FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Date of 03.13.07, Sampled September 2007
The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, large bubbled, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue that visually shows a light carbonation. The aroma is quite malty and even somewhat sweet. Aromas of caramel, browned bread crust, touches of brown sugar, biscuits and a definite sweet, slightly caramelized malt character.
Much drier tasting than the aroma would have suggested, but it still manages to have a fairly substantial body and even some palate coating character to it. The malt character is definitely dominant here, but there is a fair amount of hop contributed flavor as well. The hop character provides a solid, yet not overwhelming bitterness in the finish, as well as a herbal, not quite minty character in the finish as well. The herbal hop note actually is found throughout the flavor profile, it just becomes more noticeable towards the finish, and in fact lingers on in the palate (as does the bitterness) quite a long time after the beer has left my mouth. Lest I forget the malt influence, it is definitely here and fairly substantial. It is not overly sweet, yet does provide a richly caramelized maltiness, a crusty rustic bread flavor, a touch of toasted flavors.
This is quite tasty, and it seems to be another beer that is growing on me more as I work my way through the bottle. The aroma of this beer really starts to open up even more after warming up a bit; it becomes quite a bit more complex in its malt character, with even some aromatic notes reminiscent of honey. The flavor too picks up a flavor depth and richness as it warms as well. Overall this is a really great drinking beer. I haven’t really had these beers in years, but used to really enjoy my visits to the pub in the 90s.
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very grainy wheat aroma. And there is tons of maltiness in the beer. Some caramel in the aroma. Drinkable, and really pretty good.
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer on the Wall, which has become a favorite of mine due to the rapidly rotating inventory, fair shipping rates, and sturdy, reshippable cardboard boxes that they ship with. This one pours chill hazy deep copper with minimal head. Aroma is caramel malt, slight brown sugar, toffee, and red wine grapes. Tastes caramel malty for the most part, with notes of berry, brown sugar, almond, walnut, and cabernet.
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber with thin lacing. Dark pitted fruits are sensed via olfactory and tastes of maltiness and nutiness. A nice lager.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. .3L sample size. Slightly toasted malty sweet aroma with some metallic notes present as well. Do I detect some chocolate malts as well? Aroma is a touch faint. Transparent amber color with a small, off-yellowish head that is rather quickly dissipating. Slightly sweet, doughy, toasty maltiness present to start. Light hoppiness to finish. Rich, chewy, drinkable. Tasty, with a lightly drop hoppiness in the end.
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich malty aroma. Amber color with a fine white head. Starts with smooth malt. Followed by carbonation and a hint of roasty malt, finishing with carbonation on the tongue and more malt. Struggling to find the hops, if any. Better than Bud. Much better.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THis is quite tasty for the style. Rich smooth and malty, with just a hint of honey sweetness. Pours a deep amber coloring with a brilliant tan head, that fades into some bubbly fizz. Easy to drink.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Auburn ruby, thin head, light lacing. Nose of light sweet caramel and grassy hops. Very faint. The flavor is moist like wet dog and underhopped malt; light sweetness. The finish is tinny and watery, needs either more body or more sweetness, but I think that’s synonymous with this one.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color and nice lacing. That’s about all I can say that’s good. Taste is bland, mouthfeel is a little weak, aroma is non-existent. Not very impressive. Aftertaste is on the malty side, which is good too. I’ve had better marzen’s.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this! Aroma is very malty and nutty. So far so good. The color is an orangish/amber color with a off-white head with tons of little bubbles. Taste is malty, slightly nutty and overall very pleasing. Very nice beer!