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.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a fan of the style and this did nothing to change that. Amber body with a big white head. The nose what bread dough, toffee, some fruit. Flavor was malty and nutty with some fruit. Just didn’t do it for me.
jaymobrown (1609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Decent malt characteristics. Kinda of hoppy. A bit of carbonation. Sort of thin in the palate. A decent beer. A very decent beer. Grains and sugar.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
i never understand what cornfield and rayboy are talking about. this one had an amber color with a small head. the aroma was mostly air and the flavor was sweet and spicy (with spices i couldn’t identify, but i am a simple man). the finish was watery, and i suppose i could drink a bunch of these if i had to. i have probably ruined my palate with my degenerate lifestyle.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Version: On tap at Flossmoor Station, and served in a shaker. This brew poured a dark amber/orange color with a decent sized tan head that lasted. Some fairly good lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer consisted of sweet malts, light caramel, bread, and some nice noble hops. The flavor follows suit with a nice big malty flavor that finishes with a decent hop kick. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. A super Oktoberfest that is perfect for the coming fall months. Well done.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured an amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was of malts, caramel, dog food, sawdust, and hops. Taste was of malts, the sawdust, and spice. Lingering hop bitterness to finish it off. Definitely didn’t smell too amazing, but was refreshing and easily drinkable.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I finally thought this beer would break the trend of Flossmoor beers with that stale musty flavor that is in all of the other beers, but it didn’t, so it must not be a yeast thing but something in the brewing system to give it that taste. Anyways, this octoberfest pours a deep orange with a nose of nuts and caramel. The flavor was malty and nutty with the Flossmoor flavor dominating. Much thicker than I was expecting, which made it harder to drink. Not bad for a first lager, but I wouldn’t try this again.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Respectable, fresh Oktoberfest. We had sample tray of 11. I was told the brew master Matt had been there 5 years now. Cheers.
This is by far the best microbrew-pub reastauant brews I’ve had and food and service was excellent. Highly recommended.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub
Golden amber is on the light end of the Fest color range; Virtually no aroma but some malt and hops can be discerned if you sniff hard enough to practically suck your nostrils shut. Flavor is farily well balanced between malt and hops. Could have used a bit more malt body as this beer pushes the acceptable bitterness threshold for the style. Long medium hop finish. More enjoyable than my "3" rating would suggest but the rating comes from having from virtually no aroma and a need for just a tiny bit more body.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Flossmoor, 9/22/07. Very light amber color with VERY quick dying white foam, can’t have any lacing it you don’t have any head. Aroma, what I can get from it, is fairly malty, some undertones of noble hops. Flavor is solid for the style, no major flaws, just seems a little watery to me.