McGarnigle (532) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper-orange color, clear, but thin head. This seems pretty well within the style. More malt than hops, and the hops that are there are German. Dry finish. Clean. I almost sensed a little out-of-place spice here, but that may have just been the combo of various flavors. Slightly low fizz for a lager. Decent Okt, but not memorable.
ansermadide (1430) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear, golden in color with a white head, this has a somewhat pleasant, lager aroma with light caramel. It’s a little too light and watery, sightly sweet with a little bitterness that ends awkward and thin. Weird finish. I don’t like this. It’s downright skunky.
pinkie (399) - New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with bright clarity, perfect amber with light lager bubbles making their way to the top. Retention was poor, but poured a finger of off white foam. Left a thin ring and some patchy spots of lace. Nose was toasty, crusty bread and lager yeast. A very light malt sweetness on the nose. Taste is bold with bread and lager yeast twang. Has a gentle sweetness and finishes with a touch of bitter. It has a mineral quality to the taste and the mouthfeel is light and a bit thin. Had a citrus taste in the finish. My criticisms would be that the malt wasn’t silky enough and could have used a touch more sweet presence in the drink. The hops were a bit too bitter for my taste and the yeast was powerful and a bit sour.
This is my first beer from Ellicottville and they did a great beer to style.
Braudog (5455) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. There’s just a slight haze on this orange-yellow beer. The head is super sticky, clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life as it subsides. The aroma is fresh and snappy, the aroma of fall. This drinks with a crisp tartness, with a nicely balanced light malt backdrop, and finishes with a subtle, funky bite. Very nice O-fest! (#4969, 4/3/2013)
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: mild , one dimensional , grainy malty notes. Not very refined. 5-
Appearance: clear golden look with medium plus white snowy top. Some lace shown. 3+
Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: medium light bodied. Mineral notes with slight nutty hints , gentle bittering. Fairly smooth , clean in approach. Simple , tad think for style but drinkable. Hops showing late but ...
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops aren’t something you tend to find a lot of in Oktoberfestbiers, which makes an even remotely hoppy brew of the style stand out. That’s certainly the case with Ellicottville Oktoberfest - an otherwise by-the-book marzen with real hop character.
I poured a 12oz bottle into my OktoBEERfest mug.
Appearance: Attractive clear shade of dark amber/copper. Forms a small, beige, sudsy head which evaporates quickly and almost completely.
Smell: Typical American lager aroma but with a subtle floral scent.
Taste: I would not describe Ellicottville Oktoberfest as robust and complex, but I would say it has a rather unique palate for an American Oktoberfest. Mild sweetness throughout the entire first half of the palate - mostly amber grain but nothing particularly confectionary. Right as it starts to finish there’s a crackle of sharp hoppy bitterness. More dry than a spicy, with even the faintest trace of citrus. It’s really quite prominent consider the beer is only 28 IBUs (according to the brewery’s website). This drinks more like an amber ale as it has no generic lager taste at all. Though not absolutely delicious, there’s nothing boring about this palate at all. It’s a nice change of pace for sure.
Drinkability: This is exactly what you want out of an Oktoberfest: plenty of flavor but no massive girth. Ellicottville Oktoberfest has an energetic, but comfortable mouthfeel. It goes down smooth and is fairly clean, though the hops do create for a slightly dry aftertaste. The 5.6% ABV is perfect for the size.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, pours a light reddish yellow, aroma is corny and flavour is crispy and smooth. Very flavourful and yummy offering
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft @ the Ellicottville brewpub in Ellicottville, NY .. . i enjoyed this one- a very nice example .. . light caramel, a touch sweet .. . a good finish .. . this is awesome! .. . . Excuse me, but "proactive" and "paradigm"? Aren’t these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? Not that I’m accusing you of anything like that.
dresden (725) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from pushkinwow. Pours a clear copper with a fizzy offwhite head. Sweet aroma with some light floral hops. Sweet taste with a bit of bready malt. Pretty good for the style but not a great beer.
jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crisp copper coloured body with a very thin off-white head that fades immediately and almost no movement at all - okay looking. Aroma of metal, a touch of malt and a few minor sugars - not much going on at all. Light-bodied; Metallic and slightly chewy malt note and a touch of citrus and some cleanser and just about nothing else. Aftertaste is pretty mild with some malt and a touch of alcohol. Overall, a pretty bland and uninspired beer with not much going on and not a great example of the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$2.55 sampled at home in Washington on 12-February-2012.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from Cranbury BuyRite. Meh, this is lousy. Poured a flat orange/amber with hardly any head. Aroma of wet bread and slight nutts. Flavor of wet bread crusts, hint of citrus, and acorns. Watery mouthfeel with stronger carbonation. Skip this.