ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a copper color. I like how fluffy and soft the two finger, off-white shaded head is, in particular. Not only is the retention quite good, but the lacing this leaves behind is quite plentiful.
S: I pick up a lot of not only caramel, but also DuClaw’s house profile: a vaguely peppery tone. There’s also plenty of toffee, and even a touch of a hop bite. It doesn’t seem to have the sweetness some marzens have, either.
T: Touches of caramel and toffee open this one up...and that’s about all I pick up in terms of the flavor profile at first, apart from the aforementioned house yeast character. But something strange happens once it warms up - it develops a bit of character. No, it’s not enough to make this anything more than an average marzen, but the nutty qualities are a bit of a welcome respite after a first half that was simply bland, bland, and bland. Still, it’s nothing spectacular.
M: On the other hand, I really like that it features a soft, lush mouthfeel and a full body. Or do I? This is a classic case of "too much body for the flavors presented", so all this really does is harm the drinkability factor. Carbonation is about average for the style, which is to say it’s pretty high.
O: Eh, mediocre. Having said that, it does grow into something very slightly above mediocre as it warms up. I’d still pick a number of marzens over this one, though.
tmongoose (2200) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle to pint glass. poured a clear copper orange color with nice off white head. mild carbonation. aroma is medium sweet malt. maybe slight citrus peel. not much else. the flavor though is not offensive at all. nice malt balance semi sweet and somewhat earthy flavor. get a bit of a twang on the end...mild hop presence. overall still quite drinkable.
bubblehouse (1303) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2016
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really average and sub par. Weak aroma and taste. The first duclaw I had was the only 1 of liked.
zoucrew102 (1344) - - FEB 6, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Caramel malt aroma with toasted malt and bready malt notes. Pours amber colored with a thin off white head with good retention and some lacing. Starts with weak caramel malt sweetness with some bready notes. Finishes smooth with some toasted malt as well as a bit of a bitter hoppy finish. Started out ok, but didn't balance itself out well with the hops.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange body with a small craggy beige head that had nice retention. The nose is sweet Munich malt with a minimal hop presence, sweet and clean. The flavor is malt driven as expected, but there’s a bitter hoppy finish. It’s just a touch grainy and husky, but not terribly so. Medium bodied and a little clingy with fizzy carbonation. Not the best, but not a terrible effort either. About what I’ve come to expect from Duclaw.
samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to mug. Aroma is non deScript. Very light. Color is Amber , medium white head. Taste is malt, hint of orange, light spice. Easy drinking, but nothing special.
BeerdedDave (1321) - Beckley, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice deep, reddish-amber color; bready malt and floral hop aroma; nice, smooth, bready malt flavor; well balanced with a good deal of hoppy bitterness
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ DAS BEST Oktoberfest, Baltimore. Pours a slightly hazy golden pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma. Fruity malty grainy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty grainy weak caramel finish.
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled - nice amber, almost orangey color. Sweet aroma and flavor. A pretty good Oktoberfest.
MarkSachon (904) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the 4 type sampler case. Rich and sweet, this beer has a lot to offer fans of the dark side.
Msgriffi (41) - - OCT 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good upfront malt fades quick to a lighter body. Head also dissipates fast. Finishes dry after a honey sweetness with a touch of caramel, toasted malt, and a touch of hay. Just enough hops to balance. Light mouthfeel.
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