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.
dagimp (829) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Let me say I’m not a huge fan of the style, so I’m probably not the best judge. However, I really like this beer. Not too boozey; easy to drink but with a good hefty body. Winner in my book.
beersammich (71) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes much like other Oktoberfest beers. Caramel, malts, and sweetness. This one has a small hint of alcohol. Probably my favorite of the Oktoberfest’s. I enjoyed this one.
I had this from a bottle.
Yinzerita (17) - - DEC 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I prefer this over other oktoberfests ive had but there really isnt much to this. Good beer but nothing special.
aumentm (449) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this time of year and oktoberfest is the right beer at the right time. Its an amber lager with noble hops and malt to make it so special.
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 (352) - .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 (529) - - 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 (174) - 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 (213) - 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