jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a nice auburn color with a slight haze, highlights of deep golden orange, and medium-sized (but short-lived) off-white head. The aroma is all malts - caramel, toffee, and sticky liquid malt extract. There is a subtle orange candy and spice note, too, but it is very subtle. The flavor starts bittersweet with a subtle hint of tartness (perhaps that’s what smelled of orange candy). It doesn’t taste like an old or bad bottle, and the tartness is slight and not unpleasant. Anyhow, the beer’s flavor is very malty and has a decent bit of residual sweetness in the front of the palate. By mid-palate the sweetness fades and is replaced by a very nice bready, toasty malt character. There is a soft, spicy hop note that appears at mid-palate, and the finish has some spicy and fruity (dare I say orangey/citrus) hop notes. The finish is full and malty and provides a nice balance of rich malt character and noble hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and full - slippery but tickly with bubbles. Overall, a very decent oktoberfest (in case I overstated the tartness, I’ll make sure to note that the beer, overall, is quite authentic tasting). puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2008
pours nice amber color with off white head,malty light hopp nose.nice light carb mouthfeel.Sweet up front,llight bitter finish.Finish quick.I would like to try this beer fresh. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 Not a bad marzen, but not a great one, either. The appearance is the strong point, as it pours a dark orange, but the head fails too quickly for top marks. Nose is pretty standard for the style. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet. This might make a good session beer.
RE-RATE: Hmm...I’m not sure what I was thinking in describing the color as ’’dark orange,’’ as it’s much more a typical ruby tinged brown, and very lovely...really an attractive marzen. Perhaps this beer varies from season to season, but I also find that the flavor is hoppier than I had previously written, and this hoppiness gives it a greater depth. The nose is still the weak point, though I find that my original 3.3 score is too low, and have adjusted it up a notch. I could have a few of these, I think. natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Poures a nice amber with a medium off white head. The nose is light and is roasted, caramel, and a slight grain. Taste has a little hop to it, some nuttiness, and a dryer finish with a bitterness. Rakluba (33) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2008
A nice beer, good amber color. Tannish head, with some nice hoppy highlights in the aroma.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Orange/copper and clear in pour with a finger thick orangish-white head that disappears quickly. Malt and caramel on the nose. About the same on the taste. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a nice amber-copper body with a lasting white creamy covering.
Earthy caramel aroma with some sweet cookiesh type notes. Sweet cookie and toasted toffee flavours. Not the most aggressive beer which is normal for the style but the subtleties and mild character are quite pleasant.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Coppery amber topped by a fading frothy head and left spotty lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of caramel, pumpernickel bread, peach esters, herbal and earthy vapours. The taste is malty and sugary sweet with just a dollop of fruit and bitterness, Grainy and bready throughout. The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied. Not offensive but lack much character which is pretty normal for the style. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12oz bottle. okay so I’m reverting back to a couple of beer seasons ago, bottled 4 months ago. pours hazy golden-amber with creamy off white head. nose is very cereal grainy with toasted biscuit. flavor is a raw and stale tasting grainy with slight citrus to it. not the worst oktoberfest beer but not a good one either. jgb9348 (6263) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Deep amber coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of strong malt, a bit of hops, a lot of peanuts and some light caramel scents. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour with potent nuts and some caramalised sugars, tucked into a bit of hops and some mellow yeast flavours. Aftertaste is very mild and pleasing - not harsh nor alcoholic at all. Overall, a decent marzen - really not bad, and probably better than most american attempts at the beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 13-December-2007.