vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The point may have been reached where I just don’t care about this style any more - they just aren’t doing much for me. This one pours clear copper with a nice off-white head. The aroma has smooth sweet caramel malt, some biscuit and a thinness to it. Medium body with a small amount of sharp carbonation. The taste is like the aroma, but even thinner. The finish becomes lightly medicinal. A fairly mediocre beer from a wonderful brewery.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, bright orange color; white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Candy sugar with a hint of allspice and cinnamon in the aroma; one-dimensional otherwise. Medium mouthfeel: candy sugar and light spice are the dominant notes, with a mild citrus presence and lively carbonation that can’t compensate for the lack of much else; drinkable and a reasonably pleasant oktoberfest. Medium, sugar and fruity finish.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color. Smell of malt, hops, clove, honey, vegtables, faint cinamon spice and pumpkin. Taste of malt, pumpkin, caramel, hops, clove, sugar and a nice bitter bite at the end. Decent.
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 (3530) - 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 (2595) - 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.