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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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86
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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:
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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Bronowicz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-08-2011 00:15:55 | More by Bronowicz
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2Shaws

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-21-2011 19:10:07 | More by 2Shaws
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

05-22-2011 23:08:23 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

04-20-2011 00:00:20 | More by greenmonstah
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

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!

04-12-2011 00:07:31 | More by scoobybrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

04-11-2011 03:10:48 | More by tempest
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

04-10-2011 02:32:07 | More by mooseisloose
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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

04-02-2011 20:33:46 | More by rsdaugherty
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

03-31-2011 22:43:05 | More by bsp77
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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

03-31-2011 04:42:36 | More by Tballz420
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

03-22-2011 23:49:27 | More by ToddT
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

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.

03-15-2011 00:03:25 | More by bonkers
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-12-2011 05:59:20 | More by cooch69
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

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!

03-11-2011 21:43:04 | More by nukem5
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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!

03-08-2011 02:52:11 | More by ThirstyBird
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

02-26-2011 18:09:04 | More by OWSLEY069
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

02-20-2011 15:55:30 | More by IronCitySteve
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

02-01-2011 06:49:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

02-01-2011 04:44:48 | More by DrDemento456
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dungledauf

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%

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.

01-30-2011 16:56:50 | More by dungledauf
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

01-15-2011 20:24:14 | More by Cylinsier
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.2%

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.

01-09-2011 02:45:16 | More by ejimhof
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Redrover

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

I was in Pittsburgh for the Cubs - Pirates game and was able to sample this one freshly tapped at Atria's Restaurant which is connected to beautiful PNC park.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a nice copper with a beige head.

The aroma is of fresh malts and more malt. Just a touch of floral hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with minor roasted malt notes, a hint of caramel and touch of backend bitterness. This is a well put together marzen and it hits all the right notes. Crisp and smooth it went very well with my pork medallions.

Well done!!

08-28-2008 17:02:38 | More by Redrover
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at the Penn Brewery.

A nice dark amber color with hardly any head.

A faint, sweet, malty smell.

Up front this beer has a big sweet malty taste. In the middle is more malts, but a mellower chocolate malty flavor. Finishes with just a little bit of hop.

Very light effervescent mouthfeel. Extremely Smooth.

This is a very drinkable festbier due to the balanced flavor, and mostly it's crisp, smooth texture.

03-05-2008 19:23:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

02-12-2008 20:37:13 | More by psinderson
Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.