BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Amber with fading white head, good lace. The aroma has a fruity character of apricot, plum, pear along with caramel, toffee, biscuit, and dusty yeast esters. The taste has a nice fruity and twangy tone over layers of sweet malt with some grassy and spicy notes upon the finish, hint of marzipan throughout. The mouth feel is lively and smooth, very quaffable. This is a solid bier and better than most of the genre.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Usually <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 is wildly off the mark with his ratings, but this time he nailed it:
Easily the best Oktoberfest/Märzen these guys have produced. Beautiful rich golden pour with a big robust white head that lingers and coats your upper lip generously. The nose is all bread dough/caramel/toffee maltiness...only as it should be! The flavors are largely caramel/toffee/bread dough, but there is a decent earthy hop presence lurking far, far in the background. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, slippery, and satisfying...could not be improved upon, I believe. The last sip only invites another pint to follow immediately upon the heels of the first, which is my best indicator of sessionability and, I presume, the brewer’s ultimate goal. Well brewed!
Nota Bene: My rating is for "Oktoberfest (2007)", not the earlier beer of 2005.
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TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint served on tap at the Brewery for the Collaborative Evil release. Poured a nice darkish amber hue with a small offwhite head that looked quite inviting, regardless of the plastic cups. Aromas typical of the style, hearty maltiness balanced with a bit of bittering hops. Body is similar, not one dimensional, but covers the style it is titles as well. Nice mouthfeel, good finish with a touch of hops and a nice malty aftertaste to remind you of what you could have to your lips. A pretty satisfying Oktoberfest. Cheers!
DSG (4714) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(10/14/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Flossmoor. Clear amber. Aroma of diacetyl and malt. Sweetish buttery flavor with malt. Medium-bodied.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 2007 vintage on tap at Flossmoor. only had a sample glass of this but wish i had more. pours golden with creamy white head. nose is more grainy than anything else but the flavor is full and has a very fresh taste to it. sweeter than most oktoberfest brews and not as bready. crisp hops and sweet grainy flavor. watery body. i know my review of this sort of sucks but i really needed a full pour. this is actually really tasty stuff. 3.5.
9/29/08, 2008 vintage, pours auburn white head. nose is earthy, fall leaves?, nutty. flavor is roasty, nutty, sort of a like a nut brown ale but w/ lager yeast. just decent.3.2.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
draft... clear light orange, thick nice head... dead nose... skunky gross taste, not very good attempt
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at flossmoor on Collabo Evil release day.... nice semi-transparent caramel body with a thin wispy off-white head..... aroma wasn’t too complex. good dose of toasty caramels...... flavors followed suit with roasted malt and caramels. easy drinking with medium carbonation..... haven’t had too many oktoberfest brews but this one was just about average.
HonkeyBra (2879) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the brewery. This was an Oktoberfest that was better than most. Nice malt with some subtle hops, good thick mouthfeel. Worth trying.
DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Draft at FSRB. 2007 edition (which is a totally different beer than than the previous one, Admins!):Great balance of all the things a beer should be. Deep amber, almost brown body under a firm, orangeish head. Smells malty, still with a little yeast to it. Taste is full of yummy Vienna malts with a crisp finish. I wouldn’t say "caramel," because there is not much residual sweetness. And it’s complemented by a brawny noble hop finish: German bitterness at first, then notes of white pepper and even mustard seed (or maybe I’m just thinking about German food at Oktoberfest time). Gets spicier toward the end, like a hearty rye sandwich. Taste still has some yeast to it, but that should be better settled out when the next keg is tapped.
Earlier Rating: 9/26/2004 Total Score: 3.1
Draft. Looks like the first product of Flossmoor’s new lagering addition is here. This not a style I’ve been able to get behind, but here I go: A good toasty malt quality. Somehow I caught a note of saltiness, could Matt have been using Burton water for some reason? I also found this has a much more hoppy profile than any other Okto I’ve found.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ENTRY IS FOR FLOSSMOOR STATION OKTOBERFEST (2007): Easily the best Oktoberfest/Marzen these guys have produced. Beautiful rich golden pour with a big robust white head that lingers and coats your upper lip generously. The nose is all bread dough/caramel/toffee maltiness...only as it should be! The flavors are largely caramel/toffee/bread dough, but there is a decent earthy hop presence lurking far, far in the background. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, slippery, and satisfying...could not be improved upon, I believe. The last sip only invites another pint to follow immediately upon the heels of the first, which is my best indicator of sessionability and, I presume, the brewer’s ultimate goal. Well brewed!
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS RATING IS FOR THE OKTOBERFEST (2004) ...a completely different beer. Earlier Rating: 9/18/2007 Total Score: 3
A perfectly acceptable example of the style (damning with faint praise?)...golden pour with substantial head. The malt sweetness dominates, as it should...caramel and bread dough...but some hop bite way, way back in the background. Just OK.