Fest Märzen Lager
Narragansett Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #317
Ranked #40,120
3.65 | pDev: 11.23%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
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Notes: Based on the "Bavarian" style beer that Narragansett produced in the '60s and '70s, this elegant Oktoberfest style Marzen is brewed with the highest quality German malts and hops. Weyermann's Munich malt creates a rich bready and toasty base, while the noble Tettnang hops add a crisp, but subtle and dry spiced finish. King Grambrinus would be proud!
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Photo of LarryV
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a decent head. Aroma of malt, not a lot of hops in the nose. Big malt flavor, with a little hop bite on the end. Actually, pretty tasty and easy to drink for the style. It avoids being overly sweet. Great beer for a fall evening!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Patrick!

A beautiful Märzen, that's for sure. Burnt copper orange that's crystal clear with a fizzy bubbled off white foam that leaves spotty lacing.

What a wonderfully unique aroma. Has that classic AAL backbone with a nicely spiced, nuttiness and light caramel dose.

Flavor follows and surprisingly has more of the caramel influence than I expected. Toasted white bread finish is nice.

Very clean feeling beer. Balanced, light, but not overcarbonated contradictory to what the pour implied.

Surprisingly good Märzen style Festbier. Thanks again Party McSpunkpants!

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Persistent lacy head, clear and bright copper.

Sweet, toasty malts, low spicy noble hops. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Subtly toasted and nutty/sweet malt, herbal/spicy hops and moderate balancing hop bitterness. Finishes toasty and crisp. On dry side of style, just enough maltose to balance.

On the light side of style, a bit thin and on the high side for co2.

A solid, simple Märzen.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light golden amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like spicy hops, biscuity malt, toast, light sweetness, and crusty bread.

This works surprisingly well for me, it was in the upper half of an all-Oktoberfest tasting. It's basically pure biscuit city here, with just a touch of bitter spicy hops. It's so toasty and smooth - I love it.

This is light bodied, clean, and very drinkable - you could imagine hosting many steins of this one, easily.

Narragansett holds a little bit of a special place in my heart - it kind of feels like the Genesee (my local old school brewery) of Rhode Island, and that's something appealing to me.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention

S- toasted malts give notes of bread crust and grains, dry herbal German hops, slightly metallic note reminiscent of a light adjunct lager, hint of caramel

T- toasted grainy malt up front gives notes of crackers and caramel malts, mid-palate brings out some herbal hop notes, the finish gives notes of caramel and brown breads

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a clean crisp finish

O- a solidly priced O-fest that is easy drinking and flavorful

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Photo of Rodia
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is plenty of room in my life for an affordable 3.5 rated tasting beer. This is one of them. Light tasting with nutty-ness and malt. I have to do more research on the prevalence of diacetyl in beer, which doesn't sound welcome..... and was glad to be educated a bit about it. But for now I say it's a welcome beer.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I was committed to drinking the whole can regardless. Poured a very nice, rich amber in the glass with a pillowy tan foam that stayed for a long time, rending the beverage with less carbonation than I expected. This, along with the lighter mouthfeel, was a pleasant surprise. The scent was all malt and the flavor, while not sweet, was rich and biscuity. Just a hint of bittering hops on the tongue, with a bit of unwelcome diacetyl. Regardless, easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz. can into Seidel mug. It pours a pretty, dark honey-amber color with a creamy, light khaki-colored head and lots of soapy lacing. On the nose there is abundant caramel, brown bread, and dried nuts. The taste opens with creamy caramel and bready sweetness which quickly gives way to dry toast, roasted nuts, and a pleasant earthy bitterness and spices. The flavors cover all the bases and blend very nicely. It sports a creamy body with moderate carbonation, and at 5.5% it's very easy to drink. Overall, this is a fine "Bavarian" style Märzen. It's now part of my Fall Oktoberfest rotation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce can - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, copper-amber body with an initially tall, off-white, foamy head. A few stray spots here and there of thin lace.

Smell: Lightly toasted, lightly astringent grains with a bready bent to it. Dry herbal hop quality. Slight metallic vibe. Has that macro aspect about it.

Taste: Sweetish, though briefly so, with flashes of light toast, bread, grain. Lightly earthy, dried herb hop. Its bitterness is fairly light, but it is sufficient to balance, aided by the push of carbonation. Small metallic hint, a bit off-putting, but the whole deal isn't entirely loathsome. Close though.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Ehhh. What's going on with this big Narragansett push?

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently picked up a 16oz can, for $1.90. Checked it out yesterday, 31AUG19, out in The 'Zebo..

Poured into a Sammy pint glass, it was a clear copper color. Had plenty of aggressive carbo, and a light beige head. Foam sat at about 1/4" before ebbing, with light lacing. Aroma was bready and toasty, with light caramel and a touch of spicy hops. Body was medium, with a decent overall feel.
Taste had more toasty action and caramel... but... not enough of anything. Flavor was rather thin and basic. Had a hint of fruity/spicy notes, but pretty uninspiring in the end. Prosit!

3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty standard American Oktoberfest. Slightly more hoppy than some, with a nice toasted biscuit flavor and a hint of caramel sweetness. Middle of the pack.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Narragansett Brewing Co. "Fest"
16 fl. oz. can; ink-jet coding on the bottom of the can is illegible at the start, finishes with "98 1311:21"
$1.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a pretty nice looking glass of beer. I like the color, a dark amber almost copper. Orangeish I'd say. The head is a two-finger thick cap that's holding well. It could be a little more clear but that's the way were doing it here lately; this would not be acceptable in Germany. OK, aroma... malty, a little caramelish, no hops. It's OK. On to the flavor... hmmmm... well I guess this is OK too, but this beer isn't nearly as refined or polished as most German examples of the style. It's got some caramel to the malt, and that's good, but it seems to be missing some depth of character, just basic quality grain flavor. I get a slight hint of toastiness as well, and some subtle fruitiness. It seems a little astringent. A firm bitterness balances it and it finishes dry, perhaps more so than it needs to be - but at least it's not sweet or overly malty. There are some minor hops in the finish, spicy and herbal, but muted. Meh, I could take it or leave it, but I'd probably leave it. The body is medium and it's gently crisp; no problems there. There also appears to be some nice lacing that probably bumps its score for appearance. Conclusion... does it pass as a Märzen? Yes. Is it one that I really want to drink? No.
Review# 6,387

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Photo of BillRoth
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Ocean Odyssey for something light with maybe a bit of character with a brisket and fries.
Draft seemed to do nothing for it. Just another MOR American attempt at a German classic Beer. Not so much disappointing as what did you expect?

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Photo of teromous
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There are dots on the bottom of the can but they are spaced too far apart to really tell what they say.

Appearance: The beer has a bronze and gold body with great clarity. It has a medium-sized fluffy white head with very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a nice caramel aroma to the beer, and just a light herbal scent in the background.

Taste: It has a light bit of caramel flavor and a slightly herbal flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is an easy drinking beer with a body that rests on the upper side of light. It has a very mild bitterness.

Overall: This is a nice, easy going, drinkable Märzen that gives off just enough flavor to be tasty. It isn't the kind of beer that will knock your socks off but it definitely has a competitive edge over some of the more commercially available Oktoberfest/Märzenbiers. I would drink it again and I would recommend giving it a shot. It would be a good beer to pick up for a party or get-together.

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Photo of EMH73
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a one inch white head that left good lacing. Smell is rather mild- caramel, bready malts and a hint of hops. Taste is predominantly bready malts, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, light pepper flavors and a bit of hops that gives a mild bitterness to the finish. Not quite medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry mouth feel.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear light amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has light malty and bready hints
T-The taste follows the aroma with light malty and bready flavors
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Octoberfest beer

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Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear copper color with white head

Smell - caramel, toffee, bready malts

Taste - bright caramel, toffee, bready malts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, bready in the middle, strange bitterness/metallic astringency on the back end that is detracting from the experience

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by how good and clean this tasted up front, but I had to knock it back a bit due to the strange effects on the mouthfeel.

Price point - $1.89/16 oz can

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can that has a blurry stamp.

It is an amazingly clear, an beautiful amber/copper color. The dirty white head is kind of a dishsoap looking consistency, but has great retention and some lacing.

It smells just a tad metallic and there is a bit of alcohol noticeable on top of some toasted bread and a bit of caramel like sweetness.

Tastes pretty solid. It is initially sweet with a doughy bread followed by more of toasted grain flavor. A little bit of a toffe and nuttiness too. It is fairly hoppy. A citrus, even lemon like, and apple flavor with a lot of bitterness and a little spice, but more bitter.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, and while easy to drink, almost comes across as a bit too watery. The carbontion, spiceiness, and dryness is all very nice though.

I probably changed my score back and forth on the aroma and especially taste 4-5 times. I am not surprised at the hop levels based on their regular lager, and I hate to knock it for being too hoppy since most American versions are way too sweet and cloying, but it is just a touch to bitter and to hard on the palate for the style. Really has a lot of qualities of a pils that makes it drink as much like a blonde Oktoberfest despite its color. That being said, probably one of the better non imports I have had and I would gladly pick this up.

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Photo of diechipmunk
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Oktoberfest/Marzen. Nice copper color, toffee aroma, the taste is sweet toffee, malty with a good balancing hoppiness. Finish is sweet, but dry. Not my favorite, but I'll happily drink it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a sturdy orange/amber color with a stifled slim cap of a little white foamy. This quickly dissipated to leave some sly mess lace.
The aroma had some grassy and earthy spicy hops up front then gently settling into some toffee/caramel malts.
The flavor yielded to the sweet maltiness initially then seemed to bring in some nuts, earthy hop spices and a touch of toast. Mild aftertaste of the malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV seemed appropriate. Good finish of the malts moving fairly slick along my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice Oktoberfest I would be willing to come back to.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-The beer pours a brilliant clear orange/amber with a 3 finger white head. The head recedes to a thin ring with large island. Lacing is spotty but lasting.
S-The nose is spicy hop presence in abundance. Malt presence is a backround player but detectable once the hops fade a bit.
T-Hops deliver the first punch and are stronger than many Marzen/festbiers. Malt sweetness is very light despite the darker coloring.
F- Mouthfeel overall is light. There is a nice slickness on the tongue. Carbonation is medium
O- This Marzen is one of the ones that leans to the hoppy side of the ledger. It was a little rough out of the cold fridge, but has improved as it warms. A well priced Marzen that isn't overly sweet and possesses good drinkability.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can pouredinto pint glass. can't read the canned on date.

A: Small tiny bubbled creamy looking white that settles quickly to a film, but the beer is cold. Body is a rich copper color with excellent clarity.

S: Light butterscotch greets the nose and then some deep sweet malty breadiness. Avery light floral hop can be detected but it is light.

T: A rich bready carmel like flavor very clean a light nice lingering sweet malts.

M: Good carbonation medium to lighter body. Drinks clean and easy.

O: This is an easy drinking beer great rich malts exactly what Im looking for in a festbier.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5 years ago I would have said this is a middle of the road Marzen. Ironically, with more beers being offered than before, it is actually closer to the top as it is propped up by a whole slew of substandard Oktoberfests.
The beer pours a brilliant bronze amber, perfect clarity and with a 1 1/2 finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass.
The aroma is bready and sweet with caramel with subtle hints of medicinal hops and spice.
The taste follows the nose with toasted bread, slight graininess, caramel sweetness with some grassy, medicinal hops.
The mouth feel is soft, if a little heavy. The finish is dry enough but with a peppery bit that is a bit heavy handed.

Narragansett does a good enough job with this beer. The soft, smooth mouth feel is there but still a bit weighty.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, very sweet. Taste is sweet, but less so than the smell, malty, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- can.

A: Pale autumn orange with a pristine like clarity shows a slow, spacious rise of carbonation. Whispy, small head is dirty beige in color, bubbly on the surface, with a spongy texture and was quick to dissipate. No lacing on the shaker pint.

S: Aroma was fresh and lemony, some herbal flowers with a sweet toastiness of vienna malt.

T: Toasty sweet malt flavor, wet lemony hints upfront. Toasty bread, lightly dry, some sweet buttery vienna and honey malt with a hint of lime-orange. Fruity notes of banana and cantelope, with a fresh raisiny character followed by earthy hop flowers.

M: Light bodied, small creamy feel, some carbonation.

O: Overall a sweet oktoberfest style lager. Not something for mass consumption, a bit overly sweet for multiples, but best left in small appreciable quantities. single purchase.

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Fest Märzen Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 380 ratings