Kloster Urstoff
Rother Bräu

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Rother Bräu
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #305
Ranked #26,278
3.54 | pDev: 8.76%
Dec 21, 2021
Aug 17, 2014
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Notes: Based on a traditional recipe of the Klosterbrauerei Münnerstadt. Originally brewed and bottled by Rother Bräu. Also brewed for the US market by Egerer.
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3.84 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Dec 21, 2021
3.27 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
3.48 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Oct 11, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by schoolboy from Ohio

This is a momentous review for me, #2000. I had been thinking about hitting the number since the summer. Will I save something interesting to review? Something old but un-reviewed? Well, with the pandemic and all, I am quite observant of only going out in a necessity (shopping remotely, etc.). So we end up with this beer, because all I have are what's in the aging box downstairs and what's left of the Costco advent calendar (I opened them under the unothodox atheist calendar).

Everything about this beer is much more subtle than in American beers of this style. The color is paler, the aroma weaker, the taste less malty (but exquisitely balanced), the finish cleaner. The other Bavarian marzen I've tried lately were similar - light versions of what we see here. This is the best of them, I think.

Recommended. I'm glad that for my 2000th review I didn't follow my formulaic review (Blah blah, look, aroma, taste, finish, blah blah). It was formulaic as far as blah blah, one paragraph about the beer, blah, blah.

Nov 24, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Golden orange, with a touch of haze, and a large, moderately coarse off-white head with very good retention. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass wall. Profuse streams of minute, slow-rising bubbles are visible before a strong light.

Aroma; Sticky caramel dominates the aroma, there is also a notable rustic white bread, crackers, over-ripe apples, and a balancing presence of earthy, grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with abundant caramel and bread malts, a little toasted character of Munich malt appears soon after. Overripe fruit present, as in the aroma, with flavors of overripe apples and pears. Late in the taste, there is a little toasted bread crust and a bit of nuttiness. Finishes with a mild flourish of metallic hops against the backdrop of sweet caramel.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, it seems a bit sweet for the style, but certainly, not at all bad.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a Duvel chalice.

Oct 17, 2020
3.84 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jul 04, 2020
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2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 11/21/19.
Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried 0.5L glass stein.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Gold, clear.
Body – Gold, slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 12 cm, stabilizing at five cm, aggressive center pour), off white, average retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and a complete cap.
Lacing – None
Aroma – 3 – Very weak toasted malt, no hops.
Flavor – 3 – Begins and ends with lightly toasted, slightly bitter, malt. No hops. A bit of toffee on the belch. No alcohol (5.4 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
Palate – 2.75 – Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. A very average marzen, definitely not one to seek out. Number 22 consumed of the 24 in the box and the first NOT to say “Privatbrauerei H. Egerer” anywhere on the can.

Nov 21, 2019
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2.52/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

CAN: 500ml. From Costco's 2019 Beer Advent Calendar pack.

Too sweet, but at least it has some notes of toasted malt. Heavy residual sugars are present throughout along with caramelized malt sweetness, bready malts, fruitcake-redolent notes, and Munich malts.

Poorly attenuated. Imbalanced/too sweet for the style.

A bit of a chore to drink, which isn't what you want in a Marzen. Not a great expression of the intended style by any stretch, but it's okay.


Oct 07, 2019
3.25 by gritz147 from Louisiana on Jan 19, 2019
3.25 by GarthDanielson from Virginia on Jan 25, 2018
3 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 10, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a pint glass from the can.

Appearance: Medium gold color which is quite transparent with medium to heavy bubbles on the body.

Smell: bland hops with not much complexity but then again it's a marzen.

Taste: Sweet hops, slightly creamy. Malts are smooth but nothing that will blow your mind. Nice thirst quencher.

Mouth: medium to heavy bubbles. Not so sticky but I don't expect much from marzens.

Overall: descent beer but feel like I have had it before, taste a lot like some of the other sister beers that originally came in this advent calendar sampler pack. Worth having not worth hunting. Salud!

Mar 07, 2017
3.1 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2017
3.5 by Kahlerbock from Kansas on Dec 26, 2016
4.03 by RBorsato from Virginia on Dec 23, 2016
3.57 by thomda11 from California on Dec 11, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by josephandbrown from Oregon

There appears to be some confusion in the attribution of this beer; from what I can tell, it was made by another brewery for Rother Bräu, instead of by them. As it came from an Advent Calendar, the documentation wasn't great.

Kloster Urstoff poured with a rich and fairly thick head. Much of it dissipated quickly, but what's left is leaving nice lacing on the glass. It's incredibly clear, to the point that I can almost read looking through it. The color is a dark, deep gold color, probably near a 6 on the SRM scale.

Smellwise, I mostly get wet grain, though there is a toffee scent hidden in there. I also get some toffee in the taste, along with some breadiness and even a little nutty tinge. some sweetness comes though, probably the most of any of the beers from this calendar. A light, building bitterness is present, but it does not linger.

Kloster Urstoff might be my favorite beer form the calendar thus far. It certainly fits the season much better than the various light lagers and hefeweizens that have dominated the box. A little sweetness, a little body, and the somewhat holiday appropriate nutty and toffee flavors fit my end of year beer drinking mood.

Dec 10, 2016
3.44 by teraflx from Arizona on Dec 10, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5
by txmilligan from Texas

Poured up with a heavy brass color and an off white, almost ecru head that dissipated quickly. Nice, full aroma with tones of malt and coffee. Good flavor, smooth in the mouth, but left behind a metallic aftertaste. Sour note knocks down a capable beer.

Dec 10, 2016
3.67 by TheRock7755 from Georgia on Dec 09, 2016
3.74 by DKHNOVA from District of Columbia on Nov 16, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the half liter can, it pours a solid amber with a nice head. The nose gets malt. The mouth revels in the malty yumminess of the beer. Respectable German Maerzen!

Licensed by the Klosterbrauerei Muennerstadt, which closed a few years ago.

Nov 05, 2016
3.71 by DoubleMalt from New York on Nov 05, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Shadman from Canada (AB)

Had a hell of of time finding this beer on here..apparently it has several alias'..

Some interesting flavour combinations but the sweetness was off-putting.

Oct 25, 2016
3.5 by Irrationalist from California on Jan 07, 2016
4.15 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB) on Dec 19, 2015
3.27 by scruffwhor from Illinois on Dec 18, 2015
3.5 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB) on Dec 11, 2015
3.5 by Dface from Texas on Dec 11, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by mfnmbvp from Illinois

500 ml can, PRD 07/01/2015 EXP 09/01/2016 printed on the bottom of the can. Acquired this oddity as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Like others have said, this appears to be contract brewed by Privatbrauerei Egerer for Rother Bräu.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a garnet caramel brown color, lots of sediment visible when held to a light source. One finger of thin frothy bubbly off-white head. Head retention is average. Leaves good thin strands of lacing. Appears actively carbonated; looks good for what it is.

S - Bready, malty, & yeasty. Notes of brown bread & bread crust are most apparent. Some grainy lager yeast type aromas, a hint of mineral water / metallics, and a light touch of alcohol fumes. A simple aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Flavor profile is the same: toasty & nutty, notes of brown bread, toasted malts, and some mineral water / metallics on the finish. Simple, but pleasant & flavorful.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Toasty & nutty finish. Very delicious and easy-drinking stuff. Good carbonation.

Overall, a simple but pleasant example of the style. Would recommend drinking if you happen to encounter this oddity.

Kloster Urstoff -----4/5.

Dec 11, 2015
3.5 by Bubbawilly88 from California on Dec 10, 2015
3.5 by valkyre65 from Texas on Dec 10, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

500ml can, day 9 of the 2015 Costco Beer Advent Calendar - this appears to be a contract brew, for Klosterbrauerei Münnerstadt, and actually made at - you guessed it, H. Egerer!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of roiling, puffy, and fairly foamy beige head, which leaves some nice layered high altitude cloud lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a nice toffee-flecked biscuity thing, a bit of browned apple and pear fruitiness, faint wet ash, and some soft earthy, leafy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is more doughy, lightly biscuity caramel malt, a watered-down pale orchard fruit sweetness, some simple oily nuttiness, a somewhat strange metallic tin character, and more leafy, herbal, and damp hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its earnest and merely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee ashiness kind of lurking about, up to no good. It finishes still trending sweet, the caramel/toffee maltiness brushing off the remains of hop, fruit, and toast alike.

Overall, I found this to be right up there with a number of the more eminently drinkable versions of the style, who I shall not name here, in the interest of keeping the luster duly focused. Anyways, a worthy tipple, especially for those times when the summer heat may be waning (or in some cases, a distant memory), but one could still use a well-made lager.

Dec 09, 2015
3.76 by Thankin_Hank from Texas on Dec 04, 2015
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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

500 ml can stamped on the bottom of the can with a production date of July 2015 and a EXP(iration) date of Sept. 2016.

Appearance: a model for the style, the darkish amber body is topped by a huge, frothy bone-colored head. The head leaves generous patterned lacing.

Aroma: hops and malts in about equal weight.

Flavor: no major flaws. Notably more hoppy than malty, but it has a satisfying mix of caramel and medium malts. Lightly sweet up front and all the way into the faintly spicy, nutty and bready aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation.

Dec 02, 2015
3.69 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Nov 29, 2015
3.71 by skywizzard from Georgia on Nov 19, 2015
3.5 by clarknova from Germany on Aug 17, 2014
Kloster Urstoff from Rother Bräu
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 38 ratings