fidemaster (294) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2013
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It has very little aroma. It pours a nice amber color, which I expected for this beer. Its very plain. The first sip starts off bland, a hint of malt. Then it finishes with a light bitter taste. That is it, it really had no complexity at all. It has a very light, watery palate. Just really depressing since its one of my favorite breweries. The old Oktoberfest was infinitely better then this.
LetsGoState (702) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is somewhat balanced, but too much sweetness for me. Overall drinkable.
tysongillmore (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good aroma. Has the scent of their bourbon county stout (which I love). Different from other Oktoberfest beers. Malty, sweet, slight smoke flavor.
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rjplumer (718) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toffee and malt aroma. Clear deep copper body with a thick off-white head. Taste is of sweet apricot and toffee. Has a touch of bitterness but the malt balances it out nicely. Clean finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3456) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ABC bottle side-by-side with the SN fest beer. Comparatively much darker bronze color with a tan head. Lots of sweeter, caramel malt and yeast. Very light bitterness if any. Maybe a touch too sweet but still very pleasant.
JStax (3961) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle aplit with drsilverworm. Clear copper with a white head. No retention. Aroma is musky and strongly grassy. Leathery almost. I got the dried apricot as it warms. Medium body and higher carbonation.
DrSilverworm (8857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, from my local Kroger. Split with jstax. Bottled on 13/aug/15. Clear amber color. Thin off-white head. No lace sticks. Nutty, malty, toasty and spicy flavor up front. Pretty nice. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. I was skeptical about the description of dried apricot, but yeah, you can kind of see that. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, crisp lighter to moderate carbonation. Mild slick, bit of dryness. Pretty decent oktoberfest. Better than expected. Solid to enjoy with my sandwich.
ironprog (50) - - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, medium-amber color with a very small, light-tan head that dissipates quickly. Strong scents of caramel, toffee, and apricot. It is slightly sweet with flavors of toffee, apricot, and maybe a little orange peel. It has a medium body that is slightly creamy. Carbonation is average, with the finish being quick and on the bitter side. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I was not expecting too much from it. Certainly, not one of the best beers I’ve had, but definitely enjoyable.
edgallow (2948) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, floral and fruit. Taste is malty and bready.
Nels0wn (10) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The rye is quite distinct in the smell, as is malt. However, the scent is not as spicy/floral as a lot of its competitors.
The body is fairly light, and thus, it’s a very drinkable brew. The taste leaves something to be wished for as there isn’t much to it except malt. None of the complexity or subtlety that one might expect from a better example of the style.
Aggiebob (392) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Amber color with off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet flavor of caramel, toffee and some fruitiness.