hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer had a small sized ivory head that contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminshed.The body of this beer was clear with some fizzy carbonation.The hue was orange and the nose was a light malt and lightly hopped.The flavor was hoppy from start to finish and the mouthfeel was smooth and light bodied.This beer had good lacing.
thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a small head of fine off-whote mostly diminishing bubbles that left a good lacing and a softly carbonated transparent orange brown colored body behind. It had a very nice caramel malt aroma with an initially smooth mouthfeel that ended with a mildly bitter finish. Its flavor contained notes of orange, malt and hops.
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is right on par with other Marzen's Ive had. Amber color with a moderate head. Sweet malty flavor with a sticky mouthfeel. Thin palate. Doesn't offer much but it isn't bad either.
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2015 My original rating for this was from the bottle a dozen years ago. I got this sample on draft int he brewpub in Taipei and I must say either it has gotten way better, was way fresher or my tastes have changed a whole lot. This is definitley a nice take on the style. It’s perfectly clear amber in color w/ a head of fine white bubbles. It’s got a big malt character but only a touch of sweetness, lots of toffee and toasted malt character w/ a nice touch of floral hops for balance and complexity. It’s medium bodied with gentle carbonation and finishes clean w/ some lingering malt notes.
Original rating (2.7): Nice amber color. No head. Sweet malts mostly dominate but are balanced by some hop bitterness. A bit thin on the palate with some metallic notes even on draft. Not exactly wonderful.
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep amber-auburn color. Decent malty slightly sweet taste. Not too exciting however.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer was a little thin. It was mildly hoppy, with a slightly bitter leave. It wasn't great, but it wasn't offensive either. Good "I'm paying more attention to what I'm eating than what I'm drinking" selection.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Pours the color of honey with a small light tan head. Nose is light and sweet. Flavor is sweet at the start followed by a slightly acidic light hop bitterness. Aftertaste is crisp and dry.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was not bad, I think I would have enjoyed it more on the draft, but nonetheless. This has all the qualtities of an amber ale, as far as appearance, creamy fizzy head, and a cinnamon/almond like character in the already amber flavor. A little too light in the finish, but I would drink it again.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
LIttle aroma with a nice flavor. Easy on the palate with a clear amber appearance. Had this beer after many others of the night, so it's kinda foggy.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish/brown color. some head. Some malt and hops. Nice smooth taste and a little sweet.