stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2004
A really nice example of the true Marzen style. Malty, but not over the top in flavor. Aroma is of toasty grains and malt. Color is spot on and is so clear one, can read the newspaper through a glass. Flavour is smooth and finishes slightly dry (true to style) A really nice job !!! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear, sparkly medium orange with a moderate layer of off-white head (receded almost completely after a minute). Aroma had smooth caramel maltage upfront with some floral/vegetal hoppage behind it. Flavor was very enjoyable... autumn-crisp caramel, noble hops, toasty grains, and just a hint of alcohol around the edges. Crisp, yet smooth on the palate, with a nice medium malt backbone. Fairly long finish with fresh caramel and light hop bitterness. One of the best Oktoberfests I’ve tried. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle @ Brad’s house. Pours a dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Caramel, toasty grainy, herbal, grassy aroma. Somewhat sweet but not cloying, caramel, toasty, straw, grassy, a touch fruity flavor that is well balanced and delicious. One of the better Märzens that I’ve had in a while. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Nice head with some retention. Very nice orange-red color. Hallerau aroma and some biscuit and honey. Taste is creamy malt. Fine for style, maybe on the big side. Very quaffable. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Rating #45. Clear amber/gold pour with a dirty white head. Nice caramely and light toast aroma. Nice and easy drinker, more sweet malt and toasted caramel. Good stuff. (2438)
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Amber pour, creamy head. Aroma of toasted grain, some light pears, caramel and honey. Smooth and toasted grain up front, caramel, fruity esthers. Pretty nice stuff for the style. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Take 2 after the last rate was erased by some glitch. Actually past of the Brewers Reserve Series. Bright amber color with a taller big bubbled ecru head. Aromas of toasted malt and toffee and a touch of diacetyl. Rich full flavored malt oozes out. But alas, a touch of diacetyl again. Sweetness well balanced by noble hops. I enjoy this very much as an amber. Lacks the crispness and cleanness of a classic lager. Still a solid effort. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 12oz bottle, 2005 release.portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Wow, some harsh reviews and score here. [ EDIT Nov 20th: I now realize all prior reviews refer to the 2004 release, while my rating refers to the 2005 release. ] The only thing I found to complain about was the odd vegetable odor in the aroma. Appearance is perfect for a fest -- briliant pale amber with a medium white head that fades into a whisp on top and a ring around the rim. Dead-on flavor with nice rich sweet caramel-like malt, lightly toasted grain, and light-to-medium hop bitterness. Solid mouthfeel with medium, almost thick palate. Improve the aroma and IMHO it’s easily a top-ten Oktoberfest.
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a soapy off white head that leaves a sudsy film. Aroma has malt a little sweetness and subtle hops and hidden fruit. Taste has gentle hop presence with malt and subtle sweet fruity nuttiness. Palate is thin with a creamy dry finish. Decent and straight forward. murphious2000 (36) - - AUG 28, 2014
Well done, for the boring style of "Octoberfest" beers that come out this time of year. Somewhat earthy yeast aroma upon opening bottle and pouring a thick head of off white foam. A very pleasant sweetness of malt in the first sip with maybe a little hop drying in the finish---very drinkable as all fest beers should be.