ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
samsmith33 (727) - - 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 (983) - - 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 (20464) - 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 (1166) - 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 (808) - 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 (19) - - 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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Voodoo (476) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear amber with a slightly energetic head resulting in a 5 minute pour.....aroma is sweetness, slight pine.....taste is clean beginning, sweet maltiness, slight bitterness finishing with almost the taste of nuts.
LetsGoState (722) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is nicely balanced with sweet malt and bitter hops. Overall a pretty good fall beer.
nittanyjim (84) - - OCT 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper-gold, not much head. Very sweet malt nose. Bitter honey start, quickly fades to a bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of malt taste. Carbonation is moderately strong. Not something I’d search out again.
altonbrownd (4597) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Vino Volo, Chevy Chase. Light amber body with medium head. Nose is slightly malty, subdued. Taste is roasty, skunk, caramel. Slight carbonation.