ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dispensed from the brewery taps a deep copper-hued body (like a newly minted penny) with a wispy, whitish head.
Smell: Faintly sweet-scented malted barley glutted with bready accents and lesser notes of herbal hops and fruity esters.
Taste: Sweet, bready, toasty German maltiness. Small hint of brown sugar and caramel sweetness folds in. Lightly earthy, herbaceous hops with ample bitterness present. Applesque fruitiness. Smidge more bitterness hangs around for the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A little different, what with the purported use of their Kölsch yeast, in much the same way Weyerbacher’s Autumnfest and Magic Hat’s Hex takes a less than traditional approach to the style, yeast-wise. With that in mind, it’s alright.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Cloudy pour, bruised gold to orange, with a nice soft head. Nose is moderately sharp, owing to the hefty addition of yeasts I imagine. And this certainly contributres to the non-Marzen impressions that many have noted. This is no bad thing, I suppose; but, beyond a certain lively estery quality, there’s not much character to the beer. Drinkable and competent, but forgettable too.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at Knoxville Brewers Jam 2010. Deep amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of spice, grain, and grass. The flavor found caramel with hints of spice and citrus. Medium body and smooth texture.
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like others said this is more ESB/Amber than a Marzen. Anyways, amber pour with small white head. Aroma of some hops, has hoppy bitterness in taste and hint of maybe raisins, slight metallic finish. Disappointing, especially considering price.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby red-orange, white cover. Aroma is toasty, spicy. Taste is more burnt toast, spicy, grassy, caramel, apple.
nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 Re-rate Nov.2011: draft at BBM. Nose is toast and nut with some light caramel. Flavor is the same. They must have tweaked the recipe this year, cause it has so much more toasty goodness and, well... flavor this time around. Don’t usually re-rate but this was such an improvement I felt I had to. Original rating of 5-3-5-4-11 (2.8 Total) in Nov 2010: 22 oz. Nose of grain, light caramel apple, dry grass and a hint of citrus. Flavor is husky grain, sourish caramel, and dried grass, Medium body is smooth, balanced and finishes yeasty-dry.
williamherbert (1166) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is buttery, sweet caramel and a sharp malt over German with a sweet malt.
The appearance is glassy orange; beautiful lace.
The flavor is sweet as hell, cloyingly so. The German bite comes in at the end. Too sweet and not all that.
The palate is smooth, milky, buttery; Leaves a remnant on the palate. A cloying Oktoberfest. Not great.
jrob21 (2184) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at decatur beer fest. More full bodied with a tangy bitterness floating through the background. Not your standard octoberfest marzen but a decent drink nonetheless. More of a fruity, cherry, plum, presence. Some caramel sweetness and toasty grain as well.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Asheville Oktoberfest. This wasn’t really a marzen at all. Looks more like a pale ale and tastes... like... I don’t know. Infected? Sort of an ESB-like bitterness, some weird fruit and something tart? Almost good in its off-ness.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This brew misses the mark completely IMO. While it is a decent brew, I don’t see how it falls into the Marzen category. Malts come across as more English (toffee) than German. Hops are a bit too fruity as well. Another rater said it tasted more like and ESB, and I have to are whole heartedly.