jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light orange with small white head. Better than I expected and actually liked to more than the Sam Adams version. Decent Oktoberfest.
Kevin (2028) - Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear tan orange with a thin white grey head. sweet cotton candy aroma that is very malty. rough grain taste at first that lingers even after. in fact rough grain is the primary flavor hop finish that is interesting. kind of citrusy with caramel and a bit earthy.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear, deep orange/golden color, too light for the style, head is off-white. nose is moderately doughy, slightly caramelly. flavor is slightly citrusy and a bit toasty in the finish and aftertaste. not nearly enough substance to this example of an O’fest.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light orange body with a film of bubbles. Nose-sweet malt, sawdust. Taste-black pepper, citrus, wood, slight acid, soy sauce, and unrefined sugar. Bitter weird aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronze color with a moderate, mostly diminishing, somewhat fizzy beige colored head. Aromas of caramel, dry malt, sulfur, mild floral and light fruit aromas. Not very clean and toasty for an marzen. Although it does say marzen-style ale? My history is likely off, but aren’t marzens, lagers that are made in March and stored and cellared until the fall. So was this an ale made and march and aged until now? Fairly thin and spritzy in feel. Mild toffee and somewhat nutty in flavor. Really not to bad, but the thinness in body make this a nutty amber ale.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This just arrived in Iowa and I got a six pack. Bright medium orange body with a fairly thick head. The aroma is light caramel and some sweat socks. There is also a little bit of apple cider and dry leaves. The taste is fairly dry with caramel and some light apples. There are also some walnuts. A clean finish. This is a decent marzen, but could use a little more body.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New offering from Shiner. They claim to be doing some new offerings leading up to their 100th year. Not bad a example of the style- I know they have a new young brewer after the old man left. So maybe, they will be trying some intersting styles. This one has the required amlt profile with very little hop character.