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Märzenbier - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: sachsich on 10-02-2011)
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Reviews by macrosmatic:
Photo of macrosmatic
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of heystevec
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +3.4%

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 vancean2
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MixieonaFixie
5/5  rDev +39.7%

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 Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sunofneurot
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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 dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UnderPressure
2.03/5  rDev -43.3%
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 +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.58/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Plonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Märzenbier from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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