Rocktoberfest - Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Jonas!)
Appearance: The pour is an amber and copper color with two fingers of head; the retention is low as it's gone fairly quick. The beer is quite effervescent. There are some lose pieces of lace on the side of the glass.
Smell: The nose is lightly sweet with caramel and munich malt coming out. Low hop aroma; the hops seem mostly there to bring down the sweetness. Not a terribly complex nose, but who said simple is a bad thing?
Taste: My first sip was surprisingly nutty; I'm not sure where that came from, but it didn't seem to come out again after that. Malt starts out the tasting with more slightly sweet caramel malt. The hops are providing a mild bitterness to the beer. A little hop flavor does come out at the end of the tasting contributing some earthy flavors.
Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation for the style, medium bodied.
Drinkability: This is a well put together beer from Diamond Bear. It's an easy beer to drink, though I'm not too often in the mood for multiple Marzen's in an evening.
03-09-2011 02:20:46 | More by Ek0nomik
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Deep, slightly dark, burnished copper. Bright and clear with lots of rising bubbles. Large, off-white (slightly golden) head settles to a cap and then patches while leaving pretty darn good lacing.
S: Aroma is pretty clean. Malty sweetness with caramel notes. Faint noble hops.
T: Palate is significantly more expressive than the nose. It manages to be both distinctly sweet and almost bracingly bitter. It starts off with a hit of sweet dark, German malt (munich) with lots of caramel notes. This is quickly overtaken by a robust dose of hops - spicy, herbal, a touch fruity, and grassy & earthy in the background. Malty and bitter then compete for prominence in a long finish.
M: Ample carbonation helps carry the just medium body, tingles the palate, and helps an initially sweet brew manage a semi-dry finish.
D: Sort of a study in contrasts in that in seems to lack a distinct middle or backbone. This does not detract from it though. The interplay of sweet, caramel malts and spicy, noble hops is rather appealing and keeps you coming back for more. And, at 6.2 percent, I can see how this would get the "fest" started & keep it going.
02-25-2010 05:26:58 | More by SickGnar
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours to a rich, rocky off-white head that is very sticky and lacy. Color is a light copper hue. Crystal clear. Aroma is mostly malty with Munich malt and a bit of caramel with a light touch of noble German hops. Flavor is rich and malty with a bit of alcohol sweetness and low hop flavor and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is on the high side. Overall, a very technically accurate and tasty Märzen.
01-06-2010 06:28:57 | More by EagleTalon
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
This is by far the best beer that I have had by Diamond Bear. It is a bit sweeter than Sam Adam's Octoberfest, and it is much more drinkable. This is the second year that this has been bottled. If you are in the Arkansas area I highly suggest that you try this beer.
09-18-2009 18:14:00 | More by jcdgoad
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Beer is a light, almost-orange color. Has about a 1/2 inch of soft head that thins out but never disappears and leaves a noticeable lacing. Fragrant nose that is malty but a little hop citrus back there somewhere.
Taste is a little on the sweet side, but balaced with the bittering hops. Light hints of carmel and honey with just faint wisp of the citrus I reffered to earlier. All around a very balanced brew with a crisp finish. Very refreshing and excellent example of the style.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively.
12-12-2005 03:50:52 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Rocktoberfest from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.