ElGaucho (2116) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at catamaran resort bar. Wheat and honey aroma. Mostly clear amber body with lots visible carbonation. Thin off white head. Wonderful bready mouthfeel and hint of hops. I was concerned with the low ratings but shouldn’t have been. Nice session qualities with enough hop in the finish for a little something distinctive.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gold body, thin offwhite head. Pretty bland aroma with a more defining characteristic then ’malty’. Decent hop balance for an Oktoberfest, but somewhat uneventful. A little too sweet for the style.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Damn well if this was available the last friday of september then i got some fresh stuff. Miniature head that is almost not there and a light smell hard to pick up. Taste sour of grass/ and has a dunkelweizen malt flavor. Also the vienna is quite refreshing howevernot what id classify as a stand out Octoberfest brew.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Decent head on this golden pour. Aromas were some lemon and malt. Flavors were mostly malty with some hops in the finish, but not a lot. Not a bad Oktoberfest beer.
StefanSD (1924) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint mug from tap at Chilis restaurant. Pours a dark amber/brown with a fair off-white head. This was served way too cold so there was very little aroma, just a whiff of barley. The flavor was mild with malted grains, nuts, a hint of molasses and some biscuit. The mouthfeel was light. The finish is short and dry with a bit of metallic aftertaste. Overall: This went rather well with dinner so I’m rating it generously.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours beautiful amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing - a very attractive beer. Yeah, as is so often the case, it all goes downhill now. This is definitely a Vienna, aroma is malty, lagerish and slightly spicey, the wheat is not readily apparent in the nose. Flavor is malty, some wheat, mild spice and retreating hops. Medium light body with creamy carbonation. About on par with most of the other K Strauss offerings.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap Carlsbad location. Orange yellow color. Small caramel aroma. Leans dry. Easy to drink. Nice.
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.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first taste of this was not good at all. But, after I became accustomed to it it was much better. A bold flavored beer. I bought this this the first week in september so i feel pretty special considering the commercial description says its not available till the last friday in september.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a dark amber that starts with a decent head that completely subsides. The body is rather clear.
Aroma: Sweet and bready grain initially, also some caramel notes as well.
Taste: Burnt sugars, bready grain and ever so slight bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a clean finish.
Overall: A unique, yet really familiar Oktoberfest lager.