Russell Märzen

Reviewed by on October 6, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Russell Brewing Company

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 6, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Märzen Oktoberfest Lager is one of the longer-running seasonal Russell Brewing products available in Western Canada.  If you need a hair of the dog type of elixir after the past few weeks of beery celebration, then maybe this can help.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky rainforest canopy lace around the glass as it slowly and surely abates.

It smells of bready, somewhat toasted caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, and prominent earthy, leafy and grassy noble hops. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a touch of wet ash, a reduced biscuity bread thing, understated yeast, a soft oily nuttiness, some muted citrusy fruitiness, and more heady leafy, herbal, and grassy hop bitterness. The bubbles are nice and fluffy in their solid and unassuming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a nascent airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the roasty caramel malt and noble hops still playing off of each other like ol’ college buddies.

Overall, a well-wrought, and true to form version of this venerable style, with the underlying uptick in alcohol heat just biding its time, not willing to play its hand in the flavour, per se, but in the genial feeling one is sure to have upon killing this hefty serving before the night is through.

Brady White



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