hman43 (1156) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
There is an aroma of malts and hints of almonds. It is a darker amber color, but the head is not very strong. There is a pleasant combination of almonds, bread, caramel, and other flavors. It’s a pleasant combination.
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet. Thick eggshell foam is slow to recede as it forms a well-retained halo. Maltcentric aromas of breadcrust and toasted bread, with lesser notes of cocoa, creamed coffee, aniseed, and muted DMS. Loose carbonation leaves a foamy residue on the palate. Quite richly malty with a bocklike intensity on initial sip. Potent pumpernickel flavors precede a supple wave of milk chocolate and raisin-soaked sugars which brings considerable viscosity to the body. Breadcrust and lightly scorched nuts generate a touch of earthy sharpness to temper the sugars, and there’s ample textural richness, including a haylike "bounce", which testifies to skillful mashing. No melanoidins despite the sturdy maltiness, however. An earthy, hop-derived licorice-root tickle wavers in and out of the semi-chewy raisiny sugars. Clean fermentation character and a snap of pictachiolike lager yeast continually firms things up while vivifying the complex maltiness. Pronounced Munich punch of breadcrust and burnt toffee seals the remarkably rich and long finish, as sassy licorice hops whisper their spicy echoes. A fairly impressive and genuine märzenbier that’s unapologetically malty. If the brewers could increase the attenuation a smidgeon and extract some melanoidins via a multi-step decoction, this would rival some of the better examples out of Franconia. Pretty solid.
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winsten Sale is a far cry from Bavaria, and this beer is a far cy from a good Oktoberfest brew. With that being said this not a bad beer!
pours a brown/amber tone with a bit heavy on the carbonation. A thin layer of off white head that faded somewhat quickly and left no lacing. Flavor is that of Carmel and toast. The finish is a bit weak and a little bitter.
HighlanderOne (1233) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Malt spice aroma. Good lookin amber mahogany with lacing head. Tasting roasted malt, spices, grassy hops, caramel. Nice stuff.
jcnielsen (3205) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Malty, caramel, nutty, toast aromas. Caramel, toast, malty flavors. Solid.
HourGlass13 (609) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber brown with a off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, with a woody, nutty and light maple syrup. Flavor is malty caramel, maple syrup sweetness, notes of nutty woody flavor. Thick rich and sticky. A good Oktoberfest.
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on 9/12/11 from a bottle. Pours clear, dark orange-amber with an average white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is light bread malt with some nutty aromas and just a hint of lightly bitter hops. The flavor is the same light bread malt, with the nutty and bitter hops notes coming through more strongly than the nose would have suggested. The body is light with average carbonation, and a lightly sticky, and nutty bitter hops finish.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Delicately toasted cereals meet herbal hops in this super clean, Americanized version of an Oktoberfest lager.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam stays atop the shiny pale amber.
-The hop profile is bolder than the typical Festbier’s, which is to be expected in these parts.
-Mild caramel sweetness is perceived as well.
-Drinkability is high.
On tap at the brewpub.
Vir4030 (599) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2014
1.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Clear brown pour with good head on tap at a pickup curling game. About the most Oktoberfest aromas I could imagine, roasted nuts and all. Flavor is roasted for sure with an aftertaste if heavy cocoa and caramel. Yuck. Not my thing. Oktoberfest in the wrong direction.
LuckyDog (615) - - OCT 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice. Malty. Some complexity in the flavor. Not very bitter. Good option.
tnkw01 (1717) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Perfect amber color. Aroma is praline and hints of can’t corn. Taste is slightly sweet "Payday" like with toast and a slight hoppy finish.