hopscotch (10080) - 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 (9425) - 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.
crossovert (9168) - 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
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.
shrubber85 (8992) - 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.
DrSilverworm (8540) - 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.
DocLock (8526) - 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.
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, 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.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bouteille partagée avec ibrew2or3
cuivre, blanche épaisse
qcq fruit noirs, malt caramel, raisins pas mures.
palais conserve ce goût caramel, allant sur le style Märzen allemand, fruits noirs donnent une fine amertume, Palais a un certain velouté, de dessert caramel qui reste léger, genre de pomme d’api.
phaleslu (7533) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle shared on a Royale Tuesday beer showcase. Pours a clear golden-amber color with a small, sticky white head that leaves some foam and a ring atop the beer. Aroma of sweet malts, booze, cardboard, soda water, and honey. The flavor is much the same, with some straw. Sharp, foamy carbonation provides a bite and a seltzer mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied. This would have been better smoothed out, but as is, it just isn’t that interesting.