Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager | Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style LagerWoodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 06-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of moseefus
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Jacobpaul81
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Belgian Beer Goblet, 10/20/2010 - Enjoyed with some braised pork loin and baked fettuccine.

A: Beautiful, dark orange-brown color, tan brown head, maybe 1/4 inch, nice lacing.

S: Aroma reeks of Marzen. Lots of Malty sweetness, warmed honey, caramel, some rich toffee, vanilla and you get a moderate woody scent of fresh oak from the barrel aging process. Wood is present but not overpowering. Really nice pairing of scents.

T: Right off, for a beer with a high ABV, this does not taste it. Beer pairs vanilla, caramel and toffee malts with a warm oakiness and hop bitterness. Incredibly well balanced. Very dry finish with some woodiness in the finish. Starts sweet and mellows as you drink.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation with lots of fine carbonation bubbles. This goes down so smooth. Remarked that it had a Brandy like feel.

D: This is very drinkable. Smooth, medium bodied, and the movement from malt and sweet to hop to the dry finish is perfect. The ultimate Marzen beer.

I've ordered 10 more bottles. After enjoying this, I am finding it hard to gauge other beers. By far the best Marzen I've every tasted and arguably the best beer. Very warm and sweet and the perfect accompaniment for an autumn meal.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is THE best Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. Period.

Here is what is going on in the aroma and flavor proflie:
Fallen leaves
Chocolate Covered Orange Rind
Tree Bark
Plastic Jug
Slight Smokiness
Nutty like Pecan Pralines, wait, just like Pecan Pralines

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Espenoza for hooking me up on this one. You are the man!

A: Copper amber woodyness.

S: Almond walnut sugar praline on the nose - intoxicating! Oakey pine and sugar come to mind.

T: Earthy caramel, wood

M: Carbonation - light to medium after sitting for a couple minutes. Head a light tan

D: Best lager I have ever had. Would love to score some more to savor this one!

This is THE best Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. Period.

Here is what is going on in the aroma and flavor proflie:
Fallen leaves
Chocolate Covered Orange Rind
Tree Bark
Plastic Jug
Slight Smokiness
Nutty like Pecan Pralines, wait, just like Pecan Pralines

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle at capones.

A- glowing orange brown with beautiful clarity. Just a skin of a head but hell it an 11 abv lager.

S- fruity and rich with sweet malts, coconut, papaya. Mild hints of the oak.

T- sweet up front with honey, caramel, toffee, dark bread. Lots of tropical fruit with coconut and mangosteen. Oak and vanilla close things out.

M- medium to full body with a lite carb. So smooth and creamy.

D- god damn this is a fucking lager? How did he do this? Best lager I've ever had. And almost no hint of the abv. I'm in love.

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Photo of philbe311
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle at Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - Two fingers worth of rich creamy slightly off white colored head... Never have I seen such unrelenting retention... A glowing orange amber color...

S - The oak is simply intoxicating... It dominates and does so in a good way... There are undertones of some toasted malts and mild tropical fruitiness...

T - Caramel... Subtle pineapple... Golden raisins... Coconut... Vanilla... Oak... Wonderful balance and complexity...

M - There's smooth and smoother, but this one may be the smoothest of them all... Ever so slightly sticky... This one goes down sip after sip after sip... Smooth, creamy, and exceptional... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Oh so good...

D - I could sip away at this each and every night and be a very happy camper... There's no hiding the 11% ABV, but this one is a winner all the way around... There aren't enough accolades to describe this one adequately... Sophisticated, smooth, and in a league of it's own about sums it up...

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap when it was a pilot beer. I think the one I had was with Brett. This review is for the standard bottle.

A: Mahogany amber in color with a bounding, just off-white head. Moderate carbonation.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet, maltiness intially, but followed with lots of barrel notes. Coconut, wood, cedar, and even a hint of pineapple. End the end I even get some hops to round it out. They are floral and light in aroma, but there. Damn nice.

T: Lots of flavor here. As one would expect from a double marzen, there is a boat load of maltiness. Lots of caramel character too. It is that rich, thick caramel flavor, like one would expect from a caramel candy. Not a ton of toffee flavor but some. The barrel aging really made this beer stellar. The burnt coconut and cedar flavors really round this out well. Very rich flavors overall. The hops are present enough to let you know this beer has them. Some herbal and earthy quality, but not a ton. This was really an exceptional beer. Very flavorful.

M: Rich, medium-heavy bodied. Creamy and smooth. Finishes dry enough to invite the next drink.

D: Wow. I was really impressed with this beer. For the 25 dollar price tag it needed to be exceptional. It lived up to the price. I will likely buy another and cellar it. A really great beer.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to start this off by saying, don't expect this to taste like any other Marzen you've had. This isn't your great granny's oktoberfest.

Deep rusty amber with a sustained dirty white head.

A wallop of clean toasty oak is introduced in the aroma. Followed by notes similar to burnt caramel, toasted coconut and vanilla. But again, it's oaky.

Enchanting soft, clean oak, burnt toffee, maple, butter, and vanilla roll across my tongue and down my undeserving gullet. Layer upon layer of complexity unfolds as this opens up. Rich body, pleasantly effervescent, yet very smooth in texture.

It's as if God grew an oak tree, cut it down, made some barrels from it, then asked Doug Odell to make a beer to put in it. He did that. Very well. This is what happened folks. The best Woodcut yet.

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Photo of gwguest
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown, corked and caged bottle into an old style Boulevard Smokestack Chalice.

Right after the cork pops, the aroma of sweet oakyness fills the room. It's quite an impression right off the bat. There's no choice but to review the aroma first. What a fantastic smell. Layers of sweet malty notes with a raging undercurrent of fresh oak. It's really blissful. I love it. I wish everything smelled like this.

Pours a not quite ruby, but still orange-ish body that is brilliant in clarity. Foam is minimal, but a cream color that rapidly disappears leaving no lacing. A very pretty color for a double Marzen; exactly what I would expect. Slight points off for the foam and lack of lacing.

The flavor of this beer is really phenomenal. This is the first Woodcut that I've enjoyed and would quickly buy again. This beer is a fantastic balance of oak tannin, strong malt backbone with several threads of sweetness worked in. Hops are not a player here. It's a perfectly complex, yet clean malt and oak masterpiece. It's quite the beer to savor.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sticky with plenty of body. I may have preferred it to be a notch drier.

Drink ability is high considering the strength, but I would be hesitant to finish a whole bottle on my own.


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Photo of jakenunes
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 4433 Date May 2010 Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, big wood Appearance: Unfiltered, dark amber, little head or lacing Flavor: Complex, caramel, vanilla, amaretto, a little golden raisin, and alcohol Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, viscous Overall: This beer is magically delicious. I wish it had a little more carbonation, otherwise...awesome!

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Photo of nickhiller
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: whopping two finger head that stubbornly refuses to die down; thick, frothy rings of lace--some of the best head retention and body I've seen. Deep and dark ruddy brown color.

S: strong smell of green apples and some malt with no suggestion of the oak notes

T: sweet (just short of sickly) malt, earth, dried leaves, smoke, I don't know how else to describe it other than that it's like tasting your way through autumn. Warming alcohol (shockingly subtle for the 11% ABV) and a dry finish round out the close, the alcohol serving to cleanse the palate so that your tongue is free to taste the next round of flavors: a nice lingering oak and vanilla, maybe even a hint of cedar and smokey barbecue, for an aftertaste

M: solid wall of carbonation, sharp and crisp, carries the body and alcohol in perfect balance with the ensuing flavors

D: Odell never disappoints. With every offering I become a bigger and bigger fan. Unlike some of the other extremer breweries currently ruling the airwaves, Odell always seems to take a more subtle approach, one that denotes refinement and an impeccable taste. And this beer is no different. Even with the 11% ABV, I could see myself ordering round after round. Crisp, clean, full-bodied and extremely well balanced, I think they nailed both the style and the season with this one (it literally tastes like Fall). Thank you Odell!

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Photo of regspeir
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle @ Capone's
Pours a orangish-copper with a one-finger tan head. Nose is apricots, raisins, oak and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is wonderfully complex - darks fruits, almonds with the whiskey and oak along with some sweet malt and vanilla in the back. Finish is crisp with some mild and pleasant warming. Nicely balanced and such interesting flavors...this would be a near perfect fall treat, although it was pretty wonderful in June. At 11% you must be careful, but with the taste of this, you won't want to be!

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

this guy aged beautifully! sure wish I had saved more when it came out.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of G-Hawk
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JMBSH
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of mfield14
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Bruce, for sharing yet another beer I can't get here on the west coast. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is delightful...tons of cedar and orange scents. Nice whiskey aromas with some sour green apples. Nut and cinnamon as well. Great aroma. Flavor is just as great. Initially its cinnamon with a good amount of cedar and oak. Then I get some citrus hoppiness. Then more oak and whiskey flavors. Lovely orange and citrus flavors throughout. Vanilla and caramel in the finish. Wow, this turned out better than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a creamy, slightly boozy finish. Drinkability is high...very tasty. Overall, I never ever thought I would rate a marzen/octoberfest this high.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Decided to drop the dollars on this just to see what the Woodcut series is all about. The pour is a deep deep amber color. Really quite red in color actually. The head on it is big and sexy a nice thick finger high on it and is an off white color. Great lacing the retention on it.

S= Loads of wood I guess. The wood mixes with caramel malts nicely making a unique smell that I've never quite had in a beer before. There is a slight booze note in the nose. It actually smells a lot like I expected after I heard what this series is about from one of the brewers. It smells like a beer aged in fresh wood.

T= Wow. That is really nice. There is a ton of caramelly malts in it. There isn't nearly as much booze as I thought there would be. The wood in it is amazing. This has a great oaky taste to it. Nice vanilla and a good toast to it. Sort of has a little bit of a "green" taste to it. Not green like the beer is young but green like the wood is young.

M= A nice medium carbonation with a medium body to it.

D= This beer is great. I bought it just to see what the woodcut was about and I am impressed. Are there other brewerys doing a fresh wood aging??? This beer is worth the price and worth checking out. Due to the price I don't think I will be buying another of this one but I'll be buying more Woodcuts to come that's for sure. Great brew.

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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
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