Fest Märzen Lager
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Fest Märzen LagerFest Märzen Lager
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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #383
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,001
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 11.51%
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
406
From:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  44
SCORE
83
Good
Fest Märzen LagerFest Märzen Lager
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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Tantonys from Maine

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Marzen, perfect crisp hop bittering to the aroma, mixes well with the seriously tasty malts. That's me at Narragansett Bay enjoying a Black Label!

Dec 17, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Looks great! Pouring brilliantly clear amber with plenty of visible carbonation. The two finger rocky head leaves lace and only settles to a thin cap after several minutes. The nose is strong but I get more pine and herbal hops than malt. It tastes much as it smells, pine, orange zest, herbal hops and cracker malt. Moderately bitter and dry with a clean finish it is easy to drink. The medium body is mostly soft but not creamy. Carbonation is medium as well. I found this to be overly hoppy for the style more like an IPL.

Nov 15, 2020
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fest Märzen Lager brewed by Narragansett Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.50% This Marzen/Oktoberfest pours out of a 16oz can into a pint beer glass. The color is a super deep copper color with a nice white head. Really digging the copper color of this brew. There is a also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with mirror roasted goodness mixed with a mild sweetness. Lot of smooth easy going grains and malts in the smell as well. So far Fest Märzen Lager, is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up a lot of roasted gains and malts at first. Then a nice smooth sweet ending. This is a well put together Oktoberfest brew. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with a dinner or a cool fall day. The mouth feel is Bold,Rich, Sweet, Smooth, Clean, And Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Fest Märzen Lager a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to. Narragansett Brewing Co., did a super nice job with this Marzen/ Oktoberfest style brew.

Oct 26, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a reddish amber with a large bubbled head that soon diminishes to a ring. Some malt in the nose. In the mouth, it is malty with a touch of hops.

Oct 24, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This solid little fest pours
a very nice amber with a excellent head of white foam that
settles to a thick ring and layer sporting very nice lacing. Nose of
faint cracker, light cereal grains, and caramel malts. Flavors
follow the nose with a caramel, light breaded malts, and a
decent little herbal hop note. Nice mouth feel; medium
light body, medium light carbonation, and a sweet lightly
dry finish.

Overall, a solid little brew.

Cheers

Sep 26, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; big fluffy and rocky head that falls slowly leaving great thick creamy retention and sticky frothy lacing. It truly looks awesome. The aromas are malt forward with lots of toast. Some crackers, breads and grains. Some caramel. The flavors follow the nose. More toast leading the way. More caramel along with some toffee. There's a nice little bitterness to this one. Mild sweetness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, soft, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid Oktoberfest. It basically has everything that you'd expect from the style. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. I like it.

Sep 24, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown with a tall khaki foam head slowly settling unevenly to a thick chunky blanket.

Toasty graham biscuit and floral bitterness meet, sweetened by a touch of honey and caramel.

The airy medium-light body finishes semi-dry with a lightly astringent exhale.

Sep 15, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No complaints here - pretty standard fare as fest beers go - rich orange hues and a foamy head - sweetly malty and rounded-feeling with a bit of shellac and hints of orange citrus peel with warm bread impressions - again solid but perhaps nothing that sets it apart - absolutely worth checking out if you're looking to check out some seasonal fest beers...

Sep 12, 2020
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dkoehler42 from New York

2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's got a pretty amber color upon pouring, but there's an odd quality to the smell. Sadly, the taste isn't any better. There's an off flavor amongst the malt. I'm glad I only bought one, because I wouldn't drink this again.

Sep 04, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While I'd put Naragannsett's flagship in the S-tier of American Macro-style Adjuncts, alongside Schlitz Gust (if they even still make that) and Grainbelt. Their secondary offerings, while far from bad, never enter in the same vaunted space.

This looks and tastes like a mass-produced American marzen. That's not a bad thing! But it's nothing special.

The pour is actually really gorgeous: dark orange brown with a large and retentive white head.

The aroma is light for the style, particularly for an American iteration of the style, with sweet, bready grain being the star of the show. Very little yeast presence, which is found in my favorite Marzens. Nothing offensive, but tame.

Tastes like it smells: bready, lightly nutty grain up front, and then a mild bitterness that is nonetheless too bitter in comparison to the grain and un-balances the beer somewhat. It's still plenty drinkable, though.

Sep 03, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can stamped H060 1312:54 poured into a mug at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright copper amber in color with very light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is faint with toasted malt. The taste is heavily toasted malt over tangy, grainy base malt with herbal, earthy hop flavors and moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Cleanly lagered. Overall, good. Very tasty, balanced and clean lager. Lacks the malt profile of a top shelf version.

Sep 03, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1+ finger very pale tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: smells more like a pilsner than a marzen;

T: follows the nose up front; toastier and sweeter toward the end; mild bitterness against the sweetness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: an interesting take on the style, but when I want a marzen I don't want something that makes me question the style;

May 02, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber from the can, mild retention, settles to a small ring white ring. Nose is stone fruit, sweet malts, caramel, and a light amount of earthiness. Tastes of brown bread, rye, roasted sweet malts, and caramel with some mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate, light carbonation. Solid!

Dec 24, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

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!

Oct 26, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

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!

Oct 05, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

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

Appearance
Persistent lacy head, clear and bright copper.

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

Flavor
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.

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

Overall
A solid, simple Märzen.

Sep 27, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Sep 26, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Sep 26, 2019
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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.

Sep 25, 2019
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BackMarker from Maryland

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.

Sep 13, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Sep 02, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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?

Sep 02, 2019
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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

2097

Sep 01, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Dec 17, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 14, 2018
Fest Märzen Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 406 ratings