Heiner Brau Maerzen | Covington Brewhouse

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Heiner Brau MaerzenHeiner Brau Maerzen

Brewed by:
Covington Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
It means "March" in German. Monks used to call it "Das Fluessige Brot," or "Liquid Bread." Maerzen is a unique, fresh, dark brown Bavarian lager that has a malty “bread taste” flavor. It is well balanced with a fresh hop finish.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip earlier in the year, that took us to Mardi Gras in NOLA!!

A- This pours a partially cloudy brown color, with rust colored hues mixed in. The head isn't super big, but this does retain quite well, settling down to a puffy layer over the brew. It's clear enough to see the carbonation, and it looks to be of a finer variety. The lacing is quite nice to look at, leaving behind lots of shapely foam patches on the glass....oh do a see a deer?

S- I detect lots of sweet toasty malt going on here in the aroma, that has hints of brown sugar, molasses, and hints of cocoa dusted almonds too! The end has subtle hop presence but nothing much....

T- Much the same here, but the overall flavors are cleaned up and don't lumber as much as the aromas let on. Again, there are delicious tastes of sweet malts, some brown sugar, and some off sweet toffee/molasses. In addition to this, there is a distinct yeasty tone that lingers after the swallow. The finish shows more of the hop bitterness that the aroma teased, leaving this beer with a crisp ending.

M- I'd put the body of this brew in the medium category. The carbonation is more zippy than it looked initially but I don't find it abnormal for the style. At the same time, there is a robust character that makes this feel creamier than other Maerzen beers that I've tried. Very nice overall in this category.

O- This is a cozy, yet refreshing brew that I'm really enjoying as I do this review. The alcohol hides well, whatever the percentage is, and I find this to be a well rounded, quite drinkable beer. Give this a try if given the chance, or when in Bayou Country!

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a nice amber color, off white head. Smells of caramel and bready malts, not much on the hop aroma. Taste resembles the aroma but more pronounced. Big roasty and toasty caramel malts, bready. Mouthfeel was light to medium, well balanced and crisp. Overall very drinkable and makes a nice fall beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a plastic cup at the German beer garden at GretnaFest.

Appearance: amber with a half finger head that quickly dissipates. Lots of lacing

Smell: Malty goodness

Taste: Malts pop up nicely with a clean, hint of hops finish. This is what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Light with good carbonation

Overall: After being dissappointed with Heiner Brau's Kolsch, I was hesitant at first. But my wife had one and I loved it after one sip. Really one of the better Oktoberfests I've tried. Perhaps being on-tap brought out more flavors. You done good, Heiner Brau!

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Photo of wyatt
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - It looks good. dark amber color and a cream colored head that goes up about two fingers before it sinks back into the beer.

S + T - I have not Oktoberfest, but not Marzen before. It is a very tasty beer. I can taste the malt and it has a strange almost sweet taste on the back of my togue.

M - It is a little thiner than i expected. I would have preferred a bit fuller or thicker mouthfeel.

Overall it is a very good locally brewed beer. I will buy this again.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no bottled/freshness date & no abv % on it. Strange that abv % isnt on the bottle, first time I have seen that. Brought back to me by my old man after a trip to Louisiana.

Poured aggressively a transluscent copper red color with a one finger off white fizzy head that falls within a matter of 20 seconds. No lacing at all. After the initial poor the appearance is quite drab - literally it takes me a half a minute to swirl up a tiny head. The bottle cap came off really easy, so this lack of head retention may be due to that. I will edit this review upon drinking a second bottle.

In the nose I get sweet toasty bready toffee caramel malts. Smells pretty good - nice & malty.

Taste follows the nose, bready caramel & booziness. Starts off with that sweet nutty maltiness & ends with a little booze bite. Looks can in fact be decieving.

I have read that Marzens are supposed to be full-bodied, in which this one doesnt stand up to par. It is really thin - which doesnt necessarily take away from the taste, but also doesnt enhance it.

Overall, it is pretty tasty but the look & feel just really are not there.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this one is a beautiful clear amber color with about a finger of head. The retention is poor and lacing nonexistent.

The aroma on this one is fantastic. It's rich with amber and caramel malt flavors. Very nice but there really isn't anything complimentary.

The taste is more of the same. It's just a bold malt-bomb of a lager.

It's a little thin given how much malt is there, but still a very enjoyable beer.

A good one, one of Heiner Brau's better beers in my opinion.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle to a snifter, deep tranlucent amber color with small off white head that quickly left the scene and no lacing to speak of. Smelled of bready malts, little to no hop smell, and hints of dark fruits. Taste was in line with the smell only a little bolder and yeastier in a way that blended well. I like to try different beers and am glad I tried this but wouldn't go out of my way to sample again. Wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: copper with low head retention

smell: sublte hop aroma, some caramel malts

taste: veggies, like raw sweet potatoe

mouthfeel: light medium bodied

drinkability: proably the weakest marzen Ive had. Just a little werid with the taste of raw veggies

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Photo of tetu
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, with a small head.

Caramel Toffee and Bread smell

Slight hops in the beginning with maltiness filling in the rest, roasted caramel, and a bread taste throughout.

Medium body and wasn't as heavy on the stomach as I would've though.

I've always enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Quinnpin
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light, golden and cloudy. the head didnt las long.

S: not much in the smell but a little earthy and grassy.

T: this is where the grass and vegetables come out in a good way.

M: not much body or depth but very crisp considering how earthy it is.

D: over all it is a nice brew and will go great with our Louisiana food.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein.

Look - clear and copper in color. Very little foam, good carbonation.

Smell - a little more malty than hoppy. Slightly sweet smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Sweet in the beginning and middle. More malty in taste, hardly no bitterness at all. This might be considered too sweet for a lot of Bavarian beers. Texture is well-balanced.

Drinkability - Decent brew, but not terribly complex in taste.

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Photo of ccbrewer138
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too special about appearance. A fluffy pale head sits on top of this amber brown lager. The head quickly disappears, leaving nothing by at least halfway through the beer. Has a great smell, very bready and toasty, no hop aroma whatsoever. Tastes bready, just like the label says, also some toasted malt flavor. Different than a lot of commercial lagers that it is warming. Almost tastes like a nut brown fermented with lager yeast. Would be a great beer in my mind, but like all the beers I have tried from this brewery so far, becomes completly flat after a few sips. I would like to see a lacing of foam throughout the glass.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NewGeneric for sending me yet another obscure southern brew. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap, but fails to leave any lacing. Body is a translucent amber-orange color with lots of tiny bubbles racing upwards.

S - Toffee, bread, nuts, bananas, and lightly toasted grains. A little bit cloying, but otherwise quite nice.

T - Taste is less sweet, and more yeasty, with a hefty amount of bread and dough character. Certainly true to style. There's a tiny but of sourness in the finish that imparts historical accuracy, although I'm not entirely sure it was intentional.

M - Viscous, chewy, but slightly over-carbonated with a bit of burn on the upper lip. The body is sufficiently big to imply a higher-gravity beer meant for aging.

D - I drank a 12oz bottle pretty quickly, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again. Drinks like a meal, and carbonation is slightly off-putting.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist-capped bottled; enjoyed several of these on a mid-March trip to Louisiana, this is one of a couple leftovers. Poured to a pint glass.

Side label notes that 'Maerzen' means 'March', but also notes that southern German monks once called it 'Das fluessige Brot', or 'Liquid Bread'.

A: Perfectly bread-like amber pour, a 'toasted crust' that's amply cloudy and shows off a few rapidly-rising carbonation streams. A frothy off-white head builds to a finger, then fades quickly; the end result is a gauzy film and slim ring of fatter bubbles.

S: Hmmm. Modest 'baked bread' aroma, sweet and a touch nutty. Vague fruits, but hardly enough to make a lasting impression.

T: A tangy spice covers a fruitier lager, full of toffee and toasted malt. An odd souring in the finish, not sure if that is intentional. 'Sourdough' describes this well.

M: Moderately crisp, a light-medium body that really doesn't hold it's carbonation in the mouth...though the end result is a burpy/gassy feeling in the gut.

D: Easy enough to drink, a benign and unfiltered version that sips well, but isn't one I'd necessarily seek out again. Maybe worth a try, nothing more.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Americanbrew for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a small white head. The aroma is grain, corn and bready malts. The flavor is more of the same. Overall, the smell and aroma of the beer are not very good. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very average beer and not one to seek out.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heiner Brau Maerzen has a creamy, thick, off-white head, which is fairly thick. This beer is only moderately bubbly. It's color is deep amber and just the slightest bit cloudy. Aroma is of grain or vegetable matter. The taste has a barley or vegetable flavor predominating. While this is rather shocking and/or unusual, it is not unpleasant. This beer has a fairly good bite to it. Mouthfeel is medium. Heiner Brau Maerzen starts off smooth and finishes so. Overall, I really liked this one and rate it high.


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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz emptied into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear-ish amber with a 1-finger bone white head which receeds to a thin ring. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet barley malts come to the fore, caramel and yeasty bread begin to emerge as the beer warms.

M: Rather light, but with decent carbonation.

T: Follows the nose, malty sweetness with just a hint of hops. I detect some bananas and almonds here as well, especially after it warms. Crisp, dry finish. Very little aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable brew, but I did nitpick a bit. The body is too light for my tastes, there seems to be something lacking. My initial impression can be summed up in one word: Artificial. This beer checks all the Märzen boxes, but Americanizes the experience, right down to the spelling.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass as a translucent copper with a thin off-white head.

Smells very caramel-sweet with a hint of bananas and sugar candies.

Very sweet and malty. You can taste roasty grains and a gentle touch of fruitiness with the caramel carrying over from the scent. A slightly metallic taste in this particular sample. It's on the lighter side of medium here, with appropriate carbonation for style. To me, it would be easier without this slight off flavor of metal.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz. go-cup on the banks of the Mississippi in New Orleans. (Bought it at Sidney's on Decatur).

A: Poured an amber with 1-finger off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet, toasty malts.

T: Slightly bready/biscuity with some mildly sweet malts. Not much for hops but the maltiness is nice.

M: Pretty smooth, but on the verge of being watery.

D: Decent for a session beer. Glad I got to try it at least once. Wouldn't object to having it again.

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Photo of jizdepski
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours copper amber, with a quickly vanishing cream colored collar. no lacing. smells bready with sweet caramel barley malts. the taste is mainly malts, all the way through. there is a subtle hop presence, but not enough to balance it out. not much going on, just bread and malts. the finish is sweet with a slightly bitter muskiness. has a creamy mouthfeel, and the body is on the heavier side of medium. not much carbonation at all. drinkability is ok. i was not impressed by this one. you don't really expect a wildly complex brew when you're talking maerzen, but you at least want what is there to mesh well. this one doesn't have it. the hops might as well not even be there, and it felt flat because of the lack of carbonation. better luck next time.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.27/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear amber/copper pour with a quickly receding head. Very musty malt smell, like stale soda crackers. The taste is not an improvement at all, that stale soda cracker aspect is just killing me. Fairly watery also, this one just isn't drinkable.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass, thanks to theghost3 for this extra!

Pours a deep amber color with a slight reddish color. Smell is very malty and sweet, slightly toasty/bready. No hops here.

Taste is complex, but still light in body, very drinkable which is essential for an Oktoberfest. The maltiness is really just spot on, a very tasty fall beer.

I could totally see myself drinking this by the Liter in Bavaria.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours copper/amber with a nice, long-lived white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of caramel malt and a bit of sulfur (though it blows off after a few minutes). Some light hops. Clean amber malt taste with faint mineral notes. Pleasant light bitterness. It's really hard to fault this one; just a nice, true-to-style märzen.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one as an extra from theghost3, cheers and thank you sir!

Pour started out at average, the head goes pretty thin and has a creamy look to it, liquid is a blurry red hue. Upon closer inspection it has a ton of carbonation and some good lacing, bringing this to a solid 4.0.

Scent is a tad off from what I was expecting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Actually has a coffee kind of scent, reminds me of a slightly less strong Coffee Bender, but I have been known to confuse this scent with that of altbiers as well. No hops or booze to be found here.

Taste is quite good. I love the creamy and thick mouthfeel with just enough bubbly to back it up. More malt shows up here than I expected, and it actually has a taste that reminds me of coffee bender as well. This is a really, surprisingly good brew.

Overall, while it may slightly differ from the advertised style, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small and short-lived off-white head that dissipates quickly to a small ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is a balance of toasted bread and sweet caramel malts with a slight musty hop aroma in the background.

The taste follows the aroma with a big toasted bready malt backbone that has hints of sweetness and earthy hops on top. The finish is very crisp and dry.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with average carbonation and, as mentioned before, dry and toasted in the finish.

This is a decent session beer from Heiner though I probably enjoyed the kolsch a little more.

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