nearbeer (4921) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. release #22, 6.6% abv. Pour is clear and shiny orange-amber with a thin smattering of bubbles on top. Nose is dark honey, husky grain and dry grass. Tastes of roasted maize, earthy grass and leaf, and toffee with just a hint of zesty orange. Near-medium body has low-medium carbonation and a drinkable balance.
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, orange color with malty caramel nose, flavor of malty, caramel, bigger body than typical marzen, Carrot, medium finish
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Mildly hazed orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and a very short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Big toastiness in this. Dry, grainy maltiness. Caramel malts. Simple, clean, good.
4.25 T: Wow, the taste is just so much better than I was expecting after the nose. It’s big and bold with toastiness leading the way. Not as dry as the nose either. Indeed, it has a great balance between the toastiness and the caramel sweetness. Again clean with a slight yeasty richness.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Thick and velvety creamy. While it is a touch chewy, it’s only minorly so. Very good here.
4.25 D: Overall a very tasty, super easy to drink beer. Pick this one up.
lightbias (452) - USA - APR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is the color of a roasted almond, cloudy and capped with an off-white foam, about a finger deep. My first craft beer was a Marzen, back in...well, never mind. It was a long time ago, anyway. I am not excited about trying this as it’s so far past the season, but damnit, take it off the shelf if you’re worried about what people think.
The aroma is sweet, nuts and malt, some crackers. The first pull is a mirror of the aroma, very sweet, those crackers coming through in abundance, malt and caramel. The nuttiness in the aroma is there in the flavor, and I find the taste sweet with a mild bitterness at the back of my throat. The medium bodied brew is slightly creamy on my tongue and lightly carbonated; the finish a touch long, but quite pleasant.
Overall, I’ve got to say that I’m surprised at the beer, my enjoyment of it at this late date. It’s certainly had its day, and this is not it, but it has held up very well considering. The malts are quite tasty, the body comfortable and the carbonation is great. Not my favorite, but certainly not a bad brew. Next year, I’ll try their presentation of this style within the season. See what they’ve got.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yet another disappointment for me today. this beer is very malty and sweet both things you expect on Oktoberfest but not really things that I like would not buy again
keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Clear amber-copper body with a light tan head. Good retention.
Aroma: Mild maltiness with a light tart fruitiness and cracker malts. Mild.
Taste: Mild intro, builds to sweet maltiness. Some fruit notes. Rather basic, lingers a moment of malt.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbed.
Overall: Not bad, but borders on cloying. Wouldn’t want a pint.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear orange-amber pour with white head, aroma brought bread, toast, caramel into a bit of grassy, herbal hops, some slight grainy notes. Taste was a mix of grass, herbs, some slight orange into a bit of caramel, toasted bread, some biscuit, touch of red fruits, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.
thegreenrooster (4031) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is a nice matly bready with a little raw honey. Flavor is a nice full bready malt with some caramel and the finish is a real nice dry bready crust. This is a pretty good marzen. Super dry and malty but refreshing at the same time.
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Oktoberfest-like beer. Faint aroma of Pilsner malt. Nice earthy color. Full body without being too heavy with appropriate carbonation. Malty up front with grassy notes than combined with a mild spicy hop flavor. Good.
wlajwl (5834) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is caramel, malts, fruit and mild sweetness. The flavor is caramel, fruit, slight sweetness, bread/malts and a mildly tart/sour finish.