fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear pale gold pour with a 1 finger, super creamy white head that has great retention. Aroma is cereal, toast, bread, light nutty notes and floral and light fruity hops. Flavor is cereal, light sweet malt, light nutty notes, bread crust, light grain oils, a hint of skunkiness, grassy, spicy and floral hops, though definitely a little light on the hops. Light to medium body, creamy to oily entry, off dry, still slightly oily finish and light, blanketing carbonation. Good stuff, solid representation of the style, even this late in the season.
pras (490) - Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Ventnor. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor matched the aroma. Very full bodied, no noticeable bitterness. Not my favorite style, but this is certainly a good exemplar.
gregorymconway (137) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Completely transparent straw body with almost no head/lacing after a small white foam dissipates. Very pilsner-esque. Not much on the nose other than some malty notes of bread and cereal. Its got that nice hop bite, which is never overpowering or intrusive, that characterizes the style. Very sessionable.
Freaky_tiki (636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours autumn leaves yellow with a beautiful fluffy bleached white cap that sustains the ride all the way down the glass (how often does that happen?). First sniff & sip were horrid -- almost having me believing the acidic negative reviews below mine -- until I realized I need to wash my palate (hint hint very important, that imperial stout you just had was obliterating) & then I came to the conclusion you’re about to read: this brew is less ocktoberfest & more helles -- check that pilsner like finish. It’s pretty damn good if you dig deep into it. Just don’t mind the current craft beer hysteria -- German beers aren’t as bad as you rate them.
Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 20, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Here’s another superlative: this is one of the crappiest, most overrated, most disappointing beers in continental Europe. I never wanted to go to Oktoberfest. Here’s another reason not to.
Argonian (280) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Golden body, with a small white head that leaves a fair lace. Faint malty aroma, along with a faint malty taste, no bitterness. Watery texture, thin body, nice carbonation level. Not very tasty, but dangerously drinkable.
jhamp9 (1128) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear gold pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is grainy and lightly sweet. Taste is toffee, grains, and light herbal. Sweet overall. Light body and easy to drink.
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Crystal clear golden body with a short and thin white head.
Aroma: Shows off hops and Pilsener malt, slightly sweet lemon and hints of floral perfume.
Taste: Crisp and balanced mildly sweet malts with gummy lemon hops, semi-dry finish with slight floral notes.
Palate: Crisp and refreshing.
Overall: Not sure how true to style this is, but it’s very nice to drink, crisp and refreshing. Reminds me more of a pilsener than an Marzen.
dEnk (4032) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home, thanks Budapest! Aroma is grainy malt, herbal and grassy hops, hint of bread and caramel. Flavour is light to medium bitter of herbal hops, some bready grainy malt with a hint ofsweetness in the finish. Nice.
Tselloufc88 (171) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the Rugby Tap. Aroma of some toffee and malt. Taste is nice and bitter, some toffee coming through and spiciness in the finish. Good.