Aries Märzen Oktoberfest | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Aries Märzen OktoberfestAries Märzen Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
empyreanbrewingco.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the tradition of the Bavarian Märzen beers of Germany, we cellar our fall lager in cool tanks for the length of the summer, producing an exceptionally clean-smooth flavor. With its pronounced malty “Viennabread” sweetness and herbal Nobel hop finish, there’s an Oktoberfest in every sip.

28 IBU

Added by mynie on 09-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky bright orange.

Huge off-white head; crazy, heavy lacing.

The nose is a delight; smoky bacon! I'm intrigued.

Medium/thin mouthfeel.

Taste is amazingly complex; toffee, bacon, caramel...for all that, it's easy to drink and subtle. I'm frankly blown away. One of the best beers I've ever had; I'm realizing that lagers can be just as rich and delicious as ales. Game changer.

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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy

This fine brew pours a murky brownish orange with a moderate head of off white foam that dissipates to a thin ring, light wispy layer, and light lacing. Nose of caramel, buttered biscuit, and subtle orange and apricot notes. Flavors follow the nose with rich breaded malts and sweet caramel dancing about a light orange and peach nectar flavor mixed with a light cream and finishing with a light herbal hops note. Finish is a touch dry with a light grain note. Nice blend of flavors and medium carbonation to keep it lively. Overall an excellent brew from Nebraska.

Cheers

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best enjoyed by" date December 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, dark gold color with some larger bits floating about, less than one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: citrus, caramel and bread, very subtle to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then lemon citrus and bread.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very tasty beer, it has some of the characteristics of a wheat beer but still has the malt bill of a traditional Marzen, I would but this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys wheat beer or Marzen.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALC82
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer187
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

I wasn't gonna review this tonight, but it's Halloween night, and although I don't celebrate this holiday, I guess I could at least drink the last Oktoberfest in my fridge...

Appearance (4) : Stable two fingered head, tightly knit and creamy. Ring lace as it descends. Body is dark amber/festive hue with oranges and coppers. 50% opacity.

Aroma (3.75) : Fresh aroma. Maple leaf, stale and frozen ground (or just cold weather aroma in general), pumpkin, cinnamon, wheat bread, some faint alcohol burn.

Taste (3.5) : Heavy on nutmeg, some artificial pumpkin flavors. Robust gourd in the middle with an alcoholic presence. The end is taut with some sour bitterness (hops) and baked pumpkin pie. I'm surprised I can taste the alcohol as much as I can with the 5.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, a little watery, ends dry.

Overall (3.76) : The scores kind of descended a quarter point each category, didn't they? Anyways, this is a Marzen I could probably forget about, but I could easily drink it again. It is good, but the hoppy presence is just a touch too forward. Let the beer breathe, man!

Next to other Oktoberfests I'd say Aries Marzen is hoppy and watery. It's not the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had (I mean, look at the lacing, it's great!), but it's far from the best. That award this year goes to Lucky Bucket. Time for winter ales now!

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Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Sampling right now on 9/23/14. Had this once before a few years back. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN" snifter glass. contains 5.3% alcohol (ABV) and 28 IBU (International Bittering Units).

Pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant and is of caramel, floral hops and malts. The taste follows the nose and is very smooth with some toffee in the mix as well. Very crisp but smooth with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Just a slight dry finish which just adds to this brew. Medium bodied and carbonation.. Overall a really good seasonal.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DemoniChris
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BearMittens
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ldsmith79
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of j-rod18
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a small, short-lived head that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, some maltiness and floral notes.

T - It tasted sweet with strong caramel and toffee flavors. A slight floral hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a nice oktoberfest. It definitely leans toward the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of beerdhabelly
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a hazy dark honey amber, I'll call it. A light cream colored head recedes to a bubbly film. Rings of wet lacing stick to the glass.

The beer smells slightly sweet but it's muted. There's a good butter note in here, along with caramel and malts.

The taste is what I usually look for in a marzen: lots of sweet caramel, buttery toffee, and faint roasted malts. There's a very subtle hop bitterness in the finish, adding balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, a little creamy, goes down good.

Overall, it's hard not to like this marzen. It's very sessionable, and goes down with ease. Good toffee and caramel notes, and balanced all the same.

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Aries Märzen Oktoberfest from Empyrean Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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