ClassyBeagle (319) - 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 (1958) - 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.
MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We had this beer at the 2013 Tops of the Hops in Biloxi, MS. Our friend Chris hated it and immediately dumped it out. I liked it. It had a caramel color but a chocolately taste.
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap. In my opinion, the best beer from Diamond Bear I’ve had. Dull copper color, clear, no real head or lacing...Nice aroma. Malty, caramel-tastin’, little bite. I’m partial to the style, I like this one lots! The sweetness at the end is nice, too.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle at the Afterthought in Little Rock, AR. Pours a clear, copper-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened, grainy and bready malts with a touch of toasted caramel. A light spicy grass in there too. Flavor is similar. Lightly sweetened grainy and bready malts with a light toasted caramel. Solid grassy, lightly spiced hopping to balance that helps dry this out with a light bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a crisp, clean, moderate carbonation. Overall, nothing special, but a well done Oktoberfest. Very easy drinking with a dry, nicely hopped finish along with a lightly sweetened and toasty malt backing. Not bad.
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque amber color with a thin head.
Getting some wet hay and grapefruit smell.
Moderately malty first, then some bitterness to round it out. Simple, but hits the notes for the style. Has an interesting bitter/pine aftertaste.
Medium body with moderate carbonation, though it has a fizziness to it like seltzer water.
Fairly average beer.
BigDogLiquor (31) - Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a excellent seasonal. I really enjoyed the blend used in creating this. It was almost as if it had more of the fall, Christmas style aroma than a typical Oktoberfest beer.
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a clear amber with a large white head. Aroma is caramel malts and rpsted nuts. flavor is a littel weaker. Some malts are there but this is pretty thin. Finish leaves some bready malt. Nothing bad to say about this as it was going in the right direction, it’s just a little thin all around.
ben4321 (3762) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 11/14/11
Aroma: The nose is rather malty, with nuts, bread, caramel, and a little bit of earthiness
Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow-orange color with a huge white head and heavy lace
Flavor: It tastes rather malty, medium sweet, a little caramel, some roast, nuttiness, and later bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, though a touch watery, with a fairly smooth feel, and a decently dry finish
Overall, this is a decent beer. There isn’t anything I can necessarily pinpoint as wrong with it, but there isn’t anything especially great about it either. It really is just an alright beer.