Rio Salado Monsoon Maerzen Amber Lager

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 191   ABV: 6.38%
A classic German-Style Oktoberfest Bier, this is a smooth, malty, amber lager. Lightly hopped, just enough to balance the malty body, this traditional German-Style Lager is never bitter and goes down easy. This beer is not for the meek.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Pours a light copper color with a large smooth creamy head that will rise up out of the glass without foaming over, good head retention and presence of lace all the way down. Aromas of sweet malt and hops with a hint of pineapple sweetness. Nice balance of flavors. Sweet with good mouth watering german hops and hints of a grain bread. Flavors become torrential as it warms in my glass. The carbonation is fine. I almost forgot this is a lager. Crisp and refreshing. This Maerzen has a moderate ABV, but I wouldnt hesitate to have a cold one outdoors on a hot day. Its just that refreshing. Let it rain!!!

Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
12oz bottle(10/02)-A light amber body with a decent white head and a lot of floaties and an aroma of malt and slight hops. Taste of the same with some caramel and sweetness. Not bad.

Aurelius (5489) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Tart and tangy, a bit like pickled peaches. Substantial mouth. Odd vanilla-tinged aroma. Think my sample may have been a bit old. Good orane coloring, lasting head. Clean label.

PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Shared with Aurelius who brought it back from Arizona - light orange pour, spongy white head. Ripening vegetable aroma with a hint of vinegar. Hint of olive oil in the flavor with some caramel and a dusty back end wih some wet paper accents. Mouthfeel, slightly thin. Misses the mark.

Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Aroma of dried fruits and some what malty. Light amber color with white head and some lacing. Flavor is balanced for this one. Malts seem to hold back the hops, otherwise this one would be too bitter for me. Smooth on palate.

whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Body color is similar to iced tea. Aroma and flavor are dominated by a burnt diacetyl quality. Some toasty malts underneath and fairly hoppy, but the diacetyl kills this one. Poor rendition of the style. Thanks to Brady at Il Vicino for sharing.

mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
bottle. golden body with a small white head. aroma is malty with yeasty notes. very tasty, lots of nice toasted malts. smooth and well balanced. Yeah, I’ve only had three beers from Rio Salado so far (one of which I haven’t rated yet) but this is definitely my favourite.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Amber in color. Aroma of day old coffee, freshly brewed unfermented wort, medicine, munich malt, herbs and light fruits. Flavors of honey, munich and caramel malts, bread and coffee. A nice malty body but not the flavors I enjoy in this particular style.

Terminus (3710) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2004
12 oz bottle-I had the same thing pigfoot had-lots of cloudy chunks in my bottle. pours an hazy hue with lots of floaties. citric almost wheaty aroma-sligthly sour. flavors of sour apples and citric hops (not in the IPA way though). Is this a belgian beer? i taste lots of candy-ish yeasts. Wierd! This has no marzen characteristics.

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Appearance: a muddy amber color, the body accompanied by various floaties swimming around, and the bubbly, white head is large at first, but short-lived. Aroma: clean, and empty. Taste: sweet, and a little sour, too, not at all what I’d expect out of a marzen. Citric acidity leads the flavor profile, and, frankly, ruins it These flavors balance out a bit, as we drink it down, but, ultimately, it’s not enough. This brew doesn’t quite cut it. Thanks, though, to Gusler for sending it out. (P.S. Reading other reviews lead me to believe that I have an inferior sample, somehow? Anyways, I calls ’em likes I drinks ’em!)

turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 poured a medium amber in my glass,,,very cloudy could not see through glass..nice head that stayed to the end. great aroma nice tang all the way.

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