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 (4840) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden yellow with a bit of brown tinge, fast disapearing white head. Beer cheese smell with some peat. Tasty peatish though thin mouthfeel, very high malted. All though not up to my other samples from this brewery, still refreshing.
Thanks jpm30 for surprise extra.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
Most of the Central Waters Reserve releases have been pretty good so I thought I would give this one a shot. It was a little disappointing even if it was not bad. The best description I can come up with for this release is ’safe’. While it wasn’t hard to drink, I could not help feeling like something was missing. I could see trying this at a bar or get together if the alternative was a pale fizzy ale. Otherwise, I think this is the first and last bottle I will be picking up.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge billowing head flowed from the bottle into my glass, covering about 90% of it in foam. After it settled down all that was left was a one-finger white head. Underneath was a rusty brown colored liquid that bubbled with carbonation. The nose was a soup of malt, cherries, raspberries and nuts with a hint of peat in the background.
Flavor / Palate - Cherries, malt and almonds compose the primary flavors. The first sip was the same as the last - nothing changed even as it slowly warmed in my glass. A trace amount of cheap grocery store aisle chocolate remains in the aftertaste but overall it is very weak. This was a solid Octoberfest but nothing special.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 From a 12 oz. bottle with a short blurb along the left side of label, no freshness date, but this is the fall ’06 release.
Poured a clear reddish copper with a foamy, fluffy white head that settled in to a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Had a fruity aroma with a very light toastiness, hints of caramel and toffee, a little powdery yeast.
Good carbonation and a soft, soft crispness, a tad watery, medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Bland and thin tasting, especially the malts, thin and watery caramel, barest hints of toastiness, weak grain taste, a watery fruitiness, the hops don’t have much of a presence and a watery caramel finish.
This was the most disappointing Oktoberfest I’ve had this season, maybe it is better from the tap, but this was a fresh sample that was well cared for, once again, disappointing. In someways, this reminds of a watered down version of the Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfest.
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium copper colored body with a trace of a thin white head. The aroma is shortbread cookies with earthy toffee. There is also some a little bit of dried grass. The taste is much drier than I expected. It has some light toffee and bread crust. There is plenty of carbonation with the short lived taste. I have had a lot better from Central Waters. Thanks a lot, civ.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Little to no discernable aroma. Slightly grainy taste with a little pop on the tongue.
Fine everyday ’Octoberfest’ beer, but nothing special.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear, sparkly medium orange with a moderate layer of off-white head (receded almost completely after a minute). Aroma had smooth caramel maltage upfront with some floral/vegetal hoppage behind it. Flavor was very enjoyable... autumn-crisp caramel, noble hops, toasty grains, and just a hint of alcohol around the edges. Crisp, yet smooth on the palate, with a nice medium malt backbone. Fairly long finish with fresh caramel and light hop bitterness. One of the best Oktoberfests I’ve tried.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 12oz bottle, 2005 release.
Wow, some harsh reviews and score here. [ EDIT Nov 20th: I now realize all prior reviews refer to the 2004 release, while my rating refers to the 2005 release. ] The only thing I found to complain about was the odd vegetable odor in the aroma. Appearance is perfect for a fest -- briliant pale amber with a medium white head that fades into a whisp on top and a ring around the rim. Dead-on flavor with nice rich sweet caramel-like malt, lightly toasted grain, and light-to-medium hop bitterness. Solid mouthfeel with medium, almost thick palate. Improve the aroma and IMHO it’s easily a top-ten Oktoberfest.