bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of toasted grain, nuts, caramel, and some light citrus notes. Flavor of nuts, light smoke, some roast, caramel, and toasted grain. Fairly complex for the style.
Skyview (5215) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 64-oz growler during Darkness Day 2009 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Has all three basic characteristics of a Märzen (copper orange, malty caramel aroma/taste, semi-sweet finish). Some unique characteristics of this one includes a mild bitter finish with a touch of bread dough aftertaste flavor. More of a vienna style oktoberfest than munich. A solid octoberfest overall. (Rating 3900 - "World Party Anthem" aka: Let’s have another beer! - Good Rats Band)
boto (1863) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a crystal clear amber color. There was a small off-white head on mine. It left some lacing. It has a nice aroma. There are some roasted malts, toffee and a hint of nuttiness. It has a bit of a dry taste. Nice maltiness and bitterness. The nutiness makes a slight appearance in the taste. Nice.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF 2009 during the beer+food presentation - Pours golden with a thicky foamy tan head. Notes of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and munich malt. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the better oktoberfest beers I’ve had this year.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Free State. Pours a beautiful amber body with an off white head. Malty leafy body with some grain and bread y notes. Caramel and a bittering hop finish. Nice brew.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by bvc. Nose is toasty, biscuity, caramel, earthy hops, grass. Rather malty. Clear copper pour, bright w a soft head. Earthy bitterness, toasted malts, sweetish caramel. Bitterness is very light. Clean finish. Solid fest bier for sure. Its got no flaws.
bvc (1159) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of thesti. Pours a light brownish amber with a bit of a light tan head. Bread, caramel corn, hazelnuts, with touches of un-fresh cut grass. Malty flavors all around. Some banana but not estery. Picking up the day old wet cut grass also, but then mellows into light hops but overall earthy. Fairly light and very drinkable Oktoberfest for sure. Thanks Tim for sending this out to WA.
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GABF 2009. This is apparently one of the top in its style overall, but I found it to be only good, not great. Flying Dog’s Dogtoberfest that I had on the same day was easily better. Pours clear orangish-copper with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is caramel, grain, and Noble hops. Flavor is nice and balanced, good for the style, with caramel/Munich malt, mild roast, and earthy and grassy hops. Clean and crisp on the palate with medium-light body.
unclemattie (4199) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Free State. Copper color. Aroma of fresh grains. Very clean flavor. Nice sweet malt flavors. A nice herbal hop. Sweetness sticks around through the finish.
beastiefan2k (2441) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have had this for the last 2 years. Last year I was not impressed at all but this year I liked it a lot more. So this is the rating for a shaker @ the brewpub within a week of this being tapped in ’09. Comes to me with a completely clear dark amber/copper color. Small head but it leaves a slightly sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is straight clean, no sugary, caramel sweetness. Heck its an O-fest. The flavor comes of better, where I often find the style boring this is different. Its nicely nuanced with a light sugar sweet but still well lagered, a thin line to walk. Lots of earthy caramel, sweet yet earthy and easy drinking from the lagering. The caramel aftertaste sticks around for a while. Good stuff, I would drink it again.