ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a regular glass.
A: Pours a darker copper color. There’s a nice head here, four fingers high (due to an aggressive pour) and barely off-white in shade. While it fades quickly, it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The stronger retention away from the edges of the glass suggests a decent hop bill.
S: There is some sweet caramel typical of the style. I like the mild yet noticeable noble hopping, otherwise there isn’t much to note here.
T: Touches of sweet caramel give way to a raisiny back end. Hops only seem to be here as a cleansing agent, which isn’t really disappointing given its relative lack of freshness. Not bad, but it could use a touch less sweetness.
M: A bit heavier and less carbonated than I like from my marzens. The finish could also have less sweetness. It goes down okay.
O: Eh. It’s a decent marzen that gets the job done - even still, there are better choices on the market.
markas101 (1905) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Detroit airport. Bottle clear brown, sweet brown sugar aroma. Sweet, too sweet, long malt brown sugar finish.
TEJA (1376) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at G.B. in San Fransisco.
Beige head. Red-amber color. Light roasted malt aroma. Malt sweetness and a perfect light roasted taste. Medium bitterness to give a big drinkabillity.
MarinEvelyn (603) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Super malty, a little too sugary, strong. Decent for the price, but nothing compared to what you can get for a couple more bucks a six pack.
beerbaaron (1353) - Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 A nice clear autumn amber color with nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malty, bready, caramel. Flavor is similarly bready. No hop presence, unbalanced. Clean and easy drinking. Ok.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
"a decent enough example of the style, but uninspired. left me wanting more...of anything. had to drink a Spaaten or Ayinger for more flavor after this one."
ramboraffe (730) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Gordon Biersch, Atlanta. Clear brown with white head. Smell is sweet malty with roasted tones. Taste is sweet malty with roasted malt.
Luvystypotables (805) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of spice and pumpkin, orange color not much of a head. Taste of spice and pumpkin. Watery feel with a light spice finish.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - 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 (235) - 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 (100) - 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