Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #407
Ranked #44,067
3.61 | pDev: 12.19%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Notes: The Märzenbier is an Octoberfest-style amber lager brewed with Vienna, Munich, and Caramunich malts and lightly hopped with German Perle hops. The Bavarian lager yeast leaves a clean, malt focused beer perfect for drinking by the liter outside in the cool fall weather!

25 IBU
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 165 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber with a bottled on date of 9.25.15

L - Copper, with 1/2 a finger of head, no lacing really

S - Toasted malts, ready, and moderate sweetness. Very light aroma - have to dig deep to get it

T - Sweet, malty, standard German style brew. Ready

F - Thin body, light carbonation (maybe because its over a year old)

O - This one is over a year old so I think its lost some of its crispness, but a good take on the style

Dec 31, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.31/5  rDev -36%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. There is very clearly consistency issues with this beer, as expanded on below.

This one pours a murky cherry red. The haze on this beer was unbelievable, and entirely inappropriate for the style. It was almost milky in appearance, and just looked super unappetizing.

Smells like nothing really, a bit of overwrought lager yeast, and some light bready malt.

This is clearly a very bad bottle, and it seems Westbrook had some issues with this beer. It's got sort of a dead yeast flavor. The beer feels lifeless and just wrong, with a bit of a metallic thing going on, too. There is a very flat malt backbone to it, slightly bready, but just not all that expressive.

This is not drinkable, at all, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is wrong on basically every count when it comes to the style. Not recommended.

Jan 20, 2016
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ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may have gotten a bad bottle, color was spot on but mine was very murky. Couldn't come close to seeing through it. Taste was ok -- not my favorite of the style.

Nov 14, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of coppery orange color with a white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. Smelled slightly bready and more like caramel. The taste was okay but left me wanting more. It was sweet and had the caramel and yeast notes like in the nose. There was not much else happening here. It seemed a little more bitter than other marzens I have had. It was a decent beer that I enjoyed.

Nov 07, 2015
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cab4514 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good bready amber Marzen. I've had it on tap at the brewery and out of the bottle. Not light like many Octoberfests. It has a slight caramel flavor. Definitely one of my fall beers this year.

Oct 12, 2015
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DaBurls from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great clean Oktoberfest. Very light on malts and hops; along with some caramel and very light earthy flavor that I couldn't figure out. It has a sweet citrus taste that depending on when it is bottled might be different. The bottle I had was bottled on 9/25. The color was an amber color with a great light head on it. I think westbrook did a great job with the beer but, for me, it wont be my go to Oktoberfest. Still a very clean and tasty beer to drink. Cheers

Oct 12, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a great deal of thick froth that lasted throughout. Tastes of grain and malt with a wine like sweetness that seemed to dissipate as it warmed. Touches of maple, pecan, caramel and nut. There is a bit of a metallic flavor that ruins it a bit.

Oct 10, 2015
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears a dark amber color; a slight bit darker than most marzen's I have encountered.. a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass... smells of yeast, malt and autumn spice. Drinks very easily with a consistent lager-like taste. This is a middle to upper class Oktoberfest in my opinion, not quite as much spice as I would like but definitely super smooth and drinkable.

Oct 09, 2015
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle is and old one, it says the is was bottled on September 1st of 2012. Nice one. Poured into a pint glass.

A: The foam was too much when I started pouring. It then evolved to the right amount of 1.5 finger sized beige head with retention and lacing. The body is perfect, being orange and crystalline, looking more like an IPA than a Märzen. Great.
S: The smell is indeed weak, you can barely feel anything. You can almost try to feel a earthy yeast and some weak hops in here.
T: It's amazingly sweet. It has a very characteristic bready tone to it while being medium strong on hops, like it a lot.
M: It's weird, to say the least. I guess the mouthfeel of this beer makes the presence of alcohol even bigger, which tends to go the other way around. The kick together with this profile of alcohol leaves and dry impression in your mouth as if you were drinking a beer with high IBU level but at the same time it's close to belgian recipes where you get the kick and start salivating as hell. Weird. I won't say I don't like it. But it's weird.
O: My first Westbrook and my first Märzen. Overall, I'm pleased with this. Even more being a 625ml bottle.

Jul 09, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber producing 2+ fingers of tan, foamy, moderately lived head that leaves a wash of soapy lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, roasted nuts, dark bread, fruity with thin caramel/brown sugar & just a hint of hop essence in the background. Taste is toasted & caramel malt, bread, a hint of chocolate, roasted nuts followed by a tangy & faintly bitter hop bite & a metallic hint that intensifies through the finish & into the aftertaste with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy but lightly prickly, very dry & acidic on the tongue.

Mar 20, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of earthy yeast and spicy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, starting out with initial flavors of toasted malts and bits of caramel and finishing with earthy notes of yeast and spicy notes of hops. Slight hints of maple syrup are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice American representation of a German Oktoberfest. While it has a lot of malty flavors in the taste, it's not that heavy on the palate and goes down rather easily.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 06, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This is an Octoberfest-style amber lager brewed with Munich and Caramunich malts and hopped with German noble hop varieties. The Bavarian lager yeast leaves a clean, malt-focused beer perfect for drinking by the liter outside in the cool fall weather." Brewed in the style of a Märzen/Oktoberfest beer. Available as a fall release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamy head of a pale tan color over a moderately hazy orange body. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity malt, sourdough bread, pear and tart apple ciders, smells much like unfermented mash. Somewhat tea-like. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Bready, biscuity malt profile with a tough of grainy caramel and cocoa on the finish, slightly more gruff and malty than the aroma with less fruit and acidity to account for. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation generates a frothy texture for a sudsy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet and earthy over bitter. Alcohol presence is mild, there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Noticed my local store got last year's batch in this fall which means these bottles are quite old and likely not up to their prime. Nonetheless it's a somewhat enjoyable Oktoberfest-style lager with a great deal of malt character to go with it. 3.5

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s

Nov 11, 2014
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GilGarp from Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Bomber served fresh and cold into a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy amber orange color with thin white head. It settles to a skim layer and leaves just a little lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty with orchard fruit and German lager yeast.

Flavor is balanced and drinkable with low bitterness. Multigrain bread, caramel, and a faint citrus note in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and enjoyable as a perfect autumn beer.

Overall a very good marzen and a style that deserves to be enjoyed this time of year.

Oct 29, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light. Noble hop character, big malty backbone. Pretty good. Would probably drink a lot of this outside in a beer garden.........................

Oct 27, 2014
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Gmann from New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy beige head that settles into a light cap. 3.5

The aroma is doughy, big Munich malt nose. There is a bit of peppery spice from the hops. Some honey and caramel notes. 3.75

The taste is doughy with a steely caramel wave. Strong metallic notes mix with a light berry note. Spicy and grassy hops provide a needed bitter offset. Taste reminds me of a hoppy bock mixed with a Vienna lager. Tastes like a German brew with ample hop usage. 3.75

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet with an earthy bitterness. Nice balance. Slightly sticky in the finish. 3.75

A very earthy German style brew. It's good but probably needs to dial back on the hops just a bit. 3.75

Oct 18, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dont know what the low ratings are for here. this is one of the more flavorful and yet dry takes on the style i can recall, certainly of this season for me. its dark amber, malty for sure, german, classic marzen type base to it, and a balancing hop finish. the flavor is like the nose, definitely malt driven, but where a lot of these devolve into molasses sweetness and tangy tannins, this one doesnt, it stays rich without ever getting sweet, and the lager yeast dries it out flawlessly in the finish. if i was going to have one octoberfest lager for the season, it would be this one. infinitely drinkable and really round in feel. sturdy abv but not over the top, and there are some real solid hops in the finish that bitter it up just enough. very authentic take, as good as any imported version. nice carbonation, lighter medium body, no complaints from me. this is what i like in the style.

Oct 13, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into pint glass

pours an amber color, minimal head. sweet malt aroma, a bit earthy. Taste is a clean, slightly sweet malt flavor, easy drinking. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

Oct 04, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours amber with a one finger off white head and OK lacing.

Aroma: Moderate cereal/maliard/ caramel aroma. Neutral yeast/hops.

Flavor: Grainy malt bill up front. Tastes like caramel malt and shredded wheat cereal. Light grassy hop character emerges too for a nice layer of complexity.

Feel: Light bodied and refreshing while still malt forward.

Overall: One of my favorite American interpretations.

Oct 04, 2014
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $6.48 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-orange body with a finger and finger only of white foam.

Smell: Sweet accented bready, softly toasted malts with a slender waft of fruit and nuts. Very meager hop note, but I'm getting to this a bit later than I probably should. I was unfair and I apologize for my poor behavior.

Taste: Bready maltiness, lightly toasty, blended with a restrained toffee-like sweetness, a swell of fruitiness, toasted cashew, and subtle spiciness from the lightly bitter Perle hops. The sweet maltiness and almost berryish fruitiness persists after the bitter subsides on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Just on the underside of medium carbonation.

Overall: Not perfect, but smooth, drinkable, served alongside some grilled cheddarwurst from local Heywood's Provision.

Feb 02, 2014
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Bung from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Dark gold, oranged hued pour. Half finger of white head.

Aroma, Bready malt. Light caramel. Lighter yet herbal German style hops.

Taste, Much more toasted malt. Well done peanut brittle. Peat and leather are heavy. Almost a pumpernickel bready-ness. Some of the herbal hops linger along with the leather and bread.

Nearly medium body, good carbonation. Drinks easily for a stronger tasting marzen. Would recommend this for the style.

This years batch seems well done to me. Guessing this doesn't age well, which should be no surprise for the style.

Oct 14, 2013
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UnderPressure from South Carolina

2.09/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear copper colored beer. Not much head to speak of. Not much visible fizz either. Zero lacing.

Sharp, slightly metallic roasted malt aroma. A little bit of spicy hops.

A balance of roasted malt and hops up front with a funky aftertaste that is hard to describe. Kind of roasty, bitter and sour (not in a good way).

Medium bodied, under carbonated, crisp, dry finish.

I was excited to try this beer. Overall, it was a pretty big let down. I'm glad I didn't buy an entire growler. Sorry, Westbrook. I'll keep drinking your beers, but not this one.

Feb 26, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to dogdoc for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: A deep copper to light brown in color, with a three-finger off-white head that lasts remarkably well. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Bready malt, a nondescript fruity sweetness, and maybe some caramelized brown sugar.

T: Sweet malts, some fruity esters, some hop bitterness, and a tangy, almost astringent acidic flavor. This flavor ruins the beer for me, although it did recede somewhat as the beer warmed over a half-hour or so.

M: Body is on the thin side, tons of carbonation (almost over-carbonated). Low alcohol presence.

O: It wasn't a drainpour or anything, but the astringent flavor on the palate ruined the beer for me. One of the few WB beers I've had that I didn't care for.

Jan 14, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 18 Sept. 2012 poured into a Sam Adams lager glass at about 42F.
A: Pours a medium orange-amber color with a bubbly tan head that has moderate retention and leave spotty lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.
S: Smells pleasantly malty with spicy hop tones and hints of citrus fruit and baked bread.
T: The flavor largely follows, The initial sweet malt flavor is soon followed by bitter earthy and spicy noble hops that eventually dominate the malts. The aftertaste is mildly bitter and slightly nutty and yeasty.
M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation making it a bit fizzy; semi-dry finish.

O: A decent Oktoberfest beer, although a bit more hoppy, less refined, and less drinkable than usual or ideal for this style.

Jan 13, 2013
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TheDinger from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. A solid amber pour, cidar like with some active carbonation. A smallish off white head that faded quickly. Smell was true to the style with seasonal spices, carmel, nutmeg, allspice and pine notes. Taste was where it went bad for me. Noble hops take over the malts and put a bitter finish on this brew. A bit of a hop bomb which is not my speed. The front end is nice, but give way to over the top German hops. The feel is medium with plenty of carbonation and light on the tongue. Overall- Just can't get past the over the top hops that steal the complexity and malts. Just pretty average and will not be hitting another-

Nov 03, 2012
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from GBX.

Amber to orange color with streaks of red showing through. 1-finger cap of foam, with little retention. Not much in the way of lace.

Caramel and bread malts with light pine and floral hops define the nose. About right for the style.

Lots of bread malt, touches of caramel, a bit of strawberry licorice without the sweetness and a touch of pine hops in the finish. A bit hoppier than most marzens, but I like it.

Body has a touch of syrup, but otherwise very drinkable.

A solid marzen with a hoppy twist on the style.

Oct 25, 2012
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 165 ratings