Hösl Märzenbier

Review Date 3/12/2016  By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (she’s the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since it’s comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. My one criticism of the calendar is there are no bocks or doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise it’s just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers I’ve never seen before. I got mine a Costco here in Georgia and paid $59.95 for the box. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.

Day 8 of the 2015 German Beer Advent Calendar brings us a tasty Marzenbier from the Privatbrauerei Hosl of Mitterteich, Bavaria, near the Czech border. Most of the beers so far in the sampler have been pale lagers; this one is a malty Marzen, a style I truly adore. So, Hösl Marzenbier was indeed a welcome sight when i opened the little door in my Beer Advent Calendar box.

From the brewery website:

Kräftiges Vollbier, malzbetont mit einer leichten Hopfenbittere, das sich aus dem Sommerbier entwickelte. Die Bezeichnung "Märzen" geht auf den Monatsnamen zurück: 

Im März wurde früher ein stärkeres Bier eingebraut, welches lagerfähiger war. 

Das Märzen ist ein weiches, süffiges Bier mit vollmundigem Geschmack.

Gebraut nach dem bayerischen Reinheitgebot.

What's that? You don't speak German? Well, you should. I studied German in college and still dabble in it; it's a beautiful language full of structure and precision. Basically, Hosl is touting their Marzen as a strong full bodied beer packing both malt and hops, a hearty beer originally brewed in March and lagered until fall. Brewed according to the German Beer Purity law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot) which celebrates its 500th anniversary this year.

Hösl Marzenbier has an alcohol content of 5.6% by volume. My can was packaged on July 4th of 2015 and has a best by date of September 1st of 2016. This has been consistent for all of the beers in the collection.

Hösl Marzenbier pours to a bright orange color with a good sized head of chunky white foam and a very pleasant toasty nutty malt nose. Taking a sip the beer has mort of the fresh malty, toasty nutty melanoidin notes I want in the style. It's smooth and creamy, very drinkable with soft grassy hop bitterness to round it all out. Perhaps not quite as good to me as a Paulaner Marzen zum beispiel as the Germans might say, but very close and very delicious.

I’m greatly enjoying my Beer Advent Calendar with the day 8 beer. Here’s looking forward to the remaining 16, and another assortment of 24 in 2016. We’ll be on the lookout next year at Costco, and following the beers on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Alpinebrauerei Burgerbrau Alpen Stoff

Day 2 Ankerbrau Nordlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier

Day 3 Herrnbrau Tradition Bayerisches Festbier

Day 4 Schlossbrauerei Herrngiersdorf Publiner

Day 5 Hofbrauhaus Friesing Huber Weisses

Day 6 Lowenbrauerei Passau Urtyp Hell

Day 7 Spath Brau Osser Osser Gold

Day 8 Hosl Marzenbier

Day 9 Wittmann Urhell

Day 10 Kloster Urstoff Marzen

Day 11 Egerer Eaglebrau Weizenbier Dunkel

Day 12 Egerer 1516 Schloss Weisse

Day 13 Barbarossa Pilsener

Day 14 Lausaria Romergold Export Hell

Day 15 Egerer Winter Weisse

Day 16 Kress Bayrisch Zwickel

Day 17 Egerer Winterfestbier

Day 18 Egerer Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel

Day 19 Egerer Das Besondere Festbier

Day 20 Egerer Baren Weisse

Day 21 Bierkutscher Edel Pils

Day 22 Alpenkonig Gold

Day 23 Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel

Day 24 Edel Bayer Urtyp Hell

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned