doboy (397) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love those Foothills Beers! Pours a dark amber with a nice off white head that lasts and lasts. Nice carbonation. Great malty taste with a hint of hops. Thick and velvety in the mouth, great aftertaste as you think of the next sip! A really nice Oktoberfest Bier!!!!!
alexsdad06 (3040) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is malty, toasted bread, caramel mild fruity notes with a splash of yeast. The flavor had toasted malts, caramel with some fruity notes. This is not a style I typically enjoy, but I guess this is ok.
Tmoney99 (8771) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear brownish color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
b3shine (2229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber to taster. Looks good; a transparent copper with off-white lacing. Smells doughy and a little bitter. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A decent example of the style.
beernovice39 (2764) - Montana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a clear copper with a thin off white top. Scent is sweet malts, nuts and caramel. Taste is toasted malts, dark bread and caramel.
Gooney (368) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle - pours brown with a white head. More floral hops aroma than I would expect from an Oktoberfest. Very nice flavor.
SSSteve (3377) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. clear rusty orange with almost no head. malty nose with nuts and dark fruits with molasses. toasty flavors over a dark fruitiness(black cherry, plum). has a heavy bottom end making it feel full bodied and low carbonation. not as bright as some german examples.
nearbeer (3041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Brown-copper; darker than most Festbiers, with a nice disc of foam. Nose is dark toffee and dry grass. Taste is toffee and spicy dry grass, cocoa and some caramel apple. Light-medium body is balanced and drinkable, with medium carbonation.
maxwelldeux (2209) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with some hints of red, but zero head. I can’t even get much smell off this either. I’m getting some malty flavors to the taste, but not a whole lot to talk about.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 Originally reviewed: 9/17/08. Had this on tap at the brewery itself. It was very disappointing in appearance. This brew had a nice copper/amber color to it, but came with absolutely no head. There wasn’t even a ring of lace to speak of.
The smell was average at best. Some citrus as well as the toasted character of the drink pulled through.
What it lacked it looks it made up for in taste. This brew was crisp and clean. It was definitely well-carbonated. It left a slight bite on the tongue. Could taste the toasted malt, as well as some caramel. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Paired very well with my Pub Melt. Mmmmm...
Bottle Review 11/3/12: Came home from work and found my wife had bought a bottle of this for me along with a new glass. Hurray! 22oz bottle poured into a chalice.
After an aggressive pour, there is not a smidge of lace on top of this brew. Just a whisper of globs on the glass edge after each sip. Deep copper color. The aroma is pretty basic for this style, nothing unique here. Caramel, toffee, a bit of alcohol on the finish.
I’ll take the shortcomings in those areas as long as it comes through in the flavor, where it really counts. A malt-head’s dream - big caramel malt flavor, mild fruity flavors, light husk-like dryness in the middle, cracker aftertaste. One thing I really appreciate is that this beer in bottle-form doesn’t carry that "house" flavor that is so pervasive in many of Foothills’ brews on tap. I think I much prefer this one in the bottle, which is rare for me. A great fall treat, that I will make sure to stock up on each and every autumn [though I’d love to see it in 12oz bottle form, but I’m not picky].