KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine peach-gold color with a creamy white head---speckled lace...Aroma quite light and slightly sweet, like some tree fruits...Mellow sweet malt front with slightly roastier undertones in tow...Equally mellow hop top-end and characterisitic mild spiciness in finish are all expertly proportioned, and flavors seem to be released in a one, two, three sequence---an amusing sensation! This has good body compared to most Marzens, and fine mouthfeel which owes (in part) to very restrained carbonation...This is as smooth a beer as one will find in this style...Thoroughly enjoyable...Get it while you can!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice head and lacing with some light hops in the nose. The flavor is classic Maerzen--good caramel, balanced sweetness with roasted dryness for definition. Maybe not as much of the darker amber malts as in Spaten, but the finish is much longer. This is actually more comparable to some American Octoberfests (Victory and Dominion) rather than the richer or wortier Spaten and Paulaner.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn near prototypical Festbier. Light, sweet bready/malty flavor, with a very dry finish. The definite Saaz hop kick separates it a bit from other Festbier, but is a welcome addition.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great maltiness in the body with a slight sweetness. Definitely one of my favorite Oktoberfests.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with an abundant white, creamy and rocky foam. Complex aroma of apricot, prune juice, loads of caramel, and copper notes. Medium-full palate. Toffeeish firmness is lacking slightly. Notes of peach, straw, prunes, and perfectly balancing hop tinge. One of the best made Marzens available.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RE-RATE: Damn it, I was *sure* I hadn’t had this one before. This is like the third time in as many weeks I’ve thought I had a new beer only to discover otherwise. Good thing I tried it again, I liked it a lot more this time around, perhaps it’s the season? The taste of Autumn is crisp and evident in this beer. The leafy malt profile is very satisfying and this is perhaps the best Oktoberfest I’ve had so far. ORIGINAL RATING 7/12/02: 3.2/5.0 Well, it had a nice head, but it doesn’t come close to their Celebrator or their Ur-Weiss.
omhper (18746) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour. Peculiar nose full of boiled spagetti. Malty, and with pleasant soft mouthfeel, just the way I like in this beer style. Not overly sweet, with medium bitterness in the finish.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hard to describe color, orange honey colored maybe? Pleasent melding of hop and malt with neither really overpowering the other. Sweet, earthy, dry taste with a clean crisp finish. A very good Marzen!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated 9/22/02: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color, the head is frothy, voluminous, the lace in large sheets. Malt nose, front is lightly sweet, the top is light, the finish is nicely hopped, a bit dry, light to moderate carbonation. A decent drinking beer, not great, but good. Ranks #899 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t think the Marzen style is meant to hit you over the head. This has the most wonderfully malty earth aroma...it’s incredible. Very very good, and normal Octoberfest/Marzen, in the taste dept, including a very slight souring when warming. Delicious and very very fresh. Buy it now, not next month.