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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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 35
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as an extra from a kind trader who sent me some beer from Alabama! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/15/2009.

The pour was decent enough, rich dark caramel in color with a light head of off white. Nice clarity revealed some hints of red around the edges. Lots of carbonation bubbling up with this one. Caramel and bready malts lead the way here, seriously big aroma of bread and grain with a light herbal hop note melded in. Smooth even flavor and carbonation with a light feel and smooth, sweet taste that was very easy to drink.

Overall a very solid example of the style. Crisp, clean, refreshing and very well done. I would have no issue with trying this one again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly hazy light copper color with a rapidly dissipating tan head. Leaves a thin sheen and collar with very little lacing left behind.

Nose is mostly sweet bready malts with a bit of toastiness and floral hop character. Pretty decent smelling marzen that is clean and fresh.

Flavor is a bit too toasty for me, combined with a noticeable hop presence makes this one seem very un-marzen. Has some lager yeast flavors as well as a light graininess. A touch too bitter and rough around the edges for me, I like the kolsch better.

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Photo of DannyS
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra from a trade with theghost3. Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Cloudy dark red amber with a thin yet resilient head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Slightly smoky and musty on the nose, like wet hops and/or fresh soil. Not a bad aroma, mind you.

T - A light bourbon taste with very light hops and lots of fresh grain. Also slightly spiced on the taste.

M - medium body and good carbonation. Substantial yet refreshing.

D - Good drinkability. A bit filling, but smooth and clean finishing. One or two would be great.

overall - A solid brew. Tastes like how a farm in spring smells, when everything's blooming and growing again. Definitely appropriate for the style.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer poured out a nice amber color with a decent size off white head which dissappears quickly. Lacing is VERY minimal if almost nonexistent.
Malty sweet and easy to drink. Hops is in there, but not nearly as pronounced as the malt - it is an amber. Solid and balanced with a great color.
So... Poured nice with very little head. Ring stayed around for awhile though. Smelled malty tasted malty, very good. Not a great deal of hops. Just very smooth. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with an off white head. Foam dissipated normally. Not much lacing.

Malty, yeasty smell some caramel, earthy smell.

Yum, nice balanced flavor, malts are not too strong, caramel just right.

Avery smooth lager, not too thin, silky going down. Reminds me of a good 15 year old scotch.

Gotta say, I was surprised with this beer. Went down very smooth, not bitter. A good lager even on a hot day. Good job H.B., seems like the South is coming out with some nice quality beers finally.

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Photo of theghost3
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered one of these at Buster's just down the street from the Heiner Brau brewery in Covington. Pours an orangy amber with very thin white head. It smells mostly malty with a hint of yeast. The taste is malt, yeast, and some faint hops, kind of bready. Mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of carbonation. This is a drinkable brew, but a little flat for my taste.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured out a nice amber color with a decent size off white head which dissappears quickly. Lacing is VERY minimal if almost nonexistent.

Smell: Nice and big malty smell. Very sweet smell with a slight hint of floral hops.

Taste: True to style this beer is malty. There is a nice balance between the sweet and the bitterness of the hops though. The hops add a nice floral character. Great aftertaste which is dry with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body brew with low carbonation.

Overall: Decent representation of the marzen style. Very easy to drink and one of Heiner Braus better beers.

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Photo of biggmike
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have nothing but good things to say about this beer. I was certainly pleasantly surprised. Poured a dark amber color with head that it retained for a while. Aroma was malty, but flavor was just perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was great and drinkability was off the charts. I was really impressed with this. Great session beer.

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Photo of barturtle
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is my second time buying A Heiner Brau product, the first was a Kolsch that they put out in a can (damn tasty) so this is my first experience with their bottled product...which seems a bit unfortunate...

While the beer seems like it is well made the inevitable has happened and it seems to be suffering a bit from light-skunk, leaving the flavors less than fresh and slightly sour. Also the carbonation level is on the low side...no expiration date or bottling date or anything to help to guide you as to how fresh it is...

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Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear orange amber with a small tan head.

Smell. Smell is light, but still malty. a bit on the sweeter side; i even get some bubblegum. A mild aroma, but nice.

Taste. Malts come out more here, but are still not that heavy. the balance is quite nice as though it isnt bitter, i still get a small floral taste. As it warms in my mouth, i get a bit more of the sweetness. Its not a heavy sweetness, or fruity, just a sugary sweetness. Aftertaste dries up a little and has just a touch of pepperyness.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, but slick. Carbonation is a little low, but goes nice with this particular beer.

Overall, i do not think this is a good representation of the style- seems a little light, but a very easy one to drink. It has a flavor characteristic similar to other heiner brau's (guessing it could be the yeast). A very easy one to kick back and have a six pack to, but not a typical maerzen.

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Heiner Brau Maerzen from Covington Brewhouse
3.58 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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