Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pat’s Liquors in Porter, Indiana: Held up to natural llight, this has a golden orange body capped by an off-white head. The aroma has sweet cherries, caramelly malt, and black peppers. The flavor is dominated by a rye seed and pepper spiciness supported by a rich malty sweetness. The finish is spicy and dry. Quite nice.
GandGKevin (917) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smells like a typical lager with a little bit of rye.
Flavor: Interesting. typical lager flavor with rye and a little sweetness mid palate.
Overall: very interesting for a lager
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, bottled 8/4/09. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is is pretty subdued - some wheaty malts with a touch of cinnamon.
The flavor is toasted malts with some rye leading to a metallic lightly bitter finish with some cinnamon like spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.
Overall, decent but pretty subdued. The first time I had this, I remember much more of a rye presence.
Block (1319) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow-orange pour with a white head. Aroma and flavor of citrus and fruit. Light body with some alcohol at the finish.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange amber with a fading off-white head, Sweet caramel and malt aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Sweet taste with lots of malt with a little fruit and rye. Lightly spicy floral finish. Lots of nice, subtle stuff going on here.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (Jul 31 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off white, mostly lasting.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of tangerine and peach.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Not too bad, actually. Not all that much going on in the aroma, but what’s there is pleasant. Similarly a little uneventful in the mouth, but overall this is a pretty solid brew.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a clear light golden with a nice thick creamy off-white head. Aroma has a big sweet malt grainy character with a nice nutty and yeasty side to it. Just a bit spicy and very toasty. Flavor starts with a sweet sugary malt character, lots of toasted malt, a bit of spiciness adds a certain zest to it and gives the mouth a sharp fruit character. The rye is definitely there and adds a good bit to the flavor. Medium body and a tingly carbonation. Nice safe marzen, nothing too crazy but rich and flavorful.
drjay44 (2567) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a thin off white head of short duration, with minimal lacing, over a clear light brown (SRM 7) body.....nose is of cereal, malts, honey and mild dried cherry....taste is initially malty sweetness evolving into dried fruit flavors, primarily cherry, finishing slightly dry and lightly bitter....mouth feel is medium, carbonation medium. This is a pleasant, earthy beer and is more or less in the middle of the pack. The use of rye is atypical for an Octoberfest.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours copper in color with a light white head. Slight spicy aroma with some rye, light malts and grassiness. Light lager body withe some notes of rye but not overpowering. Medium body of caramel and toffee with buttery notes as well. Clean finish. Average marzen IMO.
scoth (474) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber, with a medium cream-colored head, fine and lasting lacing. Aroma of rye, toffee, spice, and grass. Medium-light body, velvety and crisp. Spicy flavor, with rye, caramel, some very mild earthy grass notes. Well balanced and very drinkable.