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Michelob Marzen - Anheuser-Busch

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260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It is an occasional offering by A-B, and only in sampler packs. Too bad, because I found it to be a decent beer and something I might buy more often if it was available by itself.

The color is darker than I expected. I tried Michelob Marzen in 2004 and do not remember the color being this dark then. Head is low and white and completely disappears before long. Aroma is subdued malt, not much in the way of hops or fermentation byproducts as far as I can tell. There is something disconcerting about the aroma, though, and I can't quite put my finger (or nose) on it. Maybe it is their typical green-apple smell mixed with the malt that is muddling things up? Hard to tell, but overall it made the aroma lean toward unpleasant.

The flavor is slightly carmel and nutty, but not much of either. Although there is some bitterness there, it is restrained and the finish feels more sweet than bitter.

In all, not a bad effort. I wonder how well it would sell with a faucet next to the Bud and Bud Light in a typical A-B bar.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 04:05:07 | More by bubrewer
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3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 02:55:37 | More by twi1609372
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2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another half-hearted attempt at an established style by A-B. Clear brownish amber color with a thin off-white head and nil lacing. The aroma is light malt and caramel. Light-bodied with a sweet malt character. Small nut and caramel flavors as well. The finish is lightly sweet with a bit of hops at the end. Another Reader’s Digest beer that is pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 17:32:01 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of proc


3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a copper color in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is faint and smells lightly of malt. The taste is pretty good, with a nice dose of malt lending itself to a very slight sweetness followed by a mild bitterness. This is a decent rendition of an Octoberfest. Its not a flavor powerhouse, but it is pretty straightforward. They should beef it up a bit and call it Michelob Octoberfest. A decent offering from AB.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 02:05:54 | More by proc
Photo of mynie


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

Certainly the pretteist AB beer I've ever seen. Dark amber with varying hues and a tight, two finger head.

Scent of soft, sweet malts. Grain, cocoa, and just a bit of corn.

That distinct Michelob taste--too much bad malt, is there, but it is quite subded. The mellower malts allow for more complexity, giving way to hints of creamy, sweet malts and and an earthen adjunct flavor.

Easily AB's best attempt to imitate craft brewers. I'd put this on a par with Bass and Harp and the other big "alternative" brands.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 03:35:51 | More by mynie
Photo of RBorsato


3.95/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a nice off-white head and active carbonation. Decent light nutty malt aroma and flavor. No cooked-corn character present. Light-medium bodied.

Gotta give some credit where it's due: not one of the best Marzen's but one of the nicest A-B products and would be a macro buy if readily available at the right price...

Per Label: 100% Malt

Per Sampler Pack: Available Only in Specialty Sampler Pack

Born On: 10/21/04
Tasted: 01/03/05

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 21:51:21 | More by RBorsato
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3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown twist top 12 oz taken from a holiday sampler pack. Born on date: 05NOV04, which I like even better than a Best by date. No abv listed.
Aroma: Nice lightly roasted malt aroma with a hint of hop.
Appearance: Very clear light brown/amber glass is topped by a thin coat of white small bubbles. Some minor lacing slowly followed the beer down my glass.
Flavor: A good first impression, malty with enough hops to keep it crisp, but at the finish there is an adjunct flavor that kind of spoils the party. The bottle says all malt, maybe it’s just their yeast that I associate with that adjunct taste, I don’t know.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a touch oily with a long linger.
Overall Impression: A fairly good lighter Marzen. Not really sure who Michelob is going for with this one. While Michelob drinkers are toward the top end of the BMC crowd, I see them mainly sticking to their own brew. Maybe as a holiday experimentation trying the sampler pack (as I did) they might discover beer can taste different. Unfortunately, this beer is only slightly different. Not rocking my world, not offending me, kind of like cafeteria food.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 15:06:49 | More by HardTarget
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3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of the Michelob winter pack.

Apperance is a medium amber with little head. Aroma is moderately malty. Taste has a nice rounded malt character which isn't quite up to the German standards of the style. Drinkability is very good.

Overall: This is a very good beer from AB, but it just does not come near the German standards of a great marzen. This is worth drinking, but isn't special.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 07:15:47 | More by Gagnonsux
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3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head on this was very small and short lasting...you could say as any other macro. The color is a decent medium copper but easy to see through. The occasional bubble heads for the top of the recommended (and included) pilsner glass.

A faint smell of malts but not much else. Better than regular macros, though.

The creamy malt taste is nice in the beginning with some decent malt bitterness in the end. Pretty good actually, but not as robust as some better ones.

The carbonation is moderate at the beginning but the finish is very smooth and deceivingly thicker than you would expect. Pretty good here as well.

This could make a decent session beer, it is very drinkable and I could imagine they could sell a decent number of six packs as a seasonal if they were inclined. Very easy to drink beer.

Overall, this isn't the most exciting or unique beer. It is a good one however even if from the 'evil empire'. Won't hurt to try a couple.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 05:12:14 | More by DPMomutant
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3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I rarely review beers here due to my busy schedule, but after buying the sampler pack I had to comment on this one. Despite some of the anti-AB feelings those of us that drink micros possess, I really enjoyed this Marzen. I do drink alot of the Marzens and have found that this one has a nice aroma which matches the taste well. I wish it was available by itself without having to buy a whole sampler. On another note, this is the perfect sampler to "convert" someone to true micros. Start with the usual swill (Michelob), move on to another he might have heard of (Amberbock), move to the slightly unique (Pale Ale, Marzen) and finally bust out some of your micro stash. Conversion complete!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:07:57 | More by Brew34
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2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours amber/orange with a one finger head on the pour with no lacing or head retention. The aroma is sweet and bready with a hint of smoke. The flavor is a sweet toffee-like malt taste with no hops present at all. The beer has a thin body and leaves a chalk-like film in your mouth, as far as drinkability goes, it's smooth as advertised on the label.

Reflection: This might be the only beer from AB that I would consider buying again, but its not worth drinking the rest of the variety pack to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 14:31:16 | More by Kookiekwan
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2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a bright iced-tea color into one of the specialty glasses from the Sampler. Thin off-white head looks creamy from above, bubbly from the sides. I've seen lighter Marzens but was still expecting something a little darker.

Aroma - just some plain, standard grain sweetness, nothing more.

Taste - a little 'darker' tasting than regular Michelob, but aside from that it is very similar. A little fuller tasting, but it really doesn't remind me of a Marzen. A smidge of hops, hardly detectable. Should be more here for the style.

Mouthfeel - decidedly thin, but a little more body than Mich regular. Lots of fizz gives it some added appeal as the warm weather picks up.

Drinkability -not as good as I'd hoped, but still okay. Not worth buying the other 15 in the Sampler just to get these 3 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 16:55:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 01:22:26 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Better than expected with a dark amber/orange body and a significant fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a decent frothy lace. Some rings stick to the glass.

Smell: Decent malt aroma but no hops. Also in the nose was caramel and a bready aroma. A little soapy smelling.

Taste: Better than any macro beer but not even close to a good Marzen. I just tasted sweet caramel malts throughout and a bready finish. A wierd astringent flavor shows up. Not really any hoppyness or bitterness at all. There is just no "bite" to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thin - what were you expecting from AB?

Drinkability? Pretty good drinkability since its like your drinking an oktoberfest with water added. You can really pound these things down. It is however one of the best tasting brews I've tried from one of the big guns. Too bad you can't find it - it's only available in the seasonal sampler collection. Would have been nice to drink these things in college instead of natty ice.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 05:47:33 | More by palma
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2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark-red shaded amber, with two finger off white head, laces in thick webs. Well carbonated, filtered very clear.
Very malty aroma, light sulfur, a little floral and earthy.
Sweet malt taste, no bitterness, caramel, some roasted malt.
Smooth feel, light body. Not worth trying with so many other octoberfests out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 22:25:20 | More by mschofield
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West Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 15:21:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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New York

3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/ amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is typical of most ordinary lagers with the exception of a slight hint of cystal malts. It is nothing special, but my expectations were low to begin with. The taste is better than regular Michelob, but that's not saying much. It has a darker feel to it. It's a bit more complex than the original. The mouthfeel is fine. It has the right amount of carbonation for this style. It is a low/medium bodied beer that is a fun beer to drink at parties. Your non-micro drinking friends will think they are becoming cultured.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 01:38:10 | More by WesWes
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3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow- pours a very inviting hazy red-gold color that makes you want to take the first sip. This was by far the best beer in Michelob's Sampler. Smooth, crisp and without any foul flavors which were presents in nearly all the other varieties. If they had this beer anywhere except in the sampler, I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 14:47:52 | More by TastyTaste
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2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 16:31:14 | More by ADR
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium-fine, fluffy white head that had some staying power. Deep copper color, pretty nice if I may say so. Thinly malt nose with only a brief hint of Vienna malt, probably only noticed because of suggestion. Even thinner in the mouth. Decent bitterness is the only plus here. Malt is limited to caramel and strange candy sweetness. While this is strides ahead of many macros, it is not a good marzen as it is billed to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 00:48:28 | More by yen157
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2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I should have known better than to even try Michelob Marzen. It's ugly brown appearance warns of what's to come. It's watery and flavorless, lacking the complex maltiness that a good Marzen should have. This is a painfully weak oktoberfest beer. A typical brewed for the masses macro

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 03:33:36 | More by bobinverted
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3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown with a bit of reddish copper. White head lasted about a minute or so, decent lace lingers on for some time. Smell is of caramel malts, and a bit of hops. The taste is surprisingly big on malt - caramel and toasted malt notes. Hop character is present and noticeable, but takes second stage. Has an interesting sweetness or maltiness to it that sits on the tip of my tongue, but I can't place exactly what it is. Not a bad beer, and I think I prefer it over Beck's Octoberfest. Probably the best one so far out of the sampler pack I purchased.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:55:45 | More by jlervine
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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 15:05:17 | More by Rifrafboy
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2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lighter aroma overall, but of appropriate qualities for style. Thin, fizzy head. Clear. Lighter amber color. Seems like even the looks lacks richness. Hard to get past the carbonation in order to find the flavor. Sorta' malty with a dry bitter finish of malt quality. Fullness from the excessive carbonation otherwise thinner than typical. Really average to below for style. Good looking label! (?) Even though made for the masses I don't think this is even a good starter beer for newbies.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 20:02:14 | More by garymuchow
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a good head that vanishes quickly leaving a little lace. Nice color - amber/tan. Nose has that distinctive A-B signature. I was hoping that this would be one of the better ones in the 12-pak but nope - seemed watery without any distinctive flavor, there are much better Märzens out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 17:35:53 | More by jdhilt
Michelob Marzen from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.