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Aries Märzen Oktoberfest - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

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

(Beer added by: mynie on 09-06-2011)
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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

BeerWithMike, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

ZAP, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +7%
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

dbossman, Sep 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jzlyo, Oct 07, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -7%

ang778, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

djjumper, Sep 21, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +15.2%

DemoniChris, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

katterbe, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

BearMittens, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

ldsmith79, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

j-rod18, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

zeff80, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

OregonGrown7, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

beerdhabelly, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

Chucker17, Oct 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Herky21, Sep 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

sgttibbs, Sep 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

dbstuart88, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

JackieTH, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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

russpowell, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of shade13
4/5  rDev +7%

shade13, Jul 27, 2012
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Aries Märzen Oktoberfest from Empyrean Brewing Company
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