Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap. In my opinion, the best beer from Diamond Bear I’ve had. Dull copper color, clear, no real head or lacing...Nice aroma. Malty, caramel-tastin’, little bite. I’m partial to the style, I like this one lots! The sweetness at the end is nice, too.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle at the Afterthought in Little Rock, AR. Pours a clear, copper-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened, grainy and bready malts with a touch of toasted caramel. A light spicy grass in there too. Flavor is similar. Lightly sweetened grainy and bready malts with a light toasted caramel. Solid grassy, lightly spiced hopping to balance that helps dry this out with a light bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a crisp, clean, moderate carbonation. Overall, nothing special, but a well done Oktoberfest. Very easy drinking with a dry, nicely hopped finish along with a lightly sweetened and toasty malt backing. Not bad.
Fatehunter (1762) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque amber color with a thin head.
Getting some wet hay and grapefruit smell.
Moderately malty first, then some bitterness to round it out. Simple, but hits the notes for the style. Has an interesting bitter/pine aftertaste.
Medium body with moderate carbonation, though it has a fizziness to it like seltzer water.
Fairly average beer.
BigDogLiquor (31) - Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a excellent seasonal. I really enjoyed the blend used in creating this. It was almost as if it had more of the fall, Christmas style aroma than a typical Oktoberfest beer.
thegreenrooster (3603) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a clear amber with a large white head. Aroma is caramel malts and rpsted nuts. flavor is a littel weaker. Some malts are there but this is pretty thin. Finish leaves some bready malt. Nothing bad to say about this as it was going in the right direction, it’s just a little thin all around.
ben4321 (4887) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 11/14/11
Aroma: The nose is rather malty, with nuts, bread, caramel, and a little bit of earthiness
Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow-orange color with a huge white head and heavy lace
Flavor: It tastes rather malty, medium sweet, a little caramel, some roast, nuttiness, and later bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, though a touch watery, with a fairly smooth feel, and a decently dry finish
Overall, this is a decent beer. There isn’t anything I can necessarily pinpoint as wrong with it, but there isn’t anything especially great about it either. It really is just an alright beer.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GABF, new State! Pours a nice looking deep copper with a fluffy head that lasts. Nose is crisp and fresh, nice bready notes and some spicy noble hops. On taste, much hoppier than anticipated, really nice bitterness that verges toward a dark pilsner. Lots of bready melanoidins and spicy hop flavors. Very decent beer.
adnielsen (10159) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Gabf. Clear, golden orange appearance with a foamy, off white head. Pretty bland, sweet caramel malty nose. Nutty, light caramel flavor with a grassy hoppiness.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty with a clean almost sterile aroma. Flavor is quite malty. A bit of sweet caramel character, but this is too grassy malty for me.
popery (1703) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a bright amber-brown with a rocky off-white head. The aroma is mostly caramel with an earthy yeast tone and an herbal hoppiness. The malt has a tasty German character. It’s a bit nutty. It’s mildly sweet with a drying finish and a gentle hop bite. There’s a lot of nice German flavor bouncing around. Easy to drink and fairly refreshing. Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Average carbonation. A bit slick. This is a surprisingly tasty beer, particularly for one that I was mostly looking forward for the state tick. It’s got some nice, authentic German flavor and a nicely balanced tone.