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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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2.35/5  rDev -38%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.