tfratzke (55) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is weird. Syrupy, thick, barely any aroma. Big malt backbone with caramel and some toastiness, but i don’t think it tastes anything like an Oktoberfest of any sort. The malt/hops combo creates a flavor that reminds me of a half ass barley wine, causing an identity crisis. The color is a beautiful orange amber, and sadly for me this was its strong point.
Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Strings of lacing. Caramel, malt and hops in the nose. Medium body with a slightly boozy character and notes of caramel, grainy malt and slight hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
chucklemation (509) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber/orange with a medium white foam head. Aroma is toasted malts and sweet caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but actually pretty good.
eaglebones (33) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber color with a thin beige head. Aroma is dark fruits and alcohol. Thin body with medium carbonation. Sweet taste that reminds me of plums and cherries; only a hint of hops. I would have liked more bitterness to balance out this sweet beer.
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold with a white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with caramelized worty notes. Taste is the same, but a lot too sweet, like a soda. $2/12oz
zizzybalubba (1449) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh, NC. Dark brownish-orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt met with an almost cherry-like presence. The taste is a nice balance of sweet caramel and a fruity essence that keeps this from becoming dull. Some moderate alcohol warming. Not a traditional marzen but that is not a bad thing in this case.
dfinney23 (1731) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bigger, badder Oktoberfest, sweet and toasty and boozy. Certainly not traditional but it works.
scotchzombie (345) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear reddish-orange with a fast dwindling white head. Aroma is bread, caramel malt. Perky in the palate and quite dry. Sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, some dark fruit, even apple. Rides a mild current of booze. Very short with minimal aftertaste. Strong offering but not a top notch 'fest.
deyholla (6714) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber orange with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Flavor has lots of sweet grains with a bit of toffee and some underlying booziness. Flavor is similarly sweet with notes of sweet grain, caramel and cookie backed by a bit of booze and toffee.
onceblind (4287) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear beautiful copper under a thick rocky light beige head. Lovely nose of boozy caramel and a touch of floral grassy notes, and a light kiss of sweet cantaloupe. Creamy sweet flavor of boozy nougat, caramel, blonde toasted biscuit, and sweet floral hop resins with very low bitterness--hops for a light flavor balance only. Appropriate booze and sweetness levels with a good caramel base.
b3shine (5574) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good for the style; a transparent amberish caramel with foamy off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells Offaly and mildly toasty with notes of plum, toffee, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable; almost like a quad with lager yeast.