austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Tap @ Waterfront Ale House. Absolutely delicious. I could drink gallons of this stuff. Mild, light, with just enough malt to be a schwarzbier. Touch of roast, also evident in the nose. Creamy beige head. Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Another style that I believe is underappreciated on this site. This is not a "BIG" beer but a well made milder style. I could see myself drinking this well balance brew and eying well endowed German barmaids. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Another beer that was halved with the dude at The Brew Shack.
Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Poured a nice dark smoky amber body, closer to a coco color. The head was a fat and fluffy tan hue. My palate rejoiced with the toasted malts and smoky compliance. There was a nice balancing of doughy yeasty tartness, sweet barley- toffee-like extractions, and some light spicy notes of orange zest. I took most pleasure in the grand holiday nutty-ness and smokiness of the brew. Yet another beer that has what I always distinguish as pumpernickel bread proposals, but this one also had some hints of coco. The palate was not overly rich but it worked rather nicely with all the beers lightly festive characters! Simply a very Drinkable brew, with a dry smoky finish, and the low abv makes it a nice session beer as well!
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, roasted nuts, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, orange), with a note of honey, light note of smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. A clean and refined dunkel lager that is blossoming with unmistakable honeysuckle Hallertauer and freshly baked bread and walnuts...and ohhh soooo German, from the first whiff you know exactly where this was made. Really beautiful malt character. Wonderful balance in the mouth and a soft, velvety mouthfeel. Big lasting head and lovely dark chestnut color. The other Mahr’s brews I’ve had haven’t impressed me too much, but this one is excellent. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Deep orange/brown color with a tall antler colored head. Just a frosting of lace. Dark toasty malt aromas. Somewhat simple but a fall afternoon sniff for sure. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind while giving this a taste. A bit grainy and a touch of sour-mash comes in late and whisks the flavors away. I like it in a autumn type brew as straightforward as it is.
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours with a very large white head. Body is almost black with a touch or crimson coming through when held to bright light. The aroma is bread crust with some fall leaves. The hops aroma is subtle but nice and earthy. The taste is a nice light and refreshing blend of apricots, bread and fall leaves. Overall a very solid Oktoberfest that I like as the musty earthy tastes outweigh any sweetness that seems to dominate others in the style. Very nice. snowtiger (107) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Just showed up at the liquor store. Dark reddish brown color with big off-white head. Aroma is a bit skunky. Diappointing. Some malt and spice come out as well. Flavor is malty with spicy hops. Finishes a little sweet. Pretty good beer, probably would be a lot better fresh. Suttree (6386) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
If it comes in a flip top bottle, its got to be calssy, right? Right? Reddish brown, luxoriously thick tan head. Toasty, spicy aroma. Faint pine flavors mix with pepper, water cracker and fresh bread aromas. Well blended together, but nothing really stands out. Well made and smooth. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2004
bit underwhelming. sweet, but not overly so - was expecting that perhaps it would have been deeply malty and as with any beer perhaps complex. not exactly dry, but leaning that way from expectations. not lame, but other than the surprise in finding it on tap, completely unspectacular. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Old yeasty figs thrown off by a defiant mineral nature...Insalubrity is unbalanced and is not helped by the stillness of it all...A full-bodied sweet malt does not embolden this boring bock/marzen/whatever-dark lager...