Banded Brewing Co.

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #331
Ranked #36,166
3.66 | pDev: 14.75%
Banded Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Notes: Märzenbier
Classic German-style Märzenbier. Malty notes of toffee, biscuit, caramel + timelessness.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've always had good luck with this beer (I'm not sure what happened in the reviews below...bad batch?). I just bought a few cans of the 2020 version. I'm happy with it. Maybe not as good as last year, but still good. Extra malty and big bodied for an Oktoberfest, and hoppier than some German versions, but not too much. I'm not not going to give up my Hacker-Pshorr or Hoffbrau, but I still enjoy this.

Sep 24, 2020
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guildnavigator from Maine

1.58/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Definitely a problem with this beer. I’m tasting mine on October 1, 2019. Poured from a can into a clear glass lager mug. Nice copper color with tan head with decent retention. First hint of a problem is the aroma which is a combination of cigarette ashtray and sewage. Something going on with the malting process I suspect. Either spoilage or malting process problem and/or grain handling. Possibly a problem in the mashing process. Maybe yeast autolysis due to improper temperature control? Next problem is way too much bittering hops for the style. This is a common problem with American Brewers who just don’t know how to find a good balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Overall a very disappointing beer. I’ll feed the rest of it to my labs.

Oct 01, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/28/18

Pours a deep copper hue with ¾ finger of off-white head; retention is fairly short, but speckled, soapy lacing is plentiful.

Aroma is big with notes of toasty toffee and malt, with a light sweetness building in between to a grainy, buttery biscuit note toward the finish.

Taste is lightly-toasted biscuits, subtle notes of toasted toffee, and bits of honey adding a balanced and welcome sweetness, which in turn welcomes a smooth transition back to notes of grain and biscuit on the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied and very approachable; a thinness strikes at times, but ultimately contributes a bit more to crispness than detracting from flavor; carbonation is very balanced alongside the light body; the finish is a bit sticky, and leaves the flavors lingering pleasantly.

I’m a fan of how the heartier, toasted notes intermingle so nicely with the smooth, well-defined sweetness; a beautiful aroma, and barring the occasional inconsistency in the mouthfeel, a very well-rounded beer; very sessionable, too.

Sep 12, 2018
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rorjets from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Deep, rich head, caramel colored, that had staying power. The body of the beer was amber, almost 'dunkles' style. Had a slightly malty aroma. Flavor wasn't as strong as I thought it would be, given the darkness of the beer. Decent taste and mouth feel, with a clean finish. Not in the class you would find at Oktoberfest in Munich, but a fair representative of it's style.

May 12, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the one pint can that was sampled on October 16, 2017.

An attractive looking reddish-amber pour with decent clarity and a modest, lingering tan head.

But right off the bat I get something strange in the aroma. It is quite off with a surfer like aroma overwhelming any malt characteristics I might have otherwise found.

Medium body.

The taste is much the same. Just off - with sulfur, vegetable oil, and paint thinner. Yeah, there is a hint of bitterness but I could not finish this tainted can.

Oct 16, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Deep copper color and a finger of off-white head

S - Sweet caramel with hints of citrus and pine.

T - Sweet malts, pine tree, mossy, smoke, tobacco, hay.

F - Light and easy to drink

O - Complex for the style with easy drinkability

Oct 09, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can.

Copper and red highlights. Clear, fizzy and active. A full on, robust and thick off white to tan colored foam tower.Rocky and bubnly.

The aroma has dense sandlewood, caramel and dark, toasty maple malt. Toffee and herbs and old spices.leafy, dry, earthy style hops underneath.

A taste of woody, smokey and seriously herbal hops and crunchy, dry malt complexity. Grillled herbs and honey malt over a series of earthy, old world hop balance. Dense malt and earthy hops punctuate a rather earthy, malty overall vibe.

Dense, complex and strange festie beer from local lager hero.

Oct 02, 2017
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