Founders Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #25
Ranked #19,200
3.89 | pDev: 7.71%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Mothership Series #9: Oktoberfest.

Blink and you’ll think you’re in Bavaria. We went all in on tradition with our Oktoberfest, using imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish. Pours a gorgeous copper hue with a rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone. Our version is akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot. Prost!

IBUs: 20
Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 176 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a dimpled mug.
Canned 7/16/21

L: Clear, medium amber with orange hue, three quarter inch off-white head that quickly fades to a ring
S: Malty nose starts moderately strong but weakens considerably, mostly bread
T: Flavor is more robust and balanced than the nose, opens malty and semi-sweet and dries to a mildly bitter finish, bread and caramel, herbal and woody hop, light spice
F: Medium body and carbonation, soft but not creamy, medium crisp
O: Good, but not a must have for me

Yesterday at 03:06 PM
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Completely see through and dark golden in color with a gone white head. Sweet malt up front with some caramel on the nose. Sweet then with a slight bitter tinge on the finish with a slight caramel malt base, this is pretty well put together. Even has that “noble” type hop touch in there. Decently carbonated for the style. Quite good!

Yesterday at 03:19 AM
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-gold body with a medium-sized, albeit short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, toasted grains with a slight impression of sweetness. Lightly spicy, lightly floral hops.

Taste: Toasty, faintly biscuity and grainy with a brief bit of cookie crumb sweetness. Floral, spicy (a tad peppery) hops with a little bite of bitterness to it. Leans subtly malty on the back end, but then the hops and a mild warmth keeps it in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A welcome, slight smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid American-made iteration of a märzen.

Sunday at 07:27 PM
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant burnt orange hue. It is topped with an inch of fleeting head.

Toast, earthy light caramel

Toast upfront. Dry cracker through the middle. Some bitterness on the backend.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

Taste like a quality lager to me.

Sunday at 12:54 AM
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a 12oz. can poured into the 20oz. weizen glass. This is a medium, clear amber beer. The carbonation is heavy, very classic looking with a two plus fingers of beige head with nice retention and thick lacing left behind the one finger that did settle back.
The aroma is very noticeable from a distance. Yeast is the most noticeable, light caramel is there also.
The flavor is light caramel sweetness up front then the spicy hops and a noticeable bitter finish. There is a bread flavor here but the hops make it a little difficult to pick up.
The mouthfeel is medium light.
Looks great, the aroma is OK, but more yeasty than bready aroma. There is not enough of roasted malt caramel presence here, and too much of a hop presence for this style. This does not taste bad, but it is not what I expect from a Marzen.

Sep 15, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can dated 8/3/21. Poured into a nonic glass with nucleation grid.
Light cLear copper color; abundant three fingers of fine, cream colored head. Full curtain lacing and surface cap.
Very pleasant malty aroma, bread, ginger, pepper notes.
Sweet malt, bread, light caramel, very slight metallic tinge.
Good bitter aftertaste kicks in. Well carbonated. Medium bodied, substantial feel.
No faults, not a lot of depth to the malts, but enjoyable.

Sep 12, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 8/6/21, so a month old.

Looks very good in the glass. Clear pale amber body. Small white head gradually shrinks to nothing, only a little lacing.

Good strong malty aroma.

On tasting, follows the nose. A little sweet, faint spice note, but malts dominate. Delicious.

Mouth medium, finish lightly sweet and strongly malty. No aftertaste, so very clean.

Overall, very good interpretation of the style. Grabbed the last can in the mix a six. Excellent decision

Sep 12, 2021
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skisonic from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mouth-watering, clear medium amber with a healthy, persistent head. Smells a bit piney, pungent, with malty undertones. Pleasingly well-hopped, spicy, warm, delivered on a malty vessel. Flavors are well balanced, finishes clean with peppery aftertaste

Canned one month ago.

Sep 11, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far the lightest of the marzen srm's I've seen from the states, though not the only one for sale in 2021. Nice 3 finger head, mildly soapy texture, off white and settles to nice white crown, SRM 11/12. Light toasted bread notes, lager sweetness, a mild scent.

Massive sweetness up front, with a clean and dry finish. Hopping is generous with a nice rounded earthy spiciness that lingers in the finishing tasting notes. 20 ibus. At 6% this might be one of the easiest drinking oktoberfests I've tried this year alongside Hofbrauhaus Munchen Oktoberfest. A slight honey note, light graham cracker, and toasted bread flavor. At its core, even adhering to the Reinheitsgebot and importing ingredients from Germany.

This is probably one of the best marzens I have tried.

Sep 10, 2021
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Gmann from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber color with a tight off white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of caramel and munich malt, pepper spice.

The taste is of caramel malt, doughy munich malt and a good punch of grassy hops. Some metallic notes in the finish.

Light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but the grassy bitterness takes over. A bit of rust in the finish.

Good marzen, sticks to its roots for the most part. A bit heavy on the bittering hops.

Sep 10, 2021
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super-clear light copper with a fingers worth of fluffy head. Absolutely zero lacing. Smells all "festive"... er, sorry. Malts and grain, not overtly sweet (no caramel), at least on the nose. Smells fine. Tastes fine as well. A bit cracker-y and not as malt-forward as I've come to expect from the style. It's kind of weird. Drinks smaller than 6% ABV. Has a mild hop bitterness. Could perhaps be a touch more "crisp" and that's probably the first (and last) time I'll ever type those words in that particular order. I don't know; there's nothing offensive about this or anything, but it's definitely not the best 'festbier I've ever imbibed.

Sep 10, 2021
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned August 8th. Drinking roughly a month later. Poured into a shaker for tasting.

L: 4.25. This looks really nice. Nice bronze body with ample carbonation. Medium compact white head.
S: 3.75. German hops. Lightly spicy. Nice malty notes.
T: 3.75 Super bready. Spice follows the nose, light. Aftertaste brings that hop bitterness.
F: 4.25 Medium mouthfeel, but oh so drinkable. A good candidate for the 2L stein.
O: 4. Very loyal to the style. Liquid bread with slightly spicy hops. Recommended.

Sep 04, 2021
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tzbel013 from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As others have described, malty with very little hop bitterness to offset the sweetness. Agreed it is a typical American Marzen style but thought there would be more to it for a Founder's beer.

Sep 02, 2021
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TLWalsh from New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my pint glass crystal clear gold tone with a thick foamy vanilla head - dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma is dense and rich, taste is malty and like a toasted biscuit. Medium mouth feel with a crisp finish. As a Founder's fan I can say I appreciate the effort. This is a middle of the road marzen brew and it fills the bill.

Aug 30, 2021
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pale orange with good clarity. Initial bone white head quickly dissipates.

S - Grass, malts, caramel, grains, bread dough.

T - Light to Medium bodied, nice smooth feel on this. Opens malt forward, caramel, grains, yeast, grassy, bread dough, semi sweet, hops show up on the back end of the palate.

O - Really solid Octoberfest offering that will always be in my rotation this time of the year.

Aug 30, 2021
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Greywulfken from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good - even if nothing sets it apart from the masses - nothing wrong at all here - a very on-point representation of the style, though not any better than the German standard-bearers - basically on par with other quality American märzens like Bell's - rich malts, fairly sweet, with hints of earthy spice and herb... 8/9 canning date...

Aug 30, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent orange/ copper color with a healthy off white head. Smell is earthy,malty,mild hops.Taste is fresh dough,caramel.mild stone fruit. Have not had any Founders in at least two years. Feels well carbonated,medium body , juicy finish. good beer, pretty mediocre. Overall not bad. I see Sierra Nevada and the Founders get the same rating. Founders and the Sierra Nevada tastes well crafted in my opinion- I had a second opinion on a clean palate. My initial rating was too harsh.

Aug 29, 2021
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Suds from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a very pale, clear, gold color with a medium white thread. The aroma is a bit malty, with a lager surfer scent and a bit of bread as well. The taste is a lightly sweet, with a malt flavor. Typical Oktoberfest. Medium body, drinkable, but not exceptional.

Aug 28, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear orange/amber with a short lived white cap. Decent lacing. Aroma is mild, caramel malt, bread and just a hint of noble hops. Flavor follows the nose with sweet caramel and a nice hop finish. Feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall a fine Oktoberfest.

Aug 26, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can date 7/21/21 into the test glass
A - Dark apricot color, gently carbonated, a thin cap at time of pour, quickly receds.
S - Bready in the best way, a kiss of caramel, and grassy noble hops
T - Cracker expressed by the malts, a hint of brown sugar, on wheat toast, there is also a nice hint of spicy hop in there.
M - Clean on the palate, avoids the sweet marzen trap quite well. linger is dry and delightful
O - A very good and clean example. Glad they brought tis seasonal back this year

Aug 26, 2021
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DougT from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good color, nice white head but it dissipates quickly. Smells of yeast and malt with some sweat tones. It's the right smell but a little weak. The taste, however, is spot on. Tastes like really good bread with a hint of honey. Really delicious. Nice medium mouth feel, not to heavy, but heavier than a lager. A very drinkable marzen.

Aug 16, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2021 edition, canned 7/15/21. A single, gifted by a co-worker. Thanks, Amy! :)

Clear orange-amber, with 1/2 finger of quickly-dissipating head , that leaves a 1/8" ring, and some spotty lacing.

Smells of light toffee and caramel, with a hint of noble hop spiciness.

Taste is caramel, brown bread, and some of the aforementioned spiciness present in the aroma, being a bit more noticeable in the taste. Light lingering bitterness.

Feel is medium, with light stickiness, moderate very fine carbonation tingle , and a drying finish, which lifts it above most of its American brethren, in my estimation.
Overall, a very enjoyable Oktoberfest, that is worthy of a 15pk purchase.

Aug 07, 2021
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey colored with big off-white head. Lot's of malty aroma and flavor with lots Of caramel toastyness. Some nice coppery notes, brown bread, appropriate hopping, some burgundy wine or even bourbon.

This one is good and very true to style.

Mar 18, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Clear amber. Smells of caramel, bread, and light floral hops. Tastes quite malty, but never sweet. Caramel toasted malts. Light herbal and spicy hops. Medium light. Slick texture, but not from lack of carbonation. A very malty expression, but I like it.

Feb 22, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

De BeerRepublic. En copa Teku. Jugando a Fortnite. Una marzen muy bien hecha, con el sabor a la malta potente y agradable y un feel que invita a beberla de un trago. Resulta muy contrariante los escasos 33cl del formato en que viene

Feb 17, 2021
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