Oct 8, 2014

Gordon Biersch Marzen

Along with Gordon Biersch’s Festbier, this Marzen is equally at home on a cool Autumn afternoon. With a down to earth character, malty goodness and a touch of sweetness, it’s a great beer for days with a bit of a chill in the air.

Marzen weighs in a respectable 5.8% ABV that softly warms the soul. Combined with the light malt sweetness and medium body, the brew is right in line with many of its peers in the same genre.

Gordon Biersch Marzen photo


The brew pours copperish in color with a good-size head of beige foam.


Caramel, a soft roast, bready malts, peppery hops and distant stone fruits all fill the nose smoothly.


Overall, this medium bodied beer has a great earthy character as a light roast, moderate sweetness, bread and caramel glide smoothly over the tongue. The finish is lasting with a slightly warming glow after each sip. A hint of hop bitterness tingles gently as Marzen leaves cleanly.


I really liked Gordon Biersch’s Marzen. Much like their Festbier, it’s a great brew for the coming Fall weather. Not overly rich, but with a solid amount of malty flavors, both beers not only taste great, but also refresh the palate with each sip. My only complaint is that I didn’t have more of either to fully enjoy a lazy weekend.

Rating: 3.75/5

This is a review of a promotional sample.

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