Brewery: Bruhauss am Damm
Country: Rustenburg, South Africa
Rating: 4.75 / 5
A Märzen is a seasonal amber lager that has been around for ages. It translates to “March” and the name comes from the time that it’s typically brewed. It ferments slowly over the European summer months (our Winter) and served at Oktoberfest just in time for Autumn (our Spring).
This is a style that we see precious little of in South Africa regardless of the month. Its traditionally brewed with Vienna or Munich malt to give it a richer, fuller flavour.
Before we get to the beer, have you tried Brauhaus am Damm’s beer? Imke, the head brewer, recently won gold at the SA Beer champs for her Dunkel. She is classically trained and is one of the few breweries in SA that follow the Reinheitsgebot. Ok, back to the beer.
It poured a deep amber with a very slight haze. The head was cream coloured and frothy. It persisted until the end. At first the beer has a clean aroma; nothing in particular stands out. But after a little warming up, you get some slight bready notes and a bit of toffee.
A fuller bodied lager with medium carbonation. Enough to bring out all the flavours without being burp inducing. There was no residual bitterness or sweetness, and is actually really creamy.
The Märzen goes down really smoothly. There are definite, but not overwhelming, caramel and toffee notes. They balance the predominantly bready flavours. It’s definitely a malt-forward beer with only just enough hops to balance the sweetness.
What a wonderful beer. It’s really easy drinking while still punching flavour. It’s refreshing without being crisp or bitter. The balance is superb.
I really enjoyed it! Let me know if you’ve tried it.