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Hinterland Vienna Style Oktoberfest



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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Traditional vienna style lager brewed for the Oktoberfest celebration, lightly filtered, deep golden brown, very malty and highly hopped, velvet smooth mouth feel with rich flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phranq (24) - - NOV 15, 2014
Decent all around but nothing special. Good aroma good taste but not spectacular. Just a so so oktoberfest

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Clear, honey gold, OK tap handle. Distinct, tangy fruit aroma, can’t put my finger on which one. Lightly sweet, no bitterness, lightly tangy and cereal. Thin and a bit underwhelming. On tap, Brass Tap, Tallahassee.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kenter2000 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3033) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2296) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
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.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerInHeaven (210) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2013
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.

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