Fonta Flora Brewery

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #128
Ranked #51,413
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
Fonta Flora Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: A traditional and toasty autumnal lager beer.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a deep amber color...darker than most Märzens. Clear. Moderate head which settles quickly to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Some slippery spots for lace.

Strongest aroma of lightly sweet crystal malt bringing a toasted nose. There's also graininess: some raw barley and some corn?

The flavor is nutty, almost like a watered down brown ale. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. What makes this beer unique for the style is the amount of hop present. Although I didn't detect it in the smell, the hop is very present as a balancing agent. The aftertaste is of darker malts and black pepper bitterness.

Nov 03, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours deep amber with an off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a malty rich aroma with toffee and low levels of caramel. It has an herbal element with some earthen notes.

Taste: The flavors are representative of the aromas. It has toffee as the lead with low levels of caramel and some herbal elements. There is a bit of a low cherry to it as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate bitterness.

Overall, there are some additional notes from cherry that I won't expect in most Marzens, but it does add a nice touch.

Oct 05, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint medium golden yellow + burnt orange + amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready + toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Light aromas of floral + earthy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready + toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral + earthy + spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger around for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a very pleasant malt profile include a fair amount of toastiness and a decent balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness from the hops. Definitely one to grab for the season.

Sep 28, 2018
Märzen from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 10 ratings