As a malt preferring beer drinker, Marzens have long been a favorite. Marzen style beers were originally brewed in March and brought out during the time of Oktoberfest and are frequently labeled as Octoberfest beers. They are rich, malty, somewhat toasty beers without being too sweet. The lagering helps bring out the malt flavors. They are typically full bodied and very smooth. Perhaps a little too smooth.
Great Northern’s version didn’t disappoint and I’d say it is an interpretation of the style with a bit of individuality. It is bottle conditioned (natural carbonation) with a good amber color and a nice white head. It is medium bodied with an initial malt taste transitioning to a light hop bitterness finish. There was a floral hop aroma which is a departure from the malt aroma that is typical for the style. It was smooth, enjoyable and disappeared fast from my glass.
Name: Glacier Chaser Marzen Lager
Brewery: Great Northern Brewing, Whitefish, MT.
Color: Amber with white head.
Packaging: 22 oz bottle.
Stats: 6% abv, ? IBU.
Bought: Grocery store, Kalispell.
Ruling: Three and a half out of Five Hops. Good, smooth, really nice Marzen.