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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #460
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3.52 | pDev: 11.93%
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Photo of Bottek007
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of ZlaVydra
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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
State is malt followed by bread,grain,yeast
Overall an enjoyable beer even if I wasn't blown away

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Photo of JakeMorgan13
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of entheos
1.9/5  rDev -46%
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!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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 that lip-licking quality.

I went on Hosl's website, but the English button rarely worked. 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.

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Photo of hman43
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25


Below is review from 2017 where I was not impressed 2 years later in 2019 here we go:


L: Marzen copper gold Amber with a fluffy cream head

A: malted caramel

T: nutty, caramel, vanilla, earthy

F: just right, creamy medium mouthfeel

O: not sure if it's because I'm drinking it fresher as in November and not December but the color is also different so I suspect they brew a totally different beer and the latter 2019 is a huge improvement.


L: pale gold, straw body with soapy foam head

A: malt. 4.25

T: starts off very creamy with caramelly malts and honey followed by alcohol burn and metallic aftertaste 3.25

F: creamy medium mouthfeel 3.5

O: just alright, nothing special 3.25

Scored 3.23

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Photo of josanguapo
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From Costco. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Bioshock Remastered. Very malty, a bit more sweet than I like my beers to be but not up to the point of becoming unpleasant. Stronger hop presence would help

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Costco Bier Advent Calendar, it pours a clear golden amber with a really nice head that lasts a while. Little scent reaches the nose. The flavor is lightly sweet and malty, extremely drinkable.

2019 update: Yum!

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Photo of txmilligan
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured up as a sparkling clear copper color, no sedimentation to speak of, with a well developed dirty ecru head. Nothing all that noticeable in the aroma. Nice flavor with a tiny hint of bitter, with the malt flavor coming in subtly. Smooth in the mouth. Good beer.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hösl's Marzenbier poured with very little head which almost completely dissipated. It is high in clarity with a steady column of bubbles. It looks a deep gold with hint of amber, a 7 or 8 on the SRM scale.

The aroma is mostly the typical lager grain smell. I expected more as it warmed and some light malt smell did appear, but little else. The flavor is simple, straight-forward, and leaning towards sweet. It has a very nice, clean profile- no off flavors to be found. Though it is simple, I do get a light shade of toffee on the aftertaste. A big sting follows the swallow- the beer doesn't otherwise seem particularly carbonated, but it definitely leaves a burn in the mouth.

While I like a little more nuance in my beers, Hösl's Marzenbier is otherwise enjoyable. It is crisp without being too light, sweet without overpowering, and just heavy enough to sit on the palate properly for this time of year.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another nice malty German beer from the Costco Advent Calendar 2016. I decided to start drinking these right away since the dating on all of the 500 ml cans is 01/07/16. Then I remembered that most of Europe puts the day before the month. So these were canned on July 1 and are best by July 2017.

Dark Amber color, small head with moderate lacing. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of Shadman
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker amber/burnt orange colour.
Grainy malt aroma that shows up with the first swig. Not as sweet as I was expecting. Bitterness comes through slightly spicy/grassy. Good smooth feel.
Another solid German Brew..

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can of "Marzenbier" marked as 5.6% ABV and stamped on the bottom of the can with a production date of July 2015 and a EXP(iration) date of Sept. 2016. Improved with warming.

This is true to style. Moderately malty and more malty that hoppy until the aftertaste. Lightly sweet up front with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hints of caramel, vanilla, herbs and baked bread.

Appearance: attractive, deep amber body topped by a durable white head that leaves patterned lacing.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and medium+ carbonation.

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