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Privatbrauerei Hösl
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #317
Ranked #26,805
3.55 | pDev: 10.7%
Dec 21, 2021
Nov 24, 2015
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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Contract brewed by Egerer.

Deep dark brass gold, with hinting chestnut brown highlights. Some good mix of lively and slow rising carbonation, and some fine and light pin head sized making for a great appearance through a very clear body. Fluffy topped good white head. Three fingers also, filled with swiss cheese small bubbles and a creamy island whipped top. Big clingy lace and even chunky in places. Excellent looking marzen on the lighter side.

Aroma comes off as better than average. Real nice bread like and very toasty sensing malts, with hints of toasted brown bread and touches of light crispy toffee sweetness. A nice light herbal and spicy hop accent shows up also to take away some of the sweetness for counter balance nicely too. Excellent nose as well.

Palate manages to stay in the zone and not get overblown. Crispy palate, almost mineral like in flavor through a decent supportive mouthfeel and backbone. Light toffee and crisp and clean mineral finishes. Mid palate has a bit of hop play but doesn't get much showcase through a lighter feel. Crispy faint toffee notes and nearly crackery dry surprisingly too.

Doesn't have the malt richness of other marzens but maintains a good solid foundation that's definitely good enough to enjoy.

Dec 21, 2021
3.74 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
3.5 by Birdlegs from Washington on Mar 31, 2021
3.53 by alwaysneipa from California on Mar 22, 2021
3.74 by BlueSpader from Washington on Feb 28, 2021
3.68 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Feb 23, 2021
Photo of Roguer
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

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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3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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
Photo of Parmesan
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

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
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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
3.34 by CRK from South Dakota on Dec 22, 2020
3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 21, 2020
Photo of Gordono
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Gordono from Nevada

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
3.45 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Dec 20, 2020
3.42 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 20, 2020
Photo of snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

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
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
3.54 by 22Blue from Kansas on Dec 17, 2020
Photo of clayrock81
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by clayrock81 from Florida

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
3.5 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Dec 01, 2020
Photo of schoolboy
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by schoolboy from Ohio

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
4.27 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Oct 24, 2020
Photo of DucksFan16
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

2020 Costco beer advent calendar box

Oct 02, 2020
3.85 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jul 26, 2020
3.58 by TP2MSU from Michigan on May 31, 2020
3.01 by F_riedrich from Germany on Apr 16, 2020
Photo of Bottek007
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bottek007

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
3.73 by gefinley from California on Jan 01, 2020
3.5 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2019
Photo of mwilbur
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by mwilbur from Minnesota

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
Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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
3.76 by pkalix from California on Dec 21, 2019
3.5 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Dec 20, 2019
Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

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
3.57 by Brian_Pheiffer from California on Dec 14, 2019
Photo of ZlaVydra
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ZlaVydra from Georgia

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
3.94 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Dec 13, 2019
3.4 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Dec 13, 2019
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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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