Aries Märzen Oktoberfest | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Aries Märzen OktoberfestAries Märzen Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
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 ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch ofest....brilliant burnt orange color...nice toasty aroma...flavor follows the toasted notes on the malt...vienna I am guessing..."just" 5.3% according to the stats I see here but seems more substantial....good solid medium bodied...clean and crisp texture...not overly sweet just a nice easy drinking malt forward lager with strong toasted malt notes....

This is a fine Ofest. Right up there with the best made in the US..

Would I buy this in a sixer? Absolutely!

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Photo of Beer187
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of budgood1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazed sunset copper colour with an eggshell white foamy head. nice clingy lace. caramel malt aroma...bits and pieces of cocoa and toffee in the nose as well. taste is pleasant surprise of layered maltiness...not one dimensional like so many in it's class. the candy bar like nose follows through in the flavour department with some nougat and cocoa...i swear there is even some roasted peanut notes...very chewy and malty sweet. there is definitely some complexity to this marzen, and it makes for a delightful experience. this one has a well rounded body and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. it doesn't drink like lager seems to be bottle conditioned (unfiltered) and has a very yeasty feel to it. it is really tasty and therefore has a high degree of drinkability.

overall this is a real treat even though it certainly bends the blurs the lines of the traditional o-fest. definitely recommended and worth seeking out. yummy stuff here!

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4.31/5  rDev +13.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Per their website:
Malts: Vienna and Caramunich
Hops: Perle and Tettnanger
Yeast: Lager
Original Gravity: 13.7
IBUs: 28
Alcohol: 5.3% abv
Availability: August–October

Per me:
I like Marzens more than your average BA. There are two reasons for this: 1) I really like autumn. 2) Marzens do a wonderful job of evoking the feel of autumn, kind of like how Zwickels work for spring.

Autumn is when all the chlorophyll drains away, and its verdant tang is replaced by an aged sweetness. Good marzenmakers know this, and so they don't go trying to church things up by adding superfluous hops or alcohol burn. They brew a sweetly malty beer, like this one. Only it's well-balanced. The sweetness seems mature and refined, not candied and childish. This beer tastes like an early sunset. It smells like the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. It does, therefore, exactly what a marzen is supposed to do.

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Photo of ALC82
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of xuptygm
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap before a husker game at Lazlo's (the affiliated brew pub with empyrean).

A decent cream colored head. Aromas of malt and light hops. A very clean and smooth flavor. Medium/light bodied. Good amount of carbonation, but not too much. This would make a good session beer. Pretty standard for an American interpretation of an Octoberfest. It does have a unique sweetness that I cannot really put my finger on--perhaps a sweet wheat bread or oatmeal cookie sweetness. The hops come through in the finish which I liked. Overall a good and balanced beer. Nothing I would specifically seek out again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear bronze hue with lots of bubbles and a thick consistent, foamy head; lacing is good

S: Sweet caramel malts on top of a somewhat musty and grassy graininess--also some faint citrus and herbal hops; quite bready

T: A nice balance of sweet caramel malts and herbal/citrus hop bitterness; sweet and bitter; grainy and citrus and bready; quite nice

F: Medium bodied and much creamier than would be expected from an Oktoberfest

O: A solid, balanced marzen; I'm quite impressed with this lager, Empyrean

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a amber/orange color. My pour produced a nice whitish head, about 1 inch in height. Head fades as the beer is consumed, leaving a little patch and laces down the glass.

Smell: Malty aromas come from this beer. Hint of slightly sweet caramel and toffee with a tinge of slightly roasted nuts.

Taste: In line with a good Oktoberfest/Marzen style. Nice lightly sweet malt body (taste in line with the scent) with a slight bitterness on the finish. Beer is unfiltered and unpastuerized. Consume by Dec. notched on side. Mine appears to still be good; just as tasty as the first one I had in October.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied combined with a nice unforced natural, light, carbonation. The beer is not watery, or fizzy, yet is lively going down.

Overall: My final O-fest that I had been saving (best for last). A great representation of the style imo. Empyrean just started bottling their seasonal beers this year and I beleive this is the second one released. If they are all as good as this their seasonals will be not to miss selections when they come out.

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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, orange-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace.

S: Mostly hay, a little caramel. Pretty nice.

T: Leads with some lager esters and then swoops into solid caramel, a hint of smoke follows and then a gentle, bitter finish. Good stuff.

M: Not too heavy, carbonation is tingly on the tongue.

O: First beer I have reviewed from Empyrean-- pretty tasty stuff. Good example of the style, and a great way to start game day. Malt stays strong to the end of the glass. Will probably buy this again.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & great lacing

S: Breadyness, fruittyness & some grassyness once warm.

T: Breadyness, apple peel flavor, some caramel & grainyness up front. Dryness & grainy bread, some pear & apples as well as this warms. Finishes fruitty, grassy, & bready

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, nicely balanced

A nice marzen easily one of the best beers I've had from these guys, easy to drink

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Aries Märzen Oktoberfest from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 47 ratings