Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Pizza Plant. No head just microscopic white ring, orange body. Fruity and satisfying malt mix with caramel, and not too sweet,toasted nutty understated in background.higher than desired carbonation.Medium bodied.
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours a reddish amber with a white one-finger head. Aroma of stone fruits, spice, grain, caramel. Malty aroma with notes of raisin, plum, pear, caramel, grain.
GT2 (8430) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a clear, light amber with a fizzy, small creme to yellow head. Little retention. No lace. Aroma of candy corn and toffee. Taste is super malty and toffee froward. Sweet, chewy orange candies and candy corn abound moving to an astringent palate. Meh.
jtclockwork (8417) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better marzens I’ve had. Pour is copper. Nose and taste of banana, caramels and lots of lightly toasted malts. Rated 7/3/02
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Deep orange-amber beer. Gorgeous deep malty aroma, bread, light caramel and kettle caramelized/decocted richness. Herbal/spicy hop flavour over a soft toastiness. Flavour is well-balanced and very clean with sweet bready malts and softly spicy noble hops perfectly mingling. Perfectly quaffable... I could drink about a dozen of these.
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Columbus, OH. This beer is a hazy bright amber color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is a fair amount of malt along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a lot of malt from the get-go. The beer does seem to get a little spicier and hoppier toward the end of the glass. The finish is light and a little hoppy. This is a good seasonal from Ayinger.
3fourths (8022) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright and clear golden orange color with a just off-white head. Light nose of fall leaves, grains, whole wheat bread, a little bit of overripe apples and pears. A bit of a bite of hops near the finish, after a decent presentation of semi-sweet apples, wheat, slight vegetables and honey.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Peace St. Market, Raleigh, NC. Another great Ayinger beer. Copper pour, with caramel malt, toffee, and spice aromas. Tastes caramel malty, with some cinnamon and spices in the finish, coupled with a firm mouthfeel and great balance and complexity. More hops as it warms. Great.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear, light orange body and a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma of wet cereal, sweet, caramel malty, bread, clover honey and buttered toast. Taste is sweet and toasty with bread and caramel notes. Really taste actually. Medium to lively carbonation. Medium to light bodied. Crisp finish. Quite nice!
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
Honeyed and toasted cereals reign within this Festbier’s rich yet quaffable mouthfeel, building a textbook example of this type of lager.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam floats atop the pale amber shine.
-The finish is a tad shallow for my tastes (mostly sweetness and shy on the spicy hop bitterness).
-Malts also develop bread-like flavors.
-This is as pleasant (and linear) as most Oktoberfests I’ve had from Bavaria. Just not a huge fan of this type of lager (too sweet and predictable).