Groomer
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #237
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #34,562
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 10.81%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
40
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Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
 
Montana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: Originally brewed in winter of 2011 to help Snowbowl commemorate 50 years in business, this Wintermärzen was intended to just have a few runs. However, by popular demand, Bayern is offering this decoction-mash brew for more ski seasons.
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Nice looking all around, starting with the head....this is light tan in color, pours about two fingers thick, and shows good retention, becoming an even foamy layer over the beer. the lacing looks to be fairly good too, as I find there to be a lot of artistic looking swirls forming around the inside of my glass, and as well they are quite sticky. As for the beer itself, it has a dark cola coloration, is semi clear, and when looking at the underside of the top, I can see a decent amount of carbonation rising to the top.

S- Malt heavy, as I was expecting, yet it isn't super overpowering either, which I like. Sweeter aromas of blackstrap molasses, cola, maybe some hazelnut and rich toffee, detectable notes of bread and/or yeast, and maybe even hints of dark fruits. Little hop presence throughout, and the finish is more chocolatey and toasted grains.

T- Again, fairly heavy in malts, which provide a rich, deep flavor profile that has a lot of sub-flavors to go with it. Cooked brown sugar, toffee/caramel, chocolate notes, dark fruits (plum, cherry) and a cola/root beer sweetness, in a more Earthy fashion if that makes sense. The finish lingers on the palate, with slight bitterness coming forth several seconds after the swallow. Not a real intensely flavored beer overall but nice.

M/O- Medium body and fairly smooth carbonation make this an easy going type of Marzen that is flavorful, but doesn't fatigue the palate. Thinking this would pair well with some chocolate based dessert or with a rich beef stew. Good job by Bayern and recommend for those who like something deeper and darker but without the intensity.

May 19, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Undated can.

Pours really dark brown/red, impressive head of foam, good lacing.

The nose is weak. Light bread, caramel,
little bitterness, which is expected.

The taste is equally so so. Light everything. Boring.

Good enough mouthfeel.

Glad I had it as a single at Old Chicago.

Feb 01, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruddy brown color with orange highlights and tan cap.

Aroma of roasted malt and something cola like with a bit of nuttiness.

Flavor is predominately dark malt with a slight, and I mean slight, bit of cocoa/coffee. Fairly simple favors that work together and last into the finish. I can pick up a bit of hop influence in the finish/aftertaste but overall it's mostly roasty malt.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a solid dark lager that's friendly with salty snack treats.

Mar 22, 2018
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BorisNorris from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color and garnet highlights, with a light tan head. Clean, German lager aroma and rich malt. Toasted grain with a slight cola flavor; hop flavor is so subtle if even any at all. Good carbonation for a medium-light bodied lager. Hops show up in the finish with their light bitterness while the rest of the beer drys up on the palate. Great beer for the winter season, it does well for when you can't take any more barrel-aged stouts.

Jan 10, 2018
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Impetuous from Montana

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Generous head leaves no lacing. Colour is a deep red.

Taste malty sweet as one expects from a marzen... but with toasted malt and an additional hop presence adding some slight bitterness. Very smooth as well

An excellent beer!!

Dec 01, 2016
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mncoinman from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice malty aroma with a balanced, low hops influence. Pours a rich medium dark brown with an excellent, foamy head that retains well. Above average carbonation. Reasonable bite (most marzen/octoberfest style beers are not overly tangy).. Good marzen style malt flavoring. A lighter impact on the palate means that I could drink a few of these at a single setting without getting bloated. A good beer of this style that I will definitely have again.

Jun 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

every time i have a beer from these guys i gain a new respect for them. authentic inspiration, new world innovation, and this fits that real well. marzen lager, we are thinking autumn, we are thinking oktoberfest, but no, a pinch of specialty dark malt (i assume) goes in, and bam, it becomes this really deep and tasty winter lager, similar to the oktoberfest style, but beefed up for colder weather. i love the dark malt addition, really appreciate its contribution to all aspects of this. i also love that i can taste the yeast, this is rustic german type, not overly purified or refined or anything, patiently brewed not hastily manufactured, and it really shows. enough body for the season too despite the low abv, it works on many levels. nothing else really like this going out there either. appreciably drier than the fall versions we are used to, i could drink a sixer without an issue. it doesnt always take pickles and carrots and chili peppers and boutique spirit barrels to make a beer an original recipe, and this is a great testament to that. really solid seasonal from one of my favorite operations in montana.

Dec 02, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear, dark brown with ruby, copper, and caramel hues. Medium retaining head is a muted light, grayish brown. Fine, sweet, robust malty aroma of bread, caramel, and perhaps the faintest note of alcohol. Grain and caramel up front, then tartness (as others have said, cherries, when combined with caramel) and roastiness (more meat or nuts than coffee, in my opinion) come through, with gentle, hoppy finish. Slight warming quality goes well with bready/toasty aftertaste, hops subsiding. Equal parts smooth and crisp, medium in both body and carbonation.

Jun 02, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish brown/mahogany color with a nice two finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of sweeter caramel and molasses mixed with some notes of a roasted malt. Along with these smells are some lighter aromas of a darker fruit nature of plum with some other lighter notes of a grass and nut.

Taste – The taste begins much less sweet then would have been anticipated form the nose. The flavor begins with a moderately roasted malt taste along with a light molasses flavor with some notes of coffee. Right from the start there is a bit of an earthy and grainy taste with these creating a base flavor for the brew. As the taste moves forward, some darker fruit flavors of plum and red grape come to the tongue, but these remain quite light. A little bit of a bitter walnut taste comes to the flavor at the very end, leaving one with a dark and slightly more bitter roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the average side in both its thickness as well as its carbonation. For the darker flavors of the brew a little more thickness may have been slightly better, but overall the feel was pretty good.

Overall – A decent roasted and slightly more bitter but somewhat still easy drinking marzen. Overall a pretty decent brew and not a bad one to try for yourself to see if it suits your style.

Nov 05, 2014
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archyquaffer from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The freshness date is June 2013 (reviewed in late April). The grooming machine depicted on the label honors the Snowbowl ski hill near Missoula, Montana. Color is a medium reddish-brown. An aggressive pour yields a 1/4 inch head that quickly reduces to 1/8 inch and sticks to the glass. The foam covers all but an oblong area of deep brown, which reminds me of pond ice breaking up on a late Spring day in bog country.

I have a poor sense of smell, but I definitely detect some caramel from a long-simmering wort, with barely a whiff of earthy hops. The taste is caramel-malt, with perhaps some bruised apple or mincemeat pie. The mouthfeel is light and fairly refreshing, with some pleasant burpiness in the nose.

I drink alot of this brewery's beer because it's pretty darn good and pretty darn cheap, especially when the stores decide they have to unload their "winter" beers.

Apr 25, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

picked up in a random mixer pack on a trip to Montana
A - clear dark mahogany brown, thumb of tan head retained very nicely with consistent lacing as it receded to an eventual thin cover
S - starts with a sour and adjunct type aroma, some mineral bloodl ike sweetness, but something doesn't quite jive in this aspect
T - solid sweet molasses and blood like metallic flavours up front, somewhat earthy with a nutty background
M - medium body and carbonation, somewhat sweet with a prominent minerally finish
O - a nice take on a marzen, definitely has the dunkel type qualities that I love in festbiers, definitely pleased this was in the mixer

Mar 16, 2013
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Murrhey from Washington

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by May 2013.

A- One finger cream colored head with moderate retention. Walnut body with some light coming through. High clarity, medium darkness. Some sticky lacing.

S- Nutty, chocolate, actually a little grassy. Not the most appealing aroma.

T- Malty, nutty, spicy. Has the right flavor and consistency for a Marzen, but is missing that punch.

M- Smooth and wet finish.

O- Certainly not bad, above average for the style. However, another Montana brewery, Great Northern, makes a vastly superior Marzen to this one. That being said, drinking a sixer of this would not be a chore.

Mar 16, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label calls this a "winter Märzen lager".

Appearance: very dark brown hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Probably the darkest Märzen I've ever seen, but still it's pretty attractive.

Smell: lightly sweet caramel aroma with a hint of toasted malt and a light aroma of earthy hops. Not bad; it comes together pretty well!

Taste: sweet malty flavor with a little bit of caramel and a little bit of chocolate malt, it seems. Toasty and biscuity flavors, while often present in other beers of the style, are welcomingly absent here. I actually rather like this brew.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a good level of carbonation and a surprisingly good creaminess. I can dig it!

Overall: this beer may be a little sweet for some, but I happen to quite like it. It's got a good dash of chocolate to it which really works for me.

Jan 22, 2013
Groomer from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 40 ratings