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 (1152) - 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 (3480) - 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 (4163) - 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 (2408) - 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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a copperish golden orange, mostly clear body with a finger-width, creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good lacing. Aroma is mainly sweet grains with a really nice, fresh, herbal/hay hopping. Lots of thick caramels with just a touch of toastiness. Flavor is very sweet with lots of grainy caramels. Fresh, lightly toasted, cereal malts with a nice amount of mild, flowery hops. Finishes very clean and crisp with a light bitterness. Creamy, light to medium bodied, and very drinkable. Overall, a very nice Oktoberfest. Well balanced and delicious. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this.
theisti (3215) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of beastiefan2k. Pour is golden orange, with only a slight haze. Pours with some settling, building up a 1 1/2 inch off white head. Aroma of fresh malted cereal malt, slightly sweet grain and hay grassiness. Really fresh nose. Taste is the cereal grain malt, with the sweetness and the hay more in the finish. As with the nose, taste is fresh and clean. Palate is medium, thin and quite drinkable. Clean and crisp finish. None of the cloying sweetness that some Oktoberfest seem to have. This is not an overly complex beer, but is really solidly built and quaffable. Certainly my favorite of the style I have had so far. Thanks for hauling this to me Eugene.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanx to Phillybeer2112 for sharing this growler.Poured a nice copper color with a small dissipating white head.lots of sweet malt nose with hints of caramel.The flavor was semi sweet also.Malts and caramel come out the most with a nice sweet malty finish.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a strong caramel presence. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and hops. A solid offering in the Oktoberfest style. No wonder this is considered by many to be the best of the style in the country.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of mreusch. Thanks again, Matt! Pours a sparkling clear amber-orange with a lasting, creamy, beige head that laces beautifully (especially for a lager). On the nose is bready malt, like fresh baked bread, and a light fruity hop backing. The palate is on the light side of medium-bodied and creamy-smooth (rare for a lager) finishing quite cleanly. The flavor is sweet fresh French bread and caramel malt with a nice light hop bitterness at the front sides of the tongue and a clean finish. Bready, sweet malt lingers in the aftertaste. This is easily the best lager, of any style, that I have sampled to date. If you find yourself in Lawrence for a Big 12 football game, do yourself a favor and swing by Free State for a pint or seven.