arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured orange with slightly off white head. Aroma had notes of some grass, pine, moving into some biscuit and very slight spice note. Taste was a bit watered down, but had notes of grass, biscuit, some slight caramel and spice, finishing slightly bitter. Needed more maltiness for the style, but wasn’t bad.
3fourths (8554) - 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 (8500) - 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.
MartinT (8492) - 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).
rosenbergh (8434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 Draught at One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Finland.
Clear copper colour with small creamy off-white head.
Malt, sweet sugar and floral hops in aroma.
Grainy malt, dry hops, alcohol and floral hops in flavour.
Draught at Amsterdam, Helsinki, Finland.
Clear amber colour with tiny white head.
Malt, sweet sugar and mild floral hops in aroma.
Malt, wood, mild bitterness and grassy hops in dry flavour.
DrSilverworm (8353) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Continuously ascending bubbles int he body. Some loose lace. Stronger carbonation, at first. Nice toasty caramel malt aroma. Smooth, some spice. Some fruitiness. Light sweet, light bitter taste. One of the more enjoyable German festbiers I’ve tried. Love the 16.9oz size, great to enjoy with a sandwich.
DSG (8346) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(10/13/08) Draught at Map Room in Chicago. Clear deep golden color with a small white head. Malty aroma with some toast and caramel notes as well as nutty hints. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel, toasted bread, some light fruitiness and light buttery hints. Medium-bodied. Nothing exciting, but OK.
deyholla (8018) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 On tap at Flying Saucer Houston. Pours a clear golden orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some sweet grains and bread with a bit of caramel and raisin. Flavor starts with sweet grains and is joined a bit by caramel and raisin. Easy drinking.
BMan1113VR (7902) - 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!
BVery (7891) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Clear light gold pour with a small frothy white head. Sweet nose with some bread. Smooth palate. Taste is lightly toasted bread, light lemon, and a touch of caramel. Really good stuff.