Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 71
Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of jifigz
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Alkey
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Alchemist
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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 MONKandTUCK
2.91/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 ToddT
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of cooch69
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carammely brown with some amber red highlights. This beer has a really small tight off white head.

Aroma of grassy and earthy hops, noble I'm guessing and a really biscuitty caramelized maltiness.

Upon tasting I notice that this beer is hoppier than their Oktoberfest and hoppier than any of their other beers I've had for that matter. Not to say that it's really bitter though, more like a more hop forward balance. Caramel malts and a nice semi sweet taste with a slightly syrupy consistency and a medium body. I guess this beer is out for all drinking holidays now including Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day.

Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich and silky pour with great cap of tan foam nice red color.

S: Sweet caramel fills the nose and roasty malts.

T: Roasty malts and caramel with a slight hop in the back light piney citrus.

M: Medium bodied smooth and yummy.

D: Yes very drinkable, could drink the whole growler and still crave more.

Penn does this just as well as they do the Oktoberfest wonderful job guys keep it up!

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tbone2376 for this bottle

Pours deep reddish amber with a smallish tan head that goes to a wisp and a small ring. Smells of sweet toasted malt, bread, mild crisp hops. Taste is like the nose with some added caramel notes. Finishes with a nice slightly dry hoppy end. Light/medium in body. Moderate carbonation, pretty silky smooth. Overall a pretty nice marzen. I'd drink it again!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper/ amber color with a white head. In the aroma, malty lager notes and a bit earthy. In the taste, earthy, small fruit notes and lager undertones. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with and small dry earthiness in the aftertaste. Nice earth and fruit presence. Not too shabby.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Penn Brewery

A: Pours a deep dark brownish orange color. Provides an extremely small off white foam head the quickly dissipates. There is no lacing.

S: A small amount of toast, caramel, brown sugar with a slight hop undertone. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Starts off slightly sweet with the caramel hitting the palate first and lasting throughout the tasting. The middle adds some toasted notes and finishes with a slightly citrus hop undertone. Decent balance.

M: Leaves a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Seems a tad on the thin side.

D: Easy to drink Oktoberfest beer. Not overly complex, but gets the job done.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Penn Marzen, brewed once again after a few year hiatus. Listed at 4.5% ABV on the Penn website.

Appearance: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hard pour yields little head. Color and clarity are good, a deep amber hue and a faint wisp of head around the edges.

Smell: A pleasing sweet malty aroma, Munich malts and suggestions of caramelized brown sugar. Just a hint of some Tettnag and Saaz hop adding to the aroma.

Taste: Rich malty tones, caramel, toffee and slight roast. Fairly well balanced with the sweet malt winning in the finish. Pretty tasty with a nice focus on the malt flavor. Bready, easy drinking traditional lager.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, medium bodied feel. Not too heavy, not too thin.

Drinkability: A tasty, well made dark lager by the folks at the Penn Brewery. Glad I invested in a case since it is a true fest bier and should be treated as such.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man I have no idea why they lately stocked two Oktoberfest's at my local mix six place but they were worth a try.

A - pours darker than most Oktoberfest with a hazy brown orage and no head. Mild lace ring.

S - Mild hops, caramel and toasted malt. Not too bad.

T - Very minimal overall flavor. Mild toasty malt with very little toffee/caramel sweetness and a hop profile that is barley existent. At least overall it was drinkable.

M - Light to medium but needs more body and flavor.

D - Got to this one late and flavor suffered but drinkability is still pretty solid. Sadly I wouldn't see myself getting it again.

Photo of dungledauf
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, amber color. Little or no carbonation. Very little lacing with some retention. Not lively. Dull.

Smell: Faint sweet malt smell. Could not detect any hop or yeast smell.

Taste: Malt flavor dominates but is quickly balanced. Lingering aftertaste. Stale.

Mouthfeel: Thin, lightbodied.

Drinkability: This lighter than a Marzen should be because I expected this to more flavorful and full-bodied than a Vienna lager. The quality of malt used could be the cause or the beer is not aged long enough. Penn Brewery has made better in the past.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a clear amber color, medium whitish head with decent retention.

Smells of sweet barely malts and maybe a hint of apple like flavor.

Tastes similarly sweet with a minimal hop flavor as well. There's a toasted element there as well.

Feels moderate with smooth carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, easy to session. Wouldn't turn down another one if I had the chance.

Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.