Night Märzen | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Night MärzenNight Märzen

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bready, biscuity malt backbone complemented by a firm hop presence that lends balancing bitterness, and promotes its high drinkability.

30 IBU

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Skullkeg
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

A- Carbonation is good and true to style. Decent head at first, but falls very quick. Colour is fairly spot on.

S- So honestly, I am very underwhelmed at first pour.. It looks like Marzen, but in no way do I get any authentic malty aroma one would expect from a real Marzen. Flat and almost adjunct lager like in smell. This sad since, I normally enjoy Beau's product.

T- Not bad, but sorry Beau's this is not a Marzen. This drinks like a very Amber Pils. Slightly cloying and the bitterness is too up front and forceful for the style. Bitterness should play second to the malt. It does not. Up front noble hops presence that lingers too long. The malt is not able to coat the tongue lie a true Marzen should. There is a certain dryness about it but I can't say it is bad, but again I think they have totally missed the boat on this style of beer. The finish is off and the hops linger too much that little malt character really shines.

M/O- This beer is not bad by any means. However, this isn't a good example of a true Marzen style lager. It is too bitter up front. The malt isn't able to shine. A true Marzen is balanced and the hops are well placed in the background and compliment the Munich style malts. Maybe I had a bad bottle, but being a bit of a traditionalist, I cant recommend this beer if you are expecting an authentic Oktoberfest style lager. This beer really reminds me of the Rickard's Laderhosen that was recently released. It is just not a good example of the style.

Now in Beau's defence I also was drinking this side by side with an Ayinger Marzen. So, I would say it is a nice attempt, but not so much. Like most domestic attempts, they just over hopped this beer. It is an okay beer, but Beau's has done better.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured this into my pint glass and am greeted with a great looking head that looks like the top of a volcano that erupted whipped cream once it settled....excellence in retention! Lacing is awesome as well with nothing but thick foamwork clinging to any area not encompassed by beer! There seems to be a decent amount of carbonation rising through the moderately to heavy hazed copper colored brew!

S- There is a very well balanced aroma between leafy noble hops and caramel malts. It is rich in smell and slightly grainy....I don't feel there's much else to say....just a nice smelling beer!

T- Very malt forward and sweet but not in a cloying way....very much of caramels and toffee. Slightly grainy as the aroma suggests. There is a certain fruitiness about it but I can't put my finger on it....perhaps very slight of bananas. The finish is mainly sweet and just a tinge of Earthy bittering hops help to balance out the strong malts.

M/O- This is a really smooth beer with a mild carbonation and rich buttery body that is definitely in that medium range somewhere. At the same time, this is crisp and refreshing and goes very well with a Ukrainian garlic sausage that I'm enjoying at the moment. A very session-able beer that hides the alcohol well, I would buy this again and have no issues drinking this over an evening with friends! I will buy this again and recommend anyone to find it and try it!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.35 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Bottled September 16, 2014.

Appearance - starts of a light straw near gold color, but as it accumulates in the glass the beer turns to a darker shade of orange. Capped by two plus fingers of off white head and a plethora of sticky lacing. Goodly amount of visible carbonation in the clear body. Nice head retention.

Smell - fall like, earthy dank, some caramel and a slightly vergeatative smell, but it works very well. Perfect for a cool October day.

Taste - mild earthy flavor, some corn like sweetness, and a decent but not overbearing bitterness. Slight booziness blends with the corn and caramel sweetness nicely and gives a balanced feel.

Mouthfeel - smooth, clean and crisp with moderate carbonation and a light yet refined feel given the flavor profiles and body.

Overall - a very good Oktoberfest beer, with plenty of sweet caramel malts counterbalanced by the mild bitterness. Really enjoyable and great seasonal offering.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged on Sept 10 2014 and served slightly chilled. This is the only one of Beau's major rotating seasonals that I have not yet tried.

Pours a lovely, clear golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy off-white head. Retention is pretty good, with the head lasting a number of minutes before finally settling into a bubbly film, slight collar and a modest amount of lace. The aroma is fairly subtle, but otherwise mostly appropriate for the style - grainy barley malts, toasted bread and caramel are noticeable, with slight hints of grassy German hops. Works for me.

This is a pretty standard malt-forward lager; well-made and tasty. The malts are grainy and sweet, with toasted bread, biscuits and a somewhat orchard-fruity note accompanying the mild caramel sweetness. Finishes with more grassy Continental hops and a weakly herbal note, which linger briefly into the aftertaste, which is slightly minerally. Not much residual sweetness. On the light side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels for the style, which provide a relatively smooth, crisp feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 3.7, a decent B grade. I've tried several new märzens over the past few weeks, and while Beau's Night Märzen is probably not my favourite, it's still a very solid lager that I'd consider picking up again. Very approachable, but not the sort of beer that is going to be blowing many socks off. Worth a shot.

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Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +8.1%

My mouth was watering pouring this coppery brew topped by tons of foamy and bubbly head. Definitely smells like a lager with an underlying malty sweetness. Oh yeah, nothing like the malty sweetness taking the edge off the astringent lager taste. Really nice balance between the bitter and sweetness. Definitely a manly brew with a sharp, bitter taste giving way to a sweet finish.

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Photo of Russ_Macklem
1/5  rDev -73%

Pours the expected color for the style but that's where it ends.

Smells like wet, rotten grain.

Taste is over-hopped. All I can taste is hop oil and wet, rotten grain.

This was a drain-pour.

This is the worst beer I have had in a long time. Very disappointing.

Unfortunate as I do like Beau's lagered ale (kolsh)

craft beer does not always mean good beer.

good thing I had some banquet beer in the fridge.

I don't just drink macros, so don't go there. Had Grand River Pumpkin (very good for the style) and a Worthington's White Shield IPA (A+ for the style) earlier today.

Don't waste your money.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.85 for a 600ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 3.5- Opens well decent head. Clear and fairly dark golden color

S- 3.5- Ok at best. Malt is there but that's about it

T- 3.75- Very light considering the style. Soft malt, not a lot of hops but some are there. Very mellow all around

M- 3.75- Light for this style of beer. Malt shows through later on. Tongue coating at times

O- 3.75- Pretty good. Will not buy again though. Pretty expensive for the flavor

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Roasted chicken with potato


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Photo of polloenfuego
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 600 ml bottle to a pint glass.

Night Märzen pours an orange/amber with a two to three finger head, which is foamy or soapy in appearance and breaks down leaving a thin layer of bubbles. The smell is mild and has hints of hops and malts, it is remarkably unremarkable. The traste brings out the hops a bit more but that is on the tail end. That is where most of the flavor is in this beer, on the tail end...malts and toffee also come through mid range to tail end as well. There is little up front but a subtle grassy taste. The mouth feel is light to medium and the carbonation is mild.

Overall, I found this to be an average beer. It is not something in would revisit. Interestingly enough several of my friends swear by this beer. Personal preference being what it is, I guess that is why we all review separately and not collectively.

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

600ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Brassy hue, clear with a sufficient amount of head. Aromas of rich toasted malt, bread crust, hay, and faint sweet herbal hop ... very clean. Love the smoothness, good crisp bite. Full malt jacket, clean and I can taste everything from light grassiness to bread to a hint of chicory. Hoppiness is just enough to balance with a kiss of herbal flavor. Finishes dry with lots of toasted grain.

Solid, perhaps not the most epic of the style but it leaves me wanting a lot more.

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Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice
off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramel, bready malts, grains, grassy hops and light spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grains, bready malts, with grassy hops balancing it out, some caramel and some toffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a light carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Very refreshing!

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Photo of TheHammer
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rusty copper body boasts high amounts of thin carbonation. The head produced a solid finger and a half, but did not lace nor retain very well.

Smell: Overwhelming caramel malt with a grassy hop background and a couple orange and peach notes. Nothing fancy, nothing overtly special. Warming brings out the fruitier notes.

Taste: Ample caramel malt floods the tastebuds and is slowly supplanted by fruitier orange, peach and apricot elements as a flash of pine and grassy hops finishes off the beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation here very finely walks the balance between creamy and bubbly and smooth transistioning helps out the case as well. There is a nice mixed taste aftertaste to the beer which if stronger and more complex would have won the perfect score.

Drinkability: Medium bodied that while remarkably easy to drink, I don't know if I would want more then two. This beer walks a strange line to me, like it should be heavier then it is, but it still serves it well.

Final Thoughts: Certainly a beer worth trying and as a seasonal, yeah I'd say it's appropriate. I wouldn't want it in the the summer, but certainly any other time.

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Photo of beltenebros
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As mentioned by others, the packaging by Beau's is superb. I always look forward to Beau's seasonals ...

Nightmarzen pours a light rusty/copper colour, and what little head there was disappeared fast.

Not a strong scent, but hints of caramel and hops are present. Lightly carbonated.

Very light mouthfeel. Taste has some initial sweetness and a nice touch of bitterness. Very smooth.

Overall, quite enjoyable. I wonder if I got an off bottle as others report lots of head. A great beer, but not my favorite from Beau's!

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Photo of uno99
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven t done a beer review in so long, so I had a look in the fridge and grabbed the first beer my arm reached for...

Appearance: Really love beau's packaging. Yes it amps the price up (probably considerably) but there is probably no better presentation in Ontario. The beer iteslf is a rich copper hue with a nice white head that leaves ample lacing on my tall Stiegl glass.

Smell: A hint of caramel from the malt is a warm welcome. the malt is very clean and clear. Hops are present too and nicely balanced. Despite the rustic packaging from Beau's this one is no barnyardy brew. Very clean on the nose.

Taste: My wife remarked that there's not a lot of flavor here, and while I agree, it does suit the style well. The finish is where the flavors come alive however. a long toffee and pine taste is lingering and warm.

Mouth-feel: Pretty juicy. I suppose it could be a bit drier for my taste. Carbonation is spot on and helps the situation. Bitterness from the hops is really good on the finish.

Overall: A beer I could easily drink all October long, but not one I'd personally seek to drink a ton of. Nightmarzen is however a well balanced, easy drinking beer with some nice character on the finish.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper, thick off-white head. Nice clear lacings.

Clean grain, very light caramel, grassy continental hops.

Nice grain flavour, mid-palate has a good toast character with a bit of sweetness. Clean finish with just a touch of bitterness.

"Clean" is the operative word here. Flavours are clrealy defined and pretty spot-on. Feel like either the malt or hops could be amped up just a tad, but a good drinkable Oktoberfest otherwise.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchase as soon as they were available at the LCBO in Ottawa: Poured a clear amber color ale with no head, no lacing and no carbonation. Aroma consists of light sweet grainy malt. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy malt with some light sweet caramel notes. Body has a weird oily texture with no carbonation. Definitely not too good and even wondering if this was a bad bottle as there was no carbonation and malt notes were off – I’ll have to put this on the re-rate list.

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Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600mL bottle into Paulaner 1L mug.
Bottle date 08/28/2012
Consumed 09/04/2012

First time I've seen this in Barrie. Really excited to try this.
As per the card on the neck it's the brewery's only regularly produced lager.

A- Crystal clear burnt copper pour. Booming three plus finger off white creamy head. Lacing is sticky in spots.

S- Sweet malts, grains and cereal with a touch of caramel. Definitely getting the floral Noble hops in this. It's really aromatic due to it's freshness. You can't get it any fresher!

T- Munich malts and the noble hops make it very festive tasting. Bright and roasty at the same time. The hops are floral and quite bitter. There is a touch of caramel and brown sugar in the finish.

M- Lighter end of medium body. Good carbonation.

O- I can remember a time when this style of beer was terrible to me. Now I find myself craving the fall brews. This has eluded me for quite some time, but now that it's in stock locally I'm going to stock up for the season!

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Photo of BGDrock
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: clean; amber colouring; large suds which fade fairly quick

Aroma: fruitiness hits first; hint of peach; hops lingering in the back

Taste & Mouthfeel: huge flavour - hops and malt all at once; starts to lean more towards hops after a few seconds; hints of maple and stone fruit; grassy bitterness lingers nicely; carbonation and body is just right

Overall: strongly flavoured and almost feeling like a pale ale; straightforward taste in the end

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Photo of Foddz
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively pale copper colour. My aggressive pour yielded plenty of head. Head persists for a reasonable length of time and leaves plenty of lacing as it recedes.

S: Clean nose of yeast and hops. Slight spiciness to it. Very pleasant.

T: Malt and hops predominate. Bread, yeast, and subtle caramelized sweetness. Lingering bitterness from the hops, more than I'd like.

M: Smooth and light on the tongue, but not without substance. Spicy character from the hops. Good carbonation.

O/D: Not bad, but not great. I had higher expectations for this beer. Would benefit from a bit less aggression from the hops. Everything else is quite pleasant about it, however.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's nothing scary looking about Nightmärzen - its shimmering, filtered, coppered gold body is rather inviting. It looks like it should be as refreshing as it is flavourful. The only thing holding back a better score is the fact that its head quickly sinks into the beer and ends up looking like nothing more than a heap of ashes.

The nose is as German as bratwurst, weird art movies and well engineered cars. It has a clean, toasty, mineral maltiness that smells chewy and rich. The average Joe might not appreciate it as the style requires a good deal of proficiency and familiarity due to its subtlety. Though inconspicuous, its nutty sweetness smells delicious.

Whatever was just said for the aroma can be equally said for the taste. It may be finespun, but the flavour profile has a wholesome, rich maltiness that let on subtle hints of apple, breadcrumb and toasted nuts. A sprinkle of Perrier-like mineralness rounds out the finish along with a brief but earthy and gritty note of Noble hop bitterness.

Saying that Oktoberfest beers are refreshing because they are lagered is like calling gravity a force that makes apples fall from trees - it's true enough but it's hardly the whole story. Oktoberfest have a paradox of being rich and hearty yet plain and quaffable. They are hopped just enough to be crisp and carbonated just enough to be animated.

Nightmärzen, like all good Märzens, is sturdy and substantial but easy to put down and not so filling or alcoholic that additional rounds seem unreasonable. In fact, second helpings are almost necessary (especially since it's so reasonably priced!). This is a fall-time seasonal that I'll be sure to pick up again next year. And I recommend you do the same.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brilliantly clear with a strong and persistent head.

Saaz hoppy smell perhaps. Earthy smell with subtle grass

Taste is smooth, slightly sweet and malty with a wonderful peppery bitterness. The pepper builds as the malt dissipates. Very nice.

Overall very enjoyable beer. Would be easy to drink a bunch of these. A great beer by Beau's.

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Photo of liamt07
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml. Bottled November 9, 2011 - fresh as shit. ABV listed at 5.5%.

Pours a clear golden orange, with a semi-dense soapy white head, which leaves behind some splotchy lacework and moderate retention. Nose is earthy and bready, with a signature Beau's organic feel to it. A touch of lightly grassy and spicy hop notes. Taste an earthy, grassy and spicy hop kick at the beginning with more of the Beau's organic flair. This opens up into a nice caramel and sweet bready malt base. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but the malt sweetness takes control of the palate, leaving the hops to serve only as ornaments (I'm staring at a Christmas tree right now...). Medium full body with a decent weight and chew on this. Medium low carbonation and incredibly drinkable, this would do well being served in one-liter steins. I'm drooling thinking about that.

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Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden orange colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, some sticky lace, good retention. Smell is fairly malty, very nice bold yeast presence, caramel, bready cracker like notes, a touch of that Beau's earthiness comes through also. Taste is similar to the nose at first in the way that its quite malty followed with touches of yeast, lightly sweet caramel and toffee flavours, muddy/earthy flavours, graham cracker, slightly bitter near the finish, fairly fruity aftertaste. Light carbonation, medium body, light-medium feel. Fairly solid stuff here, nothing mind blowing but a very tasty Marzen, this is a perfect beer to drink on a Sunday afternoon in the fall, will revisit this gladly.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rhino.

A - Light to medium amber colour, translucent; small amount of off white head.

S - Bready malts and sweet caramel.

T - Bready malts, biscuit, sweet caramel, a touch of brown sugar and a slight hop bite in the finish.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of paxkey
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to warm up to Beau's. They grabbed my attention with their fancy rustic packaging but i was a little dissapointed with their flagship lugtread ale. I found it to be freshly made. but uninspiring in its style. I was totally turned around with their Dunkel Buck. I'm hoping this will be a hit as well.

the color of the body is an amber, very clear with nice two finger head sticking around.

a definite malt bomb. sweet beery aromas wafting from glass. a little zesty spice on the nose. smells sweet and tempting.

lots of hops come through. it starts out really nice and bitter. the middle hits you with some malty sweetness and it finishes with some bready malt.
the beer is light to medium bodied with a bit of chewiness to it. crisp carbonation and a nice sensation on the palate.

i am sensing the same malt profile as in the lugtread. a little bit cardboardy on the finish.

a lot of flavor in the middle but the finish just reminds a little to much of that pan-malt finish that is so common to so many beers i find uninteresting.
decent to drink but i cant see myself seeking this out again.

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Photo of bryehn
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at Beau's Oktoberfest 2011.

Poured a clear copper colour with a generous off-white head.

Smelled of grains and chocolate malts with an earthy tone and a slight cinnamon spiciness.

Had a crisp and light, but sweet taste. Fresh grains, a fatty nut-like flavour and toasted malts gave way to a solidly dry and bitter finish.

Surprisingly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Nice, clean aftertaste with a slight earthiness.

For some reason, I noted this as tasting a lot like the brewery's Festivale, though it was a bit more complex with the spicy aroma and nut-like flavour. I'll try to grab a bottle or two and revisit it.

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Night Märzen from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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