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DeGroen's Marzen Amber Lager - Baltimore Brewing Company

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DeGroen's Marzen Amber LagerDeGroen's Marzen Amber Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltimore Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002)
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purplehops

Maine

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%

DeGroens Marzen poured a light yellow copper color with a very thin white head that formed only around the edge of the glass and left little to no lacing. The aroma is very fresh and toasty with vienna malt and floral hops very evident. The taste starts with a good dose of toasty malt flavors up front and just a hint of sweetness. This quickly fades to allow for a slight citrus hop flavor to come forward. The finish is dry with the hop and malt flavors becoming fainter and fainter. Aftertaste was short lived with some vienna malt flavors there but dying quickly and just a hint of spicy hop flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean with a medium light body.
Overall, nothing special. Much lighter and less maltier than I would have expected. Nothing bad really but nothing to make me want to buy another one if there was something else to choose.

07-13-2003 22:31:41 | More by purplehops
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%

Crystal clear amber body is topped by a frothy white cap (rough pour needed to bring it up). Once the head is formed it holds fairly well and leaves a decent collar and thin surface covering. The aroma is surprisingly fresh, with bright noble hops and clear notes of Vienna malt. The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is quite straightforward, offering a distinct combination of juicy Vienna and sweet & bready Munich malts well-entwined with hop bitterness and a lightly spicy hop flavor. It finishes dry with a gently lingering toastiness. This is a crisp and clean, easy drinking version of the style that would fit in perfectly at today's Munich Oktoberfest celebrations. Very well done.

11-03-2002 18:52:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

Aroma isnt malty or hoppy. More of a butter smell. As the beer warmed I could get more malt.
Appearance is nice with a a clear copper/red hue and bright head which lasts.
Malty and bread dominate. No hop pressence but there is a "twang" I cant put my finger on. Almost like chewing on the grains themselves. A yeasty/lager/butter aspect follows. Perhaps diacytel from the yeast choice. The finish does clean out though making the palate ready for more.
This was a hard one for me to put my finger on. Its tasty, but there are better Okt-Fests out there. Its nice however that this is a year-round selection. So if you want a Marzen in February you can get one.

02-22-2004 06:23:07 | More by UncleFrank
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Just above average, this one. Medium color amber, quite malty, but a "weird" malty. Almost like the brewers let the malt rot a little while. It had that kind of taste, and I liked it. What's that say about me? Well, the beer itself had plenty of flavors, but they were quite different. A good beer. After I finished I had the urge to watch "Beetlejuice". Must be the beer.

06-20-2003 07:18:31 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

A thin bodied Marzen.. amber in color and light in mouthfeel and body.. the taste is malty with a slight hop tinge but not as much malt as could be used in a Marzen/Oktoberfest style beer. The beer is very nice has a good drinkablility due to its malty finish. The appearance is good throughout the glass though more malt could have been used in the process.

07-14-2003 10:28:17 | More by bierman2000
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Darkale

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%

Aroma is musty and slightly yeasty.

Very thin but resilient head, on top of a clear, penny-copper body. Difficult to detect much of an aroma.

Sharp, bitter, pungent taste. Acrid around the edges. Medium body, almost chewy.

Nice hops snap at the tip of your tongue.

Difficult to judge a Marzen in May! This one seems a bit too sour to me, with an aftertaste that is too yeasty.

05-17-2003 19:18:16 | More by Darkale
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured an nice amber hue with a large fluffy head dissapating quickly leaving decent lace.
Spices including some choriander first hit the nose followed by citrus and a tiny malt nose.
Sweet taste, distinct maltiness with apple and maybe plum followed by a fair portion of hops. Pretty great!

07-31-2004 23:33:51 | More by Ahhdball
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" slightly off-white head over the orangey-amber hued brew. Couple floaties in there, don't know what that's about. Acceptable lacing, and this offering has a sweet, malty aroma, with a touch of something fruity. Flavor is is all at once about malts and that fruity essense battling for dominance, kind of tart tasting overall. Mouthfeel and drinkability okay, but nothing really reaches out and grabs me.

05-27-2004 17:17:36 | More by ppoitras
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queenboadicea

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +21.5%

My favorite of the beers that I have tried so far from the Baltimore Brewing Company. I found that I liked this more than many of the other Oktoberfest beers after which this is styled.
There is a subtle amount of both caramel and bannana on the nose. The color is a pleasing clear golden reddish brown. There is a very good balance of malt and hops, with the malt dominating only slightly. However, the hops seem to predominate on its smooth, rather long finish. I found that this beer had the qualities of some of the better pilsners that I have had, more so that Baltimore's own Pils Lager.

04-04-2003 19:02:54 | More by queenboadicea
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Hefe

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13%

Tasted at DeGroen's on 6/6/06.

Appearance: Reddish/orange hue with a bit of a thick off white head.

Smell: Malty sweet, with a sprinkling of spice and a touch of floral hops.

Taste: Caramel malt and fruity up front. Slightly bready and spicy as it flows into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, nice carbonation. Nothing too heavy.

Drinkability: Good solid session brew.

06-06-2004 21:29:50 | More by Hefe
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

Golden with a light tan head (didn't really notice any amber tones compared to the other Octoberfests I tried this year). SPICY malt aroma and flavor but strange overall (not grainy, not bready, not nutty - just malty). Light bodied with a crisp finish...

10-25-2002 11:35:41 | More by RBorsato
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +4%

I've been drinking this beer for years, as my wife prefers it. It fares well as an amber lager, but doesn't have the maltiness I expect from a Fest style. In all a decent beer for a picnic.
An amber color that tints toward the brownish. The prime character is it's midrange maltiness. Good mouthfeel and tasty enough to have another. Not really my style, but a good beer to share with friends.

10-03-2003 18:26:50 | More by farHillsBrewer
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light bodied almost watery. Vaguely spicy nose. Starts hoppy and finishes slightly hoppy, I was expecting some sweetness since this is a marzen but didn't find any. $1.65 for a 12oz. bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

05-25-2004 22:21:41 | More by jdhilt
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: beer arrived sporting a dark amber color with some deep orange tones with a thin head.

Smell: the aroma was nothing too exciting, some sweetness was detected.

Taste: this is a nice balanced beer, and there seemed to be so slight fruitiness riding on top of the sweet malts in this marzen.

Mouthfeel: smooth. The malt lasts lingers gently on the tongue.

Drinkability: an enjoyable brew for a long session.

10-05-2003 01:41:27 | More by Gavage
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +13%

12-07-2011 01:52:58 | More by ROGUE16
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stegmakk

New York

3/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured a nice copper with little head and no lacing...
Aroma was a malty biscuit...
Taste...nice but not superb...good bready malt with some bitterness...nice blend but again not great...
Mouthfeel was good...smooth
I might pick up some of this for octoberfest with some non beer educated friends...might be a good intro beer...because its not bad but not over the top...

08-25-2003 17:02:51 | More by stegmakk
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

Recently, Marzen has become one of my favorite styles. This one just didn’t stand up to expectations. It’s a cloudy, hazy, amber color with only the shadow of a head. The foam quickly disappears, leaving a water, unappealing liquid behind. The aroma is mildly doughy, with a characteristic caramel and bread smell. It’s faint, however, and there’s also a metallic and acid-like smell that seems completely misplaced. Taste is moderately sweet, and the beer is under-carbonated and light in body. It’s drinkable enough, but overall was still a disappointment.

01-30-2005 20:12:28 | More by Suds
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WesWes

New York

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It is sweet with malts and yeast. It has a sort of wheaty smell that is very pleasant to the nose. The taste is also great. It is smooth and refreshing. It has the pale malt taste with a sweet wheat zing that tantilizes the tongue. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. It is a low bodied beer with perfect carbonation. It drinks well. I have to say, this is a great tasting beer. I coould drink about a hundred of these.

01-08-2004 00:49:13 | More by WesWes
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -27.1%

Appearance: Amber colored, clear beer. Fizzy looking beer without any noticeable head or lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hop smell at first, malty smell is more pronounced as this beer warms a bit.

Taste: Mostly a fruity hop taste, malty taste isn't really noticeable until this one has a chance to warm a bit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is way too high for this style. More closely resembles one of the Unibroue fizzbombs than a marzen style of beer.

Drinkability: Not a good Marzen. This one might be better if it were labeled as a different style, but falls way short for what it's labelled.

02-07-2004 05:13:32 | More by JackTheRipper
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -20.9%

Poured a lightly coppered color and was topped off with a thin white head of foam. The aroma is deep and rich, with caramel, butter toffee, figs and other fruits. The aroma makes you think this will be a rich and luscious beer, but I was disappointed with its watery body and complete lack of depth. This is a lightly flavored, light bodied beer that has a slightly fruity sweet finish. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

03-15-2004 13:38:18 | More by pezoids
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shippos

New York

1.93/5  rDev -45.5%

Poured a huge head with medium sized bubbles and dissolved into nothing after a short while. The aroma honestly reminded me more of a belgian ale than a marzen, smelled closely similar to a belgian ale I brewed. Way to carbonated for this style IMHO, gave a really good "spfft" when I popped the top. Thin body with highly carbonated phenolic aftertaste. Just noticed in the bottom of the glass...yeast?!! That would explain the exccesive carbonation. I'd probably try some of there other brews if on tap somewhere but I'm staying away from the bottles.

07-24-2003 03:57:49 | More by shippos
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dwarbi

New York

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

Not much of a head at all. A little island of bubbles in the middle of the glass. No lacing at all. The beer is an attractive amber color. Smells of some fruit and spice. Even a little wheaty. Tastes strongly of grapes, but also some hints of cloves. Crisp in the mouth. Poppy. Malty. A decent beer. I have two, so the other won't be much of a chore, but I'm not in any rush.

06-17-2003 20:48:59 | More by dwarbi
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

poured a light amber color with scant white head that almost immediately vanished. Smell is a nice mixture of hop and malt and is pleasing to the nose. Taste is dough-like with sweet malt characteristics.Finishes with a nice sweet maltiness, and a dry hop presence is also to be found. Good easy-drinking beer.

12-14-2005 01:06:42 | More by tgbljb
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yen157

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Light, medium-coarse, tan head on top of the golden amber brew. Foam quickly and completely fizzled away leaving nary a ring. Toasty malt was bright in the nose along with some spicy hops. Smooth up front, but finished quite crisply. Everything was in balance and nothing out of place except for some hard water minerally qualities.

I loved this beer on tap at the brewery last winter when I spent time in Baltimore. I’m glad this is one of their year round offerings because it is such a good session beer. I only wish I would find it in NJ. Until then I’ll be more than willing to drive to Shangy’s.

05-12-2003 06:14:29 | More by yen157
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

Strawberry blonde in color with a thin lace around the glass. Slightly bready sweet malt aroma. The smooth lighter body supports a light malt flavor with a drier hint of bread and a very mellow, almost non-existent bitterness. Very smooth and easy drinking, definitely my favorite here.

03-23-2003 14:43:50 | More by beernut7
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DeGroen's Marzen Amber Lager from Baltimore Brewing Company
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