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Gordon Biersch Märzen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 278
Hads: 705
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jordan on 12-07-2001

18 IBU
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Photo of thebeers
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, approaching brown, with a finger of tan-tinted head. Roasty, bready, sweet aroma. Sweet and slightly nutty tasting, with hints of bourbon in the background. Fairly light bodied and somewhat creamy. Middle of the road Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jlindros
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at the pub in San Fran airport.

Very small head, clear auburn red color.

Nose mild sweet malts, fruity esters, very fruity, unhappy lager, mild metallic note, sweet candy, meh.

Taste is like a macro lager, some toasted reddish candy malts, otherwise pour lager, minerals, unhappy lager yeast esters, fruity, messy, icky skunky like lager, caramel, sweet candy, and even sticky finish, herbal hops, etc.

Mouth med bod, sticky syrupy, light carb even for draft.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a half-liter straight side glass at the Seattle location.

Appearance: medium-dark orange hue with no haze and a good effervescence. Head is a thick finger of creamy ivory foam. Quite good!

Smell: lightly sweet with a dash of fruitiness. I like it.

Taste: toasty as well as sweet with a nice autumnal character. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nonetheless good creaminess.

Overall: pretty good -- a very straightforward Märzen.

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Photo of ELLipke
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Strong clear amber color and a good head. Malty flavor with little after taste which I prefer. Smooth mouth feel. I prefer it on tap but bottles are reasonable alternative.

I think most West Coasters will find this beer lacking due to its favoring malt flavors over hops. But I prefer it to the ales that are so prevalent in my market. Every palate is different and most brewers out here have singular focus on hopped up ales. I welcome brewers like GB who try a variety of brewing styles. Marzen is their flagship and I would love to find it in my local store. Alas, that is no longer possible here in Southern Cal. I still seek it out when I shop and travel.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Still my fav from GB—and about as close to the opposite of a west coast hop bomb as you can get. Light on the nose but matches its dark color with malt, caramel and toast. If I'm honest, though, I'd kick the hops up just enough to add a little bite, à la Sudwerk.

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Photo of F1Robert
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Bottle. Just hoppy enough for a good mouth feel. Slightly malty with a touch aftertaste of anise. Overall a warm, not heavy, beer great for the evening.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious and unique – is that black licorice? Regardless, it’s nice, nice, nice. First time I tried this was on draft and delightful; it’s equally good from the bottle.

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Photo of Ranger337
4.82/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I remember this as being my very first beer outside the realm of Coors and Budweiser. I loved it, and still love it today. Best balanced beer I have ever had,

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Photo of scottfrie
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a nutty amber color with two fingers of soft light tan head that slowly faded into a thick fuzzy film.
S: Bready malts and dry grains dominate over a hint of caramel, honey, and toast. Bread crust malts overall.
T: Bready malts follows the nose, but the beer is more syrupy and slightly metallic than expected. The finish is full of dry grains and toasted malts, and I get a hint of sugary caramel and molasses in the aftertaste. A bit synthetic and syrupy overall.
M: Medium body, splashy medium-low carbonation that isn't distracting, but a synthetically sweet and slick mouthfeel that leaves an unpleasant almost metallic tastes in my mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
O: A pretty average beer. Not necessarily bad, but nothing I'd purposely drink again.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the restaurant.

Appearance is a nice dark copper with a 2 finger head and decent lace.

Smells like roasted malts. Little sweet smell. Not a lot on the nose.

Taste is roasted carmel malt balanced near perfectly against a mild hop profile. Great balance.

Mouth feel is medium body. Smooth. Very tasty.

Overall this is a great beer and the only brew worth ordering at Gordon Biersch in my opinion. Very tasty.

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Photo of BigBry
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at San Jose location.
Clear, copper color, with a soapy head. Foam settles to a film, with thin patchy lace.
Smell is of toasted malt and some caramel sweetness.
Taste has the same roasted and bready malt sweetness.
This beer has an average level of carbonation, slightly crisp mouth feel, quite drinkable.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer that maybe my personal favorite from their ine up.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, at the Gordon Biersch bar, in the San Jose Airport (very close to the brewery).

Appearance - Nice copper color. Surprising clarity. Minimal head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet. Slightly herbal. Not a big nose on this beer.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor. A touch of peppercorns. Slight citrus note. The hops do produce a bit of a bite. Nice malt/hop balance.

Mouth - Slightly spicy. Subtle carbonation. Not bad.

Overall - A nice, unassuming beer. Your American Adjunct Lager drinking buddies should have no issues with this beer. Ultimately, however, this lager is little lacking in character.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pilsner glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber color with a head consisting of one finger of just off white foam. The head has a moderate retention, fading over time to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a caramel and toffee like sweetness mixed with some lightly toasted malt and bready smells. Along with these aromas are some other light smells of a grassy and herbal nature, adding a slight hop dimension to the overall sweet and lightly roasted smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and doughty flavor, with the sweet being mainly of a caramel nature. The sweet caramel is joined by some more buttery flavors producing a toffee like flavor on the tongue. At the same time, some roasted flavors come to the tongue as well as a little bit of a lighter fruit flavor of apple and pear as well a very mild spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg. Toward the end, a very light hay and grassy flavor join the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and malty, lightly spiced, Oktoberfest style flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The moderate body is rather nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew; keeping it rather easy drinking, while the slightly lower carbonation keeps it heavier then it really is and matches well the bready and lightly spiced flavors of the brew, allowing them to be fully sensed.

Overall – A fairly sweet and malty brew at only 5.7 % abv with a nice easy drinking feel. A very enjoyable, year round Marzen style beer.

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Photo of bondjedi
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Coco Loco bar in the Fiesta-Henderson casino.

This beer means business. Consistent copper color and persistent lacing, nice taste and a swell finish. I made mistake of going beer for beer against a guy who was sucking down Michelob Ultra. In the span of 2 1/2 hours I probably had eight or nine of these. Net effect was like being kicked in the head by a mule. This beer doesn't pull its punches and is better left to be consumed slowly and responsibly. Watch out!

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper colored with a good head and lacing, quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, bready malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee, slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

The Verdict: Pretty good. A solid malty lager with good flavor. There is not pretense of balance, hoppiness is nowhere to be found. Still, it’s tasty and goes down smooth.

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber hue is the first thing to greet the eye upon pouring it into my trusty pint glass. Crisp to start after a healthy inhalation of a bready grassy aroma. A hint of something else for sure but unfortunately my palate hasn't developed enough to call it out with confidence. The aroma chases the taste onto my tongue. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the hops and roasted malt. The finish is dry but a bit disrupted by something and my guess is that it's age. Alas, here in Singapore freshness is often something to be desired. The bottling date puts it 11 months ago, but I'm going to go ahead and call it a solid Marzen! Prost!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

A: Pours a darker copper color. There's a nice head here, four fingers high (due to an aggressive pour) and barely off-white in shade. While it fades quickly, it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The stronger retention away from the edges of the glass suggests a decent hop bill.

S: There is some sweet caramel typical of the style. I like the mild yet noticeable noble hopping, otherwise there isn't much to note here.

T: Touches of sweet caramel give way to a raisiny back end. Hops only seem to be here as a cleansing agent, which isn't really disappointing given its relative lack of freshness. Not bad, but it could use a touch less sweetness.

M: A bit heavier and less carbonated than I like from my marzens. The finish could also have less sweetness. It goes down okay.

O: Eh. It's a decent marzen that gets the job done - even still, there are better choices on the market.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A nice caramel and dark brown copper body, minimal noticeable carbonation, with a three finger classic tan head. Minimal lacing, and some staying power as well while drinking.

Nose has lots of sticky caramel, and hints of malt toffee. Borderline biscuity, but with a good dense malt. Pretty solid smelling Marzen.

Palate hits with all the simple right notes. Slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation. Thick but not syrupy caramel coats the palate all the way down, with a clean finish, small hints of grass and very lingering.

A real straight forward but solid marzen, good one to know about.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a miscellaneous large glass at our rental condo at Turtle Bay, North Shore, Oahu. Bought at Foodland along the North Shore in a variety 12 pack.

Clear amber brown in colour. Beige head is over 1 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with lines of lacing hear and there.

Malty aroma of nuts and caramel.

Flavour is malty malty and more malt. Woody, nutty with hints of caramel. Almost no hop presence.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

NOTE: My bottle is not the freshest for this so my review might be edited later.

A: Orange copper when poured with a nice fluffy white head that disappears in seconds. Big fat bubbles in the carbonation.

S: Not really getting anything I can identify besides a slight yeasty undertone and a little bit of a grassy, herbal quality.

T: Dry, corny sweetness up front with just the slightest lingering hint of hops at the end.

M: Refreshing, thin, and clean just like a summer style should be. High carbonation.

O: Not really much to say about it. It's not bad but not exciting. A safe beer for a crowd. No wow factor can be found here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a real easy drinker, to me this would be a perfect oktoberfest bier because of its sessionable qualities. the appearance is fully clear, pumpkin flesh orange with an obvious amber malt glow and a fluffy and patient bone white head. the nose is caramunich malts, as it should be, with only moderate sweetness and a really really creamy texture that slides effortlessly down the gullet one swig after another. theres also a slight fruity complexion to the yeast, but its tame, and it too gives way to the sweetness of the malt, which is less amber than it looked, and more caramel and classically german. i could drink this forever, its medium in body, but feels lighter because if its gentle glide. it also has fairly relaxed carbonation, which lets the heft of the body remain. to me this is a perfect fall beer which stays approriate in the winter too. this is one of the best regular beer on at gordon biersch by far i thought. only 4 bucks-ish during happy hour, how can you beat that? id buy this is a 6pack if i could.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium sized head, a solid 2 fingers slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper caramel colored beer.

Breadiness mixed with a lightly roasted caramel malts accented with a very light spices aroma.

A slightly roasted caramel malt taste with just a bit of something darker almost spicy.

A drying aftertaste with just a slight caramel malt taste lingering on while drinking this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent Marzen, I think I could drink a pile of these.

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Photo of scratch69
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear dark brownish-copper color with a fingers worth of head. Very thin lacing.

Smell- Bread and sweet malt aroma with a touch of herbal hops.

Taste- Sweet malt and bready flavor at the start that is immediately replaced by a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth, and slightly dry. Fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- This has more hop bitterness in a marzen than I am used to but it is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of marvmoreno
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surge of caramel and burnt sugar, then overwhelmed with malty notes. Reminiscent of freshly baked dark artisan bread. A tad bit of citrus comes through in the smell

Brilliantly clear light copper color with a 2-finger head that didn't linger too long.

Tastes just like it smells: bread and caramel upfront with just-right sweetness, followed by a subtle burst of lemon, herbs and spice from the hops. Hints of dark fruit all throughout. Has a juicy quality to it. Finishes dry, with a just the right amount of bitterness that succeeds in cleaning up the palate

Medium mouthfeel yet feels smooth in the palate, with low carbonation levels.

A classic, flavorful, malt-forward brew with a surprising balance and flavor that keeps you sipping until your next pint. Very interesting and complex upon close scrutiny, yet as a whole is very welcoming and approachable that just about anyone can appreciate it. Goes down easy and is the perfect session beer. Great brew!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottle has a label that says beer was bottled on "09/10/12."

Pours a brownish-amber color with generous portions of carbonation, as well as a 2.5 finger sized head. Bubbles carefully glide along the sides of the glass, and the head eventually lowers to a little ring that floats atop the liquid. Though containing a rather small head, this looks full-bodied and juicy, and as a result extremely inviting.

The aroma is instantly filled with high notes of brown sugared malts, alongside a sweetness that shows up at the end no doubt aided by the alcohol, as well as the malts and hops themselves. This has, to my preference, a smell closer to thick, freshly baked bread over biscuit aromas amber lagers and ales usually have. There's a fresh zestiness that lingers in the nostrils as well, providing a rather ecstatic and soothing aftermath.

The flavor is as sweet as the aroma, with a few key differences. For instance, while the smell was maltier, the flavor is far more balanced, in which there's a full front assault of brown sugar and sweetened pecans, followed by an everlasting flavor of creaminess and zestiness aided by the hops and yeast. The overall result is heavenly and relaxing, and it's hard to believe that this is a lager - it's extremely thick overall! There is no ounce of thinness to speak of, and the experience varies overall as it warms up, going from slight nuttiness to honeyed, caramelized bananas.

A real treat, and one of my favorite amber lagers to date. This is one of the most authentic renditions of märzens I've had since my visit to Germany. There's complexity for sure, but there's a relaxing vibe about it overall that makes it a crowd pleaser for just about anyone, even people who aren't fans of beer, as experience has shown me in the past. Goes good with most food, but particularly would be good cooked with pork or steak. Excellent stuff!

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Gordon Biersch Märzen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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