Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to glass. Toffee and caramel malts dominate. Clear orange-amber with a moderate white head that lingers. Taste is all malt with a stripped wort sensation. Sticky sweet with some minor floral hints. A little oxidized.
Maverick34 (2178) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at DCA. Poured a nice reddish brown. Smooth caramel malts and a light grassy finish. Pretty decent marzen.
Iphonephan (3058) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle at Whole Foods Beer School. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Malty biscuit nose with some caramel flavors. Crisp finish.
theOptimator (283) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is complex malt forward. Appearance is crystal clear copper orange with small tan head. Taste is pleasant malt sweetness with moderate hop bitterness following. Palate is medium light and quite crisp and clean. Overall a nice clean enjoyable beer. Lacking some depth though and comes across a bit watery. Also a bit less hop bitterness might help the malt and I don’t feel it would be missed.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear, amber brown pour with a froth of off-white foam. Toasted caramel and sweet malt in the aroma. Taste is clean grain, sweet malt, and light toast. Lightly coating mouthfeel. Nice beer.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Bolingbrook, IL). My first time into a Gordon Biersch, and while the currently available beers were a bit of a downer, this fit the task. Poured a gorgeous deep copper ruby hue, essentially transparent with a deep reddish penny and chestnut glow throughout. A frothy offwhite head atop dies down to a small layer, laces ok as it sticks around. Aromas are a bit nutty, carmelized and toasty. Some bready malts, gentle earthy hops and faint spiciness. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter, with some biscuity malts, pretzel and carmelized grains. Some gentle dark fruit flashes subtly into the middle. Gentle toast, dryness, earthy hops kick a bit. More carmelized elements meet back up as we round the corner. Solid stuff, a touch sweet, but really fit the bill for me.
b3shine (5195) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at the Atlanta brewpub. Looks solid; a transparent full gold with foamy off-white head. Smells of dough, malt, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Not bad.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled on draft at the Virginia Beach brewpub this beer poured a rich caramel-amber color with a large foamy white head that faded and left minimal lacing. The aroma was very faint sweet malts - almost nonexistent. The flavor was very smooth and very mild with just a hint of sweet malts, caramel and honey. Very faint overall. No finish. Medium and smooth body. Amazingly bland.
Beergeek23322 (2175) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
7/22/2011. From tap. Amber color with a white head. Caramel aromas with malt, honey. Seem a bit thin or diluted. Malty flavors with light hops. Boring at best.
DCLawyer (1395) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at GB-Reagan Airport. Light amber with medium offwhite head. Bread and grains, malt and some grass. Average to below-average marzen.