DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(330 ml bottle: Obtained 01-Mar-06 in trade with bogdi1, thanks Juha!) The label is ripped, so the only notch on the bottle is for April. Since I just got this in a trade, I’ll presume it’s April, 2006 and I’m within the window. Anyway, this is a great-looking Märzen: gorgeous copper color, perfect clarity, and a tall, light-tan head. The nose is malty, lightly sweet, a bit earthy, and balanced by a pleasant citrusy tartness. Quite balanced in the flavor as well, presenting moderate caramel and malt, along with a general earthiness, some chalk and a gentle, roasty character toward the finish. But it’s only mildly sweet and has a modest amount of citrusy tartness and some light, hoppy bitterness in the finish. On one hand, this balance is good because it’s fairly clean and doesn’t bog down on the palate. But on the other hand, the citrusy tartness makes it kind of an odd Märzen. Body is light-medium, but with soft carbonation and a clean palate, this beer has a nice mouthfeel. Could use a bit more body, but it’s a minor complaint. Overall, it’s not your typical Märzen, but it’s enjoyable and very drinkable.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The most beautiful amber/ruby colour. Amazingly full taste for a 5,2% beer. Rather sweet and malty, but with some proper bitterness in the finish. Not dry and bitter enough to be my favourite, but I believe this would be great with rich food and a bitter schnapps!
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via MrWalker. Clear dark copper pour with a fizzy one finger off-white head. Clean toasted and caramel malt nose with some grassy hop overtones. First thing I noticed- pretty highly hopped for an Octoberfest. Malty base is well balanced by the bright citric and floral hop character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with fizzy and prickly carbonation. A decent beer, but not the most classic of flavor profiles for an Octoberfest. The hops in this just play too great a role.
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small, offwhite head over chestnut brown body. Sweet fruity malty aroma with some roastiness and marzipan; also some hops. Sweetish, hoppy taste with nice roastiness, turning to burnt toast in the aftertaste. Very nice malty sweetness. Overall a very nice beer.
stouby (4062) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at Johan (040616).
Dark amber with a white head. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (brown sugar) and moderate hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated.
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light caramel nose, clear copper color, low lathery head. Honey malt body, broad dull hop bitter - peppery - that fillls the mouth after the swallow. Medium body. Gritty mouth feel. Good brew, man.
jonas (6099) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, tanned creamy low head.
Fruity malt and aromatic hop (pine) nose.
Light body, nice fruity/berrylike and aromatic, but also a bit unfortunate cardboardy malt note.
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Secret Santa Joss - you are the bestest Known Santa :-) Very light amber color, no head, soft carbonation. Light malt and honey nose. Herbal floral, malt in the middle, bitter, peppery finish - long lasting aftertaste.
ClarkVV (4208) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best before August 2005 33cL bottle consumed on 12/4/05. Sent to me from Bogdi1, thanks Juha!
Pours a deep cherry pie meat red, with some burnt ambers, light beige and auburns swirling about, and a mostly diminishing off-white head that is retained well at cover and provides ample lacing. Plenty of sediment in the bottle and appears to be bottle conditioned.
Aroma is sweet and creamy, with only light fruits (cherries, raisins, light berries) and mainly a sweet caramel and vanilla cream. Fresh toasted barley malts, with even some green, leafy, lightly spicy hops. Full and round, it’s one of those aromas that really fills up the senses. Flavor is unlike any other Oktoberfest I’ve had. Lacking the grainy, drying, bready maltiness that is so dominant to the style, this one has a more reserved, creamy sweetness, toffee and caramel with vanilla and a fair amount of hop flavor (green, leafy, lightly spicy floral notes). Moderate bitterness on end as well complements the creamy sweet malts. Relatively low roast character, a slight dark brown bread sort of aspect is passing, with more earthiness and light spice. Low, natural carbonation and a creamy, fluid texture. The hops are amped up a bit in this example, moreso than traditionally done, but not too much so that it ruins the balance. No alcohol apparency, surprisingly light yeast apparency.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark copper with a thin diminishing white head. Malty, somewhat roasted nose. Hoppy, earthy, refreshing flavour. Great bitterness.