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Marzen - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%


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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Offa

California

4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, solid marzen, with nice cgharacter if a little thin and subdued compared to some others.

Light borwnish copper, it has a small, off-white head soon shrinking to a thin ring, leaving wisps and a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma is toasted grain, light caramelly bread crust, some apple. It's mellow but good.

The taste has more, a nice, fairly wel-rounded body with good sweet-bitter balance, a light sweetness slightly dominating yup front morphing into a light, slightly spicey bitterness at the finish. It has toasty, slightly caramelised, grain with spicey-peppery finish, hints of citrus (lemony) and a light aftertaste of a little grain dominated by zesty citrus. It's zesty, solid but not oily at all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 17:02:22 | More by Offa
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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer for some time, and since it feels more like October today than January, I'm going to pop it. 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Poured into my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, this beer is pale amber orange in color, reddish hues in the middle of it, with the head holding up pretty well. The nose makes me think of October, it's a spiced maltiness, the standard goodness of an O-fest. Into the mouth...carbnonation is quite strong, the body is medium. Sweet doughy bread and cookie dough sweetness. High malt sweetness. Bit of earth and dirt. Caramel emerges. Hops are spicy, leaving an herbal note in the aftertaste.

I'm not sure what, but served cold on what was a warm January day (it reached 85 F here), this hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 05:59:48 | More by DoubleJ
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bcm119

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:21:23 | More by bcm119
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IntriqKen

California

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 22:50:13 | More by Halcyondays
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date of 03.13.07, Sampled September 2007
The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, large bubbled, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue that visually shows a light carbonation. The aroma is quite malty and even somewhat sweet. Aromas of caramel, browned bread crust, touches of brown sugar, biscuits and a definite sweet, slightly caramelized malt character.

Much drier tasting than the aroma would have suggested, but it still manages to have a fairly substantial body and even some palate coating character to it. The malt character is definitely dominant here, but there is a fair amount of hop contributed flavor as well. The hop character provides a solid, yet not overwhelming bitterness in the finish, as well as a herbal, not quite minty character in the finish as well. The herbal hop note actually is found throughout the flavor profile, it just becomes more noticeable towards the finish, and in fact lingers on in the palate (as does the bitterness) quite a long time after the beer has left my mouth. Lest I forget the malt influence, it is definitely here and fairly substantial. It is not overly sweet, yet does provide a richly caramelized maltiness, a crusty rustic bread flavor, a touch of toasted flavors.

This is quite tasty, and it seems to be another beer that is growing on me more as I work my way through the bottle. The aroma of this beer really starts to open up even more after warming up a bit; it becomes quite a bit more complex in its malt character, with even some aromatic notes reminiscent of honey. The flavor too picks up a flavor depth and richness as it warms as well. Overall this is a really great drinking beer. I haven't really had these beers in years, but used to really enjoy my visits to the pub in the 90s.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:32:51 | More by Gueuzedude
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BrewMonkey

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2007 18:22:32 | More by BrewMonkey
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 00:56:32 | More by oberon
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SethB2

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clean amber color with not much of a head. Carbonation seems to be lacking a bit.

S - Roasted grain and sweet fruits meld for a nice smelling beer. A little biscuity, and not much hop presence.

T - Roasted malts are the first thing that crosses the tongue, but it quickly goes very melon-like sweet before transitioning to a nice bitterness. Pretty good.

M - Very nice. Medium in body and a bit sticky. More carbonation would be nice, but that's my only complaint.

D - No problem at all. These things are very easy to pound. I know that from experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 02:37:40 | More by SethB2
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scottoale

California

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 02:24:42 | More by scottoale
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DogFood11

California

4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a sparkling amber with an eggshell thin capper, lacing is marginal but it leaves spotted DNA.

pretty spicey hop presence which caught me by surprise. It works well with this malted chewyness and toasted flavors. This is one tasty marzen and dare I say one of my favorites of all time. This brewery in Davis, California will receive plenty of attention from this household.

Oktoberfest / Marzen hold a special place in my heart as it was one of the transition type beers I tried while in Germany for 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 23:38:15 | More by DogFood11
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mentor

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I definitely have a soft spot for this beer but is definitely not as good out of the bottle as on tap at the brewery, but what do you expect? I love the clear brown and copper color of this beer but it doesn't get much head out of the bottle. Not one that lasts, anyway.

A solid smelling beer but not stupendous. A little malt, a little wheat, some hints of floral and fruit.

There is a light malted flavor to this one and the beer feels good in your mouth. Very smooth and mellow with a little caramel flavor and a slight hop taste when you swallow. I realize that this beer isn't as great as I made it out to be in college but it has sentimental value and I could drink these aplenty.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 03:21:01 | More by misterscooter
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Billolick

New York

2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 16:29:21 | More by Troyone
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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

1.9/5  rDev -46.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 06:41:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 16:47:54 | More by Gusler
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Mark

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marzen is about he only Lager I seek out nowadays. This is one I have had before but not for sometime. Color is a deep copper, the head from this sample did not pour thick and disapated to a thin layer rather quickly. Lace was minimal. On the other hand taste is very smooth and drinkability is nice. Decent Marzen that is a no-brainer choice over say Gordon Bierch.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 21:28:44 | More by Mark
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red / amber body, with a creamy white colored head, which holds fairly well. On the nose the aroma is of malt. On the palate there is a slight hop spiciness, nice malt character, hint of caramel. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a decent Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2002 17:15:12 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Marzen from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.