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

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 hiikeeba
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a golden yellow with a thin white head. It looks a little light for the style.

S - I would love to tell you what I smelled. But I can't smell anything. Maybe a hint of malt?

T - Largely flavorless, a hint of caramel malt. Very disappointing

M - Thin and watery.

D - Since there's nothing much here, it's smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A Farewell to A-B, Episode 2: Mediocrity rears its head

As I continue the systematic purge of A-B products from my fridge/life, a Marzen catches my eye... I wonder if the guy who brewed it still has a job?

The 12-ounce bottle yields a clear golden-orange brew with a finger-thick cap of white foam. The head deflates slowly and leaves webby lacing clinging to the sides of my imperial pint-sized willi glass.

The smell is syrupy sweet with a tang of sourish, husky grain.

The taste is mild and toasty with a sweetish grainy fruitiness. The finish is bready with a bit of stickiness that dissolves under the drying effects brought to bear by a smattering of earthy hops. A sourish metallic spent-grain note comes forth as the drink progresses, uglying up the drinkability a notch or two, but further warming evokes a bit of floral honey sweetness that works hard to save face.

The drink is light and well-carbonated, but I'm not compelled to have another. It's a skippable beer, but I'm still worried about InBev canning the dudes who bottled it for me. As for the guy who came up with this recipe... well, I hope he got what he deserved....

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

A - Poured a clear light amber color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Isn't all that strong caramel stands out from whats there

T - Is of sweet malt and some spice

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not the best marzen out there it won't blow you away but its still a pretty drinkable beer

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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 donteatpoop
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the sampler box... Not sure what to expect, but I'm judging it without prejudging it.

Pours a nice light amber color with a thin white head. What head did appear retained well and left trace amounts of residual lacing on the glass.

Smelled of spice and nothing else.

Taste was on point with most Marzens. Not the best I've ever had, but not the worst either. Spiced malty goodness.

The mouthfeel was quite thin, even more so than most Marzens. I don't know... It just felt watery.

Definately drinkable, not bad for a session beer.

This was better than I expected.

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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 likethetaste
3.42/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was not bad but not great either. Poured a medium amber color with a decent head that stayed around for a little while.
This was a crisp beer that taste good but not anything special. It is very drinkable. You could go a few of these with no problem.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.59/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, light copper. A quarter inch of head forms and dissipates quickly leaving a broken collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Great smell. Vanilla and toasted malt with a touch of caramel and butter. Peppery/grassy hops are evident as well.

T - Mild, toasty grain. A nice subtle sweetness with suggestions of butterscotch leads into a firm hop bite with a strong note of white pepper.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little watery in the finish but otherwise well done.

D - Though this probably isn't the best marzen I've had, it is suprisingly drinkable. I've certainly had worse.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head is has a slightly off white color and it builds up thick and foamy. It slowly fades down to a wispy thin layer that just hangs on until the end. There is very little lacing to speak of. The body has a light golden amber color with very good clarity.

Smell: Its aroma is light and has a sweet grainy character with a very mild hop presence.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a simple light grain and mild sweetness with a good balance of earthy and floaral hops. The texture is smooth and slightly slick with mild carbonation. Its body is about medium.

Notes: Overall I feel that it is a rather boring Marzen.

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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 CrellMoset
3.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as part of a mixer from dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty dull and lifeless color, sort of a chalky amber. A fast-fading almost-white head tops this one and leaves nothing but a sheen of foam once it fades. Lacing is splotchy and inconsistent, runny and glittery. Carbonation is fast and fine-bubbled, incredibly dense. A strange-looking beer.

Aroma: Toasty, buttery malts, perhaps a hint of diacetyl, and a faint floral, grassy hop note. Similar problem to the Michelob Pale Ale, in that all the right parts are here but it's way, way too faint. Let's kick it up a notch!!

Taste: Clean, crisp, with a pleasant roasted edge that's equal part roast and residual sweetness. Buttery in places, toasty in others, but overall not half bad. A faint, hardly-worth-mentioning hop bitterness and spiciness lends itself about halfway through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, a little less even than the Pale Ale (which is my reference point at this time), but still pretty medium-bodied, creamy, and with a nice level of carbonation. Not bad.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but again nothing to write home about. It's a good attempt at the style, inoffensive, well-balanced, and with a manageable alcohol level. Drinkable? Sure.

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Photo of ruck304
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another of the sampler pack that I picked up just for a macro change of pace. Again, drank straight from the bottle. (see other review for reason, I explained the story earlier) Tastes like a macro beer; watered down, not much flavor. Smells of a little grain and some malt. I do not necessarily taste the hops that are said to be present on the bottle. Really thin carbonation with a minimal head. Also, scarce amount of lacing. This beer shows some flavor promise but due to the amount of water added it is not a favorite of mine. This is my first Oktoberfest-style beer and I am not impressed. I will have to pick uo a higher rated Oktober and reserve my hate until my palate has adapted to this style of brew.

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

Poured into a bottle from a pint glass:

A - Pours a light amber, forming a 3/4 inch white head with light spots of lace.

S - Sweet malts with a hint of grain.

T - Dominate malt body creating a light caramel flavor, along with a slight grainy finish. Not much in between.

M - Slightly thinner than expected body. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - Good light flavor, and suprisingly very easy to drink and enjoy. Having said that, this is by no means a good example of a Marzen. Too thin on the flavor and body to be a good example of the style IMO. A good beer but no Marzen:(

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper in color, looks a little weak, like a watered down Oktoberfest. Head is a thin white cap that leaves small dots of lace here and there.

Simple aroma of malt and grain. Not much else going on here.

Starts out sweet with earthy malt and a touch of honey sweetness that carries through until the finish, which is a touch bitter and grassy.

Body is too light for the style. Crisp carbonation.

It's not terrible. Drinkable, but overall an unexciting beer in what I feel is an unexciting style.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, glassy light orange. No head, not much texture. Non-descript other than slight pub ale color. Watery-looking.

Slightly sweeter lager malt. If all-malt, not immediately apparent. Slightly sugary sweet and okay.

Some sweetish, biscuity pub malt. The slight sweetness of caramel/butterscotch is slight, balances the earthy malt.

Buttery but a little fizzy too. Solid, but a tad watery. Really average. Just like a lager with a hint of additional sweetness.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.87/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no trace of itself.

Smell: Malty, with a slight floral aroma from the hops- a bit too much hoppiness for the style. Balanced.

Taste: Malty sweetness that is pleasant, but should be stronger. Finishes with a very slight hop bitterness. Has a sweet, malty aftertaste in the back of the mouth/throat. I must say this, though- the first couple sips had a very strange alcohol flavor that ruined it for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too bad, overall, but not as full-flavored or malty as this style should be. Again, the strange taste I got on the first few sips turned me off. Not something I would never drink again- but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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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 Metalmonk
2.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sunset copper with red highlights, excellent clarity and a sea-foam head an inch high. Lace sticks in the forms of dots, but not a ton.

Mineral and faint DMS in the nose. That's about it. Smells like a typical mainstream lager without any of the bigger malt presence that this style usually exhibits.

Interesting flavor. Not at all what I'd look for in a Marzen, it's brighter and fruiter, with lemon and honey attributes sneaking through the mineral maltiness. Lacks the caramel-y goodness that should be here. Despite being somewhat atypical for the style, it's kind of refreshing and solid in its own way. But not truly impressive, no matter which way you slice it. I'm kind of ho-hum about it.

A tad too much carbonation, while I'm complaining. I was hoping for a rounder, more buttery feel (I'm remembering those on-tap German Oktoberfest beers I had about a month ago...mmm...).

So, it's okay, but certainly far from "great" or even "very good". My least favorite in Michelob's 5-beer mixed 20-pack. It could really use something...like a lot more malt.

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Photo of bound4er
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first foray into a "micro" from the king of macros. Many thanks to Houston for giving me a 20 bottle variety pack to test drive.

This beer pours to a faint orange color with about a 1" white head that recedes fairly quickly while leaving a light amount of lacing. The nose is very subdued - maybe a bit of maltiness emerges with some swirling. The taste improves somewhat - kind of like a macro on steroids with some malt presence but no hop presence. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel make this a fairly easy beer to drink. Not bad - nothing to get excited about either. I have higher hopes for the other 4 varieties I will be trying shortly.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, slight hint of amber, good sized head that fades at a decent rate, leaves no lacing though.

Smell is pretty much all malt, not really making out much hops or spice, fairly bland aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell, all malt, fairly slick tasting, goes down easy enough with a crisp feel, but still there are better Oktoberfest beers out there by far.

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Photo of BierFan
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Copper orange color with a one finger white head and little carbonation.

Smell: I was able to detect very faint caramel malts.

Taste: Hops weren't noticable at all by me. The malts were very faint. Somehow AB manages to strip away the smell and taste from just about all there Michelob beers.

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Photo of babaracas
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange, a bit lighter than most. Fluffy white head with little retention or lacing. Smell: pale malts with noble hops, grain. Missing the munich or vienna that make ofests such a treat. Taste: again, dominated by pale malt and toasty graininess. Mouthfeel: smooth carbonation, medium bodied and pretty drinkable, but doesn't rate as an ofest.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium golden color with just a bit of tan colored head. The head disappeared almost immediately and did not provide any lacing.

Not much in the way of an aroma.... faintly malty, but nothing to get excited about.

Tastes is mildly malty with a hint of hops presence. Crisp taste, decent finish but a little on the dry side.

Light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkable enough to be a session brew.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden-orange With two plus finger white head with nice lacing.

S: Faint grainy notes very clean but not much there.

T: Some sweet grainy flavors with a bit of driness at the end.

M: Good carbination with a clean crisp, dry finish.

D: Easy drinker with nothing offensive or off but nothing stellar.

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