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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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85
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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

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."
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Photo of Bone53
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly not the biggest fan of oktoberfest beers, but i found this one quite good and true to style. Sweet bready malt notes with a undertone of light spice and hops. One of the better marzens iv had, but greats lakes is a better option when in season (254 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sorry that I have to give this one a low score. But I got to call em as I see em. Please see the last paragraph of this review as to why this beer may have been at a disadvantage.It may be better then this review,

From the beer of the month club...

Poured a light brown, copper body with a 1 /2 inch off white head that didn't last long.

I'm not getting much aroma. Just a faint apple smell, some type of malt?

Taste kind of follows the smell, there's not a lot going on here . A slightly bitter finish.(the bitter finish is good though)

Feel was slightly prickly

Overall this was disappointing. I have long been a fan of Oktoberfest beers but other then the look this didn't have a lot going for it.

This was from a 3 month Christmas gift of "the beer of month club" Why on earth was the February beer a Marzen ,brewed in march for Oktoberfest the year before ??!! If I ever get a chance to sample this beer when it is supposed to be sampled I might amend this review...












Had the beer of the month club as a gift for three months and this was from February (1,082 characters)

Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. Caramel and toffee are the overall flavors. Medium malty with a slight hop bitterness. No significant hop character. Overall, not bad. (154 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled 09143B20457 at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma light, malty
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing none
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins with a light maltiness with some hop bitterness; no hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (392 characters)

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. (495 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -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. (1,907 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Twal
2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
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. (951 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle care of Eric, thanks for gifting me with a couple different offerings from this brewery. The brew appears a hazed color of burnt copper. Some lighter orange to yellow hints are noted around the edges and an off-white cap sits atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a webby pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of caramel to toffee grain. A bit bready at times with a trace amount of herbal to earthy hops. Overall the brew smells sweet with residual sugar and toasted sugars. Fairly typical of the style.

The taste is just what you would expect based off of the aroma. Caramel and toffee sweetness from the grain that gets a bit bready and buttery towards the finish. The alcohol is noted with a minor fruity ester. Hops are present with a bit of contrasting herbal to floral bitterness. The buttery diacetyl lasts long into the aftertaste with a hint of herbal hop bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a fairly decent take on the style that is well balanced and the hops are restrained enough to be evident and contrasting to the sweetness but not too much. My only gripe is the buttery finish that lasts long into the aftertaste and seemingly leaves a clingy film in the mouth instead of that crisp snap of a finish I look for in the style. (1,340 characters)

Photo of jifigz
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Alkey
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (266 characters)

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. (411 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - On draught this beer lacked the viscosity, color and head-retention I expected. It's a warm orange, but not bright as I would expect. Looks flat.

A - Not as much biscuit, caramel and malt as I would expected from a Marzen.

T - Some sweet and malty notes, but nothing exceptionally pronounced. Nothing that piques my interest.

M - Thin-ish.

O - Kinda like a leaner, less adventurous version of Yuengling. Ironic, I was expecting a more character-rich and authentic version of the Amber Lager. This was a perfect opportunity to pounce. Everyone in PA or who comes to PA has an idea of what the mass-produced Yuengling is, and Penn Brewery is poised to sail their ship by one-upping it. The dropped the mass, though.

Really, this beer is not bad. But being inoffensive isn't the way you build your name. This is such an approachable style; it's not like an IPA or Stout, where most folks might threaten to vomit before finishing the beer.

This beer could be so much more. Let's see it happen. I'll go out of my way for it, then. (1,036 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it at the brewery on tap. Dark amber color and head is about medium thick.
Odor is pretty clean. A little bready and malt. Also pleasant yeast odor which was nice.
Taste is malt and somewhat rich. Some hops, but they are a minor player. Malt is upfront and brings a nice clean finish.
Mouth feel is pretty much middle of the spectrum. Good and clean on the tongue and not heavy.
Overall a very good beer of this style. Maybe my favorite from this brewery. (461 characters)

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 22 May 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, 1-finger head reduces to nothing, average small-bubble lacing, color is amber.

Aroma is crisp and lager-like with a slight tang. Can't pick out much. No noticeable hops.

Taste is the same. Extremely fresh and crisp. One of the freshest beers I've ever had, and I can't even describe it! (376 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Ommegang flute

A - Pours a deep amber with a finger of off white head. Poor retention.

S - Very clean, with toasty and bready notes and a bit of sweetness.

T - Very clean and crisp to drink. Follows the nose, with toasty and bready overtones and a bit of sweetness. Pouring in the sediment makes it worse, with a not very appealing yeast flavor coming into the picture.

M - Light to medium body, with a slightly dry finish.

O - Overall fairly average and very easy to drink take on the style. (515 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear orange color with a decent white head that is retained fairly well

S - rich bready Munich-like malt; no hops, clean yeast: no esters, no phenols, no diacetyl

T - toasted bread-like rich malt as expected from aroma; finished slightly dry with moderately low hop bitterness; clean lager fermentation

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

O - This is a very drinkable Märzen and hits the style characteristics in just about every aspect. It's above average in many ways, but it stops short of being exceptional. However, above average and consistent is not a bad thing in the beer world. Prost! (606 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer. Damn, I wish I'd bought more, this is a great example of the style. It's crisp and flavorful while remaining very drinkable. The aroma and flavor have a very light fruit component that remind me of strawberries and bananas. The grains provide both a clean, dry popcorn (no diacetyl) and toast along with smooth caramel barley. Spicy, earthy hops provide a mild bitter kick at the end to balance things out. Man, this is a great lager. Go drink it. (484 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A recent BOTMC selection ariived directly to my door. Let's give it a whirl.

On popping the cap I get a skunky earthy hop smell classic of this style. On the pour this brew is a light brown with a two finger micro bubble head that recedes moderately quickly. The taste is a sweet and nutty, a bit metallic and quite refreshing. The mouthfeel has good carbonation for the style. The taste is mostly consistent throughout with a little bit more bitters coming through in the end. Mostly nutty all the way through. This is a refreshing brew, spot on for the style, but not my cup of tea. (585 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper/brown color, fairly large bubbles, not quite a 1 finger head faded to a rim around the pint quickly 3.5
S - Sweetness, yeast, fruit, roasted malts, minimal grassy/hop notes 4
T - Malts dominate with a slightly sweet/fruity and mildly spicy flavor, minimal hop presence 3.5
M - A medium body and perhaps slightly over-carbonated to me 3
O - A good beer, glad I tried it but not to my liking enough that I'll be buying it again 3 (444 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in March shipment of Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tiffany Beer Mug (yeah, I know, but it was a 5th anniversary gift from my work and actually pretty cool). No date but it is a Spring seasonal.

Appearance: Clear, rich copper but it struggles to form a head.

Smell: Fairly dry caramel, cherry, biscuit and noble hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet at first with cherry and caramel before becoming more biscuity and spicy on the finish. Nicely balanced and it has a sweet core that is not at all cloying.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth, fairly light body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Another winner from Penn, as the 4 beers I have had from them (alas, two were in my pre-review days) have been well above average examples of their respective German styles. (793 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 (304 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear medium brown topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and then disappears, leaving no lace on the glass.

S- Biscuit malt and sweet notes, caramel and toffee dominate the nose.

T- Sweet caramel, and toffee right away the is overtaken with the biscuit malts and a slight note of hops in the finish.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, the sweetness builds up some on the palate though.

D- Easy drinker, the 5.6% ABV makes this a session candidate as well.

A little sweet for me but a solid beer and a good representation of the style. (576 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The beer pours a medium copper with a 2 inch white head. It has a bready, sweet aroma. The flavor is typical marzen, bready with a lingering slightly sweet aroma. It is full bodied and easy drinking. A good fest beer. (308 characters)

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Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.