ElGaucho (2229) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness. Brownish red in color with a light brown head. No lace and very little head. Started out a little sketchy, but grows on you as it warms. I coughed by accident while sipping this brew and a little went down the wrong pipe. As it did I had a discernable cookie taste cross my palate. Has a unique flavor; unrefined but drinkable. Mild hoppy finish. Behind Schmaltz' Alt and a couple of others in the Schell's lineup but definitely in the top half.
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filtered bright auburn. Medium sized, dwindling dusty-white bubbles. Aroma of soggy bread, toffee, and zippy hops. Traces of toasted malt, apple, chocolate, and concord grape. Spongy carbonation. Airy body. Initial prune-like acidity is thwarted just in time by a bursting medley of American hops and nutty malts. Medicinal undertones with a dryish middle. Finishes sweet and sour with a Caramel malt/Pale malt concoction and a smidgeon of bright, leafy hops. Cascades for a Märzen? Very drinkable, considering its unique spin on the style.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange hue with okay head and some lace. Aroma of buttered toast, caramel, aromatic hops, light citrus. The taste is a bit weak, the malt isn't as forceful as I like and the hops seem too American. Thin-bodied with a watery and fizzy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, a marzen for the start of the night. Okay dispite the flaws.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hazy rusty amber color with a finger high head of off-white fluffly foam that fades to a thin ring and drippy translucent lace.
Aroma is great once it warms up some with a nice little toastyness playing over a subdued malty sweetness, some dried wood and ripened dull fruity notes. Taste is very subdued, lightly sweet and partially toasty malts with some very light factions of herbal hops, finishing crisp and clean with a small bite and lingering creamy sweetness that lightfully sticks around awhile. Feel is a bit on the lighter side, quite close to medium, smooth and moderately creamy, and very drinkable; a decent O'fest but could use more toastyness in the flavor dept in my book.
badgerben (4491) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Well it's not too bad. More watery than I was expecting, but not so much so that it ruins the beer. Certainly a malt flavor. Hints of hops. Nothing so spectacular to set it apart from others.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew had a rich amber color with a moderate head but not much lacing. Malty and slightly fudge aroma-spicy hoppiness. Very smooth and medium bodied, slightly acidic with some chocolate in the finish.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice Marzen, but not a spectacular one. Lacks any real malt emphasis or defining flavor, and the nose is lacks any real "presence" in the beer.
Crit (3369) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber,lasting off white head. Small intense bead. Light fruit malt nose.Exceptionally light malt profile. Underflavored
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hoppy Americanized Okto that’s light on the sweet malt that I usually enjoy. This style fails repeatedly to impress me. I’m disappointed how overtly bitter this is.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I managed to get the last six pack in the store.these guys do a nice job on there beer’s nice color,definate malt flavor with slight hop finish.Well done for american