canary dog (623) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange-copper hue, with nice foamy head. Very lightly sweet caramel like malts, with an almost buttery finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Clean and delicious. Yeah, this is the best American Marzen/Oktoberfest I’ve had.
thornecb (3987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold into a Stein. Micro head with excellent retention pancakes and recedes leaving trailing lace. Bread, roasted caramel and toast aromas. Smooth with upfront caramel and nuts turning dry in the lasting bitter finish.
hampale (25) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright orange color - long lasting white head. Tastes of cinnamon and floral notes. Medium body and carbonation. Like other Jack’s Abby products, brewed with a lager yeast that makes it a more authentic Octoberfest than those brewed by some other craft brewers. I’ll be purchasing this one again.
msnelling09 (73) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a fiery caramel color, moving between amber and red tones. It pours with a lovely head of medium sized, lightly yellowed, slightly rocky bubbles that sit at a half finger’s width and slowly fizzle away. The head leaves a negligible lacing on the sides of the glass. In body the beer is lager-clean but darker, with a lazy stream of bubbles working to the top of the beer, and no particles present (just as there shouldn’t be in this style). On the nose, the beer smells spicy with a beautiful caramel malt blanket on the back of the smell. The caramel is layered and sweet, gracing the nose with just a touch of maple syrup and biscuit notes, and the hops are properly noble with a strong spice character, alongside fresh cut grass notes. The malt is the bigger player in the nose, however. On the tongue, the beer tastes mellow, with light bitters and sweetness which give way to a nice dry finish and only the slightest hint of acidity. In flavor, the beer tastes remarkably similar to several ESB’s I’ve had. The flavor begins as sweet caramel malt with a touch of apple juice, this moves into sweet bread, and then quickly to stale bread, and then bitter, herbal hops with just a touch of residual sweetness from the malt. Toffee notes also dance across the middle of the palate. The finish is dry, but is a nice blend of the malt and hops. In the mouth the beer feels medium in body, with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and softer carbonation that gives a quick bite and then caresses the tongue with velvet. The mouth is left dry except for a very faint trail of saliva, though it is by no means bone-dry. Overall this is a great beer to drink a lot of, it’s not too sweet, it’s not too bitter, and sits on the palate nicely with enough flavor to make you want another sip, but not enough to fill you up, etc… This is a good drinking beer, and would work very well in an Oktoberfest environment.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour at GABF with a white head. Crisp and clean as all JA beers seem to be. The malt flavors are highlighted by a perfectly hopped beer. Really nice.
Leighton (8766) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 Bottle at Sander’s in NYC. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. Malty aroma, mild orange citrus. Light sweet flavor, moderate sweetness, bready malts. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Bready malt finish, mild yeast, faint toasted sugars. Very tasty beer.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was expecting a darker pour for an Oktoberfest but this was more of a "Copper Legend" color, big thick off white head Lower hop and more malt tatses, smooth, medium body. Good tasting.
czar (3324) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours clear medium dark golden with a small off-white cap, some retention and lacing. bready and lightly toasted hay-ish malts, nice peppery caramel leaking through with its hint of maple-like-non-artificial sweetness, very fruity-lager-like, tasty and spicy - cakey and quite dry (!), bitter herbs and grass, earthy leafiness. bright to average carbonation, light body - oily but not heavy, very nice crisp herbal-grassy-peppery finish. much enjoyed!
JStax (2401) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half liter bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a hazed copper with a somewhat thin, soapy head of beige foam. The aroma has a bit of gingerbread, spiced bread biscuit malt going on. The taste is sweet with a touch of spice coming through. Lighter on the palate. Easy drinking.
Loineshawn (3011) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Notes of rustic fall leaves. Toasted caramel. Cracker bright leafy earthy dough. Nice. Like.