notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I had this beer on tap last year, and I remember thinking that it was god awful - however, I do tend to like their bottled products, so I figured I would give it another shot - yes, it is red - and that is quite off-putting - I know it’s a schmaltz beer, but even this is taking it too far - if the beer ain’t a kriek, it shouldn’t look like this - you need to close your eyes to rate every other aspect of the beer, because your brain just can’t get past the food coloring look - rather bland aroma, with an odd combination of hops that doesn’t quite work - a faint caramel maltiness as well - sweet malts are forward first, but a rather strong and unenjoyable bitterness surfaces fast (these hoppier coney island lagers tend to use sort of gross hop combinations - why?) - alcohol surfaces after that - overall, the aroma and flavor are rather boring, and not all that tasty - and, of course, once I actually open my eyes and drink this stuff, all I taste is red - remember the taste of fake blood and halloween make-up? - yup, that’s it.
SSSteve (3769) - - SEP 12, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a bloody reddish purple under a fizzy pink head. i don’t really get any aroma. flavor is malty with mild hops. light-medium bodied. a light sugary sweetness lingers throughout the flavor. when i finally stop my brain from thinking its hawaiian punch, its actually a decent beer.
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a disturbing kool-aid red colour with a pink head.
Light piney hop aroma with hints of cotton candy (or is that my imagination?)
Flavour is medium malty body with a slightly metallic bitterness and a chalky finish.
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Holy crap it’s red! I poured this out and nearly dropped it. Aroma has a decent maltiness. Lots of carbonation with an earthiness and what I think are noble hops up front. Malt is there but more bread/dough than caramel or even the vegetable notes I would expect from an ofest. I think this beer is just wrong. With such a crazy color and appearance it should be an IIPA or something more aggressive than a regular lager calling itself an ofest. I guess it’s a good enough beer but i don’t get it.
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml Bomber. Pours a super dyed-out red color...disturbingly artificial. If it’s not a cherry lambic you shouldn’t even think about making a beer this color. Someone call the Reinheinngesptot enforcers. I think the food dye actually interferes in a subtle way, giving the beer a chalky mouthfeel. Malty and mellow in some ways, making it at least drinkable. Hop balance muffled under the artificial taste. Big disappointment from Shmaltz.
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours cherry red with pink head. WTF?? Malty aroma with some floral hops. Flavors of bitterness (not in a good hoppy way) and cough medicine. Medium body with average carbonation. I had a hard time drinking this one.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
First of all, making your beer artificially red is fucking stupid. Second of all, I ain’t buying that "666" ABV shit at all. These two things seriously damage the overall impression. The aroma is good. Fairly hoppy in the pine way. The flavor is a mildly pleasant clash of piney hops and oversweet malts. Still I can’t get over how stupid the whole thing is.
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a bright red with a large pink head. Huh? Aroma is malty and not much else. Flavor is dry malts with a touch of hops and finishes with som breadyness. Nothing great and I hate gimmicks with the red food coloring to look like blood.
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I had this last october, and it was a bad experiment. The red, the taste, it was just all wrong. Nice creativity but...
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the Spuyten Duyvil. BRIGHT pinkish red/magenta colored body, like nothing else. Bright pink creamy head. BRIGHT! aroma is hoppy, sweaty, vegetal. flavor is hoppy, bitter leafy, & a bit medicinal, but also lots of caramel malt. finish gets more hoppy bitter. more on the hoppy side, but decent enough balance of caramel malt.