Martian Marzen Lager | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Martian Marzen LagerMartian Marzen Lager

Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-04-2002

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Beerma
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just ok nothing great would not buy a 12 for sure.

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Photo of imdabuzzard
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had over a gallon at Oktoberfest got me krunk

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Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent light orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Malts, sweet bread, some caramel and a hint of fruit
T: Largely matches the nose, minus the fruit. Lots of malty/bready notes, hints of caramel and yeast
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Solid, just not huge complexity

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BDIMike
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking lager. A dark golden color with a carbonated, refreshing looking drink. The carbonation creates a medium sized head that sits on the beer throughout the drink.
Nice smells of strong malts dominated by a bit of toffee. Also, a nice biscuit base smell.
Taste has a lot more going for it than the usual lager. Strong tastes of malts and wheat and a nice hop taste as well. A great balance of each, which is what people want in a lager.
Mouthfeel is good as well. A good amount of crisp refreshment, but doesn't thin out like what you get from the usual lager.
Drinkability is very good on this beer. One of the better lagers I have ever had. Many more tastes than other of this style, but stays balanced and refreshing throughout. If you have a friend who loves lagers and thinks craft beers are beyond him, make him try one of these. This is a definite converter.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This just showed up at a local beer store recently for $1.99 a bomber, and I have no idea how old this bottle is. However, the label on the bottle is different than the one shown on BA for this brew, and the label lettering/design does look more like what Buckeye has been using on some of their other bottles lately so hopefully it's a new batch of this beer. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like bready and caramel malt, grassy and herbal hops, and a bit of apple. Taste is similar to the aroma, with it tasting like bready and caramel malt, along with some grassy and herbal hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and sticky with good carbonation. I think this is a solid overall brew, and for just $1.99 I'd buy this again in the future. Definitely worth a try at that price.

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Photo of RWMIT
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Clydesdale
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright, clear golden-orange color. The medium-sized, foamy-frothy head has a faint orange hue. Retention is decent, leaving a few splotches of patchy lacing on the glass.

S: Malty notes, with faintly sweet caramel in the nose. Some herbal and modestly spicy hop notes are present. Fruity undertones are also fairly prominent, with notes of pears and apples.

T: Medium-firm malt character. Lightly doughy and sweet, with medium caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is measured and packs a solid punch. Hop flavors feature mild herbal and spicy notes. Some soft fruity notes (apple and pear, as in the nose) add some depth.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive for my taste - it comes off a bit rough. There's also a gradually growing stickiness before the finish dries out.

D: This is a decent marzen, but it's a little rough around the edges, especially in terms of mouthfeel. It's enjoyable, but there are better versions out there, both domestically and from Germany.

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Photo of errantnight
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stfun37 (I think) for this one as an extra!

Well I kinda dig on Marzens... Sam Adams Oktoberfest was one of my first craft loves and I've always maintained a soft spot for them.

This is a relatively non-descript and mediocre interpretation that seems to lean more towards an altbier (and a paler interpretation).

Appearance is a pale golden and faintly orange, barely an edge of amber about it. Finger of head with quick dissipation. No real lacing or retention to speak of, but it doesn't look flat or unappetizing.

Aroma is a pitch full of pilsner malt, softly bready and biscuity sweet. A nod towards melanoidin toffee/caramel sweetness but not really there in strength.

That's backed up on the palate where this is a clean, well-balanced beer that's lacking in some of the malty complexities and roundness that I'd like. Seems like a German Pale Ale fermented coolly.

Body and carbonation are well presented, making this an easy and enjoyable sipper. I'd gladly toss more of these back, but there are other directions I'd go if I was out shopping.

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Photo of hopdog
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks for this one!).

Poured a darker and lightly hazy amber color with a large sized white head. Aromas of toffee and light bread. Tastes of bread, caramel, and lightly fruity.

Notes from and tasted on: 01/26/06

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing much to look at, mildly smokey greyish dark, not even much in the way of head or carbonation, neutral to aroma. But depth of taste, dark and full of complex malt with caramel and just a hint of smoke. Some yeastiness well integrated. Well done marzen. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color , small head, no lacing.

This beer has a slightly sweet aroma , very faint.

This beer has some Malty caramel flavors. Hops are fairly muted and style appropriate .

Mouthfeel is light . Perhaps undercarbonated.

Overall an easy drinking beer I wouldn't mind drinking more of.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a light amber, very thin off white head that is gone quick. Light aroma, a little caramel and stale fruit. Flavor is bland, starts sweet, ends sour, nothing really stands out flavor wise. No spices noted. Balanced aftertaste is the best part of this beer. Thin body, light carbonation. Drinkable, but not by me again.

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Photo of blakesell
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the 22oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to Jay for sharing this beer with me.

Appearance- 3+ finger head with a golden brown colour. Large bubbles in the head dissapate into a fine froth over the top.

Smell- Bready, yeasty with a touch of an alcoholic phenolic tinge towards to the end. Spicy hop notes as well.

Taste- Floury bread with a big spicy hop kick. This beer may be about to turn, but it is still good right now. Still thick but creamy enough for slugging back.

Mouthfeel- Spicy and smooth. No mouth stickiness. Pretty good mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability- Very. I could drink many of these with some sandwiches with no cheese, or cheese itself. An easy drinker.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Thick white foamy head lasts for a while. Bready, caramel, nutty aroma. Good bready malt flavor, caramel, and toffee flavors. Earthy and floral hops in the finish contribute a little to balance out. Enjoyable, but the malt needs a bit more depth. Also, this just didn't seem as clean as other examples that I enjoy. There is some body to this, and it was pretty easy to drink. Not bad.

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Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy bronzish color with a medium, quickly diminishing, foam tan head. Not much lacing. Smells really earthy right away. Slight fruitlike acidity but more toffee follows the earthy tones. Taste is super malty with a yeasty base providing firm support. Base is really nutty and earthy and these flavors seem to control the beer. Not too much sweetness really and not much hoppyness either. A dry toffee flavor reaches the top. Slight acidic twang towards the back. Finish is a bit too sweet with some residual brown sugars clinging to my mouth. An ok marzen, drinkable for sure but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy amber color with a medium head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of caramel malt sweetness and a hint of graininess. Not much hops here. The flavor has plenty of sweet caramel malts along with a nuttiness that I wasn't expecting. Some floral hops show themselves to balance things out. The body is somewhere on the medium end of light. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This one offers up something that most others of the style don't.

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Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that retains for a moment. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, sweet fruit, and a touch of bananas.
The taste is the same as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is sugary with medium body and a caramel sweetness lingering.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head tops an oily auburn pour. Slight residue coats the side of the glass.
Smell molassas, caramel, and a slight pine(?)
Taste: Damn good, malt sweetness, hints of toffee and butter. Light flavor of hops at the end, very small. Great Marzen flavor.
As far as the rest goes I really wish I would've bought at least two so I could enjoy the second. The first went down too fast to even notice! :)

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Photo of DavidJ710
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pour: This beer pours like any beer. Straight into the glass at the beginning of the night, and a bit messier towards the end. A small tan head comes quickly to the top, and sticks around for a short while. Some nice lacing, but nothing to write home about.

The Appearance: Deep and carmel in color, the beer fits the Marzen style. Again, nothing special.

The Smell: A Sweet thin smell greets the nose. Not particularly aromatic, but in no way unpleasant.

The Taste: Now that is what I am talking about! This is a tasty beer! Nice and sweet with a late hitting hoppy kick that lingers on the ol' taste buds for a short while.

The Mouthfeel: More carbonated than I expected, but its not a bad thing. Complicates the beer a bit. feels thin, but not uncommon for the style.

The Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. The standard bottle size is 22 oz., but I think a Growler would be a more satisfying quantity.

If you can make it to the brewery it's worth a look. The bar keeper on Tuesdays and Thursdays isn't hard on the eyes, and I think might sample about as much as she pours.

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Photo of paranosis
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: head was mostly white, a bit tan, very fluffy at first, but receded quickly, and quite a clingy lace.
Appearance: a calming carmel brown color
smell: not too aromatic. A sweet malty aroma.
taste: very nice. sweet, but not syrupy. a nice balance of hops hitting the palate late and hangin' around just a tad until the next sip.
mouthfeel: pretty thin, but as previously mentioned, fits the Märzen style.
drinkability: this is where the beer succeeds most I feel. Very smooth going down, and like i said, not TOO sweet or syrupy, but enough to be able to knock a few of these down no problem.

all in all and nice alternative to my usual delvings into the stronger and darker beers. Very good Märzen style.

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Martian Marzen Lager from Buckeye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 35 ratings