Märzen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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85
very good
135 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Bone53
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly not the biggest fan of oktoberfest beers, but i found this one quite good and true to style. Sweet bready malt notes with a undertone of light spice and hops. One of the better marzens iv had, but greats lakes is a better option when in season

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Photo of rypkr
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pianoguy
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sorry that I have to give this one a low score. But I got to call em as I see em. Please see the last paragraph of this review as to why this beer may have been at a disadvantage.It may be better then this review,

From the beer of the month club...

Poured a light brown, copper body with a 1 /2 inch off white head that didn't last long.

I'm not getting much aroma. Just a faint apple smell, some type of malt?

Taste kind of follows the smell, there's not a lot going on here . A slightly bitter finish.(the bitter finish is good though)

Feel was slightly prickly

Overall this was disappointing. I have long been a fan of Oktoberfest beers but other then the look this didn't have a lot going for it.

This was from a 3 month Christmas gift of "the beer of month club" Why on earth was the February beer a Marzen ,brewed in march for Oktoberfest the year before ??!! If I ever get a chance to sample this beer when it is supposed to be sampled I might amend this review...












Had the beer of the month club as a gift for three months and this was from February

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Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. Caramel and toffee are the overall flavors. Medium malty with a slight hop bitterness. No significant hop character. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of robgage
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkrass
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bear1964
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled 09143B20457 at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma light, malty
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing none
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins with a light maltiness with some hop bitterness; no hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I consider this beer best in class

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Photo of irishevans
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TEKNISHE
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Corum47
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of PJM2989
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of classixIII
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev 0%

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 misternebbie
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Saxboy10
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Johnwf110
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DougAppleby
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -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 Durandal_777
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Märzen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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