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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
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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3.12/5  rDev -17.9%

Corum47, Saturday at 01:10 PM
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

PJM2989, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of classixIII
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

classixIII, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Autumn orange in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aromas are very subtle:toasted and caramel malt with earthy grassy and herbal hop notes. Medium bodied with aggressive, crisp, tangy carbonation through the middle. Toasted malt flavor up front. Herbal hop flavors through the middle to the end. Finished clean and dry. Overall, a little short on the maltiness expected in a marzen. Nevertheless, a very easy drinking lager.

IronLover, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of misternebbie
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%

misternebbie, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Saxboy10, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Johnwf110, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DougAppleby, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

outoffocus, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ramrod666, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of tbraun1
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.

tbraun1, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Lehighace06, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dmorgan310, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Twal
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.

Twal, Mar 12, 2014
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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.

thecheapies, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

spedprof, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

king75, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

squirreljr, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

billbeers, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

rjcoy06, May 05, 2013
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Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.