holdenn (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Not much in the nose, touch of candied malt and faded hops. Lemons, toffee malts with a touch of those earthy hops coming out in the finish. The earthiness is strange with the flavors and the body is overly watery. Ok, but nothing I’ll ever choose to drink again.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, ’08. pours clear copper with off white head. a sweet malty aroma with foral hops. sweet malts, dried fruit, earthy finish rounds out the palate. nothing special.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper color with a thin tan head. Caramel aroma with a smooth, roasted malt taste and a light hop bite for a nice balance.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Faint caramel malt on the grainy nose. Astringent body with faint caramel malt. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Red amber with solid medium beige head. Slight lager grain with sweet malt and caramel. Flavor is grain, banana, sweet, slight dark malt. Well carbonated medium to full body that fades to a nice creaminess. Solid.
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps not as fresh as it could have been, but it is only November. Great malt aroma and malt flavor. Some caramel. Good, smooth palate. Not the most flavorful oktoberfest I have had, but quite good anyway.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a six-pack at Trig’s in Wausau, Wisconsin. From a 12-oz bottle, pours a clear coppery amber brew with a fast dissolving off-whtie head that disipates clean. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some flowery hops with some dry toffee. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a caramel malt flavor with some dry spice, toffee and some tart pear. Finish is slightly tart at first and then a sweet biscuit and caramel malt flavor returns. No bitterness in this bottled Märzen.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was one finger high and off white. It dissipated relatively quickly to nothingness and didn’t leave any lace behind. Delicate aromas of subdued spicy hops, humble malty toffee, and a hint of apple. Pretty nice. Slightly sweet on the tongue with crisp carbonation. Malt dominated flavor without any appreciable hop contribution. Tasted of toasted bread accented by light toffee. Not bad.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear orange amber with a small light beige head, low retention. Aroma has some brown ale leanings--light roast and toasted nuts--with some toasted grain that is almost to the point of dry dog food, but not quite. Very light caramel sweetness noted. A little, but not much more sweetness in the flavor. Toasty grain, light nuts and a bready malt character finish up the flavor. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. Not really any faults with this, but nothing was really that great about it.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (October 2006) consumed mid-November from a Carlyle pint glass. Dark near-clear amber with a smallish dying off-white head, little to no lacing....nice malty, lightly smoky-peaty-woody aroma, feels like autumn all right.....somewhat dull, dry body, bit of caramelized and pale malt upront but dull dry woodiness kills the finish and the faint cidery touches don’t really help....thin and boring and a bit overcarbonated.