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Marzen - Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 87
Photo of jcalabre
1.89/5  rDev -46.3%
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

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Photo of charlzm
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed 06/03/09.

Very clear and quite sudsy, this beer is certainly well-carbonated. No aroma to note.

The flavor is very sharp and fairly dry. It is also completely lacking in the caramel, toasty malt flavors I associate with marzen. Hops are present and lend some bitterness. It would have been nice if the there were some sweetness for them to interact with, but I didn't note any malt character at all.

This is a very macro tasting beer and far too parching for me. I didn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
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...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to PaulStoneAnchor for sending me this one.

Pours a clear dark copper/orange color with a small 1 inch bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smells of malts, cooked veggies, and slight hops. Very faint smells all around. Taste is pretty average. There is a biscuit taste with some floral hops on the finish. Very slight bitterness after each sip. Surprisingly good mouthfeeel. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clear feel with each sip. Overall, this is a decent but pretty average marzen. Good to try but I won't get this one again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed copper. Off white head.
Smells of sugary malt and fruit. Possibly a light bit of toast.
Caramel and toast are big in the taste as well. A bit sweet and tangy from the yeast employed. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonated feel, perhaps a bit too aggressive. Overall this is an average Marzen.

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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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark amber color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – more malty than hoppy, but past that, I can’t discern any other aroma.

Taste – still more malty than hoppy, but within in the taste lies a spiciness that’s not in the aroma. It’s not strong, but it’s there. Aftertaste is pretty bland.

Mouthfeel – well balanced, but still leans heavily toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but not at all interesting or intriguing.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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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.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sudwerk Marzen Lager

A- Appearance is dark amber, very carbonated, and there is very little head.

S- Malty, piney hops.

T- Good carbonation, well rounded, very drinkable. Great session beer. I like that a local company (other than GB) is attempting this style. I will be bringing this one into the store because I've had requests for more marzens, and it seems to fit my client base.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Tap Room in the Coddingtown Whole Foods in Santa Rosa.

A: Reddish, amber color. Small head with no retention or lacing.

S: A bit sweet. Malty. No hops. Appealing, but doesn;t really call out to me.

T: Malty, bready, sweetness. Not bad, simply nothing special.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation. One I could drink or chug very easily.

O: Decent. Not my favorite Marzen, but it does the job. I could see drinking a lot of these very easily, not that I would really be inclined to.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color, medium head. A medium bodied marzen style beer. Malty and slightly sweet. Somewhat hoppy. Nice mild nutty and fruity flavor. Good taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Smooth taste. Aftertaste is dry and slightly malty. Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of SShelly
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with crystal clarity, light head.

Faint aroma of honey and caramel, very reserved.

flavor follows the aroma with a light caramel upfront, fairly smooth and malty finish, a little watery on the finish.

a decent marzen, nothing to really write home about but still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of vacax
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of supermetroid
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent cherry-amber with a thin head that doesn't feel like sticking around. Doesn't have much of a smell--subtle bread and honey, but that's about it. Has a nice, smooth burnt honey taste, with a heavy malt finish. Unremarkable mouthfeel--relatively carbonated I suppose. It's possible to put a few of these down, but I don't know how badly you'd want to.

All in all a decent marzen.

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Photo of mentor
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. I appreciate this gift and the opportunity to try a craft beer I've not previously encountered. Stamp on the bottle reads 091205. Poours a half finger drab yellow-brown head over a mildly cloudy brownish liquid. Well, red-brownish. Light-amber/brownish. What an odd color, I've never before seen a beer with this hue. BTW, the head is already gone, leaving a ring of bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Smells mild. Malty sweet with caramel, some toasted qualities, and a faint hint of soured grain. Hops...I'm not getting any. Tastes malty sweet with some sticky bready qualities. Not quite biscuit malt, perhaps vienna? Wet finish with a floral hop appearing in the front during the aftertaste. Noble, but not sure which kind. Some qualities of tettnanger, but not as 'dirty' as I usually find tettnanger to be. As I consider the aftertaste, I'm thinking I get some Munich malt. The beer has a dry 'catch' to it that's accompanied by a protein 'funk' that I find in many Oktoberfests. The malt character disappears quickly, leaving the mouth empty except for a little bit of tannin. Md body and md-heavy carbonation (which I find a bit distracting). Well, by the end of the glass, I'm finding the aftertaste not so empty. I now get a very later caramel (almost toffee) accompanied by the taste of iron and biscuits. This beer is much better once it's warmed a bit. I have additional bottles and will try to review another that's served cellar temp.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer to accompany my Undergrad Burger at The Graduate in Davis, even though the staff insists on mis-pronouncing Marzen.

On-tap it has decent head, nice burnt-orange color and a mildy spicy/woody aroma with hints of floral notes. Taste from draft is slightly different than the bottled version IMO, a bit more full flavored but with less bite. Mouthfeel is light and not overly bubbly. Very drinkable, great for watching a game with friends.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear amber, with a thick, tan head, more off-white than brown, small at first, but grows as the beer is poured, no real lacing to speak of, however, as the beer is drunk.

S: Light, some caramel notes, a bit of hops, though faint.

T: Quite hoppier than your average marzen, this is definitely an American interpretation, balanced with some light toffee and caramel, with a bit of apple to balance the earthiness of the noble hops, and possibly some Cascade, California hops, though I'm not sure.

M: Very good I thought, full-bodied for and Oktoberfest-Marzen, though overall, light and crisp and easy to drink, just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, I'd put this at just slightly above average, but it is nice to see a California brewery doing traditional German styles and session beers.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to arbitrator for this beer. The extra effort is greatly appreciated.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden amber. About one finger of light beige head fades rather quick leaving no lace.

The aroma is very sweet. Caramel malt, vanilla and spices meld with the typical modest hop profile of marzens.

The flavor is mostly spiced malt with hints of vanilla and grassy hops. Right about where a marzen should be.

Medium to light body. A touch thin with low carbonation.

Overall a decent marzen. Nothing special but drinkable. Very glad I got to try this one though.

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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.

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Marzen from Sudwerk Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.