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Märzen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full bodied fest beer, amber colored, very smooth.
"One of my Top 24 Favorite American Beers!" Beer Critic Michael Jackson
An amber-red lager fest beer, aromatically malty, brewed in the spring. Uses 2-Row malted barley and a combination of roasted malts. One of beer critic Michael Jckson's "Top 24 Favorite American Beers."

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,759
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
138
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by psinderson:
Photo of psinderson
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Attractive Medium red-brown with a strong off-white foamy head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Malty in the theme here. Very clean-smelling with fruit and vanilla undertones. No detectable hop presence.

Taste: Mild hop presence nicely balanced with malt. Clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body, very clean, non-offending in any way.

Drinkability: Goes down extremely well. No hop finish to speak of, just clean and smooth.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jifigz
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is a rich copper brown color with a nice fluffy and huge white head. The head lingered for quite a while and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted and roasted grains with hints of caramel and a tobacco like smell. There are also minor notes of fig and raisins. The flavor is very full and extremely delightful. The initial flavor is crisp and sweet before turning into the roasted grain and caramel flavor. The end hits with the raisins and the prunes and finishes with hints of tobacco and some more malty grains and just a touch of bitterness that rides the tail end. The MF is good and of medium body.

Overall, I think that this is a very good Marzen/Oktoberfest. It is rich and malty but still extremely drinkable and very, very easy for anyone to enjoy.

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Photo of cooch69
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carammely brown with some amber red highlights. This beer has a really small tight off white head.

Aroma of grassy and earthy hops, noble I'm guessing and a really biscuitty caramelized maltiness.

Upon tasting I notice that this beer is hoppier than their Oktoberfest and hoppier than any of their other beers I've had for that matter. Not to say that it's really bitter though, more like a more hop forward balance. Caramel malts and a nice semi sweet taste with a slightly syrupy consistency and a medium body. I guess this beer is out for all drinking holidays now including Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a clear amber color, medium whitish head with decent retention.

Smells of sweet barely malts and maybe a hint of apple like flavor.

Tastes similarly sweet with a minimal hop flavor as well. There's a toasted element there as well.

Feels moderate with smooth carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, easy to session. Wouldn't turn down another one if I had the chance.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes forth from the bottleneck rocking a lovely shade of auburn copper with good clarity and a sizzling head that rushes up and simmers down to a thin cap. Lacing is a stretch.

Toasty and semi-sweet with caramel malt grains, toffee notes, and earthy hop. A touch of praline to note with a malt base that exudes streusel crumble and a yeast note that depicts salty pear. Not too shabby.

Taste is a little drier than the nose, but follows suit. Quality two-row barley with generous toastiness and a hint of caramel. Some apple/pear esters and a good staunch bitterness, affected by German hop varietals. These offer earthy and nutty notes alomg with a wink of citrus. Finishes short, but the middle has burliness. Carbonation is good and sears the back of the throat with fizz. Body can just keep up with its medium viscosity. It drinks damn fast, and quit enjoyably so. A great Marzen. Fresh as hell, and a great homage to real German spring lagers.

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Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle care of Eric, thanks for gifting me with a couple different offerings from this brewery. The brew appears a hazed color of burnt copper. Some lighter orange to yellow hints are noted around the edges and an off-white cap sits atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a webby pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of caramel to toffee grain. A bit bready at times with a trace amount of herbal to earthy hops. Overall the brew smells sweet with residual sugar and toasted sugars. Fairly typical of the style.

The taste is just what you would expect based off of the aroma. Caramel and toffee sweetness from the grain that gets a bit bready and buttery towards the finish. The alcohol is noted with a minor fruity ester. Hops are present with a bit of contrasting herbal to floral bitterness. The buttery diacetyl lasts long into the aftertaste with a hint of herbal hop bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a fairly decent take on the style that is well balanced and the hops are restrained enough to be evident and contrasting to the sweetness but not too much. My only gripe is the buttery finish that lasts long into the aftertaste and seemingly leaves a clingy film in the mouth instead of that crisp snap of a finish I look for in the style.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Autumn orange in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aromas are very subtle:toasted and caramel malt with earthy grassy and herbal hop notes. Medium bodied with aggressive, crisp, tangy carbonation through the middle. Toasted malt flavor up front. Herbal hop flavors through the middle to the end. Finished clean and dry. Overall, a little short on the maltiness expected in a marzen. Nevertheless, a very easy drinking lager.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 22 May 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, 1-finger head reduces to nothing, average small-bubble lacing, color is amber.

Aroma is crisp and lager-like with a slight tang. Can't pick out much. No noticeable hops.

Taste is the same. Extremely fresh and crisp. One of the freshest beers I've ever had, and I can't even describe it!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man I have no idea why they lately stocked two Oktoberfest's at my local mix six place but they were worth a try.

A - pours darker than most Oktoberfest with a hazy brown orage and no head. Mild lace ring.

S - Mild hops, caramel and toasted malt. Not too bad.

T - Very minimal overall flavor. Mild toasty malt with very little toffee/caramel sweetness and a hop profile that is barley existent. At least overall it was drinkable.

M - Light to medium but needs more body and flavor.

D - Got to this one late and flavor suffered but drinkability is still pretty solid. Sadly I wouldn't see myself getting it again.

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Photo of BenderRodriguez
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Mattysox
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer in the glass- bright, clear amber color, topped off with a rocky, rich, off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves nice sticky lacing throughout the drinking of this beer. The nose is subtle, with some bisquity, malty notes, no real hops to speak of in the aroma. On the palate, the beer is quite smooth, fairly full-bodied for a marzen. The Hallertaus come out much more prominently to round out the flavor, mixing really well with the caramel, malty flavors. Overall, this is a really easy-drinking brew; nothing terribly exciting, but well-made and a good example of the style.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich and silky pour with great cap of tan foam nice red color.

S: Sweet caramel fills the nose and roasty malts.

T: Roasty malts and caramel with a slight hop in the back light piney citrus.

M: Medium bodied smooth and yummy.

D: Yes very drinkable, could drink the whole growler and still crave more.

Penn does this just as well as they do the Oktoberfest wonderful job guys keep it up!

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bobpgh
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I consider this beer best in class

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Ommegang flute

A - Pours a deep amber with a finger of off white head. Poor retention.

S - Very clean, with toasty and bready notes and a bit of sweetness.

T - Very clean and crisp to drink. Follows the nose, with toasty and bready overtones and a bit of sweetness. Pouring in the sediment makes it worse, with a not very appealing yeast flavor coming into the picture.

M - Light to medium body, with a slightly dry finish.

O - Overall fairly average and very easy to drink take on the style.

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Photo of IPAFrankieH
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep reddish amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading rather quickly to leave some light levels of foamy island lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and malty with tons of caramel and doughy smells. Along with the caramel are other sweet smells with lots of toffee and some brown sugar. Other aromas of a light earthy and grassy nature are there as well, but these are quite light, with the overall smell being rather sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel flavor mixed with a rather decent sum of a lightly toasted bready taste. Toffee flavors are present upfront as well, but these seem to fade as the taste advances. Like the toffee, the roast seems to fade a bit as well, being replaced by flavors that are a bit more biscuit like in nature. While these transitions occur some light hop flavors of an earthy and grassy flavor also come to the tongue. The caramel surges a bit at the end, with the other flavors mellowing a little bit, to leave a moderately sweet and malty Marzen flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average, to maybe just above average, side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is quite nice for the sweet and bready/biscuit flavors of the brew, while the average to slightly thicker body also upholds the malty and sweet nicely, but all the while do not take away from the drinkability of the brew. Overall, the mouthfeel is rather nice.

Overall – While not super extraordinary, this is a rather tasty Marzen. Very easy drinking, affordable and tasty. This brew actually seems like a better football weather brew to me as it is sweet, malty but not too big on abv. A nice one to try.

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Photo of king75
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of LehighAce06
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 138 ratings