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.
Patrickctenchi (6096) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber/copper with a small beige head.
Caramel, toasted grain aroma.
Taste is sweet, lightly spicy toffee malt.
Pleasant earthy bitterness.
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lactic caramel malt and fresh hay aroma. Dark amber with nice light tan head. Mildly sweet bready toffee malt and mildly bitter hay flavor. Nice body. Very good.
rondphoto (4103) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @ Hebron Brewhaus / Hebron KY --- Clear amber brown color, white head that sinks quickly to a thick rim, lace cobwebs. Taste is caramel malt that smoothly moves past medium fizz on the swallow to light hops that give way to the caramel and malt in a medium finish. A nice, understated, Oktoberfest.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where and how: b. 12 oz
Aroma nice, clean bready, malty character, Nice proper hop side. Solid all around nose.
Top: medium top, sparse lace.
Base: clear amber with touch of red
Palate : medium full bodied, thinner walls. Medium plus carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: nice drinkable polotmave pivo. Good malt base.
Other notes solid work.
chinchill (4337) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a lager glass. ABV listed as 6%.
Clear deep copper-colored body with a good tan head that leaves a coat of lacing on the glass with each tip.
This is a bitter-sweet, malt dominated . Very tasty with well hidden alcohol. Enough hops to equalize the bitter/sweet balance and impact some spicy hop notes. Mildly bitter finish. A bit bock-like.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
BrewBoxer (2595) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark color with brown, malt and some balance maltiness. Good session that's dark
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moderrnlifeiswar (31) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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tmongoose (2229) - 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 (1365) - 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 (1422) - - 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.