Ambrose (141) - East Aurora, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah hah! They did it again! Fabulous brew. I was happy. For once in my measly miserable life I was happy. Then it was gone and I could resume my regular status.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This bottle was purchased at the (2008) Buffalo Central Terminal Oktoberfest and was specially labeled for the event.
Appearance: It had a dark coppery amber color with good clarity. The head was small, slightly off white in color and faded to a thin, slick ring of lace on top.
Smell: The aroma had a deep burnt caramel and toasted malt presence with a somewhat spicy and leafy hop aroma.
Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor had a deep muddled malty sweetness. There are notes of burnt caramel, dark molasses and brown sugar that mix with slightly spicy and leafy hops. Overall this gives it a dark and murky character. The finish has more of a hops bitterness popping the deep maltiness as well as some grainy alcohol notes. It has a full body with a heavy, smooth and slightly slick texture and light to average carbonation.
Notes: Its dark deep murky complexity is very interesting but seems to take away from its overall drinkability.
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated while drinking: Pours a nice amber color with a big off-white head. Reeks of of sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, and sugar. Smells like what an Oktoberfest should smell like! Flavor is heavy on the sweet burnt malt, backed up by a pretty complex aftertaste. Solid and balanced. Crisp on the palate, but not too much carbonation. Fresh though. Very drinkable. Yummy Oktoberfest for this brisk October night. Growler at Hegedorns for a little under 12 with deposit.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Growler from Hegedorn’s)
CB Oktoberfest is a hazy amber beer with a foamy off-white head with pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma is of pretzels and malt. It’s a simple and soft smell. The are hardly any hops in the nose. When detected, they seem wooden and minty. It is smooth and medium-bodied-- a bit syrupy. The carbonation is prickly and it feels a bit silty. It’s well-balanced. The malt is like a sourdough pretzel. The hops are firm but smooth and quite medicinal. There is almost a quinine aftertaste. This growler made for good drinking in the back yard on a picture-perfect autumn day. Eins, zei, drei, zuffa!
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. pours a light colored amber. malt filled aromas. Toasty caramel taste. Not a bad marzen
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper pour with a tight white head. Crisp Malt aroma with some slight hop. Flavor was crisp, sweet caramel malt, and a clean toasted finish. Not bad
williamherbert (1231) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bitter bavarian/sharp malt aroma. Mild hint of butterscotch. Needs agitation or comes off as stale.
The appearance is hazy reddish orange. Short-lived head. Nice color, clear body.
The malt flavors are very sweet and butterscotchy, but with a little bitter bite at the end.
Feels very smooth and buttery, true to style. An easy-drinker. Be careful not to let it sit too long or it will get musty.
pete4999 (973) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, poured an orangeish brown. Nothing spectacular, but a standard Oktoberfest here. Malty, somewhat nutty with a nice sweetness. Pretty crisp.
Ron (2352) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2010 Autumn Festival of Ales - Honeoye Falls, NY Amber in color with a thin tan head. Aroma is rather malty and bitter with some hops, but mostly sweet malts. Flavor is smooth and malty with a nice sweetness at the end that is a slight hoppy.
AskForJenny (1014) - Ontario, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Att Cottage Hotel following Autumn Festival of Ales - Really flat, a signature it seems of this style, with some wood on palate. This one was vaguely creamy. Not for me.