Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great lakes Oktoberfest pours a clear darker amber with a head of beige bubbles. Nose is of just slightly roasted sweet malt. Taste is caramel and sweet malt goodness. Body is less dense or cloying than typical for this style. Finishes with just a hint of good bitters among a roasty finish.
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 (170) - 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 (15) - 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 (491) - 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
OsuStu (57) - - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Amber color with a dissipating white head. Malty caramel, yeasty, raisin aroma. Sweet malts, brown bread, raisins, mild hops, fall spices. Astringent finish.
Petkus331 (269) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of toast and cereal sugars. Appears copperish brown, nice white lace, a ring of foam. Taste is sweet like cereal up front, followed by mild toast bitterness; this actually tastes a lot like "mash water" at ugly dog distilling in Chelsea Michigan. Palate is ordinary. Overall, a solid Oktoberfest.