TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Speckled rust. Broken tiny-bubbled grayish head. Repelling nose of grape jelly, plum, bile, wort, and strong alcohol. Light note of pumpernickel bread, molasses, pecan and cardboard. Burning alcohol stings the palate as it fuses with overripe plum sugars to lend a medicinal effect. Note of cotton candy emerges to prolong the syrup-filled booziness. Sheer absence of malt definition does little to salvage the muddled body as what is left of the malt deposits an abundance of soggy bread and wort. None of the obligatory dry cookie edges, whatsoever. Some cardboard astringency in there as well. Finishes grapelike and medicinal with dabs of cardboard and tongue-numbing sugars. Ewwww…quite the trainwreck, with the dreaded grape character to make things worse. This certainly ain’t a kellerbier, so scroll on past if that’s what you’re expecting. More of a bockbier than anything, and a very cloying one at that, even by subpar bock standards. Drain pour.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cask Republic - New Haven, CT. I don’t think this keg is in the best shape it could be in. Bitter, leafy start to a weak malt middle. Alcohols clean up the finish, otherwise it’s little soft.
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, orange-amber with a tall, off white head.
Scent is hay, grassy hops.
Taste is spiced caramel, bread.
Nice one.....Good oktoberfest spicing.
AirForceHops (4417) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle purchased at Nature’s Way Market for $4.49. Lager glass shows a nice looking clear amber color with real thin head. Light retention. Nose is grain, caramel malt and hay. The taste and aromas follow each other and is nice. Caramel malts with bread flavor are the backbone of this brew. The backend of the sip you pick up a lightly spicy hop and lager yeast. Mouthfeel is Medium. Finish is clean and crisp with some lingering bready sweetness. If I ever see this on draft, I would order it. A refreshing drink.
theisti (3451) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle purchased at Andy’s Liquor in Rochester, Minnesota. The pour is mostly clear golden light orange with a 1/2 inch off white head that falls pretty quick. The aroma is bready, cereal grains, some light herbal and a hint of caramel sweetness. Some metallic is in there as well. The taste is cracker bready toast, gives way to an herbal grassiness and finishes back with the cereal husky grains. The mild sweetness of the nose is not present in the taste. The metallic somes out as the beer warms, detracting some. Regardless, a flavorful beer. The palate is light to medium bodied, gerat unfiltered mouth feel, and a dry mineral finish. Really easy drinking beer, I liked this.
jkwood04 (4674) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours amber with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts, some dough, and a good amount of floral almost spicy hops for this style. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer.
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, grassy hops, & some honey; Flavor of slight sweet malt, hops, caramel/toffee, fruit, and some spice; Not too bad.
kindacold (224) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this on cask. Pours orange with thick head. Smells of grains. Smooth grain flavor, mild hop finish. Creamy and smooth, mild spiciness. Clean & very drinkable.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark orangish, cloudy, light head. Light aroma of malty sweetness. Taste is somewhat tart earthiness, somewhat thin. Not too bad, but could have been much more. Aftertaste is nice.
Lukaduke (2664) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy sienna color with a finger or two of tan frothy foam... aromas are sweet malts, wheat, biscuit and a touch of floral notes. On the mouth it has great mouthfeel... rich earthy maltiness. Great honeyed notes touched by the slightest floral bitterness to amplify the cracker flavors !