ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
bbucc13 (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from tap in tulip. Full bodied, bright Amber color, small white head, minimal lacing, mild carbonation, malty and silky mouthfeel. Very enjoyable for an Octoberfest.
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jjefferies27 (4) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the most seasonal flavored beer I've had, in my opinion. Easy sippin beer, but watch out for the ABV
mrjaxson (305) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A malty smooth O’fest with just a hint of hop bite. Pours to a beautiful white head and the slight alcohol elevation is nicely hidden. Enjoyed from a bottle.
salvaticas (451) - - OCT 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. A cloudy amber, lightly malty on the nose. Light bodied with good balance. Flavor is light, not as intense as I would have expected. Goes down smooth but character is lacking.
uvajed (173) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma. Complex taste, malt does not overpower hops completely. Also not overly spiced like many fall seasonals (an oktoberfest should not be, though some are). Exactly what I think an oktoberfest should be: rich, but not heavy, caramel and roasted nuts.
zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice and smooth but could stand a little less carbonation and a little more malt
lukedarock (176) - Howell, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma and overall look is phenomenal, taste is better as it goes on got a lot of alcohol flavor to it, still good beer
UrbanCaveman (54) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at approximately 45 degrees F.
A: Pours a coppery clear golden-orange, which forms a thin head that dissipates quickly into a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S: Doughy, yeasty malt, much like an uncooked biscuit, with some faint spice hints and a touch of non-sweet caramel.
T: Sweet toast and a bit of caramel hit up front, followed by a doughy yeastiness that rounds out and balances the sweetness nicely. There’s some faint spiciness to this marzen, like a touch of cinnamon. As could be expected in any malt-forward lager, there are some undertones of toffee and caramel, though with decidedly less sweetness than one might expect. The finish is composed almost entirely of the GLBC yeast, with a slightly grassy, leafy tone.
M: Flat, but in precisely the way a marzen should be, with minimal carbonation. The feel across the palate is light, without a watery finish (GLBC is good at avoiding that issue with every beer of theirs I’ve had).
O: That’s a good, tasty marzen, relying on malt and yeast to provide the bulk of the flavor profile, while spice and hops remain comfortably in the background.
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes is exactly what I would expect from the style. Taste is also dominated by cereal notes with light residual sugar with a clean finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Perfect example of the style.
bpar73 (512) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy copper colored pour with a thin white head. Big malt aroma and taste with a mild hop undertone. Nice drinkability in a solid Oktoberfest.