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Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once more, my utmost thanks to tone77 for his outstanding tradesmanship. He (usually) lives locally and stops by Chez Woody with an armload of bottles & CANs for me which I exchange for a CANlection of CANs. Unfortunately, I have fallen behind, especially as bottles are concerned, leading to the Bottle Backlog. I am happy to be winnowing it down to something approaching manageability.

From the bottle: "Imported from Germany", plus a depiction of a buxom blonde in a dirndl hoisting a litre in her right hand.

I am coming to enjoy the Pop!, but it still does not have the auditory impact of a CAN's Crack! I have found a local artist who takes mine for jewelry, knick knacks & other homespun ideas, which is pretty cool. The beer was likewise cool, so I did a gentle Glug, followed by a swirl in the glass. This raised a brief finger of fizzy, tawny head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was bready, biscuity, lightly grassy. Warming, I even began to get a treacle/molasses scent. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not outright thin, but barely in the medium range. The taste was really what I like from the style - slightly malty-sweet, very bready/biscuity with just enough grassy hops to balance it all out. Finish was semi-dry to dry. It really straddled the finish line (no real pun intended) as far as being outright dry or not & I default to not. If they are putting it in a CAN, then I want another!

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, Euro yeast, hint of sweet malt, hops, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, Euro yeast, hint of adjunct, hint of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is bready, malty, drinks almost more like a bock than a marzen. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and sessionable beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep amber color.

The aroma hits of toasty malts, breadiness, spiciness.

The flavor follows with substantial breadiness, slightly sweet and toasty malts, a hint of spicy quality as the beer dries out.

A decent representation of the style, but a touch one dimensional and a hint sweet for a German version of the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: dark amber-orange hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam which stick around a good long time -- very good indeed.

Smell: lightly sweet and lightly fruity with just a dash of toast. There's even a hint of banana in there, so you know I love it.

Taste: more of that sweet fruitiness from the aroma. There's a little caramel here, and it's nice for an Oktoberfest if a little bit on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: if nothing else, it's a great-looking beer. Other than that, it's a straightforward Oktoberfest that's a bit on the sweet side but nonetheless rather tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Poured a clear copper. A lighter style of Marzen. Soft Marzen nose. Easy Marzen flavor. Breads, slight caramel, soft yeast. Just a tiny bit of hop spice. Toasted bread. Very drinkable. I enjoyed this. Really becoming a big Marzen fan.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant tea brown with a slight red orange tint supporting a 1” cream colored moderately persistent foam stand. S: Clean lager nose with no fruit. Bready German malt with a light toast. No fruit, no caramel, no diacetyl or dark roast flavors. T: Clean lightly sweet lightly toasted malts, light spicy malt character, light bread, moderate hop bitterness, no hop flavor, no fruit, malt forward with long, rich bread after tastes. F: Very creamy, clean and smooth with medium body and carbonation. O: A very easy to drink Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention isn't the best, however. There isn't much lacing left on the glass, either. Still, I think it looks good. (3.75)

Smell: A gentle graininess hits the nose, along with another gentle sensation of hops. Some caramel appears as it opens up a little. While there are no bold aromas coming from this one, it still smells well made. (3.25)

Taste: It starts off with a sweet caramel flavor, transitioning into a vaguely (and I do mean vaguely) hop-scattered finish. It sounds exactly like the last marzen I had, and for the most part, it's similar. Two differences: less diacetyl here, and a bit more balance. Still, it's not really a stand out. (3)

Mouthfeel: It's fairly crisp and well carbonated, but there seems to be a touch of lingering sweetness left behind. In addition, the feel is richer and heavier than over marzens...which makes it more difficult to drink. Ah well. (3)

Overall: This one is pretty decent. It's somewhat disappointing for a marzen coming from ze Germans, though. After all, we're all (justifiably) taught to believe that the best fest beers come from the land of The Scorpions, so it's a letdown when the fest beer in question is only ever-so-slightly above average. (3.25)

3.14/5: Not a Porsche 911, but hardly a VW Beetle, either

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Dinkelacker's Märzen a few days ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer and I've haven't heard of this brewery before and I thought I would give their Marzen a chance, so lets see how it goes. There were some numbers on the back, but I couldn't decode them. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into my Oktoberfest stein.

A- The label looks good, it goes nicely with the Oktoberfest season and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a real nice clear amber color that took one more of a brighter amber color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I really liked the color and head, but the lacing was lacking a little.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a apple juice and slight pear like aroma with a slight soapy aroma also coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, bread crust, light caramel, light toasted and light grainy like aromas with just a little bit of clean lager yeast coming through. This beer had a decent aroma, but I thought it was a little unbalanced with too much fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's just a little lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of low sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and it's the apple juice that sticks out the most and it seems to be the flavor that sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which are just a little lighter than they were in the aroma and they impart the same malty aspects with no single aspect seeming to sticking out the most. On the finish there was no bitterness with a apple juice and watery malt aftertaste. This was decent tasting Marzen, but it wasn't as balanced as I would like.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, fairly clean, pretty dry on the finish, a little watery, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it wasn't a little watery and I think it needs more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was just ok and I thought it was a decent example of the style, it had most of the flavors and aromas that I look for in the style, but that good balance just didn't show up and that's what holds this beer back from being a good example of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little crisp, fairly clean, pretty dry on the finish, a little watery, not filling at all and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one would be enough for me, the taste doesn't really make me want to come back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, the color and head were really nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it was off and it lacked the balance that all the good examples of the style have. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's very easy for me to find a better example of the style and I can't say I would recommend it either. This didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery, but I would be interested in trying some more of their beers and I would say this one falls right in the middle as far as the style goes. I wasn't impressed with this one, I thought it was rough around the edges, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and fruit. Toasted malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and lager yeast. Fruit hints of apple and slight lemon. Sweet honey like scent as well. Hops are light. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a nicely sweet, toasty, and bready malt driven taste with notes of sweet caramel and fruit. Bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, cracker, and lager yeast. Fruit undertones of apple and lemon along with some honey sweetness. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on the German Marzen style. Good bready malt and fruit notes.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dinkelacker Oktoberfest Marzen has a very thick, slightly beige head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and rather heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of subdued, toasted malt, and the flavor is of caramel, toasted barley, sweetness, bread crust, and mellow hop bitterness to round out the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Dinkelacker Oktoberfest Marzen finishes crisp and highly drinkable. I found this to be remarkably similar to Busch Signature Copper Lager.


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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper without much foamy fanfare. Bread crust aroma with some noble hops evident. Brady and malty. A little thinner than some. Decent. Hooray for tall boys.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to an uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: a little bready; a little Munich malt; sweet;

T: sweet malt; finish is lightly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice, but a little boring;

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Deep copper colored body under a well maintained cream colored head. Light random patches of lacing.

Aroma: Lightly toasted bread, subtle nail polish alcohol, sweet creamy caramel.

Taste: Buttered bread, metal, grains sprayed with rubbing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery.

Overall: Cheap German import. The cartoonish, stereotypical label should have been an indicator.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle

Pours clear copper brown amber with a frothy white foam head. Smells like red apple, grapes, rich malty molasses, dark caramel, brown bread, toasted nutty woody grains, with mild spicy earthy floral grass. Tastes like red apples, grapes, rich malty molasses, dark caramel, brown bread, toasted nutty woody grains, with spicy earthy floral grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at an Oktoberfest event at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. The beer had a dark color with some amber in the light and a nice, thick head that lasted for awhile. Roasty aromas of malts with butter and spices filled the nose. Pretty good, sweet taste with a sweetness like caramel mixed with some great malt flavors. Nice and creamy body with a decent carbonation. Overall, this was a nice and sweet drink for the evening festivities.

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Photo of fx20736
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, late Sept 2015. Served cold in a diimpled mug.

Look: Copper, offwhite head, no lace

Smell: sweet caramel malt with some Noble Hops in thee background

Taste: toasted grain, touch of hops

Feel: kind of flat

Overall: mediocre, nothing worth buying

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Photo of Chaz
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden brown in color, topped with an off-white head and with excellent clarity. Good lacing as the head falls.

Nose is lightly-tangy, lightly metallic, malty in the right way (Vienna and Munich malts), and with no hop character that your average Citrus Hop freak would be able to discern. ;)

This is a reasonably fresh can (P: 2014 07 04) and I find it to be an average example of the style: Rich, sweet toffee (almost fruity) notes from the malt dominate the drink, and it's slightly higher than your average Pils in strength. Nice malt character to be sure, with no off notes, whether from warmed yeast or oxidation or anything else. Plummy and sugary-Rum notes, too.

Lighter in carbonation (as was their canned Pils, which I had sampled earlier) and maybe just the right amount to allow for a second serving (can.)

At the right price point this would be an excellent import, and would easily clobber most American attempts at the style. Of course, there are a few good American renditions of the style (and they are priced competitively), so this one fits in pretty well with those.

It may not be the best example in its style, but it is not "bad" by any means, and would certainly make for a good alternative to a so-called Tall Boy of "PBR" when out at the local hipster bars and Indie Rock nightclubs.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So...I suppose sometimes low expectations can help a beer out at times. I hadnt had a Dinkel in many years, but the office pub (yes, we have one of those) had that this Oktoberfest/marzen during an even this evening. Nose was malty and slight!y sweet. Flavor was solidly malty with some roasted characteristics without being overly sweet. Super drinkable and definitely better than some other Oktoberfest beers out there. The kind of beer you could pound under a big tent with a thousand of your closest friends.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.89/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Delicious! Tons of bready, toasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly baked pretzels and biscuits, flowed by aromas of caramel and brown sugar, black pepper, and touches of floral, piney hops.

Taste: Just as delicious as the aroma! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, a black pepper, and touches of floral, piney hops at the finish. This is a massive malt bomb, sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very creamy with some carbonation to tickle the taste-buds. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an outstanding, Märzen!! Absolutely delicious! This will become a yearly main-stay in my fridge during Oktoberfest season, as long as it’s available and I can find it!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber; medium head

Aroma: Malty; honey; slightly honey-like

Taste: Juicy start with hoppy bitterness notes; dry, hoppy finish; hoppy, but not overpowering; not bad overall

Remarks: Pretty enjoyable for a Märzen; good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of fluffy, white head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt, some grassy hops, overall fairly clean.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt, fairly creamy, some mild bitterness towards the finish with some lingering nuttiness.

The Rest: A nice, fairly balanced marzen. Nothing fancy, just a good, solid beer.

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Photo of Nolster
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with light carbonation.

Clean, toasty, bready malts with a bit of sweetness. Light on the hops.

Medium/light body.

Excellent Oktoberfest for the price!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. Considerable beige head, dissipates into a fine Rorschach of lacing. Lovely dark amber color.

Smell is faint, a little bitterness.

Taste: hint of bitter dunkel flavor reminiscent of cheap imports like Negra Modelo, but fuller bodied and smooth in the mouth. Bitter with faint toffee notes. Flavor strongest when cool, but not overly cold.

An exemplary Märzen. Unpretentious, but full in flavor. A bricklayer's breakfast.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark copper with good clarity, very appealing. Fair head retention.
S-sweet malty aroma, pancakes. No real hop aroma c/w style
T-very nice malty sweet taste but still drinkable, not cloying.
M-appropriate, not thin.
O-really like this beer. Went back to the co-op for more. Easy drinking for those fall days to come(hopefully)

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Dinkelacker Oktoberfestbier Märzen from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
3.65 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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