jinroh (2470) - ESTONIA - NOV 2, 2017
Pours dark copper, some beige foam on top. Lots of sweet caramel in the nose, caramel jam. Taste is heavy, sweet but not really cloying, just heavy. Hops are coming out in the finish. Sweet wavy hoppy Oktoberfest beer, I can imagine this style to be a predecessor for IPA styles according to old stories (if I remember them correctly that is). Nsanders (1190) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Bottle. Red brown with off white head and decent lacing. Strong caramel and biscuit aromas with baked apple and grassy notes. On the sweetener side, but not over powering and has a slight dryness in the finish. Slight sticky feel. Tasty Oktoberfest offering. GregMooreNH (273) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2017
Pours chestnut with a slight head with nearly no lacing. Aroma is plum and a hint of toffee. Taste is sweet raisin that adds a smidge of cinnamon. Aftertaste is smooth and without hoppiness. A great marzen, one of the best around. rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2017
bottle. deep amber with one finger head. somehow i've missed this one the last several years, so i was excited to pick this one up given the very high ratings. strongly malty body with sweet caramel and toffee. toasty, a bit of dark fruit. surprisingly underhopped for the style. was a bit underwhelmed -- it's just a beer, and doesn't have a lot of marzen character. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle undated. Deep unfiltered garnet. Fat cap of custard foam holds well. Sloppy aroma of concord grape jelly, wet dark break, concrete, raisin, Twizzlers candy, molasses, and cola. Hints of DMS and chalky roast. Soft carbonation. Full bodied. Initially fuzzy and heavily sugary, with faint DMS swirled with cola-like sugars and strong concord jelly notes. Starchy malt and unrefined wet bread flavors unfold amid sharper char notes which dispel any malt purity that might arise. Clash of roast and sugar, along with the unchecked esters of rum-soaked plums which reach medicinal levels, only add unnecessary girth to the overcrowded body. Alcohol punishes the tongue as the sugars continually escalate. Candy apple notes and papery malt exacerbate the impurities, and the malt is one dimensional, overly kilned and sharp with zero nuance or texture. Wet and incessantly sugary finish is medicinal and tangy, with plums and candy apples lingering alongside fuzzy DMS notes. Upon first whiff this had "drain pour" written all over it, and sure enough in the mouth it’s all sugar and the obligatory malt purity is nowhere to be found. Hardly a märzen, but even by bock standards, which this certainly is stylistically closer to, this is severely under attenuated and just really difficult to stomach. An aimless monstrosity.
jcr (2785) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle. Deep amber/light brown body. Frothy, light beige head, lasting. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, candy sugar, overripe dark fruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/lightly sticky texture, lively carbonation. A dark, malty beer. Taste of roast, caramel, toffee. Light plastic and raw graininess in the finish. Unlike any fest beer I've had. The roast really throws this off. And then there's untamed sweetness that lasts through the finish. JPDIPSO (6300) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 11, 2017
Brown liquid with a hint of orange when held to the light. Moderate sized light tan colored head. Sweet grainy scents, with some dark corn syrup and sorghum. Smells a bit more like a hearty brown ale than a clean Oktoberfest. Sweet flavors from the start with some prunes and dark fruit. Herbal/woody bitterness. Not much of an Oktoberfest and too sweet and nearly cloying to be a crisp fall quaff.
Atom (2599) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2017
12oz bottle pours a clear dark amber/brown with a large khaki head. Aroma is very fruity berries, strawberries and raspberries, with underlying caramel and toffee malt. Very fruity flavors similar to aroma with caramel and toffee malts light hop and yeast on the finish. Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Twelve ounce bottle from Party Town, tasted on September 29, 2017. Dark amber color, good toasted malt aroma, pungent malty taste--maybe a bit too pungent but a good beer overall. Not quite worth the $11.99 six pack price but relatively few beers are. tmoreau (4750) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2017
On tap at Ellyn's Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. served as a 5 oz. taster showing a clear, brown/amber color, with a presentable layer of light tan froth that reduced to a persistent ring, with ribbons & spots of lacing. The nose was toasted, almost roasted, touches of cocoa & vanilla, and caramel & toffee sweetness. The taste was similar, better than medium bodied, with good carbonation, a roasted & earthy bitterness that lingered, and slightly parched on the finish. Not so much a Marzen, but I appreciated the subtle warmth and bold nature.