Bavarian Lager
Tröegs Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
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3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 62
Photo of jhollick
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a minimal head, which disappeared quickly. A deep coper with an amber hue was its look, with effervessing carbonation being noticable.

In the mouth, it was medium-bodied, but reasonably smooth. There was an acidic burn from the strong carbonation.

The malts were front and center and mixed with average hopping. There was a caramel flavoring adding to the sweetness and toasted flavor of the beer. The finish was dry with hop and some sweetness at the end.

I'd say the residual sweetness was my favorite part of this beer. I don't remember this as fondly as I thought I would, but it is still a decent lager.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

transparent amber with the biggest, fiercest creamy head. massively intricate lacing left by the graduating foam. sipping the foam, it tastes sweet like burnt sugar. aroma dittoes.. very sweet maltiness reminiscent of brown sugar and pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust. mouthfeel is airy and light. hops are hard to spot in this brew as the overwhelming caramelly sweet goodness is extremely front and center. this beer could use a little more balance although it is tasty and easy to drink. finish bears the flavor of almond paste and a gritty, raw texture. interesting example of the style that is clean yet slightly unbalanced. still decent.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $25 for the mixed case...

The beer pours a light amber colored base, medium white head, solid retention and a few lines of lacing effects. Not much of an aroma, faint whiff of malts.

The taste is surprisingly sweet and light on malts. May be a little sweet for some but it tastes great to me. Nice on the mouth but nothing spectacular. Very drinkabilr but after two, the sweet malt taste will be wanting to try a different or fallback brew.

Final Thought: Not enough for the "Bavarian" label and too sweet for a German beer; however, I still like this as an American beer imitating a German...

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a garagantuan head. Lacing clings to the side after it dissipates. A rich amber color. A good looking beer.

S - It smells surprisingly sweet, I really wasn't expecting that. The malt and some carbonation dominates the odor. I cannot ascertain any hop character.

T - Slightly sweet. A nice bitterness finishes the beer. It is dominated by a pleasant malt character. After some time, the pleasant bitterness changes to a slight acerbic foulness. It got so bad that I had to rinse my mouth soon after I finished.

M - It is dry. Not that smooth. Reminds me of hard water. It isn't great.

D - This goes down easily. Low abv makes for an excellent session beer, and mild flavor makes for versatile food pairings. But Hopback is a much better beer. I can not imagine any situation where I would choose this over the Hopback. Still an enjoyable drinkable beer though.

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Photo of walleye
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a copper to amber with a light tan head. aroma, malt, honey, caramel, sour fruits. flavor, the caramel and honey came out 1st, malt and got a hint of grain and some hops, as it warmed lost most of the flavor. not to bad of a beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim and Allie for bringing this one back as part of their PA package.
Pours a surprisingly deep color, beautifully clear tawny amber. I didn't know this was a marzen. A thick cap of head settles slowly, lacing down the glass in a way that makes me smile. Sweetish aroma. Not super clean, a definite floral esteriness, but it's got an interesting note of toffee and nut, almost like peanut brittle. Lots of caramel. The flavor starts strong, with none of the estery fruitiness present in the nose. Very clean, minerally and grainy, with perhaps a soft touch of grassy/floral esters. Woody notes in the finish, with a mild floral hopping. Dryish. Some of the peanut brittle character carries into the flavor, mostly present in the aftertaste. I've had plenty of nutty beers, but none with a flavor that resembled peanut. I'd say this is unique. Mild on the tongue, a well lagered softness, with lower levels of carbonation, at least for a bavarian style lager. Medium/full bodied.
I do enjoy the beers from this brewery, and this is no exception. Upon seeing the label, my initial expectation was that it was a helles or pils style. Almost completely the opposite. They keep me on my toes. I like that.

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Photo of jakester
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case I bought at the Beer Mart in Reading. Date is clearly marked on the case! (YAY!)

Pours a very clear light orange with a two finger head of just off-white foam. The head drops to a good coating and a ring, with great lacing on the glass. You can count every sip! Looks fairly highly carbonated.

Aroma is caramely bready malts, pleasant, with a good hint of spicy hops. Smells clean. The bready malt smell increases as it warms.

First flavor is sweet caramel, followed by pils malt and light spicy hops. It's well balanced, with just the right amount of bitterness. Aftertaste dries out the longer it gets. Refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, despite the spritzy nature of the carbonation, although carbonation cleans your tongue in the finish.

I guess this is supposed to compete with Yuengling Lager, but it's so much better that I doubt the people who drink YL don't even know this exists. A mighty fine example of the style.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a nice light copper color with nice puffy head. Smell is a light toasty aroma with little hops noted. Taste is also toasty with caramel noted in the background. Mouthfell is malty and a bit sweet. Not one of my favorites but an OK beer.

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Photo of budsboy
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, deep amber with a fairly thin white head that jumps back quickly to a fine film.

Nose is almost all carmel malt and spice hops. Just a hint of pale, ripe fruit.

Pleasantly hopped with moderate bitterness balanced with sweet carmel malt. Finishes with a touch of lemon zest. Fine, if not outstanding, flavor.

Thicker than expected, more of a meal, too. Carbonation is lacking in this bottle, though, strangely the others from the same litter had a fair amount. Odd.

Easy-to-drink beer. A just and equitable lager, if not outstanding. Try some.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice,slightly coppery gold in color. Low aroma-somewhat metallic in aroma. Sulfury. Good malt flavor upfront. Very slight hop bitterness. Some residual sweetness. Decent enough body. Overall an enjoyable beer. An easy going down beer for a hot summers day. Worth trying.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and reminds me of a milk-stout somehow. Smells good, but odd. The flavor has a strong honey-character and it's very creamy. Mouthfeel is very nice, thick. Drinkability is good too.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tanks to fish113d for this one. It pours a clear orange color with a small head that falls to a ring. The nose is interesting. I think there is some lacto in there. It smells really marshmallow-creamy. The flavor is there with the creamy too. Its nice. Somewhat honey-sweet with the creamyness overlayed. The feel is moderate with a moderate carb. Drinkability is really nice on this. I would be happy to have more than one of this one. Not quite what I expect from a marzen, but its nice.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ale Mary's in Fells Point. It poured a copper color with mild amber highlights. Faint off-white head died quickly. Minimal lacing.
Sweet malts and floral hops on the nose
Smooth and creamy session beer with a nice medium mouthfeel and excellent carbonation. Malts linger in your mouth afterward.
Dangerously drinkable, very tasty marzen.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours a golden orange, with heavy carbonation and a nice fluffy white head. Retention is okay, and lacing is non-existant.
Smell is toasty malt, caramel, slight spicy hops and citrus. Very bready and sweet (almost too sweet actually).
Taste is very clean, but a little too sweet. Caramel, toasted malt, and that bready sweetness dominate. Hops are present, but not anything spectacular, as they don't really cut the sweetness.
Overall an okay lager. It's clean and refreshing, but the sweetness kills it for me.

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Photo of wisnerd
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not familiar with the spin that a bavarian connotation puts on a lager so this one was rated just out of overall impression.

Pours a very nice amber but not much head, only a lace on top. There was a faint smell of oats and honey, but not very strong. The taste was again of oats, not as sweet as I expected, mildly hopped and bitter: not spectacular but solid. It was thicker than expected but went down smooth and you can just catch the tail of the alcohol in the back of your palate. Overall a good offering by Troegs, but not the most flavorful of their selection.

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Photo of froggyfrog
2.12/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light head of tiny bubbles quickly disappears. Amber in color, like honey. This beer smells strongly of vinegar. As for mouthfeel, there is a burning sensation. I don't like this beer. It also tastes like vinegar. Like if you were to drink the leftover dye after coloring Easter eggs.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I am not real familiar with the Bavarian Lager style, but I rated this beer on overall fun and enjoyability, not so much judging toward the style (hope that makes sense).

Pouring into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, it pours a breautiful amber color leaving a 2cm spongy and stick head that clings to the glass. The head dissipated pretty much within a minute, but left a nice edge layer in the process. The smell is mainly of grainy wheat malts w/ hints of honey, some vanilla, and maybe even some raisins (very slight). Overall, the aroma reminds me of honey-nut Cheerios (not too shabby, i love 'em!). The first sip I take leaves a sweet grainy (cheerios) flavor with hints of vanilla throughout. Honey also comes through on the palete, and this finishes up with a wheaty taste on the swallow. Mouthfeel is not bad; pretty light in body, and a twangy carbonation that ends up being more smooth as the beer crosses across your palete. Very little alcohol burn if any on the finish. Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink. If you like light and smooth, this is for you.

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Photo of JMH_
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a nice brew overall, but probably ends up being my least favourite of the Troegs family that I've sampled thusfar. Part of it is tat I'm not a huge fan of the style, the other part is that it tends to be a tad thin at times.

It pours a decnt though non spectacular amber colour with a bubbly, choppy off white head that kleaves a moderate amount of residue on the glass.

The smell is a touch floral, caramel-esque and malty. Basic but good.

The flavour is very similar to the smell but there is more of a hop kick to it. Not a huge hop kick by any means but a nice one nonetheless. The middle and finish are a bit creamy and a touch bread like at the same time...again, this one is basic but works.

The mouthfeel is spot on and it's an easy drinking brew, but it's just so basic. That said, Troegs brews one of the better basic lagers around.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-amber copper color with a nice frothy head, lace sticks, impressive.

Smell- a lot of grain, lots of sweet malt, some hops, very good, not overbearing.

Taste-full for a lager, maybe thats a minus on some points but its good for me, hops come out more, malt balances with a tad of extra sweetness. A little grainy but exceptional.

Mouthfeel-again a little full for a lager, but quite flavorful and balanced. all flavored lagers should be like this.

Drinkability-fantastic, for a lager you just can't get anymore flavorful, if you can't handle it then go take your Coors Light!! I, for one, will have this.

Overall-I think they hit the style fairly well, a nice lager with a decent amount of hops and exceptional malt balance. To any drinker, give it a shot, it's well worth it and has twice the kick of any lager, would love to see this in mainstream circles, Troegs does it again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Troegs variety 12 pack. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a nice 1" tan head. Some spotty lacing developed. Carbonation levels seemed a bit low. The aroma was of mild malt and lightly musky. The flavor was laid back but interesting as malt, caramel, hint of spiciness and decent bitterness made a refreshing brew.

The mouthfeel lightly crisp and smooth at the start, and finished dry with a bit of tingling on the tongue. Nicely drinkable and this is a nice session beer that has a simple enjoyable flavor.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle it's a very nice clear copper with a giant head that dissapears to a nice collor. Great lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet, toasted malts with a floral hoppy back. Tastes nice and malty, almost like fruit juice, with a well balanced hop finish. The flavor is a bit weak though. The tastes don't jump out and grab you like other Troegs offerings. It's also weak in the mouth. But alas it is a very drinkable beer. Definitly recommended.

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Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent lager. Malty nose with a medium amber colr and very little head and lacing. Taste is mainly sweet malt, but a light hop finish is nice. Medium mouthfeel with a tad of oiliness that keeps it from being crisp. Easy enough on the drinkability scale...I'm not a huge lager fan, but I would have another one for sure.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with some thin lace. Very malty nose with notes of hay and caramel. Doesn't pack a huge punch in the flavor department, but it's moderately hopped to balance the high amount of grassy flavors and caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is rich for a lager and quite smooth. A good session lager, and a good intro to Troegs beers, because they all go up from here.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Sparkling clear orange-gold with a nice head that laced in sheets.

Smell: Malt dominates, with a sweetness highly reminiscent of a bag of freshly-crushed Munich malts. Smells almost like sweet feed, with a sticky molasses-like sweetness.

Taste: Very interesting beer. Definitely a Märzen, but with very dry leanings. Sweet malts hit up front, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Spicy hops are very, very present, and linger long after the swallow. Quite drinkable, with a clean, dry finish.

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strange yellowish amber orange color with a nice foamy off white head, that falls to a a thin layer that looks as if there little chunks floating in the middle, could it be the bread I smell? Smells of light malts with bread smell dominating with slight smell of hops.Tastes of malt a little sweet with a tange of hops tingling the tounge as it flows on by, nice clean and refreshing finish.Not much of lager person, except for american sweet oct-feast beers, but this is not a bad little lager a nice change of pace from my usual ale selection.

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Bavarian Lager from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 62 ratings