Gordon Biersch Märzen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 16
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a rich bronze with great clarity a tight well retained 1/2 finger head around with some spot lace left behind.Lightly sweet doughy malt with hints of caramel even a touch of vanilla and anice,full,rich flavors somewhat sweet and caramelly with a sweet doughy quality with hints of scotch whiskey finishing with just a touch herbal/spice.Wow pleasantly suprised I really liked this full flavored marzen beer nice medium body and enough dryness to really enjoy in amounts.

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Beautiful, light orangish brown in color with a nice head.

Smell – The lightly-toasted malt aroma had an interesting white wine undertone along with sweet sugary notes.

Taste – The flavor was straightforward; lightly-toasted malts laden with caramel.

Mouthfeel – This Marzen was light-bodied but a little too sharp for my tastes. I prefer this style to be a little more well-blended., but otherwise this felt good.

Drinkability – This was a bit off-style but went down nicely.

Photo of dill
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured on tap into a pint glass

A - a nice amber color with a thick, foamy white head.

S - an interesting smell to this one. lots of banana and some wheat.

T - some graininess.

M - not too highly carbonated. a bit smooth.

D - I wasn't running back for more, but it's easy to drink. Not bad.

Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Heady start, thin lacing is the end result. Clear copper color. Clean malty bready aroma with some herbal and spicing from the hops. Clean crispness, moderate body. Bready and grassy grain throughout, kiss of sweetness. Hops deliver a balacing bitterness and spicy tone in the end. Finishes a tad dry with a long linger of breadiness.

Top notch. Comparable to the greats from overseas.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is lots of biscuit malt. The flavor is a bready malt with a light hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, nothing spectacular.

Photo of conwaymp
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch makes a good marzen beer. It is available all year round at your local Safeway. It is easy to pick out of the crowd with its red label. In my experience the aroma is sweet and the brew looks gorgeous filling up my extra large pint-sized glass.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange colored with an off-white head that drops quickly. Aroma of bready malt, toffee, and light brown sugar. Flavor is initially doughey malt with medium sweetness, cinnamon, ripe fruit, and some grassy undertones. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit watery upfront but bubbly and very tingly in the finish. Very drinkable, good representation of the style.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown and amber color with a little yellowish white head. Aroma is dark, not choco nor coffee, can't put my nose/finger on it. Clarity in this dark of a beer somehow.

Taste, bland and boring would be too harsh, but not anywhere near exciting. You know, they roasted a decent amount of malt, little hopping. Unadventurous. Their garlic fries are bomb though. Too expensive for what it is to rate drinkability wise.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm deep copper brown body that is just a bit dense but still crystal clear. There is a small pool of beige foam floating in the glass, with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft dry toasted malt note that is smooth with a faint darker toasted hint coming through as it warms.

T- There is a slight sweetness to the soft dry toasted malt flavor with a dry carbonic acid dry flavor to the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light crisp finish.

D- The malt flavors are nice but they are behind all the carbonic acid finish. They taste fresh but their is not a lot of depth to them.

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

perfect example of a marzen style beer...

redish amber in color with a fading head and excellent lacing...

smells of caramel and an overall great sweetness....i actually almost get an orange smell in this brew...

taste sweet!....great taste...caramel....

the feel is a little weak...leaving your mouth very dry....

drinkability is ok...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch- Marzen

A- Deep red with a thin head.
S- Sweet malt, fruity notes of raisin and cherry.
T- Sweet caramel malt with cherry and grape fruit flavors coming through.
M- Smooth malt throughout with a creamy yet bitter finish.

Overall- An easy session beer. Not as good as their Hefe but tasty.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with orange tinge. Head is white with a finger width head, dissipates quickly, and leaves behind a rather thin lace.

Smell - Aromas are primarily malt; light caramel with some breadiness. Faint grassy hop notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet malt is predominant, with light caramel and bready notes leading the way before an earthy, grassy hop kicks in near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Smooth. The carbonation gives it bite just as the hops make their presence known.

Overall - I'll admit naivety when it comes to Marzen beers; I don't think I could count on half a hand the number of beers I've had in this style. Certainly drinkable, but not so enjoyable that I'd seek it out again.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Miami brewpub. A marzen in February-why not? Their most popular beer at this location, according to the trainer, and maybe the best of the day. Smoke cloudy colour with a minimum white head, and faint lace. Served way too cold, but still a good malting and fruity.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe this was a 12oz or lower pour into a sort of water/all purpose glass at an Italian restaurant in Copperopolis, CA.

Red copper served with no head, just a few bubbles of white. The bubbles do drape a little.

The smell is sweet, clean lager. Maybe a little nuttiness and definitely saltine.

Nutty, toffee, caramel, saltine, and light bitterness. I also taste peanuts.

Light and fizzy in the mouth.

Marzen/Oktoberfest is a style I'm just realizing is really tasty. I think this is pretty good. I'll be trying more this fall.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good copper beer with nice carbonation, foam retention, and lacing.

Smell: Some caramel and coffee malts. Not too different from Schwarzbier style.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, caramel and coffee. Good, not great. Relatively creamy and smooth mouthfeel. You can definitely taste and feel the alcohol.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, not too thin.

Overall: Honestly, this is the first Märzen I've tried and I thought it was pretty good. This beer shows a lot of promise for this style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could be wrong, but I think that maybe the Winter Bock is just a bigger version of this beer. It's reddish copper and malty, just like this, with the same combination of bready malt, delicate underlying fruitiness, and mild, spicy hops in the background. That, of course, kind of summarizes this beer, although I think they're hopping the Winter Bock up a bit.

Anyway, it's right on for the Maerzen/Oktoberfest style (not that lighter golden colored stuff they're passing off as Oktoberfest these days), and it's technically perfect. The head retention could be a little better, but perhaps I simply had a dirty glass. The nose is clean and fresh with a caramel-laced breadiness. The flavor follows suit, and it has a hint of dark reddish fruitiness to it that's almost jam-like. Tutti fruitti shall we say? Hops are minimal, and limited to the background, but offer some floral and mildly spicy notes.

Quite often overdone, GB's Maerzen is neither to thin nor too malty sweet, and hits the mark right on. Add to that that it's very well made and you've got a very drinkable lager that's interesting enough to enjoy beyond one serving, and also pairs well with food. Worth trying!

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Gordon Biersch Marzen has an auburn tint to it. Overall it is medium bodied and goes down very smoothly. It is a medium-hopped lager with a mildly sweet taste to it. The Marzen is the most popular beer at the Rockville location and understandably so. If you are at a GB, make sure you give this one a try.

Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored, this has some visible carbonation that settles the 1 inch foamy head very quickly. Lacing is solid.

S - Scents of spice, caramel, and fresh malt. Very clean taste.

T - Flavors of caramel and fresh malt hit the tonuge right away. Has a crisp flavor, but doesn't jump out as a top notch marzen.

M - A very good drinker. Perfect to sit back and have a few.

O - Had this on tap at Raleigh Durham airport. Made the time go quickly. A traditional marzen; worth a try if you enjoy the style.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Marzen at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a nice copper/amber with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was sweet with hints of malt. The taste was a very good balance of grain, hops and malt. The was a slight sweetness that made the beer smooth to drink and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A-Pours a dark copper color with a large and creamy light tan head that has great stick and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet toasted malts and caramel. A little on the faint side.

T- the taste like the aroma features some toasted malts and caramel with just a touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not great either, overall pretty average for a Marzen.

Photo of Elemental
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the first beer I tried from GB and I was pretty excited, until I poured it. Very little head which is ok excpet there was absolutely no head retention. By the time I got about half way done there was no head at all and I was drinking flat beer. I liked the color, very full red/amber look. Begins with a mildly dry taste and explodes into an overly sweet finish with little bittnerness. The aroma is sweet with a hint of hops but not enough to get the mouth watering.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

samplead at the colorado spring's GB at the airport:

Pours caramel witha 1" tan head, minimal head retetion and some lacing

Smell: Some malt and and slight fruitiness

Taste: Caramel & fruittyness, with with a quinchiing finish

MF: Good blanace and carbonation. Malt character shines through

very quaffable, this is not as good as I remember it, but I wasn't exactly back in Hawaii where I used to drink this either!

Photo of zimm421
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, clear, amber color with a nice, thick, foamy white head. The head dissipates at an average rate, and doesn't leave very much lacing at all.

S - Nothing big going on here, but there are some good malts going on.

T - Some good breaded malts that give a little bit of sweetness. There is an aftertaste of good bitterness from the hops, but not really a lot going on. Not as strong as a flavor as expected.

M - Medium bodied, with a good deal of carbonation. Not too thick, just about right.

D - Goes down pretty easily and not too much of anything going on to make you want to put it down.
Not really that impressive, but a decent brew overall.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich copper hue with a 1 in off white head and decent lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet toasted malts, carmel, butterscotch, has a slighty woods aroma. A bit of spice.

T - Woodsy flavor, the malts bring out a sweet almost smokey flavor, they is a sweet carmel and butterscotch hints and finsihed with a bit of spice.

M - Med bodied, good carbonation, lasting aftertaste.

D - Very easy to drink and always enjoyable.

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