Chudwick (1780) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle (filled 9/4/13) - pours deep gold with almost no head. Caramel and floral nose. Slight pumpkin aftertaste or some other spice. Light body. Very neutral.
Rustyham (1711) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, sweet, bready- slight earthy/nuttiness to it. Goes down smooth tho. Pretty darn good, I would down a 750 with glee.
bubbleflubber (1709) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange-amber into the glass, with a fully diminished eggshell head that leaves trace lace. Aromas of malts and a processed candy effervescence. Sweet malt upfront, with some bock-like yeast in the mid-palate. The finish is an almost null semi-sour old stock yeast. A unilateral mouthfeel leads into a semi-thin body and lands slightly flat on the palate. For a Märzen, it’s not bad, just not a super complex offering, and is somewhat forgettable.
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wow, terrible. Not completely awful, but I would not recommend this to anyone. Doesn’t taste like a marzen, more like a pale ale. Bland and boring.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber/gold. Off white head. Toasty, biscuity malt and earthy, bitter hops. A bit of an old wood element on the finish. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Drinkable, but unimpressive fest beer.
rondphoto (1532) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium amber with a small head and light streaks of lace. Taste is caramel malt that is, at first, thin and watery, then turns oily before yielding to light carbonation bittering at the finish. Drinkable, but not one of the better examples of the style.
freekyp (1462) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean and unassuming, Highland’s Oktoberfest entry sticks to the classic profile, but is lacking some of the toasted breadt character that is so appealing to me. Nicely balanced with a lightly bitter and malty aftertaste. A good match for a hearty burger or hot dogs.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little brighter looking than other o fest beers. This is just another super sweet oktoberfest lager with a bit of apple juice and a very slight hop bite at the end. Solid but not my thing.
chinchill (1364) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.
A wee bit different, with a slight darker orange-gold body and more flavor from noble hops than a typical Marzen. Crystal clear with a proper looking level of carbonation. The medium-high carbonation is well-chosen, and gives this beer a light crispness. The smallish off-white head has limited duration and leaves little lacing. The aroma features bready German malts with some spicy and herbal notes from the hops. The hops come more to the fore in the near semi-dry and lasting finish.
O - refreshing and very good for style. Would be nice with a large Bavarian pretzel.
fluffy (1326) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours dark reddish brown with a thin head. some breadiness in the aroma and a bit of maltiness. flavor is more hoppy than i expected, which is predictable coming from Highland Brewing. notes of roasted grains, toffee and butteriness. fairly clean finish. good, not great.