swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Blue Monk, copper colored pour. malty, bread nose and aroma. very smooth flavor, very balanced. one of the best marzens ive had
Johnsense (600) - - SEP 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bready, malt forward marzen. Clear gold pour with 1 finger head. Bread, grains, caramel aroma. Biscuity, bready and spicy. Moderate caramel sweetness and slightly bitter. Dry finish.
pete4999 (923) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. Poured a clear deep orange. Has a pretty standard American marzen caramel smell and sweet taste, heavy on the malt. Good, but nothing to write home about.
Scrapersnbeer (1244) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry, grainy, caramel aroma, close to brown ales. Orange color, unfiltered look. Great hard malt flavor, sticks around for some time. Okay bitter balance, in the proportion of the style. Really smooth body, just the right crispness. Best beer of this type so far this season.
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half liter bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a hazed copper with a somewhat thin, soapy head of beige foam. The aroma has a bit of gingerbread, spiced bread biscuit malt going on. The taste is sweet with a touch of spice coming through. Lighter on the palate. Easy drinking.
czar (3235) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours clear medium dark golden with a small off-white cap, some retention and lacing. bready and lightly toasted hay-ish malts, nice peppery caramel leaking through with its hint of maple-like-non-artificial sweetness, very fruity-lager-like, tasty and spicy - cakey and quite dry (!), bitter herbs and grass, earthy leafiness. bright to average carbonation, light body - oily but not heavy, very nice crisp herbal-grassy-peppery finish. much enjoyed!
Leighton (8584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 Bottle at Sander’s in NYC. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. Malty aroma, mild orange citrus. Light sweet flavor, moderate sweetness, bready malts. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Bready malt finish, mild yeast, faint toasted sugars. Very tasty beer.
Lukaduke (1464) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with two finger of eggshell foam. On the nose it is doughy malts, grain and a light touch of citrusy grass. The palate follows with a big round malt backbone that full of wheat bread notes... touches of light bitter grass and a hint of citrus brightens the palate slightly. Long doughy finish.
johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Andover liquors.
Pours a deep copper color with a huge white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of rich caramelized malts with lots of bready pilsner and subtle spicy floral hops for hints of balance. The flavor is rich sweet and malty with lots of melanoidin and hint of prunes and plum with a light earthy spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice Marzen! Not overly hoppy like some American versions, but rich and malty like better German versions. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer.
msnelling09 (68) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a fiery caramel color, moving between amber and red tones. It pours with a lovely head of medium sized, lightly yellowed, slightly rocky bubbles that sit at a half finger’s width and slowly fizzle away. The head leaves a negligible lacing on the sides of the glass. In body the beer is lager-clean but darker, with a lazy stream of bubbles working to the top of the beer, and no particles present (just as there shouldn’t be in this style). On the nose, the beer smells spicy with a beautiful caramel malt blanket on the back of the smell. The caramel is layered and sweet, gracing the nose with just a touch of maple syrup and biscuit notes, and the hops are properly noble with a strong spice character, alongside fresh cut grass notes. The malt is the bigger player in the nose, however. On the tongue, the beer tastes mellow, with light bitters and sweetness which give way to a nice dry finish and only the slightest hint of acidity. In flavor, the beer tastes remarkably similar to several ESB’s I’ve had. The flavor begins as sweet caramel malt with a touch of apple juice, this moves into sweet bread, and then quickly to stale bread, and then bitter, herbal hops with just a touch of residual sweetness from the malt. Toffee notes also dance across the middle of the palate. The finish is dry, but is a nice blend of the malt and hops. In the mouth the beer feels medium in body, with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and softer carbonation that gives a quick bite and then caresses the tongue with velvet. The mouth is left dry except for a very faint trail of saliva, though it is by no means bone-dry. Overall this is a great beer to drink a lot of, it’s not too sweet, it’s not too bitter, and sits on the palate nicely with enough flavor to make you want another sip, but not enough to fill you up, etc… This is a good drinking beer, and would work very well in an Oktoberfest environment.