UrbanCaveman (11) - Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2014
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: Pours a nice amber-brown, with a good light head. Left a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Floral notes. The last thing I personally want out of a marzen. Beneath those, toast and yeast, which I would expect.
T: Floral notes confirmed - there’s definitely some amount of resiny-flowery hops in this alleged marzen. The bready malt one expects as the base for this style is present, but for me, buried beneath the perfume.
M: Creamy, smooth, and full - Hinterland nailed the mouthfeel for this one.
O: I was disappointed to find an appreciable amount of hopping done to a marzen, hence the lower score. I will not repeat this one.
kenter2000 (46) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Very nice," said Hank as he set down the bottle after his first sip of the Hinterland Oktoberfest beer. The bartender looked relieved. Each night it was his task to find a brand new beer for Hank. Hank, a round man in his late 60’s, would sit at the end of the bar, smile and ask the same tired question, "have anything I might like?" The bar tender, less amused by the whole ritual, took it upon himself to find the precisely perfect drink for the hour, for the season, and he even often speculated Hank’s mood. That last part was easy as Hank was always in a good mood. He had the same grin every night. A grin that made most others grin too. But, the bar tender, a far too serious individual, tendered to harden his face in the presence of the older gentlemen. He did not like funny business. He didn’t like games. He liked preparing drinks and serving beer.
It was a strange dance perfected by time. Even though there was no chance that they could fail, the two maintained their odd interaction with the diligence of a personal computer. In truth there had never been a beer Hank had not approved of. And, certainly, if the man behind the bar had served Hank something thoughtless and domestic Hank would have smiled all the same. But, something was casted.
When Hank finishes his beer he waits for the bartender. The bartender, usually restocking or cleaning glassware, or something generally productive, stops what he is doing to ask, "what else will you be having tonight, sir?" Hank, perfect in the motions, picks up his glass and studies it some. Perhaps he is really thinking about a second beer? No, definitely not:
"nothing else for me tonight, thanks though."
and with that the bill is brought out and the performance comes to a close.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Pours clear brown with a thin filmy off-white head. Nose is caramel, bread--pretty sweet, with a bit of sharpness. Taste is a little milky, very bready, dry--a little bitter. Tastes old. Thin and well-carbonated.
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half liter bottle - nose is caramel and yard weeds. Alsmost crisp. Hoppier than I expect from the style. Something akin to pepper in the finish. Interesting.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Herbal hops and a delicate cereal crunch merge into a wooden finish in this cushy, friendly lager.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty amber shine.
-Nice cereal lengths make sure the finish is also balanced.
-Hop bitterness is minimal.
-The discreet fruitiness of oranges adds depth.
-This may not be the most memorable brew, but it is a nice go-to quencher.
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle shared. Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a semi-hazy pale gold with a nice crop of white foam. In the aroma there is notes of grass, bread, maybe a little straw. The taste is nicely balanced with a leaning toward bitterness. For an oktoberfest, this would fall into the more traditional category. Not overly malty like a lot of the commercial examples. This one is pretty nice. Could drink this pretty regularly.
BeerInHeaven (135) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a rich gold with a medium off white head. Some lacing. Aroma is bread and malt. Taste is rich, slightly bitter but good. Finishes with the same taste, not much nasal linger. Good beer, just not my style.
rlpeeler (91) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap on the sidewalk into a plastic cup. Medium dark amber with medium off white head. Taste more malt than hop with hints of undefined fruit. Smooth with full body. Had following a Sam Adams oktober from a block down and it was absolutely gods nectar in comparison.
PintPiner (22) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a bottle with a thin ivory head, a pale orange-copper color with little lacing. Slight malty-alcohol aroma. Low carbonation, light body & mouthfeel. Not much flavor. I won't buy this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with medium head.
Dusty bready malt. Light woody hop.
Bit thin on the palate. Toasted malt, biscuity, light caramel and a touch of woody bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone