mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Gold with a wek white head. A medium hop aroma with somewhat strong bitterness in the flavour. Finishes a little crudely and includes the taste of raw alcohol. Not worthwhile.
thedm (4869) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop marked lot 8366 poured a medium sized head of foam with a frothy top white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated and a good lacing. The mild aroma was malty orange peel and grassy. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt and hops. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again. An OK brew that could be a lot better and mnot what I would expect from this brewery.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 4, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a brassy gold with just the slighest hint of red and orange. White frothy head, thin, but long lasting. Aroma is wet grass, clay, vegetable hops, and hydro peroxide. Not all that enticing, but hell, its German. Taste is almost like water, but with a bit of acid and malt near the ending, with a hint of smoke. After another drink, seems watery with a hop dry ending. Tastes almost like somebody boiled hot dogs in water, added a little hops and alcohol, and bottled it. For a brewery with this kind of history, I’m disappointed they couldn’t make a better festbier.
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, suggesting this is an “export” version. That and the very light pour. Oddly, some floaties in the bottle, unusual for a German beer, I’d think. So we have something indistinguishable from a pale lager. Smell is kind of fusel-like. Well, this was an “end of code” special. Taste shows just a little bit of extra malt to it, but mostly seems gassy and hints at adjuncts. Maybe the stuff they pour in Germany is better than this, but this sample aptly demonstrates that “Reinheitsgeböt” is now just a suggestion.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light for a marzen, yellow in the glass with a pale aroma that doesn’t differentiate from the weihenstephaner lager. There’s even some soapy nose too. Metallic, sharp, and still a bit soapy. Disappointing given how much I enjoy their lineup.
drpimento (2086) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
You know, these new fangled blonde fest/marzens just don’t cut it with me. As a pale lager it’s not bad, not great, but not bad. As a fest, it’s the requisite malty, easy drinking beer. But the key red/Vienna malt thing is ignored. Oh well. Served with a nice, white, foamy, frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow gold. Aroma is a very mild malt. Flavor show’s a lot more hop (fest?) bitterness and good balance with the malt, so I have some decent bittersweet flav. Body is quite good and so is carbonation. Finish is quintessential pale lager. Session beer for a pale lager but NOT for a fest/marzen.
madquacker (1016) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty ordinary by the standards of this brewery. Flat and placid and watery/ blandish. Stay with their hefe.
Hansen (6164) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yellow and clear beer. White head. Easy to drink, easy to forget. Perhaps a little chalky feeling in the palate.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
One sniff and the skunk was obvious. Pale straw color with a big bubbled white head. Bubblegum, corn, almost spoiled lemon rind, all roiling under the beer. And I just bought this bottle...
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
ehhh, not the best. a light orange color with some head. flavor is well..... a light marzen flavor. not terrible, but not great.