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Dinkelacker Märzen - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IchLiebeBier on 06-16-2013

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.89/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Delicious! Tons of bready, toasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly baked pretzels and biscuits, flowed by aromas of caramel and brown sugar, black pepper, and touches of floral, piney hops.

Taste: Just as delicious as the aroma! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, a black pepper, and touches of floral, piney hops at the finish. This is a massive malt bomb, sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very creamy with some carbonation to tickle the taste-buds. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an outstanding, Märzen!! Absolutely delicious! This will become a yearly main-stay in my fridge during Oktoberfest season, as long as it’s available and I can find it! (1,042 characters)

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark copper with good clarity, very appealing. Fair head retention.
S-sweet malty aroma, pancakes. No real hop aroma c/w style
T-very nice malty sweet taste but still drinkable, not cloying.
M-appropriate, not thin.
O-really like this beer. Went back to the co-op for more. Easy drinking for those fall days to come(hopefully) (333 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and fruit. Toasted malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and lager yeast. Fruit hints of apple and slight lemon. Sweet honey like scent as well. Hops are light. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a nicely sweet, toasty, and bready malt driven taste with notes of sweet caramel and fruit. Bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, cracker, and lager yeast. Fruit undertones of apple and lemon along with some honey sweetness. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on the German Marzen style. Good bready malt and fruit notes. (996 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber; medium head

Aroma: Malty; honey; slightly honey-like

Taste: Juicy start with hoppy bitterness notes; dry, hoppy finish; hoppy, but not overpowering; not bad overall

Remarks: Pretty enjoyable for a Märzen; good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (320 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: dark amber-orange hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam which stick around a good long time -- very good indeed.

Smell: lightly sweet and lightly fruity with just a dash of toast. There's even a hint of banana in there, so you know I love it.

Taste: more of that sweet fruitiness from the aroma. There's a little caramel here, and it's nice for an Oktoberfest if a little bit on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: if nothing else, it's a great-looking beer. Other than that, it's a straightforward Oktoberfest that's a bit on the sweet side but nonetheless rather tasty. (772 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to an uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: a little bready; a little Munich malt; sweet;

T: sweet malt; finish is lightly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice, but a little boring; (272 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is bready, malty, drinks almost more like a bock than a marzen. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and sessionable beer. (255 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Dinkelacker's Märzen a few days ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer and I've haven't heard of this brewery before and I thought I would give their Marzen a chance, so lets see how it goes. There were some numbers on the back, but I couldn't decode them. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into my Oktoberfest stein.

A- The label looks good, it goes nicely with the Oktoberfest season and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a real nice clear amber color that took one more of a brighter amber color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I really liked the color and head, but the lacing was lacking a little.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a apple juice and slight pear like aroma with a slight soapy aroma also coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, bread crust, light caramel, light toasted and light grainy like aromas with just a little bit of clean lager yeast coming through. This beer had a decent aroma, but I thought it was a little unbalanced with too much fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's just a little lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of low sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and it's the apple juice that sticks out the most and it seems to be the flavor that sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which are just a little lighter than they were in the aroma and they impart the same malty aspects with no single aspect seeming to sticking out the most. On the finish there was no bitterness with a apple juice and watery malt aftertaste. This was decent tasting Marzen, but it wasn't as balanced as I would like.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, fairly clean, pretty dry on the finish, a little watery, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it wasn't a little watery and I think it needs more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was just ok and I thought it was a decent example of the style, it had most of the flavors and aromas that I look for in the style, but that good balance just didn't show up and that's what holds this beer back from being a good example of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little crisp, fairly clean, pretty dry on the finish, a little watery, not filling at all and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one would be enough for me, the taste doesn't really make me want to come back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, the color and head were really nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it was off and it lacked the balance that all the good examples of the style have. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's very easy for me to find a better example of the style and I can't say I would recommend it either. This didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery, but I would be interested in trying some more of their beers and I would say this one falls right in the middle as far as the style goes. I wasn't impressed with this one, I thought it was rough around the edges, better luck next time guys. (3,514 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention isn't the best, however. There isn't much lacing left on the glass, either. Still, I think it looks good. (3.75)

Smell: A gentle graininess hits the nose, along with another gentle sensation of hops. Some caramel appears as it opens up a little. While there are no bold aromas coming from this one, it still smells well made. (3.25)

Taste: It starts off with a sweet caramel flavor, transitioning into a vaguely (and I do mean vaguely) hop-scattered finish. It sounds exactly like the last marzen I had, and for the most part, it's similar. Two differences: less diacetyl here, and a bit more balance. Still, it's not really a stand out. (3)

Mouthfeel: It's fairly crisp and well carbonated, but there seems to be a touch of lingering sweetness left behind. In addition, the feel is richer and heavier than over marzens...which makes it more difficult to drink. Ah well. (3)

Overall: This one is pretty decent. It's somewhat disappointing for a marzen coming from ze Germans, though. After all, we're all (justifiably) taught to believe that the best fest beers come from the land of The Scorpions, so it's a letdown when the fest beer in question is only ever-so-slightly above average. (3.25)

3.14/5: Not a Porsche 911, but hardly a VW Beetle, either (1,395 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden brown in color, topped with an off-white head and with excellent clarity. Good lacing as the head falls.

Nose is lightly-tangy, lightly metallic, malty in the right way (Vienna and Munich malts), and with no hop character that your average Citrus Hop freak would be able to discern. ;)

This is a reasonably fresh can (P: 2014 07 04) and I find it to be an average example of the style: Rich, sweet toffee (almost fruity) notes from the malt dominate the drink, and it's slightly higher than your average Pils in strength. Nice malt character to be sure, with no off notes, whether from warmed yeast or oxidation or anything else. Plummy and sugary-Rum notes, too.

Lighter in carbonation (as was their canned Pils, which I had sampled earlier) and maybe just the right amount to allow for a second serving (can.)

At the right price point this would be an excellent import, and would easily clobber most American attempts at the style. Of course, there are a few good American renditions of the style (and they are priced competitively), so this one fits in pretty well with those.

It may not be the best example in its style, but it is not "bad" by any means, and would certainly make for a good alternative to a so-called Tall Boy of "PBR" when out at the local hipster bars and Indie Rock nightclubs. (1,326 characters)

Dinkelacker Märzen from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.