Michelob Marzen | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob MarzenMichelob Marzen

Brewed by:
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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev +1%

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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a Michelob mixed sampler 12 pack for $9.99

This was the weakest one of the mixed pack. Granted I'm not a big fan of very malty beers or Octoberfest's to begin with, this one was not very good besides that point. It does pour a beautiful color so it gets high ranks there as its very appealing. Taste wise it just doesn't cut it though, too average for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I want to say that this was a pretty good beer... But I can't; it struggles for average. More fizyy than foamy, more grainy than malty. The caramel / malt flavors and aromas are not substantiated with a hearty grain bill, not protein levels. Somewhat grain flavor with a mild vegatable hint that can't be overlooked. Lighter than normal mouthfeel with a mild astringency (grain husk) late. But, hey, the beer is very clear.

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Photo of zeff80
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt and that's about it.

T - It tasted of caramel malts and was quite sweet. There was a descent amount of spice kick from some hops.

M - It was somewhat crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for a Michelob brew. By no means is this a great Marzen/Oktoberfest but it is an inexpensive alternative.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full white head on a clear dark amber golden colored beer.

Mellow week aroma like most AB products.

The taste is mild but a bit darker and a bit better than most AB beers I've tried. Seems like the used either more or better malts with this product then I'm accustomed to with this company.

A slight Bud like aftertaste without much tastes sticking around with this light bodied beer.

Pretty much the standard fare from these guys, maybe slightly better with this one.

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Photo of mothman
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass mug. Pours a small thin head that disolves quickly. No lacing. Color is nice straw/dark orange.

Smell is of dry malts and grain. Taste is of very sweet, dry malts. There is also a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but smooth. Carbonation level is good.

Overall, not one of my favorites for the style, but it was cheap so not to bad.

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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 oberon
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks hoppedup for the bottle eh I think...Poures a copper color wih a fizzy non existent head,aromas are sweet and buttery quite cloying.Watery thin mouthfeel goes down like water maybe adding to the drinkability but the one dimensional sweet flavors take away from the drinkability.Original recipe?You have to be kidding where did Adophus get this recipe one of the worst marzens to come my way if not the worst.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramel, fruit, grain, malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain, caramel, spices and some fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a faint touch of hops to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, while there are others in the style that I would choose first, this beer isn't too bad.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of the Michelob winter pack.

Apperance is a medium amber with little head. Aroma is moderately malty. Taste has a nice rounded malt character which isn't quite up to the German standards of the style. Drinkability is very good.

Overall: This is a very good beer from AB, but it just does not come near the German standards of a great marzen. This is worth drinking, but isn't special.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born on 23 Aug 2007

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of pillowy pearl- colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grainy notes & a touch of caramel

T: Crackery with a hint of herbal hops & caramel up front. More crackery notes as this warms along with lemony hops. Finishes crisp, dry with a little caramel & leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied & pretty lively carbonation, more malt guts please!

Drinks alright, a little watered down for the style, but I'd take this over Shiner's stab at the style & most of the other BMC offerings

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, copper body with a fizzy, medium-sized head.

Smell: A weak aroma with each component thinner than the last. An inordinate amount of sniffing coaxes out scents of steeped grains, floral hops, and tin.

Taste: Bland malt flavor with a mild sweetness. Faintly floral. A very light bitterness precedes the dry finish. A joyless drinking experience where all the flavors come, go, and are gone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunny tangerine that contains lashings of honey. Marzen isn't as dark and as rich as many versions. I wonder if that will have implications for the flavor profile. The pale sandstone colored cap has a nice look about it and is depositing a more than respectable amount of abstract-patterned lace.

The nose is an absolute joke. My first impression was 'stainless steel'. That unpleasantness should fade (it usually does), but the problem is that there's nothing behind it. Over time, if I really concentrate, a whiff of something very faintly beer-like makes it out of the glass. I'm not an A-B hater, but this stuff is pathetic. Only a lack of offensiveness keeps the score from the very bottom rung of the ladder.

At least it tastes like something. Something... just sort of okay. Given the color, I'm not a bit surprised that the flavor is less than aggressive. The second mouthful was better than the first, and the third mouthful was better than the second, so maybe we're onto something here. It would be a shame if the brewery recommends chilling the hell out it, like they do the rest of their beer, because then the flavor would completely disappear.

Michelob Marzen is a kinder, gentler marzen. It reminds me of an amber ale-Oktoberfest hybrid, which isn't a bad thing at all. The bottom is constructed of honeyed malts and the top with orchard fruit and modestly bitter noble hops. Forget about heavily toasted barley, baked nuts or even the hint of cocoa that some O-fests can have. Yeah, it's shallow, but it goes down easily enough.

The mouthfeel, given the light-end-of-the-spectrum nature of the beer, is right where it needs to be. It avoids wateriness on the swallow and might even make it to lightly creamy. Good job guys.

It's too bad that the smell score pulls down the overall score, because Michelob Marzen is a credible Oktoberfest. My guess is that A-B can brew something better, but they were looking to ease drinkers of Bud and Bud Light into slightly more exotic fare. In a perfect world, they'd succeed. But then this is far from a perfect world.

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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 mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So the second one of the lineup I tried on this evening. I have to say I was slightly impressed after the first one, so this was a natural progression for me to grab the next out of the box. Served cold, and poured into a pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/09/2008.

The pour started off decent enough, with a light amber, and very clear looking beer coming out of the bottle and splashing down into the glass. Nice touch of wispy white head on top reached a height of maybe an inch before it settled back down and left behind nearly nothing in its wake. Some nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was very light, crisp yet light. Some nice touches of grass and some bready malts were the underlying base here, with only the slightest deviation into some nice hop territory. More of the same with the flavor. Light and very crisp and clean, with virtually no aftertaste left behind. Started out with a light grain profile that quickly diverged into a small grass and earthy like hop taste that lasted well into the finish and gave just enough of a hint at the profile to keep it interesting. Very nice, clean nature to it as well, which to be honest was thoroughly enjoyable on a session basis.

Overall while not my favorite for the style by any means, and to be honest coming across as rather light in the grand scheme, it was still more the enjoyable, and served as a great little beer to drink along for the night.

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Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What's the point don't try to give a spiel on the history, when you going to not be true to the style your brewing. Appearance: Caramel amber tone with silky artificially carbonated cream colored head quickly dwindles leaving only specks of lacing. Aroma: No caramel malt sweetness or toasted malts just a Michelob graininess with a touch of hops there very boring. Taste: Tastes: Like a fuller Michelob Amberbock only with a touch of hops there, overall not a Marzen but then again not the worst beer just so built for the masses. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with no special characteristics, just a plain ol' mass produced attempt at a great style. Drinkability: If this is what your into the breaking of tradition to dumbdown great styles that have been the same for years than it's all you but I don't get much enjoyment from this "Marzen".

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Photo of ejimhof
2/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle - twist off-cap - part of variety pack - "born on 17 Oct 2007":

Pours light orange-amber with a thin white head.

Smell is malty - caramelish - with slight noble hop spiciness - fairly mild.

The taste is malt-accented - almost carmelized - graininiess. Slight hints of nuttiness and spiciness, but subdued. Some "wet cardboard" and prickly carbonation interfere, but the base flavor is not bad - nothing substantial either. Pretty abrupt in the finish.

Pretty bland overall, but enough is there to make it average/mediocre.

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Photo of Tone
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow color. Decent head with low retention and little lacing. Smells of weak malt and the cleanliness of lager. Basically fits the style, but too light in color and not enough body to be a good Oktoberfest. First the lager taste is strong and then there's a slight hoppy aftertaste. Overall, a very easy to drink Oktoberfest but lacking too much in body to be a real good beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/ amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is typical of most ordinary lagers with the exception of a slight hint of cystal malts. It is nothing special, but my expectations were low to begin with. The taste is better than regular Michelob, but that's not saying much. It has a darker feel to it. It's a bit more complex than the original. The mouthfeel is fine. It has the right amount of carbonation for this style. It is a low/medium bodied beer that is a fun beer to drink at parties. Your non-micro drinking friends will think they are becoming cultured.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very light amber color with a white head. Definitely lighter than a lot of other beers in this style. The aroma is grain and grassy hops, nothing like I expected.

The flavor is also not what I expected. I get a lot of grain notes, as well as some lighter malts and grassy hops. I don't get any of the caramel and toffee that I expect in marzen beers.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Michelob makes some decent pseudo-craft beers, this is not one of them.

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