GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange with a half an inch of head. No lacing. Light carbonation. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt change to crisper apple and citrus tones. There is a slight smoke towards the finish, however, it is crowded out by a long bitter finish.
Darkmagus82 (1812) - - AUG 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-22-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance- Pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a fizzy white head. The head has a moderate level of retention fading to leave a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell- The aroma is quite light overall but consists of a light roasted malt and some toffee sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a citrus and herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and sweeter caramel flavor up front. A light roasted malt flavor comes to the tongue soon after. With it is a light lemon and orange citrus hop flavor. A light earthy hop flavor comes to the tongue and in the end, when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaves a lightly roasted and semi-sweet and hoped flavor to finish out the taste.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Neither are bad for the sweeter flavors of the brew with the lighter citrus and earthy hop flavors being decently complemented by the body and carbonation.
Overall – Pretty easy drinking overall. A good blend of roast, sweet,and hop make it a nice beer to try and possibly try again if you agree.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body has a beautiful orange amber color with good clarity and some carbonation. The head on top is a creamy off white color about two fingers tall and has good retention. 2/3 the way down the glass and a thin cap is still holding on. There is not much in the way of lacing as the head just slides right down the glass. The aroma has an odd astringent sour hop note with sweet caramel, candy like maltiness. Its medium body sports a sweet caramel candy and toffee like character with some bready and lightly toasted notes in the background. This is balanced by a somewhat sour leafy/grassy bitterness from the hops. As this is Amber Ale and not a true Oktoberfest Lager the finish is slow and light hop bitterness lingers. The carbonation is well balanced and active keeping the texture lively and light.
tectactoe (2293) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Bottle: Tinted amber with some hints of golden-orange, a touch of cloudiness throughout & topped with a slightly creamy, light-beige head. Aroma is very mild & timid... Light liquid toffee & CaraMunich malts. Sweetness is apparent. A little metallic, with some back-end smokiness that pops through near the finish. Taste is similar, with lots of seemingly caramel & Munich malts coming through hand-in-hand with a pile of toasted, bready yeast. A small hint of campfire-esque smoke that fades quickly into a sweet-toffee & lightly astringent finish. Sharp, but it gets better with time. Overall, while this isn’t undrinkable... there isn’t much of a reason to actually drink it. Very bland.
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber color with white head. Toffee, caramel malt, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes different than most ambers, but in a good way.
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 6-03-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a large smooth off-white head with a short retention, transparent amber body, very fizzy carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, very sweet, and spicy. The flavor is very sweet, hops, spicy, and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this is a light-medium bodied beer. This is an easy to drink beer and while it lacks much character, it is tasty enough that I would drink it again.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. amber with small head. below average oktoberfest with some light smoke. doesn’t work for me.
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a clear red colored body yielding a one finger white head slowly dissipating into the body leaving a film of a head. No carbonation is seen rising and no lacing is left.
The smell had a smokey maltiness with some light nuts here and there.
The taste was basically has the same flavorings from the smell.
The palate sat a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable.
Overall, this is not a bad beer, yet nothing spectacular, standard red ale, but probably only get it again on tap.
Brandon1989 (252) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours a amber color with a small white head. the aroma is caramel, toffee. the taste is similar but watery.
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/6/2011. From bottle. Light amber color with a white head. Caramel and malty aromas with toffee, caramel, light fruit flavors. A bit watery and lacking body.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
cheers to Magic Hat for trying something different. I smokey marzen. What? Yeah. This was awful. An Oktoberfest should taste like an Oktoberfest. Thumbs down