shigadeyo (3013) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
9/21/2013: Leinenkugels Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest 2013... Aroma: Malty and fruity (basted pear), tinged with some alcohol - that’s all I get. Appearance: Clean copper color with a bubbly khaki crown. Flavor: Fruity caramel with a hint of spice on the backside, herbally-ctirus quality in the finish; Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth and lightly creamy; really nice, milky mouthfeel. Overall: TOO SWEET, borders on syrupy; the hops, if any are actually in there, are completely overwhelmed by the uber-sweet maliness; the brewery says that this beer is "a bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry-hopped for added complexity." I don’t get any of that AT ALL (okay, bolder is legit considering the alcohol level), but the toastiness and hops that I was expecting are nowhere to be found. In the end, this is not an Oktoberfest beir or even "Imperial Oktoberfest" and is quite the let-down, especially at the exorbitant price; if anything, this beer is more like and English-style Barleywine and if it were classified that way I’d actually dig it, but as a bit Oktoberfest, it’s just not anywhere near the style. 12 fl. oz. bottle (8.5% Alc/Vol; JAN2014) from Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #27 for this beer.
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear beautiful copper under a thick rocky light beige head. Lovely nose of boozy caramel and a touch of floral grassy notes, and a light kiss of sweet cantaloupe. Creamy sweet flavor of boozy nougat, caramel, blonde toasted biscuit, and sweet floral hop resins with very low bitterness--hops for a light flavor balance only. Appropriate booze and sweetness levels with a good caramel base.
b3shine (5492) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good for the style; a transparent amberish caramel with foamy off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells Offaly and mildly toasty with notes of plum, toffee, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable; almost like a quad with lager yeast.
TheCaptMatey (39) - Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber with little or no head. Sweet malty aroma of honey. Very sweet with notes of oranges and malt. Do not really notice the hops, but did feel the alcohol. Was intrigued by this decked out Marzen and it didn?t disappoint by introducing some interesting flavors.
Patrickctenchi (3714) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear copper with a small tan head.
Bread-heel, caramel aroma.
Caramel malt, boozy taste....
Fairly sweet and sticky....sugary..then a clingy and boozy finish.
Not an easy drinker.
degbert (1130) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep red-brown with a shallow, lacy, fine-grained off-white head. Nose is caramel, golden raisins, cooked apples, tea, and smoke. Sweet and caramelly, with a lot of boozy flavor behind it; I don’t get much dry-hopping at all, but it’s definitely more extracted and more emphatic than your average Oktoberfest offering. Velvety on the tongue, it’s got definite weight behind it, and stays right in the caramel/toffee range. Reminds me of a good, rich bread pudding. Finish is heavy, boozy, and sweet; definitely a confectionery beer. Nice.
shrubber85 (7644) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light milky caramel malt and hay aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet creamy caramel malt and moderately bitter grass/orange peel/alcohol flavor. Rough.
BVery (6416) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear reddish amber pour with a smaller head. Smells boozy like a malt likka. Tastes like a malty boozy mess.
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - not entirely sure why I bought this - first you imperialize an ofest, then you dry hop it? - whatever - pours medium amber - no really head or lace to speak of - nose has some decent, toasty malt richness, but the high hopping also adds some tropical notes that are odd for the style - there’s also a bit of booziness - flavor is very sweet, sugary, with strong tropical fruit and abrasive hop bitterness, along with a bit of a hot finish - weak.
crajun (967) - , Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Started nicely. Pour was orang amber nice to see that first October or pumpkin pour of the year. Aroma was nice with malt some spices honey in it. Then the taste screwed it up and made this a generous 2.4. Waaaay too much of sweetness sugar candy. Tried to hard and sucked
tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Chicago Beer Society’s Umpteenth Annual Picnic, and self served to a clear, plastic shaker showing a clear, amber hue, with frothy, off white head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was toasted, malty, caramel, and alcohol at the ready. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the alcohol revealed more of a slightly boozy nature, there was moderate bitterness, but the flavor was a bit too malty sweet for my tastes. Marzens are definitely meant to be more drinkable, imo.