I tried it.
My impressions were as follows..
"So. My take on it.
It screams ‘Merica. It’s more bitter than it should be and the malt is muted. However, with that said it’s made really well. Not my cup o tea though. I prefer the real deal.
After my second. I think it’s got hints of “boozy” as well"
To me it takes like every other beer SN makes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as they made good beer. I just hate when American breweries try to make Marzens, ofest's, well any German styles really. Because they all fall short in the malt flavor, and overall harmonious balance of the beer. In the American beer the malt is never soft and fresh, and lingering as it should be, so it pushes the hops forward, and throws the balance out of whack. That is always what screams, "America's failed representation of German Beer" to me. You can use the same ingredients, but if you don't use the same process, the results are always going to be different.