ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color. About two fingers of a fluffy, barely off-white head is featured. Retention is surprisingly good for a lager, and there’s plenty of lacing left behind, too.
S: I’ve never had a marzen that seemed this juicy before. The aroma is more reminiscent of fruit punch (or perhaps a good apple cider) than it is the bready caramel sweetness typical of the style. The hops give off nice notes of grass, apricot, and peach. Aromatically, it’s probably as good as a marzen gets.
T: A touch of the caramel-y sweetness does appear initially, but the real star of the show is how juicy it seems to be - and how much of that juiciness seems to come from the hop profile. Apricot, apple, peach, and pineapple make up the bulk of the flavors around the middle, with some bitter hoppiness finishing it off.
M: It has a fairly light body, with a rather wet finish. Normally, I’d prefer a drier beer, but since the flavors are so good, I don’t care. Carbonation is middling, which I like.
O: This is unusual. Why? Because it’s not a marzen I want to chug - it’s a marzen I want to savor. How Great Lakes crams so much fruity flavor into their lagers, I’ll never know. I’d put this up near the top of all the oktoberfest beers I’ve ever sampled. If my last review said I wouldn’t have minded getting a six pack of the beer in question (ST’s 2XRYE), then I’ll state in this I kind of wish I got a six pack instead of a single.
markas101 (2057) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Slight haze, pale amber gold. Malty vegetable aroma, sweet with some faint spice. Somewhat chalky finish.
gschrade (869) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours Amber with a off white head. Taste earthy, bread, malt. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again.
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Finhead (1401) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, copper pour with a white head. It has a caramel malt aroma and sweet taste. The medium body has smooth texture with average carbonation.
deyholla (8568) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a clear gold with a tan head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has a good amount of earthy grain and bread with a bit of sweetness underlying. Flavor has sweet grains with a bit of bread and cookie backing.
Changed (427) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours oktoberfest, oktoberfest head, oktoberfest lacing. Aroma is bready malt. Flavor is sharply oktoberfest. Bread, malt, hay, grass, slightly bittering at the end. Mostly makes you feel like you’re drinking an Oktoberfest.
jsporrer (151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear Dark Amber to light brown color. Mild aroma with just a hint of spice. Very smooth and light body but not much flavor at all. I really like some of the other beers from Great Lakes and was expecting this to be just as good or at least a decent beer. The weak flavor was a real disappointment.
Atom (1878) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a bright amber/orange with a small off-white head. Fruity caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt, some driness from the hops, with some wood finished basement musk, a cider on the finish. Above average Marzen.
bnokk (288) - Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE- beautiful caramel color, perfectly white head with great lacing.
FLAVOR- The most striking part of this good beer is the great balance of malty sweetness that is forward in the sip and slightest bitterness at the end. Finishes smooth with the slightest bitterness lingering plesently.
NOTES- extremely well done. My favorite of the domestic craft oktoberfest beers.
commonshawn (700) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at pig and fiddle , after they were out of my first 2 choices. Pint glass. Clear amber with medium white head. Subtle and slightly sweet grain aroma. Good marzen style, sweet malt and grain. Pretty clean finish. Fresh.
ozzy70 (206) - - SEP 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours amber with small white head. Aroma of spices, caramel and malt. Taste is sweet with a slight bitter finish.