scluffman (16) - Excelsior, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper color with a light beige head that turned thin with some lacing. The aroma was straight corn/corn husk (I couldn’t catch anything else.) Flavor shows a surprising lack of malty character one expects from a Marzen. Finish was drying that included a roasted graininess to it. The palate was pleasing with modest carbonation.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, bread, and a bit of toffee. Taste was nuts, and caramel malts, more toasty dough, and a bit of citrus hops in the finish.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours a rich golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel malts, some nuttiness, peppery notes. Flavor is sweet toasted malts, some herbal notes, some dough. Palate is medium bodied, medium to mild carbonation finishes somewhat sweet. Decent stuff, nothing to actively seek out, but a decent example of the style.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an orange and bronze color with almost zero head that’s gone in seconds. Aroma is weak with malt and spices. Taste is more of the same with some yeast and sourdough finishing with an unpleasantly bitter metallic tingle. A very disappointing showing from one of my favorite breweries.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, Batch #8038. Poured a clear, brilliant medium orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted caramel and mild nutty notes with some spices, some mild detergent, and some almost spruce-like hoppage... quite odd. Flavor had a sweet, toasted caramel base with some bready notes.. spritzy, mildly bitter herbal and medicinal presence.. sweet again and quite enjoyable at the finsh. Light-medium bodied with a decent flow. Solid beer, but nothing special.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light copper with a faint white head. Spices on the nose with sweet malt. Mouthfeel is pretty light with mild spice. Very average.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear light copper with a white head. Caramel and toasted malt nose, mildly sweet, a bit of dough. Solidly malty, lightly toasty. A touch of metal. OK.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 2007 bottle. Classic, attractive clear copper/bronze with a medium, slightly off-white head. Nice aroma of fresh toasted grains, caramel, slightly doughy yeast and noble hops. Nicely balanced with a plesant sweetness level. Starts with prominent toffee/caramel, just-baked pretzels, fresh grain and then hay, grass and lightly herbal hops. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Quite drinkable and tasty. I’m surprised by the low ratings on this one. Perhaps this year’s release is better than the batch from last year.
demitriustown (1011) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: a nice floral hop characteristic, medium caramel malts, a nice spiciness to it. Somewhat of a heath bar aroma lingering in the background. Appearance is a golden/amber pour with a medium sized off white head that diminishes into a soapy film, A buttery toffee flavor comes off at first. Some caramel, light smoke characteristics, butterscotch, and a almost equal sense of the hops and the malts intermingled. Palate is somewhat grainy, a light tingle, and a slight bitterness. Overall, It’s a pretty good Octoberfest. Bell’s puts another good foot forward.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper color, with a thin white head. Overall this beer was only decent, especially compared to other Bells beers. It was a little spicy, but just okay.