snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours clear copper/medium brown with a thin white head and lots of lacing. Tastes hoppy, slightly bitter, and malty, with light grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation. Mild aroma of hops, citrus, and nuts.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of earthy caramel and light fruit. Taste is light toffee. Not bad.
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at WOB. Pours clear copper with creamy off-white head; good retention. Aroma is cereal and caramel malts, floral notes, and light spice. Flavor is dry malts, light caramel sweetness, light hop bitterness, and some woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
QuezXLV (395) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one looks like an apple cider. A bit of apricot and dates in the aroma. Light and thin on the palate. Wheaty flavor malty.
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TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Deep amber-tawny complexion with traditional white head. Thin aroma of malt. Smooth and mildly malty. Nice palate that is easy to session. One of the better domestic Oktoberfest beers.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed 8/27. The last beer of Augustfest. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.
A: Pours a lighter copper color. Not much head, it starts off as a one finger offwhite color, before fading to a thin collar in no time. Not impressive looking.
S: A bit hoppy; it’s a little earthy and grassy, suggesting a healthy bill of noble hops. The toasted, caramel malts are typical, but there’s a touch of nuttiness to the aroma I find myself enjoying.
T: Less caramel-y than other marzens, this eschews the typical profile for more of a nutty toffee presence. The hops only come through as a grassy crispness on the finish. It’s OK, but not as enjoyably drinkable as others in the style, likely due it’s flavor profile being somewhat buttery.
M: Typical of a marzen, this has a neutral, nondescript finish and a bit of lingering sweetness. Could be a little less heavy on the palate, though. Well carbonated.
O: Probably my least favorite of the five, though it’s not terrible - just uninteresting. Nor does it have the drinkability I expect from a good marzen, either. I like it better than Heavy Seas’ version, for what it’s worth.
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle purchased @ Beer Heaven. Color is nearly clear amber without much head or retention. Nose is sweet caramel and has a grainy element. Taste has sweet caramel grains with an Earthy, dank hop. Has a bit of nuttiness. Mouthfeel / texture are a bit syrupy. Medium body for the style with soft carbonation. Overall, if you like this style sweet, here is a decent one.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a clear amber color with a slight off-white head. The nose has hints of toast, caramel, and apple. The flavor is light, slightly fruity and has toasted malt notes. There is a lingering bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied. Serviceable.
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was very run of the mill. Nothing stands out about it. Nothing makes you want to have another. This is average at best.
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Doesn’t smell like much. Pours a cloudy amber with little head. Nice, heavy malt up front with no sign of hops so it goes down smooth. Good marten but there a better ones out there.