bhensonb (10360) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber; October 2007 Petaluma Valley Rotary Fund Raiser label. Roasted malt aroma with a bit of floral? Coppery amber color with tiny bubbles and a transient white head. Medium body with rather sharp carbonation. Caramel roast flavor, but there is definitely balancing bitter. A bit spicey. Finishes quite dry. Seems more of an ESB than anything else.
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins. Crystal clear beer with a rich orange/golden appearance. Very clean rich munich malt toastiness. Freshly bready and lightly sweet with just a kiss of floral hops on the back. A very solid O-fest.
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich caramel color with an off-white head. Spicy, caramel, earthy aroma. Caramel, spice, slight hop flavor. Hops start to come forward more. Medium body. LIngering hop and caramel. Hoppy for an octoberfest.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Numbers for 2002 2001 release. This one was MUCH better than the 2000 version.
’Ach Tuber Fest’ Medium Amber color, small head. Medium bodied ale. Mild malts and slightly hoppy. Good flavor, smooth taste. Malt flavor is slightly sweet, balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Very nice smooth malty beer. Slightly different from the 2000 version, the 2001version is much maltier and smoother. Better taste. Very nice beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
AS I have said before and was stated below - Oktoberfest Ale? Why bother. Call it an amber, and its not that good under that moniker either. The fruity esters and roasted malt just do not mix that well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Labeled as Petoluma Festival Oktoberfest. Poured a clear a clear amber color with a very small white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Malty flavor with some sweetness. Mild earthy notes. Dry bitter finish.
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber with the October 20th, 2007 Petaluma Valley Rotary Fund Raiser label from Bottle Barn; Nose of caramel with a light fruity cherry note; clear copper with a smallish beige head; flavor of peppery spices, hop bitterness, and caramel. Finish is light hop bitterness.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the 2003 version. A hazy reddish amber color with a tan head. Fruity, cherry, toasted malt aroma with a nice hop base. I found the aroma inviting. A smooth malty rich flavor.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a thin, off-white head with some lacing left on the glass. It’s slightly sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee as well as a slight grassy, bitter, hop note. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Or, rather, Ach!TuberFest. Don’t ask.
I like Oktoberfests, except for one thing:they’re lagers. I’d like a lot of lagers better if they just weren’t lagers. So, Lagunitas to the rescue, to turn this into an ale. Dark ruby color, beautiful red, nicely formed white head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Body is medium, with the taste dominated by heavy, thick maltiness. Nice and tasty, with a lovely darkness throughout. Very nice job.