Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange colored beer with a fine white head. Malty aroma with a hint of toastness. Sweet and mildly toasty flavor in front with a balancing bitter finish.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 10, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An ok Oktoberfest, but not as good as others I have tried of this style. A little too thin, not quite malty enough, and I didn’t really care for the hops they used. I thought it tasted simular to other brews put out by Portland Brewing. I’m not saying they all taste alike (a friend of mine did say that) but most of their beers taste simular. Anyway, not a bad choice, but not one that I will make as long as I can get my hands on some Ayinger or some Spaten.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful deep copper color...I’m suprised such a pretty beer came from such a horrible bottle. Very smooth and flavorful with a light hop finish.
JMerritt (1898) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A typical Oktoberfest beer. Not to say that’s bad, but I didn’t find much with this that would make me want to pick it up again.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nicely flavored octoberfest and my 2nd of the night that I liked (Sam Adams Oct). This is a good flavorful beer.
joet (2424) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 12, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a less crisp and slightly more effervescent example of the Maerzen than it’s closest hoppy relative, Gordon Biersch. The hops alleged to be used, the Mt. Hood (similar to Hallertauer) and Saaz, should yield something pilsy and yet the first thing to my nose was distinctly Cascade.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily the best domestic example of a Marzen that I’ve sampled. Very rich and creamy, with big, appetizing caramel flavors. Of course it goes down super-smooth, as all beers designed to be drank for days and days on end must be. Don’t let the awful bottle fool you; this beer is the real deal.