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Gobbler Lager | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Kegatron on 09-30-2009

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another of Roy Pitz's somewhat gender bending lagers. Judging from the dark copper brown tone and the whiffs of sweet darker malts, I was initially expecting a bock. I can sort of see this as a Maerzen/Fest style now but had no information on this beer at all when tasted. It did taste bockish at first but seemed to dry out on me and kind of went down like a schwarz toward the end. It started out with a big head which rapidly dissipated into sparse lace. The Gobbler is a very drinkable beer at 5.5%; well balanced all the way through and goes down easily. Pitz’s lagers are interesting and worth seeking out and I wish these guys had more market penetration; although they get regular rotation in Lititz, which had the Gobbler and Old Jail Ale on. (I also had a short taste of the Old Jail; not nearly as good)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At D'z in Swissvale, appears a deep caramel amber hue with a thin white head leaving behind minimal lacing. Aroma has a slight roasted malt charater with hints of nutty caramelization going on. Flavor is crips somewhat malty with a touch of noble hops for balance very nice drinking beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin I will even call it light bodied nothing cloying extremely clean. Drinkability overall it was sessionable and could have been served in at least 1/2 liter krugs.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler filled at the brewery. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, unfiltered looking amber, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with about a 1/4 finger of froth, leaving back a solid smattering of spotty foam. The aroma, right off the bat, gives of burnt caramel notes before heading into a VERY earthy hop profile that gives the nose an extremely deep smelling green citric tang in the nose.

The taste is the much the same, with the hop profile being much more earthy (with a subtle spiciness) than bitter and giving off some massively green feeling citrus notes. Sticky and toasty caramel malt character aren't quite as dominate as the hops but do contribute greatly to the HUGE tangy bite that this possesses. This tang is mostly what sticks in the finish, along with along with some lighter feeling dry spicy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big mouth filling creaminess to the carbonation that almost gets to the point of feeling overcarbonated at times. Just as the starts to get a bit too sharp though, it pulls back enough to stay on the crisp side.

They describe this as a "Märzen-Style" Lager at the brewery and that's definitely what this is, as I would maybe call it an English interpretation of the style. The East Kent Golding hops give this an earthy and citric component that was a little shocking at first, as you usually don't find that much tanginess in a Lager. Once I worked past that and the palate adjusted, this actually went down nicely. Quite the interesting take on the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Thick aggressive head, with three fingers deep of rocky foam and swiss cheese bubbles. Thick retention and a giant mountain cap, quite large for a Marzen, but does eventually settle. Rusty brown and deep dark chestnut body color, with very fine carbonation coming up in waves. Neat looking a bit overkill but nice.

Very interesting nose. Lots of toasty grain aromas more like a brown ale, thick dark bread crust with a real nice classic caramel note coming behind it. Very nicely balanced and almost gives to a nutty quality as well together. Dry grain. Hopefully doesn't get to acrid or grainy on the palate, but might hint at that.

Flavors are really taking a back seat with a very unexpected mouthfeel. Very mineral and wet palate, almost club soda like flavors and copper pennies slightly but also some good qualities. There's a bit of milky chocolate in the mid palate that goes along with some of the caramel as well making and excellent unexpected combination. Lots of brown bread toast on the finish, with just a little bit of drying grain quality. Dry toast really lingers, but also gets a touch rusty and ferrous as well.

A combination of great characters with some minor faults. A good unique marzen is lurking in here somewhere wanting to get out.

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Photo of Madisonian
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DubC14
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shnanign
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and copper with big head. Spice and malty smell with hint of smoke. I really like this good stuff. Spread it around.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roy Pitz Gobbler Lager has a clear brown body with ruby highlights. The off-white head is a slim ring and doesn't do much in the way of lacing or retention.

The aroma has a good deal of spicy and earthy hops with about an equal amount of caramel flavor.

I'd say that the hops and malt in Gobbler Lager are pretty equally balanced. The hops start off with a little bit of spiciness, which leads into a good dose of caramel malts. Then the hops resurface, this time in a much more powerful fashion with hints of citrus and a really big earthy flavor. Only hints of bitterness.

Moderate body with a good bit of carbonation.

Gobbler Lager isn't really what I expected from an O-fest, but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of FunkZ
4.64/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gobbler lager is my favorite Roy Pitz to date and IMO an exceptional beer... a definite must-try. I look forward to growler refills of this liquid art, sadly those 64oz go all too fast and I am left only with the aroma of my glass to carry me to the next refill. If I had to drink only one beer from now until I die I could go with a smile on my face as long as I had Gobbler lager to take with me.

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of hozersr
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pvsob
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice dull copper/brown color with a thick (two-inch) off-white head that has decent retention. Some lacing sticks around; I'd say an average amount. This brew is unfiltered/cloudy/hazy.

S - Toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops, grass, and just a hint of fruit (green grapes). Very nice.

T - Starts off with a nice spiciness upfront that fades into caramel sweetness in the middle. A slight hoppiness comes through and along with the malts, result is an interesting (prickly/tangy) finish.

M - Medium to full feel, but the moderate carbonation as well as the previously described tanginess keep this one from becoming too sweet/cloying.

D - I really enjoyed this brew. Flavors and aromas played nicely off of one another and resulted in an enjoyable pint. Unlike some of the other Märzens I've tried, the sweetness in this one never became a deterrent for me. Will definitely be revisiting this one. Prost.

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Photo of Colin32
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ConanSachler
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Budinetz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JMohl3
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tomgossert
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very thin off white color head. Looks to be a deep caramel color when held up to the light. Smells quite malty with notes of hops. Initial taste resembles an Octoberfest but hoppier and has that crisp lager finish. A nice spin on a Marzen. Worth a try

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Gobbler Lager from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
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