German Marzen lager is a beer style you probably have tried without knowing. Mass-produced lagers that are darker in color normally fall into this style. Traditionally Marzen was the beer consumed in Octoberfest, but nowadays they serve something similar but more suited for power drinking, it even has its own style called “Festbier”.
This Mazen lager recipe however is closer to a traditional Marzen, but with improvised ingredients.
- Volume 25 l
- OG 1.059
- FG 1.014
- IBU 21
- ABV 5.91 %
1.4 kgViennaNetherlands The Swaen
2.5 kgBarke Munich MaltGermany Weyermann
1.5 kgPale AleGermany Weyermann
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1 pkgM76 Bavarian LagerMangrove Jack
Medium-amber. Slightly amber, creamy head. Clear.
Caramel and toffee, malty sweetness, some bread and very light floral notes.
Malty, toasted bread, caramel and prunes.
A medium to medium-full body, moderate-high carbonation. Smooth and bold.
A marzen beer balancing more on the darker side with more flavour and body. With its more heavy body it is still fairly drinkable, hops and malt sweetness does not fall out of balance and works well together.
Next time I might mash lower, slightly reduce bittering hops and replace some of the Munich malt with a lighter base malt to increase drinkability.