Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 14, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a huge and billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a caramel smell mixed with lots of breadiness and a good showing of brown sugar. The very malty and sweet smell of the brew is matched by a little bit of an herbal and grassy smell, creating a very nice and invitingly sweet aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins much less sweet then would have been anticipated from the nose. The flavor begins with a slightly grainy and bready taste mixed with some flavors of brown sugar and molasses. As the taste moves forward a little bit of apple comes to the tongue only to fade again more toward the end. All the while the other sugary tastes dwindle, with some light grassy and herbal tastes taking their place. There is a little resurgence of the sweet at the end of the profile, with a caramel and some more molasses coming to the tongue, leaving one with a decently malty and sweet, but more dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the thinner side for a 5.8 % abv brew with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The feel was OK overall, as it did a nice job for the sweet, but with that said, a little higher carbonation may have made it a little more easy drinking and refreshing in light of its lighter hop profile.
Overall- Not a bad oktoberfest overall, but nothing out of the world either. For its more slim price tag however this brew is a rather good fall party/gathering style brew, as it packs a lot of nice flavor into a light price tag.
rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2017 Thanks to Chris. A little sweet and bready like most marzens. Herbal hops and caramel malt. Serving: Bottle Astrozombie (53) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Aroma of slight malt, spice, cardboard. Light gold in color with bright head. Simple but nice traditional October fest taste. Atom (2448) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
12oz bottle pours a orange/golden with a large khaki head. Big lager yeast aroma with light caramel malt underneath. Big yeast flavor, caramel malt, taste like non sweet maple syrup, light bitterness on the finish. Pretty decent, highly drinkable, one of the better Marzen’s I’ve tried. Yeast and hop bitterness stand out over malts. Nice! douglas88 (9178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2015
12 ounce can. Pours a clear orange color with a small white head. A big sweet malty sweet nose. The flavor is sweet caramel, toast, fresh fruity noble hops. Smooth. Very sweet. OK.
coachd (836) - Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Smells of caramel, malt sweetness and is slightly spicy. Very pretty light Crimson color with a white fluffy head. Nice caramel taste with a refreshing aftertaste. Palate is ideal for the style. I really liked this one and Oktoberfest isn't always my favorite type of beer. Why the low ratings?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone weihenweizen (3825) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Clear light Amber with no head. Aroma is caramel malt, light body, no carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is caramel malt and herbal hops. tillmac62 (734) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Clear medium amber pour. Above normal head volume, normal retention and lacing.
Light nose of biscuit and caramel with just a hint of herbal hop.
Light medium body with a fairly smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The finish is clean with a bit of crispness.
The flavor profile is quite good. It is clean, slightly complex and very well balanced. It begins with a grainy biscuit that has caramel underneath. Sweetness is present, but very subtle. The middle brings a light herbal hop flavor and light bitterness. Throughout is a nice biscuit cracker note in the background. The finish is slow fade of toasty malt with a touch of herbal hops. bhenning (19) - Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Real nice orange amber autumn color and good foamy pour. Aroma is mild. Tastes of nuts and caramel. Tastes great in a cold mug.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beer_rookie (563) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Pours a copper color with about one finger reddish-beige head. Nice thick lacing. Well carbonated. Decent lacing retention.
Aroma is bready. Pretty heavily malty, I can taste the malt through the nose. Smells sweet, but not hoppy.
Taste is right away sweet malty. Toffee sweet. Maybe just a touch too sweet, but a short lived but potent hop punch right at the end. There’s also a touch of lime maybe in there?
Mouthfeel is light to medium. It has a dry finish. Again, slightly bitter.
Overall, it’s pretty good. Not impressive, but better than the other Shiner beers that I’ve had. I guess it’s worth a shot, but I wouldn’t bother calling around to see if you could find it.