Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 01/18/02: I must admit that for many years paulaner has been my favorite brewery, but I think their beers have slipped the last couple of years?
Pours a nice clear brown, the head is beige, generous with sheets of lace. Aroma of the malt, the brewers care are in the nose. Start’s sweet, the middle light, clean and crisp, the finish is nicely hopped, and some what dry, acidic with light to moderate carbonation. Still a top notch beer, but as the Belgium Ales have won my heart and palate these beers are less and less a favorite, more’s the shame I guess.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2002
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
My bottle does state this is an Oktoberfest-Marzen. Regardless, I hated this crap. The bad smell and thick liquid disgusted me.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I smelled this one the moment I got the bottle at arm’s length. Nice malty smell and intial taste. That grows quickly into a somewhat harsh, molasses-type taste that I don’t like as much, however. Still, this is interesting from start to finish. Need more experience with this style before I can say how it compares to others.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/12 Rated this either 4.5 or 4.6.
12/14. Definitely dont like this that much. Still a nice caramel flavor and quite easy to drink but doesnt taste as great anymore. I guess my taste buds have matured somewhat.
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2001
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Bottle (Jun/07 production). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, cereal. husks), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with a note of detergent. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A seriously uneventful sample...low on aroma, flavor, or enticement. Some off notes. Not good.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2001
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer has great color and a smooth malty taste which is conducive of the style. However there is a little less carbonation than what would be expected and virtually no aroma. A decent attempt, but not my favorite octoberfest.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Sticky and somewhat toffeeish. Pleasantly hoppy and toasty with wonderful caramel notes from the Munich.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a huge marzen fan, but this seems to be a pretty good example of the style. Like the malts, good balance with the malts on here.
HighlanderOne (989) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 RERATE 10/2003 - Just had one under the 'Marzen' name and was impressed. Nice, spicy, malty smell. Fresh and bold flavor - malty and spicy. Darker than most fest beers, I think. Felt great going down and finished nicely. One of the best Oktoberfest beers I've tried.
Harsh smell, and flavor a little strong on hops, but otherwise OK. There are beter choices out there.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
aroma and appearance are great, however the flavor and palate just don’t follow through. unlike some of the other raters, the balance of hop/malt seems off to me.