Vida Y Muerte Muertzenbier | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

Vida Y Muerte MuertzenbierVida Y Muerte Muertzenbier
80 Ratings
Vida Y Muerte MuertzenbierVida Y Muerte Muertzenbier

Brewed by:
5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Märzenbier (Oktoberfest-style) brewed with dulce de leche and flavors inspired by hoja santa. Dulce de leche is a type of milk caramel widely used throughout Latin America. Hoja santa is a large leaf commonly used in Oaxacan cuisine due to the richness in its flavor and aroma. A new seasonal that celebrates the traditional Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Added by MasterSki on 12-09-2011

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of BluntedKid
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJWalker
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb-magic
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from what appears to be a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.
Strangely, there's an apparent typographical error on the label - it declares the bottle to hold "1 Pint, 9.4 fl oz.".
I suspect that it does not...

A: First of all, I was under the mistaken impression this was a milk stout – so I was quite surprised when I started pouring and a hazy, very dark gold liquid came out. It forms a thin white head that fades quickly, and has fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Toasted bready malts, caramel and vanilla, with milder pumpkin-type spices – maybe nutmeg and allspice, light cinnamon – but these remain understated.

T: Rich malts with a nice toasty character. Similar spice character to the nose – they are more prominent in the flavors than on the nose, but they still don’t overwhelm the other stuff going on. There's caramel, toffee, and vanilla, and I’ll buy into some lactose sweetness as well but it’s fairly mild. Malt sweetness and fading spices in the hang.

M: The body is a little heavier than average, with somewhat low carbonation sensation – the combination of which leads to a rich mouthfeel. Low alcohol presence.

O: Not my personal favorite, and I was kinda in the mood for a milk stout. I think I saw dulce de leche or whatever the label said and assumed. But for what seems like a spiced malty beer, it’s not half bad. The spices are obvious but not obnoxious...truly a hard line to walk for most brewers. My only complaints are a bit lower carbonation than I think would have been ideal, and it’s overall pretty sweet – maybe a little more roasty character or just a bit more hops would have balanced this a little more. But not bad.
As usual, scores given are for style. My personal preference for this beer would be a few notches lower.

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fall 2014 vintage; drank 12/12/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque red/orange hue.

Eggnog head; almost no lace.

Mild caramel & cream nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, mild caramel & mild cinnamon flavors up front; a slight macro-lager taste on the finish which mars this slightly. Pretty good.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KonigObHops
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a light amber color with an off white head that was one finger-width. There was no lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with the scent of caramel. There seems to be a hint of banana and a hint of cloves.

The initial taste is very sweet, but a specific taste could not be discerned. In the middle, the taste continues to be sweet with hints of caramel. At the end, there is heavy spicing that seemed similar to a Christmas ale. The cloves come through along with the caramel.

The mouthfeel is quite crisp, and the beer warms nicely on the tongue.

This beer was on the Oktoberfest table at the local craft brew store, but it is not an Oktoberfest. It is advertised as a fall seasonal beer, and it would definitely make a nice transition beer from Oktoberfest to winter style beers.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cinnamon, malts. Taste is cinnamon, caramel malts, some other spices, not sure exactly what. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an interesting take on this style.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Satsuma
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark orange-copper body, one finger white head with short retention time, no lacing. Smells of sweet caramel, graham cracker, cinnamon, all-spice. It's interesting for sure. Flavour is similarly spice-forward, cinnamon, allspice, caramel, a bit of milk chocolate, graham cracker. I definitely get a spiced graham cracker flavour here overall, kind of interesting. Good carbonation, medium-thinner body, could use a bit more carbonation and body. Overall, a decent and interesting new beer with some nice caramel and graham cracker flavours, but missing some carbonation and body to it.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This marzen is different. Nice and sweet but not overpowering. Great balance of German malts and spices. Tastes kind of like a cinnamon milk stout. Awesome beer! 4.50

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Photo of M1A2
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe stemmed porter glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Clear bright coppery-amber. Nice color. No head at all though.

Smell: Some hints of orange and cinnamon. A tiny bit of metallic smell as well.

Taste: Quite malty like a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Definite biscuity and toasted malt from start to finish, with some spice accents. There is a mild bitter finish - somewhat metallic and astringent. I'm not picking up the Dulce du Leche caramelized milk sugar though among all the malt. Maybe its in there, but I just can't pick it out. There are aspects of noble hops at the finish, but they're muted.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy at first, then better carbonation. A little thin but sticky on the teeth. A dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: The description on the bottle sounded very inviting and like a neat beer to try. Afterwards, it's like Marzen but it misses the mark. However, it's meant to be a different take on this style and I think it does meet that different take. It's interesting, but not great. I think it's the finish of the beer I'm not enjoying. Maybe this bottle is past fresh.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark bronze, that glows an opaque orange when held to light. Poured with a 1 inch fluffy head that dissipated fairly quick.

S: Rich carmel notes hit you, but are quickly replaced with the scent of green vegetation (hoja santa?). Fall spices then take over.

T: Sweet pumpkin pie are on the foreground, are followed by a wave of cinnamon and allspice, and again that vegetation. I get a third lingering flavor, sweetness remscinent of sweet vermouth.

F: Medium mouthfeel.

O: This is an awesome interpretation of marzen. A style that I never used to get into, it's a little sweet but that hoja santa really pulls through and makes itself known and balances the carmel. A unique beer that would be great for dessert. I also appreciate beers that fit their description, which this certainly does.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: caramel milk sweetness with a dash of Fall spices, smooth and very drinkable.
Red Cooper hue, clear, with a delicate tan head.
malty dulce de leche, with a veggie note to nose.
Medium body.
Unique take on a Marzen.

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Photo of muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour resulted in a very thin layer of white foam that dissipated quickly. Not the best looking beer, but boy does it smell good. caramel and spices greet the nose and follow through in the taste, with the milk caramel leading the way. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost velvety. The milk caramel is sweet, but not too sweet and the spices are reminiscent of pumpkin pie spices. It's almost like an Oktoberfest/Pumpkin hybrid. A very smooth, tasty beer that I will revisit again.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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