jb (3445) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2017
Nice, not true to style, more of an amber, and possibly an ale, don't get that crispness out of it. Seems to use the german malt, recognize the taste from a couple locals that claim to use German 2 row malt. But anyways it is quite delicious no off taste, just don't expect it to remind you of a German Oktoberfest. Appearance is dark reddish, thick head, some retention, some thick lace. ehaak26 (748) - - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Nice caramel and toffee malt aromas. Sweet taste. ebone1988 (2223) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is roasted grain, almost chocolatey, tobacco, earthy hop, very different. Appearance is brown amber, light tan head, decently hazy, considering the style. Taste is robust roasted grain, earthy hop, slight fruit, floral, not caramel or anything like that but really just mostly a roasted taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, robust grainy floral earthy aftertaste. Overall, this is quite strange for the style. A lot of flavor, but I am not sure it is the right flavor. koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2017
On draft at Dan's Downtown Tavern. The pour is a darker golden orange with a thicker light tan head and a pretty good lace as it recedes. The aroma is interesting. There is a strong malt and a decent caramel with a strong metallic sweetness. The malts are surprising. There isn't a lot else aside from the malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of metallic malts. The flavor is much of the same. The sweetness is big with a light maltiness and a sweet caramel with the light metallic sweetness on the back end. This just isn't that great. The mouth feel is lighter with a bright-ish carbonation and a lingeringly sweet malt and hint of caramel on the back end. This just isn't what I'm hoping to see. 6 4 7 4 14 oobawa (1858) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Good American marzen, with deep veins of caramel and toffee swirling around mild apple and tea-like undertones and a firm but restrained hop finish. Caramel apple nose, pretty red-brown pour with a moderate head and minor lacing. Creamy texture makes for easy sippin’.
chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2017
12 oz 2017 bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours with a reddish brown body that is dark for style. Likewise or the tan head. Decent lacing.
This is an American style version, not German, with bolder flavor and, I think untraditional malts. Mildly bitter and less drinkable than a traditional marzen. crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2017
355ml bottle as Oktoberfest Beer, 7.5%. Also, this is a summer, not winter seasonal now. in the top 50? We will see, I have never had a really decent lager from dark horse really, they make a malt liquor that is really an ipl that is okay but.... This is a super dark but clear pour on an okto, foamy off-white head. Aroma starts very noble hoppy then recedes into a supremely malty scent. Toasty for sure, some caramel, graham cracker, even pumpkin beer character. Flavor is so damned brewpubby. It has notes of cinnamon and toffee, heavy bitterness for the style, bit of chlorine, boozy, finish is pickly with notes of pencil shavings. This is a mess of an oktoberfest. For the umpteenth time fuck beer nerds and their diabetic/alcoholic palates. drsordr (2925) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Draft to pint at cappy’s pour murky opaque light brown with thin tan head. Nose caramel malts and toffee, light spice. Taste caramel, green apple, and light bitterness late. Not my favorite style. superspak (6208) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2016
12 ounce bottle into mug, bottled on 8/11/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing cling on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, herbal, wood, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, herbal, wood, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light dryness from bitterness/roast as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this a very nice imperial Marzen. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This felt closer to a traditional bock due to the light roasted character that was present; but still very enjoyable all around. arkurzynski (2460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2016
My number one want when I started on Ratebeer...Deep reddish orangish brown. Biscuity, toasty, caramel malt. Flavor follows with uber-Special B. Raisin toasted malt, burnt biscuit, caramel, and molasses. Strong ale barley-wine esque. Not expected but good.