Gordon Biersch Märzen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
4.55/5 rDev +25.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2012 01:26:30 | More by magictacosinus
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2.95/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:40:22 | More by scottfrie
Gordon Biersch Märzen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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