Ernest (6538) - 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 (2849) - 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 (573) - 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.
DWestrick (461) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap - had on tap at the great divide in denver. wife really enjoyed it - i thought it was decent - just not my style of lager
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft). Clear amber color. Small off white head. Light rye and hop aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Thin/fizzy texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Bottle. A bright clear amber pour with a big frothy white head , leaving some spotty lacing behind , a very nice looking glass of beer. Aroma is earthy and spicy with some nice sweet caramel , and cereal grain . Flavor is very balanced and complex for a lager , a nice mix of caramel , biscut, rye, fruit, and peppercorns , not too sweet , lightly dry , light bitterness , nice snappy sweet grain aftertaste , full mouthfeel for the style , medium carbonation gives it a lively crisp mouthfeel , I would call this very sessionable , I would drink this all day long . A very nice take on the style , and a very good brew , going to pick up some more of this today !
Nice Job Great Divide !
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz – The Wine Source. Clear shimmering copper, creamy off-white head. Spicy rye and toasted sweet bread aromas with a just a touch of underlying citrus. Dry crisp cereal grains balance well on a toasty rye and light peppery malt backbone. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nicely done and certainly worth a go at…
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from Bottle into Pint glass. Not the appropriate serving vessel for this beer but its all I had.
It clear amber with some red hues and nice streams of carbonation and a half a finger of off-white head that remains atop the glass as its drank. The aroma is caramel malty with spicy notes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with biscuit, caramel and rye. Has some earthy hops and some light unripe cherry flavor that became more present as it warmed up (maybe due to the rye?) Its medium bodied and slightly crisp and finishes with a easy dryness. Overall it was mostly bready malty goodness with some interesting spicy notes and found it to be very enjoyable all-around.