Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted blind: This is really an excellent festbier. It’s cloudy orange amber w/ a foamy head. It’s got a big floral hop nose. It’s nice and bitter, dry and slightly fruity. I’d say this is not perfectly style but it’s delicious so that’s good enough for this guy.
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In a flight at Hackney’s Printers Row. Crackery, toasty malt. A bit earthy. Herbal dry finish. Pretty dry for the style.
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is hazy dark amber/orange with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of pale malt, biscuit, slight citrus, spice, and rye bread. Finish is malty and spicy.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Bright herbal hops and biscuity cereals share the stage, as toastiness and bitterness slowly establish themselves on the palate. This is one fine lager, folks.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the shiny red.
-Hops possess the amazing ability to go beyond herbaceousness and explore oranges and cinnamon angles.
-Effervescence is soft, which leaves plenty of room for the delicate flavors to shine.
-Drinkability is very high, as the mouthfeel is crisp.
-This may be hoppier than your average German-made Festbier, but it works amazingly well here.
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A reddish copper lager with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, crisp biscuit malt with herbaceous grassy hops, light lemony notes, light mineral notes, nice. In mouth, nice crisp fruity biscuit malt with grassy hops, light grapefruit, nice herbaceous character, well done. Bottle at Revolution Milwaukee location.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared around the table at Revolution Brewpub. Compared to Revolution’s Oktoberfest on tap, this had less malt impact and a drier finish. Still a nice fall dark lager, and kudos for cool label art.
ARH (979) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber poured into a shaker. The aroma is a strong combination of dough, hay, and barnyard aromas with a light spice undertone. There’s also a notable grain quality with some orange zest late. A faint cat pee aroma looms in and out throughout the drink. It pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a frothy, soft, off-white head that leaves some puffy lace on the glass. A good, thick, puffy head is retained with puffy / chunky islands floating on its surface. The taste is a medium bitter with a medium light sweetness. The oily and sticky beer has a medium body with a light prickly carbonation. There’s noticeable bread toast and roasted grains on the mouth with some cereal qualities as well. It finishes with a grainy and grassy touch as well as a hint of orange peel - all of which have a mellow lingering in the aftertaste. It’s slightly dry with a touch of astringency.
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid if unspectacular Oktoberfest style beer. Well made, very sessionable. Reliable and done in a classic way.
Christpuncher (2280) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
an average beer at best. not a fan of lagers, but this one is slightly better than the rest. bitter, dry and hard to swallow. had a draft pour at half acre taproom. reddish in color with a tan head.
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich orange/copper color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & some floral hops; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel/toffee, hops, grain, and some spice; Nicely balanced; Solid.