cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated 9/20/06: Sweet malty aroma with a sharp hoppy nose. Dark bronze pour with a nice off white head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is crisp yet not full enough to reflect the abundent aroma and powerful flavor. Goose Island once again finds a wonderful blend of sweet creamy malts and complimentary hops in this brew. A nice all around quality here, fine example.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly cloying malt bill lends a touch of too-slick toffee on the palate. Nice mild ending bitterness and nice head, color, and lacing. Palate, except for ending slipperyness, is full, creamy, and medium weight. Moderate sweetness and touches of raisins and caramel. Really quite nice.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
BB 011707 12 oz. An aggressive pour into a pint glass nets a 1 finger, rapidly diminishing head. Aroma is weak, a little malt, perhaps a touch of caramel. Color is a clear coppery amber. Mouthfeel is moderately rich, creamy with carbonation. Flavor is a mild maltiness. Finish is a bit dry, with a touch of astringency mixed with just a hint of hops at the end. Leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
kmweaver (3151) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Monger. Thanks, James! Pours a hazy amber color showing yellow at the edges; fluffy, off-white head with good lacing. Light, malty and floral aroma. Medium, chewy mouthfeel: nice roasted malts and citrus hop character; lively carbonation; with a medium, citrus and wet malt finish. Very drinkable.
jstraw (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 (GI is discontinuing this beer, and all lagers I believe. Harvest Ale will replace Oktoberfest. This review is of Harvest Ale.) Hazy copper with decent head / Burnt sugar and hop nose / Medium body with big, creamy hopping and strong finish / Flavors of burnt sugar with light pineapple undertones and a little lemon on the finish / Outstanding - maybe most comparable to an American Pale Ale.
bierfueralle (6) - USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Might have been a little flat since I had it out of season (December). Brown with a hint of red color. Good malty flavor you’d expect from a German style brew. Smooth all the way around. I’ve got a new Oktoberfest favorite.
markas101 (1677) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Deep orange/amber colour. Sweet aroma, very close to nice German/ Swiss Marzen’s. Good carbonation, present but not too much, very malty smooth taste. Excellent.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very lager-like all around. Mostly dominated by malts and a low level of hops. Sweet, and bready. A good brew for a good price.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 12 ounce bottle poured a sparkling clear dark brownish amber beverage with a small cream colored smooth head that was entirely diminishing and left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma was interesting. It had primary notes of caramel and noble hops with hints of oak and aged leather in the background. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and a light, dry, sharp texture. The flavor also revealed definite hints of oak as it starts off lightly sweet and then takes on a bit more bitterness as it matures on the palate. The finish is medium-long and has a nice subtle warmth toward the end.
Cliff (397) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a deep brown with a nice white head. Looks absolutely delicious. Aromas of malts and breads. Nice malty sweet flavor slightly balanced with a little bit of bitterness. Nice and crisp. Good seasonal.