ARH (1104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9oz bottle poured into a shaker. The initial aroma is a faint bread dough, but shortly after that a strong, tart, red grape juice aroma overwhelms the nose. There are subtle grainy undertones, but it’s primarily red grape juice. As it settles down a bit, biscuits become more dominate on the nose. It pours a hazy-murky yellow-orange with a thin soapy and noisy (crackle) white head that. The taste is a medium / medium high sweet with a light bitterness to it. It’s a thin, watery texture with a light body and a thin, zippy carbonation. The grape juice is still there, but much lighter than the aroma leads on. Notes of roasted grains, biscuits, light licorice, a light roasted caramel touch, come through finishing with the roasted grains, light metallic. A fresh, clean, herb-like aftertaste sits lightly on the palate. Very easy drinker, session-able.
maxwelldeux (4313) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear light brown color with a small white head on there. Nose has some caramel and earthiness to it, and just a little bit of breadiness. Taste has some light bread elements to it, and is very slightly sweet. Meh.
Patrickctenchi (5785) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear, dirty gold with a short, soapy head...
Old grain malt aroma.
Sweet grain malt, bready flavor.
Slightly stale, a bit off....
blipp (7896) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours golden amber with an off white head. Sweet malts, bready yeasty notes, and light earthy notes. Not bad.
nuplastikk (5675) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml flip top bottle. Hazy orange-tan body, thin white head. Butterscotch tinged aroma. Tastes a little old, faded. Sort of has a nice, cleanish body..but the flavors aren’t that great...funky fruity buttery tones that make it seem off...or maybe just cheap malt? Either way, not one I’d revisit unless I was in Germany.
ccex (1182) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
$3.49 50cl swing-top bottle pours a clear golden color with small white head, a few rising bubbles and no lacing. Aroma is full of grainy, bready malts with some fruits. Taste is slightly bitter with some hops present in the finish - along with a slight metallic taste. Body is thin to medium without much carbonation. (This may have been an old bottle). Drinkable, but slightly disappointing. The packaging is the best part.
crossovert (10893) - Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess it is a Maerzen. There isn’t much info on it anywhere. 500ml returnable swing-top. I think it might have been brewed last year but haven’t seen it until now.
The smell is fruity with doughy notes. Slight toastiness. Some diacetyl. It isn’t 100% all there but decent.
The flavor is also quite fruity. It is rich in malty in the taste with a nice sweetness and some dough. The hops come through in the flavor with some low bitterness but a nice flavor. Nice mineral water body with some slight metallicness.
The flavor is pretty good on this one, not too bad.