ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a fresh jug from the restaurant. Poured a honey amber color with a nice head. Mild aroma of hops, pine and caramel. Taste was very smooth with some cedar and earthy notes. Smooth finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: typical Märzen hues of rubies, garnets, and ambers brilliantly polished. Coppery head lingers as a collar and swirls thick, but no lace either way.
Nose: toffee breads crunchy and caramelized and just a smidge moist. Chestnuts and acorns roasting. Whole grains crunch. Red-hot embers and firewood in the back. Nutmeg. Bark, piles of leaves changing color for the season.
Palate: thin and clean, she is sweet in the middle, finishing dry and woody. Within her sweetness is crunchy toffee and pumpernickel crust glazed in said crunchy toffee. Smoke in the back of breath, red-hot and embers. Nutmeg mingles within the toffee crunchy while the essence of leaves changing is a subtle permeation – gives the impression of an autumn chill in the air. Chestnuts and acorns in the fire-hot smoke and toffee.
Final Thoughts: way better than I was expecting. The flavors were seamless and even though I call the sunny state of Florida home, I felt as though I was right there in the mountains painted in autumn hues. Fantastic.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very sweet beer. Smells sweet and tastes sweet. One rater said it was like malt liquor-esque. I have to agree. I wish it had more bittering hops. I will have to do a mixing experiment with my other bottles. It’s clean crisp and flavorful. In your face malt. It’s just too sweet.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear, bright orange with quickly dissipating head. Nose is quite subtle hints of grains, nuts, toast. Flavor is surprisingly flavorful with a full range of rich sweet malts, toast, caramel, nuts with a backbone of grassy hop bitterness, finishes sweet. Medium body, light carbonation, watery texture. A very solid marzen for this big brewery chain, malts are well-showcased here.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Clear, deep amber lager with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma lures with NYC chestnuts roasting on an open flame, medium-roast malts, toasty notes and toffee. Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor provides good balance among toasty, nutty goodness – maybe some date in here as well. Nutty, lightly sweet, toffee finish.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Aromas of cereal grains, caramel, and a bit of nuttyness. Flavors of cereal grains and caramel. Drinkable oktoberfest.
Sledutah (4062) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the La Jolla brewpub and the San Diego airport
Appearance: Poured clear yellow/gold with a nice big white head and good lacing
Aroma: Nutty, toasted malts
Taste: Sweet malts, caramel and nutty
A nice Oktoberfest, clean and refreshing. ** I had this beer again at the SD Airport, it was darker, sweeter and maltier. The bartender assured me the keg was correct, but it tasted more like their Amber Lager.
RedSox2004 (1098) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber orange with a small rocky head with good retention but lttle lacing. Rich malt aromas feature bread and caramel. Toasted malt flavors with a caramel sweetness offset by lightly bitter hops. Light to medium body, gentle carbonation, and a dry malty finish. Very drinkable.
dbos (1) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect Beer to celebrate October!!!!!
This beer has a nice toasted malt aroma with a golden amber color. It is medium bodied and has a nice toasted malt & nutty taste with a crisp clean finish.
DennisD (12) - USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a six-pack. Poured golden, straw color. Aroma was pleasant with caramel, cereal, toasty. It tasted very balanced with a delicious malty flavor. Smooth.This is a great representation of Oktoberfest. I will be picking up a few more before the season is over.