Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Märzen Madness

Märzen Madness
Brewed by Indian Wells Brewing Company
12 fl oz. bottle – 5.5% ABV
Served in a Pint Glass

As our second beer for review, we decided to review Märzen Madness, which is actually an Oktoberfest-style beer. We were curious as to why an Oktoberfest beer would be named “Märzen Madness” or “March Madness” -- so we decided to do some investigating!

It turns out that Oktoberfest beers were traditionally brewed in March, before the summer weather rendered brewing impossible. The remaining stock of beer was consumed in the in the interim and then, the special “Märzenbier” or “March beer” would be ready just in time for Oktoberfest.

Works for us!

In every proper review, we will examine the Appearance, Aroma, Taste, Mouth-Feel, Drinkability and Overall Rating of the Beer and arrive at a Total Score from 1 to 10.

Märzen Madness


Mugsy: Golden color with a hint of red; appears to be fairly carbonated by number of rising bubbles, yet has a very small, thin head.
Jugsy: Amber / caramel in color, very thin head which dissipates quickly.


Mugsy: Nose is a little funky, almost like some very yeasty Belgians; sweet note of fruit, but the funky smell dominates.
Jugsy: Light smell of apricot; scent of sourdough bread, mild yeast, possible pineapple; fruity funk.


Mugsy: Crisp hops; strong at the top, which dissipates; takes a taste or two to get the flavor of malt, which is completely hidden and is only a distant aftertaste. Overall taste is light and fairly watery, although there’s a tiny taste of hops bitterness left on the tongue.
Jugsy: Strong sourdough aftertaste; more complex than the aroma would suggest, mildly bitter, but bitterness dissipates quickly, giving way to lightly roasted malt, crisp, moderately carbonated with some kind of muted fruit flavor in the background.


Mugsy: Lots of carbonation. Bubbles! The bubbles go right up your nose. The beer itself is extremely watery.
Jugsy: Average - definitely not a full-bodied beer; light, crisp, moderately carbonated and very watery.


Mugsy: Can throw these back as this beer is so light. Not very complex, though.
Jugsy: Since it’s not heavy, you could certainly drink this all night, but with all the other great beers in the world, you might not want to. Just an average brew.


Mugsy: A bit bland; lacks complexity; extremely one-dimensional. Due to its lightness, this would be a good session beer, after you run out of your first two or three session beers.
Jugsy: I’m not a huge fan of most Oktoberfest brews I’ve tried thus far and I’m sorry to say that Märzen Madness doesn’t do much to change my mind. This beer is so average as to be completely forgettable. I’ll take a beer with character any day of the week.

Mugsy: 3
Jugsy: 4

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