omhper (25250) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2003
Bottled. Pale brown with beige head. Citrusy hops up front. Fruity, malty and soft with loads of cookie malt. Quite bitter fruity finish. Very hop accented, but with good balance. Not even remotely similar to German oktoberfests, but a great beer. Tmoney99 (14615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Draft at Dark Horse.Dark amber hue with a moderate off-white head that diminshed slowly with good lacing. Roasted sweet aroma. Medium body. Good well balanced flavor with a dry smooth long finish. crossovert (13080) - 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. deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Poured an amber orange with a beige head. Aroma was full of grainy and malty notes with a light floral undertone. Flavor was nice with a bready touch with and undertone of citrus hops. Amazingly smooth on the tongue. KyotoLefty (10311) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle. Pretty reddish brown color with a thick, bubbly head. Malty nose, fudge, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel. Toasty, crackery malt flavor, charred toast, caramel, chocolate. Big malt is very tasty. This is basically an toasty amber doppelbock. Very nice, but not fair to compete it against other marzens.
arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, slightly hazy reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, some bread, hints of earth, spice, some yeasty notes as well. Taste was a mix of grass, bread, biscuit, dough, yeast, some slight toast, cracker, caramel, hints of grass, spice, finishing slightly bitter. Pretty tasty, no sign of the 8% and the flavors are pretty classic for Marzen styles. drfabulous (8092) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Draught at Beer Trappe. Caramel and toffee to some extent. Mild in taste. Finish is slightly sweet. Nice. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 2003 bottle. WOW. Bottle conditioned, hazy, dark brownish-tan with some light oranges. Good oatmeal colored head. Aroma is crisp, hoppy (quite a bit of bitterness) and has a hint of red raspberry. Opens up with a flavor so fresh, it dosent even taste bottled. Pure, clean spicy hops, full bodied, with plenty of toasted malt goodness. No harsh dry tones, no astringency, just incredible flavorful beer. If I was rating to style, this wouldnt get many points as it is very hoppy (too high alpha hops content for a marzen) but hell, this tastes so good, I dont care what style it is. Pure milk chocolate on the finish that lingers on. kaser (6314) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Dark orange pour from draft at local option. White creamy head. Malt and grass almost pumpkin taste. Very good. One of the better octoberfest I have had superspak (5682) - 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.