Michelob Marzen | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob MarzenMichelob Marzen

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Missouri, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of WynnO
4.25/5  rDev +43.1%

Photo of righlander
4.2/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

smell is nice faint toasted thing going on a bit sweet but not too sweet smelling. a nice light amber in color with a bit more sticky of a lace than i expected from michelob. this is a really nice oktoberfest and i am really surprised. very drinkable and nice tasting. extremely clean and crisp taste. for me this is by far the best beer michelob has in their lame ass craft beer line up. it's got that faint toasty malt thing like a lot of marzens. i think if you were in a blind taste test this beer would rank very highly for the style. the fact that it's michelob kind of annoys me but this is a solid oktoberfest.

very good representation...a quaffers delight
extremely drinkable...good job michelob, you finally did something right...i like their pale ale, and their red ale too.

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Photo of spacholl
4.05/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

medium amber color light head thatwith light lacing. small bubbles.

medium roast scent with hint of floral.

taste of malt is the most prevelant. balanced nicely with a hint of hops in the finish.

lightly carbonated with a smooth feeling as it flushes to the back of the throat.

a pretty balance brew. could easily drink a few of these as the night passed to celebrate the harvest. Would be an economical choice to serve at the party and still please the crowd.

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a nice off-white head and active carbonation. Decent light nutty malt aroma and flavor. No cooked-corn character present. Light-medium bodied.

Gotta give some credit where it's due: not one of the best Marzen's but one of the nicest A-B products and would be a macro buy if readily available at the right price...

Per Label: 100% Malt

Per Sampler Pack: Available Only in Specialty Sampler Pack

Born On: 10/21/04
Tasted: 01/03/05

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Photo of GCB68
3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WakeandBake
3.87/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with an appropriately sized foamy white head and ample carbonation. Density is standard, with a sparkling clarity. The head hangs around most of the way, but leaves very little to no lacing. The first whiff is of a toasted bready/grainy maltiness. Also picked up a spruce-like hop aroma. The taste starts off a bit sweet, with the lightly toasted malts and finishes, almost as an after thought, with a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately dry texture and some lively carbonation on the tongue. Finishes slightly chalky.Very drinkable

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad marzen. Good head and retention with a nice amber color.

The smell is of caramel malts with hops faint in the background. Very simple.

The taste if of some toasted caramel malts balanced by a light hoppiness. Very easy and smooth beer that is decently crafted.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and clings to the palate well.

This beer is not very complex, but the flavors are on and I could easily make a session out of this beer.

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Photo of Gra1164
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of NOOGIE
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Part of the Craft Collection Sampler. Very little foam, dark redish - orange color.

Smell: Spicy hop smell with sweet malt smell.

Taste: Nice mix of sweetness and bitterness. The sweetness of the malt and the spicy bitterness of the hops are a good combo.

Mouthfeel: Goes in wet, finishes dry, kind of a weird mouthfeel, the taste mix doesn't work that well with the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Suprisingly pretty easy, the mix of sweetness and bitterness helps the drinkability.

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Photo of malty
3.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on 22Aug07

Pours a brilliantly clear golden orange with a faint 1/8" sparse head. Larger than normal carbonation bubbles rising upward.

The scent is very clean and honeyish with a toasted nutty undertone.

The flavors are also very clean with a snappy lager-like crispness at the front while the mild toasted and faint caramel edges reveal themselves toward the end. Somewhat acidic hops keep this beer tasting a little dry, but with a well-placed softness of sweet malt that creeps up at the end.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally lively with ultra fine and dense carbonation. Smooth texture and a nice airy light/med. body.

Drinkability is very good. I must admit this is the first time I've ever consumed an AB product and pleasantly contemplated it. I bet I could have a few pints of this and be happy.

Overall I'm impressed with this beer. A good clean take on the style without being too sweet, as some micros can be. The crispness really is nice. Good, clean, somewhat sweet and a little dry. Nice work.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness code that you can't decipher.

Bright and clear pale amber color, tiny bubbled off white lace holds together very well. Hint of toasted maltiness and spicy herbal hops in the aroma. A Very clean nose. Solid medium body with a decent smoothness with a slightly deep crispness. Toasted grain seems to be king of the palate as both a mild malt sweetness and spicy herbal hop try and topple it but to no avail. Balanced, sure. Clean semi-dry finish.

This sits some where between the lighter colored versions we are seeing some of the Germans brew and the darker versions that are brewed in the US. As with any beer from AB their focus is clearly on drinkability which runs quite high here without really affecting the flavor. This style is supposed to be very clean so they seem to have hit the mark. Certainly the better of the Michelob pack IMO.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 09240-DEO6. Sampled on November 27, 2009. It pours an attractive amber-copper with a thin head but excellent clarity. Malts and caramel are the main ingredients in the aroma with a slightly hoppy twist on the tail end. Enticing though. The mouthfeel is pretty average and nothing extraordinary to write home about. The taste is a tad bitter and boasts a good balance of caramel malts and mild hops. I found it to be pretty good.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, copper colored with moderate tan-white head. The aroma is very clean, faintly malty, with a faint slightly metallic and earthy scent. However, the flavor is pretty full and rich, crisply malty sweet so as not to be cloying, with some toastiness and a nice hop presence at the end. Surprising to me. Came as part of a holiday pack in 2005. I'd like to get some folks to blind taste test this along with some other Marzens / Festbiers and see what they think.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another surprise from the BMC giant.
Pours a tea-toned orange amber with a white half finger the melts quickly to merely a faint ring.

Aroma is lager yeast and sweet malts.

Taste is the surprise here. Rich amber malt sweetness with a typical lager yeast backbone and very slight hop finish. Comes across as a very decent Oktoberfest...actually better (IMHO) than most of the German ones I've tried this year.

Aftertaste is nice and dry with just the memory of rich malt.
Mouthfeel is nicely creamy for the style.

My only complaint is the type of yeast used. I'm not a big fan of the BMC's usual choice of lager yeast and I think they might have used the same one here.
Still...nice Oktoberfest drinker.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Michelob Craft Sampler pack.

Appearance: Fairly dark amber, bordering on brown. Clear, with a nice two finger head with good retention.

Smell: Appealing toasted grains, spicy Continental hops. Clean and actually refreshing.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts, lightly bitter. Grainy finish. Aftertaste calls Budweiser to mind - same yeast, same hops, or both?

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a nice texture and smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, perhaps more so than the heavier Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Many craft beer fans will turn their nose up at anything from A-B, but I'll be honest, this beats the Hofbrau Oktoberfest I had recently.

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing spectacular, but very drinkable. Pours a golden orange with a decent head and ok lacing. Smell has a good balance of malt and hop notes. Taste is ok with mainly malt notes and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is a tad light, but the finish is a very nice slightly bitter hop presnce. Very drinkable..could defintely have more than one.

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light burnt orange color with a small off white head that falls to a ring. Lots of bubbles rising to the top no real lace.

Aroma is malty with hints of spice on nice toasted bread. Nice mellow hop presence floral, grassy and spicy.

Taste is a lager not an ale as some try to pass off. Nice toasted malt with a touch of spice nice hoppy hints floral/grassy lightly earthy. Nice crisp and clean not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is good a little bigger then light, good active carbonation.

Drinkability is good easy drinking a respectable beer from Bud, hell its better then some micro's I have had. Buddy from work donated some Michelob's from his sampler pack for me.

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Photo of jlervine
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown with a bit of reddish copper. White head lasted about a minute or so, decent lace lingers on for some time. Smell is of caramel malts, and a bit of hops. The taste is surprisingly big on malt - caramel and toasted malt notes. Hop character is present and noticeable, but takes second stage. Has an interesting sweetness or maltiness to it that sits on the tip of my tongue, but I can't place exactly what it is. Not a bad beer, and I think I prefer it over Beck's Octoberfest. Probably the best one so far out of the sampler pack I purchased.

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Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color that doesn't have much head. Smells very nice, and I do get that bit of a metal ting smell but overlook that negatiivity. Tastes pretty good and goes down smooth, pretty typical I find for a michelob brew. I could drink a few during a card game and be happy.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So far, it's been hit or miss when AB strays from thier core brands. Michelob has always had interesting "microbrewed" style beers, but I've never found them on a regular basis. With Mich going to "all malt" , maybe they've stepped up thier efforts to be a specialty/craft brand, and this is the first beer I've had from AB that I think has really made AB turn the corner.

A: Lighter brown, little head , no carbs, thin lace

S: Standard Octoberfest. Malt, slightly burned with a twinge of alcohol.

M: Malt again, a little thin, good bite on the way down and just the right alcohol. Better than average.

T: I'm not a fan of Octoberfests really, but this tastes different and gets a higher score. The alcoholic snap was different, malt was again thin but the bite from the hops is more pronounced. The slight licorace ending really made the difference. It may not be anything like the style but to me, it's above other Octoberfests which are kind of flat and malty.

I like it. I'll get it again. Good stuff AB.

Hey, it's a little closer to a Bock, I just realized, but that won't deter me.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.64/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Poured orange with a small white head that didn't stick around.

smell - Smells of floral hops and malt here. Nice balance.

taste - Taste of malt with some bitterness from the hops, but comes back with a malt aftertaste.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - Not a bad beer but I have had better does have a diffrent taste to it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michelob Marzen pours a clear amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose expresses lightly sweet and toasty malts with a smear of hops in the background. The flavor follows suit, and it's quite nicely balanced between gently toasty and lightly sweet malt and floral and grassy hops. A firm bitterness backs it, and it finishes clean and dry with just a quick fading touch of residual malt. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp. It's very straightforward, very clean, very well-balanced, and very drinkable... just not that exciting.

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Photo of berserker256
3.61/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like what Michelob is trying to do here. No other American macrobrew company that I know of even attempts to create an Oktoberfest style beer so I have to give them credit for this. And it's not that bad. It appears to be a quality Marzen. Dark amber, nice head, etc. But it doesn't smell as good as some of my favorite German Marzens like Hacker Pschorr, Spaten, and Paulaner. It seems like it was made from lesser ingredients... that's the only way I can think of to explain it. It tastes quite decent. Again, maybe a lesser-quality ingredient factor but it does basically taste like an Oktoberfest beer should.

The difference in taste between this beer and typical German Marzens may not be great enough to warrent spending $9.99 for a six pack of Hacker Pschorr when this stuff only costs $5.99. This may even taste better than the green bottled German Marzens because it's fresher and is bottled in a brown bottle. This is the best beer that Anheuser-Busch produces.

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Michelob Marzen from Anheuser-Busch
2.97 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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