cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bought 2 bottles at the local shop, ended up being a wise move because this is a weak Oktoberfest. Actually it’s just a weak beer period, not sure why Bell’s put out such a stinker. Cidery bland aroma, that’s it. Light copper pour with zero head and zero lacing, my glass was properly rinsed so I have to assume it’s the beer and not the glass. Mouth feel is actually decent, medium body, slightly sweet and crisp enough to earn a 6. Flavor is odd but overall it wasn’t offensive. Kind of has a real light malt vs. a dry sweet cider thing going on. Minimal aftertaste and it goes down quick. I just don’t know what’s going on with this one.
Kinz (3164) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber, decent but slight head. Aroma lightly of caramel with a hint of bread. Flavor matched, with some noble hop bitterness on the finish. Simple drinker, enjoyable, but not a standout.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Bottle on 09/12/2009. Very clear pale amber body with a medium white head. Sweet toasty malt aroma with a bit of caramel. Sweet toasty and caramel flavor with a bit of noble hops lurking in the background. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.2
09/01/2007: Clear amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and malty aroma. Sweet lightly nutty bready flavor. 6/4/7/3/14 - 3.4
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pretty average Oktoberfest; not a total craft-beer take but still somehow exaggerates the more bitter/noble hops aspects of the style. Seems more like an American amber than a true Marzen; gave away half the sixer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours copperish with a small white head. A light malt aroma but just barely and the flavor has a mild malt taste with some light hoppish spice.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Body is a fairly clear and orange color. Head is pretty big at first (maybe three fingers or so) but dies down pretty quickly... it left a lot of suds on the side of the glass. Aromas are grainy right after pouring, but then thin out a bit and change to a more fruity quality... pears, apples and white grapes. Unexpected, to say the least. Flavor is thick, flat and sweet. Caramel malts, bread dough and pumpkin or squash or something. It’s pretty uninspiring, especially from Bell’s.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hmm...not the best marzen I’ve had this season - in my opinion this oktober is on the verge of a vegetable beer. A nice brew and very drinkable but not terrific. I was expecting a lot more from Bell’s.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle procured @ Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in DC. blank where the batch number should be, so who knows. Pours a pretty orange copper with a 1 finger tan head. The nose is both nutty and sweet and nicely inviting. Taste is a bit too bitter and one dimensional for me. Overall not terrible but I’m not going to run for this any time soon.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Capone’s...
Appears a transparent copper with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough, toffee, raisins, light dough, fresh grains, gentle fruity sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but it seems to drop off slightly from the enticing scents.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, doughy, and semi-dry
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I honestly didn’t get much out of this, which is a big bummer because you know Bell’s can brew a top-notch O-fest if they wanted. What we got instead was a rather plain and simple amber ale-like lager. Nose is straightforward caramel malt, with some subtle notes of hay and squash, but not nearly pronounced enough for my tastes. Flavor also seems toned down, with only light hints of squash and dried hay, and mostly just a simple, straightforward malt bill. Maple, honey, hay, and I’m really stretching to even mention these flavors, since it seems very pale, empty and simple. Watery on the tongue, and overall a very disappointing experience.