midnightsun (1) - - SEP 22, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this beer last night in Chicago. A+. I usually drink dark heavy beers but i love toffee so gave it a try. Well i’ve since bought up all the Oktoberfest Goose Island i can find in my area. Its delicious and perfect for the season.
FrankBrew (43) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Oktoberfest. Pours with light head, brown amber color. Maple smell, smooth taste, gram cracker finish
superspak (2614) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 8/8/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big carmael, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, pear, apricot, nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with moderate yeast ester balance; and great strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, pear, apricot, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, floral, and light pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted/nutty malt flavors; with great robustness and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest style. Great robustness, balance, and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
beakerh20 (36) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden copper appearance. Apricot aroma and a smooth flavor. Flavor has some creamy character with malty notes. Nice Oktoberfest!!
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ROBC3366 (644) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper red with off white head. Nice aroma of malts and some sweetness. Flavor wise for a marzan is actually pretty good solid malt backbone with something like a dried fruit and a touch of caramel. Overall good for style and flavor
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dlovell2 (783) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper color with white head. Caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Some roasted notes and slight hop finish.
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/12/2014: Goose Island Oktoberfest... Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not only is it a great representation of the style, but it is so perfect for the weather and my mood at the mood. Beautiful golden copper color with a pale ivory-colored head. Amazing aroma of burnt sugar, dried leaves, and slightly caramel. The flavor has a nice, smooth toffee maltiness with a dollup of burnt sugar, dried fruits, and finishes with a nice, traditional, mild Noble hop finish. The beer is medium-bodied and smooth and slightly creamy on the palate. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I’m really pleased with Goose Island’s new offerings. Very solid and quite delicious.
mike67 (792) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with creamy off-white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt, herbal hops and hint of cherry nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is medium and balanced. Well made Oktoberfest.
Darkmagus82 (1334) - - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-27-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice clear reddish amber color with a one finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and some toasted malty smells. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a grainy nature, a little bit of a grassy smell as well as some notes of spice and apple.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and smooth lightly toasted bread and caramel taste. Notes of a light fruit sweetness join the caramel as the flavor advances giving the beer a moderately strong, but nice and drinkable sweet taste. As the flavor advances from the start, along with the increase in sweet, so too comes some flavors of a grassy and herbal nature as well as a little bit of spice. Other more roasted flavors of a chocolate and roasted malt flavor come more toward the end leaving a nice smooth, sweet, and lightly toasted/roasted flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather nice for the style while keeping it a good easy drinking brew.
Overall – Overall a rather enjoyable Marzen with a smooth, sweet, nicely roasted, easy drinking taste.
Finhead (1188) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear, copper pour with a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma has sweet caramel and toffee. It has a medium body with smooth texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet with some alcohol and warmth in the finish.