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Märzen - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 66
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."

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Redrover, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hojaminbag, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of psinderson
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

psinderson, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Mattysox
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mattysox, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bigdeuce, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

NJpadreFan, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

HopDerek, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Abita45
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Abita45, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Dukeofearl, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of cooncat
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


cooncat, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheLongBeachBum, May 22, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

brandyish initially, molasses, then dark malts with some dark malts. Some of these sweeter ingrediants comprise the aroma. Dark color. Above average carbonation. Comes together like a malty ovaltine tasting. Smooth beverage and drink. Bit of bitterness on aftertaste.

Sammy, May 14, 2006
Photo of AltBock
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. green bottle with a twist off cap. The labels were off, but hey, it's Penn Brewery! All their labels are like this until they get that new labeling machine up and running. The front label has a really nice looking woman in Mardi Gras clothing with a Mardi Gras bead and a clover next to her. The back label had no date or even a place for it to be notched like the other Penn beer bottle labels. The back label did have information about the beer and the usual govt. warning. Nice green labels!

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a really nice amber color with a 2 inch fizzy head of foam. It dissipated away somewhat fast leaving some white lace and very few rings around the mug.

Smell: I didn't get much in the aroma except for a light aroma of sweet caramel, sweet malts, little juicy fruits and little hops in the background.

Taste: It was very malty in the beginning and then it went to the sweet caramel, and then finished with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Overall this was a nice clean malty taste. It's not a taste to get excited about, but still it was very pleasant!

Mouthfeel: I surely don't agree what the label stated, this really isn't a full bodied beer. It's more like medium bodied with a smooth aftertaste of malt.

Drinkability: I found this to be a pleasant highly drinkable spring session beer. I'm also glad this beer wasn't skunked due to its green bottle!

AltBock, May 02, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Beer World of Largo

The aroma presents grassy hops and loads mild caramel malt as it warms. Rich amber in color with a perfect thumb thick, quite lasting, creamy white head. The sweet fore is smooth with malts and even some mild nutty notes and a bit of toffee throw in. Very lively, tongue tickling carbonation. It’s pretty damn tasty and has a great feel to it. Damn nice beer.

Jredner, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the restaurant with some weinershnitzel and speitzel,pours a deep amber with a nice one finger head,aromas are malt hefty some cookie dough and caramel but didnt smell overly sweet.Spot on flavors for a the style in my opinion some light caramel and malted milf flavors with a dry anisy-like finish.A nice creamy mouth feel is a big hit here.Damn solid beer and food friendly but man I want the maibock wich they were out of.

oberon, May 19, 2005
Photo of mjc410
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint mug

Appearance: Beautiful reddish-amber-copper color. Unfortunately, even with an aggressive pour, the head is restricted to a very thin foam, which quickly dissipates to a small ring around the outside of the glass. No lacing, either.

Smell:Definitely malty. Smell gains strength with warmth. It's pretty plain, but it smells great.

Taste: Malt in the forefront. You have to search for the hop bite, but it's really hiding in the background. Leaves an aftertaste that becomes increasingly acidic, but rather than being negative, it urges you to take another sip to start the cycle all over again. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without a doubt. Definitely not watery. Carbonation perfectly matches the thickness of the liquid.

Drinkability: I could drink this year-round! If this is how all Marzenbiers taste, I'm moving to Germany. Then again, I think I'll just move to Pittsburgh. The beer is smooth and light enough to encourage everyone to down a sixer.

This is my first marzen, and I'm so happy that I bought one. It's going to feel very bad when this sixer is gone.

mjc410, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a fomay, fizzy white head,

Smell: The smell is of gross malts. I don't know what it is, but I don't like it. Cereal maybe? Manure?

Taste and Mouthfeel: It doesn't really taste like much of anything. Basically a watered down verstion of their Oktoberfest. While it is rather thirst quenching, it has no good qualities to it, or even anything that stands out. The mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an average beer from Penn. They're really on and off, and sadly this is off. Has a really generic qualitiy to it that's really killing me. Just wait for the Oktoberfest.

santoslhalper, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of unit555
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this annual offering at the Penn brewery over the weekend and I was really impressed. It arrived with a nice amber color and an excellent head that persisted well into the glass.

The smell was light but had a sweetness to it. Nice full taste in the mouth that was slightly malty and only lightly hopped. This was abeer you could drink easily and enjoy a couple in the afternoon.

A most excellent sign of spring. The Martzen has arrived.

unit555, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color. Smell is a little faint. The taste is delightful. Very sweet, took me a while to pinpoint it, but caramel is definately what makes this beer. As i was drinking this beer, I kept telling my buddy, I could definatley drink a few of these. A very smooth beer.

BurghBrewPSU, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Penn Brewery with a good German-style lunch. It is a dark amber beer with a dense off-white medium-sized mostly diminishing head with very little lacing. The aroma is dominated by roasted malts with a touch of yeast and very light fruity undertones from the hops... average at best. The taste is quite malty, a little hops kick but overall a maltfest. Very sweet and the finish has an even stronger caramel sweetness that lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, it’s is a decent beer that is enjoyable and drinkable. I know the style isn’t supposed to be a favorite among hopheads, but it could have used a little more hops to balance it out.

ski271, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lime green bottle that actually bends over a bit crooked, adorned with a triple label. The front body label has an abstract parade woman and a shamrock with “pure barely malt lager beer” on the side. The back body label states, “Fest beer is a full bodied, pure barley malt amber fest beer. It’s smooth, mellow, and full of authentic German beer flavor. It will fortify you against winter’s cold or party you through Mardis Gras and St. Patty’s Day.”

This flowed out into me Stone pint as a dark hazy unfiltered orangey brown pour with a razor thin white halo cap, with tons of tiny sea horses microscopic chunks floating in the glass.

Huge syrupy malt punch hits me square in the face, almost like a Barley Wine.

First swigs: Coca- cola meets flat root beer maltiness. Warmed up style that begs to be “not-refrigerator” cold. Deep caramel and cake malts, and the most Buisquik flour taste your tongue can cook up. Somewhat dry and dusty, with a spicy caramel citrous hint. Lasting cloying hard candy aftertaste.

Buttery mixed dessert spices and medium carbonation make up a medium bodied brew.

Last swigs: Marzen, eh? Malts for sure. All malts. Hops? We don’t need no stinkin’ hops. Virtually Butterscotch and Sugar Daddy flavors all the way. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the bottle to check out.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of shapudding
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ambery, and so incredibly unclear and cloudy. Peppered with sediment. No dating on the bottle. Bit of white head left quick leaving a tiny bit of a ring a slight clouding. Scents of fresh bread dough (yeah, I love my bread machine!), little bit orangey maybe, yeasty and malty. Medium bodied with perfect carbination, nice and low so not too much shooting around your mouth. Nice and semi dry taste but yet your mouth stays wet. Lightly hoppy, slightly sweet. Caramel malts. A little sweet in the aftertaste, almost makes me think of an artificial sweetener? Not bad though overall.
Decent flavors with not too much intensity to hinder drinkability.

shapudding, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very crisp from a firm, consistent, and proud bittering. The hops are a little grassy, spicy. Tastes bready, but more specifically doughy like pancake batter. A little toast. The yeast is very clean, true to German lagering, highlighting the noble hops. Soft German hops on the nose, too, but hardly noticeable. The hops work with the malt which provides an ideal and quaffable medium body. Graininess works with the grassiness of the hops. Caramel. At first taste I even got some candied cherries without the sweetness. Overall, too hoppy for the style, but still quite dynamic though it sadly lacks any real depth of malt. Closer to Bohemia (a Vienna lager from Mexico), however, than a rich German marzen, but none the worse for wear. Maybe even German pilsener with a hint more malt. Absolutely dry finish leads you in a necessary next sip, and another, and another. A wonderful session beer.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A really profound Marzen, IMHO. This brew showed out with a decent head at the start, and lingered with a lace thereafter. The aroma was somplex, yet simple with good sweetness and malitness as the backbone. A highly drinkable brew, the flavor is hardly overpowering, to say the least. One of my favorite Marzens.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Apr 18, 2004
Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.