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Marzen - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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Reviews by ejimhof:
Photo of ejimhof
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell - very malty aroma.

Taste - malt and caramel not too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and on the lighter side for this style.

Overall - drinkable beer not much of an alcohol presence

ejimhof, May 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear bronze with a fluffy well formed 1/2 finger head very rich and full in color,aromas of vanilla and caramel with some sweetish doughy qualities as well.Full creamy mouthfeel it almost coaats the mouth going down,pretty rich flavors for the style lightlky sweet and doughy up front with hints of vanilla and caramel finishing with a touch of peppery leafiness.Wow I really like this marzen its much fuller in texture and flavor than many but not overly heavy and I imagine probably very food friendly.

oberon, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ouncer sampled, label tells me that it was bottled on 10-15-04, and its best "90 days of bottling date" Its a tad stale, but only a few months which shouldnt make much differance. This one pour bright orangy amber, way too large bubbles, in the head and rising up from the bottom. Minimal nose, slightly off notes of cardboard and cabbadge, never good signs, I'm not in love with this lackluster, malt driven snoozer, theres better brew out there, much better...

Billolick, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of samtrillo
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

samtrillo, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's October so, 'tis the season'...
Pours a coppery clear deep amber with a small off white head that melted rather too quickly.

Aromas of sweet toasted malts and buttery vanilla along with some nuts.

Taste follows aroma for the most part. Toasted amber malt...a little smooth vanilla and caramel all coming to a nutty finish.

Nice drying sensation in the mouth from the light citrus hops as the sweet toasted amber malt slowly leaves the palette.

Nice Oktoberfest.

IntriqKen, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a coppery-brown with a short light tan head. No retention or lacing. Noticeable carbonation while looking through light.

Very pleasant on the nose. Nice sweetness. Caramel malt, burnt sugar and maybe a hint of sweet fruit.

Caramel malt right off the bat. Very well balanced with malt to mild hops. A very nice, cool hint of burnt sugar like cotton candy. It's sweet, but definitely not too sweet or heavy like sweet malty beers can be.

Mouthfeel Is very smooth, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall I think this might be the best märzen/Octoberfest style beer. I very much see this being a great session beer come September-October.

MrVonzipper, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -14.8%

dertyd, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy ruby-orange copper with a thin but creamy bone-white head. It's retention is limited but it retains a creamy collar that can be increased simply by gently swirling the glass. Lacing is minimal as well, but some spotty lace is left throughout the glass. The aroma is quite intriguing with an initial dose of softly sweet and mildly toasted Munich and Vienna malts; followed by some fruitiness that's reminiscent of strawberry and melon; and then a very distant hoppiness. Fresh and inviting! The body is firm, and enhanced by a very fine carbonation that just lightly tingles the tongue. It's oddly somewhat crisp and creamy at the same time; and then smooth in the swallow. The flavor offers a bold combination of gently sweet and toasty - almost juicy - malt backed by some spicy hop flavor and a bold bitterness that leaves it dry and peppery in the finish. It's not as supple or malty sweet as some of the classic German versions; but rather offers an interesting California twist with it's slightly increased bitterness. Well done!

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer. This marzen has some kick. I'm reminded more of Spaten Optimator than classic O-fest/marzen like Hacker-Pschorr. That said, I still taste the mild roasted malts and sweet, slightly fruity caramel. There's just a little extra licorice, like you'd find in a bock. The body is almost on the thin side for the flavor, and there's a very very slight astringency, but otherwise this is a mighty fine beer. Check it out.

tempest, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A deep amber color. A good finger of head that quickly broke down to a quarter of the size.
Strong orange and wet malt smell.
Taste apple, bread and a mild hop ending.
Low carbonation and a crisp medium body.
A good beer, nice to drink and wish about being at Oktoberfest. A little more malt in the flavor and body would really round this out as a Märzen.

Fatehunter, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

trocketsauced, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent caramel with one finger of tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Bready & fruity (apricot jam & marmalade )

T: Some apricot, caramel, leafy & woody hops up front. Slight boozey & soapy notes along with more apricot & woody notes. Finishes watery,

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation

Didn't really like this as much I hoped, an average Marzen at best

russpowell, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a clear copper amber with a thin off white cap and a light effervescent carbonation. Retention is a bit brief though the carbonation does support a light cap..

Moderate caramel dominates the nose and is accompanied by a light and earthy hop presence. Taste is slightly sweet of caramel yet not nearly as overwhelming as many of the style, and without the syrupy feel and finish. Bit of roasted malt is evident as well due to the relatively light residual sweetness, along with some blood orange on the finish. Feel is light in body yet full enough and matches the flavor.

Good drink for the style though a relatively light interpretation. Yet that suits me well.

HalfFull, May 13, 2010
Photo of Troyone
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a root beer color with copper hue and little to no head.

A sweet German beer (lager) smell with hints of roasted malt.

Taste has a sweet acetic flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth light to medium body, dry slightly watery texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic slightly chalky finish.

Marzen is the only Lager type of beer that I like except for some types of Bock. I like Marzen beers better than any Oktoberfest, I know there suppose to be the same but Marzen is more like a Vienna to me. Maybe I really like the Vienna style.

Sudwerk has put out a fine flavorfull easy to drink Marzen much better than G & B, which is acceptable. The smell is nice and the mouthfeel is some what smooth. I try not to keep to much of this at one time cause it's to easy to drink.

Troyone, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 4/6/2011. Opened on 7/23/2011. Pours to to a thin off-white head and small bits of lace. Color is reddish-copper. Brilliantly clear. Aroma is a pleasant hit of Munich malt and a weird sour note with noble hops peeking through. It does not smell particularly bad, just not what I was expecting. Flavor is a nice toasty, dusty, MALTY flavor you would expect form a Märzen / Oktoberfest. But there is that sharp, cheese-like note similar to the aroma. Nice hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. A bit drier than I was expecting. Mouthfeel is light-meduim and CO2 is moderate. Overall, this beer is good, just not quite what I would look for in this style. It could be a handling issue since the beer sat at room temperature for at least three months.

EagleTalon, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of bcm119
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with very little suds. Soft aroma of molasses bread and dark fruit esters. Nice toasty malt becomes quite dry on the palate with spritzy, lemony hops. Finish is snappy and the lemony hops come through for a mildly bitter finish-- very nice. Despite the flat appearance it has a vibrant mouthfeel. The malt profile is very true to style, reminiscent of a German oktoberfest; the hops seem a tad more lemony and the finish a bit snappier than that of a German version, which is a good thing to me. The only drawback is a lack of malt complexity like you'd find in, say, the Ayinger marzen. Theres just one layer of malt flavor here, but its a nice one, and it improves with a little warmth. Overall a dead-on Marzen-- drinkable and very well-balanced. I could see drinking many pints of this along with some sausage and sauerkraut.

bcm119, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bold, clear copper with a thin head but no lace. The aroma is caramel with bread crust and sweet malt. The flavor is heavy on the caramel with a hint of nuts and wood in the finish. It's mouthfeel is medium. Sudwerk Marzen is a good beer, works well on a cool night. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of scottoale
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650.5ml.brown bottle with label steting: Best within 90 days of bottling date: 01-09-98. I did not cellar this bottle, so keep that in mind.

It poured a dark copper-mahogany with a 1/2inch of tan head. Very little carbonation but it laces ok.

Nutty, roasted malt nose with honey-like sweetness. Some grassy hop presence as well.

Sweet roasted malt with some oak and some nuttiness, that is slowly washed away by the leafy grass hop finish. It tastes pretty good but suffers from deterioration.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery for the relitively full body of this brew. I don't really notice the alcohol, but would guess that it's under 5%ABV.

It's pretty average, a little on the sweet malty side...I'll have to find a fresher bottle and see how it compares.

scottoale, May 17, 2006
Photo of vacax
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark amber color with good retention and lacing characteristics. Aroma is nutty, malty, with some mild fruit to it. Tastes of pecan, nutty, mild-moderate bitterness with a grainy finish. Rather inoffensive flavors but on the safe side. Medium body with a creamy carbonation that is proper. Easy enough to enjoy this, but too simple for my taste.

vacax, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had a beer from this great brewery (854 days to be exact), and I number this one right behind their aged Dopplebock as my favorites from their great line of beers.

A deep burnished copper color on the pour with a modest beige head that is creamy in consistency and the lace a silky covering sheet. Nose is sweet malt; caramel, citrus crisp and fresh a real pleaser to the senses, start is loaded with malt, lightly sweet, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a mild acidity, the hops present but understated and the aftertaste quite dry, a real nice beer for the end of the day and the start of my evening.

Gusler, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of Slippinghalo
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Slippinghalo, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Clembo1957
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with initially a good thick head which thinned out quickly, Amber colored lager, brewed with five speciality malts though they're not listed on the label.

A bland taste, slightly nutty, an easy drink that leaves no lasting impression.

A pleasant enough drink but not a standout.

Clembo1957, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jcalabre
1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 31 January 2002. I am writing this revue from my notes.
Appearance: This 'beer' poured flat. I was clear and copper colored.
Aroma: My nose could not detect an aroma
Flavor: It was sharp on my tongue and generally forgetable. I would advise avoiding this beer

jcalabre, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light brown colored beer with a small tan colored head that doesn't last.

Smells sweet and malty with lots of caramel and vanilla scent. No real hop scent; this is pretty much all malt.

Starts out Sweet and a little woody. Malty without being sweet I pick some vanilla here and caramel, makes we wonder if oak was involved some how. Hops are just about right to balance all the malt.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. This isn't too sweet, but it is too sweet for regular consumption to me.

Zorro, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

caverog, Nov 14, 2013
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Marzen from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.