hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy caramel color with very small white head and minimal lacing. Caramel, malt, and bread aroma. Sweet coffee/chocolate flavor. Medium bodied with very little carbonation and a very smooth finish. Somewhat watery, but not a bad beer.
swoopjones (4890) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. flip top. Weissenohe Monk’s Fest label. Typical amber brown marzen pour, caramel malt aroma, earthy, bready. taste was bready, biscuity, caramel malts with a strange peppery flavor. differnt & average at best
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 weissenohe monk’s fest marzen, 500ml, bottle conditioned. a treat to find such a thing. into a ceramic mug stolen from a zoigl stube. vienna and munich malt nose (toffee, caramel, honey, vanilla - mild). yeast seems to impart some fruit-forward esters in the aroma (red apple skin, marachino cherry, overripe pear and grape). apple and grape-juice sweetness up front is held inside loosely by a medium-light body and light to low natural carbonation. I think my biggest complaints are lack of crispness (the grape and plastic sugar quality seems to mute what crispness there is) and the mild/low carbonation (like many british bottles). not that I want more effervescence in something like a marzen, but I want carbonation in a form other than lifeless. that with a crisp malt edge and a touch less sweetness would have me smitten. as it stands in bottle form it just isn’t anything close to a great beer.
JohnnyJ (3889) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden amber pour, white head. Dusty malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and very light hops.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours dark straw w 2f ow head. Nose is wheaties, grainy, earthy hops. Tastes of earthy malt, fruit, slight hops, and some metallic off notes. Mediocre.
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Toffee and unmalted grain nose. Dingy golden, medium yellow head, fizzy. Toffee and tea flavor. Kibble finish. Fairly unique, not unpleasant. Alcohol somewhat noticeable.
drjay44 (2334) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thin short lived off white head, over a slightly hazy, many particled, amber (SRM 8) body.....nose is heavy with malt, cereal (Grapenuts), toffee/ caramel.....taste is heavy cereal/malt to start, then slight spice bitterness to finish, dry throughout.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. This is a fairly typical example of the style with the malts dominating throughout. BJCP 6/2/13/4/6
SaintMatty (4277) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Metallic aroma with toffee, nuts and dried fruit. Fruity and slightly sweet taste with malt, dried fruit and creamy fudge.
mjs (3994) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle at Drink, Tallinn) Poured copper coloured and clear with medium sized and white head. Aroma contained caramell and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramell, molasses, mild roastedness, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter.
FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (Alko, Tallinn)
Golden brown, tight head. Really rich grainy, slightly husky aroma, a
few orangezest and other fruity esters there too. Pleasant
carbonation. The aroma was good preparation for the taste, in the
mouth there’s a lovely deep bitter presence in the retronasals, and
then on swallowing you realise this is jam-packed full of grainy malts,
a really full marzen. And I don’t mean ’malts’ as in sugar, like
fucked up US beers, I mean the malted grains - this is actually quite
dry. The bitterness gives clues that there’s some roastiness too, and
in the finish I even get a cocoa-like roasted hint (though perhaps
more kamatahvelly than real chocolate). Full flavoured and thirst
quenching - that’s what a beer should be like.