floydian1 (719) - FNQ Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 release on tap @ Redoak in Sydney (4.7% ABV). Pours clear light copper-brown with a decent sized off-white head. I get strawberries on the nose for some reason together with light toasted malts. Tongue is pleasant medium sweet malts with soft hop bitterness to finish. Smooth and very drinkable with a lowish carbonation and medium-light body. A fine dark lager for a session.
Stew41 (1572) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kinda weird but works ok. Palate showed good balance with the malts, medium weight, but also combined with a cheesy, pongy note. Fault maybe? I’ve marked it down as ’complexity’. Otherwise this beer reads well to the que card; toasty malt, moderate levels of bitterness and a firmness from the 6.2%. Almost like a bitter from the UK, putting the ABV to one side.
motelpogo (5530) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at redoak. copperish colour with a steady white head, aroma of caramel and tinned fruit. smooth mouthfeel, perhaps a little dry for the style, modest bitterness. pretty drinkable anyways
highlandlad (1376) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A sweet toffee-flavoured marzen - full of crystal malt I would guess. Quite liked it, although as Ecze observes, that crystal malt flavour has become a bit of a signature note here as it crops up in a lot of the range. This looked good, clear bronze with a thick, lasting head. Aroma seemed to be all toffee, with a smokey hint of peated malt (as used in the Scottish and Scotch ales?) Mainly toffee again on the tongue, with some star anise. Quite a phlegmy bitter finish that verged on the cloying. One of these was enough for me. (Draught at brewpub)
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear dark amber, small but lasting head. Toffee aroma. Strong butterscotch flavour. Sweet with fairly soft mouthfeel. Roasty and quite thick with a fair amount of grassy hops and notes of licorice. Complex and interesting, but more of a bock than a Märzen.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Redoak. Looks good, had a massive solid head. Loads of Munich malt flavour without being cloying or sweet at all really, but slightly marred by a bit of oxidation. Regardless, it impressed me a great deal, in a straighforward kinda way. I’ve never had a Märzen which tasted all that strongly of Munich malt (as I know it,) but this works well. (Interesting that eczematic says basically the complete opposite!)
eczematic (1304) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
i dunno why they bother having oktoberfest, vienna, and "märzen" - along with the bock that = a lot of sweet 6%ish lagers. in fact i’ve noticed that if there is a trend at this place it is towards SWEET beers - perhaps designed to saccharify their way into the hearts of CBD ladies and the gents that want to buy them beers. look through the lineup - nothing over 30 IBUs, everything either caramelly sweet or adulterated with chocolate, fruit, christmas spices, etc... anyway. this beer is not my thing - amber, cloyingly sweet, full of crystal malt and not much else. slight peppery bitterness bubbles up through the syrup at the end. they don’t seem to have the knack of getting maltiness without sweetness here.
Sully (1378) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good look in the glass with its fine coppery hue and clean head. I left this for a while while the lovely Janet poured me a taster of the Dunkel as an aperitif. During that time it settled down a fair bit from the initial creamy head to a reasonable, lets say, horizonatal lacing (actually I like that term). The nose is a very toasty maltiness with a touch of bublegum that is not necessarily a bad sensation. The flavour is malty and assertive on the palate and in mouthfeel. Good bitter aftertaste and a fine balance. Janet advises me she will try to extract the hop variety used by the brewer Dave as soon as she can. What a difference a good barside manner makes to the enjoyment of a beer and always it is a pleasure to meet a gorgeous lady who loves her beer.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Redoak. Clear copper colour with a lasting creamy head. Wonderful aroma of cooked grains (porridge?), also some peach. Damned if my nose couldn’t quite put the finger on this one. Quite a well balanced flavoured, a little on the salty side, with a caramelly malt aftertaste tinged with an alcohol bite. A very smooth palate, but with a hearty medium body providing a solid, satisfying aftertaste. A great seasonal beer this one, which will satisfy all year round.