Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip glass. Amber color with a half finger of head.
Nose full of grain, barley, malt and honey. Rich smelling, just like it should be.
Rich taste too. Malty, sweet, a biting bitter at the end.
Crisp, moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
The taste and the body are excellent. The combination of the malty taste with the crisp body create an amazing experience. After four years of living and drinking my way through Germany, I can confidently say this is probably the best non-Bavarian Oktoberfest beer that I have had.
slowrunner77 (6637) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
stronger than their traditional marzen...and consequently less traditional...but a good solid toasty brew. Malts of caramel and bread, very light citrus. Nice if not terribly exciting.
loubar (145) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Whole Foods. Amber pour with a red tint. No head. Nose of toasted malt. Taste of caramel, toast and subtle spices. Sweet, but not overbearing. Earthy malt, hop bitterness and the alcohol give a rich, crisp flavor. I’m no authority on Marzen but this is delicious.
Teddlet (12) - Magalia, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fun take on a classic style, starts out with a dry toasted malt before a malt sweetness comes in from behind to create refreshing quaff.
MikeJslc (767) - USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper, clear, off-white head. Bready Munich malt, nutty notes, malt balanced, clean.
chinchill (2719) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Barrel Republic.
Appearance: Medium amber with a sudsy off-whitehead that leaves streaks of lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Surprisingly hoppy; although this is mild (and Piney), I expect the malts to dominate. .
Flavor: Very good sweet/bitter balance. Mild hopping yet relatively piney/hoppy flavor for style.
Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp.
O: a West Coast Marzen.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with a red tint. No head. Aroma of toasted malts. Flavor is somewhat complex for a Marzen. Notes of spices, plums, brown sugar. Sweet, but not overbearing. Slight bitterness in the finish. Not bad.
joeneugs (3845) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is toasty malt with light notes of honey and fruit. The flavor is complex toasty malt with a dry, spicy noble hop finish. Full bodied and satisfying. Clean and finishes dry as a bone. A lot like their regular Marzen. Love it.
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a small store in Woodland, CA. As Fest Harvest Lager (7.5%). Pours clear darkish copper with a transient beige head. Malty aroma. Med + body. Flavor is dark roast malt - black or near it , but roasty - with something suggesting earth/herb hop. Seems mildly spicy. Flavor is quite strong, so this is arguably an exceptional marzen.
Blairgus (3009) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
14 Feb 2013, bottle. light orange/dark pink, faintly hazy, thin foamy head. nose is sweet, wet bread, maybe faint banana, some yeast. thin body and fizzy. some yeasty notes, red ale malt, slightly toasty. nicer taste than aroma. decent.
blipp (6671) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First rating of 2013. Thanks to my girlfriend Ashley for bringing this back from California. Pours hazy amber with a thin beige head. Malty, as expected, with a level of sweetness appropriate for the style. Some light toasted malts, odder fruity-ish notes, and lighter flowery notes. Well balanced and pretty drinkable.