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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #380
Ranked #39,708
3.58 | pDev: 9.5%
903 Brewers
Texas, United States
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review 1643
Date: 903 Brewers
I have consumed some of their sweeter stuff, not sure how this one is going to taste. The beer is 44 degrees and poured into a dimple mug. The pour created a frothy and creamy two-fingered head with okay retention. The somewhat quick dissipation left minimal lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 15, deep amber with rusty orange highlights. The translucent beer shows a few carbonation bubbles. The appearance of the beer is average; I wanted to see a longer-lasting head.

I smell nuttiness, caramel, toasted bread, malty sweetness, a tinge of floral, a hint of herbal, and some earthiness. The aroma of the beer is on point for this style.

I taste a malty sweetness, caramel, toasted bread, hint of floral, herbal, a skosh of band-aid, and earthiness. The beer is too sweet for this style.

The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit dry.

The body is medium, medium carbonation, and unique finish.

This is not one of my favorite Oktoberfest thus far. The hops profile and the malty sweetness distract from an authentic Marzen style.

Oct 06, 2021
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flagmantho from Washington

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. I love how, because of Texas law, the can has to say "Ale" on it. Ha!

Appearance: rich orange hue that is so deep that it's starting to border on red. The body has just the tiniest hint of haze, and the head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. I would like a little more head on this, but that color -- excellent.

Smell: very malty with a lot of bready character and a little caramel. It feels rather sweet to me, but for the style, it's not too bad.

Taste: sweet and caramelly, with a bit of bready character. A traditional Märzen is supposed to be a rather big, flavorful beer, but this is really too much on the sweet side for me. The flavor profile is otherwise not bad, though.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a well-integrated carbonation and very good creaminess. I dig it!

Overall: not a bad beer, but a bit sweet for the style, for my taste.

Sep 23, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a glass boot

Tasting notes: our medium bodied Marzen Oktoberfest is a malt forward tasty treat. light Amber in color the 903 Oktoberfest finishes dry and clean This seasonal Lager is rich roasty and quite delectable. Pairs with bratwurst and pretzels

One finger taupe foam cap quickly recedes to a thin layer , very active carbonation streams , clear red amber liquid

Aroma is malty , bready

Taste is malty, hint of nuttiness

Fizzy mouthfeel , light, lacks complexity

Okay beer , you can find better representations of the style

Sep 19, 2021
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2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice. Darker than expected, as per can description, but it pours brilliantly clear (I can read through it). Won't comment on color, since I am colorblind. Head was small, with absolutely zero lacing, and poor retention.

Lightly fruity nose, stone fruit. Some roast and malt. Decent aroma, but nothing surprising.

Palate is cloyingly sweet. Caramel malts are at the fore, some slight roast before the hop bitterness comes in. Would be nice, if it weren't so sweet. Bitterness is well balanced and appropriate. Decent carbonation, and a moderately full moutfeel. Slightest bit of sulfur on the back end, but it feels appropriate. Surprisingly hot for such a low ABV beer, which is odd.

Can says it finishes dry and clean. I would say not. The sweetness lingers, and clings. It's not dry and clean. Effervescent, sweet, and slightly bitter, with a hint of sulfur. Not dry and clean.

Stylistically, I have a hard time buying this as a Märzen. Should be malty, Munich driven toastiness, not caramel sweetness and roast. It would be a good beer, if not for the cloying sweetness, just not what I think of as a Märzen. To be fair, I don't think I have had a beer from 903 that ISN'T too sweet for me. I don't know why I keep buying their product, thinking that might change. Not bad brewers, just not for me.

Aug 28, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy dark orange, with visible carbonation bubbles rising. A finger and a half of fizzy white head with poor retention.

Smell: Mild hopiness and orange peel.

Taste: Very mild. Mild hop bitterness is the most prominent flavor, with a sort of metallic note. Faint caramel malt comes on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body with good carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly dull beer for something that came so recommended. Was it a bad can?

Sep 14, 2019
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Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Reddish amber body , presenting a little haze, is crowned by a somewhat coarse, cream-colored head, that retains fairly well. Patchy, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Caramel malts and toast present strongly in the aroma, absolutely prototypical for the style/

Taste: The taste begins with abundant caramel and toasted dark bread, these flavors dominate throughout. Late in the taste, there is a mild metallic and herbal hops presence, which provides a graceful counterpoint to the caramel. Finishes with a very mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with just slight hints of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A solid example of the German Märzen / Oktoberfest style, very well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve ounce aluminum can, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

Sep 01, 2019
Oktoberfest from 903 Brewers
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 18 ratings