Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Oktoberfest isn’t necessarily a bad style but a lot of brewers don’t seem to be aware of that. This one is a pretty typical example of a malty German lager done poorly. It orange brown w/ a fine white head. It’s sweet is the main problem, which makes for a somewhat heavy brew w/ an emphasis on sugars rather than actual malt character. There are also some slightly unpleasant metallic notes esp. in the nose. Overall, this is kind of vaguely drinkable but there is really nothing especially good about it to make up for its problems. If you want a beer in this vein that is actually good check out Busch Signature Copper Lager, which is not only better but cheaper too.
TheJestersBeer (2200) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep straw, thin head.
Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2.
Malty, buttery taste, faintly sour. Caramel, faint hops, burnt popcorn, diacetyl.
Bad keg lines, or traces of an infection? (2014-09-29)
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jmagnus87 (2888) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a light copper with a half finger of white head. Aroma of caramel and grains. Taste is similar. Lightly bitter with some herbal hops and light metallic notes. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and a surprisingly long finish. Pretty good. Much better than I was expecting.
BVery (7595) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Mostly clear golden yellow pour with a small spotty white head. Grains and light malt, but way too much metal character.
Onslow (1246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Light amber brew with small quickly fading head that soon fades. Aroma of light malt, cereal, some metal. Taste is mildly malty with a nice crisp finish - tart fruit and some bitter grass / hay. Thin palate. Enjoyable!
Niko100 (2183) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft; Light straw/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, & dusty grain/hops; Flavor of malt, caramel, and some hops; Somewhat metallic - just decent.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/13/13 Trade from Jamil. Weak scent of tart apples and grain. Pretty copper pour with a decent head. Lighter crisp feel. Nice tart bright flavor to a sweet malty cracker and grain quality. A solid Oktoberfest.
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drdisque (621) - Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured in a novelty pilsner glass my sister in law bought me. Very nice sweet malty fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet grainy malt and a crisp finish. A very spot on, if not a little bit boring, execution of the Marzen style. Well balanced.
DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Berghoff. Clean amber color with a light stream of bubbles feeding a half-finger head. Malty smell that comes through in the taste, but it also carries an impression of salt. I had the same with the DortWunder the day before, and it may be simply the same water profile, which involves some calcium and sodium. So maybe Randy Mosher was going for a "house" lager style. But the malt is fuller to make up for it, and the hops are lighter as befits the style. I will have to try to dunkel to see if they do share some traits.