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Moat Octoberfest / Märzen - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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Moat Octoberfest / Märzen
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BA SCORE
86
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A German-style lager. Endearing maltiness with biscuit and toasted malt notes, medium bitterness, amber in color.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2003)
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Reviews by Holden:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Holden, Feb 19, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Opa's Octoberfest; maybe they thought Marzen was too hard to pronounce. On the other hand, if they're using the term Opa, they should probably spell Octoberfest with a k, not a c. This was a pretty good beer. It was a dark amber with a small head in my 20oz glass. A nice malty aroma, with a hint of spice. Taste was a crisp malt, with some late hops. I thought I could also taste a little cinnamon. Very nice body, good to drink.

lordofthewiens, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the brewery on Sep 23rd 2012.

LOOK: Reddish sunset amber, perfectly clear, thin wisp of lacing after a fingers height of head

SMELL: Toasted bread, mild sweetness, dried grass, herbal, faintly spicy, very clean

TASTE: Smooth, light crispness, medium bodied, very malty, hay, toasty, bready, nutty, herbal hop, balanced bitterness, some hop spice, clean, semi-dry finish

Top notch, one of the best Oktoberfest to meet my tastebuds this year. Made the vacationing to North Conway that much sweeter. Great on tap and in the bottle.

Jason, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: dark amber color with a white head.

Smell: I actually could not smell a lot with this beer, light hints of malts and hops, very light.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Raosted malts is really all I could taste.

Overall: Typical Oktoberfest beer, nothing really special about this one. Mostly because I could not smell anything on this one.

Cavanaghty, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 06:38 PM
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dexterk1, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl.oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Sampled on October 6, 2012.

The pour is amber copper in color with ;pretty clean to look at with a small head that settles down after a moment or two.

The aroma smells like it should with a solid malty character up front and some breadiness too. The hop character is nearly invisible.

The body is around medium but on the smoother side

The taste starts out malty sweet with some bitterness sneaking up on the back end but ot overwhelmingly.

All in all Moat Mountain has succeeded in brewing a typical Oktoberfest Marzen but that's about it. It is likable and drinkable but it is not anything that stands out.

puboflyons, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

nebula1999, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ScaryEd, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and an herbal hop.

The taste was likewise upfront malty with some caramel and smoke notes. A spicy hop rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and brewery fresh marzen.

plaid75, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of illpass78
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a tankard.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a one-and-a-half-finger width cream-colored head. Decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Aroma is slightly muted. It's crisp and toasty, but doesn't have a huge malt presence in the nose.

Taste: Flavors include toast, biscuit and some slightly caramel-like malts. Some floral quality as well. It's refreshing and relatively flavorful, but, like the nose, it's not in your face.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I expected for the style.

Overall: Defent marzen-type beer. Not my favorite offering from Moat, but definitely solid.

illpass78, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moat Mountain actually brews this year round which I think is awesome. Lively orange with a small white head. Retention is pretty weak though not necessarily shameful for the style.

Smells of bready malt with a tinge of marmalade sweetness. Taste is similiar bready malt with orange marmalade sweet but highlight of this beer is in the spicey, hop hinted swallow. Carbonation is right on.

donkeyrunner, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Screw-top growler received as a gift from my friend Scott's dad. Thanks for the opportunity, Mr. Nims!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burnished copper brew. Head recedes at a reasonable pace, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Taste follows the nose, with a bit of fruitiness in the middle, and a moderately hoppy close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is quite good as well. Flavor could come together a bit better, but still a nice representative of the style.

ppoitras, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Bicyclette
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Bicyclette, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of sethmeister
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moat Mountain.

Appearance was a clear dark amber with a thin white film of a head.

Scent was mildly toasty, grassy and herbal.

Taste was toasty, bready, malty, nutty. Well balanced, not to sweet. Slight herbal hop note and bitterness. Somewhat bitter finish.

Mouth was a clean and crisp medium.

Very drinkable.

Nice solid marzen.

sethmeister, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of CSeavey64
4/5  rDev +3.9%

CSeavey64, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nutmeg and bready nose and flavor is light malty sweetness, bready. Aftertaste has some bitterness. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

jdhilt, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at La Festa in Dover, NH, and served in a pint glass. The beer pours a light orange-brown coloring, and hazy. A nice, creamy, foamy, dense white head sits atop the brew. Thick and lacing while you drink. Caramel and nut sweet nose, with a light background spicing. The beer's flavor is toastier than most Marzens, with caramel and nut sweet shining through. Spices of nutmeg and all-spice tage the end of the palate. Dark, syrupy sweet aftertaste, with a rich, almost cloying finish. Spice helps to cut the sweetness, but still a rich brew. Very tasty.

GarthDanielson, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

mklisz, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of jski
5/5  rDev +29.9%

jski, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this Marzan at the American Craft Brew fest in Boston. The ABV is listed as 7%. This was the best Octoberfest/marzan style that I tasted at the festival and very much worth seeking out. There is a large mouthfeel, a nice carmelized taste, and most impressively it lacks that cloying sweet flat almost cola syrupy taste of most other marzans and octoberfests. According to the brewer, the beer goes through decoctation, so what is left is a very nice caramel slightly honeyed taste. It is decently carbonated, the appearance and aroma are all about right. There is plenty of head on the beer as well. I will re-review this beer once I find it in bottles.

albern, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of irishevans
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

irishevans, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of viverlee
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It smells like breakfast, just not like any you’ve ever had. Wheaties in shallow pool of subdued grape juice, finished Tyler Florence style with a drizzle of hazelnut oil.

Yes, it is unusual to be drinking this style so early in the year. So yes, it is a holdover from the Fall. And yes, there is a good reason. A reason so good it deserves more time than I have at the moment, so no, I won’t be explaining it just yet.

But let’s do talk about the beer. I opine regularly (some would say too regularly and others would say “opine, more like whine you fucking baby”) about balance, and my perceived perception that some beer or another doesn’t have it. That’s not an issue here. It’s delicate, just sweet, lightly spiced and almost chewy. What’s most prominent is the breadiness, generic on its own but for the Disaronno like touch.

I like all these things as much as the next man. The dilemma of course is that I want to sip, yet feel compelled to gulp. And that’s not really how I want to enjoy my beer. A bit more heft – weight balance rather than flavor balance – would make this something really special.

Beeradvocate Rating: 86*

ratebeer Rating: Not yet available

Hayward Abbey Rating: 88

*Based on 25 ratings.

viverlee, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of mshallah
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fabyan's restaurant in Bretton Woods,NH. Looked darker than most mass produced o-fests just the way I like 'em. The malt flavor that dances on the tongue is superb. Just enough toasted malt flavor with ample sweetness provided by the darker malts and bittering hops to battle against them drawing to a bittersweet and yummy finish begging the next sip. The best Marzens for me this year have been local and very big beers for the style.

mshallah, Oct 12, 2008
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Moat Octoberfest / Märzen from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.