hombrepalo (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Archer Liquors, bottle says 2005, thats strange. Deep goldish dark straw color with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma is bready malt, hops, some graiy Wheaties-like notes, and some subdued fruit, giving way to a malty flavor with back-up lemongrassy hops and some fruity and grainy finishing flavors.
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive clear, deep amber appearance with a medium size, off white head and moderate lacing. Muted, malty aroma, some grainyness, slightly vegetal. Subtle spicy hop taste follows the sweet malts up front. A mild peppery burn lingers in the bitter aftertaste. Almost always enjoy rye in my ales, and to accent it in a marzen adds another unique dimension. Overall, not too complex or obtrusive, but quite quaffable.
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2009. Amber/golden color. Perfume and hairspray aroma, hops, some dust and some malty notes. Malty dust flavor with some spices and citrus.
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly translucent copper amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of spicy rye notes, clean lager profile, some cereal grains, nuts and very lightly toasted malt. Flavor of spicy rye bread notes, hard pretzels, nuts and a hint of some citrus character. Like the use of rye in this Marzen style lager.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of slight corn and a hint of rye. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Tastes of light lager yeast, corn, light rye, and grains. Medium body. Tingly, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Corn and slight rye finish. A boring brew.
neepsntatties (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colour... amber with no head. Nose... sweet malt, spicy rye notes and mild hops. Palate... mild carbonation, spicy rye, mildly sweet malt, lightly grainy and a smooth finish. Certainly Marzen like, but not esp. complex.
Nephilium (1372) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly sweet aroma, with caramel notes, and a touch of rye in the finish. Pours a bright orange, with a tight white head, that leaves good lacing behind. The flavor starts with the toasty biscuit malts of a traditional marzen, but finishes with the nice bite of rye. Nice crisp finish, and very drinkable.
ekstedt (5486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle at SB&WF. Clear copper, small off-white head. Sugary and caramelly malt aroma with some fruity notes. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Well balanced, dry finish.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted at Black Clover Beer Fest 9/18.
I like most of the beers GD puts out, but this one fell far short of expectations. Copper color with a sweet cherry aroma and a thin white head. Flavors were a jumble of sweet caramel, spice, malt (not much rye), and a bit of sweet fruit.
Doesn’t come together well and doesn’t seem to fit the marzen style.
SSSteve (3786) - - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. clear reddish copper under a small white head. dominantly malty aroma of crisp rye, toasted barley, hint of nuts. flavor is has notes of toasted malt, bitter nuts. i’m not really noticing the rye addition much. overall, a solid oktoberfest.