rangerred (891) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy medium orange with a half finger head. No lacing at all and very poor head retention.
Aroma has caramel and toffee along with some Earthy hops and a touch of smoke.
Flavor is quite tart up front which kind of surprised me. This caused a bit of a citrus note. There is caramel and toffee in there along with a bit of wood. Smoke is present albeit extremely light. Bitterness is light with just enough present to balance out the sweetness.
Overall, a unique beer but I feel that it misses the mark. I can tell there are complex flavors buried in here but they are overshadowed by the tartness. Not sure how old this bottle is or if that would even make a difference but I would like to try this really fresh sometime.
infoman411 (19) - Stamford, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured in a mug from Draft not bottle. I love the complexities of this beer. Its brewed with Apollo Hops normally seen in an Imperial IPA and they pair it with a variety of malts and rye to produce an exceptionally smooth drinking Oktoberfest that tastes toffee even a little pumpkin with a clean crisp finish. Its mildly bitter with the rye playing a nice part on the finish.
NikkTwist (1509) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sugars (formerly Sugarmoms). Orange amber pour with a head that died away quickly. Sharp Oktoberfest. Juicy, but patently not a proper German witbeer. Hoppy orange juice. Decent body for an otherwise slight beer. Easy drinking, but feels cheap. Good-ish but so off the mark that I cannot rate higher.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells mildly of caramel and a bit of woody character- not very aromatic. Same mild caramel flavor with a bit of a sweet and spicy (maybe a tad smokey?) thing going on. Despite the weird sweet and spiciness, it does finish somewhat clean(-ish).
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with very little head. A lot of sweetness is both aroma and taste - lots of toffee and raisin here. Oddly artificial aftertaste - reminds me of Liquid Smoke. Not a big fan.
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ok beer. Pours a nice amber color. Very little aroma. Some toffee. Caramel and toffee taste. A little on the sweet side overall. Very little carbonation.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled August 8, 2012.
A: The body pours a slightly hazy amber with no carbonation at all visible, this is apparent in the almost non-existent head, just a very small light tan coating that doesn’t even coat the entire top.
S: The aroma is very weak, but there’s some toffee sweetness and a little cherry aroma with just a very light smokiness.
T: The flavor is overall leaning sweet, but it’s balanced rather well. Caramel, toffee, some cherries, slight rye, and just a slight smokiness make this a complex and easy to drink beer. I really like this.
M: Medium bodied with sightly sharp carbonation in a good amount.
O: I actually really like this, it’s complex and is really easy to drink. I like what they’ve done here.
KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear copper brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that reduced down to just a small collar, which produced some fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a stale bread malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, maple syrup and a hint of smoke.
The taste was malty and lightly sweet with a hint of caramel early on, with the finish having a slightly harsh hop bite, a light toffee sweetness and a mild smoke presence. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time following the swallow, with a mild smoky malt flavor left behind.
Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body and somewhat watery in texture with a prickly carbonation.
Overall a decent enough tasting Oktoberfest, which had a nice malty-sweet smoky flavor...
Goodgrief (1762) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber/orange pour...absolutely no head at all in either my glass or my friend’s (two different bottles). Nutty aroma. Nutty and caramel flavors...really sweet and some toasty notes. A tad flat, as the initial pour intimated. Just okay.
cbfobes (2267) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a hazy amber brown with a thick white head and some lacing, aroma is more sweet than I was expecting with some caramel and malt, the flavor is of light caramel and malt, seems pretty weak overall, meh.