Dacrza (525) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: September 13, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... OCCASION: first full week of school is done--and the power’s back in our house...APPEARANCE: upward cascading bubbles uphold a thick, foam-laden off-white head; orange amber body conveys an Oktoberfest with nice tracings... AROMA: beautiful caramel malts; some flowery hops add balance; grassy undertones add to its earthy aroma...PALATE: mellow, medium-bodied and pleasantly drinkable; balanced between tongue and tooth...TASTE: sweet, buttery caramel and sugary/salty enough to force of a lick of the lips; a winning sweetness that makes this style rewarding... OVERALL: clean, crisp and fulfilling--an Oktoberfest can do little more to impress; outstanding may be a stretch, but the sum of its parts suggests this appellation...
mrjaxson (301) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A malty smooth O’fest with just a hint of hop bite. Pours to a beautiful white head and the slight alcohol elevation is nicely hidden. Enjoyed from a bottle.
salvaticas (444) - - OCT 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. A cloudy amber, lightly malty on the nose. Light bodied with good balance. Flavor is light, not as intense as I would have expected. Goes down smooth but character is lacking.
uvajed (173) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma. Complex taste, malt does not overpower hops completely. Also not overly spiced like many fall seasonals (an oktoberfest should not be, though some are). Exactly what I think an oktoberfest should be: rich, but not heavy, caramel and roasted nuts.
zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice and smooth but could stand a little less carbonation and a little more malt
lukedarock (171) - Howell, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma and overall look is phenomenal, taste is better as it goes on got a lot of alcohol flavor to it, still good beer
UrbanCaveman (16) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at approximately 45 degrees F.
A: Pours a coppery clear golden-orange, which forms a thin head that dissipates quickly into a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S: Doughy, yeasty malt, much like an uncooked biscuit, with some faint spice hints and a touch of non-sweet caramel.
T: Sweet toast and a bit of caramel hit up front, followed by a doughy yeastiness that rounds out and balances the sweetness nicely. There’s some faint spiciness to this marzen, like a touch of cinnamon. As could be expected in any malt-forward lager, there are some undertones of toffee and caramel, though with decidedly less sweetness than one might expect. The finish is composed almost entirely of the GLBC yeast, with a slightly grassy, leafy tone.
M: Flat, but in precisely the way a marzen should be, with minimal carbonation. The feel across the palate is light, without a watery finish (GLBC is good at avoiding that issue with every beer of theirs I’ve had).
O: That’s a good, tasty marzen, relying on malt and yeast to provide the bulk of the flavor profile, while spice and hops remain comfortably in the background.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes is exactly what I would expect from the style. Taste is also dominated by cereal notes with light residual sugar with a clean finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Perfect example of the style.
bpar73 (494) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy copper colored pour with a thin white head. Big malt aroma and taste with a mild hop undertone. Nice drinkability in a solid Oktoberfest.
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Creamy toasted white bread aroma with very low noble hops presence. Clear orange amber under a thin white sheet. Nutty, slightly sherry-like flavour of toasty malt with accents of watermelon and gruyere cheese. Medium light body, medium carbonation, midway between crisp and smooth.
iceman15658 (131) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Pours Aroma is mainly caramel. Goes down smooth and has a very faint marzen flavor. not that bad