hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear, brilliant amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The sweet, fruity aroma offers freshly baked black bread, biscuit, tropical fruits and a subdued note of medium sherry. I’m unable to pull any smoked malt out of this. Medium to full-bodied and fatty with tingly carbonation. The flavor leans sweet, but there’s some nice bitterness that keeps the sugar under control. Bittersweet, malty finish with a kiss of honey.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Sample at Barley’s Smokehouse. The beer is a clear orange color with a medium off-white head that recedes to an outer ring quickly. Spotty lacing. Mild hops and toasted malt aroma. Light to medium body with flavors of sweet malt, hops and touches of fruit. The finish is caramel malt with a sweet aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber pour with a thick sticky white head. the nose is a bit sweet and toasty. A touch of chewy toffee. A bit of light breadiness. A little bit of lightly dusty malt on the base. It’s a tad too sweet despite the dark malt base. A bit of crystal malt that I find a bit off. It’s not terrible, but it’s not terribly good either.
crossovert (8585) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Billed as an "Ourtoberfest" *rollseyes*.
It pours pretty much like a typical maerzen, it has an orangeish amber body with a foamy white head. The head dissipates very quickly and without lacing.
The smell is slightly nutty, sweet, with a hint of mineral water.
The flavor is sweet, there is almost a pickle spice character to it. There is a light breadiness and hop presence.
There isn’t much going on here, a simple brew, but not in a pleasurable way.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-12-2010 17:57:22
shrubber85 (8472) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Toffee malt aroma. Hazy amber color with moderate head. Sweet toffee and lightly bitter grass flavor. Funky.
DocLock (8309) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, brown sugar, hops, and tastes of Wheaties, brown sugar, grainy malt. Not terribly complex.
DrSilverworm (7922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to robotopera and his fall Magic Hat variety pack. Mostly clear dark orange color, light tan head fading to minimal. Some head. This isn’t as bready and pretzel-y as I’m used to from oktoberfests, and I guess that makes sense now that I see here on ratebeer that this is actually an amber ale. It’s still bready with a tiny bit of spice, like the oktoberfest beers that I’ve sampled, but this one has a definite, distinct, and appropriate hop addition gives a needed balance to those oktoberfests. I’m seeing the toffee, caramel, and rye as well, now that I read the description. Carbonation has a high crest. Pretty drinkable, though. One of the better oktoberfests I’ve tried, that isn’t really an oktoberfest.
BVery (7438) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Gold yellow pour. Thin white head. Aroma of pepper and malt. Taste is malty but a little bland.
Ibrew2or3 (7300) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear copper with white head. The mild aroma seems to lightly swirl with notes of caramel, sweet malts, sugar coated red apple wedges, a touch of citrus cotton candy and some herbs. The taste is pretty rich with sweet caramel, sweet malts, stewed raisins, ripe red apples, spiciness and some yeast too.
Ughsmash (7260) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured lighter orangey-amber with a short-ish lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up a sweet dose of bready, vienna-ish malts with some vanilla and odd appley-vegetal character around.. caramel and citrus hops also make an appearance.. weird stuff. The flavor found a sweet core of caramel, bready, and honey notes, with tacky fruit and otherwise unidentifiable bitterness around.. a bit acidic in the end.. didn’t like this very much. Light-medium bodied and well carbonated on the palate.. very sweet overall.. candied with an odd complexion.