Frank (2223) - 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.
Scipio (591) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear copper with minimal head. The aroma is somewhat subdued, with caramel, bread, and hints of grassy hops and apple. The taste is dominated by maple and caramel, to go along with mild grass and bread. It isn’t complicated, but it tastes alright. Very short maple aftertaste. Light to medium in body, slick in texture, and below average in carbonation. This is one of your more generic Octoberfest beers.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with minimal head. Very typical octoberfest beer, but not as good as many others.
Doghair (190) - Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with minimal foam. Aroma is sweet caramel and vanilla. Taste is also sweet caramel and vanilla. Almost like a root beer. Very unusual. Nice but not an Octoberfest.
ryecatcher (539) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a ambery-coppery Marzen color. Nose is malty and toasted bread. Not much in the way of a head, but no worries. Mouth is medium bodied, toasted malt, toasted bread, and well balanced. A quality Oktoberfest from the Bavaria of the US of A. Now, if only I had some weisswurst and mustard...
beerbaaron (683) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear medium amber with large frothy off-white head. Aroma not up to standard of the better oktoberfests; Some bread, little caramel, wet cardboard. Flavor is much the same. Medium to light body. More of a sugary sweetness. Not too flavorful. Surely drinkable; decent beer. Not a bad beer by any means but not up to standard in my opinion.
MarinEvelyn (318) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma slightly lacking, but sweet, malts, a little hops.
Taste better than the aroma. Malts and hop well balanced, fairly smooth finish. A little bitter, a little off from some of the better octoberfests, but not a bad beer by any means.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Blue Max, amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma of some sweet caramel, malt, bit metallic. Taste is sweet grain, some hop character, but not a fan.
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dlbeer (588) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper pour with white head. Smells of malt and slight hops. Very malty with a slight bitter finish. Not the best Oktoberfest.
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wlajwl (3323) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is bread-like malts and an almost raspberry jam like quality. The flavor is grainy/bread-like malts, strong fruit notes, citrus and a mostly tart/slightly smooth finish.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sitting around for a few months. Good fest color, orange brown. Smelll is cleean lager. Bready, malty with a tad of fruit inthe background. Reminds me more of a british ale of some sort. Has that malty thing happening. Yes, weird musty fruit thing builds during the session. Could be a little more pleasant on the uptake. Finish is a tad medicinal.