Michelob Marzen | Anheuser-Busch

Michelob MarzenMichelob Marzen
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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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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 214
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 allengarvin
3.46/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear, deep coppery amber color with a frothy white head. I'll give this one thing: it's purty. Aroma is more grainy than toasted, but taste is alright: fairly malty, a tad sweet but with good hop balance, especially in the finish which dries out a bit. Good body and mouthfeel.

One of Michelob's stronger efforts. I can't help but think it would fair better in the scores in a blind taste test. I've had much weaker efforts from award-winning microbrewers.

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper/brown color with a brief, foamy head which turns to a thin lace. Caramel with a whisp of alcohol in the nose, with some very subtle roastiness. The flavor is sweet and smooth, with notes of caramel, grain, roasted malt, and just a touch of hops, though it’s very, very mild. While the finish is a bit weak, the medium-bodied mouthfeel is silky, with moderatly tangy carbonation.

Not bad, but not a truly notable example of the style. Though this brew is quite smooth in various ways, I expect a good Marzen to be a bit more complex and a lot richer. Not really recommended.

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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 asabreed
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice color with some brownish yellow haze in the body, not much head and not mich lacing.

Smell: Some malt and astringency, which is unpleasant. Maybe some slight maple? Too harsh to discern anything, really, which I've said too much about Michelob, but which I clearly feel is the truth.

Taste: Some malt sweetness up front, but way too unbalanced. Doesn't taste like any Oktoberfest brew I've ever had. Finishes, however, crisp and clean, with a decent malt sweetness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, slightly creamy I suppose, with a more medium than thin body. Best thing about the beer for sure.

Drinkability: There are way too many fantastic examples of the style out there, especially those that are domestic. This is pretty average or slightly below, and it seems like all the Michelob brews, for me, are pretty much the same with some minor tweakage. I'd love to be proven wrong, but so far it hasn't happened. Once again, it wasn't tough to finish this, but it wasn't a delightful experience.

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

Sits in the glass a molases, carmel brown with about an inch of light tan head.

This is the third beer that I've had from this sampler pack and they all have the same backbone in terms of nose origin. Kind of pale with maybe light hops and a hint of faint malt.

Enters the mouth with a thin faint malty feel that is very light. Raw wheat and a bit of nuttieness round out the palate. Mouthfeel is relatively clean making this beer drinkable but not exciting.

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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 bubrewer
3.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It is an occasional offering by A-B, and only in sampler packs. Too bad, because I found it to be a decent beer and something I might buy more often if it was available by itself.

The color is darker than I expected. I tried Michelob Marzen in 2004 and do not remember the color being this dark then. Head is low and white and completely disappears before long. Aroma is subdued malt, not much in the way of hops or fermentation byproducts as far as I can tell. There is something disconcerting about the aroma, though, and I can't quite put my finger (or nose) on it. Maybe it is their typical green-apple smell mixed with the malt that is muddling things up? Hard to tell, but overall it made the aroma lean toward unpleasant.

The flavor is slightly carmel and nutty, but not much of either. Although there is some bitterness there, it is restrained and the finish feels more sweet than bitter.

In all, not a bad effort. I wonder how well it would sell with a faucet next to the Bud and Bud Light in a typical A-B bar.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting pick from the holiday pack. Overall good. Had a unique flavor, different i thought but still good. Smell and appearence were normal, went down with no problem. Only two i think in the pack do not much else to say about this.ONe of the darker ones in the pack i think.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another half-hearted attempt at an established style by A-B. Clear brownish amber color with a thin off-white head and nil lacing. The aroma is light malt and caramel. Light-bodied with a sweet malt character. Small nut and caramel flavors as well. The finish is lightly sweet with a bit of hops at the end. Another Reader’s Digest beer that is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of proc
3.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a copper color in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is faint and smells lightly of malt. The taste is pretty good, with a nice dose of malt lending itself to a very slight sweetness followed by a mild bitterness. This is a decent rendition of an Octoberfest. Its not a flavor powerhouse, but it is pretty straightforward. They should beef it up a bit and call it Michelob Octoberfest. A decent offering from AB.

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Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly the pretteist AB beer I've ever seen. Dark amber with varying hues and a tight, two finger head.

Scent of soft, sweet malts. Grain, cocoa, and just a bit of corn.

That distinct Michelob taste--too much bad malt, is there, but it is quite subded. The mellower malts allow for more complexity, giving way to hints of creamy, sweet malts and and an earthen adjunct flavor.

Easily AB's best attempt to imitate craft brewers. I'd put this on a par with Bass and Harp and the other big "alternative" brands.

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

Brown twist top 12 oz taken from a holiday sampler pack. Born on date: 05NOV04, which I like even better than a Best by date. No abv listed.
Aroma: Nice lightly roasted malt aroma with a hint of hop.
Appearance: Very clear light brown/amber glass is topped by a thin coat of white small bubbles. Some minor lacing slowly followed the beer down my glass.
Flavor: A good first impression, malty with enough hops to keep it crisp, but at the finish there is an adjunct flavor that kind of spoils the party. The bottle says all malt, maybe it’s just their yeast that I associate with that adjunct taste, I don’t know.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a touch oily with a long linger.
Overall Impression: A fairly good lighter Marzen. Not really sure who Michelob is going for with this one. While Michelob drinkers are toward the top end of the BMC crowd, I see them mainly sticking to their own brew. Maybe as a holiday experimentation trying the sampler pack (as I did) they might discover beer can taste different. Unfortunately, this beer is only slightly different. Not rocking my world, not offending me, kind of like cafeteria food.

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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 DPMomutant
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head on this was very small and short lasting...you could say as any other macro. The color is a decent medium copper but easy to see through. The occasional bubble heads for the top of the recommended (and included) pilsner glass.

A faint smell of malts but not much else. Better than regular macros, though.

The creamy malt taste is nice in the beginning with some decent malt bitterness in the end. Pretty good actually, but not as robust as some better ones.

The carbonation is moderate at the beginning but the finish is very smooth and deceivingly thicker than you would expect. Pretty good here as well.

This could make a decent session beer, it is very drinkable and I could imagine they could sell a decent number of six packs as a seasonal if they were inclined. Very easy to drink beer.

Overall, this isn't the most exciting or unique beer. It is a good one however even if from the 'evil empire'. Won't hurt to try a couple.

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Photo of Brew34
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I rarely review beers here due to my busy schedule, but after buying the sampler pack I had to comment on this one. Despite some of the anti-AB feelings those of us that drink micros possess, I really enjoyed this Marzen. I do drink alot of the Marzens and have found that this one has a nice aroma which matches the taste well. I wish it was available by itself without having to buy a whole sampler. On another note, this is the perfect sampler to "convert" someone to true micros. Start with the usual swill (Michelob), move on to another he might have heard of (Amberbock), move to the slightly unique (Pale Ale, Marzen) and finally bust out some of your micro stash. Conversion complete!

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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 brewdlyhooked13
2.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a bright iced-tea color into one of the specialty glasses from the Sampler. Thin off-white head looks creamy from above, bubbly from the sides. I've seen lighter Marzens but was still expecting something a little darker.

Aroma - just some plain, standard grain sweetness, nothing more.

Taste - a little 'darker' tasting than regular Michelob, but aside from that it is very similar. A little fuller tasting, but it really doesn't remind me of a Marzen. A smidge of hops, hardly detectable. Should be more here for the style.

Mouthfeel - decidedly thin, but a little more body than Mich regular. Lots of fizz gives it some added appeal as the warm weather picks up.

Drinkability -not as good as I'd hoped, but still okay. Not worth buying the other 15 in the Sampler just to get these 3 bottles.

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Photo of merlin48
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature(don't laught yet) into a Michelob pilsner glass that was included in the sampler box. Pours a clear, copper amber, with an offwhite head that lasts about 10 seconds. Very spotty, patches of lacing. The nose is caramel malt. Light bodied and well carbonated in the mouth. Taste is sweet caramel malt, a hint of vague spices, and some mild bittering hops. They must have used all the world's best hops in the AB television commercials. One of Michelob's better offerings.

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Photo of palma
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Better than expected with a dark amber/orange body and a significant fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a decent frothy lace. Some rings stick to the glass.

Smell: Decent malt aroma but no hops. Also in the nose was caramel and a bready aroma. A little soapy smelling.

Taste: Better than any macro beer but not even close to a good Marzen. I just tasted sweet caramel malts throughout and a bready finish. A wierd astringent flavor shows up. Not really any hoppyness or bitterness at all. There is just no "bite" to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thin - what were you expecting from AB?

Drinkability? Pretty good drinkability since its like your drinking an oktoberfest with water added. You can really pound these things down. It is however one of the best tasting brews I've tried from one of the big guns. Too bad you can't find it - it's only available in the seasonal sampler collection. Would have been nice to drink these things in college instead of natty ice.

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Photo of mschofield
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark-red shaded amber, with two finger off white head, laces in thick webs. Well carbonated, filtered very clear.
Very malty aroma, light sulfur, a little floral and earthy.
Sweet malt taste, no bitterness, caramel, some roasted malt.
Smooth feel, light body. Not worth trying with so many other octoberfests out there.

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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 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 TastyTaste
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow- pours a very inviting hazy red-gold color that makes you want to take the first sip. This was by far the best beer in Michelob's Sampler. Smooth, crisp and without any foul flavors which were presents in nearly all the other varieties. If they had this beer anywhere except in the sampler, I would buy it again.

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Michelob Marzen from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 4.5% out of 100 with 267 ratings
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