14th Star Brewing Co.

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #267
Ranked #24,860
3.61 | pDev: 12.74%
Dec 18, 2021
Oct 16, 2016
Notes: Brewed with German malts and hops in the classic Märzen style. This malt-forward lager will give you exactly what you need as the fall weather sets in.

22 IBU
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Photo of GlenFarclas
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

This beer is interesting. There's a kind of malty ale character about it. Like those copper ales or rustic ales and the rest. You see those all the times and they're some variation of a lightly hopped, malty, easy drinking amber. This feels like that. Visually, it's really pretty. The nose isn't anything particularly special, just your standard vienna characters - bready malts, some sweet sugar, molasses, maybe a little piney bitterness (???).

Overall it's good. I enjoy the finish which is so sticky, and heavy. There's a huge sticky swath in the middle of it that just runs and runs like caramel or malt sugar in like cask strength bourbon. You almost can't believe it's an adult beverage. I really like this though, I'm just a little surprised by it given it reads "classic German marzen".

Dec 18, 2021
3.96 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Oct 13, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 16 oz can purchased from the Dorset store; no birth day. Pours pumpkin orange with very little to no head. Tastes of slightly sweet bread with an astringent like backing. Okay.

Oct 08, 2021
4.03 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Sep 10, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

Shared a 16oz can today with Alewife during a side-by-side Oktoberfest tasting...

Was a medium copper color, with a slight bit of haze. Minimal carbo, with a thin, off-white head. Was creamy but short, with light lacing. Aroma was mild, with to-style toasty malts and dark bread. Has a medium body with a fair amount of smoothness.

Flavor had nice malts, with more toast, some biscuit and subtle caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking, with a hint of spicy hops in the finish. Decent. Prosit!!

3.94/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Oct 04, 2020
4 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire on Oct 04, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is slightly hazy coppery amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down and left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel malts and hints of spicy hops. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little maltier and sweeter compared to other beers in the style but goes down very easily.

Serving type: can

Oct 01, 2020
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3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

A: Approachable shade of amber with a tinge of carroty-orange. Head was an off-white, foamy, fizzy. I echo the flatness of the head, but I believe the color to be inoffensive and not quite that hazy.

S: More toffee/biscuity treacle than a caramel. Rising along is the faint scent of mulled cider warming in the kitchen. e

M: Feel is heavy and thick for style. Low carbonation, no dryness, crispness with poorish drinkability.

T: Biscuit with moderate toast although the malt flavor is very fleeting. Very herbal with bitter red currant, honey-citrus, icewine.

Sep 30, 2020
Photo of Amendm
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Amendm from Florida

A strong pour from a 16-oz. can into a dimpled mug produced a finger of soapy off-white foam with short retention and no lacing. Hazy (can't read large print) reddish amber color, orange amber in front of bright light.

Faint smell of toasted wheat bread and dough greets the nose with spicy hops in the background.

Semi-sweet with average bitterness, toasted and caramel malt battle to a tie for the lead of the taste. The hops are now spicy and herbal. Apple and slightly sour grape add a tang to the middle as bitterness rises to above average. Low carbonation causes the finish to be drawn out as flavors diminish, the aftertaste is spicy with a moderate astringency.

Medium-light body, carbonation is low but not flat. A little light on flavor overall but, what is there is on point.
German hops and malts are used a little to sparingly. Well balanced and session-able, alcohol is well hidden.
The label states "Classic German-Style Marzen", up the CO2 a little and it's in there. BB 02/28/21.

Sep 19, 2020
Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From a 16 oz. can dated 02/28/21. Sampled Sept 11, 2020.

Attractive looking amber-brown pour with a quick lasting off-white head.

The aroma emits caramel malt, tasted malt, sweet, and light floral characteristics.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is sweet and malty to start but I also get a soapy sort of character that is unappealing. Otherwise clean finish.

Sep 11, 2020
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2020
3.5 by Noelito76 from New York on Nov 30, 2019
3.02 by V1per41 from Colorado on Nov 08, 2019
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1.81/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by PatrickCT from Connecticut

It looks ok, if a little to amber. The head dies down quickly like it is flat. And guess what? It almost is.
Cardboard and apple skin aroma.
Very light malts despite the color. Green apples, more cardboard.
Light body with light carbonation. Slick mouthfeel and a not at all dry mouthfeel.
Zero stars. Stay away.

Oct 10, 2019
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2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by WesMantooth from Ohio

Cloudy, dark amber-copper. Soapy, short lived head. It smells weird. Tastes weirder. Feels just as weird as the rest of the weirdness. Not a good beer. O dumped at least half of it.

Oct 06, 2019
3.6 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Oct 06, 2019
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2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Thanks(?) Patrick, for this can...

Looks like a murky amber home brew.

Smells like caramel and dirt.

Tastes like caramel, dirt, secret sauce, and mint.

Feels rich and full and dirty.

This is like a hazy amber. Not an Oktöberfest.

Sorry, Patricia. I love you like I love hemorrhoids, but this lil number doesn't quite hit the O'fest marks.


Oct 06, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Burlington Oktoberfest

Sep 26, 2019
3.73 by smb71481 from Vermont on Sep 17, 2019
3.93 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Sep 15, 2019
Photo of bobv
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bobv from Vermont

16 oz. can.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch off white head over a reddish-amber body with scant lacing. Nose of malt, cracker, and a bit of Marzen spice love. Taste mirrors nose nicely with a slightly bitter hop finish. Nice feel and overall, a decent O-fest from Pine Street, Burlington, VT and would have again. Cheers!!

Aug 31, 2019
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on Nov 03, 2018
4.1 by SFC21 from Florida on Oct 03, 2018
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 23, 2018
3.4 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Oct 14, 2017
3.6 by Pacodog26 from Vermont on Sep 06, 2017
3.7 by DareOfTheHog from Vermont on Sep 04, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a deep muddled burnt orange color with a thin cap of a white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly quick. Moderately concave lacing hit the sides decently. The aroma starts off caramel and toffee malty sweet with some grassy sweet to bitter hops balancing in nicely. Slight dried clean earthiness. The flavor balances nicely between the earthy and grassy hops to the clean sweet caramel, toffee and bready malts. Very clean and nice. Superb clean malty aftertaste with a touch of nuttiness. Quick semi-sweet caramel-esque finish gracing a touch of the grassy hops. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Mild carbonation yields to the grassy hop bitterness having enough harshness. Overall, good Oktoberfest that I wouldn’t mind having again and perhaps with some soft pretzels and spicy mustard or even some bratwursts. Definitely a food beer.

Jun 05, 2017
3.5 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Nov 13, 2016
3.93 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont on Nov 12, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brad007 from Vermont

Purchased in cans at the brewery. Pours a nice orange-gold hue with thin head into my glass. Sweet, crisp malt greets the nose. Fits this cold evening well. Grainy, chewy and sweet. Overall mouthfeel is about the same with a slightly dry finish. Fans of oktoberfest/marzens should definitely get this while it lasts.

Oct 16, 2016
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