonation is very well done.

Drinkability: Another reason to look forward to the winter months. I wouldn't really want something like this in the summertime, but right now, this beer is going down very easily, it's nice and warming, it tastes good, this one has it all. Very nicely done.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is a rich copper brown color with a nice fluffy and huge white head. The head lingered for quite a while and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted and roasted grains with hints of caramel and a tobacco like smell. There are also minor notes of fig and raisins. The flavor is very full and extremely delightful. The initial flavor is crisp and sweet before turning into the roasted grain and caramel flavor. The end hits with the raisins and the prunes and finishes with hints of tobacco and some more malty grains and just a touch of bitterness that rides the tail end. The MF is good and of medium body.

Overall, I think that this is a very good Marzen/Oktoberfest. It is rich and malty but still extremely drinkable and very, very easy for anyone to enjoy.

Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear redish-brown brew, lots of little rising bubbles form a nice-sized cream colored head. Scent is lagered caramel malt, typical for the style. Clean tasting, malty, a bit of spicy hops. Some fruit tones. Pretty solid representation of the style. Pretty sharp on the tongue, finishes dry. Good oktober

Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rich amber/copper color with a medium head that fades quickly, leaving little lacing and a slight ring of bubbles. Smells of apples, oranges, honey, and caramel. Taste is very fruity sweet, predominantly apples and cinnamon, followed by caramel and yeast, very much like an apple pie. Smooth and medium bodied with lite/medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and despite its lack of hops, is very flavorful and balanced. Probably my favorite Penn brew.

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Johnwf110
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Alkey
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark clear amber color, small tan color head. Aroma is slightly sweet malts. Taste is very malty slightly sweet and thin in the mouth. A hint of grassy earth type hop bitterness in the finish but clean and refreshing beer. I could drink this all year round.

Photo of beergeek279
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. Color was an amber, with good head. Smell was very sweet malt. The taste was that same sweet malt, with hints of caramel.......a very sweet beer. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could have a couple more before the sweetness became overpowering.

Eliot Ness is probably the great beer of the Marzen style, but this certainly holds its own. While not quite as well-balanced as the Ness, one or two of these is always an enjoyable treat.

Photo of psinderson
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Attractive Medium red-brown with a strong off-white foamy head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Malty in the theme here. Very clean-smelling with fruit and vanilla undertones. No detectable hop presence.

Taste: Mild hop presence nicely balanced with malt. Clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body, very clean, non-offending in any way.

Drinkability: Goes down extremely well. No hop finish to speak of, just clean and smooth.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A really profound Marzen, IMHO. This brew showed out with a decent head at the start, and lingered with a lace thereafter. The aroma was somplex, yet simple with good sweetness and malitness as the backbone. A highly drinkable brew, the flavor is hardly overpowering, to say the least. One of my favorite Marzens.

Zum wohl!

Photo of allboutbierge
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice thick head, and when this aspect is added to the rich carmel color, a great appearance is achieved. I thought it lacked slightly in the hops area, but that may be just a personal preference of mine. This beer leaves a sweet taste that lingers in your mouth. Overall a quality drink.

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Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.