hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with flashes of copper and a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is an eclectic assortment of maltiness, toastiness, nuttiness and fruitiness – fruitcake drizzled with warm liquid toffee. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is fairly rich and malty, but not sweet - excellent balance. In fact, this actually trends slightly bitter in the finish. What’s not to like? Bottle courtesy of BVery!
beer_rookie (265) - USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper gold color. Two finger head, okay lacing. It’s not clear, it’s a little cloudy, and a little sediment floating around in there.
Aroma is amazing. It’s quite malty, and a little hoppy. Quite bready. It is quite sweet smelling. It smells like a Caramello bar. Such a high caramel aroma, I want to take a bath in it..
With a nose like that you would expect the taste to follow suit. But not so fast. I’m a little disappointed in the taste. It’s very malty in taste, it’s also a little hoppy. It’s bready. It’s sweet, but I’m not so much tasting the caramel I was smelling. I’m really tasting the malts. It’s very bready to the taste. It’s a little sweet, but very bready.
Mouthfeel is excellent. It’s easy drinking. It’s sweet, and dry. There’s barely any bitterness. It’s highly drinkable, and 6.1% ABV, is barely noticeable. It’s medium body at best. Maybe just a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish.
Overall, this is really good. Absolutely try this one if you can find it. I wish that caramel on the nose could make it into the taste. But otherwise, it’s still a fine Marzen!
weihenweizen (2628) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, BVery with the hookup, poured into an English pint glass. Slightly hazy copper with small off-white head. Aroma is light herbal hops, medium body, medium carbonation, and little small lacing. Taste is caramel malt, some slightly oxidized bread, some herbal hops, hints of dark chocolate, and slightly bitter finish. Slightly past its prime.
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Orange amber pour with a small white head. Toast and caramel. Fairly plain and simple. About what I expected.
AmEricanbrew (6571) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@ trailer. Bright amber color with ivory foam. Vegetal, caramel, bready yeasty aromas. Smooth medium body. Nice toast, lightly sweet spicy caramel, bready, lagered flavors---not too bad.
Travlr (18676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear amber color, fluffy of white head. Aroma of cereal and caramel. Taste is bittersweet caramel.
slowrunner77 (8390) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Light roast and a pleasant caramel sweetness in the nose. Pretty light all-around, though. Flavor has similar attributes plus a hint of butterscotch and crisp hops in the finish. OK, but nothin special
ClassyBeagle (374) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
FROM NOTES: August 12, ’12.
A: Sweet, bready malts, grassy notes and a caramel sweetness with faint herbal spiciness in the background.
A: Pours a clear amber with a large white head that dissipates into decent lacing.
T: Mild malt sweetness with a dry finish. Sweet German malts with bittering hops and a mild alcohol burn to balance.
P: Medium body and lively carbonation.
O: Technically sound marzen with no obvious faults. A sweet malt-forward refreshing beer from Diamond Bear.
merc7186 (2760) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beers pours decent with a nice light reddish brown color to it, a nice white one finger head and good lacing on the glass. The smell is okay with a mild malty caramel scent to it, but not much more than that. The taste is decent up front with a good bitter malt flavor that follow up with a nice sweet caramel taste but dissapates afterwards. The mouthfeel is okay leaving you a mild bitter taste and good carbonation. Overall, this is an average marzen styled beer but doesnt blow you away on flavor or taste...pretty run of the mill.
Nosambee (2) - Malvern, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this brew overall. Diamond Bear had a tasting session at a local liquor store (Celebrations Wine and Spirits) in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I’m not going to break it down by color, head, lacing, etc. I’ll just say that it is a flavorful beer that was well worth the money in many aspects. I had tried a few other brews of Diamond Bear’s in the past and all were acceptable, but this one was exceptional IMPO. I don’t want to tout it as being the best I’ve had, but its definitely worth a try.