beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from Mar 05 visit to Sac/Davis. Copper color with decent head. Sweet malty nose and flavor, but not over the top. Seemed kinda thin for a marzen. A good beer, but didn’t strike me as a wow-beer.
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a light amber color. Nose is sweet and malty. Flavor is malty and sweet. Has some sweet fruity qualities as well. well rounded marzen. One of the better ones that I’ve had.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
much better commercial beer than the GB, Nice toast and cramel malts some prune and date on the palate with a gentl vanilla hiding behind. soft and clean session beer well done.
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep copper hue. Sweet malt base (caramel), but it’s kind of subtle. Very toasty and bready. Healthy amount of bitterness. Dryish finish. Very easy to drink, but it’s also easy to read, so I lost interest fast. That said, it would still make a good session beer.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Safeway in Petaluma, CA) Right out of the starting gate, the aroma suggests a solid Marzen is about to please me to no end. It smells very malty, like taking a tour of a brewery, but not sweet or perfumy like so many others American entries in this category. And oh man, this tastes pretty damn good too. Very malty, again reminiscent of a brewery, like sampling some wort. It’s moderately sweet, but not sugary, which again seems to characterize so many others in the style. Mild bitterness lends some balance, but still allows the malt the spotlight. Medium to full bodied for the style with a full, round mouthfeel. Beautiful dark amber color, bordering on a light ruddy brown. Off-white head pours about an inch in height, and exhibits pretty solid retention, slowly receding to a thin topping and holding there. A big initial ring of lace is left on the glass, and then large patches decorate the glass under the top ring. This is a pretty damn good beer, worth buying more than just a single bottle, and I think I’ll start sending this out as bonus beers in my trades.
ChillCoat (1030) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 On tap @ the brewery. Fantastic glossy mahogany coloring. Somewhat thin malt taste with a lasting dryness. Not the best Marzen I’ve tried but far from the worst.
MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I was expecting more from this Marzen. It had a nice start. Very nice color and aroma. The first sip was disappointing. I expected more. I found it finished rather weak.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a nice head. Aroma has a nice maltiness to the typical lager-like aroma. Wonderful fruity flavor of figs and plums to go with a nice malt backbone. Just a little hop spiciness to make this a good all-round beer.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Excellent marzen, one of the best available. Fuller bodied than most marzens, which is why I like it. Great with pizza.
hershiser2 (1028) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not sure about this beer; I found it to be tasty at first sip, and go progressively bad as I continued to drink it. Very malty, but not even good malty- just kinda... bland.