bu11zeye (11111) - 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.
adnielsen (6187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on tap at the Flying Saucer in Kansas City, Missouri. Red-orange appearance with light head. Toasted malty aroma. Malty, sweet flavor with a nice ZING.
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 (5413) - 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.
Skyview (5023) - 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)
unclemattie (3707) - 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.
nickd717 (3394) - 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.
Pawola22 (3098) - Chicago, 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.
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a foamy beige head. Sweet caramel nose. Sweet beer with lots of caramel and some sticky-bun doughyness. Faint hoppy bitterness in the finish.
theisti (2821) - 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.