eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured the usual amber orange color for a marzen with a small head that disappeared quickly and provided ZERO lacing. Aroma was malty and sweet. The flavor was definitely malty and sweet, somewhat enjoyable (no idea why others found it to be lacking flavor, cuz this one had plenty, perhaps because something changed now that it is brewed in DE?). Slight metallic and mildly bitter finish along with a squeeky tongue mouthfeel after swallowing. Decent beer, although nothing special.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle-Wouldn’t really call this amber, more of a light brown iced tea color. Malty roasted aroma, no head at all. Somewhat bitter metalic taste. Long metalic finish. Nothing special, didn’t realize Fordham was making this now or that Baltimore Brewing Co. had gone out of business.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber body with a moderate head. Aroma is malty dominated with caramel and their easily detectable yeast strain. Not much here but still solid.
Nejhleader (1302) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber colour, taste has a hint of spice. fairly smooth body, aftertaste a bit sweet. This is a pretty moderate beer.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light to medium amber pour, nicely lacing white head with tight-packed bubbles. Caravienna malts offer their typical toasty, lightly caramelly and fruity atmosphere, among which apricot and beany notes shine. Lightest metallic hint bugs the finish. The latter feels short and heavily grainy. The light hopping is mostly leafy, reminiscent of a lighter altbier, faint caramel feel, mellow huskiness. Light bodied, moderately high carbonation. Not really a thinking man’s glass.
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty decent marzen, I had thought this company was out of business, but found the beer was being brewed by a company in Delaware now. Quite sweet, but has that familiar octoberfest-like flavor.
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
the good news is that some is brewing degroens agian and it is almost the same as it was before they went out of buisiness.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle: Pours light amber w/ a huge off white/cream colored head. I realize that DeGroens could be a Belgian name, but let’s hope that appearances are the only thing that are Belgian about this beer as it seems highly carbonated and gushed slightly after it was opened. I’m also not sure how old this bottle is since it is not dated, but given the fact it is an Ofest, and assuming it is not a year round offering, I take it that it is old! Slightly papery aroma with very light hints of cardboard. Beyond that, it does have some toasty malt aromas and hints of nuttiness. Beyond that, not much in the aroma. The flavor is a bit on the sweet sugary side at first with some green apple fruitiness with some brown sugar notes. Some papery flavors mid palate with a bit of caramel and toasy malt beyond that. Finish is a bit on the dry side and the aftertaste is a bit of stale malt with a hint of bitterness. Highlty carbonated (not sure why, it’s does not seem contaminated), lighter body, and a bit smooth. Since this is a retired beer, I’m not going to have a chance to re rate, but this definitely does not age well.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma seemed of candy apples but seemed slightly over the top in that arena and the flavor welded a mix of sweetness, maltiness and some roastedness but overall the finish is too watery and this is one I’d rather have on tap than in the bottle. Too bad they went out of business. I wouldn’t blame the beers as I’ve sampled a few others.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours like iced tea. Hazy, brown and no head. Light aroma, but what’s there is sweet and malty. Little bit of malt and caramel in the flavor. It finishes light and slightly watery, with a little bitterness at the back of your throat. At first, I didn’t think it was too bad, but the more I drink it, the less I want to drink it.