shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
9/21/2013: Leinenkugels Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest 2013... Aroma: Malty and fruity (basted pear), tinged with some alcohol - that’s all I get. Appearance: Clean copper color with a bubbly khaki crown. Flavor: Fruity caramel with a hint of spice on the backside, herbally-ctirus quality in the finish; Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth and lightly creamy; really nice, milky mouthfeel. Overall: TOO SWEET, borders on syrupy; the hops, if any are actually in there, are completely overwhelmed by the uber-sweet maliness; the brewery says that this beer is "a bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry-hopped for added complexity." I don’t get any of that AT ALL (okay, bolder is legit considering the alcohol level), but the toastiness and hops that I was expecting are nowhere to be found. In the end, this is not an Oktoberfest beir or even "Imperial Oktoberfest" and is quite the let-down, especially at the exorbitant price; if anything, this beer is more like and English-style Barleywine and if it were classified that way I’d actually dig it, but as a bit Oktoberfest, it’s just not anywhere near the style. 12 fl. oz. bottle (8.5% Alc/Vol; JAN2014) from Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #27 for this beer.
Patrickctenchi (3671) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear copper with a small tan head.
Bread-heel, caramel aroma.
Caramel malt, boozy taste....
Fairly sweet and sticky....sugary..then a clingy and boozy finish.
Not an easy drinker.
degbert (1123) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep red-brown with a shallow, lacy, fine-grained off-white head. Nose is caramel, golden raisins, cooked apples, tea, and smoke. Sweet and caramelly, with a lot of boozy flavor behind it; I don’t get much dry-hopping at all, but it’s definitely more extracted and more emphatic than your average Oktoberfest offering. Velvety on the tongue, it’s got definite weight behind it, and stays right in the caramel/toffee range. Reminds me of a good, rich bread pudding. Finish is heavy, boozy, and sweet; definitely a confectionery beer. Nice.
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light milky caramel malt and hay aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet creamy caramel malt and moderately bitter grass/orange peel/alcohol flavor. Rough.
BVery (6298) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear reddish amber pour with a smaller head. Smells boozy like a malt likka. Tastes like a malty boozy mess.
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - not entirely sure why I bought this - first you imperialize an ofest, then you dry hop it? - whatever - pours medium amber - no really head or lace to speak of - nose has some decent, toasty malt richness, but the high hopping also adds some tropical notes that are odd for the style - there’s also a bit of booziness - flavor is very sweet, sugary, with strong tropical fruit and abrasive hop bitterness, along with a bit of a hot finish - weak.
crajun (960) - , Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Started nicely. Pour was orang amber nice to see that first October or pumpkin pour of the year. Aroma was nice with malt some spices honey in it. Then the taste screwed it up and made this a generous 2.4. Waaaay too much of sweetness sugar candy. Tried to hard and sucked
tmoreau (2426) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Chicago Beer Society’s Umpteenth Annual Picnic, and self served to a clear, plastic shaker showing a clear, amber hue, with frothy, off white head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was toasted, malty, caramel, and alcohol at the ready. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the alcohol revealed more of a slightly boozy nature, there was moderate bitterness, but the flavor was a bit too malty sweet for my tastes. Marzens are definitely meant to be more drinkable, imo.
keith0718 (374) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
The only good thing about this beer is that it taught me a lesson: some styles shouldn’t be effed with. I love love love Octoberfest beer, but make it uber style and it’s nasty effin $h!+.
kkleu357 (296) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the lodge. Slight grain aroma. Deeper amber color. Big Sweet gain malty taste. Much better than the regular October fest.
legion242 (2193) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a medium russet colour with very little head. In the mouth it is a malt bomb, but in a good way. Could not have more then one.