thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pretty average Oktoberfest; not a total craft-beer take but still somehow exaggerates the more bitter/noble hops aspects of the style. Seems more like an American amber than a true Marzen; gave away half the sixer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours copperish with a small white head. A light malt aroma but just barely and the flavor has a mild malt taste with some light hoppish spice.
MrBunn (2560) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Body is a fairly clear and orange color. Head is pretty big at first (maybe three fingers or so) but dies down pretty quickly... it left a lot of suds on the side of the glass. Aromas are grainy right after pouring, but then thin out a bit and change to a more fruity quality... pears, apples and white grapes. Unexpected, to say the least. Flavor is thick, flat and sweet. Caramel malts, bread dough and pumpkin or squash or something. It’s pretty uninspiring, especially from Bell’s.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hmm...not the best marzen I’ve had this season - in my opinion this oktober is on the verge of a vegetable beer. A nice brew and very drinkable but not terrific. I was expecting a lot more from Bell’s.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle procured @ Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in DC. blank where the batch number should be, so who knows. Pours a pretty orange copper with a 1 finger tan head. The nose is both nutty and sweet and nicely inviting. Taste is a bit too bitter and one dimensional for me. Overall not terrible but I’m not going to run for this any time soon.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Capone’s...
Appears a transparent copper with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough, toffee, raisins, light dough, fresh grains, gentle fruity sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but it seems to drop off slightly from the enticing scents.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, doughy, and semi-dry
3fourths (8546) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I honestly didn’t get much out of this, which is a big bummer because you know Bell’s can brew a top-notch O-fest if they wanted. What we got instead was a rather plain and simple amber ale-like lager. Nose is straightforward caramel malt, with some subtle notes of hay and squash, but not nearly pronounced enough for my tastes. Flavor also seems toned down, with only light hints of squash and dried hay, and mostly just a simple, straightforward malt bill. Maple, honey, hay, and I’m really stretching to even mention these flavors, since it seems very pale, empty and simple. Watery on the tongue, and overall a very disappointing experience.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours clear amber with filmy head and light lacing. caramel malty aroma. Grain, citrus and hops. finish’s clean. good but nothing spectacular
Skyview (5284) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12 -oz bottle shared with scluffman. Pours a light coppery amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a fine film, ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some flowery hops and last summer’s sweet corn husk. Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with a watery multi grain and flowery citrus flavor. Finish is slightly slick, dry multi-grain malt flavor with a lingering old cellar taste.
scluffman (16) - Excelsior, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper color with a light beige head that turned thin with some lacing. The aroma was straight corn/corn husk (I couldn’t catch anything else.) Flavor shows a surprising lack of malty character one expects from a Marzen. Finish was drying that included a roasted graininess to it. The palate was pleasing with modest carbonation.