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Bavarian Lager | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Bavarian LagerBavarian Lager

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great session brew. It's golden orange with an off white head, very attractive lager. There is a nice hefty malt aroma that is very inviting, along with some mild hopping. Taste starts of with a mild caramel maltiness & breadiness and finishes up with a nice english style bitterness. When I see a beer that's just called "Lager", I don't expect it to be this good. Maybe that's why it's categorized differently here. Very drinkable and refreshing, while staying fairly interesting at the same time. Good quaffable beer, without skimping out on the taste

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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 ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice surprise....It said Lager..I anticipated a regular old light lager geared for the masses and instead I get a wonderful marzen style beer....this is a good one....pours a rich amber color...pretty clean looking...nose imparts a spicy aroma...A nice malty, sweet easy drinking Marzen...I love the malts they use (Munich?..I'm still learning how to distinguish between Vienna and Munich so I could be wrong)..a spicy hop finish...mouthfeel is sweet and slick but not overdone...drinkability rates high....a great surprise...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper body, topped by a billowing rocky head. Decent lacing. Toasted malts and a bit of fresh bread in the nose. Good malty body flows over the tongue. Nice deep taste, not overly sweet. Just enough hops to know they are there. Excellent full mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant surprise. Exceeded my expectations, which were for a typical German-style "Pilsner". Well done.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid amber with a bit of orange in color.

My first sip was unbelievable. I was blown away. Malty rich, tons of toasted malt, very full bodied and satisfying. Slight caramel characteristic as well. Hops where moderate to low and perfectly in balance to let the malt shine through. Carbonation was moderate.

The finish is slightly sweet and lingering. This is a great, full flavored lager that remains highly drinkable. Another winner from Troegs. I have yet to be let down by this brewery.

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Photo of mophie
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have now completed the Troegs cycle, and am very impressed. First off, this is a terrific looking brew; deep copper color, tiny bubbles rising to a full, thick off-white head. Smells clean, slightly lemony, spicy. Taste is quite nice, with an initial zesty hit of Hallertau hoppiness, giving way to a complex sweet-and-spicy combination, finishing creamy and smooth. Nice!

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with light fluffy head that is gone pretty quickly,not much aroma here a little fruity and malty sweet but real slight.Taste is bready and fruity very appetizing with some not to sweet caramel flavor not much in the way of hops but there is a little tinge in the finish.A nice appetizing beer I didnt expect it to be a marzen style but thats fine with me.

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Photo of jackndan
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Troegs lager: Nice looking amber beer, with a very creamy white head, nice lacing. The aroma is very clean, with hints of malt and a little bit of toast. Lightly malted lager beer, with a crisp sting of hops, nicely balanced. The predominant tastes are the Vienna style malts (which always seemed to me to be not unlike the least cinnamon-ny piece of cinnamon toast in a loaf of cinnamon bread). The hops are not distinguished, but they help to clean it all up. Fairly highly carbonated. Nice.

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Photo of jreitman
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Little to no aroma, but I did perceive a slight sweetness. The brew was a nice orange with a thick tan head that came from very good carbonation. Fairly bland flavor with some roast malt, a slight sweetness, and a very soft hint of fruit. Pretty ok, but easy drinking.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Suds
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a chestnut-coppery brown color, but is very clear. The aroma is the nicest characteristic of the beer...fresh german hops, floral and very aromatic. Nice, subtle maltiness up front. Nutty, smooth, and very drinkable. I don't think this the the best beer from this brewery, but it is a solid, enjoyable lager.

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Photo of Maestro
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This lager is so good! The appearance is very dark for a lager and the smell is fantastic. Lots of malts and a clean taste. According to the folks at Troegs, they double this recipe to make the Troegenator. They are only selling this beer in the variety case. It is a good one to keep around. The malts are very complex and make for a nice pint. Make sure you drink it really cold. True to the brewery, this one is also quite drinkable.

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Photo of aaronh
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color topped by a long lasting, creamy head. Only complaint on the appearance is a slight haziness not normally associated with marzen-style lagers. The aromas a very clean and present a good balance of malt and hops. The taste is phenomenal. No astringency is present, the flavors are well balanced, and the finish is very clean. Absolutely a terrific experience. The mouthfeel is solid, with well-done carbonation levels. The size of the CO2 bubbles are not too large as to cause a harshness in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is also exceptional. This goes down just too well. My neighbor brought me down a bottle of his favorite beer, a German dark lager. After we finished that, I offered him one of these. His reply: "Damn, I think this is better than my favorite!" This beer exceeded my expectations. I like marzen. I love Tröegs brewery. I don't know why I wasn't prepared to be impressed. But after about 12 more of these babies, I'm still impressed. Great beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost-copper amber. The short, foamy, off-white head holds well but eventually drops to a thin collar. The nose offers a softly sweet and lightly toasty malt (Vienna?) backed by fresh, floral hops (Hallertauer?). The body is medium with a fine, median carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming smooth and creamy across the palate. The flavor expresses the maltiness indicated by the aroma - juicy, mildly fruity, softly sweet and lightly toasty - combined with a mildly floral hop flavor and delicately balancing bitterness. It finishes drying with lingering notes of toasty malt, floral hops and restrained bitterness. Really well balanced and quite quaffable. Readily accessible, but with enough character to keep the beer afficianados interested.

Boldly crisp, clean and fresh. Rich Munich maltiness and spicy Hallertau hops. Delicate sweetness. Strange but good malt aftertaste. Medium light body. Finishes full and spicy with cottony malts. Nice Marzen.

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Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce (355ml) bottle with a rather straight forward French mustard colored label that simply states Tröegs Independent Craft Brewery - Lager Bavarian Style. No strength or freshness date, but it does have an invitation to visit the Brewery on Saturdays at 2:00pm. Hmmm, bit of travel involved but I will bear it in mind.

Appearance: A rather orange-amber colored body, that reminded me of the color of home made barley-sugar boiled candies from my youth in England. A decent enough head forms reasonably easily at first, but this quickly disappears to leave a rather sad looking broken head, reminiscent of a pond scum. Light inherent carbonation and no lacing whatsoever.

Nose: Malts that are lightly roasted in character, mixed with the smell of freshly baked bread. Some light hop hints at the back end that increase in strength as the beer warms.

Taste: Lovely malty introduction that is very smooth with caramel hints and some nutty aspects. The middle is very clean, and refreshing. Towards the end, the beer leaves a somewhat tingly feeling on the tongue, as well as a light hop bite that is a lovely twist to the beer, just when you begin to think that this is dominated by malts.

Mouthfeel: Light in strength but very solid in stature. The solid Munich maltiness and spicy hop bite at the end of the beer adds real depth of character to the mouthfeel. Nice.

Drinkability: I find it hard to mark Drinkability sometimes with my first beer of the night; I fear that because it is warm, my Drinkability mark is affected by the need of a thirst quenching beer - especially when it’s warm. But regardless, this beer was very drinkable. No problems at all with this one, the hop twist at the end of the beer lends it an enticing quaffing dimension.

Overall: The lack of a decent head that can be really off-putting, which is a bit of a shame, because overall this is a very solid beer that has many good aspects - its appearance sadly is not one of them though. A very nice Märzen, that drinks well.

Thanks to Francisweizen for this one.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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 WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light shade of amber crystal clear with a cream thicket of head sitting on top of the body, not very resilliant head quickly begins to disappear with trickled lacing appearing sporatically. Aroma is slightly metallic with mild tones of roasted vienna malts and a nice in the background floral hop aroma teasing the nose. Taste consists of a nutty flavor that works well with the mild bitterness reminds me of Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing co. There is also a buttery sweet tone almost caramel working it's way in there, but overall this beer lacks to shock and awe or even impress me for that matter. Seems a like a beer brewed to serve for someone who thinks Yuengling is the alpha and the omega. Good but nothing to write home about with a thinner light body and decent carbonation not too much sets this apart from a macro. Pretty drinkable but doesn't touch the Hopback so, I will go on to try another beer and not even think twice about ordering this one again.

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Photo of Gusler
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour a clear amber color, the head impressive, then fades to bit of surface scum. The lace in skimpy clumps on the sides of the glass. Nose is malt, lightly sweet, clean and crisp. Front is malt, lightly sweet, the top flimsy, the finish has appropriate hops, modestly acidic, and a somewhat dry aftertaste. Drinkable, average at best, not anything to get excited about. Ranks #982 on my current 1000 beer master list

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I anticipated Troegs Bavarian Lager to taste more...uh...European. What I actually experienced during this tasting reminded me more of an American amber lager. A slightly reddish, amber color poured from the bottle, with no lacing and a minimal head that diminished rather quickly. I detected a rather weak malty odor at first, but a faint alcohol smell, and a little more complexity, mixed with the malt as time went on. A rather American and indistinctive lager taste was apparent, with only a slightly sweeter ending and aftertaste. The taste was good overall, but a little disappointing for a Bavarian/Vienna style. A medium to light body made the mouthfeel of this beer rather unexceptional. Troegs Bavarian Lager remains a decent beer, and makes for a pretty good session of drinking if it's on hand. While I expected a little less American taste and influence, this beer was not a terrible brew overall.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above average Marzen beer that pours a nice copper colour. The aromas are heavy on the malts and light on the hops and the flavor follows suit. This is a very well balanced marzen with a nice mouthfeel and a great drinkability. One of the best in this style!!!


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Photo of Morris729
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color with a tall off-white head that fades into a creamy lace. Nose is dominated by toasted malts with a touch of vanilla extract. Sweet malts are also the key players in the taste but there are some notes of spicy hops towards the end to help balance out the beer. A very easy-drinking Marzen. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

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Photo of rabidawg
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 lackenhauser
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 oelergud
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish bronze in color, off white head with little retention/lace, low carbonation.
Smell is nice and spiced with lots of sweet molasses, some bacon scents.... and a hint of floral fragrances.
Taste is sweet molasses with some bread properties and finishes with a tart citric flavor, very pleasant aftertaste of honey and sour apple.
Feels full and round going down, dry finish.
This is a pretty good lager, many aspects of this beer is very ale like but maybe that just the bavarian style kicking through. I could have a few of these in one sitting.


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