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Beer Review #50 Gordon Biersch Märzen

Being that March is almost over, I figured that I should put a review of a Märzen up here. Märzen is German for March beer. See you learn something new everyday. This particular brew is made by Gordon Biersch out of San Jose, California. Right off the bat, if you are a fan of subtle, malty lagers, this on is for you.

The beer pours a nice orange amber color and it is perfectly clear. There is a slightly off-white head to goes along with it. The nose was actually pretty full for a lager, as most lagers tend to be kind of stale on the nose. The things I picked up on the nose was malty, bready, and toasty notes. There was a sweetness about the nose that I really enjoyed. A single note of hop could be found towards the end, but I really had to search to find it.

On the first taste the bready notes from the nose overrun the palate. The rest of the malt washes in as well after a few sips. There is a slight hop finish that tasted like Hallertau, which is one of the classic if not the most classic German hop. There is also a slightly honey-like flavor in the beer, which I really enjoyed. There is a very clean finish that leaves a great aftertaste.

Gordon Biersch Märzen comes with a medium body and nice carbonation. The carbonation seemed a bit lower than a normal beer, which really let the malty flavor shine. It is super drinkable and a great beer for March. I really loved every drop of the six pack that I purchased. If you like malty, clean beers that are more complex than the nose would lead you to believe then this is a beer for you. I also have a love of quality German lagers. Call it my German ancestry or my eastern PA roots, but I really love almost any German style of beer. This is one of my new favorites and I am glad that I found it in the season it was supposed to be drank in.

2 thoughts on “Beer Review #50 Gordon Biersch Märzen

  1. Sounds like a good brew, and I’ve found several Marzens that I really enjoyed. I particularly liked the Ayinger and Beck’s!

    The term Marzen is indeed for March, but that’s the time of year that the beer was typically brewed way back when. (early spring) The beer was then stored (lagered) over the Summer months and typically served in the Fall which is why this beer is now so common during all the Oktoberfest celebrations and whatnot in September and October.

  2. I knew I was forgetting something about the Marzen style of beer. Thanks for the info Scott. I guess that I got an old bottle but that’s fine with me becasue it was wonderful anyway. I’m going to have to search out some more of these when I get back into a cultured beer area.

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