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Vida Y Muerte Muertzenbier - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 29.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest | 6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-09-2011

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).
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 65
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Overall pretty average, nothing worth buying again.

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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This marzen is different. Nice and sweet but not overpowering. Great balance of German malts and spices. Tastes kind of like a cinnamon milk stout. Awesome beer! 4.50

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark bronze, that glows an opaque orange when held to light. Poured with a 1 inch fluffy head that dissipated fairly quick.

S: Rich carmel notes hit you, but are quickly replaced with the scent of green vegetation (hoja santa?). Fall spices then take over.

T: Sweet pumpkin pie are on the foreground, are followed by a wave of cinnamon and allspice, and again that vegetation. I get a third lingering flavor, sweetness remscinent of sweet vermouth.

F: Medium mouthfeel.

O: This is an awesome interpretation of marzen. A style that I never used to get into, it's a little sweet but that hoja santa really pulls through and makes itself known and balances the carmel. A unique beer that would be great for dessert. I also appreciate beers that fit their description, which this certainly does.

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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was okay. I was expecting a little bit more flavor. But it was a good take on the marzen style.

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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe stemmed porter glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Clear bright coppery-amber. Nice color. No head at all though.

Smell: Some hints of orange and cinnamon. A tiny bit of metallic smell as well.

Taste: Quite malty like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Definite biscuity and toasted malt from start to finish, with some spice accents. There is a mild bitter finish - somewhat metallic and astringent. I'm not picking up the Dulce du Leche caramelized milk sugar though among all the malt. Maybe its in there, but I just can't pick it out. There are aspects of noble hops at the finish, but they're muted.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy at first, then better carbonation. A little thin but sticky on the teeth. A dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: The description on the bottle sounded very inviting and like a neat beer to try. Afterwards, it's like Marzen but it misses the mark. However, it's meant to be a different take on this style and I think it does meet that different take. It's interesting, but not great. I think it's the finish of the beer I'm not enjoying. Maybe this bottle is past fresh.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Other End Beer Garden into a room temp tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a rich copper with an off-white head that settles into a thin ring around the edges with some lacing.

S: Wonderful in the nose. Notes of graham cracker, sweet caramel, orange candy and bubble gum. Makes me hungry for Thanksgiving Dinner.

T: So tasty. Again some bubble gum complimented by orange, caramelized malts and cranberry. A pleasant, non-cloying sweetness settles onto the palate.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation, this is an easy beer to drink.

O: For an Oktoberfest, I'm blown away by this beer. The flavors are a little on the sweet side but not overdone; it's a gorgeous beer that's hard to lay off of. This is far and away my favorite example of the style. Once again, 5 Rabbit puts their spin on a traditional style and comes out with a delicious, well-made beer. I'll be stocking up on this for the Winter.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Vida Y Muerte Muertzenbier from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
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