Darkmagus82 (1927) - - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-27-13-
Served on tap in a pilsner glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber color with a head consisting of one finger of just off white foam. The head has a moderate retention, fading over time to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a caramel and toffee like sweetness mixed with some lightly toasted malt and bready smells. Along with these aromas are some other light smells of a grassy and herbal nature, adding a slight hop dimension to the overall sweet and lightly roasted smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and doughty flavor, with the sweet being mainly of a caramel nature. The sweet caramel is joined by some more buttery flavors producing a toffee like flavor on the tongue. At the same time, some roasted flavors come to the tongue as well as a little bit of a lighter fruit flavor of apple and pear as well a very mild spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg. Toward the end, a very light hay and grassy flavor join the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and malty, lightly spiced, Oktoberfest style flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The moderate body is rather nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew; keeping it rather easy drinking, while the slightly lower carbonation keeps it heavier then it really is and matches well the bready and lightly spiced flavors of the brew, allowing them to be fully sensed.
Overall – A fairly sweet and malty brew at only 5.7 % abv with a nice easy drinking feel. A very enjoyable, year round Marzen style beer.
tightslice (275) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pony keg at Evernote. Aroma is cereal grains, some roasted malts. Flavor is thin grains, toast and ultimately severely lacking any depth.
jspronck (126) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber/red color, off-white head, aromas of yeast, caramel, plums?, slight sourness, average carbonation, short slightly bitter finish
Petkus331 (314) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very sweet aroma of caramel, toffee, and red pop. Appears clear copper, lots of bubbles, a thin ring of wjite foam. Flavor is very light of sweet whole grain cereal, practically a bowl of frosted mini wheats. Palate was ordinary. Overall, ok.
firstsip (561) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Darkish amber. Little bubbly. Caramel nose. Bright bit of malt followed by toffee and caramel. Not as dark or charred as I’m used to for a marzen.
berkshirejohn (4953) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Gordon Biersch, Buffalo, NY. Golden amber with a cream head; malty aroma; sweet fruity caramel malt taste; and a malty finish. Pleasant, but nothing more.
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottles Gordon Biersh San Jose CA.
The older G.B Marzen had a brown and white label with a man examining a
poured glass on the label. The newest Label has a Red G and black B with RED and Black Labeling.
Nice sweet roasted dark malts with none of the cheaper pine and citrus additive/flavored hops thrown into so many major named breweries products these days.
G.B Brewery San Jose has done a great job replicating the classic
Marzen however is not using the strong sweet dark malts to cover any flavor changes.
Nice to a old favorite taste pretty much the same as old.
Auburn colored pour with immediate caramelized malt flavors.
Sweet but with just enough hops to balance as not to be to sweet for the style.
Probably not going to able to go head to head against A Paulaner Oktoberfest or Munich based brewery dark, however at less than 1/2 the price of other top choices a very respectful example that be enjoyed without draining ones wallet.
Travlr (14668) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft. Clear amber color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of caramel. Taste is caramel.
DocMcGrain (28) - Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delicious! You smell the caramel from the start, and it continues through your palate. It sits on the back of your tongue, and it's very pleasurable. I would drink a few of these in a sitting, but not more than a handful, with the sweetness level.
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ClutchMasterson (64) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - JUL 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured in to a dimpled glass. leaves an off white 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear nut brown color with medium carbonation Aroma is a malty caramel with a roasty nut. hints of tar are present. Flavor is a metallic nutty stone. very light if any hops and bitterness on the back. It’s an alright beer that you can share with people but there is better session ales out there