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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Tballz420


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
Photo of ToddT


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
Photo of 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
Photo of cooch69


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
Photo of nukem5


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
Photo of ThirstyBird


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
Photo of OWSLEY069


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
Photo of IronCitySteve


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
Photo of Stinkypuss


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
Photo of DrDemento456


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
Photo of dungledauf


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
Photo of Cylinsier


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%


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
Photo of ejimhof


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
Photo of Redrover


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
Photo of Hojaminbag


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
Photo of psinderson


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
Photo of Mattysox


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

This is a beautiful looking beer in the glass- bright, clear amber color, topped off with a rocky, rich, off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves nice sticky lacing throughout the drinking of this beer. The nose is subtle, with some bisquity, malty notes, no real hops to speak of in the aroma. On the palate, the beer is quite smooth, fairly full-bodied for a marzen. The Hallertaus come out much more prominently to round out the flavor, mixing really well with the caramel, malty flavors. Overall, this is a really easy-drinking brew; nothing terribly exciting, but well-made and a good example of the style.

02-12-2008 15:41:09 | More by Mattysox
Photo of bigdeuce


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

After revisiting this beer two years later, I must say it is pretty good. Nice copper to amber color with a big head, fades quickly, but leaves lacing down the glass. Very woody and caramel smell and flavors. The smell is a bit metallic, but a nice beer to have 6 months after Oktoberfest, as I love Marzen beers. Very fresh taste. Nice bittering hallertau hops and authentic German taste. Worth the money, and very nicely priced for a good microbrew.

02-01-2008 23:31:45 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Penn Brewing- Marzen

Appearance- Golden reddish brown with a small white head. 1 big lacing ring along the top.
Smell- Very faint vanilla, caramel, and cinnimon,
Taste- Vanilla caramel malt with touches of spice. Cinnimon comes through with a touch of nutmeg.
Mouthfeel- Dry and slighty bitter up front. Slight touch of alcohol in the end.

Overall- I found this to be bland. Not a bad tasting beer here, but after drinking 1 I was ready to move up and on.

06-29-2007 19:42:14 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Penn Marzen pours a deep copper body with dark amber highlights beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The nose offers floral and gently spicy hops over a gently sweet and toasty malt base. Not surprisingly, the flavor delivers the same, but with more depth. It's very clean, and a hint of sulphur suggests lager yeast. The Vienna malt does lend an edge of sublime fruitiness to it though. It's slightly honeyish, but mainly grainy and softly toasty; and well balanced by the spicy and floral hops. The median bitterness simply lies underneath the malt and hops, acting as ballast but never interupting. Very well balanced, and supremely drinkable.

03-29-2007 01:29:49 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of HopDerek


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Very rich amber/copper color with a medium head that fades quickly, leaving little lacing and a slight ring of bubbles. Smells of apples, oranges, honey, and caramel. Taste is very fruity sweet, predominantly apples and cinnamon, followed by caramel and yeast, very much like an apple pie. Smooth and medium bodied with lite/medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and despite its lack of hops, is very flavorful and balanced. Probably my favorite Penn brew.

02-20-2007 23:13:52 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Abita45


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A nice dark, copper/amber color that has a strong malty aroma and quick, full, foamy head that revealed decent lacing.

The beer has a sweet malt taste with the hints of the barley and moderate carbonation. The sweetness of the beer has subtle reminders of caramel, but the sweetness is well-balanced with the sublte grainy bitterness I suppose comes from the barely.

It has a very pleasant mouthfeel, both full bodied and smooth. I think it might be a little sweet as a session beer, but over the course of an evening, I could easily see myself having a couple Marzens, substituting in a pint of lager or pilnser, then going back for one more.

10-19-2006 14:42:58 | More by Abita45
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. for $1.59 in August 2006. Consumed in September.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange/amber with a pretty off-white head and very small bubbles. There are no obvious streamers of carbonation, but they may be hidden in the cloudiness.

Aroma is of sweet oranges, honey and candy- almost maple syrup.

Flavor starts sweet like the aroma (and like my favorite mazens), but it ends with a yeasty and stale grassy hops mixed with lemons- somewhat off-putting. I wonder if this is too old.

It starts nice, but I don't care for where it goes.

10-07-2006 18:48:38 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of cooncat


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Dark green 12 oz. longneck bottle, with a 'best by' date of Aug. 21, 2006 (and my tasting was done July 1, 2006), so it was 'in date'.

The pour produced a light copper colored beer, with a minimal tan, short lived head. The nose was definitely malt, with a hint of citrus behind it. On the palate, a warming, medium bodied beer, with a sweet maltiness typical of the style. Very drinkable, and not overpowering in any aspect. A respectable offering which should not disappoint.


07-02-2006 20:54:24 | More by cooncat
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4/5  rDev +5%

Presentation: 12 ounce green glass bottle picked up as a single in a mixed pack of Penn beers from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange.

Lime green main label has a red bordered oval containing a partying Mardi Gras style woman together with Shamrock and the words ‘Märzen’ below. No strength or freshness. The labels are all wonky and it looks rather amateurish to be honest, right down to the black & white photocopied Government Warning back label. Sealed with a screw-off logo’d crown cap.

Appearance: Copper body with a ruddy-orange character. Beige head builds up nicely and stays around. Gorgeous conditioning. Light lacing.

Nose: Fruity nose, spices, baked pears, brown sugar and a little cinnamon with apple skins set in caramel. Hmmm, lots to break out from the aromas.

Taste: Yet more fruits and spices in the make-up, apples and pears seem to be big contributors. These fresh fruits set a good backdrop against the fresh malts and caramel. Finish has a quiet caramel sweet malt ending which is very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a wavering malt profile that sets a foundation for the fruits. Fine conditioning completes the package.

Drinkability: Another easy drinking effort from the Penn Brewery, I love the fruits in this one, in the absence of any hop contribution the fruits neatly balance the malts from beginning to end.

Overall: Despite its very amateurish labels and that green glass bottle, doesn’t beer get “skunked” in PA? this Märzen is quite the treat.

05-22-2006 06:34:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.