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Michelob Marzen - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
70
okay

262 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2002)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness code that you can't decipher.

Bright and clear pale amber color, tiny bubbled off white lace holds together very well. Hint of toasted maltiness and spicy herbal hops in the aroma. A Very clean nose. Solid medium body with a decent smoothness with a slightly deep crispness. Toasted grain seems to be king of the palate as both a mild malt sweetness and spicy herbal hop try and topple it but to no avail. Balanced, sure. Clean semi-dry finish.

This sits some where between the lighter colored versions we are seeing some of the Germans brew and the darker versions that are brewed in the US. As with any beer from AB their focus is clearly on drinkability which runs quite high here without really affecting the flavor. This style is supposed to be very clean so they seem to have hit the mark. Certainly the better of the Michelob pack IMO.

Jason, Oct 20, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks hoppedup for the bottle eh I think...Poures a copper color wih a fizzy non existent head,aromas are sweet and buttery quite cloying.Watery thin mouthfeel goes down like water maybe adding to the drinkability but the one dimensional sweet flavors take away from the drinkability.Original recipe?You have to be kidding where did Adophus get this recipe one of the worst marzens to come my way if not the worst.

oberon, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was part of a sampler pack. The 12 pack was inexpensive ($8.99), so I bought it. The beers in the pack weren't too bad; this was the lowlight. The beer looked OK, copper color with a thin white head. Aroma was faintly malt (and I mean faintly). Malt taste with a tiny bit of hops. Just a very meek beer, don't want any more of these.

lordofthewiens, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of twi1609372
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting pick from the holiday pack. Overall good. Had a unique flavor, different i thought but still good. Smell and appearence were normal, went down with no problem. Only two i think in the pack do not much else to say about this.ONe of the darker ones in the pack i think.

twi1609372, May 05, 2005
Photo of generallee
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head is has a slightly off white color and it builds up thick and foamy. It slowly fades down to a wispy thin layer that just hangs on until the end. There is very little lacing to speak of. The body has a light golden amber color with very good clarity.

Smell: Its aroma is light and has a sweet grainy character with a very mild hop presence.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a simple light grain and mild sweetness with a good balance of earthy and floaral hops. The texture is smooth and slightly slick with mild carbonation. Its body is about medium.

Notes: Overall I feel that it is a rather boring Marzen.

generallee, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +0.7%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color. Not much in the way of head. Taste is kind of malty, but somewhat watered down. The A/B crap/chemical taste is there, also. This is I suppose on par with the other Michelob Specialty beers I have tried. Not altogether awful, but why subject yourself to substandard brew.

Rifrafboy, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature(don't laught yet) into a Michelob pilsner glass that was included in the sampler box. Pours a clear, copper amber, with an offwhite head that lasts about 10 seconds. Very spotty, patches of lacing. The nose is caramel malt. Light bodied and well carbonated in the mouth. Taste is sweet caramel malt, a hint of vague spices, and some mild bittering hops. They must have used all the world's best hops in the AB television commercials. One of Michelob's better offerings.

merlin48, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very light amber color with a white head. Definitely lighter than a lot of other beers in this style. The aroma is grain and grassy hops, nothing like I expected.

The flavor is also not what I expected. I get a lot of grain notes, as well as some lighter malts and grassy hops. I don't get any of the caramel and toffee that I expect in marzen beers.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Michelob makes some decent pseudo-craft beers, this is not one of them.

Mora2000, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev +0.7%

jefftuck47, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ADR
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a sampler pack...

Less than copper color, very clear but with a poor head that laces only marginally. Lightly nutty aroma, but some sourish notes dominate. Mouthfeel is substandard and fizzy. Malt is very even and unidimensional, light sense of too much raw grain. Finishes astringent and scouring with poorly defined hop identity. I'd give it shy of drinkable as well, the carbonation is annoying and the brew has no real sense of an expected toastiness.

ADR, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What's the point don't try to give a spiel on the history, when you going to not be true to the style your brewing. Appearance: Caramel amber tone with silky artificially carbonated cream colored head quickly dwindles leaving only specks of lacing. Aroma: No caramel malt sweetness or toasted malts just a Michelob graininess with a touch of hops there very boring. Taste: Tastes: Like a fuller Michelob Amberbock only with a touch of hops there, overall not a Marzen but then again not the worst beer just so built for the masses. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with no special characteristics, just a plain ol' mass produced attempt at a great style. Drinkability: If this is what your into the breaking of tradition to dumbdown great styles that have been the same for years than it's all you but I don't get much enjoyment from this "Marzen".

WVbeergeek, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of LXIXME
3.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full white head on a clear dark amber golden colored beer.

Mellow week aroma like most AB products.

The taste is mild but a bit darker and a bit better than most AB beers I've tried. Seems like the used either more or better malts with this product then I'm accustomed to with this company.

A slight Bud like aftertaste without much tastes sticking around with this light bodied beer.

Pretty much the standard fare from these guys, maybe slightly better with this one.

LXIXME, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another surprise from the BMC giant.
Pours a tea-toned orange amber with a white half finger the melts quickly to merely a faint ring.

Aroma is lager yeast and sweet malts.

Taste is the surprise here. Rich amber malt sweetness with a typical lager yeast backbone and very slight hop finish. Comes across as a very decent Oktoberfest...actually better (IMHO) than most of the German ones I've tried this year.

Aftertaste is nice and dry with just the memory of rich malt.
Mouthfeel is nicely creamy for the style.

My only complaint is the type of yeast used. I'm not a big fan of the BMC's usual choice of lager yeast and I think they might have used the same one here.
Still...nice Oktoberfest drinker.

IntriqKen, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz sample w/ twisty cap into a German beaker

The look starts of decent with nice,clear amber color and active carboantion, including a rather smooth appearing head, it quickly becomes much more lifeless looking.

The nose has an out-of-balance sweetness that catches my attention quickly, along with that is a pleasant, earthy yeast, black pepper and a musty effect. The hops are noticeable with a grassy and zesty edge. Really not bad.

The malt flavor pops out first with a weak and thin sweetness and is quickly dominated by the earthy, bitter but peppery yeast and hop one-two punch. The balance is strange as the hops become bitter and the malt fades away, the flavor's really stand alone pretty well but do not meld together in any sort of harmony.

The feel starts out crisp with a decent smoothness and as time goes by becomes lifeless, thin and boring. Oh well.

This now defunct line of beer's is actually a decent value, I got this mixed 12-pack for $8.99 which is obviously even cheaper than the average craft sixer! Still, it's not going to blow you away, but there is no residual, nasty after effects that make some A-B products totally undrinkable.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of asabreed
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice color with some brownish yellow haze in the body, not much head and not mich lacing.

Smell: Some malt and astringency, which is unpleasant. Maybe some slight maple? Too harsh to discern anything, really, which I've said too much about Michelob, but which I clearly feel is the truth.

Taste: Some malt sweetness up front, but way too unbalanced. Doesn't taste like any Oktoberfest brew I've ever had. Finishes, however, crisp and clean, with a decent malt sweetness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, slightly creamy I suppose, with a more medium than thin body. Best thing about the beer for sure.

Drinkability: There are way too many fantastic examples of the style out there, especially those that are domestic. This is pretty average or slightly below, and it seems like all the Michelob brews, for me, are pretty much the same with some minor tweakage. I'd love to be proven wrong, but so far it hasn't happened. Once again, it wasn't tough to finish this, but it wasn't a delightful experience.

asabreed, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sunset copper with red highlights, excellent clarity and a sea-foam head an inch high. Lace sticks in the forms of dots, but not a ton.

Mineral and faint DMS in the nose. That's about it. Smells like a typical mainstream lager without any of the bigger malt presence that this style usually exhibits.

Interesting flavor. Not at all what I'd look for in a Marzen, it's brighter and fruiter, with lemon and honey attributes sneaking through the mineral maltiness. Lacks the caramel-y goodness that should be here. Despite being somewhat atypical for the style, it's kind of refreshing and solid in its own way. But not truly impressive, no matter which way you slice it. I'm kind of ho-hum about it.

A tad too much carbonation, while I'm complaining. I was hoping for a rounder, more buttery feel (I'm remembering those on-tap German Oktoberfest beers I had about a month ago...mmm...).

So, it's okay, but certainly far from "great" or even "very good". My least favorite in Michelob's 5-beer mixed 20-pack. It could really use something...like a lot more malt.

Metalmonk, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a sixer of this at a gas station for around five bones....I've never seen this before, and I just couldn't resist.

A - Bronze gold brew with a small white cap. The beer is perfectly clear, and no lace forms on the glass. Looks pretty much like a macro lager, but a few shades darker....more into bronze territory than the usual yellow or straw.

S - Caramel malt is noticeable, but just barely. This smells a lot like regular michelob, but slightly more malty with a wisp of thin hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt and a thin and biting hop bitterness. Metallic nickel and penny flavors remind me of well water, and the hops are thin and green. Not bad.

M - Light bodied, aggressively carbonated, and acidic. This seems very harsh and cutting, and that might work to it's advantage with food.

D - Not terrible, but this really is nothing like an Oktoberfest at all. It's definitely a bit better than many other A-B offerings, but it still sucks.

pmcadamis, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of secondtooth
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale amber complexion for this one, with plenty of suds up front. I didn't get much in the initial scent impression, but first taste hinted at a soft honey flavor, almost. Definitely an easy drinking beer, with a slight hint of hops near the end. Subtle and enjoyable.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michelob Marzen pours a clear amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose expresses lightly sweet and toasty malts with a smear of hops in the background. The flavor follows suit, and it's quite nicely balanced between gently toasty and lightly sweet malt and floral and grassy hops. A firm bitterness backs it, and it finishes clean and dry with just a quick fading touch of residual malt. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp. It's very straightforward, very clean, very well-balanced, and very drinkable... just not that exciting.

NeroFiddled, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Born on date: 10AUG07. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is very faint with some malt and not much else. The taste much like the aroma is lacking much flavor with malt and caramel flavors. Overall, the right flavors are there, it is just "dumbed down" too much.

cjgator3, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born on 23 Aug 2007

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of pillowy pearl- colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grainy notes & a touch of caramel

T: Crackery with a hint of herbal hops & caramel up front. More crackery notes as this warms along with lemony hops. Finishes crisp, dry with a little caramel & leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied & pretty lively carbonation, more malt guts please!

Drinks alright, a little watered down for the style, but I'd take this over Shiner's stab at the style & most of the other BMC offerings

russpowell, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light and bright copper with 2 fingers of white head with a buttery yellow look to the color. Totally transparent.

S- A little bit sour but buttery and biscuity. Honey-like too.

T- Nice caramel back bone 2/ pleasant bitterness. Sweet and nutty.

M- Thin in the mouth and medium carbonation.

D- High. Low ABV and not bad taste.

Overall- It is a little above average. Decent change for the company, but you can still tell is is Macro produced. Watery and thin, but just OK.

MMAJYK, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

hophugger, Aug 07, 2014
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Michelob Marzen from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.