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Michelob Marzen - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob MarzenMichelob Marzen

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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 16.16%


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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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.04/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 23:53:30 | More by LXIXME
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RTitus

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow, its has been so long ago that I had this beer as part of a michelob sample pack. I liked it at the time, it was one of the first "premium beers" I ever tried. If I were to try to rate it today I would have to say that the appearance was the most marzen thing about the beer.
Smell, come on its an AB product, it had little smell a bit more than their normal lagers.
Taste, I remember it being semisweet with a little more biscuit malt. It was pleasant, but very weak for a marzen, there was none of the earthy tastes I would now expect from the style. Certainly not a great example of style, but will always hold a place for me, because without it I might still drink bud lite only.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 22:01:20 | More by RTitus
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MTNboy

Germany

3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is from some old beer notes I found while getting ready for a move.

Appearance: It has a light copper colored body. The head and lace were thin, white and disappeared quickly.

Smell: The aroma was the closest thing to a German Marzen this beer had. Caramel malt and bread like yeast tones that were pleasant to the nose.

Taste: It tasted alright but not true to the style. There were small Marzen qualities like biscuit qualities but that was really it.

Mouthfeel: Medium with hardly any bite.

Overall: My issue once again lies with the fact that it is not true to the style. It was an alright beer that I would drink again under a different name.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 06:30:30 | More by MTNboy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This to me was hardly a Marzen. I'll admit that I had some high hopes for this beer, but they were shot down upon the first sip. I found this to be just about the same as their regular Lager. The beer was a little darker in color but in way of taste is basically reminded me of the same thing. I didn't have them side by side so maybe that would make a difference. Either way it's still not a Marzen in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:54:37 | More by Knapp85
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, not much head or lacing. Plenty of bubbles

SMell - Malts, german yeast. Light hops and alcohol. Some sugar and sour apple also.

Taste - Very bland bitter/sour with malt background. Yeast is sour and the hops add even more sour to this beer. No sweetness or fruity flavor. SImple and carbinated.

Mouthfeel - Its thin and sour. Tounge gets sour, palette soured, then its all over after the swallow. Aftertaste is very yeasty and dry.

Drinkabilty - Typical macro beer. Nothing worth drinking again. Its low alcohol makes its easy to drink a few of. Needs more malt and hop balance, its way to sour. I wouldnt recommend this espically to someone thats never had a octoberfest beer before, cause it would leave a bad taste in there mouth, in more ways then one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:07:17 | More by wvsabbath
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

This Marzen from Michelob is a good place to start if you're looking to try an Oktoberfest beer. It pours a medium amber color with a semi-weak scent of spices. Upon tasting it has a mild taste of spices like clove and cinnamon that drinks rather smooth. This beer would greatly be improved with a little more texture and spices. Not one to rave about, but it is decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 21:30:24 | More by Lemke10
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is very very faint carmel malts.Taste is same a macro with very faint carmel malts.It goes down relatively smooth an Oktoberfest that actually would be perfect for summer months.Overall I would purchase again and recommend to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 12:19:03 | More by matty
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Mora2000

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:38:54 | More by Mora2000
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happygnome

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a copper/orange color with about a half inch of head the disappears quickly leaving a trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. there is a lot of carbonation rising to the top of the beer

s: caramel, toffee and bready malts are present in the faint aroma

t: caramel malts hit first followed by a hint of toffee

m: light to medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this is not a beer that I will be buying again, but it is not bad

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 21:54:54 | More by happygnome
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangey, peachy golden that is ever so slightly tinged copper. Clear with a few streams of bubbles. Bone-white head falls fast but leaves a touch of lacing.

S: Faint malts with light toasty note, some lager aroma, a bit of earthy hops, rather clean.

T: Well there is some toasty character and melanoidans, but it lacks underlying sweetness or really any depth and roundness to the malts. Not much of a backbone at all. Hops are earthy with spicy and herbal notes. They come across rather strong without adequate malts to balance them. Emphasis is on clean, rather than robustness. I'd take a bit more depth and richness - especially for this style.

M: Just under medium body, but with CO2 average or a hair more. Comes across as stretched and rather thin. Avoids seeming watery due to carbonation and dryness.

D: It has some of the right style characteristics, but seems grafted onto a light lager. A lawnmower marzen. That said, it does compare ok with some examples from over the pond. This is another one were a bit less efficiency (less fermentable sugar) would help this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 23:40:00 | More by SickGnar
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bnes09

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in color and completely see through. Pours a descent head with average retention. Some lacing. Lots of visible bubbles.

Smell is very clean. Mostly bread grains.

Taste is clean and crisp. Bread flavors. Weak earthy, grass hop bitterness. Not much else to say.

Light feel, high carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Sad to say that this is one of the better brews that Michelob (or AB) has to offer. Nothing offensive but very average and bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:43:48 | More by bnes09
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Marzen has a thick, off-white head and a very clear, copper appearance. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is almost neutral, and the taste is very mild, with some extremely slight hop spiciness. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Michelob Marzen finishes refreshing. Although an unexciting beer, this is enjoyable enough.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 18:03:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours about a half finger bubbly white head. Quickly settles. Dissipates completely. Not lacing to speak of.

S: Nice malty nose. Kind a pale grainy flavor, with a little molasses, and subtle hints ginger, nutmeg.

T: Malty baked bread with a slight hop. That's about it.

M: Seems a little washed out. The ancillary components in the nose disappear in the taste. Something of steely aftertaste.

D: Not bad. It underwhelms a little bit, but it's not a bad drink at all.

Atmosphere is okay. Not much to get excited about in the appearance, but the nose has some nice subtle complexities. Sadly, the complexities in the nose, disappear in the flavor. Very average and non-distinct on the palette. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:16:59 | More by bmwats
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 03:25:57 | More by secondtooth
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Polyhymnianmuse

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice drink. Pours a deep clear copper color, small head that doesn't last long. Not too strong of a flavor but quite good, something I could enjoy drinking a six pack of (which i got for under $7). Nothing too special but still a beer that I would purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:35:13 | More by Polyhymnianmuse
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne to a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 5/28 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat buttery, sweet caramel hops and very faint pine hops.

T: Taste is sweet caramel malts and some toffee notes up front. Buttery and bready taste fill out the middle, with hints of grain. Finish has a very slight hop presence, but you really have to look for it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisper body with a rather dry finish.

D: Goes down relatively easily, the buttery notes make it slightly off. Overall not a bad beer, but not a great one. I wouldn't seek it out, but a decent alternative than a typical macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:09:19 | More by Jayli
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tykees88

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color that doesn't have much head. Smells very nice, and I do get that bit of a metal ting smell but overlook that negatiivity. Tastes pretty good and goes down smooth, pretty typical I find for a michelob brew. I could drink a few during a card game and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 19:12:20 | More by tykees88
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 09240-DEO6. Sampled on November 27, 2009. It pours an attractive amber-copper with a thin head but excellent clarity. Malts and caramel are the main ingredients in the aroma with a slightly hoppy twist on the tail end. Enticing though. The mouthfeel is pretty average and nothing extraordinary to write home about. The taste is a tad bitter and boasts a good balance of caramel malts and mild hops. I found it to be pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:02:01 | More by puboflyons
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. 09239 born on date.(Aug 26th)

A - Clear and inactive, it's a brown-amber color with a creamy light tan head. Good retention with bits of lacing as the head slowly dropped. Once it got lower a whole sheet of bubbles covered the whole glass.

S - Aroma of toasted marzen malts with a low caramel sweetness. A dry hop finish with lightly floral, and a bit grassy, of a nose. A mediocre marzen aroma.

T - Good toasted marzen malts with an underlying malt and caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced with a low hop finish that adds a bit of dryness and just a light hint of earthiness.

M - It's smooth but crisp, medium-bodied and a bit dry to the finish with a moderately long-lasting good aftertaste.

D - Another decent offering from the Michelob "brewers series" or whatever they call it. A 6 pack wouldn't last long in the beginning of the cool fall air. A decent representation of the style coming from a macro.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 19:37:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
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righlander

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

smell is nice faint toasted thing going on a bit sweet but not too sweet smelling. a nice light amber in color with a bit more sticky of a lace than i expected from michelob. this is a really nice oktoberfest and i am really surprised. very drinkable and nice tasting. extremely clean and crisp taste. for me this is by far the best beer michelob has in their lame ass craft beer line up. it's got that faint toasty malt thing like a lot of marzens. i think if you were in a blind taste test this beer would rank very highly for the style. the fact that it's michelob kind of annoys me but this is a solid oktoberfest.

very good representation...a quaffers delight
extremely drinkable...good job michelob, you finally did something right...i like their pale ale, and their red ale too.
surprising

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:30:33 | More by righlander
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Seanibus

California

2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice clear coppery with a surprisingly good looking head - fluffy and fairly long lived. It even has a little lacing. The aroma has a little malt - not much, but it's there: toasty and grainy. The flavor is OK - too thin, but not offensive. It has some of that nutty, malt one would want from a Marzen, but little of that satisfying malt burn. The finish is rather sour and industrial, which is a disappointment after the decent showing on the other fronts. This is not a completely awful beer. If there is a better Marzen or Oktoberfest nearby, don't bother with this one, but if the alternatives are standard macro beers, then this is a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 20:41:30 | More by Seanibus
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mjurney

Texas

3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Amber honey color, clear, quite a few bubbles, small soapy head that disappear really quick, almost no lacing.
[Smell]: Sweet malts, I could detect some caramel, just a dash of spiciness from the hops.
[Taste]: Sweet toasted malts up front, slight caramel/toffee like, very light floral hops at the end.
[Mouthfeel/Finish]: Light bodied, carbonation is alive, finish off dry and clean.
[Drinkability]: Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 04:04:56 | More by mjurney
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramel, fruit, grain, malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain, caramel, spices and some fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a faint touch of hops to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, while there are others in the style that I would choose first, this beer isn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:42:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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joedon

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a big foamy tan head which settled pretty rapidly. Pleasant aroma of malt and a bit of caramel.

Taste is very average. Slightly over hopped compared to the somewhat thin malt base. Very slight malty sweetness.

Mouth feel is pretty thin for a Fest bier. Aftertaste is also weak; just a bit of bitterness and malt on the tongue.

It's drinkable but that's sort of damning with faint praise.

Like most other Anheuser-Busch attempts at "craft beers", this one comes up short. It seems like they are trying to not overwhelm their "mainstream" drinkers so the result is just kind of limp.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:37:38 | More by joedon
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a stylized "Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers" glass. Even after having tried the majority of Michelob's new line of "craft" beers, the pry-off cap still gets me. It's simply strange to see such a thing on A-B beers.

Pours golden-amber with a one-finger off-white head that falls away quickly to a thick crown, leaving a pretty trail of lace behind on the glass as it drains. As to be expected from a big-budget lager, clarity is no issue here.

The first whiff of this beer reminds of one thing: adjunct lager. Specifically Budweiser; there are many similarities here. Clean and somewhat grainy-sweet, with just the faintest whiff of hop spiciness.

Light in body and moderately-carbonated; the palate once again screams of Budweiser with perhaps a bit more toastiness. Mildly sweet graininess and a touch of sweet biscuit in the fore with some mild hop bitterness in the middleground. Clean finish with a bit of lingering sweet grain.

Extremely easy-drinking and inoffensive, this would be a no-brainer for the macro crowd, but then so would most Oktoberfest-Märzens, making this one a rather weak attempt. Another similarly-priced (actually oftentimes less-expensive) Oktoberfest, Genesee's Dundee Oktoberfest, wipes the floor with A-B's number, giving this beer no real excuse for shelfspace aside from the influence offered by coffers of its multinational brewing conglomerate parent company.

Craft a better beer, guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:44:45 | More by superdedooperboy
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Michelob Marzen from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.