Tree House Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #11
Ranked #8,935
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brisk is our German-style Märzenbier conditioned in oak until perfectly softened. Brewed with German Pilsner, Munich, Cara Munich, and Vienna malts, it is fermented cool with a traditional Märzen yeast and then transferred to our horizontal oak lagering tank for extended refinement and conditioning.

With softened noble hop character, accentuated malts, and the ever-so-gentle kiss of American oak, Brisk is crisp, refreshing, and hugely characterful — a triumphant transmutation of Whisper.
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, copper in color with three quarter inch head. Taste is oak, brown bread and light brown sugar. Medium body, moderate low carbonation, slightly sweet. I prefer Whisper but this is solid. Nice sipper.

Oct 03, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Tree House in Sandwich for about fourteen dollars. My one hundred and eighty seventh brew from these guys. Not a big fan of this.

Sep 30, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/7/20; consumed on 11/25/20

Pours a clear, deep copper body with light orange accents and topped with multiple fingers of dense, soapy, off-white foam; excellent head retention leaves a quarter-finger of creamy cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and layers of ringed lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with a full, doughy yeast interspersed with hints of honey; a firm minerality eases toward dried bread crusts and grassy spice over the middle before nutty oak and tinges of burnt toffee close the back end of the bouquet.

Taste fuest presents grass meshing with doughy yeast as a clean minerality provides a perpetually level foundation for nutty tones of straw and wet oak over the mid-palate into fresh brown bread and hints of honeysuckle on the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with a fluffy, rounded, moderate-high carbonation steadily informing the entirety of the palate; a lightly slick, easygoing dispersion of the carbonation over mid-palate leaves an intermittent malty prickle as a weighty and almost contrastingly semi-snappy peak rounds out a firmly dry finish.

The introduction of oak offers subtle intrigue to this Märzen, though along with it an unmistakable awkwardness in its marriage with the grassier tones prevalent across the profile, at times verging towards a curious sort of funk against the lager yeast; nonetheless, as a whole this remains a clean and textured example of the style, a rounded malt profile dominant yet maintained.

Nov 26, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Toasted malt, caramel, oak, grains, and some earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of toasted malt, grain, and oak. Picks up the caramel and earthy hops. Finishes with lingering grain and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid oaked version of Whisper (their märzen). The oak is nice and subtle while the base is a bit more mellow. Still definitely worth checking out

Nov 19, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

This beer proves that Tree House can make a decent looking brew. Nose is aluminum, corn, brown sugar, dried leaves and molasses. Pretty subtle actually. Beer opens toasted caramel, brown sugar, wheat, aluminum, and corn. I also get dried leaves, resin, and tree sap in the middle. Clean aftertaste with just the slightest touch of brown sugar and molasses. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down quenching, aggressive, and crisp. Clean aftertaste. The feel keeps me going back for more.

Really a solid beer and a great representation of the style.

Nov 07, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This felt a little lighter than Whisper, but also with a little something shaper. If Whisper was wheat bread, this would be rye. Out of the two, Whisper was more fun to drink.

Nov 01, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brisk is a darker hue than Whisper--crystal clear caramel to tiger eye gem brown--with a short but persistent khaki head that retains as a thin but firm creamy blanket throughout the entire session, leaving minimal lacing splattered on the glass.

This actually contrasts well with Whisper, featuring a little more bite, exhibiting bright splintery accents of wood and more of a corny tang. There's also a bitter, not quite metallic but sharp note of something I can't put my finger on.

It's a great Marzen for Tree House, but I actually liked the unoaked Whisper a bit more. Still, Brisk has a nice Autumn toastiness that's lightly sweet and nutty, with hints of wheat and grass. Its smoothly rounded medium body has a softly fine froth, finishing just cleanly dry. It feels great on the palate, which seems to be the primary goal here so Achievement Unlocked!

Oct 24, 2020
Brisk from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 27 ratings