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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #194
Ranked #35,218
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado.

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sparse, spidery lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, crackery Vienna malt, a bit of dry lemon, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is much sweeter, the malt gaining a Christmas cake quality, with some sugary fruitiness, earthy, leafy hops, and a mild warming alcohol.

The bubbles are quite soft and innocuous, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes semi-sweet, biscuity in its malt, and a tad, just a tad, boozy.

A very pleasant amped up Oktoberfest, all components getting a fair shake, with the 18-proof booze behaving itself quite admirably. A nice accompaniment to the Beer Diaries' Colorado premiere.

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Photo of JMS1512
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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