Drake (13538) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Woodman’s Menomenee Falls, 9/3/16. Clear copper, large foamy tan head. Average retention. Aroma of caramel malt and a hint of stone fruit. The taste is caramel malt, earthy hops and a bit of fruitiness. Medium bodied, well balanced.
TAR (2732) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange in color. Uniform white foam shows quality retention. Subdued, but mostly clean, nose of pepper, toasted bread, flowers, and honeyed biscuit. Vigorous swirl (at the end of the glass) unveils concrete and fusel alcohol (hairspray). Fluffy carbonation, though a swoosh test shows some foamy residue as it expands. Softly flowery and oily Hallertau comprises the initial sip, trailed by nutty Munich and a splash of honeylike residuals. Fairly clean, though minimally snappy, and a light note of DMS plagues things ever so slightly with a bit of fuzziness. Alcohol is nary a factor as it supplies a very mild sting which renews the palate and harmonizes with the spicy hop touches. Plush hay and a baguette fullness testify to the competent malt extraction. Beefy Munich reveals a toffee crispness beneath the pils malt. Lemony-floral notions clean up the subtle DMS and reveal a smidgeon of snappy lager yeast in its wake. Shades of grass and spice emerge in the well-balanced finish, as a soft bedding of toasted bread, hay and crisp nuts linger. I’m surprised to find this to be mostly defect-free and pleasant. At these silly ABV levels, I was expecting a sloppy Americanized heller bock with oppressive sugars and alcohol, but the alcohol is barely noticeable in the flavor and the balance has been nicely achieved. The few blemishes here are forgivable, considering how subtle they are. A bit more snap to the body and some slightly firmer maltiness would elevate this to another level. Promising.
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from Woodman’s on Gammon Road in Madison, consumed cold in a Fitger’s pint glass. A modest near-white head decays slowly atop a slightly foggy or oily amber body...some decent caramel malts in the nose, but also a touch of ammonia (just a touch), and as it warms more, a bit of dry herbal/floral tone...body is right in the middle, sweetness-wise for the style, with lightly toasty malts edging into a significantly drier and somewhat smoky finish; there’s also a touch of unwelcome acidity here, something like sour apple - light but not entirely ignorable...body is average in fullness, somewhat low on carbonation. Ehh, this is going to come out a little below the bar for my yearly Oktoberfest round-up.
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured amber with an off-white head Nose of caramel malts and floral hops; Medium body. Flavor is malty with some nuts Smooth lightly bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
csaso (2241) - Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - small foamy head, dark orange/light copper color, sweet malty aroma and flavor, mild fruity notes, ok overall
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edgallow (4096) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampler pours amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel, toast and grain. Taste is caramel malts and grass.
dwm1034 (780) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DRAFT at Pasta Bowl in Chicago. Pours a darker orange....small head. Nose is carmel and yeast; sweet / caramel taste...excellent. Smooth end...excellent Marzen. Its a beautiful time of the year!
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap...clear copper pour with a sweet malty nose. Outstanding balance with hops and malt complimenting one another nicely. I’m always leery of this style as sugary sweetness is so common, but this was smooth, crisp, and very drinkable.
BeerInHeaven (439) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear copper gold with a smallish off white head. aroma is malt. creamy mouth feel. full flavor. semi sweet malty flavor with just a hint of bitter hops on the finish. A well rounded, enjoyable, solid oktoberfest. good beer!
wxman (1809) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear pale orange/amber with a robust off white head. Toasted bread aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt all the way, along with buttered biscuits, bread dough, and a spiciness generally associated with marzens. ABV goes totally unnoticed. Smooth, decent and traditional.