Konstantin
Schilling Beer Co.

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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #27
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,024
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 5.71%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
31
From:
Schilling Beer Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  0
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Konstantin is a rich, light-ruby colored seasonal lager. Double-decocted for complexity. Drier and lighter in color than most German-style Märzens, biscuit and bread-like malt note shine in the flavor and aroma.
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber from the can, 2" foamy white head, good retention, settles to a solid ring. Nose is light caramel, noble hops, and some estery sweetness as it warms up. A bit unexpressive at first on the palate; very mild in flavor, but the finish is all hop - very little malt character here. Mouthfeel is moderate and crisp; easily the best aspect of this beer. Overall, wanted a bit more expression from the malts, but an enjoyable Märzen nonetheless.

Nov 01, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 8/20/20; consumed on 10/20/20

Pours a translucent golden copper body topped with multiple fingers of dense, fluffy, off-white/tan foam; great head retention yields a rocky half-finger of cap, a moderate, creamy collar, and a chunky walling of lacing caked around the glass.

Aroma opens with a slight grassy edge to an otherwise woody toffee note, followed by a 'snap' of fresh toast and rounded,, crisp malts as touches of lager yeast and minerality develop over the middle; peppery hops guide into a back end of advancing malty sweetness, highlighting fresh brown bread, lightly burnt caramel, and distant honeysuckle.

Taste offers a touch of toffee and a floral minerality upfront as tempered lager yeast spreads subtly across the profile; a vague hint of caramel expresses over the mid-palate before more defined rye bread crust with peppery, floral hop undertones take hold, guiding toward a slightly grassy, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body alongside a robust, moderate carbonation splintering off to a flaky-crisp and clean mid-palate before a rounded background grit delicately coats the tongue; the back end eases with a light, moderately dry, and quenching finish accompanied with a mild though taut hop bitterness.

Expressing a level foundation from mild minerality and firm yeasty textures, this Märzen constructs a satisfying, detailed, and approachable malt profile from which refined, robust intrigue and casual drinkability meet; an incredibly well-rounded, fulfilling overall take on the style.

Oct 21, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two 16oz pours of this during a 25SEP20 Schilling visit with Alewife. Each set me back $6.00. Currently has a 5.0% ABV, btw...

The solid, dimpled mug held a lovely, rich, clear, deep copper hued libation. Had sparse carbo, with a frothy, light tan head, with excellent lacing. Had a nice aroma of toasty malts and light caramel. Body was as a good medium, with minimal prickle on the tongue.

Taste had loads more of toasty malts, and biscuit and dark bread notes. Had more caramel caressing the palate as well. was clean and crisp, with a suggestion of spiciness in the dry finish. Solid. Prosit!

4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Oct 04, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can:
A clean dark amber to light brown pours into the glass. Head forms nicely and there's still some covering most the surface after I took a good while between pour and first sip.

Light toast and caramel aromas with some floral notes. Taste has a bit of caramel sweetness, but not too much. A lightly toasted bread with some whole grain influence turns earthy by mid-taste. Bitterness grows and turns a light bit of a dry grass note to a more herbal ending. Fairly dry ending with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Sep 26, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can. Schilling has quickly risen up the ranks of breweries that I covet. Pretty much will just grab a four pack or single regardless of what it is. So when I saw that they brewed a Marzen. Oyyy. Konstatin pours on the darker end of the spectrum. Dark orange. Dull color but still pretty. A bit hazy, too. The head bell curves. Grows then shrinks. Overall it is a decent looking beer but definitely not the cleanest. I find Marzens hard to describe. The differences are subtle but can make or break the beer. Most of them have a similar profile but the balance, nuance, and harmony of the smell and taste are what make a great Marzen. Not unlike a great Pilsner. The nose is soft but very enticing. Sweetbreads and the promise of Autumn. The flavor is maybe a bit less rustic and nostalgia-inducing than the nose. Still, a solid flavor can be found here. I wish the beer was a bit softer. There is a sharpness on the tongue and I want it to be slightly smoother. Aside from that, everything you want from the style is present here. Soft carbonation and a bit of bitterness in the mouthfeel. This is a pretty respectable take on the style. Flirts with greatness but isn't quite there.

Sep 25, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy amber with some off white head. Good retention. There's not much aroma, it's lightly toasty. It's dry so the toast and brown butter don't have the usual sweetness to shine through. There's almost a peaty like texture to it as well. I like it, but I'm just not crazy about it like I am with other Schilling lagers.

Sep 19, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 8/20/20
Pours a med-large off-white frothy head with med retention, nice soapy lacing, mostly clear med reddish-copper color

Nose mild sweet toasted malt, grainy-sweet, toasted bread crust Vienna malt like character, a little biscuity cracker, hint of herbal hop

Taste brings fair sweet malt again, grainy, more biscuity cracker notes and Vienna like toasted bread crust, sweet-like but not really sweet, and thankfully not a bunch of caramel, light herbal grassy hops, light bitterness, drier finish, a bit more herbal hop bitterness

Mouth is med bod, med to a bit higher frothy carb

Overall not bad, not the same level of malt complexity of the real German ones, but def a lot closer than most American versions that are caramel sweet bombs, this was pretty well done, as expected for Schilling.

Sep 14, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 ounce can dated 08/24/20. Sampled Sept 5, 2020.

Attractive medium amber-mahogany pour with modest lasting cream colored head.

Inviting sweet caramel and biscuit aromas with just the slightest hint of floral hops.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

Very sweet and malty taste going to a mild bitter bite and semi dry finish. Tasty.

Sep 05, 2020
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 09/19/19 and picked up at the fantastic brewery in Littleton, NH in mid-October.

Hits all the marks for a delicious Märzen; and a unique Austrian-style version at that! Looks great, has that autumn color. Aroma is heavy grain and sweetness as is the flavor. Crisp and balanced with a hint of hops in the finish. An easy drinker with great character. Knew they’d create a top notch example!

Oct 22, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a nice clear dark brown color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like toasted grain, caramel, earthy hops and just a general rich maltiness.

This is a very well done marzen here, with a good balance between hop and malt. It’s toasty and not too sweet, with a very crisp taste, and an earthy and dusty hop bitterness.

This is lighter bodied and super crisp, with a very high level of drinkability. I could drink this all day.

I’ve been looking forward to trying this brewery for a while. This is a nearly spot on rendition of the style.

Nov 03, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solidly amber but also crystal clear. Good starting head but it fades to a thin film of bubbles. Decent webby lace.

Toasted bready malt nose. Faint hop.

High carbonation but with a rich body. The caramel malt comes through well but unlike most Märzens, this beer has a distinct hoppy finish. Still, the malt wins out in the aftertaste.

Sep 29, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really nice marzen, better than some exports from Germany itself.
The beer presents itself really nicely, that red/brown clear colored body, nice head to start off. Simple aroma of toasted grain. As for the flavor, once again very grainy, cereal like, much akin to toasted granola. Sweet, yet finishes rather crisp with a light hop finish. What I enjoyed most about the beer is the malt profile, which is like something you'd expect out of the best from a German brewery, also the balance between sweetness and crispness. Finishes very clean, refreshing, and light.

Jun 20, 2016
Konstantin from Schilling Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 31 ratings