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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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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