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Marzen - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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MarzenMarzen

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BA SCORE
80
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
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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jcalabre

California

1.9/5  rDev -46%

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

09-01-2003 02:45:31 | More by jcalabre
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BlackBeerDown

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -43.2%

12-11-2012 02:59:04 | More by BlackBeerDown
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od_sf

California

2/5  rDev -43.2%

09-16-2013 14:05:23 | More by od_sf
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charlzm

California

2.05/5  rDev -41.8%

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.

06-05-2009 05:56:06 | More by charlzm
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Billolick

New York

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%

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...

03-19-2005 00:12:53 | More by Billolick
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

05-06-2011 05:19:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-23-2013 07:28:56 | More by dertyd
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zaptone

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-07-2013 18:01:56 | More by zaptone
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-09-2014 00:40:36 | More by KevMo84
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

09-26-2013 00:28:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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scottoale

California

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

05-17-2006 02:24:42 | More by scottoale
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

02-29-2012 04:23:50 | More by Nerudamann
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

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

05-24-2011 02:34:15 | More by ejimhof
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Clembo1957

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

01-09-2012 13:01:44 | More by Clembo1957
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ToriBug13

California

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

07-17-2013 15:13:27 | More by ToriBug13
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

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

08-24-2011 13:27:56 | More by russpowell
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caverog

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

11-14-2013 02:58:29 | More by caverog
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SShelly

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

05-06-2010 14:52:29 | More by SShelly
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avaldivia

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

09-02-2011 05:35:02 | More by avaldivia
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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

09-26-2003 03:29:56 | More by beerguy101
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

09-20-2012 01:58:34 | More by B967ierhunter177
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vacax

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-07-2010 01:46:13 | More by vacax
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IntriqKen

California

3.38/5  rDev -4%

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.

10-11-2007 02:27:09 | More by IntriqKen
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mentor

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-13-2005 04:29:45 | More by mentor
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

07-24-2011 16:14:04 | More by EagleTalon
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Marzen from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.