Saranac Marzenbier
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #511
Ranked #44,300
3.29 | pDev: 11.55%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac MarzenbierSaranac Marzenbier
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by sprackops:
Photo of sprackops
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper bordering on amber in color. Creamy head quickly subsides to a thin film.

Smell: Toasty caramel malt dominates the aroma. Faint herbal hops notes lurking in the background.

Taste: Nutty, slightly sweet toasted malts. Tannin and biscuit notes. Spicy noble hops provide a pleasantly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite high for a lager drinker due to the well-balanced character of this brew.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Just as clear as just about any beer with the Saranac name on the bottle, clear amber color with a good sized head.

Smell: A tad grainy with some German hop in the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: A smidge away from being astringent … it’s almost hidden but the graininess pops its head out with a quick smack of husk. Herbal bitterness is rushed by a mild cookie dough malt sweetness … odd flavor to it. Light amount of spicy hop in the end. Finishes dry with more herbal hop.

Drinkability & Notes: Even the macros like Beck’s do a better job … if you are looking for and authentic German style Märzen / Oktoberfest go else where.

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Photo of shirfan
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honey-amber in color with an especially sticky head.

Aroma is of oktoberfest-style malts, orange rind, slightly metallic. A bit soft.

Taste: Again, the expected malts for the style.. but overly dry and watery. The nose promises something decent, the sip doesn't deliver. Some toasty malt does make a brief apperance, but a metallic, watery, "can of cheap swill" finish sounds the death knell. Nothing like the thick-n-chewy, oddly-hopped oktoberfest I remember from Saranac.

My first new beer from this year's xmas sampler.. this one's a swing and a miss. Next year, scratch it for the unfortunately now absent Single Malt ale.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Not too amber, not too golden. Just right. Generous head on this beer.

Somewhat citrusy nose - very orange, or orange peel.

Mediocre on the palate. Nothing special, just very light flavored, easy drinking marzen. Rather light bodied for a marzen I might add.

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Photo of Marty
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange/red color, with a small head and not a very big nose. Not very carbonated at all. Had to pour straight down the middle of the glass.

Taste is very smooth. Not much in the way of hops at all. Pretty nutty and malty.

Overall, not much going on here. This beer's not very complex. Certainly rounds out the 12 Beer of Christmas, but nothing I would buy in a six pack.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent light copper hue with a half-inch creamy white head. Prevalent aroma of toasted malt, with a hint of caramel and some light astringency. Taste is well-balanced, with a very light hoppiness providing a touch of bitterness that complements the light roasted malt. A bit of a metallic tinge is present throughout. Very light body. While not a bad beer, it certainly doesn't live up to the billing of "Bigger, Richer, Smoother" that it receives on the label. Could be decent for sessions if it weren't for the metal.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant lager scent, which boasts of pale malts and dry lager yeast, but it also has slightly sweet light caramel malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a weak malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and breadlike. It is less malty than most Marzens I've had. Like most Saranac beers, it doesn't explore too far from the basic recipe. The mouthfeel is good. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent Marzen, but it still drinks well. Their beers don't impress, but they go down quick.

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

A good show for the Marzen style, and one of Saranac's better beers.

Pours a nice copper color, with moderate to good head. Carbonation is light but visible. A very smooth, easy-drinking beer with a dominant malt profile. Slight buttery taste. Not as light bodied as one might expect. Very easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper with a 1/4 inch ivory head. No lace to speak of. Smells malty and lightly hoppy. A tart fruitiness in the nose.

Taste is a fruity maltiness and the tart apple again, Some nice floral hops offset the maltiness. There's no caramel or nuttiness in this brew, not what you would expect from a marzen. Medium bodied and lightly chewy and sticky. It's OK but not very Marzen-like and not remarkable enough to overlook that. Take a pass.

The Eleventh Beer of Christmas.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Marzenbier

1 of 12 from the new 2004 Holiday variety pack.

Appearance- reddish amber with very little head.
Smell- toasted malt and hops. Hint of caramel/ brown sugar.
Taste- light roasted hop with a slight caramel flavor. sweet.
Mouthfeel- a slight bitterness but overall watery.

Overall- a decent amber ale that won't turn heads or impress the taste buds.

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Photo of sideshowrob
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of 12 X-mas Saranac brews in the holiday gift set.

This brew poured a light-brown/amber color with very little head. Slightly more nose than the amber, but still not very much happening. Slight hint of both malt and hop.

The Marzenbier had a bit more kick than the Saranac Amber, a bit more acidic. Despite the labels, I'm hard pressed to find even a hint of the alleged toasted malt. Hops are up a bit from other offerings. Mouthfeel is very flat, this brew does not taste like it is in balance with itself. It's not hard to quaff it quickly, but the beer provides no real motive to do so.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, plucked out of the Saranac holiday 12 pack. Pours a light, clear amber, unimpressive, head, and lace , maybe a hint of orange in the nose. Light to medium bodied, thin taste of malt, watery. This is a wimpy marzen/octoberfest. Nothing to really distinguish it. Middle of the road lager, c'mon Saranac/Matts I know you can get some more flavor/interest into the brew. It doesnt seem to be the goal, probably the result of some evil/smart marketing scheme to sell more of this micro wanabe swill.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first I thought this was a very good beer but it turned out as an overall flat experience.Poured bright as a penny copper with a quickly receding head. Nose is malts and just slightly hinting at yeast. Flavor is at first some really nice toasted malts and biscuits, but it winds up being a burst of flavor that quickly vanishes to be replaced by water. Slight hops in the initial burst too, but they quickly vanish. Mouthfeel is light but with a slightly dry finish. Drinkable but boring.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bronze color with a pretty big head.

Weak aromas, some grain and a bit of husk that I've smelled in other Saranacs.

Thin mouthfeel, weak flavors. Flavor matches up with the aroma, mostly grain and more huskiness. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

Not exciting. Having finished this beer, I have now had every beer in the Holiday Sampler Pack and will probably never go back. Hoorah!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured crystal clear amber color with modest white head. Smell Is slightly of malt but a not attractive sweetness is present. Taste is a bit malty but not what is expected. Ending is more sweetness. An easy drinker, but not special.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Dark amber, goldenrod color with a fluffy white 2 finger head. Decent retention and lacing. Better than most other Saranacs.

The Nose Knows: Toasted lmalt lager character mixed with sweet honey and brown sugar like notes.

Tongueland: Early toasted malts that gradually gave way to a honey-like rich finish that was def more deep than their O-fest.

Bender Factor: This was from my 2nd Holiday Pack. They keep getting better. I need to cellar some of these beauties. Is Saranac finally raising the bar? 500 times better than their O-fest. They seriously should replace it w/ this offering. Make sure you ask for the 2004 Holiday pack for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Boxing Day, etc. The perfect gift.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

1" foamy white head with above average retention. This fades to a delicate and whispy sheet. Some spotty lacing but nothing that really sticks. A chill haze; clean copper in color.

Mild caramel-malt sweetness. Clean wheat and grain hop aromas. Very mild and subdued aromatics.

Smooth, yet not so sweet, lightly toasted maltiness. A very grain flavored hop component. A mild, nutty bitterness that gives way to a grainy yet somewhat caramelly sweet aftertaste. Bland tasting IMO.

Medium bodied; smooth on the palate but still a bit grainy.

An average Marzen that lacks the full malt flavor typical of the style. I can't see myself having more than one. Just a bland tasting Marzen that I won't be going back to.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a light amber beer with a low head, but with a lot of lacing.

The aroma is of hops, rich aromatic hops with pine notes.

The taste is of medium bodied malt, and is very smooth, with a light hop overtone.

Mouthfeel is average, some body to support the flavor.

Overall it's a very good, well balanced beer. The taste is not one that comes out and hits you across the tongue, it is almost subtle, but it is nice.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of Saranac's 12 Beers of Christmas . . . one of the last ones to try. Did not pour this one very well, though the lacing sat nicely around the glass. Smells of fruity hoppiness with hints of lemon or orange. Sweet tasting at first, almost like a wheat beer with an orange slice. Easy to drink the first half a pint, a little more difficult to finish. A bit of a bitter after taste.

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Photo of Citadel82
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is not a real Marzenbier the balance is way too much tilted to the dry side. A decent beer but not one I will seek out as there are too many better beers in the style out there.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a lacy white head. the head retreats to a slender ring rather quickly. with some good lacing. medium carbonation. A mild toasted malt character and some overpowered by strong hop notes. Like all Saranc products mouthfeelis thin perhaps somewhat watery.

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Photo of blitz134
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very thin white head which disappeared almost immediately. Body is a yellow-copper color which is perfectly clear. Aroma is mostly sweet malts with a background of resin hops. Taste is a bit one sided in that it is mostly sweet and malty in flavor. Initially it hits with an almost macro-lager taste to me. The hops that were picked up in the aroma are also present in the flavor in the finish. Like the other Saranac beers I’ve had up to this point, there is a slight metallic aftertaste which I can’t seem to get past. Mouthfeel is medium in body. It coats the mouth decently well. Drinkability is again decent, the lack of flavor complexity doesn’t make this one stand high at the top of my list for beers to go back for another.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of changeup45
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's an interesting blend of hops and malt in this beer. Pours a copper color, topped with a small head and not much lacing. The aroma was malty with some spicy character. The flavor starts malty, followed by a crisp hoppy bitter bite. Pretty good and smooth.

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Saranac Marzenbier from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 31 ratings