Brewed by Gösser (Brau Union)
Gösser Beer from the Göss brewery is considered to be Austria’s finest and best beer. The popular brewery lies in the centre of the country in the federal state of Styria, in the small city of Leoben.
Beer was first brewed in the town by Monks and Nuns near the river Mur. As the monastery was disbanded the activity of brewing ceased. That was until 1860 when a brewer and entrepreneur Max Kober acquired the land and restarted the brewery, and slowly began establishing Göss brewery into one of Austria’s major breweries.
Its Märzen beer is its best seller, accounting for well over 70% of its total output.
Märzen is German for “March beer” which is a lager that originated in Bavaria, and has a style that is characterized by a malty flavour, and a clean dry finish. It should be noted that there are differences between the German and Austrian styles of Märzen beers. In Germany, the term covers beers which differ in colour from pale (Helles Märzen), through amber to dark brown (Dunkles Märzen). The Austrian style is light in colour, body, and flavour balance, and is often that bit sweeter than their German counterparts.
Review: Bottle of Gösser Märzen, 5.2%ABV
Gösser Beer with its very distinctive green colour trademark symbolising the state of Styria is the most typical beer you can get all around Austria. Mostly comes in cans abroad.
The appearance is that of a pale golden colour with a bit of a head. The beer has some carbonation and, when it settles, some decent lacing
The aroma for me was quite strong, very metallic with notes of sweet malt and some hops, and a bit of citrus.
The initial taste was very good, sweet malts, and a nice creamy feel on the mouth, The aftertaste was quite bitter and strong, with a very hoppy finish.
Overall the beer had a good mix of flavours, felt like a whole lot was going on, and was very drinkable. Strong enough and did the business. Not a bad beer at all.