Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium-light, clear, rusty gold with a huge head on the pour. Interesting throwback graphics. Aroma wasn’t terribly inviting, but that comes with rye. Tannic, toasted malt aroma. Flavor is a little boozy, with a woody bitterness, lightly tart, slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Sweet finish with light astringency and some syrupy notes. New Leaf Market.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured reddish/amber with a thick, slightly off-white head. Buttery malts and a toasted caramel sweetness on the nose. A really good Märzen, creamy and textured with just enough bitterness (while not over doing it) to let the malted rye tones and earthy, leafy, sweet characters shine. Someone mentioned a hint of mint in a rating below, and now that’s in my head, I think it’s there too.
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean translucent copper orange with a two finger sticky sandstone head. Nose of toasty malt, bread, sweet caramel notes, mildly spicy, leafy hops. Flavor is bready, sweet, grassy hops, mild spicy bite with a medium level of bitterness. Rye not super present, but not a bad marzen.
halfonit (1259) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color. Aroma is mainly of your typical marzen brews with a little more of a rye scent. Taste is of wheat, rye (obviously), and grass. Has a nice aftertaste. One of the better marzen’s that I’ve had
PorterPounder (6536) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a light-copper - to dark orange with a nice sticky white head. Sweet aroma with some caramel notes and hint of mint. Flavor is nice and sweet with some toffee notes, some ripening vegetables, a touch of mint and a brief back end of citrus. Nice even clean mouthfeel. One of the better Oktoberfests I have had in a while.
Drake (11156) - 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 (3020) - 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 (1462) - 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 (2654) - 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.