yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a beautiful amber color with a rich white head. One sniff and I couldn’t wait to put this in my mouth! Delicious note of sweet bubblegum and banana mixed in with caramel and straw. The taste? Where have you been all these Octobers?! A superbly balanced and complex marzen with a medium sweetness that brings all those smells directly to your tongue. It was delicious it was refreshing it was, in a word, awesome. This is easily the best Oktoberfest beer I’ve tried to date. This would be a great transition beer for warm fall or spring days. I would absolutely recommend this beer to anyone that is wondering what to drink this Oktoberfest! crossovert (12911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 12 fluid ounce bottle, produced on 07/09.
Pours with a 3 finger head into my mug with an amber body. There is a slight bit of foam that resides on top of the liquid that never dissipates.
Smell is a bit subdued for a typical Maerzen, with a nice hop and malt balance. The malts have that typical sweet, nutty maltiness, though it is a bit faint.
The mouth feel is smooth and a bit under carbonated. Intense Oktoberfest flavor though. I love the taste of this, perfect sweet and nutty, slightly roasty malt taste, amazing hop balance, just a highly quaffable beer. Not the most robust version of this style out there, but in terms of taste, it is the standard flavor of Oktoberfest.
Overall it is a solid Oktoberfest, and like all examples of the style it has it’s strengths and weaknesses.
This has been a perennial oktoberfest for me over the years, the ever so slightly clearer/lighter look has always appealed. This is my first and last bottle of this year (presumably) Pours a very clear amber color. Frothy head. Aroma is thick with bready malt flavors, smells worty almost, just a touch of earthy hops. Flavor is again worty, but with a crisp low bitterness that just cuts through, it is mildly nutty, though the malt character is visceral it isn’t sweet at all, but fairly dry. The hops in the flavor bring more of an herbel marmalade feel, the body is not heavy and very drinkable. This proves again and again despite me drinking it 6 months too late it is everything a dark oktoberfest should be. billtheman (86) - milford, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Just had my first taste of this the other night. Again this begs the question, why o why can’t American breweries produce a beer as good as this? With the exception of some of the USA micro-brewerys such as Dogfish, American mass produced beers, taste like they were brewed by passing the ingredients through the urinary passage of a skunk. Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
Cloudy amber color, smoky and malty, medium bodied. Bubbly, delicious. Really wanna go to oktoberfest to try the authentic if its said to be better than this. fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Reading Beer Festival. Opens with a gentle fission. Pours clear dark amber. Gentle aroma from the hops. Flavour is deep caramel, light almost cherry fruits. Marzipan? Low bitterness, followed by lingering faint sweetness with slight bitterness. Lovely beer.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer out of Germany. Terrific clarity, light body, sweet and malty aroma and taste. A bit "bready" taste with a very smooth finish. This is the beer other Oktoberfests need to be compared to. Well done.
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BBD 05/15 (Original Oktoberfest version). Clear medium amber pour with just a touch of ruby. Exceptional head, lacing and retention. Light nose of biscuit with a touch of caramel and an almost imperceptible noble hop note. Almost medium bodied with a nice almost creamy texture. Above normal carbonation with a very good amount of effervescence on the finish. The exceptional flavor profile is superbly balanced, complex and very flavorful (intensity). It begins with an effervescent explosion of malt - mostly biscuit over a light caramel sweetness. In the middle, a light hop bitterness and noble hop flavor predominate. In the somewhat crisp finish as the bitterness fades, comes the final effervescent burst of lingering hop flavor. This one just edged Ayinger out as my favorite import. lovibond (115) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2001
Probably the pick of the brews at the Weiß’n. While many of the others have stooped to serving colored Helles, I was able to enjoy this very nice Märzen at the Oktoberfest. BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
A phenomenal beer that any beer lover would enjoy! I really can’t say enough about the quality of this beer but I would say it is the best out of the tap. So sit back and enjoy this fine brew. blackbock (132) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2011
(bottle) Bottle opened with a delightful pop. Rich caramel and yeast aroma.
Mid amber colour. Fine white head which laced the glass.
Flavours of sweet toffee and almond. Hops are present but not overpowering. Finish is not heavy, despite the initial caramel hit. This is definitely in my top 3 Märzens. Prost!