ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottled On: 8/24/09.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, orange-hued body with a medium-sized, sudsy, white head.
Smell: It’s a spicy, bready, sugary, caramel-scented nose smelling of sugar-glazed, hearty rye-grain bread served up just for me (just for me, I tells ya).
Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness with toothsome tastes of sweet sugar and light caramel. Mild background fruitiness. Ah, there’s the inescapable rye grain character with its pervasively spicy character. Noble hops present a small snap of bitterness and some slight grassy, herbaceous undertones. Drying finish with a small lingering hint of rye grain.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: A satisfying beer to be enjoying on an early October evening. The welcome addition of rye adds a nice bit of pep to this Märzen-style lager. "Want some rye?? ’COURSE ya do!" --Return to Zork. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
12 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Bready malts with a lot earthy spiciness on the nose. Pours golden amber with a dense white head. Very rich malty flavor, caramelly, rich sweet bread, spicy rye flavors with hints of citrus, spicy with a very mold bitterness. Excellent marzen! Svesse (8581) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2009
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) Amber colour with brief, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of bread, toffee and dried fruit. Malty, fruity taste with ryemeal bread, dried fruit, apricots and a spicy finish with a moderate bitterness. Medium body, fairly sweet. A decent märzen with a spicy rye character. BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Orange-amber brew with appealing off-white, fluffy cream top and a vigorously bubbled body. Mild toasted malt aroma with indeed hints of cherry and earthiness. However, it doesn’t quite reach the warm malty threshold one desiderates for in a Marzen. Sweet and toasty body, with ok maltiness and seemingly lots of residual sugar. Rye grates against the malt and sugar in this one and it just doesn’t work for me. Sweet cherry wood finish. Out of balance. Rerated 11/13/10: The experience was decidedly more positive. A baked malt quality permeated the beer with a distinct rye character. troopie (2323) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle. Poured rusty with thick white head. Full aroma of malt, toast, grain. Flavour is earthy, some spice with a tinge of cherry and a note of rye. Lasting all over the tongue dry finish.
Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle from Party Source.
Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.
Moderate dark fruit, earthy and malt aroma. Medium body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Clear, orange-copper pour with a big, frothy, off-white head. The aroma is bready with some slight pepper, vegetalness, and noble hop spice. The flavor is bready with some slight banana esters on the finish. There’s some very slight notes of pepper and earthiness from the rye. The malt does impart just a touch of sweetness. Body is creamy and medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a nice crisp lager finish. Nice drinking brew but relatively uneventful. elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 28, 2009
9/25/09 notes: on tap, Great Divide. Pours crisp amber with a small white head. Aroma is softly caramelly, with some strawberry-like fruit notes. Body is clean, soft, and very drinkable. Finishes earthy yet light, malty yet zippy. Great session beer. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Deep amber colored body with a light khaki head. The nose is rising dough with notes of apples and fall leaves. There is also a definite spice from the rye. The taste is definitely spicy form the rye, especially in the finish. There is also some cheap candy like those black and orange wrapped Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses Halloween candy hiding behind the spice. I didn’t like that candy then and don’t like it in my beer. This is slightly fruity with some apple hints, but the spice blows it away. Certainly a decent brew but the rye spice is a little much. omhper (24980) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear pale amber, small head. Bready nose. Sweetish with fairly clean mouthfeel. Dough, light banana and some caramel. Low hop rate and bitterness. Too clean mouthfeel to attain full drinkability, but the rye components are interesting.