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.
Cornfield (5570) - 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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DrnkMcDermott (2961) - 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.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m usually not a big fan of these but this one was great. Had a much thicker body than I’ve ever had in a lager before, with a subdued but noticeable hop note. Overall one of the better lagers i’ve ever had.
jaymobrown (1792) - 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.
BBB63 (6507) - 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.
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.
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.
TheAlum (6696) - Aurora, 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!
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. I was honetly a little disappointed, but I think maybe I’m not a big Oktoberfest fan in general. I wish it had a little more malt and body-- just felt thin on my tongue. The aftertaste was very dry and a little musty. I guess it’s decent but I probably wouldn’t order it again.