ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Slips out a clear, amber-hued body with a small-sized, sudsy, whitish head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, tangibly fruity ("I smell apples." -TheLibrarianGirl) nose, with notes of sugar-encrusted, toasted bread, nuts, and smoke. However, that smoke hint is very faroff, very vague, but just barely there. The hops aren’t really coming through clearly on the nose.
Taste: Modestly toasted nuts and bread with a hint of burnt sugar. Soundly sweet, particularly as it warms. Gentle fruitiness incorporated into the taste. A hint of clean, just noticeable smoke character. Characteristic Magic Hat yeast. Floral, spicy hops (boosted by the addition of rye) with a medium-low level of bitterness. The hop flavor, while present, isn’t rather effusive. Develops a bit of cinnamon as it warms. Lightly bitter, earthy finish. Leaves teensy touches of sugar, smoke, and spice on the tongue in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Tasty for a Magic Hat aletoberfest. I thought it was pretty decent, though I feel like I’m in the minority in thinking so.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2010 Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a hefeweizen glass. The beer pours a medium amber color, with a small white head. The nose gives a character that seems to run through the aroma of all Magic Hat beers, perhaps suggesting a common yeast strain; a negative with a beer portending to be a lager from a company known for their production of ales. The aforesaid character shows a subtle fruity character, along with some spice. Initially, the beer seemed to lack classic Marzen characteristics; however, a rich malty note comes through in more extensive sampling. Again, a slightly spiced, slightly herbal flavor comes through in the palate, one that tends more toward sweet than bitter. However, no detectable malt note, let alone complexity. Hops do not present themselves in terms of flavor or more-than-balancing bitterness. The finish leaves a lingering note of spices and malt on the palate. Overall, a mediocre example from a brewery known for exactly that.
strongpieman (1465) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Mild malty aroma, thin white head. Deep amber color, smooth taste, medium body, average carbonation. Crisp finish.
somewhat flat, not memorable or one to go back to if there are choices.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a small beige head. Aromas of honey, caramel malt, and a little banana ester. Flavor is pretty sweet, with honey, caramel, cane sugar, and plum. Very little hop presence. Smooth beer, very easy-drinking. Pretty good.
arventresca (562) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This a heavily malted beer. Hop notes not really presant. Not bad by any means. A decent offering. A little weak for the style however.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille 10-09-10: De couleur brune très pale avec une légère effervescence et une mousse éphémère. Les aromes se font rares, mais ont peut percevoir de belles petites notes de pain, de caramel et surprenament, d’alcool. En terme de saveurs, il manque définitivement de finition, mais qualité/prix, c’est une très bonne petite bière d’automne. Douce en bouche, légèrement piquante et juste asser maltée, elle passe très bien. Elle laisse une petite sécheresse en bouche.
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 A solid malty larger with a chewy sweetness moderated by an earthy bitterness in the finish. Malt profile is similar to a Sam Adams Boston Lager, but with more caramel and less hop character. Nice balanced brew that would be great with a burger.
Strykzone (4826) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bigelo’s Bistro. A medium brown with an off white soapy head that quickly dissipates. Not a bad beer at all. Nice fruit, spices that include pepper and cinnamon, and fairly rich malts. I had it with a spicy pizza which did not give the beer a fair chance. Still, it came through as a nice beer.
TheBeerGod (5183) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rusty amber with a minuscule, fizzy white head. Strong caramel and spicy hops in the aroma. Sweet fruit and malt as well. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, dried fruit, light berries and spicy hops. Body is medium with a soft chewiness about it. Carbonation is moderate. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malt, fruit, spicy and earthy hops, and soft nuttiness.
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber/orange, crystal clear with fizzy off-white head. Aroma has an unusual hop presence, faint cherry, light caramel.