TATE (307) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick off white head with lots of lacing. Citrus aroma. Flavor is lighter than I was expecting. Fruity up front with a bit of alcohol that seems to come through though alcohol is not high. This quickly replaced by a light hop bite. Pretty good overall.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a strong amber color (darker than a typical Marzen). Appears to be clear. Very nice head, rocky and thick. Modest ring lace given the froth.
Malty with a strong cream (slightly soured) aroma.
Drier than I expected given the smell. Still, it’s a malty and thick brew. Nice finishing hop in the swallow which continues through the short-lived aftertaste. The body is rich, but has a high level of carbonation.
Overall, I’d say this is a good beer with some nice departures from the typical Octoberfest.
Brandon1989 (255) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a brown color with a small head. the aroma is chocolate and bready. the taste is very similar and i enjoyed this beer.
Swamp_Thing (38) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Did I get a bad six-pack? Undated bottle from Total Wine. Bland, reminds me of a Michelob more than anything. Malty, watery. I’m giving the other 5 bottles to my friends that enjoy Miller Lite - not kidding - I think they will like it.
bellco33 (389) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass: Pours redish brown with a one-finger white head. I love the color. Aroma is roasted, nutty, and sweet smelling. Taste is roasted, nicely balanced malt with a little bit of hop. Not overly sweet, tastes a little nutty / bitter on the back end. Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation, it’s a pretty nice beer, especially for a marzen.
trapped (905) - New York City, TURKEY - OCT 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drought. Amber color with small beige foamy head, bread aroma, slightly bitter metallic taste, medium carbonation, abrupt finish. A bit disappointing with its taste.
BeebopToledo (22) - - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wonderful brown color, thin head. Chocolate malts are a little too much for a VMO in my opinion.
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Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Amber with small off white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Light body with caramel and roasted malt notes with some malt sweetness. Not bad but not great.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear copper in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bread and a slight astringency. Sweet caramel flavor with a slight pear character, giving way to a dry roasty and bready finish.
rangerred (956) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger off-white head which fades to a few splotches. Some streaks of lacing on the glass.
Lots of caramel noticable in the aroma along with the unmistakable aroma of German hops. A little roast in there too.
The caramel malt really jumps out in the taste along with the bit of chocolate malt that is used. Earthy hops are very in your face as is the bitterness which is quite a bit higher than in other Marzens I have had. Sweetness is held in check nicely with just a touch of stickyness and lingering bitterness in the finish.
Overall, this is definitely an "Americanized" verison of the style but I quite like it. A little more bitterness and roast and it works very nicely.