Hansa Marzen Gold - South African Breweries plc
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3.13/5 rDev +9.4%
We pour a golden, reddish-brown beer. The head is one finger tall and stark white. Retention is poor, and spotty, patterned lacing is left around the glass. Big aggregates of bubbles crown the liquid. Carbonation appears higher, with a chill haze, and no sediment. The aroma is of big toasted malts, with pale, light caramels. Adjuncts, crushed corn, flour, and baker’s yeast mix with synthetic plastics, for a bitter, yet sweetly balanced nose. Cold coffee metallics come out over time. Our first impression is that this guy is bitter, but well balanced. The flavor opens with adjuncty grain and more of that flour and corn from the aroma. Toasted pale malts, and cherry cough syrup, again, replenish that interesting sweet and bitter mix from the nose. The middle peaks with watery tin, toasted grain, toasted nuttiness, and stale grass. We finish on fuller, darker brown caramel melts, still on that background of adjuncty grain. Out of nowhere banana esters pop up, riding alongside more of that white sugar. The aftertaste breathes of caramel malts, faint coffee bean, and the saltiness of fish and seaweed. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is decent slurp, pop, froth, and cream, with a final crisp chalky dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fine.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the malt profile. It really deepened at points, with tasty hints of caramel, and even some coffee notes at times. Still, it was overly adjuncty, and overly bubbly. This beer is decent for the style, but won’t blow your socks off.
08-03-2012 21:25:21 | More by TheBrewo
2.75/5 rDev -3.8%
330ml can 5.2% abv
Appearance: Nice golden coloured beer, good off white head (lasts reasonably well for a lager) that leaves reasonable lace.
Smell: Light nose consisting of: Malt, a little bit of brown sugar and earthy hops.
Taste: Maize comes through here, slightly metallic, with a hint of hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Too light and slightly unpleasant carbonation.
Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable for a hot day.
03-12-2010 20:08:56 | More by Thehuntmaster
3.25/5 rDev +13.6%
thanks to my South African brah Onslow for this one.
this brew pours up a pale golden color with a decent white head. the nose is grains, corn oil, subtle sweet malts. the taste is surprisingly creamy, tastes the same as the nose, slight bittering, straight sugar in the finish, full bodied, medium carbo. This is an Export Lager. Dont understand where they get "Marzen" from. Maybe they used German malts. Who knows...
04-01-2009 22:34:09 | More by stumac
District of Columbia
2.93/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a golden amber with a small but very active head. Quite a lot of carbonation and some decent lacing.
Smells malty and acidic with some hops.
The beer has some initial bitterness with dry corn flavors in the background. A lightly hopped finish.
Overall not bad for South Africa, but the corn taste is overwhelming and harsh.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean but a little stickyness and good carbonation.
The drinkability is ok but not balanced enough to justify more than a few.
SAB describes it as a Marzen but it has almost nothing in common with the style.
07-24-2007 17:30:20 | More by SSBrennan
Hansa Marzen Gold from South African Breweries plc
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.