Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
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3.95 | pDev: 7.59%
Sep 26, 2022
Oct 12, 2018
Notes: It’s that time of year again!!! Bonfires, hiking trails, tailgating (maybe from your driveway). This is basically a german lager spin on Big Red— crisp, malt forward, with a thirst quenching finish.
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brewery Vivant has been hit or miss with me as they tend to stick with a French provisional style and I am apparently not a huge fan of that style. But often they come out with one that is true to their mission and still really good.
This is one of those beers.
Poured unfiltered copper colored with an old ivory colored head that dissipated quickly.
The aroma was effectively lost on my nose which gave me pause, but as my nose is chemically damaged a bit, I often smell little.
The taste though, so different from the Festbiers and Märzen beer I have been trying. Yea it has the bready malts and touch of grassy hops, but it’s the caramelized sugar that sets it apart. Really quite tasty.
The feel was good for the style, I think I could easily drink it by the liter.
OA, maybe not the most traditional, but a really nice spin on the style.
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Canned on 6/18/22; consumed on 9/12/22

Pours a foggy, orange-copper body capped with a finger and a half of fluffy, pale beige foam; decent head retention leaves a thin veil of cap, slight, frothy collar, and a sparse spattering of webby/spotty lacing dotting the walls of the glass.

Aroma brings a steady minerality with a brown bread backdrop, leaving brown sugar to coat the middle of the bouquet as touches of root beer find a brief sensation of lemony hop intrusion before notes of mild toast return balance.

Taste shows bread crusts and toast, with oncoming minerality cutting the sweetness of brown sugar over the mid-palate; a familiar tinge of lemony hops lingers into subtler sarsaparilla on the back end.

Mouthfeel features a lighter body with a brief fluff of moderate carbonation; airy textures meet a robust roast over the mid-palate, melding to a clean, silky fluff over time and drying in turn on the finish.

Both occasionally sweet and awkwardly hoppy, the baseline Märzen characteristics of bready malt and well-lagered minerality persist with enough detail to produce a passable take on the style.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by WDJersey from Colorado

Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is clear but is dark coppery amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a narrow collar around the edge and some delicate wisps of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose with notes of caramel.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of brown sugar and caramel sweetness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very clean and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the taste of this beer to be somewhat complex and sweetness was contributed by the toasted malts, caramel and brown sugar.

Serving type: can
Oct 05, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Single can from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, Mi. Suspect nearing the end of Octoberfest beer season but this one is amazing.
Pours a deep clear copper colour with creamy light beige head.
Aroma is bready, hints of molasses, and caramel malt, almost a touch smoky, nutty.
Tastes of smooth sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, again a hint of smokiness, some floral, earthy hops, with perfect balance of malty sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness.
Full malty sweet mouthfeel with active carbonation and a wonderful creaminess.
Absolutely great.
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16 ounce can into dimpled mug, canned on 10/1/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an awesome Marzen. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel for the style. Awesomely clean/rich dark/Munich malts; with solid noble hop presence/balance. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, impressively spot on style example as expected.
Oct 11, 2019
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