hman43 (381) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is weak, although I can whiff some bread and other malts. It is amber in color with a weak head. The bread and caramel taste is decent, but a bit more carbonation flavor is present than I would like.
AdamT (176) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from The Beer Store Wilson. Dark orange-reddish hue, murky clarity with mostly diminishing off-white fizzy head. Virtually no lacing. Sweet fruit aroma. Bland fruity taste up front with the same finish. As it wared there was more malt flavor on the finish. Lively carbonation on the palate.
scotchzombie (357) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange brown with a fast-fade-to-rim off white head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet bready malts and corn. Taste is sweet caramel and bread malts with noble hop bitterness. Thick, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Pretty representative Marzen-style. Quite decent.
rangerred (949) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep copperish-brown with a thin soapy head. No head retention at all and also no lacing. Pretty disappointing.
Aroma is an interesting mixture of caramel, vegetables, and metal. Some apple notes too.
The flavor is a little better but still an odd mixture of what seem to be off-flavors. Caramel and fruit are more pronounced with apples figuring in even more prominently. A touch of tartness with a bit of a chalky finish.
Overall, this beer just seems a bit "off". Not sure if it is a sanitation issue or a yeast issue but there are definitely off-flavors here. Really needs to be cleaned up.
tnkw01 (1176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Sodium amber color. Aroma is caramel, grains. Taste is caramel, but not too sweet and grains.
Westchesterco (1059) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear light amber color with a slight head. The aroma is sour apple the taste is a slight bitterness with black licorice overtones
Iphonephan (3534) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a hazy amber with an ecru head. Flavors of caramel. Medium bodied. Slight bitter finish.
BrettTaylor (521) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into shaker. Pours a reddish gold color with a 1 finger head which rapidly reduces to a skim. Aroma - lots of malt on the nose, some spiciness from the hops. Taste - lots of caramel initially, then some biscuit notes, a touch spicy, goes back to a nice caramelly finish. Nicely carbonated, with good finish and really pretty clean. This is a really nice marzen.
Emeister84 (1084) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of toast, dried fruit, caramel. Clear ruby with a somewhat lasting off-white head. Dry, toasty. Light-medium bodied, clean.
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good Marzen. Great autumn color and smell of bread and sweets. Taste was malty but well balanced.
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - SEP 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a reddish-mahogany color with tiny off white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is sweet of a brown caramel smell with a good deal of roasted malt mixed within. Some aromas of dark fruit mingle with the roasted and sugar smells as well as a bit of a spice and nut aroma to produce a rather nice marzen aroma.
Taste – The taste begins very mild with a bit of a caramel and darker fruit flavors as well as a bit of a bready taste and a very light roasted taste. As the flavor advances the sweetness gains a small amount of potency with more caramel coming to the tongue. While the sweetness only gains a light level of intensity the roasted gets quite a bit stronger with some lighter spice and nut flavors developing rather late. In the end a little bit of a yeasty and more sweetness of apple and caramel come to the tongue leaving a rather pleasant roasted and sweet flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather average. While the body is a bit thin, it does give the beer a bit more crispness which with the lighter flavors upfront create an easy drinking brew when combined with the average carbonation.
Overall – A rather tasty brew overall that has a decent flavor profile and a rather easy drinking feel.