Oktoberfest Märzen Lager
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

Oktoberfest Märzen LagerOktoberfest Märzen Lager
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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #22
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,899
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 5.33%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
89
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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
Oktoberfest Märzen LagerOktoberfest Märzen Lager
Notes: A classic Bavarian style Märzen lager brewed with all German ingredients.
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 89 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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FBarber from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thin fuzzy white head. Head dissipates pretty steadily leaving no residual head whatsoever. Aroma has nice malty notes, a hint of sweetness, toasted bread, a slight nuttiness and some spicy earthy hops on the back end.

Taste follows the nose with a really mellow breadiness. Some nutty quality comes through with an earthy spicy hop note on the back end. Feel is bright with a really prickly carbonation. Smooth throughout, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is a really nice Oktoberfest - super drinkable and well within the style guidelines. Really enjoyable!

Oct 25, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light carbonation with about average body but has a slight thick feel
Aroma is caramel,grain,malt, yeasty bread
Taste is caramel,yeasty bread,grain,brown sugar,honey. Sweet,almost sugary but with a mild hop bite.
A very nice oktoberfest that I would look for again

Oct 17, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 9/2/20.

Translucent orange-amber, with moderate creamy off-white head.

Smell is toasted grain with some toffee and light caramel.

Taste is more-or-less same as aroma, maybe a bit less sweet, plus some floral/herbal/spicy hop flavor . Moderate bitterness. Drying finish. The herbal hop flavor, plus a slight caramel taste , linger after finish.

Feel is light-medium, with very fine carbonation tingle on the latter half, that combined with the bitterness, creates a dry finish.

Overall, good , easy-drinking Octoberfest. Seems like marzen/festbier hybrid, in its dryness. Would prefer a bit more body/sweetness, and less hops, but that's today . On another day, such as a hot one(for October ;) ) like yesterday, this might be the more desirable type. :)

Oct 11, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Med amber, brand new penny. Bright clarity. Moderately sized, custard like white head. Dissolves quickly while clinging to the rim.

S: On the sweeter side with prominent caramel-honey nut cheerios, some biscuit and very faint floral hops. I like wildflower honey, but it's really distracting from the malt.

M: High carbonation, effervescent and very crisp at low temps.

T: Oat toast, fairly grainy. Fruity woodiness, honey bran, slight grassiness.

I feel a little harsh with the ratings here. Compares with Hofbrau Okto for me, which I rated a lot higher years ago.

Oct 09, 2020
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liberty-and-beer from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium amber color and a relatively small head with little retention and light lacing. Mild, pleasant aroma and flavor of hops and warm honey bread. Beautiful medium body and almost creamy texture, insanely drinkable.

Oct 04, 2020
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper with a slightly red hue. Off white head. Ample with fair retention. Various aromas of apple, bread, oatmeal, pie, and spice. Great balance of yeasty grain and fruit. Light banana notes, but more stone fruit and apple than many Oktoberfest beers. Extremely drinkable. Could have this all day. Compares favorably to Ayinger. Best U.S. Oktoberfest I have had, and really this is one of the best beers I have tasted. I love how clean and direct Zero Gravity beers are; all are excellent examples of their styles.

Oct 04, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is actually better at 50° for a smoother MF and taste.
Copper color with a 4F head in. a Brooklyn Octoberfest glass.
Mild aroma of hops, fruit and a little spice.
Very smooth and silky MF with warming.
Excellent taste- fruit, malt.
German hops give this beer an authentic character with an American twist.

Sep 28, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: This beer pours a bright, deep gold to pale amber color. Translucent with a densely packed eggshell head that settles down pretty quickly. Some visible streaks of carbonation and streaks of lacing as I drink.

Smell: Sweet bready aroma. Grainy. Earthy hops. Lively and enticing.

Taste: Up front bready sweetness that shifts to drier, earthy hops and a grainy cereal flavor in the middle, moving to a great dry, bready finish. The description on the Instagram announcement refers to “just a hint of hop bitterness.” I don’t get that here.

Feel: Medium to high level of carbonation. Light bodied and smooth. Starts out moderately sweet and finishes dry.

Overall: I think this beer is very approachable and nicely made. It starts out a little sweet, shifts to a dryer cereal / grainy flavor in the middle and finishes pretty dry. Some malt sweetness matched nicely with some hoppiness and a lively feel.

If you have Zero Gravity in your market I would recommend at $10.99 a four pack and a 9/10 packaging date. Solid A

Sep 20, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single 16oz can yesterday and quaffed it in preparation for a tasty meal of Schnitzel and Spätzle made by my oldest daughter.....

Was a clear,medium copper color, with light, sparse carbo. Had a fine, thin, off-white head and light lacing. Aroma had mild toasty action and a hint of sweetness. Body was medium, with a fairly smooth feel on the tongue.

Taste was also toasty, with light caramel and malty sweetness. Was dry and crisp, with some subtle Noble hop flavor in the finish. Smooth and solid! Prosit!!


4/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sep 14, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 09/01/20 into the test mug.
A - A light copper color, excellent clarity, vigorous carbonation sustains a nice white froth.
S - Mild grains, some toast, a bit of caramel very slight. A touch of nobel hops, adds some eathy grass to the equation.
T - Solid malt base, again with some fresh bread, a bit of biscuit, the sweet side brings out a touch of caramel, and dark honey. Hops again add a bit of earthiness
M - Medium in bdy, sprints across the palate, carbonation acts as clean up. Finish is pleasantly dry, with the linger nodding toward the fresh bready element.
O - A very good fest bier, avoids the sweet, caramel elements. Very easy to drink, and not very heavy, which I like quite a bit.

Sep 13, 2020
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/26/19
A clear dark burned orange with a moderate sized and density head. Not the best retention, but decent lacing.

Smells really good. Like Toasted brand honey wheat crackers. Nice subtle sweetness with a very light spice in the background.

Flavor is pretty much the same, only better. Light sweet toasted grains followed by a floral/grassy hop that is assertive initially, but melds into the lingering finish.

Insanely drinkable. If anything, I would probably technically knock it for not having quite enough body, but that’s a stretch. Pretty crisp and dry in the end.

I could drink a lot of these. And off the top of my head, I would put it up there with Von Trapp among the better tasting American Marzens I’ve tried to date.

Oct 09, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, media sample from the brewery.

Brilliantly clear pale amber hue, lacing puts on a show as it leaves rings down the glass after each sip. Big on drinkability, balanced but still a malt bomb in many ways. Hop bitterness settles in to balance, floral and herbal undertones compliment the complex malt base that goes bready, toasty, and a bit grassy. No doubt that this is one of the better US brewed O-Festbiers.

Oct 09, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this beer at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had faint caramel malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt start and very subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 01, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 fl. oz. can with a canning date of 08/27/19. Sampled on September 28, 2019.

It's a medium amber color with a boisterous cream colored head. Good clarity although slightly foggy.

Toffee malts and crackers mare the biggest sensations in the aroma with a more muted floral character behind that. But I do get an odd sort of cooked vegetables character in there too.

Medium, creamy body.

The taste is malts all the way and sweet with a mild bitterness finishing dryly at the end. It is not a bad Marzen.

Sep 28, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average pour from a 16-oz. can produced a fat finger of creamy off-white long lasting foam with broken arches of lace, Clear, shiny new penny copper color.

Bready malt greets the nose with toasted grains and faint pitted fruits, Very faint hop aroma.

The taste breaks the bread down to toasted wheat and rising bread dough, the fruit is now pear and dry grape. Neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter, wheat may be contributing to the bitterness more than hops. Quick clean finish and a mild bitter aftertaste.

Medium+ body and carbonated generously throughout. Soft and smooth, nice malt back bone. Alcohol is well hidden. Session-able and fresh (PKG 08/26/19), a true Maerzen.

Sep 22, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with just under a finger of head. The nose has some nutty qualities. The flavor profile is standard - bready with some nutty qualities. The body is close to on-point but I'd like to see a touch more heft.

Sep 21, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a lovely amber color with a nice head that soon diminishes. In the nose, it is a bit of malt and a hint of caramel. In the mouth, it is the same - well balanced and enjoyable. Nice!

Sep 21, 2019
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FFreak from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a nicely done Marzen. Color, smell. taste....all true to style. I'd love it more if it was just a tad heavier, but that would probably push it into another category. Awesome beer....well done!

Sep 20, 2019
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can, Dated 8/26/19, Drank 9/17/19

A: Pours a clear copper/amber color with one finger of tan head. No lacing with minimal at best retention.

S: Pretty clean. Crisp and cool to the nose. Grains, fruit and some malts come through. Also a little spice.

T/M: Spicy and sweet. Toasted malts. Some fruits. Cherry? Light floral or grassy hops. Medium bodied.
A little chewy. The finish is dry and lagerish. Has a good amount of carbonation.

O: Nice Märzen. Crisp, flavorfull and easy to drink.

Cheers!!

Sep 20, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 8/26/19

Pours a very faintly clouded golden honey orange capped with two fingers of tight, fluffy white head; great retention yields a slight frothy cap/collar along with a spread of spotty/stringy, soapy lacing around the glass.

Aroma takes a short while to discern itself, but comes to really highlight dry white bread and honeysuckle to detail a rounded, roasty malt foundation; light bread crust and sharp punches of herbal grass in between.

Taste features a smooth, roasty malt character, some light hoppy grass stoking a subtle earthy character, and a rounded, full white bread and honeysuckle finish.

Mouthfeel has a light-medium body with moderate-high fluffy carbonation making up for some thinness and carrying a softness consistently across the palate; rounded finish, very effectively dry and mild bittersweet lingering.

A milder American Oktoberfest that really grows into itself over time; very rounded and clean, with an enjoyable interplay between sweeter malts and grassy hops doling out an incredibly casual drinkability.

Sep 19, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams taster pint; canned 08/26/19 code OFEST1.
A: Pours a virtually clear, amber color with a two finger, off white head, solid, solid retention, and decent lacing.
S: Aromas of grain, honeysuckle, citrus, cherry, earth, and pine.
T: Semidry. Flavors are grassy and grainy, but strong caramel, citrus, and (less) cherry notes come through. Solid, butbalanced bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with ample persistent carbonation (tiny, tiny bubbles).
O: This is a very solid version of the quintessential Fall style. Excellent flavor and balance.

Sep 17, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Harvest Market
Deep golden bordering on amber with a decent sized frothy off white head. Spicy floral hops with bready crackery lightly melanoidin maltiness. Medium body pretty tasty bu lacks the depth of the German beers.

Sep 16, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned: 8/28/19
Opened and reviewed: 9/8/19

A bright copper and amber color good clearity with a fluffy white cap, moderate dissipation. Only a thin ring of foam is left around the perimeter. Foam cap fades to low and a bit too fast.

The aroma can be quickly described as a heavy malt and soft spiciness. The malt has a dark but sweet bready scent, spicy lager yeast and very subtle, yet herbal hop effect. Malt dominated for sure. It's all good.

The flavor follows suite, very heady malt, bready biscuit and light sweetness with an herbal spice kick from the yeast and hop combo. Pretty spot-on for the style.

A malty medium bodied brew.. obviously. Crisp enough to start and then gets a bit slick and hefty in the middle. Could be a bit dryer in the finish.

This is very traditional, close to style guidelines, but I can't say anything stands out as extra unique or interesting. This one shoots par.

Sep 08, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in my Ayinger willibecker. Pours a lovely translucent copper with a loose, half inch, fizzy, off-white head that slowly sizzles and pops as it recedes. Nose expresses bready malts and a hint of caramel sweetness and finishes with a grassy character. Taste follow nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even, consistent carbonation and a semi-crisp finish. Overall, a solid festbier. Spot on for the style, well-balanced and not cloying. This beer can hang with the best Germans.

Sep 08, 2019
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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent true-to-style, traditional Märzen. Good balance between malt and hops. Nice color and mouth feel. Better known for their pale ales and IPAs, this Oktoberfest is a welcome addition.

Sep 07, 2019
Oktoberfest Märzen Lager from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 89 ratings