bhensonb (9866) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep, hazy orange body and a thin, and quick to fade off-white head. Aromas of candy corn, hay and grain. Fresh bagels and caramel. Light iodine on the aroma as well. Flavors of butter, light vegital, grainy, caramel. Not very clean. I do expect a lot better from Sudwerk. I am disappointed (they generally nail a lot of traditional styles). Diacetyl...really no other descriptor. Strong diacetyl. Lively bubbles. Sudwerks can and should do better than this!
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper edges and short lived tan head of loose foam. The light aroma is a mix of caramel, faint mineral notes and even fainter plum and cherry esteriness. The taste isn’t overly sweet, which I like. It offers up a touch of roasted malts, sweet malts and maybe a sweet biscuit note before thin layers of ripe plum, cherry and a slight mineral note come to the surface midway and into the finish. Pretty nice with a tasty balance.
marcus (5639) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark amber with an attractive beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.
blipp (5476) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
More like a bock to me than a marzen. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-caramel color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was bock like sour caramel and vegetal malts. The flavor was tangy sour caramel with vegetal malts and a vague fruity presence. Medium length tangy caramel and vegetal finish. Medium body and smooth. Ok.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. It is also bottled in 6 packs at the brewery to go. The aroma is rather sweet with more caramel malts and less roasted malts than the regular marzen. Some spicy notes are detected along with scant metallic hints. The aroma is a bit faint. Transparent amber body with a medium-small off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. Starts sweet and caramelly with some chewy maltiness. A good amount of fruity yeast esters then follow. Light nuttiness late with some more lingering sweetness. Ethanol is well-hidden, but this gets a bit cloying as the glass empties. Otherwise, this is fairly easy-drinking.
joeneugs (2616) - 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.
mjg74 (2431) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Bottle from Valley Farm. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of fruitiness. Flavor is fairly malty with a good amount of sweet. Finish has a little hop bitterness. Pretty rich and full bodies. Reminds me of a bock.
Blairgus (2213) - 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.