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Vida Y Muerte Muertzenbier - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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5 Rabbit Cerveceria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Märzenbier (Oktoberfest-style) brewed with dulce de leche and flavors inspired by hoja santa. Dulce de leche is a type of milk caramel widely used throughout Latin America. Hoja santa is a large leaf commonly used in Oaxacan cuisine due to the richness in its flavor and aroma. A new seasonal that celebrates the traditional Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-09-2011)
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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Thin caramel syrup with little lacing or foam. Nice in a snifter.

Smell: Very medicinal; reminds me of Coca-Cola with the bitterness and sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, very medicinal. There's definitely some sort of plant brewed with this. The waitress told me what but I can't remind exactly what it is. Very evident though. Tasty too! Definitely more bitter than sweet, but it balances both pretty well. Light mouthfeel like a lager. Crisp.

Overall: A cool take on a seasonal classic.

tjsdomer2, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

csmartin6, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of gtk1989
3/5  rDev -19.4%

gtk1989, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of ChitownEddy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ChitownEddy, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of jrpapajcik
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jrpapajcik, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a New Holland tulip glass at Bad Apple.

Yeah, it's a touch past the Day of the Dead (I apparently have strong hands...), but whatever... This stuff pours a clear russet topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, biscuit, light honey, very light cocoa, and a kiss of cinnamon. The taste holds notes of light toffee, mild vanilla, light vinyl, earthy greens, and light brown sugar. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent marzen, but that vinyl character in there really put me off, and there was no hint of the sweetness implied by the description.

TMoney2591, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

tfidler, Oct 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

larbush, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

sbricker, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

mpdrago, Feb 06, 2012
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ILLEGALSMILEs, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

jophish17, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dexterk1, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 5 Rabbit pint glass at Fountainhead 12/30/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a hazy deep amber with 1/2 a finger of creamy eggshell colored foam on top. A few specks of lace struggled to hang onto the glass. Liked the clarity of this.

S: Interesting combination of Pfeffernüsse and Windmill cookies. Holiday spices with dry toasty malt and a hint of roasted nuts.

T: Exactly as above.

M: Nice full mouthfeel with hints of spice and pepper.

O: Interesting take on this style. Heath and I typically don't gravitate towards Marzens but after reading the description we couldn't resist.

GbVDave, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

knobodi, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Gonzoillini, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Florida9, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jake Melnick's. Served in a taster stange.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin ring and a few wisps on top, but minimal lace is left behind. Lightly hazed amber body.

S - This is odd - the beer smells like gingerbread cookies. There's some lightly toasty malt character too, but mostly it's a mix of cookie sweetness, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. I'm guessing the spices are from the Hoja santa.

T - Again, quite strange for an Oktoberfest. There's a toasty malt backdrop, some caramel sweetness, red fruits, sugary cookies, and pumpkin pie-esque spices.

M - Pleasant medium carbonation, medium body, smooth texture, no alcohol, clean finish.

D - If you've ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a pumpkin spice beer with an Oktoberfest, this is pretty much the answer. It's definitely unique, and not entirely 'my thing', but it's solidly crafted and delivers what it promises.

MasterSki, Dec 09, 2011
Vida Y Muerte Muertzenbier from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.