jefcon (1385) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ahh, the welcome smell of Oktoberfest... in August. Smoky, caramel and malt aromas. Dark enough, but kind of flat in the glass. Thin tan head lingers just a little. The flavor is a little tangy, a little chocolaty, and lingers on without much carbonation to give it bite.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber brown in color with small white head. Malty,sweet, flat aroma. Flavor is malty, but there tastes like there is little carbonation, and while there is a good malt balance, there is still a too sweet finish. Maybe some more hops might help this. Bottom line, the finish should be far more crisp for me.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice rust colored body with a small tan head. Nose is different. It’s pleasantly malted but has a seasoned meat type smell. It’s almost like a Swedish meatball type aroma mixed with beef broth and malt. It’s making me hungry!!! It also smells like that Maggi seasoning. Not unpleasant but odd for the style. Taste is nicely malted and bready with hints of caramel and light hops. Very drinkable and pleasant. Palate has some lively carbonation and is leaning towards the dry side of things. Finish is slightly bitter with more of the dryness coming through along with a mild caramel note or two. Pretty decent beer.
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 Mild aroma, amber color, small but long-lasting head. Light, watery finish. Not enough malt taste in this one. For as good as some of the Brooklyn beers are, this one disappoints.
Had this again 12/31/09 my opinion hasn’t changed much, very filtered, orange, nice thick head. Nose of baked bread and brown sugar. Non-descript palate with some kind of funky off taste. Drinkable but average.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 After many more tastes decided to re-rate since I deem the prior a bad line. Very solidly crafted & built. Good subtle balance of bready & sweet malt with a slight hoppy tracing. Cool dirty head and murky copper color. Some stickiness in the after taste. Finishs well.
Distictly yeasty in the nose - couldn’t discern whether it was the tap lines or beer (though the place has a good rep for turnover - also have had bottled). Fairly non-descript taste with sweeter malts missing the mark. I like the Brooklyn lineup, but this player was nowhere near it’s German counterparts. A general disappointment. 2.5
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice Marzen. Not as good as the Germans but nice try. Great to see people i America playing with the ancient old Europeans european culture.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Once again, I commend the brewers at Brooklyn for making the best copies of "old world" style beers this side of the Atlantic. I think the many poor ratings this beer got is not because the quality is poor (it is actually quite excellent as always), but because the Maerzen style just isn't that good to begin with. It's has an offensively sweet character with a lingering stale finish.
That said, this is actually much better than many German Maerzens.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2002) nice copper/red color, no head, sweet toasted malt aroma, lightly hopped; toasted malt flavor with a candy-like sweetness, a bit overly sweet mixed with a bitter finish, decent brew but nothing special, texture is smooth but also watery
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Clear deep amber coloured with just a head. Sweet malts are faintly present. It’s a darker stronger larger but not more. The flavours have slipped through the cracks. Another example, whish looks and sounds for all the world like a play, and yet there’s no substance or backbone to it.
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. It's got the lager wishy-washiness that I don't like. It lacks oomph in the body. It has forced carbonation which gives it a harsh mouthfeel. There's no life here so this is at least filtered and possibly pasteurised as well. Very little aroma. Some sort of caramel malts wandering around in the house next door, chatting idly among themselves rather than getting on with the job in hand. The hops have hopped on the bus to Butlins for a laugh. But, the beer looks good.