Bull Falls Marathon Superfine Old Lager

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 2.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
The Bull Falls brewer has brewed this classic Golden American Lager according to the ingredients specified in the historical Marathon Brewing Company’s log book dating to 1954. It is an American-Style Premium Lager brewed with 20% corn. Golden in color and lightly hopped make this beer a classic American brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4921) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2016
16 ounce can from the Eagle River, WI Trig’s, consumed cold sometime over July 29th-31st. Several of them, actually. I did drink one of them, or at least part of one, out of a glass, and it poured a reasonable straw-gold color with a bit of lasting snowy head...nose is grainy, certainly corn is evident in the sweetness, but it’s not overpowering, and there’s a freshness to it and, dare I say, perhaps a hint of resinous hops in there somewhere...pretty solid pale malt character in the body, again just a hint of hops which lets ya know you’re not drinking some macro pretender, this really is "premium" lager with a richer and fuller mouthfeel and just more general heft than you’d get from those older brewers using the watered-down versions of those 60-year-old recipes. This is pretty close to the real deal, which doesn’t mean it’s awesome or anything, but merely solid and eminently drinkable and unflawed. I don’t think Bull Falls is currently available in the southern part of the state, which is a shame, but I’ll look for them next year when I head to the north woods again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Bacterial (2949) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Pour from a tallboy can, thanks to Skyview for the sample! Corn and malt nose. Taste starts off just fine but rapidly moves metallic and dirty-penny.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BVery (10051) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Hated this. Clear pale yellow pour. Small white head. Buttered popcorn, almost boozy, not good at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
romymouse (2) - antioch, California, USA - SEP 14, 2011 does not count
Tastes just as good as the original in 1954. Nice, all-around beer for everyday.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2011
On tap at Bull Falls. Poured clear, bright, almost watery golden with a sticky, stark white head. The aroma picked up lemon zest over pale and honeyed malts.. clean, with a little more lemon as it warmed. The flavor found more honey at the core, with lemon zest and white pepper laced throughout.. heavier sweetness and meaty lemon as it progressed.. spicy and engaging. Light-bodied and refreshing on the palate.. higher carbonation.. easy-drinkin’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2009
On draught at the main beer stand during Marathon Fun Days near downtown Marathon City, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden pale colored brew with an average off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of golden gain malt, a hint of corn, some grassy hops, a touch of crystal malt/hops and some very faint white pepper. Taste is light bodied, some carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt, grassy hops and a touch of mineral water. Finish is semi-dry with a crisp aftertaste that quickly disappears. For a revived historical mid 1950s recipe this beer was a pleasant surprise.

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