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.
pineypower (2608) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours out a nice orangy/amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is lots of bready grains, caramel, light bitterness cereal malts, toast. Taste is smooth, much the same, lots of caramel, multi-grain bread, cardboard, floral grassy bitterness. eh, its an Oktober.
solidfunk (4675) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Just going through all the Oktoberfests I massed up over the past couple months before they go bad. This one is average among a category that strives for average. Pours brown with OK head and lacing. A little touch of mash sourness. Some barley. Aftertaste gets annoying after a few sips. Bottle.
BREWMUSKCLES (2320) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a little scratch in the throat but not gritty. mouthfeel is cloudy some sweetness and alcohol with bread, grass and vanilla. a little mellow in it’s character.
JStax (3338) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a teku. Pours a hazed copper with a white froth of foam. Good head retention. The aroma has bread and spice carrot cake notes. Taste lends bready sweetness with some smarties and grass found toward the back end. Medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation.
HighlanderOne (1037) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt, citrus and maple syrup. Cloudy amber with slight head. Tasting toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel and citrus hops. Crisp, clean feel. Good choice.
cheap (4334) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap, I would have never known this was to be an october fest beer. Some of that typical ipa aroma in there. Pale yellow with a big foamy head. Flat no co2. Does have some fruity attributes to it. Does not seem to be over the top in alky content. Not as rude as many october fest beers but it does carry a bit of uneasiness to it. Yes, somebody could easily mistaken this stuff with a milder ipa, go figger.
N3lson1 (292) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a pint glass poured out of a twelve ounce bottle. Smells awful. Pours a nice amber with little, to no head.
Leafs93 (1790) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, earthy and some toast. Taste is sweet with light bitterness. Medium bodied.
jtclockwork (9451) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours reddish orange white head. Nose/taste of fruit on toast, light honey/maple and bready malt. Medium body.
Roser (43) - Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance- semi clear amber, copper. Small bone white head that didn’t last long. Minimal lacing.
Smell- clean. Very malty, bready, and sugary. A little spice, too.
Taste- sweet and spicy. The malt, bread, and sugar on the nose come through completely.
Mouthfeel- a little rough around the edges (going in) with a surprisingly smooth and creamy finish. Medium body.
Overall- just ok (for me). A so so Marzen. Nothing great, nothing offensive.