hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared tasting with Strykzone vis Facebook Chat.. Got this one at Market of Choice in Ashland, OR. It poured a clear amber with with good sized yellow tinged off-white head and quite decent lacing. Very attractive. The nose was malty with ripe fruit, and floral hops. Medium body and mouthfeel as smooth as you can make it. Like velvet. The flavor is more malt than hops, but the balance seems perfect. There is some spice in the finish. This is about as good as an Oktoberfest can get. This small brewer really know how to make world class lagers.
Strykzone (4911) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. I rolled my bottle and it poured very hazy tea color. A nice thick one finger layer of orange hued foam and lots of bubbles floating up to supplant it. The aroma was nice. It had spices, fruit, malt, and is subtle. The flavor featured all of those. The fruit came from some softer hops and reminded me of what is often found in Pale Ales. Apples were also tasted. The spices were nice. The malt was the backbone. This is as good as any Oktoberfest I have had. Thanks Ron!
authenticmead (60) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mm bottle from: mainbrew.com
Visual: clear medium amber. Medium
Nose: Smoke, and mild toasted malts.
Palate: Medium smokiness, medium malts with a touch of sweetness and toastiness, very smooth and round.
Conclusion: A good introduction to a smoke, or , Rauch beer. It is not as smoky as many authentic Rauch beers from Bamberg Germany, however if you’re on the fence when it comes to smoky beers this one is the one to try. Outside of the smoke character it is quite clean. In addition it is an all around great beer that satisfies the palate without weighing you down to heavy.
wedgie9 (1888) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from a 22oz bottle, thanks Chris. Pours clear amber-orange with a thick white head that leaves very nice lace. The nose is dominated by hickory smoke with a bit of toasted malt, yeast, and earthy hops underlying. The flavor is not quite as smoky (although it is present) with the malts shining through and the hops are very light. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long smoky finish.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from New Seasons - Amber in color with a nice white head. Aroma of grain. Slightly sweet cereal flavor with a faint hint of hops. Goes down smooth. This is a really tasty beer.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009
Floral aroma. White head. Golden coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a crisp malt finish.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle on the cheap (3.49) from Market of Choice. Poured a clear copper with a one inch white head and solid lacing. Aroma was hefty on caramel malt with some earth and pine hops thrown in for balance. The flavor was light and refreshing with some caramel, nuttiness and some light grain and a hop finish. Solid beer, going to try and get into more Oktoberfest brews while the season is upon us.
neepsntatties (1205) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Belmont Station a few nights ago. Colour... translucent golden with a huge head. Nose... a balance of faint malt and hops. Palate... VERY light, some slightly roasty malt, some honey and a dry finish.
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, BVC! Pours a deep, grainy, nearly opaque dark copper, heavily burnished. Definitely an autumnal color, reminds you of piles of wet leaves that have been there for a while. Big nutty sweet caramel biscuit and tea nose. Some nice sweet brown bread there as well. Rich, somewhat dense, very satisfying but clean lager body. Almost has an ale-y heft to it at first that makes it seem like it might be flat, but it’s just a big lager. All the sweet notes from the nose return for a nice and satisfying mid-palate. No great roar of power, and definitely nothing out of balance, but still some strength and a bit of daring in the intensity and variety of flavors. Not usually a style I walk too many times around the bar for, but this one’s a champ.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours copper, great clarity, soft off-white head. Rich malts up front, long warming caramel flavor, soft earthy hop finish. Fairly bitter for an oktoberfest, but all in all comes out very nice.