fauxpunker (76) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not much aroma, good golden color. Clean, bright mouth feel. Surprised. Usually find lagers lacking, but enjoyed this one. Easy to drink with some depth. Slight breadiness that I liked. Would drink again.
ronaldtheriot (972) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Harpoon Octoberfest has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, and a clear, copper color with some streaming bubbles and not much lacing. The aroma is of sweet and sour brown bread, with sugar. Flavor is of sweet, sugary, brown bread, lightly bitter hops, and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Harpoon Octoberfest finishes mostly dry, crisp, refreshing, and supremely drinkable. It’s a wonderful beer. RJT
Beerathon (788) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer looks and smells like what I envision an Oktoberfest beer is. I’m not a big marzen fan, but this is one of the better ones I’ve had.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark ruby-tinted mahogany color with a thin beige head on top. The nose is pleasant with hints of floral tones, fresh bread, sweet caramel candies. Moderate carbonation that doesn’t get too spritzy. Smooth on the finish makes this one easy to drink.
Great flavors of caramel sweetness, mild toffee, crackers, bready flavors on the back end. All of these meld well make this one easy to drink. Tasty beer here that is a good representation by an American brewery. I wouldn’t mind having a sixer of this in the fridge each and every fall.
AR (937) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Weak octoberfest. Very drinkable and pleasant, but not the smoothest. The German beers are much better.
youdictategood (252) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle from a Publix mix. Pours a clear amber with a small eggshell head. Aroma of toffee, dried fruit, a decent bit of malt. Taste is very malty, decently bitter. Pretty average.
Rotbart (155) - - OCT 19, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark copper color with a full, foamy, long lasting head. Sweet, hoppy aroma with a robust lightly bitter taste that hits the palate with a mixed roasted, chocolate taste. Very nive offering.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 8/27. Day two of Augustfest continues with another American offering. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.
A: Pours a dark copper color that’s clear and well carbonated. The head is a one finger light cream color with nice retention. This one seems to feature more lacing than the other marzens.
S: Much like Dogtoberfest, there’s a little bit of spice to this one - mainly allspice and cinnamon. Actually, it features a healthy spice note that competes side to side with the toasted malts. Pretty nice.
T: Tastes well spiced; the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice seem to drown out the natural malt sweetness. The end result is a slightly bitter (yet not overbearing) offering with a subtle maltiness, at best. It becomes a little sweeter and hoppier as more of it is consumed, suggesting there’s a little flavor depth here.
M: Somewhat clean and dry, with only moderate carbonation. The flavors don’t linger like in other marzens, but its dry, semi bitter nature makes it very drinkable. A bit too chalky, though.
O: I’m surprised how much I liked this one. It wouldn’t be considered a true marzen to the style Nazis, but as a spiced fall lager, it really hits the spot.
Leafs93 (1505) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour clear burnt orange with white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee and some toast. Taste is sweet throughout with a crisp finish. LIght bodied. Very sessionable.
Jcb14 (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Excellent head with great lacing and retention. A good amber color. Had a strong aroma that was fruity and citrusy, but all soapy and not good overall. Taste had a slight chocolate hint with a bitter flowery taste that was undesirable in the style. Good mouthfeel that lingered in the palate. Overall not bad, but could be better with different hops.