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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #254
Ranked #37,939
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
Notes: Late at night in the dark cellar or among the rows of towering vessels at Boulder Beer, if you listen carefully you can hear the eerie sound of the Dragonhosen. Brewed with generous amounts of Vienna and Munich malts for a rich, full-bodied malty flavor, Dragonhosen begins as a traditional Oktoberfest lager, then stealthily breathes fire with 9% alcohol by volume. Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops add balance with a mild earthy aroma and flavor with moderate bitterness. And if you find yourself at Boulder Beer, listen closely and beware...if you hear a scratching and scraping coming your way, the bite of the Dragonhosen is sure to follow.
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Big warming alcohol whiskey, spiced, malt and woody oak notes. Bready, malt boozy nose. Copper, clear, smaller head with delicate lace on taster glass. Medium/Full body. There is a peppery almost barrel wood character to this boozy Oktoberfest. 34 IBUs

Oct 05, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated bottle poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours bright dark reddish brown with a fizzy chocolate tan head that disappeared in minutes. A small island of head remains as a skim coating leaving no lacing. The aroma is dark brown sugar and some booze. The flavor is sweet slightly burnt sugar up front rolling into some booze and bitterness to keep the giant malt bill in check. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated with a fairly bitter & mostly dry finish. Overall, undecided. It would seem this was a normal Marzen that was fed a bunch of sugar and just hasn't calmed down yet. Might be the only Oktoberfest I've had that I would consider aging.

Sep 24, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours reddish burnt orange hue, with hints of passionate maroon. Head is nice and frothy, 1/2 finger in the snifter.

Lots of great Marzen-type malts on the nose, both slightly smoked and softly peated. Light caramel aromas.

Very scotch-y on the flavor. Lots of peat, smoke, and fall spices. It reminds me of Dirty Bastard but with lots of Marzen influence. Some light dirt on the finish.

Feel is thick and sticky, but not overly thick - more a medium-thickness. Lots of carbonation. Slight dryness on the finish.

Overall, this is pretty darn delicious. It's exceeded my expectations. I'd have it again this coming fall.

Apr 27, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz bottle into sampling glass. Attractive appearance, watered-down cherry cola color with a light tan head and nice lacing. This is malt forward on the nose and palate. Not overly sweet, with a bit of alcohol bite and only a tinge of bitterness. Very good and an easy drinker despite the high ABV. This is an interesting and well done variation on the traditional Märzen.

Oct 20, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Um, guys, this is how you make a big marzen. Put that malt to good use.

This beer sits deep burnt orange with fine little bubbles. The smell is deeply malty and seductive.

The taste is an almost syrupy version of the usual malty marzen flavor. Like a concentrated version.

This boozier take on the style is probably something you might find in Germany. I'm glad I found it right down the street. Highly recommended for a real taste of what a marzen can be.

Sep 10, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've had some boozy ofests before but this one lacks most of the characteristics I look for in the style...tastes a little old and looking at the bottle I see best by April 25, 2016. It is September one. Still a higher ABV should hold up. Just kind of a sweet caramel laden offering. I don't mind it but not much for ofest characteristics. The booze laden Summit offering is much closer as is the Kaiser from what I remember.

Sep 02, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I don't know what I was expecting but this is not it. A bit fruity of either yeast or malt, not hoppy at all, except maybe a little flora. With the label I was expecting something with a hop bite. Guess I should have read the small print/style.

Dec 24, 2015
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at a restaurant. Always interested in a variation of the standard Marzen and I'll give them an A for effort but more like a C for execution. Color was interestingly darker than standard copper color with a tannish head. Smell and taste were a bit too hoppy for my liking with a high alc burn to boot. Worth trying once but I ended up wishing I'd ordered a Pumking.

Oct 17, 2015
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clear pour and significantly darker than a regular Marzen with thick head and lacing. It's true to the tag "Imperial" where that translates into high ABV. An Oktoberfest is meant to be enjoyed in big tents with large mugs served by buxom servers. At least that's at my house. Taste is malty but the ABV hits the tongue at the same time which just is not what you'd expect. We got a pair of bottles, but no more.

Sep 12, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Enjoy by Apr 25 2016":

Pours clear orange amber with a lasting thin head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some caramel with raw alcohol and grain. It's like an O-fest mixed with a typical malt liquor.

The taste is sweet with raw alcohol. Again - like a combo of an O-fest and malt liquor. The body is not enough to keep the alcohol covered. Hops give to little of a balance landing it too sweet in the finish.

Despite the taste and alcohol showing it does have a certain smoothness to it, I suppose.

I was able to finish it, but wouldn't want more. It's not just that it is boozy, but I think the high abv detracts and the base beer is nothing particularly special. I can see mixed reviews on this, but it didn't impress me at all.

Sep 08, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark Amber almost brown color, clear. Light one finger head, decent lacing. Nice malty aroma, and a touch of alcohol and sweet caramel and vanilla. The flavor was very sweet and malty, but missing some of the bitterness expected from a marzen. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy, but a bit hot from the alcohol as well. Overall, this wasn't a bad representation of a marzen, but the alcohol content kinda took something away from the beer.

Sep 07, 2015
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pint glass showed just how beautiful this beer is, a rich reddish brown with a 2" creamy tan head...also great lace as you go. A malty aroma with a sweetness that might be alcohol or just the intense malt sweetness. The taste is a nice balance of hops and malt in a big way, this is my first Imperial Oktoberfest and I've got to say I'm a fan and really enjoy the hoppy bite and malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick at times but this is sure a good Fall beer when the chill in the air leaves you wanting something with a punch it flavor and a warm up. Overall this is a great sub-style/new style twist...I love a good standard Oktoberfest and look forward to them and this gives me another option, glad I picked it up.

Aug 16, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting Oktoberfest style. Pours a hazy orange, almost amber color with an off white head that did not leave trails on the glass. The smell had a bit of alcohol on it, but it was mostly the malt and almost a sweet cream scent. The taste was very good in my opinion with some sweetness from the malt and alcohol but still had a very clean finish which I like with my Marzens. Would definitely try again.

Feb 20, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/14/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of big dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast esters noticeable. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oktoberfest style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 16, 2014
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Zorro from California

3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish brown colored ale with a small tight light brown colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Scents of caramel and nuts. Bread with a little flower and grass hop aromas.

Starts out sweet and malty with lots of caramel flavor. Mild bitterness. Bread and a slight tea flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy.

Overall this is a tasty imperial Oktoberfest.

Dec 16, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Being only a few months old finding this beer for just 5.50 was a steal. Into a goblet.

A - Good no sediment and a 1/2 inch of opaque head it held up quite well. Color is a very deep cherry brown clear and bubbly.
S - Earthy grassy hops meets Vienna malt with a good bit of fruity sweetness in the mix. Not skunked smelling in the slightest.
T - Very herbal and grassy with a stingy cracker lager malt. Very acidic and skunky taste with herbal hop twang in the finish. I do not like this.
M - ABV is hidden beneath a herbal hop bitterness and a crackery acidic sting.

It's pretty much the malt liquor of Oktoberfest Beers. Take it however you want even for 5 bucks the beer was slightly less than OK.

Dec 13, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Pears & toastyness & breadyness

T: Pears, brown bread, a little toastyness, dryness as well. Herbal hop bitterness as this warms, dryness, toastyness, even a little green apple & ever so slight boozeyness. Finishes dry with some apple peel & pear

MF: Medium bodied, fairly delicate carbonation, nice balance

ABV is well hidden, good, but it's no Kaiser, but I might get this again if on tap or limited beer selection is in play

Dec 01, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a clear dark amber amber color with a short 1/2" head. Very malty arome. Big malt flavor, with some dark fruit sweetness, some grassy and earthy hop presence, and a bit of warming alcohol. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall this is a big malty oktoberfest styled beer that hits the spot.

Oct 26, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle. Nice label.
Deep clear amber with a fine durable head.
Exceptional clarity.

O: With its high abv this "Imperial Oktoberfest" drinks like a dopplebock.

Oct 21, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fiery red with white head. The aroma has toffee and caramel with a bit of woodsy hops. In the taste, big time malt notes with a solid balancing bitterness. Caramel, brown sugar, faint wood and citrus. Full bodied, well carbonated beer. Overall, this is a pretty damn good brew.

Oct 16, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Rich Munich malt nose, spicy with some kettle carmelization.
Some earthiness and spiciness on the nose from the noble German hops.
Pours brilliant copper amber under a fluffy 3” off-white foam cap with a slight orange tint. Palate: spicy malt, some kettle sugars, with a bitter hop accent on the finish. Very light sweetness, the malt flavors are restrained.
Creamy, chewy body with medium low carbonation.

Oct 15, 2014
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

9/25...pours very dark brown, reddish tones, high white foam. Settles and sticks. Malty nose, heavy caramel. High malt taste with a barleywine backled taste. Boozy. Earthy with a moderate bitter. A whopper.

Oct 11, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, ruddy amber, almost in to brown. There a nice creamy off-white head that settles down but hangs around and leaves nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is big malts, smelling just a like a Marzen, but amplified. The taste does the same, with nice biscuit and noble hops flavors. The body is surprisingly light for the flavor and alcohol. This is a very good Imperial Marzen, taking the style and exaggerating its qualities.

Oct 08, 2014
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured vigorously into a .5L Staatsbrauerei Rothhaus glass

Sight: Clear and rosy amber when held up to natural light. Head is an off-white nature and very delicate though tall. Settles down after a while to a quarter-inch foam, leaves thick lacing.

Aroma: Gentle biscuit, caramel, bread. Slight earth, slight hops. I’d use the word delicate to give an overall adjective, typical of most märzens.

Taste: Wow! The taste mimics the aroma, with just a hint of smoke. Though the abv clocks in at 9%, the booze is well-masked; easier to detect as it warms up. Drinks like something half its size.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with small but never-ending bubbles. It provides a pleasant coating on the tongue and goes down smoothly.

Overall: Fantastic steroid version of the traditional märzen.

Oct 05, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 5/4/15.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, nut, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, dirt, burnt caramel, metallic, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with nice toast and nut aromas, but the taste has an odd metallic taste that is not too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

Sep 26, 2014
Dragonhosen from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 206 ratings