Frank (3091) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is Octoberfest number three or four or something on the year for me. I am digging them this year. It’s a good year for malt, I guess, and this is one beer that’s not afraid to be malty. It pours a clear amber color w/ a very small head of fine bubbles. The nose is malty and, strangely, there is quite a bit of cinnamon and clove spiciness. This is an order of magnitude more subtle than a Belgian but way more esters than I’d expect to see in a run of the mill ale let alone a lager beer. It works though, actually quite well, so while it is completely inappropriate for the style these spice notes do make for good beer. Flavor is up front w/ it’s malty sweetness w/ quite a lot of caramel and sugar flavors. It’s only mildly carbonated but not so sticky sweet as to feel sluggish. This is a rather good beer overall and one of the better Octoberfests this year.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I enjoy a good Oktoberfest beer, even when the brewer spells it incorrectly. This one has a handsome pour, an orange/amber body with a sustained eggshell head. The aroma is sweet and caramelly, but the flavor tones down the sweetness and adds a mild earthy/grassy bitterness to balance it out. Enjoyable.
MaltOne (235) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper with white head. Aroma is light yeast. Flavors are yeast/bread, faintly sweet caramel malt, followed by a peppery spice hops. The finish is a blend of the above. Nicely balanced, leaning towards sweet but not too much. Relatively light on the palate but without being watery. Nice.
JMerritt (1850) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Pours a rich honey amber color with a nice, off-white and frothy head. Toffee, caramel, and clean straw aroma with a hint of sweet clover honey. Flavor is quite a bit sweeter than I anticipated from the aroma - honeycomb, rich toffee, heavily toasted grain. Finish is rather watery and is an unfortunate send-off. Overall it’s not too bad - not overly malty, inoffensive, a touch sweet at times. Another bottle courtesy of Narnad.
Maltser85 (321) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color and clear. Clean lager nose. Maybe a hint of hop mid palate with a clean finish. Decent lager, not great Oktoberfest.
Niko100 (2086) - Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber/copper color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, hay/grain, & spice; Flavor of slight sweet malt, caramel, some hops, and spice; Decent.
Trev (1965) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Copper/amber pour with a quick medium off white head.
aroma is toasted malt, caramel,
flavour is toasted malt, caramel, light to medium sweetness with a nutty/woody balance. Bit lighter bodied than other examples, but clean and well balanced and very sessionable even at 5.5.
commonmac (445) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Pizza Luce. Pint glass. Copper, almost amber with a small, but diligent head. Lacing is strong. Aroma is super sweet with hints of caramel. Unfortunately it’s downhill after the initial aroma. Taste leans mostly on malt without much balance. Leaves you.with an almost burnt sugar flavor but some bitter notes too. If.they could bottle the aroma, it would be significantly better.
JonnyMadison (53) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A pretty boring and straightforward "Octoberfest" lager. The flavor was mild, but smooth, easily drinkable but offering little originality or contrast. Some caramel notes, but very subtle. Many better fall beers out there.
murphious2000 (18) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well done, for the boring style of "Octoberfest" beers that come out this time of year. Somewhat earthy yeast aroma upon opening bottle and pouring a thick head of off white foam. A very pleasant sweetness of malt in the first sip with maybe a little hop drying in the finish---very drinkable as all fest beers should be.
sawbuck (373) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of roasted caramel and some toffee. Orange in color with notes of brown. Thin, light-tan head. Sweet caramel, with some hidden roasted notes. Sweetness continues throught, with a mild bitterness at the end. Pretty straight forward...not much depth. O.K.