Martian Marzen Lager | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Martian Marzen LagerMartian Marzen Lager

Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-04-2002

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of joekfsu
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
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 inebrius
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Massively carbonated, opens wet and pours fierce hunks of khaki foam all over a tawny juice. A nice herbal coated caramel aroma quickly succumbs to a blanketing sour green apple skin that unfortunately finds it's way onto the buds and overshadows what were probably the intended flavors. Nice to look at though.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This time from the bottle...pours with a small white head and is an orange-brown color. Smells kind of fruity and spicy. There's not a strong odor. There aren't too many flavors and nothing is really distinctive, maybe some peachy spice and alcohol. This is heavily carbonated and rather thin in the mouth. This isn't a bad brew it's just not very exciting.

I wouldn't want to drink many of these.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Beerma
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Clydesdale
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy. Deep amber color with orange highlights and a fluffy off-white head that diminishes quickly but holds fairly well. The aroma is of sweetish malt and a touch of fruitiness - not much hop. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation, leading to a full mouthfeel. The flavor presents sweetish caramel malt with an OK balance. The finish is a little bit sticky, almost candyish, but gives a burst of hops on the way out.

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Photo of hopdog
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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 frazbri
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with auburn accent. Copius white head, bubbles a little big, well laced. Malty, sweet, and bready. Balancing bitterness and a slight metallic tinge. Clean, light body and moderate carbonation.

A Good beer, close to very good, but that metallic finish knocks it down a peg.
Worthy of another try.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks alcfron, this is a pretty enjoyable Oktoberfest. Nice and malty w/ good amber color. This year, I actually tried several Oktoberfests and this Martian was one of the better ones. I was actually surprised how many of them lacked maltiness. Mind you, this is Not a world class beer by any stretch, but it's pretty nice

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Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of errantnight
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Dogbrick
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting otherwordly 22oz Marzen. I wonder if it is so named because of the color? It isn't much of a stretch to say this beer is "Mars-colored" orangish-red. Medium-thick off-white head that lingered, and decent lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Slick and sweet flavor of malt that threatens to become too much, but luckily there is enough hops finish to keep it from being too sticky-sweet. Another decent beer from Buckeye.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a caramel malt. The taste is somewhat sweet, with some bitterness in the flavor, and a lack of balance. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, not too many more of these.

Well, after Penn's marzen, this just really doesn't measure up. Not that it's horrible, it's just not in the same ballpark. Still, maybe I'd give this one a try if I ever make it up to Buckeye's brewpub.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faomy, dirty cream colored head left a bit of lace. Very mild aroma, pale malts and zesty floral hops. Dark copper colored beer with some active carbonation. Understated caramel malt flavor is mildly sweet and cut by a bit of tea hops midway through. Just a pinch of bitterness at the end, finish is still pretty clean. Soft, rounded mouthfeel with a medium to light body. Overall and understated and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 paranosis
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Raymond69
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Martian Marzen Lager from Buckeye Brewing Company
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