Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I brought my sister almost a case of homebrews for her and her friends to try. So, when we came in over Christmas, she brought me a few Michelob beers from a sample she had, which I hadn’t had yet as part of my 1000 beer challenge.
The label says, “March Beers, or ‘Marzenbiers,’ were originally brewed at the end of the Bavarian brewing season and stored in caves through the warm summer. As Fall arrived and the Oktoberfest celebrations began, these special brews were a welcome sign of the season. A classically brewed copper-colored marzen that displays just the right balance of hoppiness and malt character.”
Numbers: 5.1% ABV, 20 IBUs from Hallertau, 12.3° Original Gravity, 172 Calories, 16.2g Carbohydrates
Appearance & Aroma: Copper colored and a little hazy, it had a quickly dissipating head, leaving almost nothing but a ring around the top of the glass. There was a very slight caramel malt aroma, and an almost cardboard-plastic like smell (I’m not sure how long it sat at my sister’s house).
Taste & Feel: It was very light bodied and smooth, with an almost creamy mouthfeel. There was a bit of a carbonation bite up front, followed by a light caramel maltiness. The finish was well balance with light caramel and bready maltiness and a light earthy bitterness.
Food Pairing: The bready and caramel flavors in the finish, as well as the cold weather outside, made me think that this would be perfect with chicken and dumplings. While the flavors would be complementary, the light beer would help to wash down the thickness of the meal.
Overall Impression: In all honesty, I was expecting a little less flavor from this beer. However, while the flavors were light, they were noticeable. I would have liked more maltiness, like some of the Marzens I had during my Oktoberfest Challenge, but all in all, it was very drinkable.