Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of a bottle into a strange glass. See-through, copper color with 1 inch white head.
Smell: Rye? It smells like the malted barley smell that you get in a brewery. At first it was fine to smell this but after half the glass I am not enjoying the smell at all. It is to be expected from a Märzen, but the German Märzens I have had did not have as strong a malt smell. Now towards the end of the glass it is reminding me of the smell of the barn at the farm I grew up on. The barn on a hot day full of hay and cows.
Taste: Rye, malty sweet, finishes a little like a dry cider on the back of the tongue. Very nice.
Palate: Clean, carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Pleasant.
Quite drinkable. Great rye beer, the only downside was the smell, which was just a little too strong.
eRock_2013 (301) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant rye-accented but not rye-dominated Marzen variation, very well crafted. Pours an orange/rusty amber color, good head and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dank cherries, doppelbock-ish with more sweet caramel. Very malty, some grain, various caramel notes, earthy dark fruit all in the flavor. The rye spiciness is there but it's not front and center, mostly a classic marzen just with a more amplified flavor profile. Some subtle juicy hops and earthy bitterness in the aftertaste, and yet more caramel malt. This brew is well executed and can stand up to a well seasoned meal, recommended.
TH28 (177) - - JAN 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. 42 days old. Appearance: Deep copper, hazy, with minimal off white foam head.
Aroma: Faint Munich malt, a hint of rye. No noticeable hop aroma
Taste: Sweet bready an toasted malt with a light hop bitterness. Slight rye spice hits on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation.
Finish: definitely leans on the malty side on the finish. Rye leaves the palate dry.
Overall: A standard Marzen with a nice bit of rye to add another layer of flavor. I was expecting a bit more rye character, but still a good lager.
rumproasts (3498) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Copper orange with small head. Nice spicy rye aroma. Flavor follows. Very interesting take on a lager.
TheBear11D (349) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
The Hoss Rye Lager pours a clear rust with a decent sized creamy light tan head that lasts a fair while. The aroma is rye and caramel a bit of honey. The flavor is rye and caramel. Overall this beer is decent.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark yet clear copper color. The head is a little over a finger high, with an off-white shade. Its texture is more fluffy than creamy, but it still retains well. Nice rings of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Primarily, the aroma is caramel with some spicy rye and a touch of earthen hops. Rye comes out even more as it warms up. There isn’t a whole lot to the nose, but what’s there is definitely serviceable.
T: The malt backbone is stronger here. It opens faintly spicy - think rye and Centennial hops - and ends with a pleasant caramel finish. Not just caramel, but even some chocolate. A twinge of hop bitterness returns on the aftertaste. At times, it has a mineral quality to it. It’s not an intense beer per se, and I wouldn’t have it any other way: the hop/malt balance is delicate and defined in all the right ways.
M: It’s coarse and prickly, though not out-and-out sharp. For some reason, this seems to make the body thicker than it really is. Still, this is a nice and drinkable marzen that doesn’t rely on overdone carbonation to achieve that.
O: It’s hard to go wrong with this brewery, and it’s hard to go wrong with this beer. The rye adds a nice dimension without overpowering it. There’s little wow factor here, but I’ll be damned if I don’t say I’m craving another one of these.
mjmoen (107) - - DEC 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear red-orange color with white head. well balanced, very drinkable
ElCapitan22 (179) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear amber color with no head retention or lacing. Smells more malty than anything else, but tastes of rye and a sweet malt profile on the finish. A solid beer, but not the best rye out there.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a small sized off white head. Caramel, earth, toasty, and some rye.
MarkSachon (667) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, I had some trouble tasting the added fruits but it might just have been an off night. Finishes with a nice dry, sharp character. Above average overall.
Arcadia (58) - DeLand, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from ABC. Pours a medium golden brown with a thin, quickly disappearing head and almost no lacing. Aroma is mostly malt; nutty and toasty. Maybe some yeasty leather as well. Flavor is pretty sweet throughout with a dry feel and boozy finish. Not a fantastic rye, but not bad, either. Acquire.