BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear, bright orange with quickly dissipating head. Nose is quite subtle hints of grains, nuts, toast. Flavor is surprisingly flavorful with a full range of rich sweet malts, toast, caramel, nuts with a backbone of grassy hop bitterness, finishes sweet. Medium body, light carbonation, watery texture. A very solid marzen for this big brewery chain, malts are well-showcased here.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Poured straw color very small head, very light apple malt aroma. Quite thin for the style, some sweet malt but a bit of a metallic finish that put me off. Not a very good marzen at all.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Encinitas Oktoberfest. Nice white head with an amber hue. Minimal aromas but slight malt sweetness. Pleasant and thin on the palate. Not much depth of flavor or finish but pleasant for a warm beautiful sunny north county san diego day.
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a fresh jug from the restaurant. Poured a honey amber color with a nice head. Mild aroma of hops, pine and caramel. Taste was very smooth with some cedar and earthy notes. Smooth finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light golden appearance with a good frothy head. I have hardly anything to say about this beer other than it is extremely uneventful. "Benign" is an excellent word to describe it.
944play (380) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Belly. Just short of diamond bright with receding off-white foam. Preposterous aroma of straw and honey. Sweet and mellow, but a bit worty. Clean, soft finish, though just a shard more bittering would make things more interesting.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 So good on tap at the brewery, so bad out of the bottle. I wonder why this is? At the brewery, it is a grainy Bavarian pale bock style, not a typical "marzen". As a matter of fact, I think Ratebeer.com has this one in the wrong category. Should be a Helles bock, no? Nice smooth maltiness that I like. I could drink this for hours.
Stuedmaster (323) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at That Boy Good in Oceanside, CA. Looks good, amber/red pour with a decent beige head that leaves lacing. Well balanced flavor, fruity and sweet with a nice hop bitterness. A nice version of a German Oktoberfest, was a little above average, overall. Good for session style drinking.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear gold. No head. Armoa is some sweet malts, some weak hops. Boring flavor is all malt, sweet and grainy. Light/medium body is alright, but the rest is really uneventful.
grimreaperguru (252) - santee, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light clear copper with a foamy off white head.Got a caramel aroma with hopy notes to it.Flavor is malty and a little hopy.Very easy to drink.Overall a good brew by Karl Strauss.