KyotoLefty (6316) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster from Tap at the brewery. Full amber malt nose, some caramel, earthy. Sweet, rich amber malt flavor, old school Oktoberfest beer. Caramel, grains, biscuits. A good example of a traditional Maerzen.
davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with no head. Nose is caramel, toffee, mineral water and light grassy hops. Taste is loads of toffee malts and a coppery mineral water finish. Smooth and packed with a ton of flavor while still being crisp. Great fall weather beer!
keanex (1431) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Ale House.
Appearance: Clear amber body with a short white head.
Aroma: Malty with toffee and caramel. Not cloying, but sweet.
Taste: Clean intro into a malty toffee finish. Very nice and malty.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Great Oktoberfest. Malty and clean, highly drinkable.
bellco33 (286) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery: Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel, grass, and sweet malt. Taste is a bit of sweetness, but is pretty mild. Definitely grainy, some caramel, doesn’t quite taste like a marzen. Thin body, it’s okay. Note: had this later in a bottle and it definitely tasted different. It had a metallic flavor, which made is significantly worse. On tap it’s alright.
Beerathon (1138) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love Jack’s Abby, but a marzen is one of my least favorite styles. However, this one was palatable and for that I give them credit. The caramel malts were very nice.
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a clear orangish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount sweet grains and bread with a hint of toffee. Flavor starts with bread and grows in sweetness with sweet grains and toffee.
daknole (9049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour at GABF with a white head. Crisp and clean as all JA beers seem to be. The malt flavors are highlighted by a perfectly hopped beer. Really nice.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange-copper hue, with nice foamy head. Very lightly sweet caramel like malts, with an almost buttery finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Clean and delicious. Yeah, this is the best American Marzen/Oktoberfest I’ve had.
ScipioA (287) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an unimpressive yellow, but with a nice big pillowy head on top. Bland aroma of ’beer’ even once the head has died down. Maybe some bready notes in there. Fairly sweet balanced by spicy herbal hops. Smaller notes of alcohol and smoke. Slightly herbal, refreshing yet bitter finish. They absolutely nailed the mouthfeel and stuck a perfect balance between thick and thin, fizzy and flat. This is a solid lager, had it from a pint bottle poured into a mug.
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 10/24 notes. 500ml bottle pours clear bright orange with small head. Nose is subtle, dried fruits, spice, dough. Mouthfeel is malty and rich with medium carbonation. Taste is doughy, subtle spices, cinnamon, dried fruits. Finish is bready spices, medium bitterness with some malty sweet notes. Solid.