Eso Marzen - Pivovar Konrad / Pivovar Hols
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None, but was recently added on shelves
Glass: Cantillon stem glass
Pivovar Konrad's Eso Marzen is a poorly named (by Shelton Brothers, I mind you -- this is actually a beer in the Czech Polotmavý Ležák style) beer as it is quite different than a German marzen, lighter in body and flavor, with more toasted nuts and hop character than its German counterpart, also a bit smoother and lower in alcohol. I thought this was a delicious offering: toasty, nutty, with interesting hop complexity and mild bitterness I wasn't expecting. I'd be happy to get this again, and it's good enough to make me curious about the other two beers from the brewery that arrived at the same time as this.
Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam that's made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Head has retention of about one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with a fairly large number of lines and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a medium-dark golden brown color, with light bringing out dark golden orange and bright brown hues. Carbonation visible, moderate in number and activity, along the sides of the glass, despite the beer's transparency.
Aroma is smooth and refined, of light caramel and brown sugar sweetness, toasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts) and bread crusts, with mild woodsiness and dried sweet herbs from hops.
Flavor is of caramel and brown sugar sweetness, toasted nuts and bread crusts, with pleasant Saaz hop spiciness, woodsiness, and lemony dried grasses. Front of palate tastes very light caramel and browned sugar sweetness with a gentle spiciness and woodsiness from hops. Mid-palate of light caramel and brown sugar sweetness, toasted bread crusts and almonds/hazelnuts/walnuts, mild but definitely present spiciness, woodsiness, and lemony dried grasses from the Saaz hops. Back of palate tastes light caramel and brown sugar with toasted nuts, light bitterness from hops with an underlying woodsiness. Aftertaste of toasted nuts and bread crusts, slight burnt bread, and very faint hop bitterness.
Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a lightly foamy (1/3), but otherwise smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that works with the beer and this smooth, malty style. Closes quite dry, with light residual stickiness clinging to palate and lips.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 05:57:18 | More by falloutsnow
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
500 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a traditional looking copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.
Smell: Toasted and caramel malts followed by lager yeastiness and grassy noble hops.
Taste: Very little flavors mentioned above. Mild hop bitterness in the end too.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.
Overall: This an alright marzen. Pretty light for the style and lacking a little bit in malty flavor. Hops and lager taste are spot on though.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 07:38:31 | More by Flounder57
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours a light chestnut brown, like dark cream soda, but clear. There is nearly an inch of off-white, thick and foamy head. The aroma is malty, toasted, caramel, with a touch of nut. The taste is light toasted malt, light caramel, very grassy, bitter and dry. It is well-carbonated and tingly and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2013 02:21:58 | More by cpolking
Eso Marzen from Pivovar Konrad / Pivovar Hols
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.