Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the bottle a clean red-orange color with a very bit fluffy, white head that is thick and stick around for a good amount of time. Nose is overall kinda faint. The lager yeast provides a typical lager yeasty nose, mild Vienna toasted malt presence, rye is very faint with a light spicy noble hops nose. Flavor has a very solid toasted malt presence, lots of solid rye note to compliment the toasted notes, hops is very earthy with a spicy noble hops presence toward the end. Moderate to heavy body with a very clean and crisp texture and low, fine carbonation that gives a head that leaves great lacing. Overall a very well done beer in that the toasted malt notes compliment the rye perfectly.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up today at The Foodery. 12oz bottled on 9/3/09.
Pours a clear dark golden orange color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a .5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.
Toasty malt aroma with hints of sweet caramel and rye along with some subtle spice and dark fruit. Slightly earthy with hints of sour dark cherry complimenting the roasted malt character.
Softly carbonated up front with a medium body that has a nice balance of roasted malt sweetness, earthy bitterness and sweet dark fruit. Very clean and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Toasted caramel malt with prominent rye flavor which is balance by a slight earthy tartness. Hints of sour dark cherry add to the sweetness and balances this beer out pretty nicely. The alcohol is well masked and none of the flavors are overpowering making this beer pretty quaffable. Decent "session" beer if you can call it that at 6.2%.
argo0 (13752) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some bread/toast, earthy, cherry, light orange, rye. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, rye spicy, some earthy, cherry/raisin, light nut/salt. Medium boy, somewhat sticky. A bit too sweet, but decent otherwise.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale amber pour. The nose is fairly clean with a kiss of light spice. The nose is fairly clean though with a touch of crackery malt in evidence. The flavour is actually quite spicy with a touch of fruity character. It is a little bit doughy with a kiss of light sweetness. As it warms up a very distinct noble hoppiness picks up. Light spice from both the rye malt and the hops. A bit of light lemon and a really well-made beer. Damn tasty.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy, but radiant, orange body with a medium beige head. Aroma is bready and toasty caramel with a hint of spicy hops. Creamy carbonation and a medium body. Taste features bready toasted caramel, spicy hops, and some pumpernickel. Lots of earthy rye malt sets this marzen apart. Nice one, if you’re a fan of rye.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is balanced, some bread, yeast nuts and fall spices. Seems to a great tasting Marzen if you ask me. Flavors are nice and smooth and a great spice level with a nice body and grain flavor.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is light, fruity, with a little bit of spiciness and earthy grassiness. Flavor has a touch of coriander spiciness over bready, toasty malts. There’s some more earthy grass flavors and a dryer finish than I expected, with a little alcohol warmth present. The rye is present but I might not have noticed without looking for it. This isn’t amazing, but I find it warms up to me more as I drink it.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice, glassy amber with a healthy head of white that leaves a thick, intricate latticework of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet leaves, light roasted nuts, a touch of bitter malt, and a hint of butter. Flavor is a leafy malt assault, with a touch of buttered nuts in the finish. Hints of berry and rose in the finish. Nice, slippery mouthfeel. Not bad at all.
hopscotch (10918) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear, golden/orange lager with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The malty, fruity aroma also offers a touch of rye spiciness. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced. It’s malty and lightly fruity with a crisp, spicy rye character and a rumor of acidity. Crisp, fairly clean, refreshing finish.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange to amber hue, thin layer of white dissipating head, brilliant clarity. Nose is traditional crisp German malts, mostly Vienna and Pilsner grains and toast, light rye notes, and earthy hops. Flavor is rich Marzen style malts with layers of grains, bread, and toast prominent throughout, the rye is really hidden in the background here and provide a boost to the earthy euro hops. Light-medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. A great malty marzen with hints of flavor complexity and depth, the rye is mostly underwhelming.