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3.54 | pDev: 11.02%
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Roguer from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper body, but terrible head retention.

Classic nose, with brown sugar and caramel, grassy hops with a touch of citrus, and a hint of banana from the yeast.

Drinks fairly lively and clean despite the poor head retention.

Flavor is heavy on prune and dark bread. While there was a hint of that on the nose, it’s much stronger on the palate. Much closer to a Bock than what you might expect from an Oktoberfest, but still drinkable and quite tasty.

Jan 20, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Costco 2020 Beer Advent Calendar Day 20. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of caramelized grain and sweet fruit. Tastes of bright fruit with caramelized grain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Jan 10, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

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

L:. Pours a dark copper orange with a foamy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Sweet malt with notes of caramel and toffee, not a lot of hop presence.

T:. Sweet malt mixes with rich caramel and toffee, and a light bitterness. Quite sweet, somewhat reminiscent of a lighter barley wine.

F:. Carbonation feels low with a medium to large body.

O:. This doesn't remind me of a traditional marzen but it is still a pretty solid beer.

Jan 08, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste: semi sweet earthy malts, bready, hint of Fall spices and dark fruit. Same with the nose. Reddish copper hue, clear, tall head some lace. Medium to Med/full body. Smooth sweet Marzen.

Dec 27, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber producing a nice pancake batter head that disappears quickly. The aroma is malty sweet, as is the flavor which is nutty with a hint of roast. Over all, not a bad beer, but not great. Not that it’s overly sweet, there’s just so little hop bitterness to balance.

Dec 21, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can served in a big snifter. EXP 2022/05. Day 20 of advent calendar.

Pours clear ruby amber with a small head, not much carbonation. Smell is rich and grainy, a whiff of grass in the background.

Taste is nice. Nutty, a little toffee, grassy/nutty bitterness, grain sweetness. Maybe the slightest shadow of a yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick. Overall, this is a really nice beer -- would be nicer (to my taste) just slightly less sweet.

Dec 20, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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

Beer #20 in the Advent Calendar.

This one pours a light brown-ish color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells lightly smokey, with dusty hops, light caramel malt, and a bit of floral character.

This is solid, and propped up by that lightly sweet smoky character. There's not a ton of hop character, and the malt backbone is slightly bland and watery, but the smoke is nice.

This is light bodied, clean, and very drinkable, with a thin/watery finish.

This isn't too bad as the calendar has gone so far, but it's bit unmemorable.

Dec 18, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a seethru light copper body with minimal head and no lace. Grassy, earthy aroma with hints of malt. Smooth, clean, light, borderline water, minimal maltiness underneath a grassy, vegetal hoppiness with a bland finish. This isn’t bad but it’s basically a watery and bland beer that isn’t worth trying.

Dec 09, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm getting tired of looking up which little town the day's Costo Advent calendar entry (and I am not opening the little windows in order). This one is from Northern Bavaria. My grandparents place was a bit south of this.

It pours reddish - pretty - with nice fizz on the glass (that goes away too quickly). The aroma is weak but clean. The taste is nicely balanced malt, yeast and can funk. Disappointing. It finishes OK, but the whole thing is a bit thin and funky. I wouldn't want another one. They can't all be winners.

Not recommended,. Maybe your can will be better.

Nov 29, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coppery color with good carbonation and transient 2 finger foam. Toasted malty, bready taste. Not enough experience with marzen. Easy drinking, not over alcohol taste. Good overall beer.

Jan 01, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 50 cL can into shaker pint glass. Exp 05/2021 stamped on the bottom of the can.
A: Pours a clear light caramel brown-yellow with 1-2 inch frothy white head with decent retention.
S: Light caramel malt, banana, clove, and sweet grain.
T: Lightly sweet caramel malt and hints of banana and sweet grain.
M: Light body. Oily feel. Malty sweetness.
D: Decent example of style.

Dec 25, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate burnt orange + ruby red + brassy + medium golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted, bready, grainy, and very lightly smoked malts with a very light amount of grainy sweetness. Light aromas of earthy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of toasted, bready, grainy, and very lightly smoked malts with a very light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of earthy + spicy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and definitely a slightly different twist on a märzen with the introduction of slightly smokey malts. Definitely one that I would have again.

Dec 25, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Off the bat it should be noted that the brewery refers to this as a märzen rauchbier - the malts are smoked before being used to brew the beer. With that in mind ...

Pours a clear dark orange tinged brown color. Thin off-white head dissipates steadily leaving just a thin ring of foam along the edge of the top of the beer and a thin splotch of bubbles in the center.

Aroma has some notes of fresh baked whole grain bread, a bit of peppery spice, and some earthy hops. As the beer warms, it does take on a nutty-like flavor.

Taste has notes of bread up front quickly followed by some nutty malts with a distinct peppery spice to it. There is just a hint of smokiness to this beer, but its extremely subtle and could easily miss it until the beer warms. Noticeable bitterness from the hops on the back end. There is also a nice minerally quality to this beer that must come from the water they use.

Feel is light, smooth and drinkable. Semi-dry finish. Light to moderate carbonation.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one - the light smokiness as the beer warms is quite nice. This is one of those beers from the calendar that I'd actually pick up on its own if it was around.

Dec 15, 2019
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ZlaVydra from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious maerzen which reminds me more of the maltier US amber ales than the Oktoberfest style. Don't think hopheads will care for this one. I could drink this all day, but amber is my jam.

Dec 13, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium bodied with just below average carbonation
...aroma is malty,spice grainy sweet doughy bread
Taste is malt followed by bread,grain,yeast
Overall an enjoyable beer even if I wasn't blown away

Dec 12, 2019
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JakeMorgan13 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer! One of my favorite Marzens I've ever had. I could drink a couple of these easy. Nice malt, toasty flavor but not to heavy. Thanks, I'll definitely keep an eye out for another.

Dec 11, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. 2019 Costco Advent calendar. Deep copper colored ale with a foamy beige head that dissipates quickly. Malty aroma of grain and caramel along with spicy herbal hops. Flavorful with notes of nutty toasted grain, caramel, toffee, along with a bolder spicy, herbal hop presence. Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes a little more bitter than I'd like for the style. Decent overall, but there are many other Märzens I'd choose over this one.

Dec 11, 2019
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entheos from California

1.9/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Unpleasant taste with a lot of weight that’s unsatisfying. It would appear I do not like a Marzen, but then I have not had many to compare. I may never do a beer advent calendar again if so many are such disappointments!

Dec 11, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An OK Marzen from the Kalea Advent Calendar.
Hosl has an average Looking Marzen; more amber and more foam and lace would be nice. Smells are mostly malt, perhaps evenly doughy and roasted. Tastes follow, but introduce the herbs and hops to keep it balanced and barely above average. Thinner than the master Marzens and needing more bubbles, an average Feel ends Hosl's Marzen without satisfying me.
Lacks lip-licking quality.

I went on Hosl's website, but the English button didn't work for all pages. So I looked at lots of pretty pictures of this idyllic small brewery in the Bavarian countryside. But their story seems certainly similar to other Bavarian brewers that we rarely see Stateside. So, I'm glad to enjoy this while I can... before Advent runs out.

Dec 11, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours copper with an off white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has a toasty aroma. It has a bit of doughiness to it with some herbal notes.

Taste: It has a toast and doughy flavor. There is an herbal element light in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with some moderate bitterness.

Overall, the flavors are a bit different from most Marzens I've had. The herbal flavor is a bit stronger than I like.

Dec 11, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

$ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 11/22/19.
Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried 0.5L glass stein.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light orange, clear.
Body – Gold, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 12 cm, stabilizing at three cm, aggressive center pour), off white, high density, average retention, diminishing to three mm crown and a complete cap. Some small three-dimensional islands of lacing remain on the side of the glass.
Lacing – Fair. Partial bands of tiny to small bubbles with stalactites. See also above.
Aroma – 3 - Roasted and woody like roasted peanut shells, no malt or hops.
Flavor – 3 - Taste follows smell, slightly bitter, and ends dry. No alcohol (5.3 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. Tastes a bit odd for a marzen, woody but not like you get with barrel-aging or smoked malt – like chewing on a piece of not particularly aromatic wood.

Nov 22, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tenth can in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Brewer's Advent calendar.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500ml) can into a custom taster pint; exp 05/2021.
A: Pours crystal clear, amber color with a nearly one finger, short lived, orange-wheat colored head, rim retention, and little lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, cocoa, dark bread crust, and pepper.
T: semisweet. Flavors solidly follow the nose, emphasizing caramel and pepper, with a citrus note. Very light bitterness.
M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.
O: A delicious and flavorful German Märzen. After a long evening spent in a training lab, was nice to come home to.

Nov 20, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (19 months from today, after being imported?) poured into a krug at fridge temp 5.3% ABV per can label. The beer pours bright copper amber in color with light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with cocoa, toasted bread and smoke. The taste is more of the same with nutty, lightly smokey toasted & chocolate malt before a medium bitter herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with slightly above average carbonation and a dry finish. No off flavors or major (brewing) flaws. Overall, ok to good. A little watery, a little too carbonated and a touch too bitter along with a strange (for a marzen) flavor profile. The taste actually becomes more Marzen-like as it warms. This can came from the Costco advent calendar.

Oct 19, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is malty in nature with lots of cereal grain and a decent showing of some caramel and a bit of harvest fruit of apple and pear. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a corn and a touch of hay and yeast.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter harvest fruit taste that is matched by a ton of cereal grain and bread. The sweet remains strong throughout the taste while the grainy lessens in intensity as the taste advances. While the grain lessens, it is replaced by a doughy taste which keeps the malt up high. All the while, a touch of earth and hay come to the tongue to leave one with a sweet and malty, but very easy going and robust bready/malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and chewiness as well as being average in carbonation. Overall, for a brew of its style and abv. of 5.3 % it is very fitting, making an easy drinking and non-overwhelming, but enjoyable and flavorful medium overall.
Overall – It is a slightly more malty and sweet marzen overall, but is very approachable, drinkable, and flavorful brew overall. Pretty nice overall.

Oct 03, 2019
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tulip from the can.

Appearance: Dark gold color coming nearly amer-ish with medium bubbles to the body and a white head rising maybe half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Has a bad hop scent, smells very raw yeast which is good and bad but not my cup of tea when it comes to marzens.

Taste: Sweet and creamy, light malts coming off extra bitter.

Mouth: Dry and medium to heavy carbonation. Semi full body, leaves a light sticking taste to the mouth.

Overall: Descent brew, came in a variety pack and feel this beer is too similar to the others. Salud!

Nov 30, 2018
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