bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from a small store in Woodland, CA. As Fest Harvest Lager (7.5%). Pours clear darkish copper with a transient beige head. Malty aroma. Med + body. Flavor is dark roast malt - black or near it , but roasty - with something suggesting earth/herb hop. Seems mildly spicy. Flavor is quite strong, so this is arguably an exceptional marzen. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2015
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grain, and wheat bread. Flavor of caramel, orange marmalade, toffee, and bread. slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
stronger than their traditional marzen...and consequently less traditional...but a good solid toasty brew. Malts of caramel and bread, very light citrus. Nice if not terribly exciting. marcus (10866) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark amber with an attractive beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish. blipp (9902) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
First rating of 2013. Thanks to my girlfriend Ashley for bringing this back from California. Pours hazy amber with a thin beige head. Malty, as expected, with a level of sweetness appropriate for the style. Some light toasted malts, odder fruity-ish notes, and lighter flowery notes. Well balanced and pretty drinkable.
Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper edges and short lived tan head of loose foam. The light aroma is a mix of caramel, faint mineral notes and even fainter plum and cherry esteriness. The taste isn’t overly sweet, which I like. It offers up a touch of roasted malts, sweet malts and maybe a sweet biscuit note before thin layers of ripe plum, cherry and a slight mineral note come to the surface midway and into the finish. Pretty nice with a tasty balance. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
More like a bock to me than a marzen. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-caramel color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was bock like sour caramel and vegetal malts. The flavor was tangy sour caramel with vegetal malts and a vague fruity presence. Medium length tangy caramel and vegetal finish. Medium body and smooth. Ok. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep, hazy orange body and a thin, and quick to fade off-white head. Aromas of candy corn, hay and grain. Fresh bagels and caramel. Light iodine on the aroma as well. Flavors of butter, light vegital, grainy, caramel. Not very clean. I do expect a lot better from Sudwerk. I am disappointed (they generally nail a lot of traditional styles). Diacetyl...really no other descriptor. Strong diacetyl. Lively bubbles. Sudwerks can and should do better than this! joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
On tap at the brewery. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is toasty malt with light notes of honey and fruit. The flavor is complex toasty malt with a dry, spicy noble hop finish. Full bodied and satisfying. Clean and finishes dry as a bone. A lot like their regular Marzen. Love it. chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2014
On tap at the Barrel Republic.
Appearance: Medium amber with a sudsy off-whitehead that leaves streaks of lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Surprisingly hoppy; although this is mild (and Piney), I expect the malts to dominate. .
Flavor: Very good sweet/bitter balance. Mild hopping yet relatively piney/hoppy flavor for style.
Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp.
O: a West Coast Marzen.