gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Arnie and Vic! This was a really great amber ale. Clear, sharp amber pour with a thinnish head, nose of baked bread, hops, chocolate. Tastes very balanced. Outstanding example.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz brown screwtop bottle found at Shaw’s in Augusta of all places. I was rather impressed with the bottle. It was nice looking enough, but on the front it says "Roasted malt and creamy. Marzen style" They obviously know their market. That, and they’re trying for an Octoberfest beer but doing it as an ale, but are overtly obvious about it unlike some American brewers who make some worthwhile Octoberfest beers. Anyway...
Orange-red body with rather thin and quickly dissipating head. Smells malty with a definite floral hop presence - a really good smell. Tastes malty but not overly so, with a supporting hop presence. Reminds me somewhat of an Irish red. A little lighter flavored than I thought it would be, but very very well balanced. Very drinkable too. I hope this is a year-round offering. I’ll be getting it again
FlyingAngerPig (5) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
simple beer. Looks great when poured. This is a super easy beer to drink. lightly malted and creamy
Enriquez (7) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy slight sweet flavor, burnt caramel color with a light and very thin head, very bubbly but yet creamy smooth after taste. This Ale taste good both cold and room temp. When this Ale is consumed at room temperature it becomes very creamy.
BillKismet (3919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark tan, a bit hazy, with a smallish white head. Nose is of honey and cereal. Flavor has a smallish shot of citric hops, and a nice bit of honey. Surprisingly well-crafted product from a big regional brewer.
puboflyons (3235) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 355 ml. bottle with no noticeable date or lot number printed on the bottle or label. I sampled it in January 2009. It pours a handsome copper with good clarity. There isn’t much in the way of off-white head or lacing but it has some of that. The aroma is of roasted malts and is tempting. The mouthfeel is kind oif a honey-like texture but the flavor is nowhere near that. The flavor is sort of a malty-bitter. Overall I thought it was fairly decent.
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this was perfect for the type of brew, just perfection in the amber resemblance. Taste was solid as well. Went down smooth and refreshing. But man, the color was exceptional.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a clear orange amber color with very minimal alabaster bubbles around the edges of the glass. Aroma and taste are of sweet malt apples, caramel and spice. Medium carbonation with a watery texture.
Aquilo (636) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a small head that goes away quickly. Floral aroma with honey and dried apricot. Flavor is a bit sweet, but not cloyingly so. There’s not much bitterness, not a lot going on in general. But it’s not bad either. I’d say this beer is an underachiever.