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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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a stylized "Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers" glass. Even after having tried the majority of Michelob's new line of "craft" beers, the pry-off cap still gets me. It's simply strange to see such a thing on A-B beers.

Pours golden-amber with a one-finger off-white head that falls away quickly to a thick crown, leaving a pretty trail of lace behind on the glass as it drains. As to be expected from a big-budget lager, clarity is no issue here.

The first whiff of this beer reminds of one thing: adjunct lager. Specifically Budweiser; there are many similarities here. Clean and somewhat grainy-sweet, with just the faintest whiff of hop spiciness.

Light in body and moderately-carbonated; the palate once again screams of Budweiser with perhaps a bit more toastiness. Mildly sweet graininess and a touch of sweet biscuit in the fore with some mild hop bitterness in the middleground. Clean finish with a bit of lingering sweet grain.

Extremely easy-drinking and inoffensive, this would be a no-brainer for the macro crowd, but then so would most Oktoberfest-Märzens, making this one a rather weak attempt. Another similarly-priced (actually oftentimes less-expensive) Oktoberfest, Genesee's Dundee Oktoberfest, wipes the floor with A-B's number, giving this beer no real excuse for shelfspace aside from the influence offered by coffers of its multinational brewing conglomerate parent company.

Craft a better beer, guys.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must give credit where credit is due, and this is deserving.

A: Pours a transparent amber color that produces a decent head and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S: Slightly toasted and roasty malts. A caramel sweetness lingers, as well as a very subdued hop aroma.

T: Similar to the nose. Bready, malty, toasty/roasty, caramel, and overall, very easy and light, yet flavorful.

MF/D: Pretty drinkable, certainly subpar to some of the better Oktober's but nice and easy. Light in body that leaves a nice lingering toasty flavor with some caramel in it.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a two finger tan head with an amber color and good clarity. Not much lacing as this goes down.

S: Roasted malts with a very bready appealing aroma. It is like a whole grain bread dough aroma that stands out strong. Some sweet caramel comes through and a touch of citrus from hops and yeast. The hop aroma is overmatched by the malts.

T: Light to medium roasted malt flavor. Fresh baked multigrain bread, toffee and some sweet corn. Not much of a hop profile just some bittering. Some acrid flavors from the roasted malt profile. Beer finishes dry without much lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body beer with modest carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol does not make too much of a presence.

D: There is some definite drinkability here as the malt flavor and sweetness is in check and just interesting enough to keep going and smooth enough to repeat a few times. Alcohol content is modest so it could be a session beer for Oktoberfest. Michelob comes out with an above average beer here and yet even those with less adventurous taste I have seen enjoy this one too. Price was good as well @ 14.99 a mixed case!

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - Good malty aroma. Very reminiscent of one of my homebrew beers.

Appearance - Light reddish brown with a thin head. Lightly carbonated.

Taste - Toasted grains that's a little watery. Surprisingly close to a Yuengling. Just the smallest amount of hop bitterness on the finish. A decent flavor with just a hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - A light to medium body.

Drinkability - Not too bad. Probably my favorite of the Michelob craft pack other than Amberbock.

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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 aristeros
2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished gold into my pint glass. About a half a finger of stark white head that settles to suds quickly. Color doesn't seem right for the style. Almost no lacing. Visible carbonation.

Sweet nose, maybe some fruit, apples or apple-pear. Not too much going on, a faint metallic smell, too.

Sweet, like a stripped down honey. More like a lager trying to be on the fence between Weizen and Marzen than anything it is saying it is. A bit of hops on the back end.

Not very characteristic of the style, and not very deep. It tries, but it falls short of the mark.

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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 philipquarles
2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a small white head. Faint, slightly sweet malt aromas with some grassiness make for a simple smell without much depth. A bit stronger tasting, with caramel malt predominant and some bitterness without any real hop flavor in the background. Light-medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. Characterless and very mediocre.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap...nice ditty about the beer

Appearnace: Dark gold/amber beer with a decent ivory cap (dense)

Smell: Slightly sweet (almost macro-adjunct sweetness) with a touch of toasted malt/dark caramel.

Taste: Mild toasted malts with a touch of hop bitterness and metallic notes; just the ghost of fruitiness...this is ok, but kind of vague and nothing special

Mouthfeel: A bit light for the style

Drinkability: Not too bad

Conclusion: This is not great for the style...it's basically just ok.

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Photo of steveh
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle at a local store. Since I hadn't tried it in some time and there are some out there telling me Mich is really brewing some better beers, I thought I'd see for myself.

Keep in mind that Märzen is my favorite style, so this brew has a lot to live up to.

A -- Pale, deep gold, more like the Wies'n Oktos than the traditional Märzen copper, thick egg-shell color head that lasts pretty well with decent lacing.

S -- Good spicy noble hops with a yeasty aroma -- not quite bready, near to buttery -- not off-putting, though.

T -- Hmm, not bad tasting in a very clean, bready flavor, but more Helles in character than Märzen -- so good and bad at the same time. Mild hops in the finish. Some vague sourness in the aftertaste that isn't quite right. Sourness is more prevalent as the drink goes down -- just not right.

M -- Mouth feel is soft like a good German-style lager, but the body is pretty light for a Märzen -- again, more Helles.

D -- Drinkability would be good without the sourness. No "born on" dates on the new Michelob Brewing Co. labels, so I'm unsure of the age of the beer. All else holds up pretty well, so I'd guess the sourness is a house yeast character.

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Photo of BigRedN
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is coppery in color. Pour produces an off white head about 1 inch in height. Fades to a ring around the glass that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Light bready, caramel malt scent. Not real noticeable, nothing standing out.

Taste: Some slightly sweet malty flavors, leaning towards caramel or toffee. Nothing bitter, limited hops. Really knid of toned down for the style IMO.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with an abundant carbonation. A bit thin, yet I am going to stop short on calling it watery.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer, mostly because it is a tame, safe Marzen. Nothing really remarkable. Try one to experience this then move on.

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Photo of climax
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

very nice appearance. poured a crystal clear amber. large foamy head with excellent retention. pleasing to the eye, and definitely this beer's strongest attribute

smell was smooth and balanced in the malt/hops dept. not overly complex however. a bit sweet and diacetyl

taste was bland and watery. balanced?? i suppose, but its only as hardy as two infants on a teeter totter. buttery with apples in the finish

mouthfeel was watery and slick with quite a bit of carbonatiom. finish was equally as uninspiring

its easy to drink....but i cant say i'm really achin for another sip. not offending, but in the "crafting a better beer" world... it brings a toothpick to a knife fight.

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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 dudecandle
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:
A: Nice light-copper color with a finger's head which dissipated quickly but left a decent lacing along the way down.
S: Sweet malts, maybe caramel, light floral hoppiness on the back end.
T: Toasted malts, lightly bready, kinda metallic, not much at all, really. Tastes macro-corny even as it goes along: Damn AB.
M: Too thin for an Octoberfest, but not terrible in general
D: Gets worse as it goes along, but not terrible.

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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 clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle part of a variey pack.Pours a light copper color with nice fluffy head. Faint ring of lacing rims the glass after every sip. Aroma is of a toasted bready/biscuity maltiness. Some mild piney hop aroma is also present. Taste is of lightly toasted malts with a slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Not a bad stab at the style.

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

A - Copper yellow with a decent white head that fades to a hula hoop.

S - Not much too it, sweet malts and distant hops.

T - Slightly sweet maltiness with a nuttiness, mildly hoppy finish, refreshingly crisp.

M - Somewhat thin body, bold carbonation.

D - I drank this when I was pretty thirsty, and it disappeared quickly!

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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 kennyo
2.89/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice new, copper penny color with 3/4" white head that disapates after a bit. Crystal clear with carbonation bubbles rising, even after 15 minutes.

Aroma is kind of grainy with a light malt aroma, taste has some malt, kind of true t style, mouthfeel is fine. Not a bad beer by AB

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Photo of Japerrault
3.39/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a white head.

S: No strong aromas noted. Some flowery hops with a sweet malt in the background.

T: Sweet at first, with light flowery hops coming through. Some toasty malt flavors present. Mostly mild sweet flavors. Overall not bad.

M: Medium/light body, good carbonation.

D: The mild sweet flavors and lighter body make this an easy drinker.

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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 soupyman10
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a Marzen. Copper-amber color with a weak head and no lacing. Nose is tepid grain, fairly uninteresting malt nose. A touch of fruitiness. Not bad, but not really "there" either. Flavor is similar, lots of grainy malt up front. A touch of watery, unobtrustive hops. A bit of spiciness, but weak for a Marzen. A malty beer. Body's alright, with carbonation that's a little strong. Overall, it's okay.

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Photo of JayNH
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear slightly reddish golden. Presents a small short lived frothy head.

S- a slightly spicy bready sweet, some hops in the background.

T- A bready sweet maltiness, finishes with a mild earthy hoppiness.

M- Smooth, light bodied. Mild to moderate carbonation.

D- OK but I've had better Marzens.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third or four beers from the "Michelob Craft Collection" box at a Christmas party.

Of the three I've tried so far, this is my least favorite. I haven't had much introduction to the style, but I've still had better.

Pours golden yellow with thin, quickly dissipating white head. There isn't anything to smell, really. The rating I gave it was being generous because it didn't smell bad. Not much flavor, but I did enjoy what little there was. Caramel malts was about all I could taste. It was thin and watery in the mouth, but because of that it was very drinkable. Possibly its best quality.

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