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Switchback Marzen | Switchback Brewing Company

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3.76/5
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35 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
switchbackvt.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by PhineasMcClintock on 10-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,780
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
35
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by cnwillis31:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bomb.

Pure, clear honey amber color. White foam head, dissipates pretty quick with plenty of foam n lace left over.
A heavy malt aroma here, sweet molasses, subtle herbal hop scent under that.
The flavor and feel is exceptionally crispy but also very full due to the big malt presence. Starts out with a big malt, toasty bread and sweet with an herbal, slightly bitter, earthy hop finish. A seriously deep flavored lager with impressive balance from the hoppy ending.
A unique festy offering!

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Photo of BlueKurenai
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange color with a slim almost finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipates to a concave sticky round-about lacing sticking in a messy sort of way. The smell started out with a dried caramel malts with a gentle earthy dry nuttiness to it. The taste rounds out to a balance between the previously noted flavors. Once again, the dried caramel leads into the aftertaste and giving off a quick subtle crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sly roasty nuttiness drying over my palate gently. Overall, its an okay o-fest/marzen. I don’t mind it for me, but fans of o-fests/marzens, eh maybe, give it a shot, maybe you might like it a tad more than me.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle marked 15259. Sampled on October 17, 2015.

It is a very attractive looking mahogany amber under a huge cream colored head. Lots of carbonation.

Big and rich aroma of roasted malts, caramel malts, and breadiness. Low hop profile.

The body is incredibly creamy and a bit better than medium.

Forward sweet malt character in the flavor followed by a delightful earthy bitterness that lingers a moment at the end.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps I was late on this one and it doesn't age well? I just can't agree with the general take on this. Pours a cloudy copper with thin white top. Aroma has the expected malty bread, but also a slight metallic skunkiness to it. The same comes through in the otherwise fairly bland flavor. Finish is dry with the taste of a penny lingering. Also more carbonated than I enjoy.

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Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morrowd3
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Caesars0331
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ewhite2121
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of FFreak
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared a single bottle amongst two friends and myself. Poured into tall tulips. Pours a clear, pretty, light-amber color, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving no traces on the glass. Aroma is bready, yeasty, with a slight caramel sweetness. Taste is great, light and bright with balanced malty sweetness, crackers, and a very slight bitterness on the finish. Mouth is great...clean, dry, great level of carbonation, refreshing. Overall, a real surprise and a welcome departure from all the hoppy and dark/heavy stuff I've been drinking lately. Nice job Switchback!

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Photo of Vt_beer_sampler
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of xacidx
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TroyS62
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of samibr
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stella77artois
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of farrago
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Presents two fingers of light tan foam, looks dense enough but nothing special about the retention, ends up in a very uneven surface, the lacing however does have credible stickiness. Clean reddish-brown cast to the liquid, perfectly clear and unblemished, close to no visible carbonation, pretty though. The nose offers metallic notes, raw bread dough, the caramel is steady if low-grade, same can be said for the plum, raisin, apricot fruit scents, seems to present more of an herbaceous edge than might be expected in this beer category although the honey and molasses accents have the final say. Medium-bodied, on the angular and tangy side, any carbonation is prickly. It feels like the grip of the sweetness is tenuous, the caramel and such never gains momentum. That same metallic, herbal stuff continues, sour orange citrus and more raw dough and water crackers. Similarly, there is a paucity of fruit flavor which kind of empties out the finish. Drinkable in large part due to its moderate weight and lack of flavor intensity. But getting through a bomber alone was an exercise in “it’s paid for so…” [Note: If this beer is still being brewed seasonally, should not BA "unretire" it in their listings?]

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Photo of bdaggett
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Switchback Marzen from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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