kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orangish copper body with a one finger fizzy beige head that faded quickly to a thin film. The nose is pretty decent, slightly sweet munich malt, and a minimal hoppiness. There’s a bit of huskiness that isn’t real wonderful though, as well as a bit of fruitiness that doesn’t fit as well. The flavor is a bit too sweet, with a bit of a grape like sweetness on the back end. This could use a bit of hops in here to help offset the sweetness a bit. Medium bodied with a bit of stickiness and soft fizzy carbonation. Can’t say that this one measures up too well against the better examples of the style.
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Rattle & Hum NYC sept 2012. Clear amber beer with a offwhite head. Hoppy, fruity and malty aroma. Hoppy, a bit spicy and fruity flavour.
glennmastrange (2214) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate roasted and caramel for the malt, light grass for the hops, with hints of dried fruit and metal. Head is small, frothy/fizzy, white with fair lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Pretty mild, but everything standard in an Oktoberfest.
demmbonz (496) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz to mini-dimple. Light in color. Bitter and malty somehow. One of my least favorite oktos so far.
keanex (1388) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled August 1, 2012.
Appearance: This is a great looking beer, crystal clear amber body with moderate carbonation activity in the body with a billowing light tan head that leaves some lacing as it slowly dissipates into a messy coating.
Aroma: Light fruit on the nose, maybe some banana or strawberry, maybe apple, with light notes of caramel. It reminds me most of strawberry gum I suppose.
Taste: Fruitier than most Marzens I’ve had, either apples or strawberries, it’s hard to tell, with lightly toasted malts, and a touch of caramel.
Palate: Medium bodied, a tad oily, light carbonation.
Overall: This is a decent beer, but not great for the style. I think this would be a great beer for someone new to craft beer though as it’s very easy drinking.
jkwood04 (3787) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours deeper golden with an off-white head. Aroma of some caramel and toasted malts and light, light hops. Flavor a little too much malts. Average texture. An ok beer.
bpar73 (419) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with a thin, white head. Aroma has some light spice with caramel malts. Flavor has spice, caramel and toast. Nice palate with a smooth malt finish.
AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Color is clear, light amber. Carbonation is average. Head is fingernails long, leaving spotty lace. Nose is solely caramel. Decent flavors of caramel malt, sweet bread and a spicy hop. Kind of a grassy hop. Body is light. Texture is kind of syrupy. All-in-all it is a typical fest, but enjoyable.
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: sweet , toasty malty nose , hint of brown sugar. Tad light on hops. Lacking classic notes. 6-
Look: presentable with clear amber-gold body and large snowy white cap. Good lace.4+
Taste etc.: medium bodied with fuller malty side. Hops more pronouced in flavour but still quiet sweet. Lacking clean smooth notes of good lagers. Fairly drinkable.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear honey orange with a small white head on top. No retention left behind. The aroma is light with notes of honey, floral tones, sweet sugary malts. The body is lighter than other Oktos I’ve had this season. Carbonation gives a light bubbly feel, but this beer lacks the moderate heft I like in this style.
The flavors border on fruity, to a bit of a fault. Pale apple, sweet crackers, juice-like residual sweetness. The main players I expect in the flavor - caramel, malt, bread - are absent, or at least masked quite well under a covering of sweet fruity character. This one missed the mark for me. It wasn’t a bad "beer," it just wasn’t a great Okto.