SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Clear copper colored lager with a medium sized beige head that has some lasting foam. Smells like fresh bread with some malty caramel and hop spice. Lots of toasted bread and caramel flavors with some balancing ho spice, but the emphasis is placed squarely on the maltiness. Finishes with a lasting bitterness of medium intensity. Medium bodied. A nice märzen that might even be better than the bulk of the beers that I had in Munich last fall at Oktoberfest.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just not that great of an Oktoberfest beer. Too sweet, and not very lively. Pours copper with white thin head.
marcus (9705) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This amber ale poured with a thin beige head and a malty aroma. The flavor is well-constructed with tasty caramel malt base and moderate hopping. It’s not spectacular, but it’s a good session beer.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, part of the 10 beer sampler. Amber in color. Slightly hoppy, but also has a sweet side. One of the best of the brewers.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured with a quarter inch light tan head, with a nice clear brown color. It’s sweet, and doesn’t have quite the body I expected from a Marzen, but it’s definitely good.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my favorite beer from Sudwerk brewery in Davis, CA. It has a strong, full aroma, but remains dry going down. This is a smooth beer and thankfully it is made year round.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Date of 03.13.07, Sampled September 2007
The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, large bubbled, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue that visually shows a light carbonation. The aroma is quite malty and even somewhat sweet. Aromas of caramel, browned bread crust, touches of brown sugar, biscuits and a definite sweet, slightly caramelized malt character.
Much drier tasting than the aroma would have suggested, but it still manages to have a fairly substantial body and even some palate coating character to it. The malt character is definitely dominant here, but there is a fair amount of hop contributed flavor as well. The hop character provides a solid, yet not overwhelming bitterness in the finish, as well as a herbal, not quite minty character in the finish as well. The herbal hop note actually is found throughout the flavor profile, it just becomes more noticeable towards the finish, and in fact lingers on in the palate (as does the bitterness) quite a long time after the beer has left my mouth. Lest I forget the malt influence, it is definitely here and fairly substantial. It is not overly sweet, yet does provide a richly caramelized maltiness, a crusty rustic bread flavor, a touch of toasted flavors.
This is quite tasty, and it seems to be another beer that is growing on me more as I work my way through the bottle. The aroma of this beer really starts to open up even more after warming up a bit; it becomes quite a bit more complex in its malt character, with even some aromatic notes reminiscent of honey. The flavor too picks up a flavor depth and richness as it warms as well. Overall this is a really great drinking beer. I haven’t really had these beers in years, but used to really enjoy my visits to the pub in the 90s.
dwyerpg (5884) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very grainy wheat aroma. And there is tons of maltiness in the beer. Some caramel in the aroma. Drinkable, and really pretty good.
DocLock (10301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer on the Wall, which has become a favorite of mine due to the rapidly rotating inventory, fair shipping rates, and sturdy, reshippable cardboard boxes that they ship with. This one pours chill hazy deep copper with minimal head. Aroma is caramel malt, slight brown sugar, toffee, and red wine grapes. Tastes caramel malty for the most part, with notes of berry, brown sugar, almond, walnut, and cabernet.
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber with thin lacing. Dark pitted fruits are sensed via olfactory and tastes of maltiness and nutiness. A nice lager.