felsenpils (130) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 The 2012 version is better than previous attempts. Nice ruby color and aroma, but the brew is far too bitter to be an Oktoberfestbier. Cut (way) back on the hops and you might have a great beer here.
islay (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
6 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Consumed on 9-12-14. Listed as “Lazy Monk Oktoberfest!” and 5.5% ABV, but I assume it is the same beer as the one entered here as “Lazy Monk Oktoberfest Lager.” Pours a shiny, solid, deep gold. It’s lighter in color than a typical Oktoberfest. Beige head. Looks good. Light, floral aroma. Served too cold, dulling the smell. Dry, lightly fruity smell as it warms, but the smell still isn’t very good. Malty, creamy taste. Looks and tastes more like a heavy pilsner than an Oktoberfest. A bit buttery. Dry finish. Simple but enjoyable taste. Dull aftertaste. Surprisingly full body for a lager, medium body overall.
Skyview (5284) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pick up growler from Just Local Foods in Eau Claire, WI. Pours a clear copper orange colored brew with a fast dissipating off-white head that dissipates clean with no ring. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of roasted nuts, toffee and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is medium bodied, some smoked and toasted caramel malt, minimal floral hops and a touch of toffee. Finish has a toasted caramel aftertaste, a hint of sweet malt secondary flavors that quickly disappears. A tad more toasted malt compared to most other märzens but still festive for the season.