Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear, vibrant orange-amber color with an offwhite frothy head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, toasted malts and a spicy vibe from the rye. Taste is caramel, toasted malts, fruity, floral and slightly peppery notes and a dry rye bite in the finish. Medium bodied. This is very close to what I’m looking for in a marzen, one of my favorite styles. If it weren’t so damned expensive around here I’d buy a lot more.
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice bitter hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, looks good with deep amber color, but just not much comes through. It’s Ok and it may be the nature of rye, but not a big impact. The ale background is OK.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20091013 12oz bottle from State Line. Dark amber color with small off white head. Aroma is truly marzen with bready malt and a touch of black peppery spice. Unfortunately lighter bodied than seems right for this robustly flavored lager. Mild but present finishing alcohol adds complimentary heat to yeasty spice. Flavor adds light honey sweetness, some mineral. Not sure what, if anything, the rye presence is adding other than a very late and slight grassy character at the back of the palate.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 10/8/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a deep amber hue. Off white layer of head. Aromas of caramel and bready malts. Slight subtle peppery note. Medium bodied with smooth malts and a good flavor. Pleasant bitterness. Hits the palate well. Nice rye flavors with a peppery flavor and a tangy finish. Well done.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Eugene, thanks man! Pours an amber body with an off white head. Rye, malty, a bit bread y with poppy seeds, toasted rye bread and a light cherry note. Decent brew.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma of leafy hops, toasted and sweet malt, peach. Flavor very malty with some metallic notes and hop notes that are just harsh to me, nothing more, nothing less. Medium-bodied, I’d like a little more heft from the malt. Underwhelmed.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Porter. Pours bright copper-orange with a thin off-white head. The aroma is malty and toasty with subtle noble hops. The flavor is malty and bready/toasty with a well-balanced mix of malt sweetness and a light spiciness - likely from rye and from noble hops. The finish is malty with a very pleasant balancing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth with a soft carbonation. Overall, this beer is a great Oktoberfest beer. Great balance and very drinkable.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours bright clear amber with thin beige head. Didn’t read the description on the bottle beyond "Rye Lager," but kept thinking a) it looked like a marzen, and b) it tasted like a marzen brewed with rye. Refreshing. Definitely a hoppy and spicy take on the style, and really pretty good for an Oktoberfest. I guess it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, but sometimes the pig gives you that "come hither" look, and with a little lipstick, a tutu, some nitrous oxide, and leather chaps, that pig will do just fine for the night. Just fine...
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Clear copper pour with a white head that retains and leaves some lacing. Aroma is a little skunky and spicy at first (like a saison, oddly enough), but with further warming it turns toasty and lightly hoppy with citrus scents that bounce in and out of perception. The flavor begins with a good sweet caramel backbone that transitions to some grassy hops and a lingering bready and spicy rye finish. The mouthfeel is just perfect as it’s very smooth and full, which makes this beer incredibly drinkable. This beer really exceeded my expectations. Well done Great Divide, I’ll have to buy a six pack now.