Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap: Clear, light amber. Frothy yet quickly thinning head. Malts were far too sweet, in my opinion (cereal, caramel, sugar water), though its caramel aromas were kind of nice. Hops were very mild (light flowers), providing only a mild bitterness (not enough to balance out the sweetness). Decently made beer, overall, but not a lot of depth and too sweet.
unclemattie (4216) - Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 april 07. tap in the mall. light malt aroma. very balanced. rich malt flavor. perfect hop balance. light-medium bodied. very refreshing.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 28, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Marketing gimmick? Really? I didn’t notice. <rolls eyes> On tap at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. Poured a generic micro-brewish copper color with a paper thin white head that offered no lacing. The aroma was a bit of sweetness, no real spice. The flavor was thin with sweet corn coming through quite strongly. A metallic-microbrew finish. Uninspired.
DuffMan (6858) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 I’ve had this twice since my original rating (see below), and both times it has failed to impress in any way. Bland and stinky, not even much in the way of sweet maltiness. Dirty lines may be part of the problem.
ORIGINAL RATING: I had Biersch’s Marzen the day before I tried this on tap at Sin City in the Aladdin shops area, and this plays out more like a straightforward amber ale by comparison. It is fairly full-bodied with lots of toffee malt flavour and a hint of apple fruit. Very good (3.4).
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 11, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated copper orange colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was malty and sweet. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The thin metallic flavor contained notes of malt astringent and sweet. Not one that I would likely buy again.
PorterPounder (5589) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Canter’s Deli in the Treasure Island Casino, Las Vegas, Nv. Fresh lake water aroma, medium orange pour with a soft white head. Some citrusy notes are found with a hint of caramel. Some ripening vegetable notes in the back end. Decently thick mouthfeel with some stickiness. Pleasant diversion.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled this one on draught at the Sin City Brewing Company, which is not a brewery, but a draught oulet in the Aladin Hotel and Casino’s Desert Passage Mall. The beer is actually brewed at Gordon Biersch Las Vegas. This beer is a marzen/Oktoberfest by style, and it is a decent, domestic example of one. Pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color, with a thick white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with some nice aromas of toasty and nutty malt, paired with light hints of grassy hops. The palate is smooth and clean, with some good flavor of toasty and nutty malt. This beer finishes with more toasty and nutty malt up front, then ends with some good grassy hop bitterness to balance this beer out. A pretty straight foward example of marzen. Not the type of beer that is going to make a beer geek sit up and spin, but one a beer lover could enjoy. I would have liked a touch more malt character, but this being Vegas, and with the blazing heat, I enjoyed the fact that this beer was so drinkable, and still delivered some character and flavor. Worth a try if you are in Vegas.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
An amber lager? Whatever. Smells decent. Taste is definitely funky with the amber malt character and lager taste. Not real great. Had on tap at Trumpets.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the strip in Vegas. Pours a good dark clear copper color like an Amber should. This was a medium bodied, in fact, all body and very little taste.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
On tap at a "pub" at the Rio in Vegas. Why call this an amber? Aroma was somewhat light when first arrived cold, but soon became overwhelming with a sickly icky tone as it warmed. The flavor could not escape the odor, which my wife described as rancid-spit. I tried, but could not get close enough to it to finish the pint.