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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #341
Ranked #27,481
3.48 | pDev: 10.06%
Dec 07, 2021
Aug 08, 2015
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Photo of Smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Real beaming crystal clear body. Dark brass with a real shiny 18 karat like gold. Frothy rich head, topping easily four fingers with clumpy retention and some ring lacing. Great big bleach white head, great looking festbier.

Toasty notes of light malt, hinting bread crumb and even toffee crispness on the aroma. Clean and fresh, minimal hop presence but with an excellent malt profile. Great nose too.

Palate doesn't give too many surprises. The expected tasty malt profile continues on the palate, with light toffee and small caramel grains. There's a bit of syrupy feel but luckily not in taste, and almost kind of buttery feeling too. Good finish in some hint of herbal spiced hop quality, clean as well too.

Not too amazing for a festbier, you almost think of diacetyl with that mouthfeel but luckily that escapes the palate. Just a good solid festbier, and a great looking one particularly.

Dec 07, 2021
3.07 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
Photo of Olesjm
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Olesjm from Kansas

A: Dark gold with a thick creamy white head. The head leaves a nice lacing on the sides on the glass.
S: sweet and malty. Smells slightly bready, like day old bread, not fresh bread, not quite toasty.
T: malty and slightly spicy. Balance leans toward a slightly sour malty flavor.
M: medium with not much carbonation
O: definitely not my favorite fest beer. It's solidly ok.

Aug 11, 2021
3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
3.39 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 25, 2021
3.44 by BlueSpader from Washington on Apr 04, 2021
3.5 by Birdlegs from Washington on Mar 31, 2021
3.64 by alwaysneipa from California on Mar 22, 2021
Photo of angrybabboon
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

Consumed 2/21/21
Brewer's Advent Calendar 2020 #10

Orange gold, clear, small white head fades into a wispy cap, retains a small collar
Pale malt, pale grains, light touches of caramel grain, biscuit, and bread crust, lager yeast, floral and grassy hops, touches of citrus, malty sweetness, honey, apple-like sweetness, some minerality and rocks, lingering sweetness
On the side side of medium, more crisp than smooth, medium-low carbonation

This is definitely more of a Festbier than a Marzen, but even for that style it is a bit odd. The sweetness is a bit strange because the malts are mostly pale, and the sweetness more fruit and honey than grainy. I can see how this is unique, but I am not crazy about it.

Feb 22, 2021
Photo of Roguer
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production, good retention, and very nice lacing. Crystal clear light amber body, transparent, easily on the lighter side of color for the style.

Very mild nose, with light tones of caramel, toast, and bread, sprinkled with even lighter hop tones of flowers, orange, and grass. A very light Festbier.

A little slicker and thicker bodied than the aroma or flavor suggests, on the heavier side of light bodied, not quite medium. Still fairly lively.

Flavor is similar to the nose, and not particularly distinguishable as a Märzen. In fact, if this were advertised as any standard European pale lager or a Helles, I wouldn't question it. I feel the style guidelines fail here, as there's nothing about this beer that is "wrong" as a Festbier, in any way - it's just not a Märzen, which falls into the same style and therefore sets expectations.

As for that flavor, initially it was disappointing, and that may be partially due to misguided expectations based on style conventions, but it absolutely has grown on me with each sip. It's very drinkable and very tasty.

Jan 06, 2021
Photo of REVZEB
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Clear amber pour with a huge white head. Smells of sweet caramel malt, honey, with some light contrasting notes of biscuit and pressed floral hops. Taste is a clone, like the nose the sweetness rules, with malt as their figurehead. Body is malty to the max, yet light and bright for style, so smooth, has a kick of crispness, but is lacks dynamic character. The wife disagrees as she loved it

Dec 30, 2020
Photo of cyclonece09
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Day 10 of the 2020 Costco Advent Beer Calendar. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange with just a hint of red with a small white head. Smells of caramelized grain with some fruit notes. Tastes of caramelized grain with bright fruit notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Dec 22, 2020
Photo of Manta200
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Brewers advent calendar 2020

Dec 18, 2020
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: refreshing crisp, hint of semisweet caramel malts, bready notes, some fruit, balance by traditional German hops., clean finish. Hint of mild grassy earthy nose. Golden hue, clear, tall white foamy head, webbed lattice of lace. Medium to med/full body. Crisp malty flavor of a Festbier. 20 IBUs

Dec 16, 2020
Photo of Parmesan
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a pale gold yellow with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Very sweet honey and apple notes, some toasted bread, a very light floral hop.

T:. Sweet apple and honey, with notes of wheat, overall this beer is very sweet.

F:. Body feels a little thin.

O:. This marzen is too sweet for me, I prefer a little more balance in this style.

Dec 16, 2020
3.03 by CRK from South Dakota on Dec 14, 2020
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Around a medium body with about the same for carbonation.
Aroma is malt,yeasty doughy bread, floral hops, buckwheat honey.
Taste is very similar to aroma with malt being forward but it isn't too sweet. Earthy floral hops and honey show up as well
Only negative is a slight tinny taste

Dec 12, 2020
3.5 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Dec 12, 2020
3.5 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts on Dec 11, 2020
Photo of Gordono
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Gordono from Nevada

Beer 10 Costco beer advent calendar.
Good beer, very enjoyable, I could drink a few more. Dark straw colored very little head. Not much aroma. Flavor is balanced, a little sweet, clean finish.

Dec 11, 2020
3.26 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 11, 2020
3.1 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Dec 11, 2020
Photo of Hatchjaw
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Hatchjaw from Washington

An outstanding Marzen, delicious, not too hoppy or bitter, a much more smoother flavor than you might expect. A definitive German beer in my opinion, not too much of this or that, but a lot of perfection!

Dec 10, 2020
3.37 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Dec 10, 2020
Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a golden body with hint of orange and with minimal head but no lace. Aroma has minimal hops with floral notes and hints of maltiness. Smooth, light, touch of bready maltiness makes rather dry and grassy hops palatable with a minor tinge of sweetness.

Dec 05, 2020
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 29, 2020
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Beer #10 in the Advent Calendar.

This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of alcing.

This smells like honey, golden bready malt, and lemon.

This is certainly one of the better entries in the Advent Calendar. It's got a great crispnes, with some light honey sweetness, and lemony hops. It's just about one of the lightest versions of the style that I've ever had.

This is light crisp and clean, with a very nice level of drinkability.

This is solid stuff for sure.

Nov 26, 2020
Photo of Captain69
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois


Nov 24, 2020
3.67 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 22, 2020
Photo of schoolboy
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by schoolboy from Ohio

Welcome to the lightest side of this style you will ever see.

This pours pale, yellow, with a tad of head and lacing. The aroma is subdued and kind of strawy. The taste is quite blandand just a tad can-bound. It quickly dies from the palate.

Not recommended. A very wimpy lager, and a ridiculously wimpy marzen. It doesn't get better as it warms, but it doesn't get any worse either. Drink at room temperature. Or drink a warm Rolling Rock instead.

Nov 21, 2020
Photo of DucksFan16
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

2020 Costco beer advent calendar box

Oct 04, 2020
3.49 by Vyvyan from Illinois on Jan 23, 2019
3.56 by IRONRakkasan from California on Jan 04, 2019
4 by Bmarkalan1970 from South Carolina on Dec 16, 2018
3.44 by fishguyac from Virginia on Dec 15, 2018
2.9 by Brian_Pheiffer from California on Dec 15, 2018
3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 01, 2018
3.46 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Nov 17, 2018
3.47 by TrojanRB from Texas on Nov 16, 2018
3.5 by GarthDanielson from Virginia on Jan 15, 2018
Tradition from Herrnbräu
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 86 ratings