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M���¤rzen Fest by Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest
7.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
54 1 7 11 3 5 2010
Liter Swingtop

A big thanks goes out to BitterBill for sending me this liter of Grand Teton, thanks Bill! A standard pour wouldn't bring about any head at all through half a mug but a more aggressive pour brought about a fingers worth of dish soap head that quickly fizzled to nothing. The body of this beer is a rusty red not unlike a fresh pressed apple cider. All the swirling in the world won't bring the head back to this beer.

This beer smells deliciously malty. Toasted grains abound with some caramel drizzling. There is a touch of freshly husked grains in the mix but they fall to the background rather quickly. The caramel grows as this beer warms and becomes juicier each time I stick my nose in the glass. This O-Fest has all the style I appreciate but with even more depth which may bring the caramel to the point of being a little sweet. That's just me being picky though.

This beer comes across the tongue nicely with a moderate toasted grain quality drizzled with caramel just like the nose suggested. A ghost like alcohol presence is there but barely noticeable. The caramel comes across stronger in the flavor then in the aroma and makes for a good beer. A hint of the fresh barley comes through as well although there seems to be some green apple tartness in there; it's tough to pick out but is noticeable. This is a nicely crafted O-Fest although the green apple throws me for a loop.

The body has a certain richness that leaves some sweetness behind on the tongue. The sweetness seems to be a little too much for the style but I may be too critical. The moderate body moves slowly through the mouth with the lazy carbonation.

This liter of marzen is going down easy but that's about all I could drink in a sitting due to the sweetness left behind.

This is a decent example of the style but there could be a few tweaks made to the recipe to make a crisper, easier drinking O-Fest. I do enjoy it though, thanks again Bill!

Reviewed: 2/9/08

Served In: Mug

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