Märzen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 136
Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. green bottle with a twist off cap. The labels were off, but hey, it's Penn Brewery! All their labels are like this until they get that new labeling machine up and running. The front label has a really nice looking woman in Mardi Gras clothing with a Mardi Gras bead and a clover next to her. The back label had no date or even a place for it to be notched like the other Penn beer bottle labels. The back label did have information about the beer and the usual govt. warning. Nice green labels!

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a really nice amber color with a 2 inch fizzy head of foam. It dissipated away somewhat fast leaving some white lace and very few rings around the mug.

Smell: I didn't get much in the aroma except for a light aroma of sweet caramel, sweet malts, little juicy fruits and little hops in the background.

Taste: It was very malty in the beginning and then it went to the sweet caramel, and then finished with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Overall this was a nice clean malty taste. It's not a taste to get excited about, but still it was very pleasant!

Mouthfeel: I surely don't agree what the label stated, this really isn't a full bodied beer. It's more like medium bodied with a smooth aftertaste of malt.

Drinkability: I found this to be a pleasant highly drinkable spring session beer. I'm also glad this beer wasn't skunked due to its green bottle!

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

12 oz bottle from Beer World of Largo

The aroma presents grassy hops and loads mild caramel malt as it warms. Rich amber in color with a perfect thumb thick, quite lasting, creamy white head. The sweet fore is smooth with malts and even some mild nutty notes and a bit of toffee throw in. Very lively, tongue tickling carbonation. It’s pretty damn tasty and has a great feel to it. Damn nice beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the restaurant with some weinershnitzel and speitzel,pours a deep amber with a nice one finger head,aromas are malt hefty some cookie dough and caramel but didnt smell overly sweet.Spot on flavors for a the style in my opinion some light caramel and malted milf flavors with a dry anisy-like finish.A nice creamy mouth feel is a big hit here.Damn solid beer and food friendly but man I want the maibock wich they were out of.

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Photo of mjc410
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint mug

Appearance: Beautiful reddish-amber-copper color. Unfortunately, even with an aggressive pour, the head is restricted to a very thin foam, which quickly dissipates to a small ring around the outside of the glass. No lacing, either.

Smell:Definitely malty. Smell gains strength with warmth. It's pretty plain, but it smells great.

Taste: Malt in the forefront. You have to search for the hop bite, but it's really hiding in the background. Leaves an aftertaste that becomes increasingly acidic, but rather than being negative, it urges you to take another sip to start the cycle all over again. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without a doubt. Definitely not watery. Carbonation perfectly matches the thickness of the liquid.

Drinkability: I could drink this year-round! If this is how all Marzenbiers taste, I'm moving to Germany. Then again, I think I'll just move to Pittsburgh. The beer is smooth and light enough to encourage everyone to down a sixer.

This is my first marzen, and I'm so happy that I bought one. It's going to feel very bad when this sixer is gone.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a fomay, fizzy white head,

Smell: The smell is of gross malts. I don't know what it is, but I don't like it. Cereal maybe? Manure?

Taste and Mouthfeel: It doesn't really taste like much of anything. Basically a watered down verstion of their Oktoberfest. While it is rather thirst quenching, it has no good qualities to it, or even anything that stands out. The mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an average beer from Penn. They're really on and off, and sadly this is off. Has a really generic qualitiy to it that's really killing me. Just wait for the Oktoberfest.

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Photo of unit555
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this annual offering at the Penn brewery over the weekend and I was really impressed. It arrived with a nice amber color and an excellent head that persisted well into the glass.

The smell was light but had a sweetness to it. Nice full taste in the mouth that was slightly malty and only lightly hopped. This was abeer you could drink easily and enjoy a couple in the afternoon.

A most excellent sign of spring. The Martzen has arrived.

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Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color. Smell is a little faint. The taste is delightful. Very sweet, took me a while to pinpoint it, but caramel is definately what makes this beer. As i was drinking this beer, I kept telling my buddy, I could definatley drink a few of these. A very smooth beer.

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Photo of ski271
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Penn Brewery with a good German-style lunch. It is a dark amber beer with a dense off-white medium-sized mostly diminishing head with very little lacing. The aroma is dominated by roasted malts with a touch of yeast and very light fruity undertones from the hops... average at best. The taste is quite malty, a little hops kick but overall a maltfest. Very sweet and the finish has an even stronger caramel sweetness that lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, it’s is a decent beer that is enjoyable and drinkable. I know the style isn’t supposed to be a favorite among hopheads, but it could have used a little more hops to balance it out.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lime green bottle that actually bends over a bit crooked, adorned with a triple label. The front body label has an abstract parade woman and a shamrock with “pure barely malt lager beer” on the side. The back body label states, “Fest beer is a full bodied, pure barley malt amber fest beer. It’s smooth, mellow, and full of authentic German beer flavor. It will fortify you against winter’s cold or party you through Mardis Gras and St. Patty’s Day.”

This flowed out into me Stone pint as a dark hazy unfiltered orangey brown pour with a razor thin white halo cap, with tons of tiny sea horses microscopic chunks floating in the glass.

Huge syrupy malt punch hits me square in the face, almost like a Barley Wine.

First swigs: Coca- cola meets flat root beer maltiness. Warmed up style that begs to be “not-refrigerator” cold. Deep caramel and cake malts, and the most Buisquik flour taste your tongue can cook up. Somewhat dry and dusty, with a spicy caramel citrous hint. Lasting cloying hard candy aftertaste.

Buttery mixed dessert spices and medium carbonation make up a medium bodied brew.

Last swigs: Marzen, eh? Malts for sure. All malts. Hops? We don’t need no stinkin’ hops. Virtually Butterscotch and Sugar Daddy flavors all the way. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the bottle to check out.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of shapudding
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ambery, and so incredibly unclear and cloudy. Peppered with sediment. No dating on the bottle. Bit of white head left quick leaving a tiny bit of a ring a slight clouding. Scents of fresh bread dough (yeah, I love my bread machine!), little bit orangey maybe, yeasty and malty. Medium bodied with perfect carbination, nice and low so not too much shooting around your mouth. Nice and semi dry taste but yet your mouth stays wet. Lightly hoppy, slightly sweet. Caramel malts. A little sweet in the aftertaste, almost makes me think of an artificial sweetener? Not bad though overall.
Decent flavors with not too much intensity to hinder drinkability.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very crisp from a firm, consistent, and proud bittering. The hops are a little grassy, spicy. Tastes bready, but more specifically doughy like pancake batter. A little toast. The yeast is very clean, true to German lagering, highlighting the noble hops. Soft German hops on the nose, too, but hardly noticeable. The hops work with the malt which provides an ideal and quaffable medium body. Graininess works with the grassiness of the hops. Caramel. At first taste I even got some candied cherries without the sweetness. Overall, too hoppy for the style, but still quite dynamic though it sadly lacks any real depth of malt. Closer to Bohemia (a Vienna lager from Mexico), however, than a rich German marzen, but none the worse for wear. Maybe even German pilsener with a hint more malt. Absolutely dry finish leads you in a necessary next sip, and another, and another. A wonderful session beer.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A really profound Marzen, IMHO. This brew showed out with a decent head at the start, and lingered with a lace thereafter. The aroma was somplex, yet simple with good sweetness and malitness as the backbone. A highly drinkable brew, the flavor is hardly overpowering, to say the least. One of my favorite Marzens.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With all the hoopla over big hoppy beers, I'm happy to say that I'm a dedicated malt head, and this beer fits my tastes wonderfully.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color. Head is a thin layer of foam, no real lacing to be seen.

Smell: Malt. Maybe a hint of a dark bready smell. Smell isn't as good when the beer was cold as it is now that it has had a chance to warm slightly, it's now a bit more complex and has improved a bunch.

Taste: Wonderfully malty, it's sweet without being too sweet, bitterness is there, but is definitely in the background. Doesn't really have much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a hint of sharpness at the onset. Full bodied but not overpowering. Carbonation is very well done.

Drinkability: Another reason to look forward to the winter months. I wouldn't really want something like this in the summertime, but right now, this beer is going down very easily, it's nice and warming, it tastes good, this one has it all. Very nicely done.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red oak in color with an eggshell colored head that settles right away to a thin collar. A fair amount of dregs are noted.
Malty aroma with a slight vegetal character. A clean mineral aroma is also present.
The taste is clean, crisp and malty with that mineral edge which I'm assuming is a product of the Penn Brewery's water. Hops are mild, but come on a bit stronger mid-glass. Sweeter and maltier on the finish, but I was left with a lingering hop bitterness for quite some time.
Medium body and brisk carbonation. A nice solid offering. Thanks to francisweizen for all the Penn beers I've recently sampled.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. Color was an amber, with good head. Smell was very sweet malt. The taste was that same sweet malt, with hints of caramel.......a very sweet beer. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could have a couple more before the sweetness became overpowering.

Eliot Ness is probably the great beer of the Marzen style, but this certainly holds its own. While not quite as well-balanced as the Ness, one or two of these is always an enjoyable treat.

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Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle and a touch of that funky skunked aroma but it is very slight....that gives way to caramel covered apples....pretty good nose but not real strong.....dark reddish gold in color but cloudier than I like for this style...body is medium...slickish...a nice caramel maltiness to this, and a nice tight German hop finish...reminds me of Schell's Octoberfesf from my neck of the woods....I don't really care for that hop bite in this style ,but it does lend a nice balance to go along with the caramel sweetness...A much anticipated tasting for me and maybe I expected too much...this is definitely good but not in the superbeer category (although many including Michale Jackson disagree with me)...

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

An above average Marzen beer from the local Penn brewing company. This beer was not freshness notched but the back label mentioned St. Patricks day and the Spring, so I am assuming that this is a fresh sample. It sure tasted fresh! It poured a wonderful dark amber, copper colour with a small head with decent retention. The aromas were heavy on the malt and light on the hop. The mouthfeel was heavy, but not too heavy and the drinkability was great!

Another impressive beer from Penn brewing!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark nice copper/amber color with a nice creamy beige head that has good retention. On the nose there is the aroma of bread and a big caramel sweetness. On the palate more of the same a very nice caramel sweetness (more then the Oktoberfest brew), bready, malty and hints of hop bitterness come through near the end. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A great seasonal from the Penn brewing company...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must make this clear, that of all the Penn Brewerey products I have tasted (Pilsener, Dark, Gold, Maibock, Weizen) the Marzen is my all time favorite. It pours with a copper amber tone to it, along with a thin white head that leaves a lace as the glass empties. From the aroma, I am getting fruit tones (grapefruit?) or something citrusy possibly the hops and a load of sweetness from crystal, caramel malted barley. The flavors spiral around my tongue sending sensations of sweetness wrapped with the perfect amount of bitterness to create some beer nirvana. The medium body and the great chewy texture all add to this beer, making it an amazingly drinkable beer. Very good, all around!!!

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Photo of aaronh
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my third year of enjoying this brew from the Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh. The dark copper beer pours with a thin, off-white head. It displays average retention, and fades to a thin layer of foam. The aroma is very strong on malt sweetness, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is almost all malt, with caramel, roasted malt, and just a hint of hop bitterness. The beautiful sweetness caresses the tongue, while the piney hops clean the palate. The mouthfeel is full and robust, almost feels like you could chew this beer. Just a hint of malt alcohol sweetness lingers on the finish. This beer is just a bit more robust than the Penn Oktoberfest, but just as drinkable. I could drink this beer all day long. I have but two problems with this beer: It's only available briefly in the spring and I only have six of them (so far!). Truly a great beer for malt lovers.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice thick head, and when this aspect is added to the rich carmel color, a great appearance is achieved. I thought it lacked slightly in the hops area, but that may be just a personal preference of mine. This beer leaves a sweet taste that lingers in your mouth. Overall a quality drink.

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

Strong, creamy head on top of a crystal amber. Perfect hop edge to give it a festive glow. Super clean, super good. Mardi Gras packaging only adds to the appeal. I much prefer this over my local micro's Marzen.

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