crossovert (7706) - Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
355ml bottle. Maybe the last ofest of the year. Light amber pour, foamy nice head. It has a surprisingly hoppy aroma for an oktoberfest, also some brown sugar and herbs. Bit of almost riesling or cidre too. Flavor is sweet and again with some fruit notes that seem off for a lager, some sulphur notes, sweetness, this is a messy oktoberfestbier.
JeffFaust (8) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is malty, mild, refreshing--very much a German-style lager. Appearance is a beautiful crystal-clear amber with a head that dissipates quickly. The taste lightly sweet and lightly bitter. It’s medium-bodied for lager with soft carbonation. Medium-long clean finish.
vodka4blood (92) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - SEP 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely on the thinner side for a beer of this style.... I am in the process of trying a bunch of T.Joes beers at the moment, and needed a new angle after sampling all 3 of their canned beers. Hey, its no Spaten, but I can dig it for the price of a 6-pack.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"You cant really go wrong for a buck, but this beer, while adequately malty, was pretty damn thin and boring. I feel like my average scores for martens don’t reflect my respect for the style, but I’ve just had too many thin, boring ones like this.
AirForceHops (3402) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Best by 02-02- 2015. Light clean amber color, thin lasting head in a lager glass. Aroma is light toasted grain, caramel malt and hints of lager yeast.
Flavor is mostly true to the style however, very mild. Sweet bread, cereal graininess is found as the backbone. The finish is again sweet with toffee and a weak hint of yeast. It really doesn’t show me any kind of hop and this is a fresh bottle. Uh? Can’t really complain for the $1.17 I spent on the bottle. A cheaper, bargain basement Marzen that isn’t a problem to drink.
llcooldave (1104) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper amber in color with a nice rocky head. Crystal clear in appearance. Nice peppery flavor (although I just ate so it might be residual flavors from dinner. If so, will rerate) and a basic clean lager notes with a residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Basic lager aroma and some toast. Overall, a nice drinking lager. Nothing special just easy drinking and not a bad price at $5.99 for a 6pak.
Frank (2961) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is passably decent to swig out of the bottle but pouring a glass reveals some shortcomings that are hard to overlook. It is a nice clear copper color w/ a small head of fine white bubbles. Its nose is lightly grainy w/ a lemony hint of hops. This is mostly dry w/ just a touch of caramel sweetness. It is medium to light bodied w/ fine carbonation and goes down pretty smooth aside from some metallic bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the caramel maltiness increases to the point where it just starts to cloy. Still, not all that bad and definitely better than buying a dusty German bottle of the shelf if that’s your only other option for this style.
joeneugs (3406) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a nice clear orange color with an off white head. The aroma is super malty, grainy sweet with a bit of caramel. Light noble hops. The flavor is toasty and sweet with more caramel and lightly fruity malts. Somewhat toasty dry finish, with some noble hop bitterness. Pretty enjoyable brew if you don’t think about it too much. Nice one to finish off an evening.
DYCSoccer17 (3345) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Trader Joe’s in Davis. The aroma is very sweet and full of buttery diacetyl. Almost smells like some sort of pumpkin beer. Light underlying metallic lager hints. Transparent copper body with a small, fairly strong off-yellow head present. Starts with some caramel sweetness, before this becomes a bit nutty in the middle. Finishes with some carbonation and more buttery diacetyl. Scant bitterness late.
ScipioA (322) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light orange/yellow with a giant durable head on top and lots of rising bubbles. Not much of an aroma at all, maybe of bit of dank hops but more or less just a general ’beer’ smell. The flavor disappoints. Some sweetness that doesn’t mesh well with the hops. Little bit of skunkiness as well. Some lingering bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, but leaves a chalkiness that is unpleasant in an oktoberfest presumably meant to be quaffed in volume.