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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 026: Almond Marzen Project

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Beer Camp #26 April 2010 ABV 5.6 IBU 29

This unusual beer is based on a traditional German-style Märzen lager, but with an added twist—the addition of Maisie Jane’s locally grown almonds during fermentation. It is a polished copper color with delicate and sweet lager aromas. The flavor is an interesting mix of moderately sweet toasted malt with hints of marzipan and roasted almonds coming through in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
On tap from notes, Sierra @ Sierra. Really excited about this one considering who helped make it. Pours out a very nice copper/orange hue, great retention, looks like a marzen to me. The nuts is what I was hoping to detect, but didn’t get too much in the nose, some slightly sweet caramel notes. Palate is super clean, maybe the almonds gave the outside edge a smooth/creamier texture, but still left a crisp clean finish. Really fun seasonal, it would have been fun in a beer camp seasonal pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum SN event. Orange pour with little to no head. Light nutty malt aroma. Light nut, clean and crisp tasting brew, sessionable, however not a whole lot of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
on tap at papago 7/28/10. looks like a marzen... orange-y brown with an off white head. yeasty nose mixed with grass, nuttiness, caramel, grain and straw. the flavor is the same but it has an almond paste-ish thing going on, some herbal hops and a yeasty bitter finish. it is medium bodied but lacks the crisp-ness and drinkability i like from the style. 7/3/7/2.5/14/3.35

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Draft @ Rattle & Hum. amber pour. notes of caramel malts, mild bitterness. Almond nuttiness. Nothing outstanding but nice interpretation of the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Deep gold pour with a small head. Aroma of toasted nuts, marzen, sweet caramel and light spice. Flavor is dominated by almond extract. Good, but I was hoping for something more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a clear gold color. Nose is malty. So somewhat typical marzen wouldn’t have picked out the almond flavor but i do tasted it. A bit sweet, with some bitterness in the finish. 

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Nutty dry and light malt tones. Very neutral. A modest bitter note, just a nice clean drinkin brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head. Light almond nuttiness. Sweet and toasty. Slightly acrid flavors, like nut skins. Toast and sweet nuttiness on the finish. Not so good. Very astringent bitterness sort of unbalanced it all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (3002) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Draught from Rattle & Hum. Poured an oragish brown with mild head. SOme almond aroma and such, some piney hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a clear copper ok thin head. Aroma is mostly straight forward- toasty nutty light vienna malts, slight biscuit, earth and herbal hops. Flavor is light mineral, mostly nutty doughy fresh malts, a bit on the thin side, only slight hints of almond or marzipan- but I may not have picked that up if I hadnt been influenced by the name. Crisp and clean in the end- nice.

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