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

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Moat Octoberfest / Märzen
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34 Ratings

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% 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 puboflyons:
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:38:14 | More by puboflyons
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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.5%

09-11-2013 21:35:54 | More by Bicyclette
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a cream head. Some lace, and a ring of retention.

Some toasted malt and some burnt sugars dominate the aroma.

Toasted malt with some toasted bread, a bit of caramel, and then it dries out. Some bread crust, a little earthy, and dried malt and bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Very solid domestic version. A drop of sweetness, not over bitter. Nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:09:23 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

08-31-2013 21:15:59 | More by tpauer
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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*Based on 25 ratings.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:19:42 | More by viverlee
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%

02-23-2013 02:15:25 | More by vonnegut21
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an incredibly clear yet deep brownish orange reminiscent of toasted and brightly lacquered wood. Two fingers worth of off-white foam on top. Dissipates slowly leaving just a few spots if lacing.

S - aroma is subtle yet sweet. Toasty and slightly grainy dark bread. Melted caramel. Hints of cookie crumbles.

T - big flavors. Fairly high yet well integrated sweetness with toasty and almost smokey overtones. Lots of caramel flavors. Hints of light roast coffee and hazelnuts. Almost like drinking a twix bar. Long toasty finish.

M - medium bodied. fairly smooth. Medium high carbonation.

O - a very nice US interpretation of a marzen lager. Flavors are bigger but still has a decent balance. This went great with some sesame chicken take out. something I would like to have again.

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11-19-2012 03:30:52 | More by Teleweizen2
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-10-2012 21:04:45 | More by jski
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-09-2012 22:47:57 | More by LostHighway
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3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 22:26:31 | More by Cavanaghty
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:34:21 | More by jdhilt
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4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:53:38 | More by Jason
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 02:57:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was orange colored and pored a fair head. Not the best for sure. The beer was bready smelling and had a nice caramel taste to it though not too heavy. Slightly sweet beginning and slightly bitter finish. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 22:18:40 | More by Minkybut
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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10-12-2009 20:57:43 | More by ppoitras
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 23:28:45 | More by donkeyrunner
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Moat Octoberfest / Märzen from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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