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.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale amber pour - creamy tight white head. Really fresh bready aroma and some nice fresh herbal hoppiness. Great bready flavour with a lightly dusty yeastiness. Creamy palate and a little bit of herbal flavour. Soft and well-balanced. Solid stuff. Looking forward to trying more of their lagers.
3fourths (8029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 bottle.
lightly hazed copper.
toffee caramel cookie malt.
touches of honey, dried fruit and flower petals.
fluffy light carbonation.
snappy, crisp, dry.
whole grain crackers and seeds.
crisp, toasty, grain-forward.
minerallic and rustic malt.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a medium white head that fades. Aromas are bready, grainy, toasty, medium floral hop, grassy, freshly baked biscuits. Clean fermentation characteristics. Flavors are bready, toasty, pils like malt character. Light, but balanced bitterness. Very clean, malty and well rounded. A bit low/lacking carbonation, medium bodied, crisp.
mcberko (6441) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a mostly clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is very authentically German, with toasted caramel malt and crackers. Flavour is very malty, with toasted caramel malts, lager yeast and syrup. Very rich and full-bodied, surprisingly so for a 5% lager. Really great stuff.
after4ever (6127) - 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.
douglas88 (6019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a clear dark copper color with a large white head. Sweet crisp malty nose. Caramel and biscuit, crisp fruity hops. Fruity berries and toffee. Very good. Super smooth. Clean.
Strykzone (4931) - 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!
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured mildly clear amber/reddish with a nice forming, eggy, light beige head. Definitely one of the better American examples of the style. Often times I find Amercan Oktoberfest beers to be buttery, bready, and popcorn like. This one hit the spot. Clean with some green earthiness and biscuity malt tones. Finished short and refreshing.
hayduke (3369) - 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.