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.
Mads Langtved (2244) - 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.
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.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper pour with a frothy white head. Not a strong aroma, but some spice in malt fested in there somewhere. Smooth taste. Creamy, kind of watered down, yet some malt and some Oktoberfest characteristics. Pretty decent, not bad but not great.
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dakr amber reddish hue with good off-white head and lace. Yep the aroma is caramel malty and a good dose of ripe fruit, vegetable, floral hops, earthy yeast, and spice on the nose as well. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The taste is malt dominated like most fest biers but I got a splash of sour fruit and bitterness. There was an off-taste I couldn't put my finger on however. Good brew with some flaws, but not as bad as some fest brews made across the pond. Try once.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber in a smallw hite head.Clean malt aroma.Well balanced between hop and malt.
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really appreciated this beer. It is true to the style and has an "old world" sophistication to it while remaining individual. Dusty malty nose is a little more prominent than in some German counterparts. Deep gold-orange color and a tall spongy head. Heavy malt front with caramel notes. Seamless transition to a coutering tight, dry, but reserved bitterness. Excellent.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quickly dying head on a light red beer. Light caramel aroma. This is authentic to style, sweet and lightly bittered. Excellent beer.