ironprog (66) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, medium-amber color with a very small, light-tan head that dissipates quickly. Strong scents of caramel, toffee, and apricot. It is slightly sweet with flavors of toffee, apricot, and maybe a little orange peel. It has a medium body that is slightly creamy. Carbonation is average, with the finish being quick and on the bitter side. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I was not expecting too much from it. Certainly, not one of the best beers I’ve had, but definitely enjoyable.
edgallow (3743) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, floral and fruit. Taste is malty and bready.
Nels0wn (10) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The rye is quite distinct in the smell, as is malt. However, the scent is not as spicy/floral as a lot of its competitors.
The body is fairly light, and thus, it’s a very drinkable brew. The taste leaves something to be wished for as there isn’t much to it except malt. None of the complexity or subtlety that one might expect from a better example of the style.
Aggiebob (870) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Amber color with off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet flavor of caramel, toffee and some fruitiness.
DocLock (10081) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper pour with tan head. Some earthy, caramel, nutty, and toffee in the nose. Tastes like a standard marzen, with more nuttiness.
Earlier Rating: 9/23/2015 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle from Whole foods PM. The label looks a bit different. Pours hazy deep coppery toward ruby with frothy, off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, nuts, some hops. Tastes caramel malty, nutty, earthy, with some hops and dark fruit late.
ttoadee (1314) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour, quick tan head. Nose is malt. more sweet than bitter. Middle is malt syrup and roasted grain. Finish is sweet and bready. OK.
beer_rookie (445) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber color. Thick rich beige head, about two fingers. Very nice lacing.
Aroma is fruity, don’t know that I would call it apricot. Yeasty bread, and alcohol. It is earthy also.
Taste is a little caramel. A little more bitter than most marzens. Again it’s fruity, but don’t know that I would call it apricot. Yeah, if I smack my mouth enough, I can get apricot. It’s not super malty. Pretty well balanced. It leaves a metallic aftertaste. I can also taste the alcohol a little.
Mouthfeel is medium-full. Slightly bitter. Highly drinkable. A slightly oily feeliing.
Overall, I like it okay. It’s a little different, but that’s good. If you’re going to make the same ol, same ol, why bother. I think it could stand a little more of the apricot. The bitterness was unexpected, but it works okay. I like the marzen style a lot because of the sweeter malt heavy profile. But this isn’t bad at all. I think it’s worth a try.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bethesda Food and Beverage. Hazy golden body with medium head. Nose is sweet, floral, doughy. Taste is caramel, malts, sugar, honey, wheat. Quite nice. Enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 9/13/2015 Total Score: 3.3
On tap at ATR Bethesda. Nice amber body with slight head. Nose of caramel, toffee, coffee, some fruits. Taste also malty, caramel with fruits. And then a bitter finish. Quite enjoyable.
bvbunited (68) - Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer does not stand up to other Oktoberfest beer o would suggest going a different route
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the twelver of bottles (displayed at Jewel). Looks like autumn, kind of a brown/red/amber hybrid. Taste is malt, with some fall spices, a little warmth, but there is a bit of a commercial beer taste I couldn’t get past, not horrible, the 6.4% is good. Was ok ice cold with spicy food.