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Marzen - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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MarzenMarzen

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BA SCORE
81
good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

dmorgan310, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of BlackBeerDown
2/5  rDev -43.7%

BlackBeerDown, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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 pkalix
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice color, easy to drink, slight bitterness but overall mostly satisfying and enjoyable. sudwerk doesnt seem to be a very large brew capacity, and its beer and menu selection will not load off the their website. extremely average beer....more like a 'session beer' and not indicative of the original scope of a real marzen....

pkalix, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Rocketman8911
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Rocketman8911, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Nerudamann, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +12.7%

MarvinSnyder, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Clembo1957
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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 littlespeaker
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

littlespeaker, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of twobeernuts
4/5  rDev +12.7%

twobeernuts, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev +12.7%

jesus808, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of projhex
4/5  rDev +12.7%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Widmer Brothers Okto Festival Ale.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Fruit. Some spice. Nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Caramel malt and fruit flavors to match the nose. Sweeter than most Oktoberfest ales I've had.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: Sweet and smooth Oktoberfest. The appearance was a little disappointing, but everything else was quite good. I liked this slightly more than the Widmer Brothers.

SolipsismalCat, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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 avaldivia
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

avaldivia, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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 tempest
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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 EagleTalon
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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 ejimhof
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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

ejimhof, May 24, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 06, 2011
Photo of bbb099
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a good amount of tan-colored head. Small amount of lacing. Clear, deep mahogany color.

S - A pleasant aroma of malt and yeast.

T - Not a very complex tasting beer. Flavor composed mainly of toasted malt and mild caramel. Not much in terms of aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Creamy on the top and average amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable due to the lack of any foul odor or aftertaste. Though it could probably use a little more flavor.

bbb099, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
3.53/5  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.

beerwolf77, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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
Marzen from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.