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Märzenbier - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sachsich on 10-02-2011

The Märzenbier is an Octoberfest-style amber lager brewed with Vienna, Munich, and Caramunich malts and lightly hopped with German Perle hops. The Bavarian lager yeast leaves a clean, malt focused beer perfect for drinking by the liter outside in the cool fall weather!

25 IBU
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 23
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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 18 Sept. 2012 poured into a Sam Adams lager glass at about 42F.
A: Pours a medium orange-amber color with a bubbly tan head that has moderate retention and leave spotty lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.
S: Smells pleasantly malty with spicy hop tones and hints of citrus fruit and baked bread.
T: The flavor largely follows, The initial sweet malt flavor is soon followed by bitter earthy and spicy noble hops that eventually dominate the malts. The aftertaste is mildly bitter and slightly nutty and yeasty.
M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation making it a bit fizzy; semi-dry finish.

O: A decent Oktoberfest beer, although a bit more hoppy, less refined, and less drinkable than usual or ideal for this style.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Bomber served fresh and cold into a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy amber orange color with thin white head. It settles to a skim layer and leaves just a little lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty with orchard fruit and German lager yeast.

Flavor is balanced and drinkable with low bitterness. Multigrain bread, caramel, and a faint citrus note in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and enjoyable as a perfect autumn beer.

Overall a very good marzen and a style that deserves to be enjoyed this time of year.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured red orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, nutty, fall, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, nutty, nutmeg, spice, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me if I am honest. A lot of the right flavors were there, but the nuttiness seemed to dominate this one on me. While I will admit that this isn’t one of my favorite styles as the nutty aspect can be rather overwhelming on my palate. If there was a little more sweetness to go along with this one it could definitely be something special. Worth trying at least once if you get the opportunity and are a fan of the nutty.

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy beige head that settles into a light cap. 3.5

The aroma is doughy, big Munich malt nose. There is a bit of peppery spice from the hops. Some honey and caramel notes. 3.75

The taste is doughy with a steely caramel wave. Strong metallic notes mix with a light berry note. Spicy and grassy hops provide a needed bitter offset. Taste reminds me of a hoppy bock mixed with a Vienna lager. Tastes like a German brew with ample hop usage. 3.75

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet with an earthy bitterness. Nice balance. Slightly sticky in the finish. 3.75

A very earthy German style brew. It's good but probably needs to dial back on the hops just a bit. 3.75

Photo of MixieonaFixie
5/5  rDev +40.4%

How this brew is not ranked as outstanding and quintessential of the style I will never understand. I could drink my body weight in this stuff.

Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Dark gold, oranged hued pour. Half finger of white head.

Aroma, Bready malt. Light caramel. Lighter yet herbal German style hops.

Taste, Much more toasted malt. Well done peanut brittle. Peat and leather are heavy. Almost a pumpernickel bready-ness. Some of the herbal hops linger along with the leather and bread.

Nearly medium body, good carbonation. Drinks easily for a stronger tasting marzen. Would recommend this for the style.

This years batch seems well done to me. Guessing this doesn't age well, which should be no surprise for the style.

Photo of UnderPressure
2.09/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear copper colored beer. Not much head to speak of. Not much visible fizz either. Zero lacing.

Sharp, slightly metallic roasted malt aroma. A little bit of spicy hops.

A balance of roasted malt and hops up front with a funky aftertaste that is hard to describe. Kind of roasty, bitter and sour (not in a good way).

Medium bodied, under carbonated, crisp, dry finish.

I was excited to try this beer. Overall, it was a pretty big let down. I'm glad I didn't buy an entire growler. Sorry, Westbrook. I'll keep drinking your beers, but not this one.

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Growlers in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into a Westbrook Pint Glass.

A - Pours a Clear, dark copper with a thin white head that dissipated to a slight haze.
S - Crisp, clean aromas of toasted malt, caramel, roasted nuts, and herbal German hops. Quite nice, there's a lovely spicy/cinnamon quality to this brew.
T - Similar to the nose, nice malty flavors of caramel, baked bread, and roasted nuts with a clean Lager yeast and more German hops (Perle). Very drinkable.
M - Smooth and moderately crisp, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. This would be a nice session beer if it wasn't 6% ABV.
O - Really solid Marzen from a great brewery, glad I got to try this here in mid-October, it fits the season well!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice orange tinted light amber with a good two inches or more of head strewn across the top. A nice slow fade left behind more then an adequate layer of lace across the top and some very nice side glass lace when it was done. Smell was very nice, quite light and refreshing with a good amount of grain backing and a nice light earthy sort of hop tone. Definitely some spices mixed in as there was just that little extra kick to it. The flavor was pretty much on point with the aroma. A tight mix of grain and earthy flavors mixed in with a good amount of spice, maybe cinnamon or nutmeg, something fairly nice and had a good overall fall feel to it. Very nice light body with a huge amount of carbonation made it go down super smooth and kept it from feeling too filling. Overall this was definitely a quality selection and I am glad I picked it up. Superb drinkability and just a great overall profile. I really enjoyed this

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of earthy yeast and spicy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, starting out with initial flavors of toasted malts and bits of caramel and finishing with earthy notes of yeast and spicy notes of hops. Slight hints of maple syrup are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice American representation of a German Oktoberfest. While it has a lot of malty flavors in the taste, it's not that heavy on the palate and goes down rather easily.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Very light. Noble hop character, big malty backbone. Pretty good. Would probably drink a lot of this outside in a beer garden.

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of malt, hops, and caramel.

T: Tasted of light hops, caramel malt, and a small amount of spices. This is another one of those flavors that grew on me as it went along. It's pretty vibrant and very much in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Even though this beer has some rough spots, it's still very enjoyable and definitely drinkable.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

22 oz bottle, poured into pint glass

pours an amber color, minimal head. sweet malt aroma, a bit earthy. Taste is a clean, slightly sweet malt flavor, easy drinking. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours amber with a one finger off white head and OK lacing.

Aroma: Moderate cereal/maliard/ caramel aroma. Neutral yeast/hops.

Flavor: Grainy malt bill up front. Tastes like caramel malt and shredded wheat cereal. Light grassy hop character emerges too for a nice layer of complexity.

Feel: Light bodied and refreshing while still malt forward.

Overall: One of my favorite American interpretations.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger bubbly cream-colored head that dissipates rapidly. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy, bready, and slightly nutty malt with some lager yeast.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy, bready, and some caramel malt. Then, the spice starts to pick up with some bitter earthy and spicy noble hops. The spice almost has a cinnamon-like quality.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Earthy hop bitterness and spice lingers.

O – This is a decent Oktoberfest beer. In terms of the malt-hops balance, it’s shifted a bit too much toward the hops side for my taste in a beer of this style. I like my Oktoberfests to have a big and sweet malty character. While this beer does have that to an extent, the entire finish of the beer is dominated by noble hops. Still, this is a tasty beer and an interesting take on the style. Not my favorite beer from Westbrook, but it’s still a nice and drinkable fall beer.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to dogdoc for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: A deep copper to light brown in color, with a three-finger off-white head that lasts remarkably well. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Bready malt, a nondescript fruity sweetness, and maybe some caramelized brown sugar.

T: Sweet malts, some fruity esters, some hop bitterness, and a tangy, almost astringent acidic flavor. This flavor ruins the beer for me, although it did recede somewhat as the beer warmed over a half-hour or so.

M: Body is on the thin side, tons of carbonation (almost over-carbonated). Low alcohol presence.

O: It wasn't a drainpour or anything, but the astringent flavor on the palate ruined the beer for me. One of the few WB beers I've had that I didn't care for.

Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. A solid amber pour, cidar like with some active carbonation. A smallish off white head that faded quickly. Smell was true to the style with seasonal spices, carmel, nutmeg, allspice and pine notes. Taste was where it went bad for me. Noble hops take over the malts and put a bitter finish on this brew. A bit of a hop bomb which is not my speed. The front end is nice, but give way to over the top German hops. The feel is medium with plenty of carbonation and light on the tongue. Overall- Just can't get past the over the top hops that steal the complexity and malts. Just pretty average and will not be hitting another-

Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber producing 2+ fingers of tan, foamy, moderately lived head that leaves a wash of soapy lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, roasted nuts, dark bread, fruity with thin caramel/brown sugar & just a hint of hop essence in the background. Taste is toasted & caramel malt, bread, a hint of chocolate, roasted nuts followed by a tangy & faintly bitter hop bite & a metallic hint that intensifies through the finish & into the aftertaste with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy but lightly prickly, very dry & acidic on the tongue.

Photo of beer2day
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from GBX.

Amber to orange color with streaks of red showing through. 1-finger cap of foam, with little retention. Not much in the way of lace.

Caramel and bread malts with light pine and floral hops define the nose. About right for the style.

Lots of bread malt, touches of caramel, a bit of strawberry licorice without the sweetness and a touch of pine hops in the finish. A bit hoppier than most marzens, but I like it.

Body has a touch of syrup, but otherwise very drinkable.

A solid marzen with a hoppy twist on the style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dont know what the low ratings are for here. this is one of the more flavorful and yet dry takes on the style i can recall, certainly of this season for me. its dark amber, malty for sure, german, classic marzen type base to it, and a balancing hop finish. the flavor is like the nose, definitely malt driven, but where a lot of these devolve into molasses sweetness and tangy tannins, this one doesnt, it stays rich without ever getting sweet, and the lager yeast dries it out flawlessly in the finish. if i was going to have one octoberfest lager for the season, it would be this one. infinitely drinkable and really round in feel. sturdy abv but not over the top, and there are some real solid hops in the finish that bitter it up just enough. very authentic take, as good as any imported version. nice carbonation, lighter medium body, no complaints from me. this is what i like in the style.

Photo of sachsich
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Closed for Business. I dont think they brew any lagers. At least that what the tour said months back because they want to get beers out and not wait on the "lagering" process. Anyways, this beer was not malty at all like a marzen. Too many hops for the style. Didn't taste anything like a marzen. A thin IPA

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This is an Octoberfest-style amber lager brewed with Munich and Caramunich malts and hopped with German noble hop varieties. The Bavarian lager yeast leaves a clean, malt-focused beer perfect for drinking by the liter outside in the cool fall weather." Brewed in the style of a Märzen/Oktoberfest beer. Available as a fall release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamy head of a pale tan color over a moderately hazy orange body. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity malt, sourdough bread, pear and tart apple ciders, smells much like unfermented mash. Somewhat tea-like. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Bready, biscuity malt profile with a tough of grainy caramel and cocoa on the finish, slightly more gruff and malty than the aroma with less fruit and acidity to account for. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation generates a frothy texture for a sudsy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet and earthy over bitter. Alcohol presence is mild, there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Noticed my local store got last year's batch in this fall which means these bottles are quite old and likely not up to their prime. Nonetheless it's a somewhat enjoyable Oktoberfest-style lager with a great deal of malt character to go with it. 3.5

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s
Märzenbier
3.41/5.00

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $6.48 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-orange body with a finger and finger only of white foam.

Smell: Sweet accented bready, softly toasted malts with a slender waft of fruit and nuts. Very meager hop note, but I'm getting to this a bit later than I probably should. I was unfair and I apologize for my poor behavior.

Taste: Bready maltiness, lightly toasty, blended with a restrained toffee-like sweetness, a swell of fruitiness, toasted cashew, and subtle spiciness from the lightly bitter Perle hops. The sweet maltiness and almost berryish fruitiness persists after the bitter subsides on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Just on the underside of medium carbonation.

Overall: Not perfect, but smooth, drinkable, served alongside some grilled cheddarwurst from local Heywood's Provision.

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Märzenbier from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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