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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AltBock
1.7/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle that can be found in their Holiday party pack. I don't know, a family gave it to me and said it came in that.

It poured a simple yet plain copper color with a hint of amber in it. The head of white foam was almost nonexistent. It looked like it had to go somewhere. The aroma was also like the head of foam, almost nonexistent. The only aroma I got was just the slightest whiff of faint malt and that was it. All I got in the taste was just the faintest taste of toasted malts with a hint of hops in the background. I guess you can say that it tasted like a beer. The mouthfeel was smooth because it was too light with no flavor behind it. If you like an almost tasteless German style of beer, then by all means pick this one up. I'm glad that I got it for free and didn't buy it in their variety pack.

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Photo of BeerAngel
1.98/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper color and is very clear with a small quickly dissipating white head. The smell is very fain (which is expected from this company) and reveals only faint malt and nothing else. The taste is just out of whack for a marzen. Too crisp and clean with too much carb bite. Not terrible as a beer, but terrible as a Marzen. The flavors are very mild revealing only a slight bit of very lightly roasted malt. Nothing to be excited about. Cheers anyways!

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Photo of ZAP
2.01/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst Octoberfests I've ever tried but one of the better Mich beers I've tried..this tops the "All-Malt" easy, but really stinks for the style...

Copper color is clean and crisp and at first I'm excited to try it even though in the back of mind I figure it has to be $hit...my assumptions are correct...nose has a little graininess evident...taste is very very light for an Octoberfest...maybe this is Octoberfest Ultra because it tastes like there are very few carbs in it...the mouth is on the light side of medium...drinkability is low if you're looking for an octoberfest which I'm guessing you would be...

Overall, stay away from this...I got the sampler for a good price but it's still looking like a waste of money...(If you are a fan of say Buschor the Beast..this might be a nice step up into a slightly better, more robust beer....for the rest of us stay away)

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Photo of budgood1
2.03/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours out a clear, perfect amber color. lots of active carbonation produces a moderate head that stays for the whole duration. a bit of lace sticks to the glass. the aroma is very grainy and earthy; quite appealing. but when it comes to flavor and taste...it's a total let down! instead of a rich caramel malt flavor, all i get is this crappy astringent taste which drowns out any caramel malt flavors. why, why, why? by far the worst oktoberfest i have tried and probably will try. AB screws up again, and ruins an all malt brew that should be easy to get close to style.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This to me was hardly a Marzen. I'll admit that I had some high hopes for this beer, but they were shot down upon the first sip. I found this to be just about the same as their regular Lager. The beer was a little darker in color but in way of taste is basically reminded me of the same thing. I didn't have them side by side so maybe that would make a difference. Either way it's still not a Marzen in my opinion.

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Photo of drpimento
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had some hope for this, but, oh well.... Poured with some head and a bit of lace. Amber color. Nose is some malt and circus peanuts. Flavor is quite bland. Some malt and a bit of bitterness. Way heavy on the carbonaton. There's a suggestion of what might've been, but that's about it. Wouldn't ask for it again

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a sixer of this at a gas station for around five bones....I've never seen this before, and I just couldn't resist.

A - Bronze gold brew with a small white cap. The beer is perfectly clear, and no lace forms on the glass. Looks pretty much like a macro lager, but a few shades darker....more into bronze territory than the usual yellow or straw.

S - Caramel malt is noticeable, but just barely. This smells a lot like regular michelob, but slightly more malty with a wisp of thin hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt and a thin and biting hop bitterness. Metallic nickel and penny flavors remind me of well water, and the hops are thin and green. Not bad.

M - Light bodied, aggressively carbonated, and acidic. This seems very harsh and cutting, and that might work to it's advantage with food.

D - Not terrible, but this really is nothing like an Oktoberfest at all. It's definitely a bit better than many other A-B offerings, but it still sucks.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.16/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice golden copper color with a thin layer of white head.

S - Not much at all.

T - It's ok. There's some malt flavor with a little bitterness in the finish. There isn't really much to it.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - The beer is bland without much there at all really not much there.

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I cannot figure out what anheuser-busch is doing producing pseudo microbrews. I will start out by saying, stick to REGULAR michelob..it is the best beer you have and the hardest to find nowadays. No flavor to this beer. No taste, very watery. No head or retention. Fairly easy to drink, as it is just water. No malt, no hops, not much to review. Avoid this one.

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Photo of CharlieLawyer
2.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, light amber color that really doesn't look all that attractive. Had a big off-white head that shrank within a minute. After another two, just a thin layer of white bubbles across the surface.

Some malt smell, but really not much here.

This beer really comes up short in the flavor department. It comes on with a strong malty flavor, but loses that quickly. There is just a hint of some hop at the end as it finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is middle-of-the-road, with plenty of bubbles on the tongue.

Overall, not a very good beer. Not a stand-out, and probably wouldn't stand on its own outside the variety pack.

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Photo of guinnessfan
2.19/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle from Ales & Lagers

A: Reddish brown orange color, slightly more brown than most oktoberfestish beers. One finger off-white head, large bubbles, not fluffy at all.

S: Unimpressive metallic smell, very similar to regular Michelob.

T: Same metal, slight bitter taste. Not hoppy just bitter.

M: Thin and carbonated. Not good representation of style IMO

D: Yes, I could pound this beer, but why? Better than regular Michelob, but not by a lot.

After trying the wheat, this was a letdown. Reminds me why I don't like macros as much. For a macro it is okay, but it is not really a good beer.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really hoping when I heard about this seasonal offering from A-B that they might accually be turning the corner. This beer is only offered in a gift box with 18 beers and the one I got came with 2 nice glasses.

The pour was a dark copper red/amber with a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left nothing.

The smell was quite hard to pick up on, after trying every trick I knew it had warmed slightly and I could finally pick up a light nutty smell mixed with a light malt sweetness.

The taste is where this beer really fell off. Like I said before, I was hoping A-B was turning the corner, my hopes were dashed with this offering. The taste was thin from front to finish. The start was a thin watery flavor with a light quick malt sweetness in the middle and a thin clean finish.

All and all I hope the other beers in this box are better because this this one was a real let down.

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Photo of phishgator
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. The color is slightly copper with a weak white head. The aroma is pumpernickel bread. The taste is malt upfront. There is a astrigent/metallic taste that brings its head in after that. It seems to be a theme with all of the Michelob (all malt) brews, I'm not sure if its the yeast or what. There are plenty of this style out that I prefer.

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Photo of bobinverted
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I should have known better than to even try Michelob Marzen. It's ugly brown appearance warns of what's to come. It's watery and flavorless, lacking the complex maltiness that a good Marzen should have. This is a painfully weak oktoberfest beer. A typical brewed for the masses macro

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Photo of ADR
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a sampler pack...

Less than copper color, very clear but with a poor head that laces only marginally. Lightly nutty aroma, but some sourish notes dominate. Mouthfeel is substandard and fizzy. Malt is very even and unidimensional, light sense of too much raw grain. Finishes astringent and scouring with poorly defined hop identity. I'd give it shy of drinkable as well, the carbonation is annoying and the brew has no real sense of an expected toastiness.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a good head that vanishes quickly leaving a little lace. Nice color - amber/tan. Nose has that distinctive A-B signature. I was hoping that this would be one of the better ones in the 12-pak but nope - seemed watery without any distinctive flavor, there are much better Märzens out there.

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Photo of rye726
2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A half decent lager from Michelob. Pours a clear amber with a thin beige head. The nose has rice, old hops and light malt. Taste is also very light. So is the body and mouthfeel. I'm going to call this a Marzen Light now. Not bad, could use some sort of spice mixture in the recipe.

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Photo of brantadid
2.3/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Is this their attempt at craft beer?

Poured a crystal clear pale golden color. Very little head formed after a hard poor. Very little lacing.

Smelled slightly malty with some very faint hoppiness (not complex at all), and not much else. Just not much there.

Tasted of mild maltiness. Tastes like bittering hops. This beer has harsh edges and is a bit flabby.

High carbonation and light mouthfeel. A forgetible beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light amber. Very clear. Tall white foamy head. Good retention.

Smell - Light toasted malt.

Taste - Very sweet toasted malt. Mild spiciness. Finishes with a hint of citrusy hops. Pretty not unpleasant but pretty bland for a maerzen

Mouthfeel - Seems a little light.

Drinkability - Very drinkable style of beer, but little reason to choose this particular brand.

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Photo of RTitus
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow, its has been so long ago that I had this beer as part of a michelob sample pack. I liked it at the time, it was one of the first "premium beers" I ever tried. If I were to try to rate it today I would have to say that the appearance was the most marzen thing about the beer.
Smell, come on its an AB product, it had little smell a bit more than their normal lagers.
Taste, I remember it being semisweet with a little more biscuit malt. It was pleasant, but very weak for a marzen, there was none of the earthy tastes I would now expect from the style. Certainly not a great example of style, but will always hold a place for me, because without it I might still drink bud lite only.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: bottle from France 44 poured into a pint glass

A: golden orange to copper lager, clean and brillant in the glass, very white head with tight bubbles mostly but a few larger ones spread around randomly that lingered for a bit but wasn't persistent.

S: good bicuity malt characteristic consistent with the style, Munich or Vienna malt, but light and sweet, but also very grainy, and a bit of green apple as well; no hop.

T: light, sweet, malty flavor, but not assertive or overly strong, crisp but with a lot of graininess again and some green apple fruitiness, and maybe some diacytl slickness; no hop flavor, ok; metallic aftertaste with the expected dryness.

M: very light, watery; little to no body.

D: not as smooth as one would expect for a lager, mostly because the negative graininess builds and lingers along with an out of style fruitiness.

Overall--pick another beer to learn what Marzen is.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
2.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours amber/orange with a one finger head on the pour with no lacing or head retention. The aroma is sweet and bready with a hint of smoke. The flavor is a sweet toffee-like malt taste with no hops present at all. The beer has a thin body and leaves a chalk-like film in your mouth, as far as drinkability goes, it's smooth as advertised on the label.

Reflection: This might be the only beer from AB that I would consider buying again, but its not worth drinking the rest of the variety pack to get this one again.

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Photo of fingerlaker
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've killed many a Marzen. They are without a doubt my favorite type of lager. This isn't close to being on my favorites list.

The apperance is decent. Copper/bronze and decent head and lacing, but I was expecting a more translucent beer than this, which was damn near clear.

The smell was sweet, little hops and a bit of fig- but there was something amiss. Something chemical, something not right. It was mildy acrid and displeasing.

The taste was a dead ringer to the smell! It was chemical-y to the max. I know Marzens are supposed to be sweet but this was sickining. It literally nauseated me! It was like high-fructose corn syrup sweet but with a crisp end note put in there for no other purpose than to turn your stomach.

Positives? The hops were low like a marzen should be. I love bitter beers as much as the next guy but marzens are a celebration of malt, not hops.

This beer rated a ton higher than I ever thought it would be. Perhaps I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.44/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours to a light copper amber with a quickly dying small head. it doesn't have a whole lot of aroma, but you can detect some malts. i don't mean to be vulgar, but there seems to be an unmistakable piss odor about it.

anyway, the beer is all malt which is a leap for A-B, but it lacks flavor. mild carbonation, and some hint of malts are all you really get out of this one if you are not turned away by the aroma.

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Photo of stevecee2003
2.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a clean orange color. Initially a nice cottony head, but that faded quickly enough. There are trace amounts of lace on the glass. At least thats something.

Smells of Caramel. Nothing in the way of Malts or Hops. An amber beer, yet very clear, very "clean" looking. Which leaves a feeling of a bit too filtered, too safe to be a better beer.

Taste is faily smooth and somewhat refreshing, mainly because there is not much taste. For an old dog like me who likes his bitters and IPA's, this lacks enough taste.

This seems a safe version from one of the big producers. They want us to have a hint of the taste, without offending the masses. "Safe" beers are almost always disappointing. To me, this one was.

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Michelob Marzen from Anheuser-Busch
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