Oktoberfest Märzen Lager
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

Oktoberfest Märzen LagerOktoberfest Märzen Lager
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From:
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #28
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,257
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
81
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 07:59 PM
Added:
Sep 29, 2016
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  14
SCORE
88
Very Good
Oktoberfest Märzen LagerOktoberfest Märzen Lager
Notes: A classic Bavarian style Märzen lager brewed with all German ingredients.
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Rated: 4.06 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Monday at 07:59 PM
 
Rated: 3.77 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Saturday at 09:19 PM
 
Rated: 4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Saturday at 07:12 PM
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a 16oz can, dated 07/25/22. Served in a willi becher pub glass.

Pours a crystalline caramel-copper with two-plus fingers of rocky suds. Retention is good, leaving robust streaks of foamy lacing. Colour-wise, it's sort of midway between what I'd expect a märzen and a festbier to look like.

Nose is bready-malty and somewhat reminiscent of a caramel apple.

Taste has more of a sharp, earthy bite to it than what I'd smelled. Tasting brown bread and apple, caramel, nuts, tea and tobacco. There may be a subtle, slightly sweet, pine needley aftertaste that’s hard to account for but only mildly discordant and really more of a curiosity than anything else.

Feel is smooth and slick, somewhat full bodied relative to the style with fine, tingly carbonation. A little more carbonation would have been welcome considering it’s heft.

Overall, a credible Oktoberfestbier. A somewhat Americanized take on the style - despite the claim of being ‘brewed with all German ingredients’ - but not outrageously so. It’s probably a little too thick if it were my intention to drink all four cans in one sitting. Not that that’s ever really my intention. It just sort of seems to happen.
Friday at 09:36 PM
 
Rated: 4 by AD17 from New Jersey

Friday at 08:42 PM
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From the bottom of the can: "2 B CANNED ON 08/2/22 14:25"

Appearance: The body is a golden-brown color with hints of burnt orange. It has good clarity with a light opalescence. The head is medium-large and has an off-white eggshell appearance with a fluffy and creamy textured surface that borders on rocky. It has pretty good retention. Not much in the way of lacing aside from a few spots.

Aroma: The aroma is of malts that are slightly bready with a light maillard character and a touch dusty. There are also hints of herbal hop notes.

Taste: Up front there are nutty and bread crust flavors. There is a touch of acorn and some light moss towards the middle with hints of tea leaves. Somewhat bitter tea leaf towards the back of the mouth. A bit of a charred note in the aftertaste which is a little odd.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body with a semi-dry finish and a medium hop bitterness. Carbonation feels good. It is easy to drink.

Overall: For the most part the beer is good. I has a bit of an odd aftertaste and the aroma is a bit muted, but otherwise the flavors and aromas are good. The beer is very drinkable and that is one of its strongest suits. As a whole the beer was enjoyable and I could drink it again. I would recommend it, especially if you are building a mix-a-six or if you are at a festival where you can try different beers.
Thursday at 10:20 PM
 
Rated: 3.98 by cambabeer from New York

Sep 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by Beersilio from Massachusetts

Sep 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On draft at Rail Trail in Hudson, MA. ZG made a delicious, easy drinking Oktoberfest. Could be consumed in mass quantities no doubt. Pairs well with food.
Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by mrovelli from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a “can-shaped “ glass. Can date 7/26/22.

L- Slightly hazy amber color.

S- Sweet roasted bready smell.

T- Caramel sweetness followed by yeasty
dark bread flavor.

F- Medium carbonation with a decent
mouthfeel.

O- A solid Marzen!
Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Boone757 from Virginia

Aug 24, 2022
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Reviewed by sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Always happy to see the end of summer and the beginning of fall and with it Oktoberfest lagers.

From 16 ounce can with illegible canned on date.

Pours into my pint glass a clear copper with two fingers of fluffy khaki colored foam. Head drops quickly to a ring leaving no lace.

Scent is warm bread and spicy/herbal hops. A hint of apple.

Taste is on the dry side. Spicy and herbal hops. Tart apple. Bread and bread dough. Caramel. Possibly a suggestion of toffee.

Mouth is medium with a dry finish.

Decent solid Marzen. Finish is not as clean and crisp as my favorite German examples of the style. Though dryer and spicier this lager's tart apple, caramel notes and bready malt balance the spice.
Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by Roguer from Connecticut

Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Reliable brewery, reliably beer. Don't be put off by the Marzen categorization. I've bought this at least 4 or 5 years on the trot now and it's really more truly a middle ground between pure marzen (in the chewy, malty vein) and festbier (in the hoppier, spicier style). That said, it's a very reliable take and a good option at a good price point for a nice session.

There's some herbal bitterness to accompany a firm malt body, which is somewhat pronounced but well balanced. The nose is all Bavarian malt and hops, smells so wonderful. Taste is even keeled, nothing pulling one way or the other. Have to compliment the exceptional fining and conditioning - sharp clarity, fluffy head receding to a sort of pool of copper, looks wonderful.

Nice take and one I enjoy at least a 4 pack of each year.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16 oz can. Pours orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of herbal hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops and caramel malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long, almost dry. Nice brew.
May 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 04, 2021
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Two 16oz cans from Half Time.
Oct 19, 2021
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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep orange. Big foam. Bready malt aroma. A rich malt body. Almost creamy. Finishes clean. No bitterness. Better than average.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16 oz canned on 8/20/21.

Light amber with the slightest of hazes. Frothy white head that leaves patchy lacing on the glass. Grainy caramel malt aroma with a trace of toffee or chocolate. No hops of note. Sweet malt flavor that finishes slightly dry. Medium bodied, clean, easy to quaff.
Oct 15, 2021
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Reviewed by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L - poured amber with quick dissolving head. No lacing.
S - biscuity malt and light toffee.
T - follows the nose.
F - medium mouthfeel. Fairly smooth with semi-dry finish.
O - Disappointed by the look of the bear but overall it was good.
Oct 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.7 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Noelito76 from New York

Oct 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by nitoy from District of Columbia

4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Crisp and clear, almost like an ideally malted lager. Wish they released it earlier, this would *definitely* be a very refreshing summer brew. Lightly hopped, a little spicy as well.
Sep 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by edthehead from New York

Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy cost orange with a tab short lived head and a faint bread and caramel smell with a hint of grass or flowers

The taste is light toast with a little caramel, malt and a hint of graham cracker on top of a subdued hop pepper

Overall this is an above average Oktoberfest märzen. Not great, but not too bad; a 4 pack is just the right amount.
Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a can, dated 8/24/21, about a month ago.

Looks great, clear orange amber with a thought white foam that persists all the way down the glass.
Smell and taste are of toasted bread and honey graham cracker, caramel malts and mild herbal hops.
Feels a bit on the sweet side, malt-forward with a fine carbonation and mild bitterness.

Overall very tasty, glad I picked it up in a mix-your-own pack at the local bottle shop! Definitely an American take with bigger malty heft than most German festbiers, but a solid and very enjoyable beer.
Sep 22, 2021
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Sampling a 16 oz can poured into my .5L dimple mug. Picked up the cans recently at the local beer shop. Canned on date is 8/25/2021. Pretty fresh!
Pouring a slightly chilled can, the beer pours a rich chestnut to copper color. Very clear and some lazy streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The fizzy beige head foams up about 2 cm and fades to nothing very quickly after the pour.
the aroma is mild on this one. I get some toasted grain and bready malt notes with a little caramel sweetness. not much hop character to be found on the nose.
First sip reveals a light to medium body with smooth texture and fine and very tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy.
Flavor is some caramel up front followed by a bit of bready malt and some light toasted notes. The toasted grain flavor lingers after each sip.
I dont get any ABV hints and the hops dont show through much of the malt profile on this beer.
I enjoy this one and find it to be quite the enjoyable brew to start off the BA Oktoberfest with this year.
Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by mbostenbeer from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A: Med amber, brand new penny. Bright clarity. Moderately sized,dissolved quickly.

S: biscuity with faint floral hops.

M: High carbonation, takes from taste

T: Oat toast, fairly grainy… woodiness with slight grassiness.

Ok, nothing I’ll be looking for in the future.
Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a rich, caramel-amber color with a couple fingers of dense, yellowed head that leaves messy lacing.

Full, bready aroma with light hints of caramel sweetness and a slight toasty quality.

Unusual taste of caramel sweetness with a distinct herbal character up front and a fairly dry back end. Just a hint of that toast shows in the finish.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation.

The sweetness mixed with the herb in this one is a bit of a head trip, but the beer does have nice dryness in the finish.
Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2021
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 137 ratings