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
Reviews by dexterk1:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Thin caramel syrup with little lacing or foam. Nice in a snifter.

Smell: Very medicinal; reminds me of Coca-Cola with the bitterness and sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, very medicinal. There's definitely some sort of plant brewed with this. The waitress told me what but I can't remind exactly what it is. Very evident though. Tasty too! Definitely more bitter than sweet, but it balances both pretty well. Light mouthfeel like a lager. Crisp.

Overall: A cool take on a seasonal classic.

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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 cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Overall pretty average, nothing worth buying again.

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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 MispeledStalion
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelCity
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

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 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 LacquerHead
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was okay. I was expecting a little bit more flavor. But it was a good take on the marzen style.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 tfidler
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

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 leprechaunandfatman
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of FBGordon
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Other End Beer Garden into a room temp tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a rich copper with an off-white head that settles into a thin ring around the edges with some lacing.

S: Wonderful in the nose. Notes of graham cracker, sweet caramel, orange candy and bubble gum. Makes me hungry for Thanksgiving Dinner.

T: So tasty. Again some bubble gum complimented by orange, caramelized malts and cranberry. A pleasant, non-cloying sweetness settles onto the palate.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation, this is an easy beer to drink.

O: For an Oktoberfest, I'm blown away by this beer. The flavors are a little on the sweet side but not overdone; it's a gorgeous beer that's hard to lay off of. This is far and away my favorite example of the style. Once again, 5 Rabbit puts their spin on a traditional style and comes out with a delicious, well-made beer. I'll be stocking up on this for the Winter.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Served in a 5 Rabbit pint glass at Fountainhead 12/30/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a hazy deep amber with 1/2 a finger of creamy eggshell colored foam on top. A few specks of lace struggled to hang onto the glass. Liked the clarity of this.

S: Interesting combination of Pfeffernüsse and Windmill cookies. Holiday spices with dry toasty malt and a hint of roasted nuts.

T: Exactly as above.

M: Nice full mouthfeel with hints of spice and pepper.

O: Interesting take on this style. Heath and I typically don't gravitate towards Marzens but after reading the description we couldn't resist.

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

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