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Aries Märzen Oktoberfest | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the tradition of the Bavarian Märzen beers of Germany, we cellar our fall lager in cool tanks for the length of the summer, producing an exceptionally clean-smooth flavor. With its pronounced malty “Viennabread” sweetness and herbal Nobel hop finish, there’s an Oktoberfest in every sip.

28 IBU

Added by mynie on 09-06-2011

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 44
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy

This fine brew pours a murky brownish orange with a moderate head of off white foam that dissipates to a thin ring, light wispy layer, and light lacing. Nose of caramel, buttered biscuit, and subtle orange and apricot notes. Flavors follow the nose with rich breaded malts and sweet caramel dancing about a light orange and peach nectar flavor mixed with a light cream and finishing with a light herbal hops note. Finish is a touch dry with a light grain note. Nice blend of flavors and medium carbonation to keep it lively. Overall an excellent brew from Nebraska.


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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best enjoyed by" date December 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, dark gold color with some larger bits floating about, less than one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: citrus, caramel and bread, very subtle to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then lemon citrus and bread.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very tasty beer, it has some of the characteristics of a wheat beer but still has the malt bill of a traditional Marzen, I would but this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys wheat beer or Marzen.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

I wasn't gonna review this tonight, but it's Halloween night, and although I don't celebrate this holiday, I guess I could at least drink the last Oktoberfest in my fridge...

Appearance (4) : Stable two fingered head, tightly knit and creamy. Ring lace as it descends. Body is dark amber/festive hue with oranges and coppers. 50% opacity.

Aroma (3.75) : Fresh aroma. Maple leaf, stale and frozen ground (or just cold weather aroma in general), pumpkin, cinnamon, wheat bread, some faint alcohol burn.

Taste (3.5) : Heavy on nutmeg, some artificial pumpkin flavors. Robust gourd in the middle with an alcoholic presence. The end is taut with some sour bitterness (hops) and baked pumpkin pie. I'm surprised I can taste the alcohol as much as I can with the 5.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, a little watery, ends dry.

Overall (3.76) : The scores kind of descended a quarter point each category, didn't they? Anyways, this is a Marzen I could probably forget about, but I could easily drink it again. It is good, but the hoppy presence is just a touch too forward. Let the beer breathe, man!

Next to other Oktoberfests I'd say Aries Marzen is hoppy and watery. It's not the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had (I mean, look at the lacing, it's great!), but it's far from the best. That award this year goes to Lucky Bucket. Time for winter ales now!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Sampling right now on 9/23/14. Had this once before a few years back. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN" snifter glass. contains 5.3% alcohol (ABV) and 28 IBU (International Bittering Units).

Pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant and is of caramel, floral hops and malts. The taste follows the nose and is very smooth with some toffee in the mix as well. Very crisp but smooth with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Just a slight dry finish which just adds to this brew. Medium bodied and carbonation.. Overall a really good seasonal.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a small, short-lived head that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, some maltiness and floral notes.

T - It tasted sweet with strong caramel and toffee flavors. A slight floral hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a nice oktoberfest. It definitely leans toward the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a hazy dark honey amber, I'll call it. A light cream colored head recedes to a bubbly film. Rings of wet lacing stick to the glass.

The beer smells slightly sweet but it's muted. There's a good butter note in here, along with caramel and malts.

The taste is what I usually look for in a marzen: lots of sweet caramel, buttery toffee, and faint roasted malts. There's a very subtle hop bitterness in the finish, adding balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, a little creamy, goes down good.

Overall, it's hard not to like this marzen. It's very sessionable, and goes down with ease. Good toffee and caramel notes, and balanced all the same.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Todd for sharing a six pack of this Marzen straight from Lincoln, NE.

Light coppery pour with a bubbly light head that leaves some lacing. Smell is roast/smoky malt and nuts, somewhat sweet, and tanins. Taste in tangy in a sweet orange zest sort of way that's hard to describe, along with earthy, crackers and biscuits malt presence that is fairly overwhelming. Medium-heavy body, well carbonated. Starts sweet and tangy, but finishes dry. Overall, this Marzen's tangy/earthy flavor combination isn't one I can say I'd want to seek it out again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & great lacing

S: Breadyness, fruittyness & some grassyness once warm.

T: Breadyness, apple peel flavor, some caramel & grainyness up front. Dryness & grainy bread, some pear & apples as well as this warms. Finishes fruitty, grassy, & bready

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, nicely balanced

A nice marzen easily one of the best beers I've had from these guys, easy to drink

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JayQue (I believe...) for this bottle!

Throwing down an unexpected O-Fest with some decent cold flowing outside. It pours a dark sunset amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuit, light orange peel, very light grass, and a vague sense of mild nuts. The taste follows pretty closely, though there's a tiny bit of mild cocoa deep in the bowels. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a nice little O-Fest, but one that's pretty easy to forget.

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Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a amber/orange color. My pour produced a nice whitish head, about 1 inch in height. Head fades as the beer is consumed, leaving a little patch and laces down the glass.

Smell: Malty aromas come from this beer. Hint of slightly sweet caramel and toffee with a tinge of slightly roasted nuts.

Taste: In line with a good Oktoberfest/Marzen style. Nice lightly sweet malt body (taste in line with the scent) with a slight bitterness on the finish. Beer is unfiltered and unpastuerized. Consume by Dec. notched on side. Mine appears to still be good; just as tasty as the first one I had in October.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied combined with a nice unforced natural, light, carbonation. The beer is not watery, or fizzy, yet is lively going down.

Overall: My final O-fest that I had been saving (best for last). A great representation of the style imo. Empyrean just started bottling their seasonal beers this year and I beleive this is the second one released. If they are all as good as this their seasonals will be not to miss selections when they come out.

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Photo of budgood1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazed sunset copper colour with an eggshell white foamy head. nice clingy lace. caramel malt aroma...bits and pieces of cocoa and toffee in the nose as well. taste is pleasant surprise of layered maltiness...not one dimensional like so many in it's class. the candy bar like nose follows through in the flavour department with some nougat and cocoa...i swear there is even some roasted peanut notes...very chewy and malty sweet. there is definitely some complexity to this marzen, and it makes for a delightful experience. this one has a well rounded body and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. it doesn't drink like lager either...it seems to be bottle conditioned (unfiltered) and has a very yeasty feel to it. it is really tasty and therefore has a high degree of drinkability.

overall this is a real treat even though it certainly bends the blurs the lines of the traditional o-fest. definitely recommended and worth seeking out. yummy stuff here!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random bottle pick at Beercrazy to celebrate marzen season.

It is a more brownish color, slightly hazy. The aroma has a touch of toffee and maybe some pumpkin spice. The taste seemed a tad earthy with caramel, toffee, and some...dirt. It also had a slight chalkiness that was rather distracting. The body seemed ok. I wasn't overly impressed with this one.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Brix in Omaha, NE.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a 1.5cm head made up of medim-sized bubbles, fairly dense. Collapses in a few minutes to a 0.5cm film atop the body. Good lacing along sides of glass. Body is a light brown-copper color with orange-yellow highlights. Semi-transparent, lazy carbonation visible.

Aroma of iron or metal alongside a slightly smoky sweetness. Tangy, almost hags a sweet tea aspect to it. Also present is a biscuity, deep maltiness. Hop presence lacking.

Taste has a strange malt character to it, tangy and biscuity at the same time. Not unpleasant, but not pleasant, either. Malt character and whatever hops used are overwhelmed by this flavor. Not a taste I'd seek out again.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with very good carbonation levels that make this a pleasure to drink. Finish is dry.

Overall, a unique Marzen, but the taste doesn't seem to work that well. One I won't revisit; just too many solid German options out there.

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Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch ofest....brilliant burnt orange color...nice toasty aroma...flavor follows suit....love the toasted notes on the malt...vienna I am guessing..."just" 5.3% according to the stats I see here but seems more substantial....good solid medium bodied...clean and crisp texture...not overly sweet just a nice easy drinking malt forward lager with strong toasted malt notes....

This is a fine Ofest. Right up there with the best made in the US..

Would I buy this in a sixer? Absolutely!

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear bronze hue with lots of bubbles and a thick consistent, foamy head; lacing is good

S: Sweet caramel malts on top of a somewhat musty and grassy graininess--also some faint citrus and herbal hops; quite bready

T: A nice balance of sweet caramel malts and herbal/citrus hop bitterness; sweet and bitter; grainy and citrus and bready; quite nice

F: Medium bodied and much creamier than would be expected from an Oktoberfest

O: A solid, balanced marzen; I'm quite impressed with this lager, Empyrean

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, orange-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace.

S: Mostly hay, a little caramel. Pretty nice.

T: Leads with some lager esters and then swoops into solid caramel, a hint of smoke follows and then a gentle, bitter finish. Good stuff.

M: Not too heavy, carbonation is tingly on the tongue.

O: First beer I have reviewed from Empyrean-- pretty tasty stuff. Good example of the style, and a great way to start game day. Malt stays strong to the end of the glass. Will probably buy this again.

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Photo of xuptygm
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap before a husker game at Lazlo's (the affiliated brew pub with empyrean).

A decent cream colored head. Aromas of malt and light hops. A very clean and smooth flavor. Medium/light bodied. Good amount of carbonation, but not too much. This would make a good session beer. Pretty standard for an American interpretation of an Octoberfest. It does have a unique sweetness that I cannot really put my finger on--perhaps a sweet wheat bread or oatmeal cookie sweetness. The hops come through in the finish which I liked. Overall a good and balanced beer. Nothing I would specifically seek out again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Per their website:
Malts: Vienna and Caramunich
Hops: Perle and Tettnanger
Yeast: Lager
Original Gravity: 13.7
IBUs: 28
Alcohol: 5.3% abv
Availability: August–October

Per me:
I like Marzens more than your average BA. There are two reasons for this: 1) I really like autumn. 2) Marzens do a wonderful job of evoking the feel of autumn, kind of like how Zwickels work for spring.

Autumn is when all the chlorophyll drains away, and its verdant tang is replaced by an aged sweetness. Good marzenmakers know this, and so they don't go trying to church things up by adding superfluous hops or alcohol burn. They brew a sweetly malty beer, like this one. Only it's well-balanced. The sweetness seems mature and refined, not candied and childish. This beer tastes like an early sunset. It smells like the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. It does, therefore, exactly what a marzen is supposed to do.

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Aries Märzen Oktoberfest from Empyrean Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.