Märzenbier | Westbrook Brewing Co.

MärzenbierMärzenbier
BA SCORE
3.57/5
163 Ratings
MärzenbierMärzenbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by sachsich on 10-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,446
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
163
pDev:
12.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.37/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice orange tinted light amber with a good two inches or more of head strewn across the top. A nice slow fade left behind more then an adequate layer of lace across the top and some very nice side glass lace when it was done. Smell was very nice, quite light and refreshing with a good amount of grain backing and a nice light earthy sort of hop tone. Definitely some spices mixed in as there was just that little extra kick to it. The flavor was pretty much on point with the aroma. A tight mix of grain and earthy flavors mixed in with a good amount of spice, maybe cinnamon or nutmeg, something fairly nice and had a good overall fall feel to it. Very nice light body with a huge amount of carbonation made it go down super smooth and kept it from feeling too filling. Overall this was definitely a quality selection and I am glad I picked it up. Superb drinkability and just a great overall profile. I really enjoyed this

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Photo of orangesol
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -16%

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Märzenbier from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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