Barrel House Z (BHZ)

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
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3.45 | pDev: 6.96%
Barrel House Z (BHZ)
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: The perfect beer for what just may be Barrel House Z’s favorite time of the year. Let the Oktoberfest begin!

Festbier Märzen is a smooth drinkable amber lager with a light, bready aroma. Crisp, toasty, with a hint of caramel. You'll also enjoy faint hoppy notes of earth and cedar.
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2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can. What the hell kind of brewery releases cans that are almost a year old? Sloppy, lazy, and inexcusable. Canned on 9/18/18.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice just slight hazy copper hue with a decent two finger off white head that fades to leave no actual lacing but a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of super faint grassy hops, loads of caramel and cereal grains, little flash of toasted malts.

T - Taste is quite sweet, bordering on sticky. No hop presence, slight medicinal flavour, more of the toasted cereal grains and crackers. As it warms the toasted bread and grains comes out more.

M - Mouthfeel is incredibly lightly carbonated, practically nonexistent with an incredibly thin body.

O - Overall this was just a terrible beer, no thanks to the careless of the brewery to actually sell a Marzen from last fall at their establishment. It's one thing to get an old can from a store but it's unacceptable to get something this old at the physical brewery. I don't understand why they would continue to sell something that is so clearly past it's prime. Terrible.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, just picked this up at the brewery 2 days ago, and figured they would keep fresh beers only, but the can date was 9/18/18 so shame on them and this deserves whatever it gets. I'm upset they would sell old beer like this and I feel like I might have wasted my money

Pours a large foamy bubbly head with medium retention and decent lacing, mostly clear deep amber almost auburn color

Nose lots of toasty sweet malts, toasted reddish amber malts with a bit of caramel, sweet smelling and hinting at syrupy, an almost nutty toffee, no hops

Taste sweet like caramel and toffee notes, toasted grainy reddish amber malt and faint malt-derived fruit notes, hops are barely there with a touch of bitterness, hard to pick up the lagering since the malts seem to get overpowering and heavy, lots of toasted bread crusts, dry finish but seems a bit sweet perception, touch of grassy bitter hop

Mouth is med bodied, medium carb, feels a bit sticky and syrupy

Overall eh, it does taste a little old, but at the same time it seems like they put too much sweet malt characters and it kind of overpowers everything else, I know Marzen should have dominant malt especially Munich/Vienna like malts, but this was a bit much and caramel/syrupy like feeling somehow

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored body with a thin, fizzy head. Fine roasted grain aroma. Decent taste of roasted grain with a mild underlying fruitiness. Medium-heavy body; smooth and slick on the palate.

A decent if unremarkable festbier.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored and clear. Moderate head which fades quickly. Temporary lace.

Deep roasted barley malt nose. Low hop. Fresh tilled dirt aroma.

The malt tastes like the start of burnt toast. A bit earthy. Full bodied with ample carbonation. There's a dollop of cream to the tongue. Low hop bitterness. Nutty finish with a essence of raked leaves.

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Festbier from Barrel House Z (BHZ)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 8 ratings