John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
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3.58 | pDev: 4.19%
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the John Harvard's in Lake Grove, NY. Served in a pint glass. Served incredibly out of season but hey, I love Marzen no matter when I get it.

Look: orange body with no haze or anything like that. A thin, white head that fades fairly quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Looks okay.

Smell: malty, some grain, a bit of Munich and caramel malts. Accurate for the style if not exceptional.

Taste: follows the nose with some toasted malt, Munich, and a little caramel sweetness with a bit of hops in the finish. Not a whole lot here but it represents Marzen pretty well.

Feel: medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and appropriate for the style.

Drink: easily sessionable. Though John Harvard's seems to make a point of never letting you know the ABV of their beers, this can't be more than 4.5%.

Overall: a decent Marzen even if its nothing spectacular. Worth a try if you're at the brewpub but I don't know if I would seek it out.

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Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the JH in Lake Grove, NY

A - Pours orange with a white foam head on top. Very clear.

S - Very fall scents of chestnuts, pine, and wheat.

T - A good sweet to bitter range on this. Could stand to be crisper though.

M - Good drinker; could easily be a good Oktoberfest beer.

O - Not overwheling, but one of the tastier beer at John Harvard's.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a amber/orange color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of toffee and nutty notes. It's got a caramel edge that's also quite dry. The taste is average. It has a grainy, pale and Munich malt flavor that's caramelized for some light sweetness. It goes down easy with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer, although it's a little on the grainy side.

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

On tap at JH. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor is sweet initially with some wheat and crackery malt notes and a fruity finish. The malt backbone is very nice. Super fresh and crisp. A surprising beer, especially considering that oktoberfest/marzen is not one of my favorite styles.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a husky grain and a solid caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a firm toasted grain with some caramel sweetness. Smattering of noble hop dried the flavor out a bit.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with an astringent finish.

Overall a very nice and very drinkable marzen. Pretty well balanced.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lace considering the thin head; amber color; clear

Mild malt aroma; light hop as aspected for the style.

Traditional flavor profile for a marzen. The malt is strong throughout the tasting; the hop is present, but only as a balance. The aftertaste is 50-50 blend of maltiness and hop. Fairly full bodied for the style.

Nice beer, excellent example of the style.

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Marzen from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 7 ratings