MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, served in a Bell’s dimpled mug. Clear, golden/copper pour with a one-finger thick head of lasting tan foam. Excellent lacing. The aroma had bread, caramel, some rye spice, and also some earthy notes. The flavor included chewy caramel, biscuit, a nice dose of spicy rye, and also a short, crisp hop bite at the finish. Rich and malty. Medium to full-bodied. Light, prickly carbonation. Quite the tasty lager.
malrubius (1516) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle in funky Sam Adams glass. Copper with lasting head and lace. Caramel spice bread and cola aroma. Soft caramel and rye spice earthy with mildly bitter spicy finish. Takes a a couple of sips to take it all in. Very nice and something mellow and different.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Simple lager aroma, don’t get the rye. Clear dark caramel. Dark malt, somewhat creamy dry finish, ah! There’s the rye! Alder smoke comes out more and more.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper, with a soapy head - fairly malty nose, with light mineral character, fairly strong rye - the flavor is far more impressive than the aroma - fairly rich malt flavor, but still clean and refreshing - a nice spicy kick of rye, also imparting a grainy, bready character to the beer - some estery notes - medium-bodied - a bit of added heft from the rye - pretty good, but at 10 bucks a six pack, I will be looking elsewhere for a go-to late summer lager.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light ruby chestnut lager, not too sticky, yet with some body, maybe the rye makes it a little oily or something! Nice hint of husky/scratchy character in the finish, mild but adds interest. Hop balance is just right for this kind of beer. Well done, my fall beer of choice so far!
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. copper pour. thin head. lacing. mild sweet malty aroma. a bit harsh. grainy, astringent. spicy. Not one of GD’s better beers they have distributed.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color with a small but lasting head. Slightly sweet malt aroma, medium wood spice, mild dry grass. Taste is wild flower honey but balanced with a mineral tartness.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very clear orange-red pour with an off-white head, good retention and nice looking lace. Aroma of grain and dark fruit. Flavor starts off with a malty sweetness that eventually leads to a dry, clean finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, no alcohol warmth. Good example of the style with a rye twist.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Nose is slight caramel rolled in pepper dust, but very subtle. Brilliant light copper orange, almost seems to have a pink hue? Big frothy head with soapy lacing. One of the best "looking" beers I’ve ever seen. Fruity, light malt, subtle spice, nice bitterness, well-balanced. Medium to high carbonation, but was not aggressive, medium body, malt and black pepper finish. Interesting beer, the aromas are mild as is the initial taste, but the beer dives into complexity once it swooshes around the mouth a little.
17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, rating #10. Pours a glowing clear orange amber with a lovely medium off-white creamy frothy head 3.5. Aroma is slightly sourish, yeasty, touch of spicy rye, lightly rich. Flavor follows, definitely more going on here than a traditional marzen, fuller flavored, the hops and rye add some dimensionality, hint of citrus, tangy, spicy, bold, smooth caramel, nicely balanced, finishing with some nice rye spiciness and a nice appropriate amount of hops. Medium bodied, soft, with a lighter fluffy mouthful and sizzling carbonation, not sticky or syrupy but just right 3.5.
A different, interesting, take on an Oktoberfest.