RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Flight 1: Roasted Malt and Creamy. Marzen Style.

Brewing moved from City Brewery to High Falls (Genesee) in 2008. The ABV went from 5.7% to 4.5%.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (8476) - Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Unfortunately had to drink straight from the bottle. Slight malty aroma (for what I could get anyway) and a malty taste with a mouthfeel that lingered a bit like cream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Poured pale amber with minimal head. Faint malty aroma. Thin taste, slighty metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BuckeyeBoy (7153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2008
12oz Bottle pours out a light amber topped with a small white head. Aroma of light malt and a little hops. Tast nothing great but hey this stuff is pretty cheap. Now I know Y

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear light amber with a fading white head. Just a touch of grassy hops in the aroma, and a bit of bread and fruit. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. There seems to be some fusel influences at work here, it sort of dries out in mid-palate, which doesn’t get the marzen thing working for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
muzzlehatch (4939) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2008
12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington VT (January 2008), served a little below cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. A massive, smooth but quickly diminishing white head fills 2/3 of the glass, leaving light spidery lacing above the clear amber-gold body....musty aroma, dried caramel chews and a hint of vanilla and licorice, faint toasty malts, no hop presence....moderately sweet, grainy body, bit caramel-ly, with some burnt and chalky characteristics towards the finish that make for a somewhat unpleasant conclusion....watery texture, somewhat artificial/forced-seeming carbonation, bit of metallic character. About what I’d expect from this brewery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2008
On sale @ albertsons 3 6 packs for $6. Yep, that’s right $2 per sixer. (Regular price $5.99 per 6 pack.) I was curious to find out how bad a 33 cent 12 oz beer in a glass bottle could be. Pours a light brown color with a small head. Smells like malt, caramel, and spices. Mouthfeel is very thin and this beer finishes with very little residual taste at all, did I forget to wash my beer glass before I put water in it??? Oh, wait that was a beer. Not a very memorable beer, but it wasn’t entirely terrible either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dogbrick (12622) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle from Albertson’s in Tehachapi, CA. The beer is a clear pale amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and bread. Light, smooth body with a metallic character and overly saccharine sweet malt flavor. Touches of fruit as well. The finish is cloyingly sweet malt and mercifully short. Not very enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz bottle. Ugh. Pours even lighter than the pale ale! And even more hoppy than the pale as well. Light copper- deep gold with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is toasty malts, lots of grain a bit of DMS, and sharp almost metallic harsh steely malts. Sharp sugary sweet malty flavor- artificial even, with some winey tangy off flavors. Harsh metallic finish. Blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 From a 12oz Bottle. Transparent brass color with a fizzy layer of dissipating white head. Light caramel and nutty malt nose with a hint of floral hops. Medium light bodied, fizzy carbonation. Quaffable, but the malt actually gets a bit heavy and overly roasty with layers of toasted nuts. Restrained caramel sweetness up front before transitioning into nutty roast. There’s a touch of horse blanket like dustiness that comes out mid-palate, but this gets buried quickly under a mild layer of cleansing herbal hops in the finish. I hate to describe the flavor at the end of the palate as horseblanket, but that’s really what it tastes like, although it comes across as a weird combo of dark malt and spicy hop rather than a flaw. Drinkable, but there are several other widely available marzen beers that I would choose over this. I also have a problem with calling this an amber "ale", especially since the brewer obviously knows better and refers to it as a marzen in the commercial description on the label. Let’s intentionally confuse people and further contribute to the delinquency and mis-education of the general drinking public about beer. Good idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3991) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Crystal clear, light sparkling amber body with luscious creamy head. Delightfully marzen-like malt nose, full of munich/caramunich. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with constant rolling waves of malt flavor. Some fusels in the palate lend a warming quality and make this seem strong for a marzen.

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